James Heaton

November 25th, 2015

James D. Heaton, age 51, of Walnut, Illinois died Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at

Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.

Jim was born on June 22, 1964 in Princeton, Illinois, the son of Donald and Anna

(DeWaele) Heaton. He was united in marriage to Angela Cassidy on September

25, 1999. He worked at Walnut Custom Home in Walnut. Jim was a member of

the Walnut Community Bible Church, Happy Hookers Fishing Club and enjoyed

being with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Angela Heaton of Walnut, Il; one daughter Jamie Lynn

Heaton; one son James Donald Heaton both of Walnut, Il: his mother Anna

(Hubert) Fridge of Walnut, IL; one sister Michelle Lavender of Chicago, IL; one

brother Craig Heaton of Walnut, IL; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Cremation rites were accorded. A time of sharing will be held on Saturday from 3

to 5 p.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. A memorial service will be

conducted at 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Garland Funeral Home with the Rev. Eldon

Cook, pastor of the Walnut Community Bible Church, officiating. A memorial has

been established in his memory. Condolences may be sent to:

Lynn Soldati

November 24th, 2015

Lynn “Noni” Soldati, 66, of Cherry, passed away Monday, November 23, 2015, peacefully at her home in Cherry, with her family by her side, following an extended illness.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Saturday in the Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, Spring Valley, with Rev. Robert Spilman officiating. Interment will follow in the Ladd Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. Friday in the Fiocchi Funeral Home, Cherry and from 10 a.m. until the time of services Saturday in the church.

Lynn was born on January 3, 1949 in Peru to Lester and Bernice (Lent) Hegland. She was a LaSalle Peru Township High School graduate. She owned and operated Towne and Kountry Salon in Cherry with her mother in law, Loretta, for 44 years. She married Joseph L. “Bluto” Soldati on October 27, 1967 in Princeton. She was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Cherry.

She is survived by: her sons, Joseph J. (Maribeth) Soldati and Christopher D. (Shantel) Soldati both of Cherry; 3 grandchildren, Morgan, Madison and Devin of Cherry; 2 brothers, Jim (Alice) Hegland of Chestnut and Randy (Nancy) Hegland of Texas; 2 special lifelong friends Jan Wright and Sheila Abraham; and her special K9 friend Marley .

She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Joseph on May 12, 2013; 4 brothers and 1 sister.

Pallbearers will be: Joe, Chris and Devin Soldati; Mike Stuckert, Joe Wenzel and Ken Bodnum

Private online condolences may be left at

Donald Andrews

November 23rd, 2015

Donald Keith “Donny” Andrews, 76, of Buda, IL, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 20, 2015 on the farm working on the barn. A Funeral Mass celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, November 25th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sheffield, IL. Father Mark Miller will celebrate. Burial will follow at Hopeland Cemetery, where Military Honors will be accorded by Buda American Legion #261. Visitation for Donny will be 4-7pm on Tuesday at Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton. Rosary services will Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hopeland Cemetery Assoc. & St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

Donny was born on July 4, 1939 in Buda, IL, the son of Carl and Mildred (Law) Andrews. He graduated from Buda High School in 1957. Donny was united in marriage to Marietta Coppejans on June 14, 1958 in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sheffield, IL. He proudly served in the US Army from 1962 to 1964. He was a lifetime farmer in rural Buda and also sold seed for Great Lakes for several years.

Donny was a member of the Buda Jaycees, FFA, and 4-H. Farming wasn’t just his occupation, but a passion. He also enjoyed doing construction projects. He loved reading, solving Sudoku puzzles, and watching football alson listening to country music. He enjoyed traveling and spending winters in Florida. Most of all he loved his family, and especially spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Marietta; daughter: Sandy Andrews of West DesMoines, IA; son: Steve )Becky) Andrews of Tiskilwa, IL; grandchildren: Michael Andrews, Elise (Jake Schmidtt) Andrews; step grandchildren: Justin (Tiffany) Carroll, Amy Reuter; great granddaughter: Raelyn; step great grandchildren: Makenna, Austin, Tylor, Chelsea, Shelby, Aiden, Skyler; Sister: Nancy Patterson of Galva, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother-in-law, Bill Patterson; and his great niece, Kaitlyn Therman.

Darlene Martin

November 20th, 2015

Darlene Elizabeth (Headings) Martin, age 43, of Tampico, Illinois died at 5:25

p.m. Tuesday November 17, 2015 at home. She was born on February 4, 1972 in

Princeton, Illinois to Dan and Doris (Kropf) Headings. She married Robert Martin

son of John and Ellen Martin on April 16, 1993.

Surviving are her husband Robert Martin; three daughters Michelle (Trenton)

Hostetler, Lucinda and Joelle; four sons Chris, Craig, Delton and Denley.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Fairfield A.M. Church, rural

Tampico. Burial is in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday,

November 19, 2015 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 at the Fairfield A.M. School, adjacent to

the church. Garland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

LeRoy Jeffery

November 20th, 2015

LeRoy G. Jeffery
Age: 63
City: Wyanet, Illinois
Time of Death: 1:51 a.m.
Date of Death: November 18, 2015
Place of Death: O.s.F. St. Francis Medical Center

Services: Monday, November 23, 2015 / St. Louis Catholic Church, Princeton at 10:30 a.m.
Officiating: Father Jeffery Stiriman
Burial: Forest Hill Cemetery, Wyanet, Illinois
Visitation: 4-7 Sunday, November 22, 2015 / Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton
Rosary Services: at 7 p.m. Sunday night at the funeral home

Date of Birth: August 18, 1952 / Kewanee, Illinois / George C. & Lillian (Nowakowski) Jeffery

Married: Never married

Survivors: Mother – Lillian Jeffery – Wyanet, IL
2 Brothers – Robert (Sandy) Jeffery – Wyanet, IL / Donald Jeffery – Wyanet, IL
6 Nieces – Heidi Jeffery – Wyanet, IL / Luci (Kevin) Hilmes – Princeton, IL / Chelsea (Brian) Aber – Wyanet, IL / Donielle (Jeremy) Guerrero – Wyanet, IL /
Ashleigh (Matthew) Stone – Walnut, IL / Summer Jeffery – McNabb, IL
Several Great-Nieces & Great-Nephews

Preceded in death: father / Brother – George Jeffery / Nephew – Robert Jeffery

Employment: House Mover

Memberships: St. Louis Catholic Church, Princeton / Wyanet Fire Department after 33 years / Wyanet V.F.W. # 6634 / Princeton Moose Lodge #1339 / Wyanet Community Club

Military Service: no

Memorials: To the family of LeRoy G. Jeffery c/o Donielle Guerrero, 205 West First Street, Wyanet, Illinois 61379


Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton

Kelly Nekola

November 18th, 2015

Kelly Amber Nekola, 35, of East Peoria, formerly of Princeton, passed away Saturday, November 14, 2015 in St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.

Services will be held 12 Noon Friday in the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton, with Deacon John Murphy officiating. Interment will follow in the Elm Lawn Cemetery, Princeton. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service Friday at the funeral home.

Kelly was born on January 18, 1980 in Cicero to her loving parents Bob and Debi (Leonard) Nekola. She attended Princeton High School.

She is survived by: her parents, her beautiful children, Gavin Wayne and Haley Marie; her brother, Mark Allen (Vicki) Nekola; her sister, Kristi Marie (Troy) King, all of Princeton. Also surviving are aunts and uncles: Tom (Donna) Nekola of Hinsdale, Dorie (Rico) Mugnaini of Woodridge, Cory (Margaret) Leonard of Spring Valley and Sharon Leonard of Carbondale; Cousins: Louise Nekola, Nick Mugnaini, Matt (Kathleen) Nekola, Bailey Leonard.

Her brother, Timothy Robert Nekola is forever young since 2000. She is also preceded in death by her grandmothers, Jean Leonard and Mary Rice.

Donations may be made to her family for Gavin and Haley’s education fund. Envelopes will be available at the service.

Private online condolences may be left at

Jesse Zimmerman

November 17th, 2015


PRINCETON – Jesse M. Zimmerman, age 89, died on Saturday November 14, 2015 at Perry Memorial Hospital in

Princeton IL. There will be a Funeral Service for Jesse on Wednesday November 18, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Norberg

Memorial Home. Pastor Gary Sinclair of the Christ Community Church will officiate. The family will receive

friends during a visitation before the service on Wednesday from 10:00 -11:00 AM. The burial will follow at Elm

Lawn Memorial Park in Princeton.

Jesse was born on August 22, 1926 in Dover Township to Carl and Estella (Powers) Zimmerman. He served his

country in the US Army. He then got married to Shirley Lampe who survives Jesse. He worked for many years at

Champion Pneumatic. He also worked odds jobs around Princeton for numerous people as well as a hand for

many area farmers.

Jesse was a member of the First Community Baptist Church. Jesse was also first and foremost a grandfather that

loved nothing more than the time he spent fishing with his grandkids.

Jesse is survived by his wife Shirley, two daughters Lucy (Joe) Loftus of Morton IL, Linda Zimmerman of WI, one

son Frank Zimmerman of Princeton, and two grandsons. Also surviving are a sister Laura (Raymond) McCall of

Princeton and a brother Francis (Shirley) Zimmerman of Kewanee.

Jesse is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Fred Zimmerman and Charles Zimmerman of Sterling.

Memorials may be directed to Christ Community Church of Princeton IL.

On-line condolences may be left at

All arrangements have been made through Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton IL.

Dr. Richard Dorsch

November 16th, 2015

Richard W. “Dick” Dorsch
Age: 76
City: Princeton, IL
Time of Death: 11:23 p.m.
Date of Death: November 15, 2015
Place of Death: Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton, Illinois

Services: Friday, November 20, 2015 / First Lutheran Church, 116 North Pleasant, Princeton at 11:00 a.m.
Officiating: Pastor Norman Femrite
Burial: Oakland Cemetery, Princeton, Illinois
Visitation: 4-8 Thursday, November 19, 2015 / First Lutheran Church, Princeton also 1 hour prior to services

Date of Birth: July 22, 1939 / Mt. Carmel, Illinois / Clarence C. & Sidona (Fritz) Dorsch

Married: Mary Caroline Scott / July 5, 1964 / Carlyle, Illinois
She survives: Mary Caroline Dorsch – Princeton, IL

Survivors: Son – Patrick Dorsch – Dillon, CO
Brother – Dean (Joanne) Dorsch – Lake Kiowa, TX
3 Nieces and 2 Nephews

Preceded in death: parents

Education: Doctor of Dental Science from Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Employment: In Dental pratice in Princeton from 1966-2003

Memberships: First Lutheran Church where he held many positions / Member & Past Pres. of Chamber of Commerce / Member & Past Pres of Illinois Valley Dental Society /
Member & Past Pres. Princeton Rotary Club / Performed in numerous plays with Homestead festival, Act IV, Stage 212, Henry Players / He recreated personalities in
Oakland Speaks / Board member of Shoemake & Metro Center Boards / Docent for Love Joy Home / Recipent of Lifetime Achievement Award for Arts from Prairie Arts Center

Military Service: LT / United States Navy Res / Vietnam

Memorials: First Lutheran Church, Princeton

Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton

Donald Underwood

November 14th, 2015

PRINCETON – Donald E. Underwood, age 74, died on Wednesday November 11, 2015 at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Monday evening November 16, 2015 from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton. Military rites honoring Donald will be at 6:30 PM Monday night. Cremation will then be accorded with private burial of ashes at a later date in Oakland Cemetery in Princeton..
Donald was born on April 28, 1941 in Hodgenville, KY to Roy Milton and Sudie (Allen) Underwood. He enlisted and served his country in the U.S. Army. He would later marry his wife Judy Sissel. Don also served his community for 32 years working for the City of Princeton street department.
Don loved fishing. He also liked to toil in his gardens. Don really enjoyed people and helping them out whenever an opportunity presented itself.
Don is survived by his wife Judy, his two sons and two daughters, Stephen (Delores) Underwood, Lorie Underwood, Scott Underwood and Rhonda Underwood all of Princeton as well as 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters, Ruby (Conroy) Harris of Mumfordville KY, and Daisy (Bill) Coffey of Elizabethtown KY.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and 7 sisters and one great-grandchild, Lilly Leck.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
On-line condolences may be left at
All arrangements have been made through Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton, IL.

Paul Lohaus

November 13th, 2015

Paul H. Lohaus, 71, of Lake Thunderbird lost his year and a half battle against cancer and died on November 11, 2015 at home with family and friends.

Paul was born on May 20, 1944 in Schenectady, NY to George and Jeanette Lohaus. He graduated with a master’s degree in science from the State University of New York at Albany. He worked for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for 36 years until his retirement in 2005.

He is survived by his wife, Jan Pruitt Lohaus, his children, Matthew (Sandra Martin) of Maryland, Melinda (Bryan) Jeffries of Texas, and stepson, Paul Taylor of California, along with two grandsons, Andrew Lohaus and Brayden Jeffries. He is also survived by two sisters, Diane (Dennis) Roberts, Linda (Jerry) Allway, mother-in-law, Geraldine Pruitt, and brother-in-law, Joe Pruitt.

Paul always worked hard at whatever he was doing. He had a wide variety of interests and talents that ranged from shooting pool, playing guitar, woodworking and most importantly helping his friends. He was always working to improve all aspects of his life. One special hobby was learning Spanish so he could better communicate with his friends in Costa Rica, where he spent his winter months. He had an extraordinary zest for life that he shared with everyone he met, which made him such a special friend to so many. He will be sorely missed and always remembered by his family and friends.

His visitation will be on Sunday, November 15 from 4-6 and the funeral will be on Monday, November 16 at 11:00 a.m. with Deacon John Murphy Officiating. Both will be held at the Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, 30 W. Mechanic Street, Princeton, Illinois. The interment will be at Mount Bloom Cemetery in Tiskilwa.

Memorials may be directed to the Tiskilwa Community Association or the Tiskilwa Historical Society