ST. JOSEPH — Barbara Ann Frantz, 83, passed away on June 20, 2018, at The Bickford of Champaign.
Barb was born June 13, 1935, in Tazewell County to Vilasand Erma Nafziger. She graduated from Minier High School in 1953 and spent a year at Goshen College, Goshen, Ind., taking secretarial classes. After two years of voluntary service in Puerto Rico, Barb was married to Ronald Wyse who lived in Midland, Mich., from September 1958 through 1971. They lived in Michigan and Indiana before moving to Bloomington, Ill., in 1964.Barb worked for the Bloomington Police Department. She later became the secretary for the chief of police.Barb married Kenneth Frantz from Urbana on Jan. 29, 1979. Barb worked for the city of Champaign in the public works department where she was secretary to the operations manager. Upon retirement, Barb and Ken moved to St. Joseph.
They enjoyed camping with the Tawaskote Long Rifles, a group that depicts the lifestyle of the pre-1840 years wearing the clothes of the era. She loved sitting around the fire visiting and listening to music. Barb also enjoyed antiquing and going to University of Illinois games.
Barb served as an auxiliary volunteer at Carle Foundation Hospital brightening patient's days and was active in her church.
Barb was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth, who died on June 8, 2016; her parents; and a sister-in-law, Emma Jean Nafziger.
Barb is survived by her stepchildren, Cheryl (Greg) Sizer, Mahomet, Karl (Alison Sampson) Frantz of Broomfield, Colo., and Kurt (Maggie) Frantz of Allen, Texas; and six grandchildren, Ashlie, Tyler, Connor, Ellen, Matthew and Jack. She is also survived by her four siblings, Marlene (Wendell) Birky of Valparaiso, Ind., John (Connie) Nafziger of Gahanna, Ohio, Keith Nafziger of Bloomington and Shirley (Gerald) Brunk of Harrisonburg, Va.; as well as four nieces, one nephew and their families.
Barb was greatly loved by her family and friends. She will be remembered for her love and commitment to family, her faith, her free spirit and her genuine kindness for all whom she met.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2018, at Freese Funeral Home, 302 E. Grand Ave., St. Joseph. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign. Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 5, at the funeral home.
Harry Charles Henriksen
CHICAGO — Harry Charles Henriksen, 86, of Mahomet passed away at 5:55 a.m. on Sunday (July 1, 2018) at Masonic Hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending at Blair-Owens Funeral Home, Mahomet.
Charles 'Gene' Highfill
CHAMPAIGN — Charles "Gene" Highfill of Champaign passed away Friday (June 29, 2018) at home in Champaign.He was born July 11, 1936, in Wellington, the son of Otis and Ruth Highfill.
Gene is survived by his wife, Shirley; son, Thomas Alexander; daughters, Pamella Horn, Tina Underwood, Shelly Highfill and Lorri (Scott) Yeoward; grandchildren, Nick Wilkins, Tera Garrett, Cortney Highfill, Tiffany Murphy, Adam Hardy, Dylan Whitehead and Taylor and Jesse Alexander; and great-grandchildren, Preston and Parker Wilkins, Brayden, Kamden and Tinley Garrett, Iva Philbeck, Brendan Murphy-Hubert, Kiyre Murphy, Deonta and Jurrien Hill and Addilyn Hardy.
Gene proudly served in the United States Army for six years at Fort Riley, attaining the rate of specialist fourth class. He was employed at Grabit Here and I.G.A. stores, the Ramada Inn and was a bus driver and custodian for Mahomet-Seymour Schools for 30 years. He did volunteer work at the Danville Genealogy Historical Library, was a member of Mahomet Christian Church for 35 years and was a member of Mahomet American Legion post 1015. Gene enjoyed collecting coins, camping, CB radios and had an infinate love for tomatoes.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Eddie Highfill; and sisters, Ruby Dale and Beulah Alhands.
A celebration of Gene's life was Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at 11 a.m. with a short public viewing one hour prior from 10 to 11 a.m. at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 710 N. Neil St., Champaign, IL 61820. Visitation was Monday, July 2, 2018, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials can be made in Gene's name to Mahomet Christian Church.
Please join his family in sharing photos, videos and memories at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
Lisa Jo Hooser
MAHOMET — Lisa Jo Hooser, 54, of Mahomet passed away at home Sunday (June 24, 2018).
A celebration of life will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 6, 2018, at Mahomet American Legion Post 1015. Memorial donations may be made to Champaign County Humane Society. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, is in charge of arrangements.
Lisa was born April 26, 1964, in Urbana, a daughter of Edward E. "Bud" and Dona Ann McCartney Hooser.
She is survived by her father, Edward E. "Bud" Hooser of Mahomet; daughter, Sierra Washington of Mahomet; son, T.J. Washington of Mahomet; partner, Dave Loane of Philo; and sister, Tamara (John) Bronkema of Bell, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Dona Ann Hooser.
Lisa loved her children and her French bulldogs. She enjoyed painting and doing interior decorating. She was a loving mother, daughter, sister and devoted friend who will be deeply missed.
CHAMPAIGN — Arlene R. O'Donnell, 80, of Champaign died at 5:05 p.m. Thursday (June 28, 2018) at home.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at New Beginnings Lutheran Church, Mahomet. The Rev. Tom Richardson officiated. Burial was in Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield. Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Morgan Memorial Home, Savoy.
Arlene was born July 23, 1937, in Cambridge, Mass., the daughter of Thomas and Teresa Cavallaro Blood. She married John O'Donnell in May 1974 in Spokane, Wash. He survives.
Also surviving are six children, John Charles (Mary Ann) O'Donnell of Maryville, Tenn., Thomas (Shari) Williams of Flower Mound, Texas, Robert Paul (Wilma) O'Donnell of Pittsburg, Pa., Michael Patrick (Pamela) O'Donnell of Staten Island, N.Y., Teresa (Mark) Romine of Bloomington and Mary Catherine (Pam Machi) O'Donnell of Madison, Wis.; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Thomas (Ursula) Smiley of Tampa, Fla., and Billy Smiley of Dallas, Texas; and sister, Audrey Muse of Dallas.
Arlene was employed by CERL for about five years then became a tax auditor for the IRS. She was a member of New Beginnings Lutheran Church, Mahomet.
Arlene was a member of NARFE, the ladies group at the church, along with being a former member of the Carle Hospital Auxiliary, the Turnburry Ridge Home Owners Association Board and the Champaign County Humane Society.
She loved to crochet, bake and read.
Memorial contributions may be made to New Beginnings Lutheran Church, Champaign County Humane Society or Carle Hospital Auxiliary.
Condolences may be offered at www.morganmemorialhome.com.