Piper

Roscella Katherine Piper, age 102, of Herscher and formerly of Bonfield, passed away June 24, 2021 at Harvest View in Herscher. 

She was born April 16, 1919 in Herscher, the daughter of Henry & Clara Bronner Wesemann. 

She married James “Jim” Piper on July 16, 1950 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Herscher. He preceded her in death on August 24, 2003. 

Roscella was a member of Grand Prairie United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School and was active in the Women’s Group. 

She was a homemaker and also worked with her husband, Jim on the farm and helped with their corn shelling business. She had a large vegetable and fruit garden. Roscella loved her flower garden. Her family enjoyed her love to make pies, especially apple, and cinnamon rolls. She enjoyed visits from her family, especially the little ones. 

Surviving are two daughters and two sons-in-law, Donna and Larry Sharper of Bonfield and Ruth and David Laird of Chatham; her grandchildren, Sheila and Jason Kohl of Herscher, Michelle and Jacob Fansler of Bonfield, Brian and Bridgett Laird of Savoy, and LeAnne and  Jason Padiak of Germantown Hills; her great-grandchildren, Bianca, Darian and Kaleb Berns, Kelsey and Nolan Fansler, Halie, Allie, and Kade Kohl, Braden and Brock Laird, and Judah, Carter, Cole, and Lily Padiak. 

In addition to her husband, Roscella is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Vernon Wesemann and Raymond “Cap” Wesemann; one sister and brother-in-law, Marcella and  Raymond Schmidt; one infant sister, Adeline Wesemann; and one infant grandson, Michael Sharper. 

Visitation was held from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral service on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Funeral Home in Kankakee. Rev. Marlin Ludwig officiated the service. 

Private interment followed.

Memorials may be made to Harvest View Assisted Living, Uplifted Care, or the Herscher Fire Department.