Freida Anderson

August 24th, 2016

Freida Anderson, 97, of Princeton, passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2016 in Manor Court of Princeton.

Services will be held 12 noon Saturday in the Chapel of The Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton, with Rev. Mary Gay McKinney of the Open Prairie United Church of Christ, Princeton, officiating. Interment will follow in the Prairie Repose Cemetery, Dover. Visitation will be Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home.

Freida was born on November 2, 1918 in Rolla, Missouri, to Ferdinand and Martha (Ballance) Hollaway. She married William “Bill” E. Anderson on May 29, 1942 in Joliet. She had taught in La Moille, Ladd and Princeton grade schools for years. She was named Outstanding Elementary Teacher of America in 1975.

She was a member of the Bureau County Metro Center, the Open Prairie United Church of Christ, was a Gold Coater for years at Perry Memorial Hospital and since her retirement was a volunteer for many local organizations.

She is survived by: her daughter, Sharon (Bill) Franklin of Dixon; 2 grandchildren, Sally Retz and Michael Franklin; 4 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, William Anderson; her son, Davis Anderson, 1 son in infancy, and 7 brothers and sisters.

Memorials may be directed to: Church Women United

Howell McVay

August 22nd, 2016
Howell W. “Mac” McVay
Age: 75
City: LaSalle, IL
Time of Death: 11:25 a.m.
Date of Death: August 19, 2016
Place of Death: His home
Services:  Monday, August 22, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Hurst Funeral Home, LaSalle, IL
Officiating: Pastor Todd Brett of Grace United Methodist Church, LaSalle, IL
Burial: Oak Dale Cemetery, Commerce, MO
Visitation: 4-7 p.m. Hurst Funeral Home, LaSalle, IL
Military Rites:
Masonic rites: conducted by Masonic Lodge St. Johns #13, Peru, Illinois
Date of Birth: January 2, 1941 /  New Madrid County,  MO / Benjamin H. & Helen (Newcomb) McVay
Married: Sammye L. Hodgson / Mendota, IL / November 6, 1970  (They divorced)
Survivors: 2 Daughters – Cari (David) Oaks – Wyanet, IL / Tamera McVay – LaSalle, IL
3 Grandchildren – Katelin (Nathan Moon) Ganther – Spring Valley, IL / Jacob Ganther – Peru, IL / Erika Bogatitus – Oglesby, IL
2 Great-granddaughters – Gianna Lillian Rae and Kennedy Rose – Oglesby, IL
1 great- grandson Karson Moon- Spring Valley, IL
Brother – Harvey (Yevonne) McVay – Benton, MO
and a close family friend Shari Wilder of LaSalle, Illinois
Preceded in death: parents
Education: Grad Kelly High School, Benton, MO in 1959
Employment: Machinist HICO, Mendota, IL
Memberships: Member United Steel Workers / Masonic Lodge St. Johns #13, Peru, IL / Grace United Methodist Church, LaSalle, IL / Delivered Meals on wheels for Red Cross, Peru, IL/
Worked at PADS schelter, volunteered for the Red Cross Disaster Relief Team
Military Service:  U.S. Air Force / Airmen 1st Class / Cuban Missle Crisis
Memorials: The Local PADS Shelter
Condolences may be sent to
Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton

Charles Abell

August 20th, 2016

Charles “Charlie” A. Abell, 73, of Tiskilwa passed away Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, at his home.

He was born June 14, 1943, in Princeton to Otis and Mary (Howell) Abell.

He was a lifetime farmer in Tiskilwa. He was also a co-owner of Steak City Feed Lot in Ohio, Ill. He graduated from Bradford High School.

Surviving are two brothers, Richard “Dick” Abell of Tiskilwa and Edward “Ed” (Jo Anna) Abell of Sparta, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mary Otis Eckberg and Verlinda Willia Gorman; and one brother, James Howell Abell.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton with the Rev. David Ross officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Bloom Cemetery in Tiskilwa.

Visitation will be Monday from noon until the time of services at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

Douglas Schmidt

August 19th, 2016

Douglas “Smitty” Ralph Schmidt
Age: 83
City: Princeton, Illinois
Time of Death: 8:43p.m.
Date of Death: August 17, 2016
Place of Death: Perry Memorial Hospital

Services: Monday, August 22, 2016 at 10 a.m. at St. Mathews Lutheran Church, Princeton, Illinois
Officiating: Rev. Scott Schmidt
Burial: Elm Lawn Memorial Park, Princeton, Illinois
Visitation: 4-8 p.m. Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton
Rosary Service: no
Military Rites: American Legion Post #125 and assisted by the Princeton Fire Department

Date of Birth: March 23, 1933 in Princeton, Illinois the son of William and Martha (Christensen) Schmidt

Married: Shirley Jean Becker, November 29, 1953 in Princeton, Illinois
she survives: Princeton, Illinois

Survivors: His wife, Shirley of Princeton, two daughters: Debbie (Robert) Harrison of Princeton, IL and Jodi (Steve Krivinchuk) Ebens of Stone Lake, WI;
5 granddaughters: Torri (Duane) Price, Paige (Michael) Petersen, Olivia Harrison, Megan (Josh) Michel and Cortney (Derek) Elliot;
3 great- grandsons: Austin Patterson, Gavin Elliot, and Colson Michel; one brother, Donald Welty; 2 half-brothers: Bill Welty, Ken Welty;
3 half- sisters: Joan Heng, Jan Fulffs and Nancy Ross;3 brother- in laws, Ronald Becker, Fred Becker and Bruce Becker and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death: his parents, one half- brother, James Taylor Welty and one sister- in law, Ruth Ann Zweep

Education: A graduate of Princeton High School.

Employment: Manager of FS Station, Owned and Operated Smitty’s Gas Station and the Yellow Cab business,
Deputy at the Bureau County Sherriff’s Department, he was an Auctioneer and worked at the Precision Car Wash and the Napa Store, and sold Real estate.

Memberships: Lifetime member of St. Mathews Lutheran Church, Volunteer Fire Chief of Princeton Fire Department, Former Bureau County Board Member,
lifetime member of the Bureau County Fair, member of the Princeton Elk’s Club

Military Service: Served in the US Navy and later the US Army during the Korean War

Memorials: In Lieu of flowers St. Mathews Lutheran Church or the Hudson Heaton Scholarship

Pallbearers: Bruce Becker, Michael Petersen, Duane Price, Nolan Fritz, Bob Hudson, Robert Harrison, Bill Welty and O.K. Welty
Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton

Eugene Ballatti

August 16th, 2016

Eugene “Geno” Ballatti age 95 of Princeton, Illinois passed away Saturday, August 13, 2016.
Eugene Ballatti was born November 23, 1920 in Mark, Illinois to Batista and Maria Ballatti. He grew up in Zearing and on a farm near Malden. He married Bertha Schindel on May 12, 1962 in the United Church of Christ in Spring Valley, Illinois.
Geno was a Navy Signalman during World War II. In the Atlantic theater he served on the USS Bogue (CVE-9) which received the Presidential Unit Citation and three battle stars for sinking eleven German and two Japanese submarines. In the Pacific theater he served on the USS Randolph (CV-15) aircraft carrier which was damaged by a kamikaze hit on March 11, 1945.
Geno worked for the Burlington Northern railroad as a telegraph operator, ticket agent, and train handler for 37 years. He also repaired radios and televisions in his spare time.
Geno was a member of VFW Post 4323 and American Legion Post 125 and served as a member of the honor guard. He enjoyed bowling, card playing, golfing and travelling.
Geno was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Michael and Mundo and sisters Katherine Engel and Mary Treharne. Survivors include his wife Bertha of Princeton and son Mike (Hyun) Ballatti of Lucas, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 2:00 pm at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton, with a visitation starting at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be at the Van Orin Repose Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to VFW Post 4323 or American Legion Post 125.
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