Carol Grundman

April 29th, 2016

Carol Grundman

Funeral service for Carol Ann Grundman, age 60 of Princeton, will be Monday, May 02, 2016 at 11:30 AM at St. Louis Catholic Church in Princeton. Father Jeffrey Stirniman will officiate. Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery on May 02, 2016. The family will receive friends on Monday, May 02, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton.

Carol Grundman passed away on Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Aug 24, 1955 in Princeton, IL to Frank and Melvina (Underwood) Lewis. She married Thomas Grundman on January 19, 1974. Carol graduated from Princeton High School in 1973. She was the school librarian and a teacher’s aide at St. Louis Catholic School for the past 25 years. She was a member of St Louis Catholic Church and the CCW. Her most important role in life was being a devoted wife, mother and especially grandma to her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Thomas; two daughters, Jennifer (Eric) Pansegrau and Rachel (Eric) Waca; one son, John (Veronica) Grundman; her mother, Melvina Lewis; one sister, Barb (Howard) Wolcott; two brothers, David (Diane) Lewis and Donnie (Carin) Lewis; one brother in law, Steve (Denise) Grundman; her father in law, James Grundman; six grandchildren, Matthew Pansegrau; Avery, Alexandra and Brecken Waca; Norah and Frank Grundman; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her father, Frank Lewis; one daughter, Eileen in infancy; one brother, Jimmy Lewis and her mother in law, Elaine Grundman.

Memorials may be directed to St. Louis School Library or The family of Carol Grundman.

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Lowell Jontz

April 26th, 2016

Lowell Milton Jontz, 93 of Canton, GA formerly of Buda, IL. Passed away April 23, 2016 at Canton Nursing Home, Canton, GA . Born May 22, 1922 in Buda, Illinois to
Roy & Ethyl Nina (Anderson) Jontz. He married Maxine Alice Bitting May 29, 1943 in Buda, IL. She preceded him in death March 24, 2004. Survivors are daughter,
Sheryle (Mark) Van De Water of Canton, GA; son, Dennis (Maryann) Jontz – Albuquerque, NM; four grandchildren, Ashlee Jontz of Chandler, AZ; Charlee Jontz of
Chandler, AZ; Kim (John) Rogers of Canton, GA; Mark (Amy) Van De Water, IV of Alpharetta, GA; four great-grandchildren, Jake Rodgers, Jared Rodgers, Mark Van De Water, V
and Kathryn Van De Water. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife. Member of Buda United Methodist Church, he was president and former board member of Western School District, Bureau County Farm Bureau Member. He was a farmer in the Buda area for 50 years. Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at Grant-Johnson
Funeral Home, Princeton at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Terry Lancaster officiating. Burial will be in the Hopeland Cemetery, Buda, IL. Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. Wednesday,
April 27, 2016 at Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton. Memorials may be directed to Buda Rescue Squad, Hopeland Cemetery or Crossroads Hospice

Arlene Morris

April 22nd, 2016

Arlene Helen (McCall) Morris, 94, of Princeton, formerly of Tiskilwa passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Heritage HealthCare in Normal.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 23, in the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton with Rev. Cal Zehr of the Willow Springs Mennonite Church, Tiskilwa, officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Bloom Cemetery, Tiskilwa. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Saturday at the funeral home.

Arlene was born in LaMoille Township on September 16, 1921, to Claude and Ada (Stocking) McCall. She married Clarence F. Morris on March 14, 1940, and she lived in Bureau County all of her life. She is survived by her daughter, Joan (Charles) Bruder, of Normal; two grandsons, Timothy (Madaya Orlove), of Peoria, Arizona, and Joseph (Heather), of Normal; one great grandson, Jordan Bruder; and her sister, Mary Lou Standaert of Kewanee.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and five sisters.

Throughout her lifetime Arlene was a homemaker and mother, was engaged in farming with her husband for many years, and when they moved to Tiskilwa she assisted in his business, cooked at the grade school cafeteria, and cleaned homes. Arlene was a member of the Van Orin Gospel Church.

Following the passing of her husband of 65 years, Arlene moved to Greenfield Retirement Home where she enjoyed being with both old and new friends and participating in all activities. She has been a resident of Colonial Healthcare in Princeton for the past two years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mount Bloom Cemetery, Tiskilwa, or the Tiskilwa Historical Society.

Roger Kerkmann Frank

April 22nd, 2016

Roger Kerkmann Frank, age 80, of Rock Falls, IL and formerly of Walnut, IL died

Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Regency Care in Sterling.

Roger was born on August 12, 1935 in Alantic, IA, the son of George and Pearle

(Kerkmann) Frank. He attended Atlantic public schools and graduated from Iowa

State University in 1958. He served in the United States Army Reserves. He was

united in marriage to Emily Miller on November 7, 1959 in Elgin, Illinois. Roger

was a charter member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut for 50 years

where he served on the church council and various boards. He served on the

Walnut Grade School Board for 12 years and was a lifelong farmer in the Harmon

area for 50 years before retiring and moving to Rock Falls in 2000. In retirement,

he volunteered for the VITAL program at Sauk Valley Community College and

Roger also enjoyed reading and golfing.

He is survived by his wife Emily Frank of Rock Falls, IL; two sons Timothy Frank

of Clinton, IA, Thomas (Laurie) Frank of Rock Falls, IL. Roger was also a loving

and devoted grandfather to Lindsey, Brady, Nolan, Aaron, and Hailey Frank.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Holy

Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. David Menet officiating. Visitation will be

held on Monday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Walnut

Cemetery. A memorial has been established to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and

Regency Care in Sterling, IL. Garland Funeral Home in Walnut is in charge of

arrangements. Condolences may be sent to:

Deborah Piper

April 20th, 2016

Deborah Katie Piper, 67, of Princeton, IL passed away Monday, April 18, 2016 at her home with her family by her side.
Born in Exeter, NH on September 15, 1948 to Philip J. and Mary E. (Small) Whelan, she married Rex M. Piper on June 26, 1971. Deborah’s early education was in England, where she remembered lining the streets to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. She graduated from Cortez High School of Phoenix, AZ in 1966. Deciding to become a nurse, she entered the Walter Reed Army Institute of Nursing, affiliated with the University of Maryland. Deborah graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1970 and was commissioned a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, serving until 1973.
Deborah met her future husband soon after beginning duty at Fort Polk, LA. They were married at Luke Air Force Base Chapel in Phoenix, when both were Captains. Rex and Deborah were the first couple in the Bureau County Republican to have both the bride and groom’s pictures included in the engagement announcement.
She worked as a nurse in the obstetrics unit at Perry Memorial Hospital for 27 years and retired from the Bureau County Health Department WIC in 2013. She was a member of St. Louis Parish and enjoyed bridge, travel, laughter and conversation, and spending time with her friends and family.
Deborah is survived by her husband, Lt. Colonel Rex Piper; her sons, Eric (Emily) of Westford, MA, Mark (Marcia) of St. Louis, MO, Kyle of Princeton, and Jay of Princeton; two grandchildren, Cora and Owen; her parents of Phoenix; a sister, Elizabeth of Glendale, AZ; and two brothers, Phil (Darlene) Whelan of Phoenix and Dr. Jeffery (Jill) Whelan of Austin, TX. She is also survived by three sisters-in-law, Renee Stuepfert of LaMoille, IL, Rita (Bruce) Placek of Princeton, and Robyn (Jay Jordan) Piper of Del Mar, CA; and many nephews and nieces. She was preceded by her grandparents and her brother, John Whelan; a brother-in-law, John Gordon Stuepfert, and her mother-in-law, Alberta Piper.
A memorial visitation will be from 4pm to 7pm, Friday, April 22 at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30am, Saturday, April 23 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Princeton with Father Jeffrey D. Stirniman officiating. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Princeton.
Memorials may be directed to St. Louis Catholic Church or to a food pantry of the giver’s choice.
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Irene Spaulding

April 19th, 2016

Irene Spaulding, 90, of Princeton passed away on April 13, 2016, in Illinois Valley
Community Hospital, Peru, IL.

Cremation rites have been accorded. At Irene’s request, there will be no visitation. A
memorial service will be held at Norberg Memorial Home on Friday, April 22, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. for family and friends.

Irene was born on February 24, 1926, in DePue to Angel and Victoria (Schroeder) Suarez.
She married William J. Spaulding on September 13, 1951, in Princeton. He passed away
on June 18, 1999.

Irene was a 1944 graduate of DePue High School and graduated from the University of
Illinois with a Degree in Social Work. She worked for the Illinois Department of Public
Aid for 35 years and served as the Director of the Bureau County Office . Irene was a member of Perry Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Women of the Moose, Princeton Elks Club, St. Louis Catholic
Church, Council of Catholic Women, a Gold Coat Volunteer at Perry Memorial Hospital,
Volunteer for University of Illinois Extension – Bureau County and was a long-time
member of the Bureau Valley Country Club/Hunter’s Ridge Golf Club. She was an avid
walker and golfer.

Survivors include brother-in-law, Norman Giovanine, and nieces and nephews: Jill
(Ralph) Guynn, Scott (Cheryl) Rauh, Jeff (Jackie) Rauh, Roger (Jill) Giovanine, Gary
(Laura) Suarez, Donna Suarez, Penny (Dave) Newton, Chris (Steve) Vuco, Len “Tuck”
(Sara) Spaulding.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters (Margaret Rauh and Dolores
Giovanine), a brother (Carl Suarez), nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be directed to University of Illinois Extension Bureau County 4-H
Program or to the donor’s choice.

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Cynthia Springer

April 19th, 2016

Cynthia Springer, 76, of Princeton, Ill., passed away Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.
She was born in Woodstock, Ill., to Clifford and Edith (Fredeen) Flanders. She graduated from Dixon High School in 1958. She previously worked at Dixon State School, Wyanet Rescue EMT Unit, and Freedom House of Princeton. She was a member of Princeton Bible Church, Princeton, Ill. She was a devoted wife and a loving mother.
Cynthia is survived by her husband, John Springer; one son, Mark (Theresa) Springer; one daughter, Karen Hullinger; one grandchild, Brandon Hullinger; and two great-grandchildren, Chloe and Bella Hullinger.
She was preceeded in death by her parents; one son, Robert J. Springer, and one great grandchild, Bently Hullinger.
There will be no services. Her body was donated to the Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois per her request.
Memorials may be directed to The Princeton Bible Church in memory of Cynthia Springer.
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Irma Hodos

April 18th, 2016

Irma Hodos, 86 of Princeton, passed away April 14, 2016 at Perry Memorial Hospital. No Services. Cremation  Rites will be accorded at Grant-Johnson Funeral Homes, Inc.  Crematory, Princeton.

Michael Rieker

April 18th, 2016
Michael David Rieker
Age: 53
City: Princeton, IL
Time of Death: 10:43 a.m.
Date of Death: April 16, 2016
Place of Death: Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton
Services: Thursday, April 21, 2016 / Evangelical Covenant Church, Main & Central, Princeton at 10:00 a.m.
Officiating: Rev. Derek Boggs
Burial: Cremation Rites will be accorded after services Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Inc / Crematory
Visitation: 5-8 Wednesday, April 20, 2016 / Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, 30 West Mechanic St, Princeton, Illinois 61356
Date of Birth: March 5, 1963 / Mendota, Illinos / Gary & Judith (Castner) Rieker
she survives:
Survivors: Parents – Gary & Sandra Rieker – Princeton, IL
The love of his life – Sharlotte Smith – Princeton, IL / Sierra Smith – Princeton /  Raider Keenan – Colorado Springs, CO
Preceded in death: Grandparents – Joseph & Glenna Rieker & Gale & Doris Castner /  Mother – Judith Rieker / Twin Brothers – Matthew Rieker & Mark Rieker
Education: Grad with B.A. Univesity Of Illinois
Employment: Ameriprise Financial, Peru for several years
Memberships: Attended Bunker Hill Church of God / Member Princeton Game & Fish Club
Military Service: NO
Memorials: To the family of Michael D. Rieker or Donor’s Choice
Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton

John Sankey

April 16th, 2016

John Robert Sankey, 91, of Princeton, IL. passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Colonial Hall Rehab and Health Care Center.
He was born on December 8, 1925 to Bert C. and Margaret E. (Exher) Sankey. He attended Red Brick Grade School in Rural Princeton and also Princeton High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1945 until 1946. He married Florence Sankey in 1948 and then Marian Sankey in 1984. Both preceded him in death.
John was employed by Ziebert Transport and Prince Warehouse as a truck driver. He was also employed by the Princeton School district as a bus driver for Princeton Elementary #115. He enjoyed spending his winters in Florida, and spending time with his family. He really enjoyed cars, watching Nascar and eating Rips Chicken. He attended the St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Princeton.
He is survived by one brother, Donald (Edith) Sankey; three step-sons, David (Linda) Martuzzo, Steven (Elsa) Martuzzo and Michael (Doria) Martuzzo; one grandchild, Tami (Steven) Meyer; three great grandchildren, Tyler (Emily) Wolf, Cody Jones, and Hannah Meyer; four step-great grandchildren, Julie (Matt) Hayes, Jennifer Martuzzo, Matthew Martuzzo and Melissa Martuzzo; five great great grandchildren, Bryant Jones, Ben, Carter, Easton, and Keeley Wolf; and one step- great great grandchild, Jerrica Hwang.
John was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Doris Sankey; and two daughters, Bonnie (Robert) Herron, and Judy Sankey.
Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 18, 2016 at St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Princeton with Pastor Scott Schmidt officiating. Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery, Princeton.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on April 18, at St. Matthews Lutheran Church.
Memorials may be directed to St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Princeton.
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