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Kamm, Linda - Washington  
Linda Kamm WASHINGTON - Linda C. Kamm, 69, of Washington passed away at 4:52am Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at Unity Point Health Methodist-Peoria with family by her side. She was born on February 20, 1947, in Athens, AL the daughter of Grady and Almarie Peek Moss. Surviving is one son Mike (Julie) Kamm of Washington; three granddaughters Isabella, Carly and Olivia. Also surviving are two sisters Deb Royston and Doris Bailey both of Athens, AL. Further surviving is an aunt, Nora Madry, who was very special to her heart along with other various aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Her parents, one brother, Danny and one sister Diane preceded her in death. She worked for Methodist Medical Center for 39 years retiring as a unit secretary in 2010. Linda was a very family oriented woman, she loved being with her family and one of her favorite things would be to visit her grandchildren. Linda will be most remembered as a kind and compassionate caregiver to all that knew her and will be greatly missed. A funeral service is scheduled for 11am Saturday, June 25, 2016, at Mason-White Funeral Home in Washington with Pastor Doug Hafley officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30am until her time of service. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery in Washington. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name may be given to Susan G. Komen Foundation. Notes of condolences for the family may be sent using www.masonfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on June 24, 2016
Kamm, Linda C. - Washington  
Kamm, Linda C., 69, Washington. Mason-White Funeral Home, Washington.
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on June 23, 2016
Kats, Johan "Jerry" - Peoria  
Johan "Jerry" Kats PEORIA – Johan Halliwell "Jerry" Kats, 85, of Peoria passed away at 11:24 p.m. Thursday, June 16, 2016, at the Illinois Veteran's Home - LaSalle. Jerry was born on Dec. 12, 1930, in Wabeno, Wis., to the late Johan and Ruth Kats. He married Beverly Jeneson in Peoria on Aug. 24, 1952. He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Sara (John) Roach of Bartonville and Judith (Robert) Miller of Park Ridge, Ill.; one son, Ward (Janice) Kats of Knoxville, Ill.; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Dennis) Farney, Brian Pearson, Douglas Pearson, Madeline Miller and Lauren Miller; and three great-grandchildren, Michael, Breanna and Dennis. Jerry attended Woodruff High School and graduated from the University of Illinois School of Business Administration in 1953, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, Scull and Crescent Honorary Fraternity, and the U of Illinois Varsity Track Team. He was the first Peoria athlete to win an individual event at a Illinois Boys' State Track and Field Meet, where he won the 120-yard high hurdles in 1948. He was inducted into the first class of the Woodruff High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Jerry is a lifetime member of the University of Illinois President's Council. He remained active in track and field in Illinois. He became the first official to serve as the Head Starter of the Boys' State Track and Field Meets, the Girls' State Track Meets, and the Boys' and Girls' State Cross Country Meets. He was awarded an Illinois Track and Field Official of the Year recognition in 2009, and received the Illinois High School Association Distinguished Service Award. Jerry served the United States Army as a First Lieutenant sports officer at Fort Hood, Texas. He was in charge of athletic teams and lead the champion 3rd Army football team to victory over the 5th Naval District at the Shrimp Bowl in Galveston. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America. As a troop leader, he accompanied his scouts on canoeing and camping adventures into the wilderness of Canada. Jerry was one of the founders of Cannon and Cocoran Management Services, Inc. (CCMSI) of Danville, Ill., serving as vice-president and director before retiring in 1996. In Diffusion and Persistence of Grassroots Government in Illinois, 1850-2000, Michael Sublett states under "Three for the Future," "Here are three men who would take on great significance in the years to come…on 1 June 1986, the new Township officials of Illinois Risk Management Association with Kats as its director, began to accept premiums from member townships. Surplus revenue that Kats and TOIRMA generated would eventually provide a windfall for funding certain TOI operations." He received the Township Officials Presidential Award in 1992; and after his retirement from CCMSI, he became Executive Director of TOIRMA, retiring in 2006. He was a member of Rotary International, and served as a member of the District 325 School Board, Dunlap School System. Additionally, he was a Trustee of Lakeview Museum at the time of its inception and the opening of the museum. Jerry was a member of Arcadia Avenue Presbyterian Church. He will be remembered for his devotion to young athletes and his ability to serve them while overcoming a severe handicap, which he referred to as a "little inconvenience." Cremation rites have been accorded and a private service will be held at Wright & Salmon Mortuary. A celebration of life will be held at 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 26, 2016, at his daughters restaurant, Aurelio's Pizza, 3821 N. Sterling Ave., Peoria, Ill., 61615. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Illinois Veteran's Home - La Salle, 1015 O'Conor Ave., LaSalle, Ill., 61301. Friends may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on June 23, 2016
Kottemann, Norma - Peoria  
Norma Kottemann PEORIA - Norma J. Kottemann, 84, of Peoria, died after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, in St. Louis, MO, where she lived for the last several months. George Kottemann, her husband of 62 years, died a year before. She is survived by two children: Kathy (Jim) Wire and Karl (Suzi) Kottemann, both of St. Louis; five grandchildren: Philip (Chelsea) Wire, Kara (Roi) Castellanos, Patty (Allan) Thompson, Kristin Kottemann and Leslie (Patrick) Spellman; and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, William and Kathryn Rodems, and her sister, Marilyn (Davidson) Clark. A graduate of Bradley University, Norma was a member of Gamma Phi Beta and received the national sorority's Carnation Award for service, and was named to Bradley's Centurion Society in 2004. She held several jobs while George attended dental school, and then focused on raising their children and helping him start his orthodontic practice, working for a number of years with the Dental Auxiliary. She then began volunteer activities in other areas, serving in several roles with the Peoria County Court Counselor Program and as a board member for Planned Parenthood of the Heart of Illinois and the Center for Prevention of Abuse. Norma volunteered for many years for the Methodist Hospital Service League. She and George provided significant funding for the sculpture studio at Bradley University's Heuser Hall and the Kottemann Gallery of Dentistry at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. They were named Arts Partners of the Year for 2008. Together, they participated in alumni activities at Peoria High School, a treasured part of their history. She and George traveled extensively, often to places that allowed them to indulge in their love of contemporary art. They were a constant loving presence and inspiration for their family and friends. Norma's family will schedule a gathering in her memory at a later date, which will be announced in this space. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Center for Prevention of Abuse (720 W Joan Ct, Peoria, IL 61614) or Planned Parenthood of Illinois (18 S. Michigan, 6th floor, Chicago, IL 60603).
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on June 25, 2016
Kucginski, Andrew - Peoria  
Andrew Kucginski PEORIA - Andrew J. Kucginski, 88 of Peoria, passed away May 10, 2016, at Unity Point Proctor. He was born August 2, 1927, in Aurora, IL. He married Edna Dittman on October 4, 1947, in Aurora. Surviving are his wife, Edna, children; Kenneth L. (Martha), Andrew A. and Deborah (Ernie) Pierantoni all of Peoria and 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Andrew was a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. An Honor Guard Ceremony and a Memorial Service was held at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery in Aurora on June 20th. Andrew will be remembered as a wonderful husband and a great father. He always showed great kindness to others and he never knew a stranger. Condolences may be shared through www.Woolsey-Wilton.com
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on June 25, 2016
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