Obituary – Ronette Mathew

March 21st, 2018

Ronette Irene Mathew, 85, of Walnut, IL, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

          She was born November 25, 1932 in Sterling, IL the daughter of Ronald E. and Irene (Haug) Shawger.  She was raised in Sterling, IL and graduated from Sterling High School in 1950.  She also attended Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL.

          She married James Orville Mathew on January 23, 1955 in Sterling, IL.  They were married for 61 years.  He preceded her in death on November 20, 2016.  She worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling, IL from 1952-1955.  Following their marriage, she and Jim farmed in the Sterling-Morrison area for 5 years until moving to their current farm south of Walnut.

          She was a member of the Walnut United Methodist Church, a past member of the Walnut United Methodist Women, a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, a member of the Farm Home Club since 1963 and a past member of the ladies of the Sterling Moose Lodge.

          She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, traveling, gardening, dancing and cross stitching.  She also collected small salt dishes and colored glass birds.

          She is survived by one daughter, Nancy (Glenn) Austin of Ohio, IL; two sons, Mark (Mary Lou) Mathew of LaHarpe, IL and Kent (Julie) Mathew of Walnut; four granddaughters, Jennifer Jellerichs and her boyfriend, Jessie Ranjel of Sterling, IL, Lindsay (Jeff) DeBates of Princeton, Mallorie (Jason) Miller of Peru, IL, and Emily Mathew of Kewanee, IL and three grandsons, Matthew Junis of Champaign, Taylor (Samantha) Mathew of Geneseo, IL and Mitchell Mathew of LaHarpe, IL; five great granddaughters, Chloe Miller, Courtney and Charlotte Junis, Myla Miller and Elliot Mathew and three great grandsons, Jaydon Jellerichs, Elijah Junis and Blake Junis; two step grandsons, J.C. and John Austin; three step great grandsons, Austin, Brayden and Preston DeBates.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one grandson, Micah Mathew; her brother, Jack Shawger and his wife, Sue Shawger; and one nephew, Ron Shawger.

          Visitation will be Friday, March 23, 2018, from 9 – 11:00 AM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut.  Funeral services will be Friday at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with Reverend Mark Harkness of the Walnut United Methodist Church officiating.  Burial will be at Walnut Cemetery.

          A memorial has been established to the National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY, 10163.

          Online condolences may be sent to

Obituary – James Donovan

March 19th, 2018

James L. Donovan, age 62, passed away Monday, March 19, 2018 at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.

James was born on February 10, 1956 at Mendota Hospital, the son of Paul and Dolores (Lampe) Donovan. He married Dixie Stocking on November 25, 1981. Out of high school, Jim worked at Culligan Water in Wyanet and then for LCN Door Closers in Princeton for 23 years. He retired from Princeton Ready Mix.

Survivors include his wife, Dixie; two children, Jim Skaggs of Walnut and Brenda Gomez of Spring Valley; seven grandchildren, Mike (Robin) Epperson, Jason (Bobbi) Skaggs, James Skaggs III, Christopher Mongan, Brittany Facemire, Andrew O’Toole and Tiffaney Vanous; ten great grandchildren; one sister, Mary Donovan of Westmont; one brother, Bernard (Sara) Donovan of Walnut and one nephew, Paul Donovan.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one great granddaughter, Lacie.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Funeral service will be Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the funeral home with Reverend Thomas Shaw, officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ohio.

For online condolences, please visit: Memorials contributions may be made in his memory.

Obituary – Lilly Mae Wiggim

March 12th, 2018
Lilly Mae Wiggim, 94,  a resident of Greenfield in Princeton, IL formerly of Walnut, IL passed away Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton.

Lilly Mae Wiggim was born on May 20, 1923 in Tiskilwa, Illinois to Oscar and Margaret (Rutherford) Morris. She married Marion Wiggim on November 27, 1946 in Tiskilwa. He preceded her in death on June 19, 2003.

She was a member of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Manlius, past member of the Dorcas Circle, a member of ELCA, past member of the Bureau Township Community Club, past member of the Women of the Moose of Sterling, a member of Perry Memorial Axilary, a Royal Neighbors member and served on the Bureau Township election board for many years.

Survivors include 2 sons: Doug (Pat) Wiggim of Wyanet, IL Darrell Wiggim of Los Angeles, CA, one daughter, Denise (John) Hayes of Princeton, IL, one daughter-in law, Carol Wiggim of O’Fallon, MO; 7 grandchildren: Tricia Stecher of Scottsdale, AZ, Teri Ann (Corey) Pursley of O’Fallon, MO, Corey Wiggim of St. Louis, MO, Matt (Andrea) Wiggim of Wyanet, Illinois, Chad Taylor of Sheffield, IL, Eric (Ashley Sanden) Wiggim of Wyanet, Illinois, and Brittney (Aaron) Blythe of Mahomet, IL; 9 great-grandchildren: Faithann, Jakin, Jase, Carly, Zac, Josie, Bailey, Shelby, and Collins; a sister-in law, Anabelle Morris of Princeton, IL and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her son, Dennis, her parents, one brother, Joe Morris and two sisters, Margaret Morris and Anabelle Anderson.

A visitation will be Friday, March 16, 2018 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Manlius, IL. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Manlius, IL with Rev. Dan Stalker officiating. Burial will take place in Oakland Cemetery in Princeton, IL. Memorials may be directed to the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Manlius, IL or Greenfield Senior Living, Princeton, IL. Online condolences may be sent to

Obituary – Elizabeth Wood

March 11th, 2018

Elizabeth E. Wood, 88, of Wyanet, Illinois died Friday, March 9, 2018 at Liberty Village of Princeton.
She was born May 22, 1929 in Wyanet, Illinois the daughter of Earl T. and Pearl M. (Smith) Hamrick. Elizabeth married Wilbur H. Wood August 21, 1949 in Wyanet, Illinois. He preceded her in death March 12, 1999.

Elizabeth graduated from Wyanet High School with the Class of 1947. She was a homemaker and also worked as a clerk at several Princeton stores. She attended the Wyanet Community Bible Church and helped with crafts during vacation Bible School. As a homemaker she enjoyed cooking, sewing, and craftwork. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by 3 children: Carlyn (Judy) Wood of Wyanet, Illinois, Sherry (John) Lange of Walnut, Illinois, and Linda (Duane) Rod of Princeton, Illinois; 7 grandchildren: Sarah Wood, Benjamin (Beatty) Wood, Amie (Erik) Ellberg, Chad Lange, Brian Lange, Eric (Amanda) Rod, Dana (Todd) Maynard; 6 great-grandchildren: Emily, Eli, Blake, Jayce, Brynn, and Tyler; one sister, Irene Moore of Mackinaw, Illinois and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and one grandson, Michael Lange, 2 brothers: Clyde Hamrick and Stacy Hamrick and 2 sisters: Mildred Woods and Georgia Muriekes.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the Grant-Johnson Funeral Home in Princeton. A funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Grant-Johnson Funeral Home in Princeton with Pastor Jack Stites of the Wyanet Community Bible Church, officiating. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Memorial Park, Princeton. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Raymond Sapp Memorial Library in Wyanet. Online condolences may be sent to

Obituary – B.J. Fredenhagen

March 11th, 2018
B.J. Fredenhagen
Berta Jean “BJ” Fredenhagen, 89, of Tiskilwa, passed away Friday March 2, 2018 at Liberty Village in Princeton.
BJ was born June 14, 1928 in Princeton, IL, the daughter of Albert and Imogene (Sarver) Lee.  She resided in Tiskilwa, IL all her life. She married David C. Fredenhagen August 5, 1950. He preceded her in death in 2013.
She is survived by her three children: Charles (Jane) Fredenhagen of Tiskilwa;  Roger Fredenhagen of Champaign; and Judy (Bill) Kramer of Waynesville, NC; 2 grandchildren: Adam Fredenhagen of Tiskilwa and Laura Fredenhagen of Las Cruces, NM;  and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband David; her brother Charles E. Lee; and her parents. 
Mrs. Fredenhagen was a 1946 graduate of Tiskilwa High School, and a 1949 graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in Business Education.  She was a teacher in the Tiskilwa school district for 27 years. Over the years she taught Physical Ed and Business Ed at Tiskilwa High School and 4th Grade and Physical Ed at Tiskilwa Grade School. 
She was a member of the Tiskilwa Methodist Church, the P.E.O. sisterhood Chapter IH, Delta Kappa Gamma, the Illinois Education Association, the National Education Association, and the Bureau County Retired Teachers Association.  
She loved spending time with her family and her special cat. Hosting parties at their home and socializing with friends were favorite activities of BJ and her husband Dave. They also enjoyed several memorable trips during their retirement years. 
A Memorial Service will be held at 6 p.m.Friday, March 16, in the Chapel of Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton. Private interment will be held at a later date in the Mt. Bloom Cemetery, Tiskilwa. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until the time of the service Friday in the funeral home. Private online condolences may be left for BJ’s family at
Memorials may be directed to the Tiskilwa Ambulance Service or the Tiskilwa Historical Society.