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James Long

Posted by wlpo on October 27, 2012

68 year old James Long of La Salle died Wednesday at IVCH in Peru.

Services are Monday at 10:30 in the Burgess Funeral Home in La Salle. Visitation is Monday from 9 until service time at the funeral home. Burgess Funeral Home in La Salle is handling arrangements.

He’s survived by his son Skylar of Varna; daughters Samantha of La Salle and Jamie Molder of Ohio state; step-daughters Tammy Morgan and Heather Florence of Minnesota; step-son Chancellor Elder of Peru; one brother; and 14 grandchildren.

James Long was a trucker for several companies including JMX Transportation.

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Louise Stuart

Posted by wlpo on October 25, 2012

87 year old Louise Stuart of Peru died Wednesday at her home.

Funeral services are Saturday at 10 at the Mueller Funeral Home in Peru followed by a 10:30 Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Church in Peru. Burial will follow at Miller Cemetery in Spring Valley. Visitation is Saturday from 8 until service time at the funeral home.

She’s survived by her children Patricia Schummer of Ladd, David and William of Peru, Jewel of Washington state, and Mark of Spring Valley; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and her sister Phyllis Goletz of Peru.

Louise Stuart worked at Westclox and was a nurse’s aid.

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Martin Granfield

Posted by wlpo on October 24, 2012

89 year old Martin Granfield of Ladd died Sunday in Macon, Missouri.

Services will be at the Barto Funeral Home in Spring Valley at 10 followed by a mass at St. Anthony Catholic Church at 10:30.  Visitation will be from 9-10am Saturday in the funeral home.  Burial will be in Valley Memorial Park.

He’s survived by his wife Evelyn of Missouri, daughter Eddijo Prokup of Florida, sister Yvonne Volant of Ladd, nine grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.

Martin Granfield was an agricultural salesman.

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Lorraine Schuda

Posted by wlpo on October 24, 2012

88 year old Lorraine Schuda of Peru died Tuesday in Manor Court of Princeton.

Services for Lorraine Schuda are pending with Hurst Funeral Home in La Salle.

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Mary Ann Pyszka

Posted by wlpo on October 23, 2012

60 year old Mary Ann Pyszka of La Salle died Monday at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.

A funeral mass will be at 10am Thursday at St. Patrick’s Church in La Salle.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 until 7 at Burgess Funeral Home in La Salle and Thursday from 9 until service time at the church.  Burial will be in St. Hyacinth’s Cemetery.

She’s survived by her brothers Wayne Pyszka of Ohio and Dale Pyszka of Missouri, longtime companion Patrick Dooley of La Salle, and her nieces and nephews.

Mary Ann Pyszka worked at LaSalle State Bank as a teller for 37 years.

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Mary Newman

Posted by wlpo on October 22, 2012

Mary Newman of Denver, Colorado, formerly of La Salle died October 1st.

Memorial Mass is Tuesday at 11 in St. Patrick’s Church in La Salle. Hurst Funeral Home in La Salle is assisting with arrangements.

She’s survived by her sisters Ruth Elter of Peru, Nancy Gibson of Minnesota and Karen Morrow of Texas; her brother Ray of La Salle; and twelve nieces and nephews.

Mary Newman was a retired Vice-President of lending for the US Bank of Denver.

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Robert “Bob the Ice Man” Ksiazkiewicz

Posted by wlpo on October 22, 2012

78-year-old Robert “Bob the Ice Man” Ksiazkiewicz of La Salle died Saturday at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Funeral services are Friday at 11 at Mueller-Pagani Funeral Home in La Salle. Burial will follow in St. Hyacinth’s Cemetery in La Salle. Visitation is Thursday from 4 until 7 at the funeral home.

He’s survived by his wife Jane of La Salle; sons Wayne of Colorado and Paul of Texas; daughters Donna Bennett of Virginia and Luan Zaller of La Salle; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and three brothers.

Robert “Bob the Ice Man” Ksiazkiewicz worked for the Local 150 Operating Engineers, owned and operated Mustang Welding Service and Mustang’s Corral tavern in La Salle and Polar Bear Ice Company. He was a former La Salle alderman and was the current City Treasurer.

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Dr. William Farley

Posted by wlpo on October 22, 2012

91 year old Doctor William Farley died Thursday at his home in Peru.

Mass of Christian Burial is Saturday at noon at St. Joseph’s Church in Peru. Burial will follow at St. Vincent’s Cemetery in La Salle. Visitation is Saturday from 10 until service time at the church.

He’s survived by his seven children: William Jr. of Massachusetts, Daniel of Peru, Susanne Farley-Turner of Massachusetts, Thomas of Massachusetts, Katie Data of Washington state, Michael of Poplar Grove and James of Massachusetts; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and dear friend Mary Bradish of Peru.

Dr. William Farley retired as a certified OB/GYN after 57 years.

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Carmi Bassi

Posted by wlpo on October 22, 2012

89 year old Carmi Bassi of Granville died Friday at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley.

Mass of Christian Burial is Tuesday at 10:30 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Granville. Visitation is Monday is from 5 until 8 at Dysart-Cofoid Funeral Chapel in Granville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Granville.

She’s survived by her daughters Karen Wasielewski of La Salle and Carol Delgado of Naperville; sons Jerry of Eureka, Robert of Franklin and Richard of Mokena; and nine grandchildren.

Carmi Bassi was a retired Granville postal clerk.

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Randy Friestad

Posted by wlpo on October 19, 2012

54-year-old Randy Friestad of Dayton Township died Thursday at his home.

Funeral services will be 10a.m. Monday at the Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa. Burial will be in Freedom Lutheran Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 2 to 6p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Lou of Ottawa; children, Jason and Josh of Ottawa and Jenny Peters of La Salle; two granddaughters, and one sister.

Randy Friestad farmed for 35 years.

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