Rose Ditchen Blakney Friedewald
Rose Ditchen Blakney Friedewald, 93, passed away at Heritage Health in Normal on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013.
There will be no visitation. A graveside service will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Bloomington at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 with Fr. Julius Turyatoranwa officiating. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Rose was born Feb. 22, 1919 in Bloomington, a daughter of Lena Brunner Ditchen and Andrew W. Ditchen. She married Karl Blakney, June 17, 1939 and later married John "Jack" Friedewald, Nov. 30, 1980.
Rose is survived by her husband John "Jack" Friedewald; her son Gary L. (Susan) Blakney, Normal; grandchildren, Brian L. (Anne) Blakney, Lantana Fla., Amy (Gregory) Ummel, McLean Ill.; great-grandchildren, Daniel Blakney, Keith Blakney, Karl Blakney, Lantana, Fla., Joshua Ummel and Jessalyn Ummel, McLean Ill., and great-great grandchild, Daniel Blakney Jr., Perry Fla. She is also survived by stepdaughters Charlotte Wright, Christy Friedewald, Jacki Kerz-Parker and stepson Mark Friedewald.
Rose was preceded in death by her sisters Marie (Howard) Chrisman, Elizabeth (Charles) Franklin, Anna Ditchen and brothers Joseph (Viola) Ditchen, Andrew (Anna) Ditchen, Ignatius Ditchen, Frank (Helen) Ditchen, Anthony (Bernice) Ditchen.
Rose was one of the original City of Bloomington school crossing guards. She was the crossing guard at Oakland and Clinton Streets helping the Emerson School children from 1956 to 1964. She was also a waitress at Lynn's Lunch for many years and retired from the General Telephone Co. in the food services department.
Rose enjoyed traveling and had many great trips to Colorado, “jeeping” to the ghost towns and abandoned mines. Rose was featured in a Pantagraph article about still using a wringer washer for her weekly laundry.
Rose was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Bloomington.
The family requests that memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 303 N. Hershey Rd., Bloomington IL 61704. Rose's family would like to thank the OSF Medical staff and Heritage Health of Normal staff for their care and support.
Rose was always there to comfort and assist any of her family members and loved babysitting her grandchildren. She will be missed by all of us.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at kiblerbradyruestman.com.
William L. “Bill” Janke
William L. “Bill” Janke, 62, of Godfrey, Ill., formerly of Normal, passed away at 3:52 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 at Beverly Farm Foundation, Godfrey.
His funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Bloomington. Visitation will be for one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington. Memorial contributions may be directed to Beverly Farm Foundation, 6301 Humbert Rd., Godfrey, IL 62035.
William was born Nov. 8, 1950 in Normal a son of Leonard A. and Barbara Bunting Janke.
Survivors include two sisters, Elizabeth Nichols, Bloomington and Karlynn (Glenn) Anderson, Arlington Heights; nieces and nephews, Adam Dew, Bloomington, Carson (Shannon) Dew, Normal, Derek (Lauren) Anderson, Glen Ellyn and Shelby Anderson, Sanford,NC; two great nieces, Avery and Harper Anderson; and his dear friend Genny (Darren Orban) McCann, Godfrey.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Paul and a brother-in-law Robert Nichols.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Bloomington and was involved with the McLean County Crippled Children’s Camp thru Easter Seals. Bill was also the "assistant" coach for Illinois State University Men’s Swimming.
God's perfection and Man's perfection are quite often two different things. Bill was God's perfection. He blessed and enriched the lives of so many. His greatest pride was his nephews and nieces.
Online condolences may be sent to his family at kiblerbradyruestman.com.
Janette M. Walker Joyce
Janette M. Walker Joyce, 70, of Bloomington, passed away on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 at her residence at 11:32 am.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at Union Missionary Baptist Church in Bloomington at 11 a.m. with Rev. Phenues Bush officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday at the church from 9-11 a.m. prior to the Funeral services. Interment will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Bloomington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Union Missionary Baptist Church Sunday School Department, or to the NAACP in Janette’s name.
The family of Janette has entrusted the care of their loved one to Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington.
Janette was born on Dec. 15, 1942 in New Orleans, La., a daughter of O’neal and Myrtle (Lee) Walker. She was a graduate of Clark High School in New Orleans and then attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Janette married Lionel Livingston Joyce, Sr. in New Orleans in 1968.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Joseph Joyce of Indianapolis, Ind., Lionel (Rosario) Joyce, Jr. of Bloomington, Karen Joyce, and Terrence Joyce both of New Orleans; 7 grandchildren, Kristopher Williams, Steffon Joyce-Shadewaldt, Ramone Pippens, Reyhana Pippens, Marie Joyce, Lionel Joyce III, and Cardella Joyce; 2 great-grandchildren, Jermiah Pippens and Kayden Williams; nephew, Terrence (Nicole) Emerson of Indianapolis. A host of nieces and other nephews also survive. Also surviving is her prayer partner, Mrs. Beulah Brown; special friends, Anita Sherrer of Jacksonville, Fla., Milton and Donna Guzman, Jeffrey and Sheila Staten, Bobby Johnson, and Mother Tucker.
Janette was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, her twin sister, Joan Marie Walker, a favorite aunt, Virginia Miller, and cousins, Leroy Emerson, and Leroy Emerson, Jr.
She was an educator and retired from Irving Elementary School after more than 33 years of service there as a teacher. Janette was a member of Union Missionary Baptist Church in Bloomington where she served as a Sunday School Teacher, and an usher in the church for many years. She was baptized in 1955 at the Stronger Hope Baptist Church by Rev. J.C. Profit, Jr. in New Orleans.
Janette was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching basketball, football, and baseball. She truly enjoyed watching the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Lakers. She was proud to be involved in and supportive of the Mother’s at her church helping them when needed.
She enjoyed her family greatly, loved taking her grandchildren shopping and greatly enjoyed bossing her two sons, Lionel and Joseph around. Janette also enjoyed every summer in New Orleans with her family. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
Online condolences or your special memories of Janette may be sent to the family at kiblerbradyruestman.com.
Murl Richards Pace
Murl Richards Pace, 95, of Danvers passed away peacefully with his family by his side at 6:14 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 at OSF St. Joseph medical Center in Bloomington.
His funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Otto-Argo-Calvert Memorial Home, Danvers, with Military Rites accorded by the Bloomington-Normal American Legion Honor Guard. Rev. Steve Smith will officiate. Burial Park Lawn Cemetery in Danvers. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday at the Otto-Argo-Calvert Memorial Home in Danvers. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Danvers Fire and Rescue Squad or to an American Legion Post of the donor’s choice or to a local veterans hospital of the donor’s choice.
Murl was born June 2, 1917 in Glasgow, Ky., the son of Walter Jacob and Clara Lee Glass Pace. He married Ethel M. Carter on Nov. 27, 1947 in Danvers. She passed away May 9, 2000.
Surviving include 5 children,Wyatt (Rachel) Pace, Mackinaw, Ill., Walter (Vickie) Pace, Greenwood, S.C., Peggy (Harold) Scheirer, Washburn, Ill., Penny S. Pace who resided with her father in Danvers, Patty (Bill) Belt, Homosassa, Fla., 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 1 brother, Lenox (Luella) Pace, Ft. Shaw, Mont. Also surviving many nieces and nephews
He is preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers and 2 sisters.
Murl had worked for C&E Heating and Cooling, he retired in 1982. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Murl had been a volunteer Fireman for the Danvers Fire Department for over 30 years. He was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother. He will be missed by all who knew him. Please view the obituary and share your condolences and memories online at www.calvertmemorial.com.