Author Archives: Rick Koshko

One new virus case, two recoveries in LaSalle County

A fifth LaSalle County person has tested positive for the corona virus. The LaSalle County Health Department says the man, who is in his 60s, was in a hospital. But he is now at home, still in isolation. The health department also reports the first two cases in the county have ended with successful recoveries.…Read more »

Helen L. Thomas, 90

Helen L.Thomas, 90, of Ottawa, IL, passed away Thursday March 26, 2020. Helen was born on September 15, 1929, in Spring Valley, IL, to Alexander and Winifred (Charneskey) Blassick. Teaching was her passion and she loved serving as a fourth grade teacher at McKinley School in Ottawa for over 25 years. After “retiring”, Helen helped…Read more »

June Mennie, 89

June (Charlier) Mennie 1930 – 2020 Alberta “June” Mennie, 89, of Ottawa, died on Thursday afternoon, March 26, at OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa. Private services were on Monday, March 30, in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd in Oakwood Memorial Park in Ottawa with Rev. Michael Driscoll, officiating. Interment followed in the…Read more »

Mark Nephew, 33

Mark Nephew 1986 – 2020 Mark Nephew, 33, of Ottawa died on Friday morning, March 27 at OSF St. Elizabeth medical Center in Ottawa. Services will be private. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are through the Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa. Mark was born on July 6, 1986…Read more »

Robert J. Brown, 71

Robert J. Brown, 71, of Princeton passed away Friday, March 27, 2020 at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. Ottawa Funeral Home & Crematory has been entrusted with cremation rites.Read more »

Fourth LaSalle County corona virus case detected

A fourth person from LaSalle County is confirmed to have the COVID-19 corona virus, according to a LaSalle County Health Department announcement Friday night. The health department says a man in his 80s is in isolation in a hospital. The three county residents who tested positive previously were recovering in their homes. The health department…Read more »

Bureau County added to list of those with pandemic virus cases

Bureau, Henry, and Iroquois counties are now reporting corona virus cases. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Friday 488 new cases in the state, bringing the total for this pandemic to 3,026. There have been 34 deaths from the virus in Illinois, including eight announced Friday. The disease has been confirmed in 40 counties.Read more »

Stanley D. Twait, 91

Stanley Twait, 91, of Ottawa, IL, passed away Friday, March 27, 2020 at Pleasant View. A Celebration of Life will be at a later date. Ottawa Funeral Home & Crematory has been entrusted with cremation rites. Mr. Twait was born July 25, 1928 in LaSalle County to Clarence and Florence (DeBolt) Twait. He married Maxine…Read more »