Verna Louise Ahearn

Verna Louise Ahearn, 106, of Dwight, IL passed away at 7:18 am on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Heritage Health in Dwight, IL.


Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am on Friday, November 17, 2017 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Dwight, IL with Father Chris Haake officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 until the time of services on Friday at the church. Burial will follow services at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Odell, IL. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Grade School or the charity of the donor’s choice.  Hager Memorial Home in Dwight is in charge of arrangements.


Verna was born October 5, 1911 in Odell, IL a daughter of Joseph H. and Louise (Verdun) Legner. She married Lawrence P. Ahearn on June 24, 1943 in Odell, IL. He passed away on March 31, 1994.


She is survived by sons: Lawrence V. (Judy) Ahearn of Gardner, IL, Donald P. (Joy) Ahearn of Dwight, IL; daughters, Elaine Louise (Dennis) Mathison of Phillips, WI, Anne R. (Mark) Hill of Verona, IL; 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, brother, Joseph Legner and a sister in infancy.


She was educated locally and graduated from Illinois State University in Normal with a degree in teaching. She began her career in a one room school house in Odell and also later taught in Ransom, IL and Braceville, IL. She was also a part of many organizations over the years including the Altar and Rosary Society, Illinois Retired Teachers Association and the Livingston County Home Bureau.


Special Thank you to the Kankakee Valley Hospice, Heritage Health Therapy & Senior Care of Dwight, Heritage Woods of Dwight and Livingston County Health Department for their care and compassion.


Douglas F. Rieke

Douglas Rieke, 64, of Dwight, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Dwight United Methodist Church, Dwight, IL. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of services on Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Round Grove Cemetery in Rural Reddick.
Douglas was born on February 21, 1953 in Streator, IL a son of LeRoy and Evelyn (Rueck) Rieke.

He is survived by three brothers, Arthur (Karen) Rieke of Herscher, David (Joy) Rieke of Plano, and John (Molly Turner) Rieke of Dwight; three sisters, Karen (Bruce) Wilson of Taylorville, Becky (Tom) Christenson of Dwight, and Donna (Mark) German of Dwight; nieces and nephews, Charles, Jennifer, Elizabeth, August, Lucy, Abe, Nellie, Paul of the Rieke family, Kristen Poat, Caitlin and Garrett Wilson, Mark Christenson, Kathy Patten, Samantha Rybacki and Andrew German.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Douglas was a lifelong farmer in the Reddick and Dwight area and he enjoyed spending time with his family especially his nieces and nephews.
Memorials in honor of Douglas may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice and online condolences may be made at

Judith K. “Judy” Shinnebarger

Judith K. “Judy” Shinnebarger, 77, of Dwight, formerly of Meredosia, IL, passed away on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Heritage Woods in Dwight, IL.
Graveside services and burial will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Oakland Cemetery in Meredosia, IL.
Judy was born on July 7, 1940 in Meredosia, IL a daughter of Harold and Illene (Battefeld) Martin. She married William Hughes on May 18, 1962 in Jacksonville, IL. He passed away in August 23, 1969. She then married Joe Shinnebarger on November 18, 1972. He passed away on March 18, 2013.
She is survived by daughters, Marcia (Richard) Todd of Emington, Rebecca (James) Logan of Petersburg, IL; step son, Ron (Sherry) Shinnebarger; step daughter, Shell (Darrin) Herrmann of Peoria; brothers, Eugene (Judy) Martin of Meredosia, IL, Richard (Mary Ann) Martin of Naples, IL; 6 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents and both husbands.
Judy enjoyed quilting, sewing, playing cards and was an avid reader. She also enjoyed crossword puzzles and her beloved dogs. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Memorials in honor of Judy may be made to the Meredosia Rescue Squad in Meredosia, IL and online condolences may be made at

Jannett M. Tock

Jannett M. Tock, 97, of Pontiac, passed away at 3:50 a.m. Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac, IL.
Visitation will be Monday, October 30 from 10-11:00 at Hager Funeral Home, Dwight, with a service to follow.
She was born September 23, 1920, in Dwight, IL, the daughter of Frank and Beatrice McConnell. She married John H. Whalen of Chicago, IL on February 10, 1943, later a casualty of World War II. She married Donald H. Tock of Dwight, IL on October 14, 1947 who passed away on April 26, 2007. Also preceding her in death were her parents, two brothers, a sister-in-law, and an infant sister.
Jannett is survived by two sons, John (Bonnie) Whalen, Verona, WI; and Richard (Barbara) Tock, MeQuon, WI; one daughter, Barbara (Joel) Patten, Dwight, IL; five grandchildren, Kelly (Todd) Brunson, Marshall, WI; David (Samantha) Whalen, Lakeville, MN; Ali (Kyle) Vance, Denver, CO; Ashley (Keelan) Amelianovich, Northbrook, IL; Abby (John) Ortega, St. Charles, IL; seven great grandchildren, Kaden and Jarett Brunson, Kaitlyn and Jackson Whalen, Miles Amelianovich, and Tinley and Mila Ortega. Mrs. Tock had two step grandchildren, Eric (Michele) Bethke and Amy Bethke, and five step great grandchildren, all of Verona, WI.
She attended the University of Illinois and later worked as a bookkeeper at Boyer’s car dealership, Dickler Insurance, and C&H Sheetmetal in Dwight.
She and her husband, Donald, lived in Dwight for most of his time with the Veteran’s Administration Hospital except for a few years in Sturgis, South Dakota, Syracuse, New York, and Buffalo, New York. They moved to Bayonet Point, FL, upon his retirement and lived there for 31 years. Jannett enjoyed playing golf, weekly bridge games, and volunteering at Hospice. Her favorite times were spent when the family got together for “family reunions.”
A special thank you to all the wonderful nurses, aides, and staff of Evenglow who took such good care of her these past nine years.
Memorials may be made to Evenglow Lodge, Pontiac, IL, or to the donor’s choice.

Norma J. Brooks

Norma Jean Brooks, 90, of Dwight, IL passed away at 11:37 pm on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, IL

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Dwight United Methodist Church with Rev. Michael Ebersohl officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Hager Memorial Home in Dwight. Burial will follow services at McDowell Cemetery in Rural Dwight. Memorial contributions in Norma’s name may be made to Dwight United Methodist Church or Prairie Creek Library.

Norma was born June 24, 1927 in Dwight, IL a daughter of Lester M. and Grace A. (Lower) Beiswanger. She married Robert E. Brooks on June 14, 1978 in Dwight, IL. He passed away on July 17, 2014.

She is survived by a stepson: Jeffery (Sheryl) Brooks of Reddick, IL; stepdaughter: Beverly (Greg) Leutloff of Manteno, IL; a sister-in-law: Rosemary Brooks; five step grandchildren; and three great step grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one sister.

Norma graduated from Dwight High School. She went on to work in the insurance business for several people before becoming partner in Beiswanger-Norgaard Insurance Company for several years. She then worked for First National Bank of Dwight in 1973 until 1986 when she went to part-time status before retiring in 1998.

She was the Dwight Public Schools treasurer for twenty-seven years and treasurer of Dwight Public Library. Norma was a member of the Dwight United Methodist where she served in the choir and as organist. She also was a member of Dwight Country Club.

Patricia J. Jones

Patricia J. Jones, 60, of Dwight, passed away on Thursday October 5, 2017 at her home in Dwight, IL.
According to her wishes, cremation rites will be accorded. A memorial service will be held at 7:00pm, Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Hager Memorial Home in Dwight, IL. Visitation will be from 4-7pm that same day. Memorials in her name may be left to the Humane Society or the American Cancer Society. Hager memorial Home in Dwight is handling the arrangements.
Patricia was born in Joliet, IL on October 17, 1956, a daughter of Richard and Barbara (Brickey) Jones.
Survivors include daughters, Kimberly (Tom Saltzman) Jones of Pontiac, Tammy (David Watkins Jr.) Rueda of Joliet; son, Richard “Dick” Stokes of Effingham; brother, Daniel (Reva) Jones of Raleigh, IL; grandchildren, Lloyd (Alisha) Emmons of Dwight, Jasmine Emmons of Dwight, Jordan Emmons of Dwight, Pierce Rueda of Joliet, Brittyn Stokes of Effingham, Felicia Emmons-Hall and great grandchild Kelsey Hansen of Dwight.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She enjoyed gardening, scrapbooking and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchild. She also enjoyed her cats and the outdoors, taking many trips to Starved Rock. She was always close with her family and will be greatly missed.

Shirley Eaton

Shirley Eaton, 80, of Dwight, passed away on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at Heritage Health Dwight in Dwight, IL.
According to her wishes, cremation rites will be accorded. Memorials in her name may be made to the Nature Conservatory. Hager memorial Home in Dwight is handling the arrangements.
Shirley was born in Campus, IL on June 25, 1937, a daughter of Jack and Beatrice (Zeller) Tarrant. She married William Eaton on August 9, 1969 at St. Jude Catholic Church in New Lennox, IL. He survives in Dwight.
Also surviving are sons, William (Jan) Eaton of Riverton, IL, Gerald (Michelle) Emeror of New Lennox, IL, Randy (Cie) Eaton of Minooka, IL, Dennis Emperor of Shorewood, IL, Brian (Jane) Eaton of Buffalo Grove, IL, John (Lin) Emperor of Lakewood, CO; daughter, Julie Eaton of Parker, AZ; 13 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Dale Eaton.
She enjoyed working for and being a part of Mustang youth football programs in New Lennox. She graduated New Lennox High School in 1955. She will be sadly missed by her friends family and all who knew her.

Mary Loretto Drinan

Mary L. Drinan, proud mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, dedicated Catholic, retired teacher, seasoned traveler, bridge player extraordinaire, and life-long White Sox fan, passed away in Northlake, Illinois on September 30th at the age of 94. She was raised in Kinsman, Illinois and lived in the area most of her life. She was married to Donald Drinan for 61 years; he passed away in 2005. Mary is survived by four children—Patrick (Mary Ann), Daniel, Mary Kay Nickels (Robert), and Donna (Thomas Underwood)–13 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Friday, October 6th at 11 am at Sacred Heart Church, 219 Emmett Street, Kinsman, Illinois 60437. Preceding the funeral Mass, there will be a visitation with the family beginning at 10 am at the Church. A Memorial Service and Celebration will take place at Presence Casa San Carlo, 420 North Wolf Road, Northlake, IL 60164 on Saturday, October 7th at 11 am. Donations in Mary’s memory can be made to the University of San Diego, Drinan Endowment, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110 or to Presence Casa San Carlo.

Randy Fearman

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”

So while this may be a sorrowful end for many, it will be a new beginning for many others because of Randy’s generous donation to Gift of Hope.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 am on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Dwight, IL with Rev. Harvey Nicholson officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at Hager Memorial Home in Dwight. Burial will follow services at Goodfarm Cemetery in rural Dwight, IL.

On September 21, 1960 in Pontiac, Illinois, Randy began his earthly life as the son of Herman Eugene “Hermie” and Joyce (Grieff) Fearman.

After graduating from Odell High School, Randy was employed by RR Donnelley and Sons (LSC) for 37 years.

Randy was a lifelong member of the Odell community. Serving on the fire department, Odell Park Board, and various other community involvements. He was also a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, entering yet another new beginning when he married Doris Niemeyer on August 18, 2001. She survives.

He is also survived by his parents; four children: Brian (Lindsay) Fearman, Emily (fiancé Joey Bell) Fearman, Kendra (Todd) Jury, and Joseph Fearman; and one brother: Ron (Sue Benson) Fearman. He will be immensely missed by his cherished grandchildren: Haddie, Tylie and Brylie Fearman; Averi and Jameson Jury, Owen Bell, and one greatly anticipated arrival. In addition, his loss will be felt by a host of nieces and nephews.

Randy spent many hours working in the DCM Garden Center alongside his father and son. Sharing their passion for plants of all kinds. Randy was an avid hunter and NASCAR aficionado.

His final new beginning was on September 16, 2017 when he left his earthly life. Memorials in Randy’s name may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Autism Speaks, or the Odell Fire Department.

John Louis Beier

John L. Beier, 72, of Dwight, passed away at 3:45pm on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at his home in rural Dwight.

Cremation rites have been accorded and burial will be held at a later date in Oaklawn Cemetery in Dwight, Illinois.

John was born in Streator, IL on May 24, 1945 a son of Irving and Marie (Zabel) Beier.

He is survived by a twin brother James Beier of Dwight and many cousins also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents. John served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and worked the family farm over the years.
Memorials in honor of John may be made to the Dwight VFW or the Dwight American Legion.