Donnie Christiansen

September 26th, 2016

Donnie E. Christiansen
Age: 76
City: Kewanee, Illinois formerly of Princeton
Time of Death:
Date of Death: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Place of Death: at his home
Services: 11:00 am Friday, September 30, 2016 at Grant- Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton
Officiating: Pastor David Schweppe, of the Zion Lutheran Church in Kewanee
Burial: Elm Lawn Memorial Park
Visitation: 9-11 Friday at the Funeral Home

Date of Birth: March 26, 1940 in Cherokee, Iowa the son of Julius E. and Maxine M. (Pruitt) Christiansen.

Married: Sharon Kay Lampe on June 8, 1968 at the First Lutheran Church, Princeton, Illinois
She survives: in Kewanee

Survivors: Wife, Kay; 1 son Steve (Shelly) Christiansen of Mapleton, Illinois; 1 daughter: Jennifer Kay Christiansen of Kewanee; 1 son- in law, Mike Johnson of Fenton, Missouri; 3 grandchildren: Tyler, Ryan and Tory Christiansen all of Mapleton; 2 sisters, Rhonda (Dave) Brock of Linn Grove, Iowa, Shanda (Dave) Bannister of Storm Lake, Iowa and 1 brother: Rick (Jeana) Christianson of Peterson, Iowa; 1 sister- in law, Diane Christiansen of Harrisburg, South Dakota and many aunts, uncle, nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death: his parents, 1 daughter, Tamara Lynn Johnson; 2 brothers: Jerry Christiansen, Gary Christiansen

Education: Graduated from Highview High School in Alta, Iowa with the Class of 1958.

Employment: Held several positions over 40 years at GTE in Princeton and Kewanee.

Memberships: Zion Lutheran Church in Kewanee, where he was on the church council and memorial committee, Shriners, Planning and zoning commission of Kewanee. His Hobbies included Genealogy, traveling, gardening, listening to George Jones and watching his kids and grandkids play sports.

Memorials: Zion Lutheran Church, Kewanee

Pallbearers: Tyler Christiansen, Ryan Christiansen, Daniel Christiansen, Dave Bannister, Rick Christiansen, and Mark Frank

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James Thompsen

September 26th, 2016

James Lee Thompsen , 83, of Princeton, passed away on September, 23, 2016 at Heritage Health Care in Walnut, IL.

James was born in Estherville, IA on February 27, 1933 to Albert Peter and Emma Louise (Andersen) Thompsen. He graduated from Belmond High School, and then Upper Iowa University. He served in Korea for the United States Army. He married Louise Fredrickson on November 7, 1964 at the First Lutheran Church in Princeton. He taught high school in Wisconsin for two years and then was employed by Farmers Mutual Insurance for 35 years. James was the former president of Bureau Valley Country Club, and a member of the Princeton Moose Lodge, The Elks Club and Princeton Fish and Game.
He is survived by his wife, Louise of Princeton; one son, Will (Lori) Thompsen of Waynesville, N.C; one daughter, Kirsten (Lee) Johnson of Walnut; two sisters, Shay (Doc) Maris of Spirit Lake, IA and Carol (Larry) Kinports of Largo, Fla; one brother, Douglas (Fonda) Thompsen of Belmond, IA; four grandchildren, Hannah (Jake) Cadwell; Olivia (Scott) Lennon; Josian Johnston; and Tommy Johnston; one step grand daughter, Stephanie (Chad) Shepherd; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the First Lutheran Church of Princeton or the Alzheimer’s Association in remembrance of James.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 4pm until 6pm at the Norberg Memorial Home. Funeral Services will be on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 11:00 a.m at the First Lutheran Church in Princeton. Rev. Norm Femrite will officiate. Burial will take place at a later date.
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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

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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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