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Blair Norquist

Jan 30, 1967 - Dec 02, 2023

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Tonica, IL

Blair R. Norquist, 56, of La Salle, passed away December 2, 2023 as a result of injuries sustained from a fire in his home. Cremation rites have been accorded and burial will be at a later date. The Hurst Funeral Home in La Salle are entrusted with his funeral arrangements. Blair was born in Peru on January 30, 1967 to Lyle and Mary Ann (Kurtz) Norquist. He was an automobile mechanic. Blair is survived by two children, Bruce Norquist of Oglesby and Rylee Redd of La Salle; three granddaughters, A...Read More

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Stanley E. Sydlowski

Aug 29, 1937 - Jan 15, 2024

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Tonica, IL

Stanley E. Sydlowski, DDS, 86, of Tonica, passed away at his home on January 15, 2024. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Friday January 19 at the Hurst Funeral Home in Tonica. Following the service, full military services will be conducted by the Tonica American Legion at the funeral home. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Tonica. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Friday from 9:00 AM until time of services. Stan was born in LaSalle on August 29, 1937 to Stanley and Florence (Runyon) Sydlowski. He attended Tonica schools, LPO and University of Illinois College of Dentistry. Stan married Carol Ricca on September 5, 1959 at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Cedar Point. He served in the United States Air Force for eight years active duty and then the Air Force Reserves for 20 years achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He practiced dentistry in Earlville, Tonica, Wenona, Pekin as well as on Air Force bases in Germany, Libya, Arizona, California and Illinois. His patients were always quick to share their fond memories and funny anecdotes. Stan grew up in Tonica where he enjoyed many outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, and playing multiple sports from elementary school through the military. He was a good pitcher in baseball, an accurate outside shooter in basketball, shot putter and pole vaulter. Stan continued his active lifestyle running into his 60’s. He was a lifelong classic country music fan making frequent trips to Nashville to take in the live music. He made his homes in Illinois, Arizona, California, Libya and Florida. Stan’s travel highlights included fishing excursions to Canadian outposts, wine tasting in California, boating in the Ozarks and road tripping along Route 66 with his childhood friend in his 1966 Mustang convertible. He enjoyed vacations to Italy, Slovenia, Mexico, Columbia, and New Zealand. Stan enjoyed attending and watching his favorite teams including the White Sox, Chicago Bears, and the Illini. Stan is survived by his six children: Tim, Greg (Karen), Wendy Estrada, Shawn (Tiffany), Jason (Megan) and Tina (Matt) Rios; his twelve grandchildren: Maya (fiancée Kevin), Joseph, Jeremy, Jonathan, Justin, Corbin, Owen, Louise, Vienna, Sedona, Vincent, and JoAnne Mimi; one sister Stephanie McClenning; and brother-in-law Jack Ferrari. He was preceded in death by his wife in 2001, his parents, three sisters-in-law: Margaret (Ivan) Finnegan, Johanna (Norman) Wassil and Geraldine Ferrari and one brother-in-law Hank McClenning. Memorials can be direct to Tonica Volunteer Fire & Ambulance Department and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. To to the family or in memory of Stanley E. Sydlowski, please

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Patricia Nickel

Oct 25, 1959 - Dec 12, 2023

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Tonica, IL

Patricia L. Nickel, 64, formerly of La Salle-Peru, passed away December 12, 2023 in Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. Cremation rites have been accorded and a Celebration of Life will be at a later date. The Hurst Funeral Home in La Salle is entrusted with Patricia's funeral arrangements. Patricia was born in La Salle on October 25, 1959 to Walter and Rita (Haley) Zorn. She married Mark Nickel. She operated a Day Care, was a florist and an entrepreneur. She raised and showed chickens. Enjoyed gardening, creating glass art and traveling. Patricia is survived by one daughter Jeannette (Jeremy) Wheeler of Decatur; two sons, Bart (Katrina) Nickel of Greeley, CO and Scott (Elena) Nickel of Fort Collins, CO; four grandchildren, Annabel, Jude, Zoey and Hawthorn; significant other Chet Grandt of Johnsburg; two brothers, Dan (Sharon) Zorn of La Salle and Tom (Deb) Zorn of Johnsburg; one sister Jane Marynus of Peru; 4 nieces and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents and a son in infancy Mark Nickel Jr. To to the family or in memory of Patricia L. Nickel, please

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Richard Nekrosius

Jun 17, 1940 - Dec 12, 2023

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Tonica, IL

Richard "Nick" Nekrosius, 83, of La Salle, passed away surrounded by his family on December 12, 2023 at Manor Court of Princeton. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Saturday in the Hurst Funeral Home in La Salle with Rev. Paul Carlson officiating. Burial will be in St. Vincent's Cemetery in La Salle with full military honors conducted by the La Salle/Oglesby Veterans Memorial Group. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Saturday from 10:00 AM until time of services. Nick was born in Peru on June 17, 1940 to Clarence and Mildred (Hoffman) Nekrosius. He served with the United States Army. He married Eloise Ciesielski on July 31, 1965. He retired in 1987 as tool and die maker at Caterpillar in Aurora. Nick was a member and officer of La Salle American Legion post #426, Dalzell Rod and Gun Club, NRA, Buick Club of America, and La Salle Knights of Columbus. He served on the La Salle/Oglesby Veteran Memorial Group for over 20 years. He volunteered at the Illinois Veterans Home in La Salle. He enjoyed boating and snowmobiling at a younger age and loved working outdoors in his yard. He enjoyed the Indianapolis 500 where he has not missed a race in 50 straight years. Nick is survived by his wife Eloise of La Salle; two daughters, Laura (Mike Sabotta) Munson of La Salle and Andrea (Larry) Weber of La Salle; one grandson Nicholas (Denae Tolu) Munson of Ypsilanti, MI; nephew Greg (Kari Knowles) Henry of Colorado; niece Allison Henry of Colorado; great-niece Annalyse Brenzikofer of Colorado; and brother-in-law Pat (Velma) Henry of Florida. To to the family or in memory of Richard "Nick" Nekrosius, please

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Blair Norquist

Jan 30, 1967 - Dec 02, 2023

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Tonica, IL

Blair R. Norquist, 56, of La Salle, passed away December 2, 2023 as a result of injuries sustained from a fire in his home. Cremation rites have been accorded and burial will be at a later date. The Hurst Funeral Home in La Salle are entrusted with his funeral arrangements. Blair was born in Peru on January 30, 1967 to Lyle and Mary Ann (Kurtz) Norquist. He was an automobile mechanic. Blair is survived by two children, Bruce Norquist of Oglesby and Rylee Redd of La Salle; three granddaughters, Alitta, Anarah and Azeyla; one sister Beth (Dale) Rhine of Peru; one brother Blake Norquist of Park Ridge; one niece Jodie Rhine of Peru; and his fiancee Darlene Coba of La Salle. He was preceded in death by his parents. To to the family or in memory of Blair R. Norquist, please

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Denise Sabotta

Dec 26, 1924 - Dec 01, 2023

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Tonica, IL

Denise M. Etscheid Sabotta, 98 of La Salle, passed away peacefully on December 1, 2023 surrounded by her family in Allure of Peru. Funeral services will be 7:00 PM Friday December 8, 2023 in the Hurst Funeral Home in La Salle with Rev. Gregory Jarzombek OSB officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 PM until time of services on Friday. Private burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in La Salle. Denise was born in London, England on December 26, 1924 to Daniel and Vere (Towler) Loeney. She married Elwood "Woody" Etscheid on May 12, 1945 and then married Ron Sabotta on May 1, 1971. She was a Docent at Hegeler Carus Mansion. Denise received a Bachelor Degree of Education at Northern Illinois University. She was a seamstress, made custom teddy bears and enjoyed painting. She owned and operated a sign shop and bridal shop. She volunteered for the City of La Salle events and American Red Cross. She won the Women of Distinction Award in 2015. Denise is survived by fourteen children, Michael Etscheid of Ottawa, Yvonne Crowe of Danielsville, GA, Daniel Etscheid of Peru, Peter (Rayanna) Etscheid of Peru, John (Cheri) Etscheid of Cedar Point, Ann-De Bailey of Jefferson City, TN, Stephanie Etscheid of Utica, Jackie (Warren) Norris of La Salle, Paul (Jeri) Etscheid of La Salle, Francine Etscheid of Sterling Heights, MI, Mark (Sherrie) Etscheid of Magnolia and Michele (Chuck) Baarck of Harrison Township, MI; one step-son John (Joanne) Sabotta of La Salle: her love of her life Jerry Reynolds of La Salle; thirty five grandchildren, thirty five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by two sons, Christopher and Jimmy Etscheid, one granddaughter Leslie Frantzen and one great-grandson Jaxon Etscheid To to the family or in memory of Denise M. Etscheid Sabotta, please

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Joseph Donahue

Jan 25, 1949 - Nov 29, 2023

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Tonica, IL

Dr. Joseph H. Donahue, 74, of Peru, passed away unexpectedly November 29, 2023 at OSF St. Paul's Medical Center in Mendota of natural causes. Visitation will be Wednesday December 6 from 2-5:00 PM at the Hurst Funeral Home in La Salle. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Dr. Donahue was born in Mendota on January 25, 1949 to L. M. "Mike" and Alice (Guilfoyle) Donahue. He served with the United States Army. He married Jan Warcken on July 24, 1982. He retired as a doctor of chiropractic care after 35 years. He enjoyed music, reading, and fishing. He loved gardening and competed in the Illinois State Fair with his vegetables. Dr. Donahue wrote papers and gave seminars on the history of chiropractics and also published a books. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan. Dr. Donahue is survived by his wife Jan of Peru, one daughter Meridith Donahue of Peru, two sisters Pat Donahue of Rockford and Cathy Donahue of Mendota, two sisters-in-law Sandee Donahue and Ellen Donahue, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Michael "Mick" Donahue and Jerry Donahue. To to the family or in memory of Dr. Joseph H. Donahue, please

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Antoinette Berta

Jun 28, 1926 - Oct 20, 2023

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Tonica, IL

Antoinette S. Berta, 97, daughter of the late Andrew & Christina (Bellino) Berta and sister of the late James Berta. Dear cousin, dear friend and godmother of five. Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM Sunday, October 29 at the Hurst Funeral Home in Ladd with Fr. Gregory Jarzombek, O. S. B. officiating. The burial will be in Ladd Cemetery. Visitation will be in the funeral home from 11:00 AM until time of services. To to the family or in memory of Antoinette S. Berta, please

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Tabitha Mckenzie

Aug 12, 1978 - Oct 16, 2023

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Tonica, IL

Tabitha "Jennifer" McKenzie, 45, of La Salle, passed away unexpectedly at home on October 16, 2023 after years of ill health. Cremation rites have been accorded and a Celebration of Life will be at a later date. The Hurst Funeral Home in La Salle is entrusted with her arrangements. Tabitha was born in Peru on August 12, 1978 to James Roy and Michelle (Schwartz) Mennem. She was a homemaker. She loved cats, enjoyed crafting, cooking, listening to music and dancing. Tabitha is survived by her mother Michelle Schwartz of Spring Valley; her daughter Serena McKenzie of Spring Valley; significant other Jason Kmetz of La Salle; two brothers, Dan Mennem of Oglesby and Jason Schwartz of Peru; one aunt Jacki Valdez of Ottawa. She was preceded in death by her father, grandparents and a uncle. To to the family or in memory of Tabitha "Jennifer" McKenzie, please

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Edward Kilday

Sep 01, 1955 - Oct 09, 2023

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Tonica, IL

Edward "Bud" Kilday, 68, of La Salle, passed away on October 9, 2023 after a brief illness at OSF St Francis Medical Center in Peoria Mass of Christian burial will be 11:00 AM Monday October 16, 2023 in St Patrick's Church in La Salle with Rev Christopher Magesa officiating Burial will be in St Vincent's Cemetery in La Salle Visitation will be 3 to 7:00 PM Sunday in the Hurst Funeral Home in La Salle and 10:00 AM Monday in the church until time of services Bud was a cherished brother, uncle, great uncle and friend He was born on September 1, 1955 in La Salle He was the youngest son of Edna Grace (Byrne) and Harold Edward Kilday He attended La Salle Northwest Elementary School before transferring to St Patrick's Grade School He then attended and graduated from La Salle-Peru Township High School Bud continued his studies at Illinois Valley Community College, transferring and graduating from Northern Illinois University with his B A in Math and his M S in Administration Ed taught math at Newark High School and retired from education as an assistant principal at Mattoon High School After teaching, he worked at Home Hardware in Ottawa, IL where he enjoyed assisting customers and made many life-long friends He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Patrick Kilday Ed is survived by his brothers, John (Carolyn) Kilday and Jim (Carol) Kilday, a sister-in-law Deirdre (Lee)Burkart, and numerous nieces, nephews and their families Flowers and memorials can be directed to Hurst Funeral Home, 650 5th St , La Salle, IL 61301 To to the family or in memory of Edward "Bud" Kilday, please

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Elaine Hallett

Jul 19, 1937 - Oct 08, 2023

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Tonica, IL

Elaine A Hallett, 86, of Utica, passed away at her home peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday October 8, 2023 Mass of Christian burial will be 11:00 AM Thursday at St Mary's Church in Utica with Rev Michael Driscoll officiating Burial will be in St Mary's Cemetery in Utica Visitation will be 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM Thursday in the Hurst Funeral Home in La Salle Mrs Hallett was born in Spring Valley on July 19, 1937 to Glen and Tillie (Pytlak) Barnhardt She married Richard Hallett at St Mary's Church in Utica on November 5, 1960 They were married for 49 years Mrs Hallett worked at Westclox and then at the US post office in Utica She devoted her life to her family She loved spending time with her daughters, grandchildren, and great grandson Elaine was a very kind and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend When asked, she offered wise gentle advice that was trusted by all whom found comfort in her Elaine will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her Mrs Hallett is survived by two daughters Renee (Luis Rios) Sheth of Peru; Jolene (Keith) Brown of Princeton; six grandchildren Kayla Potthoff, Andrew Potthoff, Hannah Sheth, Brianna Atkinson, Katie Hammers, and Kristine Olsen; one great grandson Ethan Murillo; one sister Mabel Barnhardt of Streator; and sister-in-law Patricia Barnhardt of Leland She was preceded in death by her husband Richard on November 9, 2009 and two brothers, Robert and Joseph Barnhardt Pallbearers will be Andrew Potthoff, Luis Rios, Keith Brown, Louie Doerr, Greg Waldorf, and Mikan Biers Honorary pallbearers will be Barry Atkinson and Maurico Murillo Memorials may be directed to the Utica Ambulance Service To to the family or in memory of Elaine A Hallett, please

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