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Theobald, James D.  
James D. Theobald Born: Jan. 1, 1935; in Joliet, IL Died: Nov. 16, 2014; in Cape Carol, FL James Douglas Theobald, passed away peacefully at the Hope Hospice Center, in Cape Coral, Florida after a decade struggle with Alzheimer's disease. His loving family members were with him during his entire journey, especially his wife Marilyn. Born January 1, 1935, to the late Martin Joseph and Marguerite (Nelson) Theobald in Joliet, Illinois; he is survived by his wife and best friend of 59 years, Marilyn (Kotowicz) of Ft. Myers, FL; his three children, Karen (Jay) Willis of Edinburg, TX; sons, Douglas (Patricia Fera) of Minooka, IL and Brian (Scott DeShong) of Los Angeles, CA. He leaves two grandsons, Jason (Angela Schlott) Willis of The Woodlands, TX and Jacob (Jennifer Cvar) Willis of Austin, TX. He is also survived by three great-grandchildren, twins Jocelyn Elizabeth and Juliana Grace Willis of Austin TX and Leona Celeste of The Highlands, TX. He's survived by his sister & brother-in-law , Suzanne & Gary McGowan, Joliet, IL; brothers and sisters-in-law, Andrew & Grace (Vercellotti) Kotowicz of Trinity, FL; Joseph & Bonnie (Sedlak) Kotowicz of Ellington, FL; Joan (Kotowicz) & Dave Lehmann of Allentown, PA; Mary Ann (Batuzich) Kotowicz of Phoenix, AZ; and many loving nieces and nephews . Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph & Marguerite Theobald; his father and mother-in-law, Andrew & Mary (Gaydos) Kotowicz; his brother and sister-in-law, Martin & Betty (Hubrich) and his brother- in-law, Benedict Kotowicz. Prior to his 18th birthday he quit Joliet Township High School and volunteered into the US Army in order to be deployed to Korea with his seven neighborhood buddies who were all being drafted, but Jim needed his parent's approval. Sergeant 1st Class James Theobald served during the Korean Conflict and faced front-line combat in the infamous Battle of Pork Chop Hill (Korea) in the spring and summer of 1953. He received a bronze star for his service. Fifty years later, Jim received his honorary high school diploma from Joliet Township High School in a special tribute to the group of eight who served in Korea. Jim was a member of the Will County Carpenters Local 174 for over 40 years, retiring in 1995. He was also a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose in both Joliet, IL and Ft. Myers, FL. He was a long-time member of the Amateur Trap Association (ATA) and won numerous ATA Competitions including the ATA Grand American National Competition. He was also a fisherman, hunter, and trapper. Jim and Marilyn also traveled extensively around the world by land and sea. Jim never knew a stranger and was best known for his sense of humor and wit and infectious smile. He and Marilyn had a special relationship and always referred to her as "My Lady." A Military Memorial of Jim's Life will be celebrated at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, 20952 W. Hoff Road, Elwood, IL beginning promptly at 11:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon on Friday, April 17, 2015. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in Jim's honor to Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Ft. Myers, FL 33908 or on line at: www.hopehospice.org/donate . Alternatively, donations can be made in Jim's honor to the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org
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Published in The Herald-News on Apr. 12, 2015
Tuntland, Ardythe  
Ardythe L. Tuntland Ardythe L. Tuntland (nee Wilker) passed away peacefully on April 11, 2015. She is survived by her children, Craig (Nancy) Tuntland, Dean (Dora) Tuntland, Nancy (Richard) Rivera of Joliet, Bruce (Linda) Tuntland of Manhattan, and Beverly (Donald) Landreth of Arvada, CO; grandchildren, Rebecca (Todd) Vanderhyden, Jessie (Ryan) Nugent, John (Carolyn) Gimble, Jr., Kevin Tuntland, Eric (Megan) Tuntland, Renee Rivera, Randall Rivera, Christianna Landreth, and Chelsea Landreth; great-grandchildren, Erin and Kaleigh Tuntland, Grace, Nora, and Nathan Vanderhyden, Peyton, Isabel and Jack Nugent; step-sister, Ann Feistamel, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Tuntland; and daughter, Cathy Gimble; father, Walter Wilker; and mother, Charlotte (Wilker) Bradley; step-father, James Bradley; sisters, Charlotte (George) Young, Betty (Keith) Watson, and Gloria (Arthur) Chenoweth. Born on April 14, 1920 in Joliet, Ardythe was a loving and devoted mother. Before raising her family, she was employed at the American Institute of Laundry and was later active in PTA, Band Parents and other church and school activities with her children. More recently she was involved in volunteer activities for the Cancer Society, Cantigny Post 367 VFW Auxiliary and Jackson Homemakers. Services will be on Monday, April 20, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home, 1500 Black Rd., Joliet, Rev. J. Michael Fox officiating. Interment Abraham Lincoln Cemetery. Visitation Sunday, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Judson Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society would be appreciated.
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Published in The Herald-News from Apr. 16 to Apr. 19, 2015
Tyler, Michael R.  
Michael R. Tyler Born: May 15, 1945 Died: April 8, 2015 Michael R. "Mick" Tyler, age 69, formerly of Elwood, IL, went to be with the Lord and Savior on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Born on May 15, 1945, in Joliet, IL, Mick is survived by his wife of 49 years, Helen (Stark) Tyler; his daughter, Tiffany (Tyler) Howell; son-in-law, Allen Howell; his beautiful grandchildren, Hannah, Grace and Grant; and a half-sister, Penny Degeralomo. Preceded in death by father, William I. Tyler; mother, Marguerite Tyler; and his brother, Toby Tyler. Retired painter and business owner, Mick spent his golden years being the "World's Best Papa" and faithfully serving his church, Pathway Christian Fellowship. He was lovingly known as the "Popcorn Man" at all church events and you could usually find him on the tractor mowing the church lawn. Loved by all that knew him, Mick kept getting better and better with age. His kindness and gentile demeanor will be his legacy and he'll be dearly missed by his family and many friends. A memorial Celebration will take place Friday, April 17, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. until the time of service 6:00 p.m. at Pathway Christian Fellowship Church, 19554 NW Frontage Rd., Shorewood, IL. Services entrusted to Anderson Memorial Home, Crest Hill, IL, www.AndersonMemorialHomes.com , (815) 577-5250
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Published in The Herald-News on Apr. 15, 2015
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