Category Archives: Obituaries

In Memory of Pauline Braddy

It is sad to announce that Pauline Grace Braddy, 79, (Class of 1956), of Normal, IL, passed away Monday August 31, 2015 in Bloomington. She was born October 25, 1935 in Freeport, IL to John Stanley and Elta (Stanton) Remmers. She attended Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD) in Jacksonville IL, where she met her husband John A. Braddy. They were married on June 16, 1956. Pauline’s faith was very important to her. She was not just a teacher of the word, but a person who lived it. Pauline was one of the founding members of the 1st Assembly of God-Deaf Church in Normal, IL. She was a song leader, member of the deaf choir, Sunday school teacher and active in the women’s deaf ministry. While Pauline and John lived in Rockford, IL she continued to be just as active at the Christian Deaf Center.

Pauline is survived by her husband John A. Braddy; daughters Susan Braddy and Patty Braddy-Reeve; grandson Chris (Kelly) Reeve and precious great granddaughter Baylee Sue Reeve. Sisters Marilyn Adams, Freeport IL and Darlene Shouer, Oregon IL and numerous nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Roger Remmers.

Visitation for Pauline will take place Tuesday, September 8 from 4-7pm at East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington, IL. The service will take place Wednesday, September 9 at 10am at East Lawn Funeral Home with burial to follow in East Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions can be made in her honor to 1st Assembly of God-Deaf Church, 800 E Vernon Ave, Normal, IL 61761.

In Memory of Ron Gorrill

Ronald B. Gorrill Sr., 80, (Class of 1954), a 47 year resident of Wildwood, IL, passed away July 28, 2015. He was born June 5, 1935 in Cicero, IL to Frank and Amelia Gorrill. Ronald attended the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville, IL. He worked for the Waukegan News Sun for 39 years, was an active member of Waukegan Deaf Club, and involved in the Chicagoland deaf community. Ron is survived by his sons Ron (Connie) Gorrill Jr., and Jeff Gorrill, his 11 grandchildren, his 6 great-grandchildren, his brother Frank J. (Beverly) Gorrill Jr. of North Carolina, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Sandra. A visitation is scheduled for Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 10:00am until 2:00pm with a funeral service commencing at 2:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. For more information please log onto or call (847)223-8122.

Published in the Lake County News Sun on July 30, 2015

In Memory of Vivian Brooks

Vivian LaVerne (Fogle) Siemens Brooks, age 100, of Francesville, IN, was born November 23, 1914 to George Washington Fogle and Edna (Woosley) Fogle in the Danvers, Illinois area. She died August 11, 2015 at the Parkview Haven Retirement Home in Francesville. She attended one year in a public school before attending the Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD) Jacksonville. She became the second Homecoming Queen in 1934 graduating in 1935.

The following information was taken from the ISD School Graduation Book: “I hate nobody: I am in charity with the World.” Vivian, the ISD little “Blondie” was always happy and a busy girl. She was very successful in cooking and sewing. She made a lovely dress that was chosen to be taken to the Chicago World’s Fair, in which her family received $100.00. She was athletically successful in horseshoe pitching, swimming, life-saving, baseball, volleyball, basketball, cage ball and soccer. She was a strong swimmer and once saved the life of a drowning girl. Vivian received a bronze medal from the Girl Scouts Association in recognition of being an outstanding Girl Scout, which she continued to hold that medal dear to her heart throughout her life. She was a member of the clubs at ISD and was an officer in the Dramatic Club, the M.I.S. and Girls’ Athletic Association. She was a participant in the following plays: The Princess, Elmer, Beauty Culture of 1940, King Midas and the Christmas Carol. Her hobby was doing fancywork.

She married Hermann Siemens on November 15, 1946, who passed away November 19, 1952. Vivian and Hermann had one daughter, Aileen Edna (Siemens) Steele (husband Max) and Bryan Steele, Grandson. Vivian was preceded in death by her Granddaughter, Reagan Leigh Steele on May 21, 2013, and has one surviving great-granddaughter, Alexandra Oriana Deryn, a student at West Lafayette High School. She is also survived by her brother Weldon Fogle of Carlock, IL.

Vivian kept busy being a farm wife, and working as a seamstress in the Medaryville Garment Factory. She was a member of the Medaryville St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Ladies Aid and the Pulaski Co. Aim Hi Home Extension Club. Vivian worked a short time milking cows & for several years, raising layer chickens.

She participated in the Medaryville High School PTA, sewing costumes for the marching band twirlers and her daughter, Aileen, as drum major, along with sewing homemade clothes, making wonderful quilts, crocheting, gardening, canning & preserving. She was always available to help with the former Medaryville Potato Fest Celebration and helping with Lion’s Club dinners.

She married Alfred Brooks on November 19, 1966. He died March 14, 1986. She became a widow for the second time in her life. She retired but continued to do quilting, gardening and preserving her produce along with becoming a Grandma. Most recently she became a resident of Parkview Haven Retirement Facility in Francesville, Indiana where she enjoyed the musical entertainment, the social activities, including participating in the Bell Chior and Bingo. She loved receiving cards and watching TV18 to see if her Granddaughter, Alex, was caught on camera as a West Lafayette High School athlete. She enjoyed visiting with Regal, the family’s yellow lab. She would also inquire about the 3 family kitty siblings: Snowball, Orange Blossom & Little Dude!

She was preceded in death by:
George Washington Fogle Father
Edna Lea Woolsey Fogle Mother
Hermann Siemens 1st Husband
Alfred Brooks 2nd Husband
Reagan Leigh Steele Granddaughter
Lyle Fogle Brother
Marion Fogle Brother
Mona Meinders Sister
Wilma Murphy Sister

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM EDT Saturday, August 15, 2015 at the Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville, IN with Pastor Charles Blakey officiating.

Visitation will be from 4-8 PM EDT Friday, August 14, 2015 at the Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville, IN

Burial will take place in the White Post Cemetery in Medaryville, IN

Memorial Contributions may be given to Alexandra O. Deryn Education Fund
c/o Lakes Federal Credit Union
Monticello, IN.

In Memory of Robert Belford

Robert H. Belford, 73, (Class of 1961) of rural Jacksonville, died Thursday, August 6, 2015, at his home. He was born April 14, 1942, in Springfield, the son of Robert L. and Angelina Hochstatter Belford. He married Carol Reed on September 30, 1967, in Moline.

Robert is survived by his wife, Carol Belford of rural Jacksonville, two sons, Robert Mark (wife, Lotchana) Belford of Pinellas Park, Florida, and Joseph (wife, Brandie) Belford of Jacksonville; five grandchildren, Joshua, Samantha, Bridget, Zackary, and Jerret, and three great-grandchildren.

As a young man, Robert worked with his father as a barber at his business, Bob’s Barber Shop in Springfield. He then worked 25 years with the United States Post Office. He was a member of the National Fraternal Society of the Deaf, Illinois Association of the Deaf, Springfield Deaf Club, and the Jacksonville Deaf Club. Robert enjoyed hunting and fishing.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, August 10, 2015, at Westfair Baptist Church in Jacksonville. The family will meet friends following the service at the church. Private burial will be at Athens Cemetery in Athens. Memorials are suggested to the Jacksonville Deaf Bible Church. The Williamson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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In Memory of Robert Basnett

It is sad to announce that Robert C. Basnett, 56, (Class of 1978) of Decatur, passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Decatur Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 17 at 11:00 A.M. at the Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home in Decatur with a visitation two hours prior. Burial will be at North Fork Cemetery, Decatur. Memorials may be made to the Good Samaritan Inn.

Rob was born on March 11, 1959, the son of William E. and Doris Ann (Parrett) Basnett. Rob graduated from the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville, IL and Waubonsee Community College in Aurora, IL. He was a mail handler for the U.S. Post Office. Rob loved the Chicago Bulls and everything concerning Indy car racing. He was a member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Decatur.

Rob is survived by his mother, Doris Basnett of Decatur, IL; his brother, Dan Basnett of Decatur, IL; along with many cousins and friends.