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.

Ashley L. Seabert

Ashley Lurene Seabert, 34, of Dwight passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at her home. She was born March 28, 1983, in American Falls, Idaho, the daughter of LeRoy and Debra Schmidt Seabert.

Ashley graduated from Dwight Township High School. For many years following graduation she worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at different nursing homes in Dwight and Morris. The past year she worked at Casey’s in Dwight and appreciated her friendship with her Manager and coworkers. She was a loving mother to two children and blessed to have many good friends.

Ashley is survived by her partner, Billy Whalen of Dwight; two children, Lucas Friant and BellaRae Whalen; three brothers, Brian and Collin of Dwight and Tyler O’Neill of Gardner; stepfather, Ed O’Neill of Dwight; paternal mother, Glenda Whalen of Dwight; maternal grandmother, Phyllis Schmidt of Normal and paternal grandparents, Ron Friant and Bonnie Friant Oelschlager; uncles and aunts, Randy and Mary Schmidt of Bloomington, Carol Studley of Reddick, Kenny and Sharon Perry of Boulder Junction, Wisconsin and Katie (Cesar) Whalen of Morris; cousins Megan Schmidt Hucek, Ryan and David Schmidt, Debbie Studley and Tammy Studley Perkins and Katie’s children, Bobby, Mariah and Sophia.

Ashley was preceded in death by her parents, LeRoy Seabert and Debra Seabert O’Neill; grandparents, Delbert and Anna Seabert, Ronald Schmidt and Elizabeth Enerson.

Memorials may be directed to an education fund established for Ashley’s children please send to Brian Seabert c/o Ashley Seabert Memorial 509 South Union St. Dwight, IL 60420

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, October 8 from 12:00 to 3:00 at The Country Mansion Restaurant, 101 West South Street, Dwight.

Heidemarie G. “Heidi” Strufe

indexApril 22, 1952 – July 26, 2017

Heidemarie G. “Heidi” Strufe, 65, of Dwight, passed away at 7:20 pm on Wednesday July 26, 2017 at Heritage Health in Dwight, IL surrounded by her loving daughters.
Visitation will be from 9am until the time of services on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at the Dwight United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be 11am also on Tuesday. Burial will follow the services at Oaklawn Cemetery in Dwight, IL. Memorials in her name may be left to the charity of the donor’s choice. Hager Memorial Home in Dwight is handling the arrangements.
Heidi was born in Molme, Germany on April 22, 1952, a daughter of Reinhold and Gerda (Beissert) Semmler. She married Frederick Strufe on July 13, 1991. He survives in Dwight and her mother survives in Lyons, IL.
Also surviving are daughters, Erin (Dan) Kilmer of Mazon and Molly (Brian) Borrowman of Naperville; brother, Winfried (Joanne) Semmler of Naperville; grandchildren, Emma, John, and Addison Kilmer of Mazon and Benjamin and Isaac Borrowman of Naperville. She was preceded in death by her father.
Heidi attended Morton West High School where she graduated in 1970. She was a member of the Dwight United Methodist Church. After raising her daughters she became a legal secretary for her husband. She enjoyed baking, was an avid reader and could be found often at the local library.