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Audrey Smoode

Posted by wlpo on September 25, 2012

76 year old Audrey Smoode of Spring Valley died Sunday at her home.

Mass of Christian Burial is Wednesday at 10 at Immaculate Conception Church in Spring Valley. Visitation is Tuesday from 5 until 8 at the Barto Funeral Home in Spring Valley. Burial is at Valley Memorial Park in Spring Valley.

She’s survived by her son James of Spring Valley; daughter Mary Jo Moreno of Spring Valley; and one brother.

Audrey Smoode retired as a bailiff at the Bureau County Courthouse.

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Danny Sissel

Posted by wlpo on September 24, 2012

63 year old Danny Sissel of Princeton died Saturday in St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Services will be held at 11a.m. Thursday in St. Louis Catholic Church in Princeton. Burial follow at Elm Lawn Cemetery in Princeton. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3 until 7 p.m. at the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home in Princeton.

He’s survived by his wife, Colleen of Princeton; his daughters, Heather Mason of Princeton, Kristy Foster of Dekalb, and Kelly of Princeton; 8 grandchildren, and one sister.

Danny Sissel had been the Chief of Police in Tiskilwa and later a Princeton Police officer for 30 years.  After retiring he had worked part time for the Bureau County Sheriff’s Department and had also worked with the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home for years.

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John Comerouski

Posted by wlpo on September 24, 2012

91 year old John Comerouski of La Salle died Saturday at Heritage Manor in La Salle.

Funeral Mass is Wednesday at 11 in St. Hyacinth Church in La Salle. Visitation is Tuesday from 4 until 7 at Burgess Funeral Home in La Salle and Wednesday from 10 until services at the church. Burial will follow in Valley Memorial Park in Spring Valley.

He’s survived by his wife Katherine; son John of Itasca; daughter Christine Brown of La Salle; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

John Comerouski taught music at St. Bede Academy, La Salle Public Schools, and at Cherry Grade School. He also was a salesperson for Orkin.

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Kristine Huffstodt

Posted by wlpo on September 24, 2012

48 year old Kristine Huffstodt died Friday.

Services are Saturday at 11 at Dysart-Cofoid Funeral Chapel in Granville. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial visitation is Saturday from 9 until service time at the funeral chapel.

Services for Kristine Huffstodt are pending with the Dysart-Cofoid Funeral Chapel in Granville.

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Jeno Bonucchi

Posted by wlpo on September 24, 2012

94 year old Jeno Bonucchi of Granville died Saturday at Liberty Village Manor Court in Peru.

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

He’s survived by his wife Margaret; twin daughters Nancy Carlson of Princeton and Carol Unes of East Peoria; two grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Jeno Bonucchi with his wife owned and operated the Royal Blue Store in Granville for 40 years.

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Rheta Campbell

Posted by wlpo on September 23, 2012

76 year old Rheta Campbell of Peru died Friday at her home.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 9:30 at the Mueller Funeral Home in Peru followed by a 10 o’clock Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph’s Church in Peru. Burial will follow at Valley Memorial Park in Spring Valley. Visitation is Tuesday from 5 until 7 at the funeral home.

She’s survived by her children Mary Wren and Katie Campbell of Peru, Julia Stevenson of Lacon and Rebecca Daugherty-Campbell of Colorado; and six grandchildren.

Rheta Campbell worked at the Choice’s Unit at Community Hospital in Ottawa.

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Florence McCook Samlin

Posted by wlpo on September 22, 2012

86 year old Florence McCook Samlin of Spring Valley died Friday in Colonial Hall in Princeton.

Services will be at 10am Monday at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Spring Valley.  There will be no visitation.  Cremation will follow the services with burial at a later date.  Arrangements are through the Barto Funeral Home in Spring Valley.

She’s survived by her husband, Lawrence; son Greg McCook of Spring Valley, daughter Joan Hammitt of Spring Valley, one sister, three grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and stepchildren, step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

Florence McCook Samlin owned and operated a salon for years.

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Dorothy Gearica

Posted by wlpo on September 21, 2012

91 year old Dorothy Gearica of Peru, formerly of La Salle, died Thursday at Manor Court of Peru.

Services will be at 10a.m. Monday at St. Joseph’s Church in Peru. Burial will follow at St. Vincent’s Cemetery in La Salle.  Visitation will be held from 9a.m. until 10a.m. Monday at the church.   Arrangements are through the Mueller-Pagani Funeral Home in La Salle.

Dorothy Gearica is survived by her daughters, Phyllis Fiedler of Peru and Carole Pakula of La Salle; 8 grandchildren, 8 great- grandchildren; and two sisters.

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Dr. Harold Banser

Posted by wlpo on September 21, 2012

84 year old Dr. Harold Banser of Peru died Tuesday, September 18, at Manor Court of Peru.

Funeral Services will be held at 10a.m. Saturday, September 29, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Peru. Private burial will follow at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Montgomery, IL.   Visitation will be from 4p.m. to 7p.m. Friday, September 28, at the church.   Arrangements are through the Mueller Funeral Home in Peru.

He’s survived by his daughters, Nancy Shaffer of Connecticut, Michele Fairbanks of Highland Park, and Kim Vezzetti of Peru; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Dr. Harold Banser was the Superintendent of La Salle Elementary Schools until retirement.

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Wendell “Wink” Marshall

Posted by wlpo on September 20, 2012

81 year old Wendell “Wink” Marshall of Tonica died at his home Thursday after an extended illness.

Funeral services will be at 11am Monday in the Tonica United Methodist Church.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Tonica.  Visitation will be from 5-8pm Sunday in the Hurst Funeral Home in Tonica and from 10am until services Monday in the church.

He’s survived by his wife, Joyce; daughter Ellen of Virginia, son Richard of Evanston, two brothers and two sisters.

Wendell “Wink” Marshall was the Postmaster of Tonica until retiring.

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