Obituaries for May 11, 2018

William Chapman

MAHOMET — William Horatio Chapman, 61, of Mahomet passed away Friday, April 27, 2018, at home.

Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

William was born Dec. 17, 1956, to Mary Della Law and Marvin Chapman. They preceded him in death.

He is survived by two sisters, Amy Chapman and Shirley Chapman; three nephews, Joshua Chapman, Keegan McDonald and Kessler McDonald; along with his companion of 14 years, Aillinn Dannave.

William earned his associate degree in political science at Parkland College. While there, he was very active in Student Government, serving as an officer of the organization for two years. He also attended the University of Illinois.

William developed a lifelong passion for music, enjoying a wide variety of genres. He was a talented songwriter, singer and guitarist, and he played with several local bands, including Old Dad, Silver Nickel Band and Cynyx.

William was a fan of the Boston Celtics, as well as the Chicago White Sox and Bears. He loved cinema and television. He had an amazing ability to remember in detail the plots, characters and important dialogue from many movies and TV shows. He followed politics and current events closely. Of great importance to him were the many cats that lived with him over the years.

William was a very intelligent, kind-hearted man with many talents and wide-ranging interests. He will be deeply missed.

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Betty Carolyn Cruse

MANSFIELD — Betty Carolyn Cruse, 76, of Mansfield passed away on Monday (April 30, 2018) at home. She was surrounded by her spouse and family.

Betty was born Aug. 22, 1941, a daughter of Lewis and Edith Mae Raney. She married Marvin Cruse on May 17, 1958.

She leaves behind her spouse and five children, Audie, Kim, Shelly, Karl and Tina; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Catherine Hobbs, Shirley Shelmadine and Carol Williams; one brother, James Raney (Connie); and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, Mark; her parents; and five brothers.

She loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them. She loved music. Betty especially liked to listen to her spouse sing. They held many "jam" sessions at their home.

A private celebration of life will be at a later date.

Michael D. 'Mike' Ekstrom

MAHOMET — Michael D. "Mike" Ekstrom, 60, of Mahomet passed away at 2:37 a.m. Wednesday (May 2, 2018) at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, May 7, 2018, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 600 E. Northline Road, Tuscola. The Rev. Jason Braaten officiated. Burial followed in Tuscola Township Cemetery, Tuscola. Visitation was held one hour prior to services at the church.

Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 705 S. Main St., Tuscola, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Mr. Ekstrom was born June 7, 1957, in Rock Island, the son of William Donovan and Janice Nott Ekstrom. He married Cindy Harbaugh on May 5, 2006, in Tuscola. She survives.

Other survivors include three brothers, Will Ekstrom of Fairbury, Jon (HiDee) Ekstrom of Royal and David (Cheryl) Ekstrom of Bondville; a sister, Kathy (Nathan) Lewis of Casey; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mike was an accountant/bookkeeper for many years; he truly enjoyed working with numbers. He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tuscola and the Tuscola Lions Club.

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Yana Grinberg

MAHOMET — Dr. Yana Grinberg, 56, of Mahomet passed away at 6:17 a.m. Friday (May 4, 2018) at home.

Funeral services will be at Eden Memorial Chapels, Fort Lee, N.J., with Rabbi Abraham Ashvil officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Saddle Brook, N.J.

Dr. Grinberg was born Jan. 23, 1962, in Tbilisi, Georgia, the daughter of Joseph Torgovitsky and Dina Torgovitskaya. She married Eugene Grinberg on June 23, 1988, in Moscow, Russia. He survives.

She is also survived by two children, Abigail and Ethan Grinberg, both of Mahomet; mother, Dina Torgovitskaya of Brooklyn, N.Y.; stepbrother, Roman Torgovitsky of Boston, Mass.; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father and two uncles, Isaac and Michael Paltagashvili.

Dr. Grinberg graduated from high school in Moscow, Russia, went on to a Moscow dental school and finally the New York University College of Dentistry. She practiced dentistry for 15 years prior to coming to Champaign in 2007 and opening Grinberg Dental Care.

She was an angel. Words cannot express how much she meant to her family. She was loved very much by her husband, children and mother, and will be terribly missed.

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Barbara Sheehan

MONTICELLO — Barbara Ann Bouslog Sheehan, formerly of Mahomet, died Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Monticello.She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Edward Sheehan, and children, Steve (Barb) Sheehan and Colleen (Chuck) Maxwell. She had seven grandchildren; Erik (Ivanny) Sheehan, Kelly Maxwell Franklin, Travis (Becky) Sheehan, Katey (James) Wamsley, Lydia (Brett) Nadal, Melissa Brink and Derek Winneshiek. She was blessed with 16 great-grandchildren.Barbara was born Sept. 21, 1926, in rural Chrisman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, C. E. Bouslog and Pearl Hollingsworth Bouslog; two sisters, Ena Mae Fox and Mary Lee Chase; and brother, Huston Bouslog.Her first eight years of school were in a one-room schoolhouse on Cherry Point Road. Transportation was provided by her horse, Ol' Bob. She graduated with seven schoolmates and was proud she could still remember everyone's name. She graduated from Paris High School with honors in 1944. While attending the University of Illinois, she met and married Edward Sheehan.After both Steve and Colleen started school, she worked at the Mahomet post office and became postmaster of White Heath. She was actively involved in many organizations in Mahomet throughout the years. She was particularly proud of her 50 years in the UI Home Extension. She was a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Champaign.

A special thank you is given to the staff at The Villas of Hollybrook, Monticello. Their love and special care has been deeply appreciated. The family also extends a heartfelt thank you to Carle Hospice for their special care.

Friends are invited to greet the family at Blair-Owens Funeral Home, 102 E. Dunbar St., Mahomet, from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12. A celebration of life service will begin at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to Mahomet Helping Hands, P.O. Box 254, Mahomet, IL 61853.

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