Margaret Christiansen

September 24th, 2016

Margaret E. Christiansen, 86, of Princeton, passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 in St. Margaret’s Health, Spring Valley.

Services will be held 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Chapel of The Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton, with Rev. Jeffrey Stirniman of the St. Louis Catholic Chuch, Princeton, officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Spring Valley, at a later date. Visitation will be Monday from 5 p.m. until the time of services at the funeral home.

Margaret was born on May 17, 1930 in Peru to Frank and Mary (Stefko) Taggart. She was a homemaker and beautician. She married Lowell P. Christiansen Sr. on October 30, 1948. She was a member of the St. Louis Catholic Church, Princeton.

She is survived by: her son, Lowell P. (Cheryl) Christiansen, Jr. of Princeton; her daughter, Kathleen E. Lucas of Princeton; 4 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; and her brother, Judge Patrick (Sue) Taggart of Wisconsin.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Lowell P. Christiansen, Sr. on September 23, 1975; and 2 sisters, Rosemary Davito, and Frances Ladgenski.

Ernest Cook

September 21st, 2016

Ernest L. Cook
Age: 74
City: Buda, Illinois
Time of Death: 8:30am
Date of Death: September 20, 2016
Place of Death: his home

Services: Memorial Service at 11am Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Grant- Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton
Visitation: 9am- 11am
Officiating: Randy Cade
Burial: at a later date

Date of Birth: March 18, 1942, in Beacon, NY the son of Lester Ernest and Harriet Ann (Daniels) Cook.

Married: Mona Lorraine Walters, October 26, 1981 in Princeton, Illinois.
she survives

Survivors: Wife, Mona of Buda, 3 children: Sarah Cook of Buda, Ernie Cook, Jr. of New York and Anna Mucci of New York;
granddaughter, Brooklynn Cade and grandson, Trevin Cade and several other grandchildren.
Preceded in death: parents, one daughter, Phyllis Cook and one brother, William “Billy” Cook

Education: He attended Beacon High School

Employment: Fireman with Beacon Fire Department and later retired from the Village of Wyanet.

Memberships: enjoyed camping and fishing with his family and loved his animals.

Military Service: n/a

Memorials: Buda Rescue and Fire

Online Condolences may be sent to
Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton

Roy McKune

September 20th, 2016

Roy L. McKune, 86, of Princeton, passed away Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at the LaSalle Veterans Home in LaSalle.

Born June 15, 1930, in Princeton to Charles Marion and Anna M. (Bastaian) McKune, he married Myrna K. Heuer Nov. 10, 1956, in the United Bretheren Church in Manlius. She preceded him in death on Aug. 13, 2011.

He served in the U.S. Navy for over five years and was a Korean War veteran. He had been employed as a postmaster for the U.S. government, by the Bureau County Republican, and by Primeway grocery store and The Presbyterian shopping service.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge and the Presbyterian church, where he served as a deacon, starting in 1961, for many years. He enjoyed telling jokes, studying Illinois American history, coffee with friends, and collecting stamps and coins.

Surviving are one daughter, Michelle A. McKune; two sons, Martin (Erfen Gonzalez) McKune of Chicago and Michael (Kelly Davis) McKune of Princeton; one sisters, Marjorie Reynolds; three grandchildren, Julie and Tara Griffiths, and Arzella McKune; and one great-grandchild, Brianna Griffiths.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Charles; and one sister, Muriel.

Services will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, with visitation from 4 to 6 p.m. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in Elm Lawn Memorial Park in Princeton with military services conducted by the Princeton Veterans Group Honor Guard.

Memorials may be directed to the LaSalle Veterans Home.

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Mary Doty

September 20th, 2016

Mary Susan “Pocius” Doty, age 66, of Walnut died at home, surrounded by family, on Saturday, September 17, 2016, following an extended illness.

Susan was born on May 27, 1950, in Mendota, IL, the daughter of Thomas P. and Elizabeth (Lonie) Lane. She married Terry Doty on December 25, 2007, in Peru, IL. Susan attended Western Illinois University in Macomb. She was employed with Walmart for over 20 years as a District Manager and Bealls Retail Store in Eustis, FL, for 5 years. Susan enjoyed spending time with her family. She had a lifelong love for horses. Other hobbies included gardening, sewing and crocheting. Susan was an active member of the Walnut Community Bible Church; she enjoyed reading, studying and living the word of God.

Survivors include her husband, Terry Doty of Walnut, IL; children, Angela (Patrick) Spelman, Douglas Pocius, Peru, IL, and Christopher (Theresa) Pocius, Oglesby, IL; grandchildren Machenzie Ellis and Mannix Truckenbrod; siblings, Patty (Dennis) Flaherty, Paula (Don) Jones, Davenport, IA, Vincent “Ben” (Diana) Lane, Barefoot Bay, FL., Loretta (Edward) McConville, Greer, S.C., Mark (Teresa) Lane, Earlville, IL.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Craig Pocius, in infancy.

Gathering of family and friends will be from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Walnut Community Bible Church, Walnut, IL. A memorial service will follow at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Eldon Cook officiating. Arrangements were completed by the Garland Funeral Home, Walnut, IL.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.

Richard Janssen

September 16th, 2016

Richard G. Janssen, 69, of Tiskilwa, passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at his home.
Richard was born on June 5, 1947 in Princeton, IL to Alfred R. and Blanche M. (Thompson) Janssen. He graduated from Tiskilwa High School in 1965. He entered the Army Reserves in 1966. He married Kathy (Gramer) Janssen from June 1966- March 1994. Richard enjoyed watching television, woodworking, and watching his grandchildren play sports.
He is survived by his mother, Blanche; fiancé, Betsy Klopcic; sons, Joshua (Sabrina) Janssen, and Matthew Janssen; sister, Janice (Dennis) Dabler; and five grandchildren, Drew, Blake, Alex, Teigha, and Ethan.
Richard was preceded in death by his father, Alfred; one uncle, Curtis Thomspon; and his maternal grandparents.
There will be no services, cremation has been accorded.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Norberg Memorial Home is assisting the family.
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