Obituary – Minerva Heaton

September 19th, 2018

Minerva L. Heaton, 94, of Princeton, IL passed away peacefully at 4 a.m. Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Aperion Care, Princeton, IL.

Born June 21, 1924 in Princeton, IL, she was a daughter of Alvin and Lula (Steele) Anderson. She married Clifford A. Heaton on February 28, 1948 at the Congregational Church in Dover, IL. Clifford preceded her in death on December 5, 2010.

Minerva attended Millikin University and Iowa State University majoring in Home Economics. She and Clifford raised their family on a farm near Kasbeer, IL. She was active in her children’s school and extracurricular activities such as cub scouts and 4-H. She always supported their diverse interest.

As a skilled seamstress she loved making Barbie doll clothes for her daughter and her friends. She even made her own wedding dress and all the bridesmaid dresses. Minerva was a member of First United Methodist Church in Princeton, IL. Until her health declined, she was involved in the Methodist Women’s Club activities. For a few years, Minerva enjoyed working at Bonco’s in Princeton, IL making decorative items sold to bakeries such as wedding cake toppers.

Minerva is survived by two sons, Stephen (Isabel) of Fairfield, Iowa, Ted (Luanne) of Princeton, IL, and daughter Linda (Chuck) Matthews of Mesa, AZ; four grandchildren, Eric (Heather) Heaton of Princeton, IL, Luke (Paige) Heaton of Ohio, IL, Melissa (Patrick) Trainor of Dewey, IL; and Brian (Debbie) Matthews of Issaquah, WA. She also had eight great grandchildren; Jack, Gabe, Samuel, Lydia and Ruby Heaton; Halle, Duke and Maverick Trainor.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Clifford Heaton, and a sister, Mildred Anderson.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Princeton, IL from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, followed by a private family service at 4:00 pm, officiated by Pastor Brian Gilbert.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Princeton Christian Academy and First United Methodist Church.

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Obituary – Beverly DeVrieze

September 19th, 2018

Beverly A. DeVrieze, 84, of Sheffield and formerly of Buda and Coal Valley, IL, passed away Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Kewanee Care Nursing Home.

Beverly was born August 25, 1934 in Putnam, IL the daughter of Howard and Merna (Daly) Henkins.

She married Gene Mechling. She then married Joe DeVrieze. He preceded her in death February 27, 2007.

Beverly worked at John Deere and Company in Moline, helped her late husband with the farming, made quilts, and had her own quilt club. She loved being with family and friends.

She was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Milan, IL, and the Blue Cross Mission.

Surviving are her children: Dennis (Cindy) Mechling of Buda, IL, Linda Walters of Buda, IL, Debra Mechling of Kewanee, IL, Virginia Morris of Bradford, IL, and Marjorie (Don) Milby of Sheffield, IL; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

A graveside service will be held Friday, September 21, 2018 at 10:00a.m. at Putnam Cemetery, Putnam, Illinois. Memorials may be directed to Sheffield Rescue Unit. Online Condolences may be sent to

Obituary – Gerald Cain

September 6th, 2018

Gerald Cain, 73, of Spring Valley, passed away Tuesday, September 4, 2018, in St. Margaret’s Hospital, Spring Valley.

Private services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are through the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton.

Obituary – Noah Bickett

September 3rd, 2018

Noah Thomas Bickett, 24, of Princeton, Illinois passed away 2:00 a.m. Saturday, September 1, 2018 at his home.

A visitation will be held 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at New Hope Church of the Nazarene in Princeton. A funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 6, 2018

at New Hope Church of the Nazarene in Princeton with Pastor Daniel Wierenga officiating. Burial will take place in Mt. Bloom Cemetery, Tiskilwa, Illinois.

Noah was born February 2, 1994 in Spring Valley, Illinois to Sylvia Kinsel and adopted at birth by Tom and Kelley Bickett.

He is survived by his father, Tom (Janice) Bickett of Tiskilwa; his mother: Kelley (Daniel) Wierenga of Princeton; his birthmother: Sylvia (Leigh) Orvis, of Earlville; his siblings: Adam (Malinda) Bickett, Elaina Bickett, Aaron Kinsel, and Skylar Orvis; his step-siblings: Kenney Jones and Janelle Jones; his grandmothers: Nancy Bickett and Judith Kinsel; and step-grandparents: David and Alice Schindel; and several nieces.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfathers, Roger Bickett and Floyd Bickett, maternal grandparents, Jim and  Sharon Randall; maternal grandfather: William Kinsel and one brother: Brandon Bickett.

Noah graduated from Princeton High School with the Class of 2012. He worked at Roadmap Radio 88.3, Combined Cleaning and Restoration, and Casey’s General Store. He was the creator and founder of the Bureau County, Illinois Weather facebook page. He was an avid New York Giants fan and he was involved in Special Olympics and an advocate and recipient for organ donation. Noah loved playing horseshoes and video games.   

Memorials may be directed to the Princeton High School Special Olympics.

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Obituary – Loren Reed

August 27th, 2018

Loren K. Reed
Age: 77
City: Princeton, IL
Time of Death: 13:45 p.m.
Date of Death: August 26, 2018
Place of Death: Liberty Village of Princeton, IL

Services: Saturdy, September 1, 2018 / Evangelical Covenant Church, Princeton at 10:00 a.m.
Officiating: Pastor Derek Boggs
Burial: Oakland Cemetery, Princeton
Visitation: 5-8 Friday, August 31, 2018 / Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton
Rosary Service:
Military Rites:

Date of Birth: November 10, 1940 / Peoria, IL / Kenneth P. & Doratha Lee (Wood) Reed

Married: Donna J. Weirman / Normal, Il / September 20, 1963
she survives: Donna J. Reed – Princeton, IL

Survivors: Daughter – Laurie (Brent) Hobbs – Palmyra, MO / Kevin (Lee Anne) Reed – Galesburg, IL
5 Grandchildren – Vannessa Sturm – Galesburg, IL / Blair (Zeph) Thompson – Galesburg, IL / Meghan (James) Wade – Sandwich, IL / Dallas (Jamie) Munson – Princeton, IL / Lynde (Zack) Candee – Madison, WI
7 Great-Grandchilderen – Kaylee & Finnigan Sturm / Lyah & Sebastian Thompson / Anthony Wade / Ava & Jaxson Munson
Brother – Barry (Jana) Reed – Bradford, IL
Sister – Sharon (James) Covert – Tiskilwa, IL

Preceded in death: Parents & Brother – Greg Reed

Education: Grad Bradford High School 1958

Employment: Co-Owner & operator of Subways

Memberships: Evangelical Covenant Church, Princeton / Past member Princeton Rotary / Past member Princeton Economic Development

Military Service:

Memorials: Evangelical Covanant Church, Princeton & Mayo Clinic



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