David White

August 26th, 2016

David Ray White, 94, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, at the LaSalle Veterans Home.

Born Dec. 9, 1921, in Clarion, Iowa, to Harry M. and Cecil M. (Garman) White, he married Geraldine I. Neff Jan. 31, 1941, in Clarion, Iowa.

He served in the U.S. Army. He worked for the Rock Island Railroad for 38 years.

He was a member of the Moose and Elks. He enjoyed to fish, hunt, garden and travel.

Surviving are three children, Terry (Kerry) Boehle of Princeton, Gary (Lois) White of Oak Forest and Sheila Shurlow of Walnut; seven grandchildren, Daniel Boehle, Erin Tomman, Michael White, Steve White, Brian Shurlow, Jerry Shurlow and Lori Catton; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty (Gene) Finks; two brothers, Frank (Lucille) White of Princeton and Clifford (Betty) White of Andover.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and one brother, Harold.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton with the Rev. Derek Boggs officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Bureau.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be left at

Ellen Burke

August 26th, 2016

Ellen “Bernice” Burke, 77, of Princeton, and most recently Liberty Village, died at 2:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.

She was born Dec. 2, 1938, in Hodgenville, Ky., the daughter of Fred and Gertie (Warren) Sprowls. She married Thomas Michael Burke on Oct. 19, 1957, in Earlville. He preceded her in death on Jan. 26, 2015.

Bernice graduated from Earlville High School. She had worked as a clerk at the Princeton Ben Franklin store and a lunch lady at Princeton High School.

She was a member of Princeton American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 125. Her greatest joy was visits with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed playing bingo and crossword puzzles.

Survivors include two daughters, Kathy (Greg) Johnson of Princeton and Patty (Mike) Roberts of West Salem, Ohio; one son, Michael (John) Cormier-Burke of Sharon Springs, N.Y.; three brothers, Kenneth Sprowls, Mitchell (Ardith) Sprowls and Fred (Robbyn) Sprowls; one sister, Doris Greenfield; four grandchildren, Sarah Johnson, Drew (Kelly) Johbson, Katie Roberts and Shawn Roberts; two great-grandchildren, Myka and Gwendolyn Johnson; and many nieces and nephews.

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

At Bernice’s request, there will be no funeral or visitation. Cremation was accorded and her remains will be interred in a private family ceremony at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

The Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at

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.