Helen Warren

July 6th, 2015

Helen Warren
Age: 92
City: Princeton, Illinois formerly of Sheffield
Time of Death: 5:30 p.m.
Date of Death: July 4, 2015
Place of Death: Liberty Village of Princeton

Services: Wednesday, July 8, 2015 / Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton at 11:00 a.m.
Officiating: Pastor Becky Barnett
Burial: Sheffield Cemetery, Sheffield, IL
Visitation: 9-11 Wednesday, July 8, 2015 / Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton

Date of Birth: July 15, 1922 / Greensburg, KY / Elige & Nancy (DeSpain) McCubbin

Married: Eddie Warren / October 19, 1955 / Greensburg, KY
he died: February 15, 2000

Survivors: 3 Daughters – Carolyn (Jerry) Miller – Rockford, IL / Barb (Russ) Wagner – Sheffield, IL / Sheila (Ron) Yepsen – Sheffield, IL
6 Grandchildren – Lisa (Steve) Broyles – Alpharetta, GA / Amanda Miller – London, England / Calvin (Patty) Wagner – Coal City, IL / Becky (Brent) Barnett – Kewanee, IL
Quentin (Ann) Yepsen – Thomasville, GA / Justin (Tonya) Yepsen – Sheffield, IL
13 Great-Grandchildren
3 Great-Great-Grandchildren
numerous neices & nephews
Sister – Mary Jane Dile – Aurora, IL
Brother – Harold (Rose) McCubbin – Greensburg, KY

Preceded in death: parents / husband / 6 Brothers – Carl, Emery, Willard, Russell, Dee, Harland McCubbin

Employment: Seamstress for Morris Foundations, Buda / Sheffield Historical Society

Memberships: New Beginnings Assembly of God, Manlius, IL

Memorials: New Beginnings Assembly of God & Sheffield Historical Society

Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton

Leslie Charles Bianchi

July 2nd, 2015

Leslie Charles Bianchi, 73, of Granville died Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at his residence

with his loving family by his side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at Sacred Heart

Catholic Church, Granville. Fr. Duane Leclercq will officiate. Burial will be in Sacred

Heart Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at Dysart – Cofoid

Funeral Chapel, Granville.

Les was born on July 9, 1941 in Peru to Charles and Valentina (Bosi) Bianchi. He

married Hazel Paris on November 28, 1964. Hazel died on May 29, 2002. He married

Phyllis Cordes on September 3, 2007.

He graduated from Hall High School, class of 1959. Les worked for Suntrand for 22

years. Les retired from Caterpillar, Pontiac, Illinois plant in 2004.

Surviving is his wife, Phyllis (Cordes) of Granville; two daughters, Kathy Bianchi of

Mexico City, Mexico and Gina Bianchi of Normal; one step-daughter, Ashley (John)

Ellena of Standard; two grandsons, Caden and Joey Ellena; one brother, Robert (Gloria)

Bianchi and niece, Brittany all of North Carolina.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be directed to the Children’s Hospital of Illinois,

Peoria, Illinois or Vitas Healthcare of LaSalle, Illinois.

Online condolences may be made to his family at

Judy Sidebottom

July 1st, 2015

Judy E. Sidebottom, age 62, of Toluca, Illinois and formerly of Walnut, Illinois

passed away June 29, 2015 at Richard L. Owens Hospice in Peoria, Illinois.

Judy was born April 25, 1953 in Princeton, Illinois, the daughter of Albert and

Marie (Von Holten) Schulte. She was united in marriage to Steven Sidebottom on

November 25, 1972 in Ohio, Illinois. She babysat for many years in Walnut. Judy

worked as a cook with Heritage Health in Minonk, worked at the Toluca Garment

Factory and Miller Hardware. Judy also helped Steve run their bar, Suds, in Toluca

for 15 years. She was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Toluca. Judy

enjoyed spending time with her grandkids.

She is survived by her husband, Steve; three daughters: Jennifer (Brad) Fandel of

Toluca, Christine (Sean) Cunningham of Minonk and Karen (Derek) McCully of

Morton, Illinois; one son: Steven (Keli) Sidebottom of Minonk; eleven

grandchildren; her mother, Marie Schulte of Walnut; three sisters: Carolyn (Don)

Wallace of Tampico, Illinois, Joyce (Dean) Geldean of Harmon, Illinois, Carla

(Tim) Gonnigam of Walnut; three brothers: Virgil (Judy) Schulte of Walnut, Marc

(Carol) Schulte of Walnut and Jim (Cindy) Schulte of Ohio, Illinois and numerous

aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Albert and one brother, Jerry Schulte.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Friday, July 3, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the

Walnut Bible Church with Rev. Ryan Anderson, Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran

Church in Toluca and Rev. Eldon Cook, Pastor of the Walnut Bible Church, co-

officiating. Burial will take place in Van Orin Repose Cemetery. Visitation will be

held Wednesday, July 1, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Garland Funeral

Home in Walnut. A memorial has been established in her memory to St. John’s

Lutheran Church in Toluca or the Richard L. Owens Hospice in Peoria. Online

condolences may be left at

Laura Bopes

July 1st, 2015

Laura Lee Bopes, 48, of Princeton passed away on June 28, 2015 in her home. She was born on January 5, 1967 in Princeton, IL to Ronald and Linda (Whipple) Ratliff.

Laura’s greatest joy in life was being a mother. She is survived by two sons, Nathan and Logan Bopes of Princeton and stepson Zachary Bopes of Princeton.

Laura is also survived by her mother, Linda Ratliff of Princeton, sister, Julie (Steve) Danielson of Princeton, niece, Janelle (Dustin) Harper of White Heath, IL,
nephew Mitch (Ashley) Danielson of Whitestown, IN, nephew Lane Danielson of Bloomington, IL, and great niece Ava Harper of White Heath, IL.

Laura was preceded in death by her father, Ronald Ratliff.

Laura graduated from Princeton High School in 1985. She attended Western Illinois University and graduated with a degree in business in 1993. She made
her career in the insurance field working for Met-life and was well respected by her colleagues and customers.

Laura loved animals and to read. Her dog, JoJo, and cat, Angel, were beloved members of the family.

During her five year battle with cancer her faith in God and the love of her family and friends gave her strength and courage to face each day with determination. She
fought bravely until the end.

Services will be as follows: Visitation: July 1, from 6-8 p.m. at Grant-Johnson Funeral Home (Princeton). Funeral: July 2, at 10 a.m. at Princeton Bible Church with
pastors Tim Batchelor and Ken Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Memorial Park, Princeton, IL.
Memorials may be made to the “Bopes Children” Memorial at Heartland Bank.

Online condolences may me made at

Glen Pearson

June 25th, 2015

Glenn Joseph Pearson, 84, of Malden died Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at the St. Paul Medical Center OSF in Mendota.
Born June 19, 1931, in Princeton to Pete and Florice (Seaton) Pearson, he married his high school sweetheart, Norma Jean Fiste, on Sept. 30, 1951, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Princeton.
He graduated from Malden High School in 1949. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He farmed in the Malden area all of his life.
He served as a member of the Malden High School Board of Education, Berlin Center School Board, Malden Bank Board of Directors and Malden Fire Department, and was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church on the Hill, where he served on the church council and in many other capacities.
He enjoyed sports, fishing, hunting, boating, playing cards, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and vacationing in the Ozarks.
He is survived by this wife, Norma; three sons, Larry (Pat) Pearson of rural Arlington, Randy (Robin) Pearson of Towanda and Gregg (Kaye) Pearson of Princeton; one sister, Betty Ann (Bill) Losey of Princeton; seven grandchildren, Paul Pearson, Stacy (Matt) Sink, Matthew (Amanda) Pearson, J. Michael Pearson, Marc Pearson, Brad (Christine) Pearson and Jaimie Pearson; and three great-grandchildren, Magnus, Caden and Novalyne Pearson.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at St. John’s Lutheran Church on the Hill with Pastor Kim Lee-Brown officiating. Burial will be at a later date.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton and from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at the church.
Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church on the Hill, Greenfield Retirement Community and the Mendota Lutheran Home.
Online condolences may be left at

Ruth Ann Schupp

June 23rd, 2015

Ruth Ann Schupp, age 70, of Bradford, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago.
Private family services will be held. Grant-Johnson Funeral Home in Bradford is in charge of arrangements.
Ruth was born April 3, 1945 in Peoria, Illinois, the daughter of Frank L. and Mildred (Gish) Davis. She married Gary L. Schupp October 18, 1969 in Sparland, Illinois. He survives. Other survivors include her children, Jimmy (Jill) Schupp of Wyoming, Jana Schupp of Hennepin, Julie (Jan) Gage and Wendy Moodie, both of Bradford. Also surviving are grandchildren, Weston (Dani) Schupp, Tayler Gage, Wyatt and Whitney Schupp, Lane and Haylie Moodie, and a great grandbaby Schupp on the way. She was preceded in death by one brother, Ron Davis; one sister, Eloise Hunt; and two sons in-law, Danny Posa and Corey Moodie.
Ruth was retired produce manager for Kroger in Chillicothe. She dearly loved her family, especially her grandchildren, rarely missing their different sporting events and rodeos. Ruth used to raise and show horses. She enjoyed bowling, camping, and spending winters in Texas. Memorial contributions in Ruth’s honor may be made to St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital.
Family and friends are invited to come and share your favorite memories at a Celebration of Life, Friday, June 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bradford American Legion.

Merrill Draper

June 16th, 2015

Merrill L. “Pat” Draper, age 93, of Amboy, Illinois died Sunday, June 14, 2015 at

Aperion Care in Amboy.

Pat was born February 17, 1922 the son of Ivan and Helen (Murphy) Draper in

New Bedford, Illinois. He was united in marriage to Joyce Conner on October 18,

1946 in Ohio, Illinois. He served in the United States Navy during World War II.

Pat moved to the Walton area in 1948 and farmed there for his whole life. He was

a member of the Amboy School Board, the Lee County Merit Board, the Lee

County Deputies Association, the Lee County ASCS committee, and the Walnut

Masonic Lodge #722. He was the East Grove Township Road Commissioner for

26 years. Pat was a former member the Ohio United Methodist Church and a

present member of the Red Oak United Methodist Church. He enjoyed the Lee

County 4H Center. He served on the 4H Center Board and was a 4H leader. Pat

enjoyed fishing in Canada, area high school sports, and local livestock shows. He

dearly loved his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Joyce of Amboy; one daughter, Kelli (Jane)

Draper of Dixon, Illinois; one son, Tom (Theresa) Draper, their two children,

Nathan Draper and Lydia Draper all of Amboy; one daughter- in law, Sandra

(Michael, deceased) Draper, their two children, Jonathan Draper and Mathew

(Katie) Draper, one great-grandchild, Curtis Draper, all of Amboy; one sister

Marjorie Frank of Palm Springs, California; one sister- in law, Barb Draper of

Ohio, Illinois and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Michael; one son in infancy, both parents

and four brothers, Marvin, James, Ivan “Short” Jr. and Robert; and one sister,

Marian Gustafson.

A funeral service will be held Friday, June 19, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Garland

Funeral Home in Walnut, with Rev. Judy Giese, Pastor of the Red Oak United

Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will take place in Walnut Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the

Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. A memorial has been established to the Ohio

Veterans Memorial and the Lee County 4H Center. Condolences may be sent to

Patsy Hunt

June 15th, 2015

Age: 80
City: Manlius, IL
Time of Death: 8:00 a.m.
Date of Death: June 13, 2015
Place of Death: Heritage Manor Walnut

Services: Private family at a later date
Burial: Manlius Cemetery, Manlius, IL
Visitation: No
Military Rites: NO

Date of Birth: 5/24/1935, Dennis & Goldie (Mershon) Hurley, New Boston, Ohio

Married:Charles D. Hunt January 30, 1965, New Bedford Christian Church,New Bedford, IL
He survives: Yes

Survivors: 7 daughters; Vicki (Bob) Stevens – Tiskilwa, Susan Husinga – Prophetstown, IL,
Leanne Holland – Dallas TX, Laura (Aaron) Closson – New Bedford, Tonya Hunt – Peoria,
Molly (Kevin O’Dell)Hunt – Walnut, Connie Sanders – Manlius.
6 sons- Steven (Mary) Heward – Manlius, Timothy & Joseph Hunt – Manlius,
Brian (Cheryl) Hunt – Princeton, Mark Hunt – Hawaii, Tom Long – Princeton
2 brothers – Dennis (Helen) Hurley – rural Sheffield, John (Vesta) Hurley – Milledgeville,IL
2 sisters- Joanne (Herbert) Hartz – Barrington, IL,
Sally (BUd) Hippin – rural Sterling.
Numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death: parents and 1 grandson.

Employment: Homemaker

Memberships: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Manlius

Memorials: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Manlius

Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Manlius

Dale Sobottka

June 15th, 2015

Dale H. Sobottka, age 88, of Deer Grove, IL died Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the

Walnut Manor Nursing Home in Walnut.

Dale was born on June 4, 1927 the son of Henry and Freda (Kaempf) Sobottka in

Plum City, Wisconsin. He was united in marriage to Joyce Baggie on May 6, 1950

in Ellsworth, Wisconsin. He was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire

Company in Sterling, Illinois for 34 years as a dye maker. Dale was Township

trustee and supervisor for 48 years and also served on the Deer Grove Village

Board for over 50 years. He was a member of the Tampico United Methodist


He is survived by his wife Joyce of Deer Grove, IL; two sons Henry (Violet)

Sobottka of Rock Falls, IL, Michael (Ronna) Sobottka of Walnut, IL; two

daughters Nancy McNee of Portage, MI, Vera (John) Noe of Moline, IL; six

grandchildren; two great grandchildren; one brother Roger (Yvonne) Sobottka of

East Moline, IL; four sisters Carol (Burt) Huneke of Red Wing, MN, Ellen (Gene)

Kerchner of Durand, WI, Joyce Hawke of Waconia, MN, Janie (Jack) Tepstra of

Coon Rapids, MI, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, one sister, and his

stepfather Earl Wider.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial services will be held on Thursday

June 18, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Tampico United Methodist Church with the Rev.

Leanne Keate, pastor officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 9:30 to

11a.m. at the church. Burial of cremains will be in Walnut Cemetery. A

memorial has been established to the Tampico United Methodist Church, Walnut

Manor Nursing, and Vitas Hospice. Garland Funeral Home in Tampico is

handling the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to:

Kevin Budde

June 10th, 2015

Kevin Ray Budde, 34, of Princeton, passed away on Saturday, June 6, 2015.


Services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel of The Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home in Princeton.


Kevin was born on July 10, 1980, in Harvey, Illinois, to Tony and Kim (Brown) Budde.


He is survived by:  his wife, Kelly Hewitt Budde of Princeton; his mother, Kim Brown Hatton  of Princeton; his son, Mcguire Johnson of Princeton; his daughter, Rose Johnson of Princeton; his 3 brothers, Adam Budde of Princeton, Tony Budde, Jr. ofPrinceton, and Bobby Lee Budde of Tampa, Florida.


He was preceded in death by: his father, Tony Budde, Sr.