Guy Eaves, 89, of Geneseo, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at Brookdale Senior Living in Prospect Heights, IL. A funeral service celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, July 2nd at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo. Rev. Ryan Landino will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by Don Cherry VFW Post # 5083. Visitation will be 1 hour prior (9:30 – 10:30 am) to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church.
Guy was born on November 30, 1926 in Atlanta, GA, the son of Guy and Mary Lou (Foster) Eaves, Sr. He graduated from Tech High School and went on to the University of Georgia. He was united in marriage to Joyce A. Sims on August 3, 1947 in Atlanta, GA. She preceded him in death on May 5, 2012. Guy proudly served in the US Navy from 1944-1946. He taught mathematics at Central High School. He then started with Deere & Co and was with them for 26 years, retiring in1982.
Guy was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Geneseo, where he served as a deacon and elder. He also belonged to the Geneseo Kiwanis Club and the Geneseo Country Club. Guy was active in building and flying model airplanes and race cars, as well as making and repairing 4 string banjos. He enjoyed playing golf.
He is survived by his daughter, Lucy (Michael) Murphy of Mt. Prospect, IL; son: Dan (Julie) Eaves of Greensboro, NC; and 3 grandchildren: Mary Kate Murphy, Eric Eaves, and Ryan Eaves.
He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents.
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KEWANEE - James A. DeSmit, 82, of Kewanee, died at 11:10 p.m., Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Kewanee Care Nursing Home.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 7 at Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant will be Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. Inurnment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to the Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
He was born on August 13, 1933 in Kewanee, the son of Joseph and Effie (Roose) DeSmit. He married Donna Mahaffey on October 2, 1954 in Kewanee. She survives as well as seven sons, Kenneth (JoAnn) DeSmit of Kewanee, Douglas (Sue) DeSmit of Greenwood, IN, Peter (Liz) DeSmit, of Bridgewater, VA, Matthew (Shana) DeSmit of Nashville, TN, John (Theresa) DeSmit of Fulton, MO, Thomas (Daina) DeSmit, of Wichita, KS, David (Teressa) DeSmit of Columbia, MO, two daughters, Cathie (Douglas) Jenkins of Lacon, IL and Debbie (Rich) Lasky of Cape Girardeau, MO, twenty-five grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, Albert, Ed, Joe, Lawrence and Robert, three sisters, Irene Carlson, Leona Ours and Evelyn Henderson.
He graduated from Wethersfield High School. He was a Korean War Veteran serving with the United States Marine Corps. He worked at Taylor and Son in Kewanee as the parts manager until his retirement in 2000. He was a member of St. John Paul II Parish, Visitation Church, the Moose Lodge and the VFW. He enjoyed his family, friends and gardening. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left HERE.
Evelyn Ptasnik, 93, of Kewanee, died at 9:29 A.M Saturday June 25, 2016 at Cottage Hospital in Galesburg, Il.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at held 11:00 a.m. on Thursday June 30, 2016 at Visitation Catholic Church, St. John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu will officiate.
Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Kewanee. Visitation will be from 10:00-10:45 a.m. at Schueneman & Tumbleson Funeral Home. Memorials will be directed to Visitation Catholic School. The Schueneman & Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee is in charge of the arrangements. Private online condolences may be shared with the family HERE.
Evelyn was born in Kewanee on September 7th, 1922, the daughter of Bernard and Louise (Fuerst) VerShaw. She graduated from Kewanee High School with the class of 1940. Evelyn married Victor Ptasnik on August 28th 1948, in Kewanee. Surviving are son Lee Ptasnik of Kewanee; three daughters, Marie Cole of Cynthiana, Ky., Ruth Speakman of York, Pa., and Ann (Rick) Lafler of Lincoln, Ne.; seven grandchildren, Eric Ptasnik, Chris (Tara) Ptasnik, Nick Speakman, Jason and Bryan Vujakovich, and Ryan and Aaron Lafler; and three great-grandchildren; one sister Teresa (Henry) Hill, of Kewanee, and brother Thomas (Mary Ann) VerShaw of Florida.
She was proceeded in death by her husband Victor Ptasnik, her parents, a granddaughter, Amanda (Speakman) Craig, two brothers, Joseph VerShaw and Michael VerShaw in infancy; and three sisters, Agnes Thompson, Florence Standaert and Anna E. Menghini.
She was a member of Visitation Church and the church Altar and Rosary Society. She also volunteered her time at Visitation School.
She enjoyed dancing with her husband of 61 years, rolle bolle, reading, crocheting, sewing, the Chicago Bears and traveling to see her children and grand-children. She also enjoyed attending Vic's annual Army Reunion in Springfield with him.
KEWANEE - Georgeanne M. “Gigi” Toutant, 72, of Kewanee, died at 8:44 AM Saturday, June 25, 2016 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 30 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Tammy Shane will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 29 at the funeral home. Inurnment will be at Wethersfield Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Gigi Toutant Memorial Fund.
She was born September 11, 1943 in Chicago, the daughter of Stanley and Patricia (Nanista) Karpinski. She married Ernest W. Toutant Sr. on July 20, 1963 in Chicago. He survives, as does a son, Ernest (Amy) Toutant Jr. of Kewanee, three daughters, Anne Toutant of Elk Grove Village, IL, Tina Durkin and Gina (Shane) Dykeman, both of Kewanee, twelve grandchildren, Kristin (Andy) Padilla, Patrick Durkin Jr., Gustavao Perez, Sarah Durkin, Ernest Toutant III, Vinny Perez, Alex Toutant, Kevin, Katie, Eric and Gabby Perez and Jordyn Dykeman, a great granddaughter, Isabella Durkin and two sisters, Susie (Frank) Salerno of Sheridan, IL and Barbie (Rich) Parse of Itasca, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and two sisters.
Gigi had worked as a cook at Pizza Hut and in shipping and receiving at Billco Products in Addison, IL. She was of the Christian faith and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She had a way to touch everyone she met and had a beautiful heart for life. She enjoyed movies and magazines and spending time with her children and grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.
Annette M. DeGeeter, 79, of Osco, passed away on Saturday June 25, 2016 at the Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo. As per her wishes, Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory in Geneseo and there will be no services held.
Annette was born on March 7, 1937 in Geneseo, IL, the daughter of Harold and Lula (Swanson) Stenzel. She graduated from Geneseo High School. She married Robert DeGeeter and they later separated. Annette was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Geneseo. She enjoyed fishing, crafting and sewing.
She is survived by her daughter, Diane (Richard) Kleinau of Osco, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother.
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KEWANEE - Norma (Asbell) Wolfe Nyman, 89, of Kewanee, passed into eternity at 6:00 p.m., Friday, June 24, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Geneseo.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 28 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Pastor Joe Schmidt will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church.
She was born May 10, 1927 in Kewanee, the daughter of Charles F. and Ruby (Comstock) Asbell. She was first married to William J. Wolfe II and he preceded her in death. She later married Harold L. Nyman in 1980 in Altona and he preceded her in death on February 19, 2003. Survivors include two daughters, Judith (John) Dolieslager of Kewanee and Christine Siegler of East Moline, IL, two sisters, Sarah (Maurice “Bubba”) Corwin of Venice, FL and Evelyn Larson of Sarasota, FL, a daughter-in-law, Terri Wolfe of Kewanee, a brother-in-law, Lloyd Dyer of Kewanee, a sister-in-law, Naomi Brignadello of Kewanee, seven grandchildren, Lance (Cherri) Dolieslager Erik (Jennefer) Dolieslager , Bryan J. “BJ” Stewart, Chae Otis, Katie Kirkendall, Chelsae Wolfe and Karlie (James) Robert and nine great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two sons, William J. “Jimmy” Wolfe and Edmond Wolfe, a granddaughter, Taylor Rose, four brothers, Harry, LeRoy and Paul Asbell and Harold Brignadello and six sisters, Irene Dyer, Julia Cone`, Marian Tracy, Thelma Asbell, Marjorie Morey and Marie Louise White.
Norma graduated from Kewanee High School in 1946. She had worked in the cafeteria at Kewanee High School, at Bondi’s Clothing Store and as a baker at Zarvell’s Bakery. She was a member of the First Christian Church where she had enjoyed Bible Study. She had volunteered at the Alcove at Kewanee Hospital for 10 years. She was also a former member of the Kewanee Hospital Auxiliary, having served on its Board and as Program and Membership Chairman. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.
Marjorie M. Fiers, 88, of Geneseo, passed away Wednesday June 22, 2016 at Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term Care. A Funeral Mass celebrating her life will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, June 27th at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Geneseo. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate. Burial will follow at North Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation will be from 3-5 pm on Sunday, June 26th at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo, where a scripture rosary will be recited at 5 pm. Memorials may be made to Marjorie Fiers Memorial Fund.
Marjorie was born on March 5, 1928 in Geneseo, IL the daughter of John and Alice (Marten) Fiers, Sr. She graduated from Geneseo High School. She worked as an office clerk for Wirth Plumbing and Heating. Marjorie was a lifetime member of St. Malachy Catholic Church and Circle. She enjoyed flower gardening, baking, and traveling with family. She liked attending craft fairs with her sisters and attending her nieces and nephews sport activities, especially high school football. She belonged to a bunco club and enjoyed coffee at McDonalds with friends.
She is survived by her brother John (Nancy) Fiers, Jr., Geneseo, IL; brothers-in-law: Gary (Maxine) Wahlheim, Geneseo, IL, and Don Buechler, Geneseo, IL; Nieces and Nephews: Steve (Julie) Fiers, Geneseo, IL, Susan Fiers, Schaumberg, IL, Sherry Leftwich, Hampton, IL, Becky (Troy) Clark, Davenport, IA, Todd (Gretchen) Buechler, Geneseo, IL, Robert (Rochelle) Buechler, Geneseo, IL, Debbie (Brian) Hardesty, Marysville, WA, Brian (Vicki) Wahlheim, Geneseo, IL, Roger (Renee) Wahlheim, Edmond, OK, and Rhonda (Kelly) Powell, LeSueur, MN; and several great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters: Pat Wahlheim and Mary Ann Buechler
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