Genevieve Henrichs

Genevieve A. Henrichs, born November 5, 1924, of Peoria passed away on April 15, 2017 at 5:55am peacefully in her home, after spending the last days with her loving family at her side.

She was born in Gridley, IL, on November 5, 1924, to Elizabeth and Emil Grusy.
Genevieve’s life was committed to family and service, as well as enjoying friends and family over the years in her volunteering, bridge playing, rooting for her Chicago Cubs and Bradley Braves and selfless caring for all.

She is survived by her 2 children, Thomas (Christina) and Lisa (Andrew) Remack; 3 grandchildren, Reid Thomas Henrichs (Rachel Greene) , Roger Mitchell Henrichs (Melissa) and Ann Elizabeth Remack; 2 great-grandchildren; and 2 step-daughters and 2 step-grandchildren, along with loving siblings, Kathleen Kaufman, Marilyn Hany, Franklin Grusy and Burton Grusy, and other family members.

Genevieve was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Reid O. Henrichs; an infant daughter and infant grandson.
Genevieve was active over the years in various organizations, including Proctor Hospital Auxiliary (now, UnityPoint Health-Proctor Gift Shop), where she volunteered over 20,000 hours; First United Methodist Church; Chicago Cubs Booster Club; bridge groups; Multiple Sclerosis and Peoria Golf League.
The family thanks seven years of exceptional caregiving by Sharon Baer, whose dedicated service enhanced the quality of Genevieve’s life. During the last day of Genevieve’s life, UnityPoint Hospice Peoria provided exceptional care.
A private family memorial service with burial will follow in Gridley Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to UnityPoint Health-Methodist/Proctor Foundation of Peoria in Genevieve’s name at 120 NE Glen Oak Avenue, Peoria, IL 61603.

Janice Roberts

Janice Elaine Roberts, 70, of Gridley, passed away Friday March 31, 2017, 12:20 am at her home in Gridley.
Visitation will be Monday April 3, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Christ Community Church, Gridley.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, 11:00 am at the church. The Rev. Andy Huette, will officiate. Cremation will follow the services. Inurnment will take place at a later date in the Oneida Cemetery, Oneida, IL.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to the Breast Cancer Foundation.
Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, El Paso, is in charge of arrangements.
Janice was born June 16, 1946 in Galesburg, IL to Le Verne L. and Anita L. (Almquist) Johnson. She was married in 1964.
Surviving are her children, Gail (Van) Ault, of Roseville, Kimberly (Paul) Armburst, of Normal and Erin (Trent) Kaupp, of Gridley, four grandchildren, Kelsey, Nathan, and Kayla Ault and Caleb Kaupp, her grand dog, Jaxon Armburst, and her cat, Tippy, one sister, Jean (Jim) Spaid, of Heyworth and a brother, Joel (Cindy) Johnson, of Kewanee.
Her parents, one son Gary Roberts, two brothers, James and John and a sister, Judy, preceded her in death.
She received an Associate’s Degree from Carl Sandburg, College, Galesburg, in marketing.
Janice attended Christ Community Church, where she was a “behind the scenes” volunteer. She was employed for over 20 years with C & E Heating & Cooling, Bloomington.
She was a member of the Book Club at the Gridley Library. She enjoyed coloring, sewing and gardening.

Howard Zehr

Howard Emanuel Zehr, 88, of Gridley, passed away at 8:57 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 3, 2017 at Prairieview Mennonite Church, 13013 N. 400 East Rd, Gridley, with Rev. Doug Hicks officiating. Burial will follow at Waldo Twp. Cemetery, rural Gridley. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday at Prairieview Mennonite Church and for one hour prior to services Monday. Memorials may be made to Gridley Emergency Medical Services or to Prairieview Mennonite Church.

Calvert – Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, El Paso is assisting the family with arrangements.

Howard was born June 29, 1928 at Gridley, the son of Edward & Louella Bertsche Zehr. He married Loretta Goertz on May 8, 1955 at Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church, rural Inman, KS and was married 61 years. She survives with children, Cindy (Ron deceased) Ervin of Pawnee, Jay (Sandi) Zehr of Chenoa, Thomas (Sherry) Zehr of Danville, IN, Donna (Steve) Ringger of Lexington, and David (Mary) Zehr of Jasper, IN; thirteen grandchildren, Tim (Jessie) Ervin, Ryan (Nancy) Ervin, Kelli (Nathan) Tobin, Kevin Zehr, Lisa Zehr, Austin Zehr, Craig Zehr, Becky (Philip) Romersberger, Kate (Scott) Levy, Emily (Adam) Wherry, Sarah (Andy) Hermes, Steven Zehr and Leanna Zehr; and seventeen great-grandchildren with a new great-grandchild on the way.

Also surviving are brothers, Orlyn (Jan) Zehr and Marvin (Jeannie) Zehr both of Newton, KS; sisters, Leola Flaming of Inman, KS, Marilyn Yordy of Flanagan, and Miriam (Robert) Liechty of Berne, IN; sister-in-law, Marieanna Siemens of Inman, KS; and brother-in-law, Ron (Edye) Goertz, of Millbrook, AL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Edmund and Donald; and one sister, Evelyn. He was also preceded in death by brother-in-laws, Vernon Flaming, E.J. Yordy and Marvin Siemens; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Harold & Wilma Goertz, Wilbur & Berniece Goertz, and Arnold & Genny Goertz.

Howard was a former member of Flanagan Mennonite Church and more recently a member of Prairieview Mennonite Church of Gridley.

He was a feed salesman for 45 years beginning in 1954 with Honegger Feeds and Ringger Feeds, and retired from United Feeds in 1999. For many years Howard served on the board at Mennonite Hospital and later BroMenn Hospital.

One of Howard’s favorite pastimes was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, both here in the area and traveling to ones who lived away. He also enjoyed the many trips he and Loretta took to many different states.

The family would like to acknowledge the love and care that Advocate BroMenn doctors and nurses gave to Howard during his hospital stay.

Muriel Stanhouse

Muriel M. Stanhouse, 83, of Gridley, IL passed away at 8:07 a.m. Friday, February 17, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Christ Community Church, Gridley with Rev. Andy Huette and Rev. Grant Stauter officiating. Burial will follow at Gridley Cemetery. Visitation will be 9 to 10:45 a.m. at the church on Monday. Memorials may be made to the Gridley Food Pantry. Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, El Paso, IL is assisting the family with services.
Muriel was born September 12, 1933 in Baxter, TN the daughter of Oplis and Nettie Shoemaker Waller.
She married Charles “Dick” Stanhouse on October 21, 1966 in Gridley, IL. He survives along with three children Deborah Diller of Madison, WI, Rosie Smallwood of Peoria, and Shari (Adam) Burdick of Gridley; daughter-in-law Heather Stanhouse of El Paso; she has twelve grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. They also raised fifteen foster children.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one son Carlton and two son-in-laws Richard Diller and Jim Smallwood.
She was a member of Christ Community Church in Gridley. Muriel and Dick owned and operated Stan’s Restaurant in Gridley for 25 years. She loved to cook, sew, embroidery, and was a great gospel piano player. She loved growing flowers, her grandkids, cooking for her family and spending time with them.

Kathleen Yergler

Kathleen M. “Kathy” Yergler, 65 of Gridley, passed away at 7 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2016 at Heritage Health in El Paso after a 55 year courageous battle with Diabetes.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Christ Community Church of Gridley with Rev. Jack Nicolay officiating. Burial will follow in Gridley Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association or to her church. Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home in El Paso is assisting the family with arrangements.

Kathy was born October 18, 1950 in Bloomington, IL the daughter of Robert and June Johnson Faulk. She married Kevin L. Yergler on December 4, 1971 in El Paso.
He survives along with a son Zeke of Gridley and a granddaughter Madyson of Bloomington; Four brothers Dennis (Janet) Faulk of Panola, Gary Faulk of Normal, Robert (Nancy) Faulk of Portland,OR, and Jeff (Diane) Faulk of Normal; and one sister Linda Schaefer of El Paso.

She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant daughter Ashley.

Kathy was a member of the Christ Community Church of Gridley. She was a Mail Carrier for the US Post Office for over 10 years and had worked part-time for DuPont in El Paso. Kathy was a loving wife, mom, grandma, sister, and aunt who loved spending time with her family. The family would like to thank Kathy’s care givers for their loving care.

Ervin Clark

Ervin Clark (84) of Bloomington, IL and formerly of Gridley passed away at Heritage Health in Normal on April 17, 2015 at 5:25 a.m.

He was born on May 8, 1930 to Harrison and Lona (Looney) Heath Clark in Richlands, NC. Ervin married Lorraine A. Hartman on February 14, 2004 in Bradenton, Florida. They became snow birds living in Bradenton, FL for six months and the other six months in Gridley.

Ervin was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Harry Clark; a daughter, Deann Benbrook; and three step-sons, Wesley Hoobler, Dominick Reeves, and Terry Punke.

Surviving are his wife, Lorraine Clark, of Normal; a sister, Marie Howard of North Carolina;
two sons, David (Bonnie) Clark of Bradenton, FL and Dean Clark of Mishicot, WI; a step-son, James (Connie) Punke of Yorkville; three step-daughters, Nancy (Chip) Schuler, Diana (Mike) Uphoff, and Barbara (Randy) Ramsey all of El Paso; and many grandchildren, step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and step-great­ grandchildren.

Ervin was a veteran serving the U.S. Army from 1951 – 1953. He worked for over 45 years as a Pipe fitter. Ervin was an avid Green Bay Packers fan who lived life to the fullest. In his later years, Ervin enjoyed golf and shooting pool with his buddies.

Cremation rites were accorded. A graveside service with military rites will be held at Gridley Cemetery with ministers from the Apostolic Church of Gridley officiating on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Memorials may be made to the Gridley Emergency Medical Services. Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home is assisting the family with services.

Eugene Rapp

Eugene “Gene” W. Rapp, 89 of Gridley died at 4:35 PM Saturday, August 30, 2014 at Heritage Health in El Paso.

His funeral services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at First United Church of Gridley. The Rev. Andy Huette will officiate. Burial will follow in Gridley Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:00 AM prior to services Wednesday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Church of Gridley.

Calvert – Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, El Paso is assisting the family with arrangements.

Gene was born June 29, 1925 in Bloomington, the son of Walter E. and Anna M. Geske Rapp. He married Ruth I. Gramm on October 14, 1950 in Gridley. She preceded him in death on September 17, 2009.

Surviving are two sons, Dale (Ruth Ann) Rapp of Gridley and Paul (Gay) Rapp of Bloomington; a daughter, Cheryl Elliott of Gridley; and five grandchildren, Jessica Rapp, DJ Rapp, Matthew Rapp, George Rapp and Jessica Rapp.

He was also preceded in death by his parents and a son, Larry E. Rapp.

Gene was a member of the First United Church of Gridley and was a life long farmer in the Gridley area. He was a member of the McLean County Farm Bureau and the Gridley Community Club.

Gene’s two loves were farming and his family.

Bonnie Streid

Bonnie F. Streid, 101, of Spring Valley and formerly of Meadows and Gridley, died at 3:29 am Friday, August 1, 2014 at Spring Valley Nursing Center in Spring Valley.

Her funeral services will be at 2:00 pm Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, El Paso. Burial will follow in Pike Township Cemetery, Rural Chenoa. Visitation will be from 1:00 until time of service 2:00 pm Tuesday at the memorial home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Bonnie was born June 30, 1913 in Russell Springs, KY, the daughter of Edwin and Susan Allison Stapp. She married Arthur J. Streid on May 29, 1935 in Oxford, IN. He preceded her in death on December 24, 2000. Also preceding her in death are her parents, a son, Mikel Streid, a daughter, Patti Jackson and three sisters.

Surviving are a son, Arthur J. (Lois) Streid of Peoria; a daughter, Edwina Sue Ocepeck of Peru; 9 grandchildren, Tim (Julie) Streid, Bonnie (Steve) Christe, Cyndi Streid, Mike (Kathy) Ocepeck, Rob Ocepeck, Margie King, Eric (Jennifer) Dunahee, Matt Dunahee, and Nick Jackson; 13 great grandchildren, Taylor, Mark and Grant Streid, Shayne and Noah Christe, Matt and Katie Ocepeck, Ryan, Jeremy and Morgan King, Jacob and Levi Dunahee and Stephen Dunahee; and one great great grandso


Bruce Pinkham

J. Bruce Pinkham, 101, of Secor, died at 5:15 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Advocate Eureka Hospital, Eureka.

Funeral services will be 12 noon on Saturday at Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, El Paso with Rev. Charlie Graul officiating. Cremation rites will follow the service. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Evergreen Cemetery, El Paso. Visitation will be 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the memorial home. Memorials may be made to the El Paso Fire Department or Secor United Methodist Church.

Bruce was born January 26, 1913 in El Paso, IL the son of George Cleve and Fern Roth Pinkham. He married Mary Elizabeth Dust on September 4, 1937 in El Paso, IL. She died October 23, 1994.

Surviving are two sons Charles (Tangy) Pinkham of Secor and John (Mary) Pinkham of Texas; one sister Margaret (Mark) Murphy of Phoenix, AZ; five grandchildren: Teri Pinkham Bradley of Wheat Ridge, CO, Andy (Sandy) Pinkham of Gridley, Todd (Susie) Pinkham of Mendota, Krista (Ron) Bachman of Secor, and Trisha (LaWade) Keeton of Peoria; sixteen great grandchildren: Justin, Matt, Joey, Thomas, Ryan, Jordan, Christina, Josh, Morgan, Becca, Leah, Payton, Kamron, Rylan, Nathan, and Collin; and six great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by both parents and two brothers Clark and Fred.

He was a member of the Secor United Methodist Church. Bruce owned and operated his own Trucking Company for 30 years and owned Pinkham Tap for 10 years. He served on the El Paso Fire Department for 45 years. For the past year Bruce was a resident at Heritage Manor in El Paso, where he knew no strangers. His smile would light up a room and he always had a hand shake. Bruce’s greatest joy rested in the accomplishments of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He has left behind quite a legacy that will forever be remembered in the hearts of those he loved.

Josephine Kahn

Josephine Hope (Tanton) Kahn, 92, passed away peacefully at her home in Peoria, Illinois, on Sunday July 27, 2014.
Josephine was born in Gridley, Illinois on February 16, 1922, the daughter of Thomas O. and Josephine (Garrison) Tanton. Joey graduated from Gridley High School and Brown’s Business College.
In 1947 she married Charles Kahn. Mr. Kahn was a Director and Vice Chairman of P.A. Bergner & Company. Together they traveled the world with numerous trips to Switzerland, Germany, Greece, Israel, South Africa, and the Orient. Mr. Kahn died in 1999 in Scottsdale, Arizona, where Josephine and Charles maintained a home for many years.
Josephine was also predeceased in death by her parents, her brothers, Stanford “Bud” Hale Tanton and Thomas J. Tanton, and her sister Mary Ann Irvin. She is survived by her nephews, John H. Tanton, Thomas R. Tanton, and William Irvin Jr. and her niece Leticia Corens, and her cousin Don Gronewald.
Burial will be in the family plot at the Gridley (Illinois) Cemetery, with graveside services on Monday August 4 at 11:30 am. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no visitation. Calvert – Johnson & Froelich Memorial Homes, El Paso, Illinois, is handling arrangements.
Memorials may be made to El Paso – Gridley High School