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Obit of Donna (Lawless) Fisher

posted by Mary Runyon-Hanshew


Donna Lawless Fisher, 92, of Granger, IN, passed away on Monday, May 9, 2016 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, IN. Donna was born at the family farm in Chatsworth, Illinois on December 7, 1923. Her grandparents and great-grandparents emigrated to the U.S. during the Great Famine in Ireland. Donna's parents, John and Agnes had six children: Eileen, Bill, Jack,Donna, Frank and Bob. Now, only Frank survives. On her 18th birthday, Donna arrived at school to find that the Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor. Living through the Great Depression and World War II as a child and young woman, influenced her feelings, opinions and fears for the rest of her life. She often told us that her family never went hungry during the depression because they lived on a farm. However, she never got over her fear of a bank failure. After high school, Donna attended the University of Illinois at Normal. She obtained an Associate Degree. As a young woman, during the war and after, Donna worked at St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana as a secretary. Her aunt was a religious sister with the Congregation of the Holy Cross. Donna had a very special love for Sr. Clement, C.S.C. who, in later life, enjoyed receiving Donna's clandestine gifts of wine. While in South Bend she met Mauro Fisher, a dashing ItalianAmerican and the two were married in Chatsworth, Illinois on November 22, 1952. It was a marriage between the Italian city boy from Newark, New Jersey and the Irish country girl from the Midwest farmland. The two were married for fifty-six years. Three children were born: Margot, Mark, and Mauro, Jr. The couple lived in Akron, Ohio for almost five decades. Donna moved to South Bend at the age of 90 to be near her daughter, Margot Reagan, most of her ten grandchildren and her two greatgrandchildren. She was the School Secretary at Essex Elementary School in Akron, OH most of her career. She had many great stories about the school personnel and the students. A devoted Catholic, Donna loved President Kennedy, but sometime later, she became an enthusiastic Republican and round-the-clock FOX News viewer. What followed were lively discussions with her left-leaning progeny. After retirement, Mauro and Donna obtained their passports. They went to Ireland, Spain and Italy. Just a few months ago, Donna went to California for the second time to visit her brother Frank and niece Louisa. She went to Colorado three years ago to see her brother Bill (now deceased) and her nieces Cathie, Margaret and Nancy and nephew Billy. As evident, Donna was not stopped by age. In her 90s, she was tailgating at Notre Dame. On one such occasion, she re-united with her nephews Kevin and Tom who she hadn't seen since they were young boys. Donna highly valued education. Growing up, her children were constantly reminded of the value of education. She was very proud of every college undergraduate and graduate degree earned by her children and grandchildren. Before her death, she was aware of yet another grandchild (Annie) receiving a Master's Degree on May 10. She never lost the enthusiasm for educational success. Donna is survived by three children, Margot (Dan) Reagan of South Bend; Mark Fisher of Columbus, Ohio; Mauro (Regina) Fisher of Chicago, Illinois; her brother, Francis Lawless of Lakewood, California; ten grandchildren, Brigid (Benjamin) Reagan Balcom, Coley, Katie, Annie, and Jimmy Reagan, Christina, Arianna, Mauro, Tony and Serafina Fisher; two great-grandchildren, Henry and Rosaleen Balcom. Also surviving are nieces, Cathie, Margaret, Nancy, Louisa, Peggy and Betsy and nephews, Billy, John, Tom and Kevin. Loved ones who preceded her in death were, her husband Mauro; her parents, John and Agnes Lawless; her sister, Eileen Davies; her brothers, Jack, Bob and Bill Lawless; her granddaughter, Lauren; niece, Pam; and nephews, Pat and Jim. Donna loved to laugh, often laughing so hard she would cry. Her delightful laugh was infectious. Her family will miss that the most. At the age of 92 1/2, Donna was driving, volunteering for Catholic causes, shopping for her greatgrandchildren and enjoying her life. Spending time with her family was her great joy. She loved her family, faith and Irish Heritage. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 20, 2016 in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, with Rev. Paul Doyle, C.S.C. officiating. A visitation will take place from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Friday in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to: Sisters of the Holy Cross, 100 Lourdes Hall, Saint Mary's, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556, or online atwww.cscsisters.org. Kaniewski Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To send online condolences, please visit kaniewski.com
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Obit of Linda Kay (Curtis) Johnson

posted May 17, 2016, 3:40 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated May 17, 2016, 3:41 AM ]


Linda Kay Johnson, 65 of Burbank, IL., formerly of Roberts, Thawville and Rantoul, IL., died 6:55 P.M. Thursday May 5, 2016 at the Aperion Care Nursing Home in Burbank, IL. Mrs. Johnson's Memorial Graveside Service will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the Ridgeland Township Cemetery in Thawville, IL. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association. Linda was born on July 21, 1950 in Paxton, IL., to Alvin Leon and Bessie C. (Reecer) Curtis. Her childhood was spent in Roberts, Thawville, and Piper City, IL. She graduated from Chatsworth High School. Linda was first married to Randy Mulligan and then her second marriage to Skip Johnson. Both are deceased. She is survived by her daughter - Kimberly Mulligan of Ohio. Her mother - Bessie Rockwell of Gibson City, IL. A sister - Sharon Miller of Piper City and a brother - Jerry Curtis of Dwight, IL. Several nieces and nephews. Linda is preceded in death by her father, two husbands and a brother - Bill Curtis. She was a Carle Pharmacy Assistant in Urbana, IL. Arrangements by the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman, IL. Please sign the guest book at www.redeniusfuneralhomes.com


Obit of Ray S. Hornickel

posted May 5, 2016, 5:12 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated May 6, 2016, 9:12 AM ]


LA SALLE — Ray S. Hornickel, 85, of La Salle, formerly of Marseilles, died at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at St. Margaret's Hospital in Spring Valley. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at First Congregational Church in La Salle with Pastor Al Lewis officiating. Full military services will be conducted outside of the church following the service. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hurst Funeral Home in La Salle. Additional visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at the church. Mr. Hornickel was born July 22, 1930, in Chatsworth, to Robert and Anna (Branz) Hornickel. He married Judith Ann Simpson on May 22, 1982, in Marseilles. Ray graduated from Pontiac High School in 1948 and immediately joined the Illinois National Guard. He served in the Korean conflict with the U.S. Army, then returned to start his family. He farmed, was an insurance adjuster and was appointed by the Guard to develop the grounds of the Illinois National Guard Training Facility at Marseilles. In 1996, Ray retired from both the State and the Illinois National Guard as a Lieutenant Colonel, the last officer in Illinois to rise through the ranks from Private. 
After retiring, Ray continued to enjoy his family, sports, playing cards and board games and watching nature. He was a member of the Marseilles American Legion, First Congregational Church of La Salle and La Salle VFW. Mr. Hornickel is survived by wife, Judy, of La Salle; four children, Jodith (Wally) Lewis, of East Peoria, Beverly (Stuart) Brown, of Port Byron, Brian (Karen) Hornickel, of Vernon Hills, and James Wilson, of La Salle; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Geraldine Kietzman, of Gibson City, and Dolores Seggerman, of Pontiac; sister-in-law, Vivian Hornickel, of Gilman; and brother-in-law, Everett Simpson, of Sherman. He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters. Memorials may be made to fund activities for the Alzheimer's Unit at the Illinois Veterans Home in La Salle, where he was a resident for the past six months. Online condolences may be viewed and remembrances shared at hurstfuneralhomes.com.
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Obit of Thelma (Ward) Spall

posted May 4, 2016, 3:43 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated May 4, 2016, 3:44 AM ]


Thelma Juanita Spall, 98, Fairbury, died at 12:00 pm Monday, May 2, 2016 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury. Private services will be held Thursday, May 5, 2016 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury with Pastor Steve Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury. The family suggest memorials be given to the Fairbury Fire Department. Mrs. Spall was born September 17, 1917 in Roberts, IL the daughter of Ollie and Ethel Thompson Ward. She married Joseph V. Spall on November 12, 1938 in Jeffersonville, IN. He died on May 4, 1987. Survivors include three daughters, Carol Billington, Cisne; Veronica (Vernon) Shapland, Melvin; Joyce (Wayne) Hafley, Fairbury; five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by three brothers, one sister and one great granddaughter. Mrs. Spall was a 1936 graduate of Chatsworth High School and Summers Beauty Culture School, Bloomington. She was a member of the Nazarene Church, Fairbury.

Obit of Kathleen Mae Schwarz

posted Apr 28, 2016, 3:19 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Apr 28, 2016, 3:20 AM ]


STRAWN — Kathleen Mae Schwarz, 51, of Strawn, formerly of Chatsworth, passed away at 12:12 p.m. Sunday (April 24, 2016) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. Visitation in her honor will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth, followed by a graveside service at Calvary Cemetery, Piper City. Memorial contributions may be made to Autism Association or St. Jude Midwest Affiliate, Children’s Hospital, Peoria. 
Kathie was born March 4, 1965, in Elmhurst, a daughter of Keith Price and Judy Carlson. She was raised by her mother and stepfather, Dick Katzel. They both survive in Arizona. She married Edward A. Schwarz on Aug. 9, 1986, in Joliet. He survives in Strawn. Also surviving are her children, Michael (Terri) Schwarz, Lexington, S.C.; Nicholas (Catherine Biesbor) Schwarz, Piper City; Brittany (Matt) Kennedy, Fairbury; and Ashley (Josh) Walters, Chatsworth; her mother-in-law, Catherine (late Harry Schwarz) Schwarz, Piper City; her grandchildren, Alyssa, Krista, Chelsea Mae, Addison, Scott, Lucas, Abigail, Gabriel, Austin Anthony “Pooh Bear,” Annabella and Jamie; her siblings, Dawn (Dave) McVey, Bolingbrook, and Keith Katzel, Hanover Park; and one brother-in-law, Jim Angelos, Gibson City. She was preceded in death by her father and one sister, Christine Angelos. 
Kathie worked for Quanex in Chatsworth for a number of years and went on to work for R.R. Donnelley in Dwight before settling at Selig in Forrest where she worked for the last eight years. She loved her job and everyone there. Kathie and Ed’s motto on life was to help others in any way that they could. Kathy’s last gift was her donation of her body to help 20 people in need through organ donation. It is through this donation that the family can find comfort in her loss knowing that she will live on through her donation. This obituary may be viewed and condolences left to the family atcalvertmemorial.com.


Obit of Gloria H. (Boone) Meister

posted Apr 27, 2016, 4:19 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Apr 27, 2016, 4:19 AM ]


GIBSON CITY— Gloria H. Meister, 94, of Gibson City, formerly of Chatsworth and Piper City, passed away at 12:05 a.m. Friday (April 22, 2016) at Heritage Health, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Gibson City Bible Church, Gibson City, with Pastor Paul Thomason officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Gibson City Bible Church. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Gibson City Bible Church or St. Amant Baptist Church. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth, is handling arrangements for the family. Gloria was born Nov. 29, 1921, in Utica, N.Y., a daughter of Harry V. and Susie Lenfest Boone. She married the Rev. Melvin J. Meister on Aug. 22, 1940, in Chicago. He passed away Feb. 22, 2004. She is survived by three daughters, Melody J. (Dell) Sackett and Coralyn G. (Ace) Webster, both of Camdenton, Mo., and Susie G. (Art) Kinzinger, Gibson City; two sons, Melvin J. (Linda) Meister Jr., St. Amant, La., and John D. (Jennifer) Meister, San Antonio, Texas; her grandchildren, Sharon (Lial) Zeedyk, Larry (Becky) Meister, Becky (Chuck) Smith, Steve (Lisa) Meister, Michael Sackett, Noah (Chris) Meister, Jeremy (Paula) Meister, Jonathan Meister, Stacy Webster, Joe (Holly) Webster, Jennifer (Chad) Casey, Robert (Jessica) Kinzinger and William (Kara) Kinzinger. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three sisters; and one grandson, Luke Kinzinger. She served alongside her husband in ministry for more than 50 years. She counseled with people, regularly visited, and generously assisted those who were lonely, ill, elderly or in need. She loved the Lord Jesus, reading the Bible, singing, and sharing her faith with others. All who knew her well considered her a prayer warrior. She also loved cooking, sewing and painting. This obituary may be viewed and condolences sent to the family at calvertmemorial.com.

Obit of William Stoddard Livingston

posted Apr 14, 2016, 6:03 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew


William Stoddard Livingston, 88, Chatsworth, died at 1:14 pm Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at OSF St. James-John Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the United Methodist Church, Chatsworth with Wayne Kurth officiating. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery with full military rites accorded by the Chatsworth American Legion. Visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 pm Friday, April 15, 2016 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury and 2:00 to 2:45 pm Saturday at the church. The family suggest memorials be given to the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation or the American Heart Association. 
Mr. Livingston was born July 31, 1927 in Normal, IL the son of Frank Leland and Martha Wilcox Stoddard Livingston. He married Nellie May Weaver Curtis on May 26, 1954 in Chatsworth, IL. She preceded him in death on May 16, 1997. Survivors include his children, Kathryn Ann (Bill) Bliss, Wentzville, MO; Robert Dale Livingston, Chatsworth; Thomas William Livingston, Collierville, TN; Leland Mark (Nancee) Livingston, Chatsworth; ten grandchildren, twenty seven great grandchildren, one sister, Suzanne (Roger) Coventry, Chatsworth; one sister-in-law, Jane Livingston, Bloomington. He is preceded in death by one granddaughter, Megan Propes and one brother, Frank Leland Livingston Jr. 
Mr. Livingston was a Chatsworth Twp. High School graduate and a 1949 graduate of the University of Illinois, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture. He served in the United States Army from November 15, 1950 to November 6, 1956. After his service to our country he engaged in many agricultural ventures. His entrepreneurial spirit guided him towards land stewardship and conservation. Over many years he acquired agricultural holdings that created a living legacy for his children. The family airstrip also known as Livingston Air Service was also part of William’s legacy. Family members all shared in that experience. William enjoyed flying airplanes and had a fondness for his Cessna 180. With his family, Mr. Livingston owned and operated Livingston Grain and Lumber Company, Chatsworth for over 50 years. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Chatsworth and served on the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois board of directors (1988-1994). He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who enjoyed traveling with his wife, Nellie and attending family gatherings. “Brutus, don’t worry we will walk you”. SERVICES Funeral Service Saturday, April 16, 2016 3:00 PM United Methodist Church 510 South 4th Street Chatsworth, IL 60921
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Obit of Karen (Szezpaniak) Kubiak

posted Apr 13, 2016, 4:42 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Apr 13, 2016, 4:43 AM ]


Karen Kubiak, 71, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 7:25 am on Monday, April 11, 2016 at her home in Chatsworth. A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth. Burial will be held at 12:00 pm on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Karen was born March 29, 1945 in Chicago, IL a daughter of Frank and Harriett Szezpaniak. She married Richard Kubiak on March 17, 1972 in Chicago, IL. He survives. Also surviving two daughters: Donna Miller and Gina (Chuck) Iglinski; two sons: Frank Miller and Richard (Robyn) Kubiak, Jr.; grandchildren: Mario (Shana) Melendez, Chris (Amber) Miller, David (Brittany) Melendez, Rudy (Amanda) Cabral, Eric Cabral, Danny Kubiak, Walter Kubiak, and Nicole (Chris) Cabral; and great grandchildren: Nevaeh, Noelani, Neven, Anthony, Carter, Liam, Alex, Issacc, Jacob, Keegan, Kazlyn, and Kailya.

Obit of Pamela (Ehrich) Willis

posted Apr 13, 2016, 4:37 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Apr 13, 2016, 4:38 AM ]


Pamela Willis, 67, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 6:55 am on Monday, April 11, 2016 at her son’s home in Chatsworth. A visitation will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth, IL. According to the family’s wishes, cremation rites will follow services. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Pamela was born December 10, 1948 in Kankakee, IL a daughter of Wayne and Rosetta (Cote) Ehrich, Sr. She is survived by two sons: Robert (Tamara) Karnes and Corey Karnes; one step-daughter: Tina; her grandchildren: Melissa (John), Becky, Joey, Jaccob, Jeremy, Jesse, Jazmen, Josilynn, Eric, Kelly, Alyssa, David and Johnathan; great grandchildren: Lauren, Kaleb, Alaina, Khloe, Atticus, Peyton, and Jayson; one sister: Sandra; nieces and nephews: Melody, Deanna, Trish, and Tracy; great nieces and nephews: Brady, George and Penny. Pam was preceded in death by her parents; daughter: Tammy; son: Billy; husband: Jim Willis; grandchildren: Michael and Matt; brother: Wayne (Debbie); brother-in-law: Tom; and nieces: Crystal and Dawn. Pam worked at Homeshield for 27 years as a machine operator. She loved to shop, be outdoors, and spend time with her kids and grandkids. Pam had a huge heart and would do anything for anybody. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend who will be greatly missed.


Obit of Laverne E. (Drozd) Wold

posted Apr 12, 2016, 4:35 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Apr 12, 2016, 4:35 AM ]


LaVerne E. Wold Chenoa- LaVerne E. Wold, 82, of Chenoa, formerly of Chatsworth, IL, passed away at 1:14 pm on Saturday, March 19, 2016 in Chenoa, IL. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth. According to her wishes, cremation rites will be accorded. Memorial contributions may be made to Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community. LaVerne was born February 12, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois a daughter of John and Peggy Ann (Jensen) Drozd. She married Donald Robert Wold on February 20, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois. They were married for nearly fifty years, Donald passed away in June of 2003. She is survived by her children: Donna (Randy) Burke of Chatsworth, IL, Vernon (Connie) Wold of Naperville, IL, Kevin Wold of Arlington, TX, and Jeffrey (Sally) Wold of Channahon, IL; ten grandchildren; Fourteen great grandchildren; and one sister: Barbara Sypien of Momence, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: John and Lawrence Drozd; her husband; and one granddaughter: Dawn Baertschi. LaVerne worked for Jewel foods for thirty years starting in Romeoville and retiring from the Plainfield location. Upon retirement, she moved to Arkansas and returning ten years ago to be closer to family in Chatsworth. She enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling, and gardening. She was a loving mom, grandma, great grandma, sister, and friend who will be greatly missed.

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