Obituary, George Patrick Medeiros

Canton – George Patrick Medeiros born March 17, 1925 in Provincetown, MA passed away August 16, 2019 at St. Dominic Jackson Memorial Hospital, he was 94 years of age.

During World War II, George served as a Gunners Mate aboard the USS Franklin in the South Pacific for the U. S. Navy. When he returned from the war he was a commercial fisherman for several years. He then flew for Pan American Airlines before flying for the U.S. Customs in Homestead FL until retiring after 19 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, and step-son.

Survivors include: wife Esther Thomas Medeiros of Canton; sister, Janie Heckert (Mel) of Canton, Ohio; niece, Debbie Wolfe of Gulfport; and nephews, Glynne and Ronny Gulledge of Gulfport.

Visitation will be at Breeland Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 from 10:00 am until the 11:00 am chapel service.

Obituary, Dorris Wells “D.W.” Wilson

Dorris Wells “D.W.” Wilson, age 87 of Stephens passed away Sunday, December 29, 2013 at Silver Oaks Nursing Home in Camden. He was born October 6, 1926 in  Stephens, AR to Fred Wells and Thelma Louise (Sawyer) Wilson.

D.W. was a longtime member of Sulpher Springs Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Before his retirement he made his living as a machinist for Mobil Oil Corporation. Before his health failed, D.W. loved being outdoors working in the yard, gardening or fishing. His hobby was restoring old furniture and woodworking. His greatest joy came from spending time with his family. D.W. served his country during WWII on the USS Franklin (CV13). On March 19, 1945, D.W. became a member of 704 Club (Survivors) when his ship came under attack 50 miles off the coast of Japan and claimed the lives of 724 of his crew members. For his service D.W. was awarded the Bronze Star Medal (Presidential Citation), the Asiatic Pacific Area Bronze Star and the Victory Medal. He will forever remain in the hearts of everyone who knew and loved him.

Preceding him in death are his parents, two brothers, Billy Ray Wilson and Norman Lamar Wilson.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, JoAnn Wilson of Stephens, AR; three sons, Norman Ray Wilson and wife, Vickie of Lumberton, TX, Ronald Wells Wilson and wife, Karen of Buna, TX, Robin Timothy Wilson and wife, Donna of Colmesneil, TX; step daughter, Claudia Wooldridge and husband, Danny of Springdale, AR; step son, Luther Miller of Stephens, AR; brother, Jack Albert Wilson and wife, Joanna of Springdale, AR; sister, Frances Louise Freeman and Mike of McKinney, TX; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be at 10:00AM Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at Bailey Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jack Wilson and Bro. Jamie Venable officiating. Burial and Military Honors will follow at Stephens Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home of Magnolia.

Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 5-8PM at Bailey Funeral Home in Magnolia.

In Lieu of flowers memorials are requested to Sulpher Springs Cumberland Presbyterian Church, C/O
Mearl Darden, 3225 Ouachita #2, Louann, AR 71751.
Sign our online registry at http://www.baileyfuneralhome.net

Obituary, Frank J. Bertinetti

Frank J. Bertinetti, 94
Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2019 10:49 am
Frank John Bertinetti, 94, of Raymond, formerly of Nokomis, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Oct. 24, from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Girard. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at the church with Father James Palakudy officiating. Graveside services will be held at 1:45 p.m. at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. Calvert-Ferry Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Bertinetti was born Feb. 11, 1925, in Jeiseyville, a son of Dominic and Mary (Cambruzzi) Bertinetti. He married Norma Jean “Tootsie” Stivers in 1952, in Nokomis, and she preceded him in death in 1963. He later married Joan Finnefrock in 1973, in Raymond, and she preceded him in death in 1984.

A WWII Navy bomber escort pilot, he was stationed on the aircraft carrier USS Franklin during WWII. He worked as a forklift operator prior to his retirement from Caterpillar Tractor, Inc. He worked as a funeral director’s assistant for Hough Funeral Home in Raymond, and in his later years, he worked for Calvert and Ferry Funeral Homes in Auburn, Girard and Virden.

A member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Girard, he was a member of the Auburn Knights of Columbus, the Masonic Lodge in Morrisonville, the Scottish Rite, Blue Lodge, the Answar Shrine Temple in Springfield, American Legion Post #94 in Nokomis, 40 and 8, Fraternal Order of Police in Springfield and the Illinois Sheriff’s Association.

He is survived by his niece, Rebecca DiClemente; nephews, James (Debra) Bertinetti and Dominic Bertinetti III; sister-in-law, Doris Bertinetti, all of Tinley Park; special friend, Leona Hacker of Girard; several great-nieces and great-nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents and two wives, he was preceded in death by a brother, Dominic “Buck” Bertinetti, Jr.

Memorials may be made to donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be left at http://www.calvert-ferryfuneralhomes.com.

Obituary, James Carl Graffam S1/c

James Carl Graffam died in Portland, Maine on August 4, 1995. James served on the USS Franklin and was a member of the 704 Club. After the war he returned to Portland, Maine and worked his entire career at the S.D. Warren Paper Mill. He was married to his wife, Mary, for 55 years. He had one son, James. He would seldom talk about his experience on the USS Franklin but when did it would be about how brave the crew was after the devastating attack and how everyone did what needed to be done to save the ship regardless of their actual navy specialty. He was very proud of his service in the U.S. Navy. He is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Westbrook, Maine.

Obituary, Willie Kovalyk

Willie was born on November 14, 1927 and passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2019.

Willie was a resident of Neffs, Ohio at the time of passing.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving on the USS Franklin during World War II and a life member of the Neffs Rod and Gun Club.

Obituary, Karl W. Kraft

Karl W. Kraft, age 99, of Batavia, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, July 15, 2019 at Brighton Gardens of St. Charles.

He was born June 23, 1920 in Batavia, the son of Albert J. and Annie W. (Johanson) Kraft. 

Karl was united in marriage to Violet “Vie” E. (Ogren) Kraft on April 22, 1950 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles.

He was a 1938 Batavia High School graduate and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the U.S.S. Franklin aircraft carrier.  Karl became an apprentice plumber in 1946 and started K.W. Kraft Plumbing in 1962. 

Karl was a member and past Master Mason of the Masonic Lodge, Batavia 1197; Royal Arch Masons of Illinois, Fox River Chapter #14; Montgomery V.F.W. Post #7452; Batavia American Legion Post #504; Loyal Order of Moose, Batavia Lodge #682, and a lifelong member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Batavia.

He is survived by his three sons John (Andrea), Peter (Leslee) both of Batavia, and Robert (Carolyn) of Galena MO; seven grandchildren Kelly (Elias) Ford of Nebraska, Benjamin of Florida, Joseph of Chicago, Jaymes (Dori Stein) of Batavia and Chelsea of Geneva, and Samuel and Annie Kraft of Chicago; four great-grandchildren Ann, Eli, and Mathew Ford of Nebraska and Aria Kraft of Batavia; sisters-in-law Sara Murtaugh of Batavia and Sally Mayer of Mount Carroll; many nieces and nephews; and a neighborhood full of good friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Everett W. (Elaine) Kraft; and his loving wife Violet who passed away in 2018.

Visitation will be held Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 9:00 am until the time of his funeral service at 11:00 am at Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln St, Batavia with Rev. Steven Ritter officiating.

Interment will follow at West Batavia Cemetery in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln Street, Batavia, Illinois 60510 or Valley Sheltered Workshop, 325 Main Street, Batavia, Illinois 60510.

Arrangements handled by Malone Funeral Home in Geneva.  For information 630-232-8233 or visit http://www.malonefh.com.

2020 Reunion, March 19-22 Pensacola, FL.

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U.S.S. Franklin (CV-13)
2020 Reunion, March 19-22

Hosted by: April and Ken Homko
in memory of Ken’s father Harry Homko (K-Div)

We are so excited to be hosting another reunion!  Not just “another reunion” but the reunion on the 75th Anniversary of the attack on the Franklin. We will be bringing the reunion back to a great town we have visited before, Pensacola, FL.

Security is a lot tighter than when we stayed on base back in 2007.  So we will be staying at the historic Pensacola Grand Hotel located at 200 E. Gregory St. in downtown Pensacola.  They are giving us a great rate of $100/night for their standard room with 2 Queen Beds.  They will honor this room rate fom 3/17-3/24. (Please note that breakfast is not included in this rate.  There is a restaurant located in the hotel that is open for breakfast and dinner.  See the attached menu.  We will also provide some continental breakfast items in our hospitality room daily.) Currently we have 45 rooms blocked. These rooms will be held only until February 20th and then they will be released. So, please do not delay booking your room. To do so, call the hotel directly at 850-433-3336, ask for reservations and then provide the four letter code: C V 1 3.  Also, it has been mentioned that Pensacola does not have a very big airport with many flights.  So, if possible, do not wait too long to book your flights.

The Pensacola Grand does offer a complimentary airport shuttle from 6am-10pm and there is no charge for parking if you drive.  They are the top hotel in Pensacola for Military Reunions with a great location in the heart of Downtown Pensacola. It is minutes away from shopping, dining, and entertainment venues with Pensacola Beach only 8 miles away. Many of you know when planning a reunion there are many factors to consider to find the best possible hotel for our group.  So, although we do not have breakfast included, this hotel is the best choice to meet the majority of our needs.  They will definitely give us service and attention unmatched by any other hotel in the area.

The reunion will start Thursday, 3/19 with registration beginning at 4pm in our hospitality room. There will be a Board meeting beginning at 5pm.

Friday, 3/20 we will board Trolleys and head to the National Naval Aviation Museum.  Everyone 16 and older will need a picture ID to enter the museum! At the museum will have our Memorial Ceremony, a guided tour of the museum, watch an IMAX Movie, enjoy lunch at the Cubi Bar Café and possibly a tour of the National Flight Academy. Trolleys will head back to the hotel at different times in the afternoon so everyone has enough time to enjoy the museum. Friday night join us in the hospitality room for some entertainment.

Saturday, 3/21 the general meeting will be in the morning and the dinner dance in the evening.

Sunday, 3/22 will be the 8 o’clock Report in the morning.

In closing I need to give a GIANT “Thank You” to Tom from Beach Bum Trolley for all his help with this reunion. If I hadn’t (by chance) gotten in touch with him I don’t think I would have volunteered to host!  You can check out this link on his website for our reunion itinerary and menu for the Friday lunch: http://beachbumtrolley.com/franklin.htm

 

CLICK THIS LINK TO DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION TO SEND IN TO KEN AND APRIL BY FEBRUARY 10, 2020.  

 

CLICK THIS LINK TO SEE THE HOTEL RESTAURANT MENU.