Helen Essex

February 17th, 2017

Helen M. Essex, 88, of Ohio, IL., passed away on February 15, 2017 at Colonial Hall Rehab and Healthcare in Princeton.
Helen was born on April 15, 1928 in Ohio, IL., to Ernest B. and Helen M (Wylie) Smith. She graduated Ohio High School in 1946. She married Gilbert Essex in Pontiac. Helen worked at Harper Wyman in Princeton for 28 years. She loved baking, cooking, candy making and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. She was a member of the Ohio Lutheran Church.
She is survived by one son, Ben (Surita) Essex of Ladylake FL.; and one grandson, Bill Essex of Pewaukee, WI.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one sister, Emma Wolfram of Dixon; one brother, Grover Smith of Ohio, IL.; and one infant son, William Essex.
The family will receive friends at the Norberg Memorial home on Monday, February 20, 2017 from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m.
Funeral Services will be at the Ohio Lutheran Church in Ohio, IL., on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 11:00 am with Rev. Gene Vincent officiating. Burial will follow at the Union Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the Union Cemetery in Ohio, IL.
Online condolences and tributes may be left at

Josephine Kiser

February 16th, 2017

Josephine Kiser, age 95 of Champaign, formerly of Walnut, died Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at her home.

She was born on February 22, 1921 in Harmon, IL, the daughter of Charles and Julia Elizabeth (Burden) Miller. She married Robert L. Kiser; he preceded her in death in 1971. Josephine graduated from Community Catholic High School in Sterling, Ill. She taught at Walnut schools for many years before volunteering for VISTA. She then moved to San Diego, Cal. and was in real estate for ten years there until moving to Champaign. Josephine was a member of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Champaign and a former member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Walnut.

Survivors include her son John (Darlene) Kiser of Champaign, Ill.; son-in-law, Joseph Grewenig of Elgin, Ill.; two sisters, Marion Place of Monroe, Wis. and Theresa Klocke of Rock Falls, Ill.; one brother, Hugh (Betty) Miller of Rock Falls, Ill.; five grandchildren, Kristen (Mark) Nall, Adam Gerwenig, Cain (Tara) Kiser, Kurt (Lindie) Kiser and Marie (James) Chandler; six great grandchildren, Matthew and Marion Julie Nall, Nolan and Jase Kiser, Luke Kiser and Harper Chandler; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; one daughter, Julie Grewenig; three brothers, John, George and Paul Miller and one sister, Rosanne Gotzmann.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 9:00-11:00 A.M. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Walnut, Ill. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 A.M. at the church with Reverend Thomas Shaw, Celebrant. Burial will be at Walnut Cemetery.

For online condolences, please visit: Memorials can be made for future masses.


Jay Mickow

February 15th, 2017

Jay P. Mickow, 61, of Princeton passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.

He was born April 11, 1955, in St. Paul, Minn., to Ralph P.and Barbara (Felcyn) Mickow. He married Mary Coyne Jan. 12, 1980, in Princeton. She survives.

He was a 1973 graduate of Main South High School in Park Ridge, Ill., and received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Illinois in 1977. He owned and operated Jay P. Mickow, CPA, PC for 15 years.

He was an amateur gourmand who enjoyed golfing with friends, movies, concerts, cigars, whiskey, Chicago and watching his kids excel in sports.

He was a past board member of the Zearing Child Enrichment Center, Princeton Youth Soccer, Bureau Valley Country Club and Princeton Public Library.

Also surviving are one daughter, Chelsea (Josh) Ellis of Wheeling; two sons, Colin (Melissa Schmidt) Mickow of Naperville and Hunter Mickow of Champaign; aunts, uncles and cousins; his stepmother, Ann Mickow of Princeton; and a stepsister, Martha (Larry) Malnor of Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Oakland Cemetery in Princeton. A Celebration of Life will be held in April.

A memorial has been established in his name to Zearing Park.

The Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Earl Trobaugh

February 13th, 2017

Earl Trobaugh, 82, of Bradford, IL went to be with the Lord on Feb. 11, 2017 at his home with his family by his side.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bunker Hill Church of God in Buda, IL with Pastor John Erickson and Pastor Stephen Myong, officiating. Burial will take place in Bradford Cemetery.
Visitation will be Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from 4-7pm at the Grant- Johnson Funeral Home in Bradford with Masonic Rites accorded by the Wyoming Masonic Lodge #479 at 7:00 p.m.

He was born on Nov. 30, 1934 in Marshall County, IL the son of Otto and Helen (Baker) Trobaugh.
He married Shirley (Law) Trobaugh on Sept. 18, 1955 in Bradford, IL. She survives.

Also surviving are two daughters: Denise (Ed) Carter of Ormond Beach, FL and Diana (Paul) Cobb of Bradford;one son, Jeff (Mary) Trobaugh of Bradford; six grandchildren: Amanda, Mitch, Natalie, Allison, Carly, Nicholas
and five great-grandchildren: Ayden, Derek, Chase, Felix, and Greta.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and an infant son.

Earl “Duke” worked at B.F. Goodrich in Henry, IL and retired in 1993. He was a member of the Wyoming Masonic Lodge #479.

He loved his family and spending time with them playing games. He spent most of his leisure time on his farm.He also loved hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, and critter cruising which were among his favorite things to do in the great outdoors. He also enjoyed working on and collecting antique cars and tractors. He could be found driving the old John Deere tractors in the annual Labor Day Parade.

He attended Bunker Hill Church of God in Buda. His family and friends will greatly miss his wonderful sense of humor and wit. He was a joy and a friend to all who knew him and will be greatly missed.

Memorials may be made to the Bradford Rescue Squad or the Bunker Hill Church of God, Buda. Online condolences may be sent to

Mary Allen

February 13th, 2017

Mary Augusta Allen, 85, went to be with her Lord on Friday, February 10, 2017, in Princeton.

Mary was the eldest child of Raymond and Mary Augusta (Schlitzkus) Bellows, born May 31, 1931, in Cresco, IA. Her early childhood was spent in rural Wyoming until the death of her mother in 1940. Then, she lived with several of her aunts and uncles, also spending some time in a children’s home while her father was serving in WWII. By the time she graduated from high school, she had attended 14 schools in 4 states.

Mary met her husband, Robert H. Allen, while attending Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. They were married in Elgin, IL, on August 3, 1951. He survives.

She is also survived by two children: Robert Glenn Allen of Princeton and Vonette (Dana) Miller of Walla Walla, WA; eight grandchildren: Jerason (Ksenia) Banes of Niles, IL, Jensa and Jingher Banes of WI, Jera Wyn of Crivitz, WI, Joshua (Katie) Allen of Macclenny, FL, and Robert, Andrew, and Stephen Miller of Walla Walla, WA; seven great-grandchildren: Jonas and Isaac Banes; Lyra, Ephraim, and Soraya Wyn; and Embry and Korben Allen; three brothers: William, Harold, and Beau Bellows and one sister, Nettie Carrier, and many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Roger Bellows, her daughter-in-law Anastasia Allen, and her daughter Donna Joy Banes.

Mary is remembered by her family as a wonderful wife and mother. As a pastor’s wife, she was very involved in church, teaching children’s Sunday school and serving as “craft lady” for many a VBS. She loved to make crafts of all kinds and also to sew and reupholster or refinish furniture. For several years, Mary also worked with Gateway Center in Princeton as a caregiver.

Mary was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Mayflower Society. She invested many hours in genealogical research, perhaps because she came from such a large and close-knit extended family. She became the family historian, helped organize family reunions, and recorded her memoirs which have been gathered into a book.

In her later years, Mary took up the hobby of collecting angel figurines, finding new treasures everywhere she travelled. Her family takes comfort in knowing that she now resides with the angels.

Visitation will be 5-7 Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 17, 2017 at Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton.