Death – Death notices: Dec. 29, 2021 | Obituaries

Death – Obituary

Death notices

Joseph Brown, 64, of Kankakee, passed away Monday (Dec. 27, 2021) at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. Funeral arrangements are by Lax Mortuary, Kankakee.

Phyllis J. Engelhardt, 61, of Bourbonnais, passed away Saturday (Dec. 25, 2021) at AMITA Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee. Funeral arrangements are by Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais.

Arlie Marie Hefner, 91, of Kankakee, passed away Sunday (Dec. 26, 2021) at her home. Funeral arrangements are by Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Funeral Home in Kankakee.

Dean E. Kirchner, 51, of Kankakee, passed away Monday (Dec. 27, 2021) at AMITA Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee. Funeral arrangements are by Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Funeral Home in Kankakee.

Dolores Villanueva, 64, of Kankakee, passed away Friday (Dec. 24, 2021) at Merkle-Knipprath Senior Citizens’ Living in Clifton. Funeral arrangements are by Schreffler Funeral Homes, Kankakee Chapel.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.