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Death notices: May 20, 2019

May 20, 2019 GMT

Death notices

Richard “Rick” Blanchette, 62, of Crescent City, passed away Friday (May 17, 2019) at his home. Funeral arrangements are by Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Funeral Home in Kankakee.

Elaine Longest, 83, of Watseka, and formerly of Milford, passed away Wednesday (May 15, 2019) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. Funeral arrangements are by Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

Past services

Funeral services for Jacquelyn Christensen, 85, of Kankakee, were held May 15 at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Kankakee. Deacon Patrick Skelly officiated. Jacquelyn passed away May 11, 2019. Burial was in Kankakee Memorial Gardens in Aroma Township. Pallbearers were Dillon and Luke Christensen, John Uphoff, and Nicholas, Aaron and Aiden Cote.


Funeral services for Betty Cook, 91, of Savoy, and formerly of Piper City, were held May 17 at the United Methodist Church in Piper City, with the Rev. Elizabeth Reis officiating. Betty passed away May 12, 2019. Burial was in Brenton Cemetery, Piper City. Pallbearers were Matthew and Bryan Cook and Nick Giampapa.

Funeral Mass for Loretta Pretty, 97, of Burlington, Wis., and formerly of Kankakee, were held May 17 at St. John Paul II Catholic Church, West Campus, Kankakee, with the Rev. Sunny Castillo officiating. Loretta passed away May 10, 2019. Burial was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Kankakee.