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In Memory of Anna Conner


It is sad to announce that Anna Conner, age 97, Class of 1940, of Munster, IN, passed away Saturday, March 12, 2016. She is survived by her children, Donald F. (Kelly) Conner and Elizabeth (Rogelio) Villalobos; grandchildren, Donald II (Dawn), Daniel (Michelle), Carrie (Tyrone), Marisa (Stuart) Wilson, Vanessa, Elizabeth and Roger III; and many great and great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Farris Conner, Sr.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 DIRECTLY at South Side Christian Church 1000 Broadmoor Ave. Munster, IN, with Pastor Martin Dych and Rev. Dayton Williams, officiating. Interment will follow at Concordia Cemetery Forest Park, IL. Visitation will be on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at Kish Funeral Home 10000 Calumet Ave. Munster, IN, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and again at the church on Wednesday, from 9:30 a.m. until the 10:00 a.m. service.

Anna was a strong, vibrant woman and active member and officer of multiple Deaf organizations. A friend too many, she enjoyed sports, including baseball and bowling. Anna loved her White Sox. She was a doting mother, grandmother, whose greatest legacy was her passion for life. Anna was a unique and successful Deaf woman, she remains an inspiration to many.

In Memory of Madeline Bergschneider

It is sad to announce that a 76-year old Rochelle woman died from blunt force trauma to her head and chest after being struck by a train last Friday evening in the Hub City.

Madeline Bergschneider suffered fatal injuries from the incident.

The accident took place on the Union Pacific Railroad tracks on Washington Street in Rochelle, just south of the intersection of Lincoln Highway and Lincoln Avenue.

Officials say that Bergschneider was walking down the middle of the tracks as the train was traveling 25 miles per hour. The horn from the train was blown prior to the incident.

Police say that Bergschneider was deaf and that a walker was found near the tracks. An autopsy was performed on the body yesterday in Oregon.

It took 4 days for local authorities to find a family member of Bergschneider.

She was born on February 22, 1939 in Franklin, Illinois and died in Rochelle, Illinois. She attended ISD from 1945 to 1957.

May She Rest In Peace

In Memory of Betty Wash

It is sad to announce that Betty Wash, 83 (Attended 1939 and left 1943) of Champaign, Illinois at rest Tuesday, February 23, 2016 following a long illness. Born on June 14, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois. Daughter of the late Harold and Edna DeBow. Beloved wife of the late Ezell Wash, sister to Marilyn DePaola, and the late LaVerne, brothers, Fred, Clyde, and Melvin DeBow. Loving aunt, great aunt, and great great aunt, to many nieces and nephews. She was an active part of the Illini Chapter of the Illinois Deaf Association, and loved to play bingo. Cherished friend to many.

Private cremation burial in Bethania, Cemetery in Justice, Illinois.

In My Own Words: Jamal Garner

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University athletics is proud to participate in the fifth annual NCAA Division III Week (April 4-10) in an effort to celebrate the impact athletics and Bison student-athletes have on our campus and surrounding community. GU is joining 450 Division III institutions and 43 conferences in this week’s celebration.

To help focus on the many student-athletes that represent Gallaudet athletics we will spotlight two different student-athlete each day this week. You will learn more about them as they express their feelings on what it is like to be a Division III student-athlete here at Gallaudet. Interviews were conducted by the Gallaudet Sports Information Office.

Freshman Jamal Garner (Jacksonville, Ill.) is in his first year with the men’s basketball and men’s track and field teams and is hoping to graduate in 2019 with a degree in accounting and a minor in athletic coaching.

[Read more from Gallaudet University Athletics Department website ( http://www.gallaudetathletics.com/news/2015-16/d3week/mbkb_garner)

In Memory of Janice Kay Brinkmann

It is sad to announce that Janice Kay Brinkmann, 76, of Centralia, Ill., formerly of Carlyle, Ill., passed away at her home Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Janice was born Aug. 26, 1939, in Indiana, a daughter of Jessie (Swift) Burnett and Rayburn Wells. She married Robert H. Brinkmann (Class of 1955) July 5, 1959, in Evansville, Ind., and he preceded her in death Oct. 22, 2001. Janice was a homemaker, and she enjoyed crocheting and quilting. 


Mrs. Brinkmann is survived by her five children, Mike Brinkmann of Victoria, Texas; Jeff Brinkmann and wife, Kathy, of London, Ohio; Kristina Brinkmann List of Centralia; Jeni Brinkmann Jenne and husband, Jason, of Collierville, Tenn.; and Lori Brinkmann Worledge and husband, Will, of Memphis, Tenn.; her grandchildren, Ashley, Stephen, Austin, Kendalyn, Lexi, Sage and Samuel; a great-grandson, Blaine; and two sisters, Joyce Heimbuecher and husband, Jim, of Tombstone, Az., and Lorna Williams of Pulaski, Tenn. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a brother, Dalton Wells.


There will be a funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at Zieren Funeral Home in Carlyle. Interment will follow at Carlyle Township Cemetery.Visitation is 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Zieren Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Mrs. Brinkmann are suggested to the Matthew 25 Food Pantry, or to the Clinton County Humane Society and will be received at Zieren Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: