CULLOM — Evelyn H. Drendel, 96, of Cullom passed away at 8 a.m. Saturday (March 21, 2015) at Tjardes Health Care Center of Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac. Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Cullom. Visitation will be one hour prior to Mass at the church. Christian burial will follow Mass at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Cullom. Memorial contributions may be made to Evenglow Lodge. Evelyn was born Nov. 17, 1918, in rural Roberts, a daughter of Bernard and Augusta Brown Carney. She married Louis Drendel on Nov. 24, 1938, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth. He passed away May 17, 1992. She is survived by one daughter, Sharon Shifflet Cullom 1960, Fairbury; seven grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one daughter-in-law, Anita Drendel, Sandwich; and numerous stepgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one son, Fred Drendel; one son-in-law, Ronald Shifflet; two brothers, John and Kenneth Carney; and one stepgrandson, Larry Residori. Evelyn graduated from Chatsworth High School. She was a homemaker and a true farmer’s wife. She was a member of the St. John’s Catholic Church in Cullom and the Altar and Rosary Society. Evelyn was a loving mother, grandmother and friend who will be greatly missed. This obituary may be viewed and condolences left to the family at calvertmemorial.com.
John “Jack” E. Cline, 75, of Forrest, IL, formerly of Chatsworth, Bensenville, and Melrose Park, IL passed away at 6:30 pm on Friday, March 20, 2015 at McLean County Nursing Home in Normal, IL. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Forrest. Burial will follow services at Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Anti-Cruelty Society. Jack was born July 3, 1939 in Fairbury, IL a son of Gerald Eugene and Mildred (Combs) Cline. He married Colleen O’Connell on January 27, 1971 in Elmhurst, IL. She survives. Also surviving are his two sons: Cory (Christine) Cline of Cropsey, IL and Anthony Cline of Sandwich, IL; his mother: Mildred McLoughlin of Forrest, IL; four grandchildren: Antonio, Christopher, Sean and Alex Cline; and one sister: Judith Skurka of Bloomington, IL. He was preceded in death by his father: Gerald Cline and his stepfather: Paul McLoughlin. Jack grew up in the Chatsworth area. He served his country in the United States Army, being stationed in Alaska. He had a great love for his pets, John Wayne, and Westerns. Jack was an avid sports fan. He was a great son, father, grandfather, brother, and friend who will be greatly missed.
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Dorothy (Fellers) McCarty, 83, of Forrest, passed away at 3:45 pm on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Tjardes Health Care Center of Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac. A visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 am on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Forrest with a graveside service to follow at Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Livingston County Humane Society. Dorothy was born on January 16, 1932, a daughter of Homer “Boots” and Myrtle (Bryant) Fellers. She is survived by three sisters: Mary Watts of Columbus, OH, Shirley Jones of Bridgeview, IL, and Donna (Toby) Day of Forrest; and many nieces and nephews. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; one brother: Alfred “Boots Jr.” Fellers; and one brother-in-law: Thomas Watts. She worked on the farm for Harry Austman. She was employed at DJ Davies Company for ten years in Dwight. Dorothy also worked for Reiger Coil in Forrest and Fairbury for fifteen years, plus six years during corn season for Growmark FS in Piper City, until her retirement. Dorothy was a Methodist. She enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and flowers. She was a loving sister, aunt, and friend who will be greatly missed.
LeRoy Leonard Rubinas, 80, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 10:47 pm on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at his residence. A private family visitation and graveside service will be held at Chatsworth Cemetery with Pastor Corinne Blissard officiating. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth is handling arrangements for the family. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. LeRoy was born November 12, 1934 in Chicago, IL a son of Anton J. and Helen (Paulauskis) Rubinas. He married Doris E. Bunke on November 12, 1968 in Las Vegas, NV. She passed away on July 19, 2011. He is survived by one son: LeRoy Anthony (Rosenda) Rubinas of Appleton, NY; two granddaughters: Michelle Rose and Marcela Doris Rubinas; one sister: Linda Rakowski; and several nieces and nephews. LeRoy served his country in the United States Navy on the USS Manchester. He was a barber on the ship. Upon arriving home, he worked for Northwest Airlines in Air Cargo for over forty years until his retirement.
FLANAGAN — Kathryn Louise Bayston, 97, of Flanagan, formerly of Pontiac, passed away at 1:07 p.m. Saturday (March 7, 2015) at Good Samaritan Home in Flanagan. Service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Pontiac with the Rev. Mary Kay Henson officiating. Burial will be at Chatsworth Cemetery in Chatsworth. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home, Pontiac, is in charge of arrangements. Kathryn was born Dec. 24, 1917, in Pontiac, daughter of Edward and Barbara Garber Kinsinger. She married Vernon Bayston on Oct. 13, 1940, in Chatsworth. He passed away Feb. 27, 1987. She is survived by her two sons, Donald (Sandra) Bayston, Bourbonnais, and Fred (Alisa) Bayston, Normal; three daughters, Elizabeth Joyce, St. Robert, Mo.; Carol Pearce, Peoria; and Rose Mary (Gerald) Erickson, Pontiac; one sister, Margaret Dell, Florida; 19 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; 41 greatgreat-grandchildren; and six great-great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Vernon; one son, Gordon Johnson Jr.; two sons-inlaw, Tom Joyce and Mike Pearce; three brothers; two sisters; and two great-grandchildren. Kathryn graduated from Chenoa Grade School and Chenoa High School, Class of 1935, and she attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Pontiac, and Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Pontiac. She was a Cub Scout den mother in Kempton for several years. Memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Home, 205 N. Adams, Flanagan, IL 61740. Condolences may be made to the family at www.duffyfuneralhome.com or visit our page on Facebook.
From the Daily Leader
VERLA TAUBER HONORED FOR HER IMPACT
March 4, 2015
Chatsworth-March birthdays in Chatsworth were celebrated recently at the St. Peter and Paul Parish Hall.
Among them was Verla Tauber, achieving the 100-year mark. She invited friend to join her in celebration.
Tauber has been a voice for the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church for years. Some say it was her determination that has kept the church in Chatsworth going.
"I love everybody and everybody loves me," Tauber stated when asked what she liked best about Chatsworth.
She and her husband, Sam, came from Kouts, Ind., in 1953. They raised three children, Sam, Jane and Kay. Tauber was also the neighborhood mother.
"Whenever children had a dispute or an injury they all knew to go to Mrs. Tauber's house," Connie Dohman remembers.
Yes, Chatsworth does love Verla Tauber and appreciates all the acts of kindness this dear lady has bestowed upon it.
VARNA — George A. Davis, 81, of Varna, passed away peacefully at 1:25 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 24, 2015) at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born May 9, 1933, in Waukesha, Wis., the son of John and Florence M. Muehl Davis. He married Judith Conibear on Jan. 27, 1963, in Chatsworth. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Maureen (David) Miller, Normal, and Suzanne (Mike) Schall, Cullom. Also surviving are five grandchildren, as well as one brother, John (Carol Ann) Davis, Newport News, Va., and one sister Barbara (Larry) Covili, Williamsburg, Va. One daughter, Barbara Dockery, and two brothers preceded him in death. A Korean conflict Army veteran, he was honorably discharged in April 1955. He then worked as a truck driver for many years and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Sparland. George was an amazing and loving husband, father and grandfather and will be missed by all. Cremation rites will be accorded. A time to celebrate his life will be at 11 a.m. March 7 at First Baptist Church in Sparland. The Rev. Elaine Bolen will officiate. Visitation will be one half hour prior to his service. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be given First Baptist Church in Sparland. Affordable Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting with arrangements. Notes of condolences may be sent using www.peoriafuneral.com.
CANTON - Margaret E. Herink, 91, of Canton passed away at 12:17 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at Heartland Healthcare Center in Canton. She was born in Piper City, Ill., on March 28, 1923, to Adam and Bessie (Eaker) Shell. She married Homer "Bill" R. Herink on Christmas Eve, 1948, in Chatsworth, Ill. He preceded her in death on March 9, 2010. Surviving are three children, Constance (Hal) Maples of St. Peters, Mo., Ronald (Judy) Herink of Borden, Ind., and Frederick (Karol) Herink of Canton; six grandchildren, Leia Knapp, Adam Herink, A.J. Herink, Tim Herink, Amy Herink and Joe Herink; one great-granddaughter, Keira Knapp; and one sister, Helen Babcock of Washington, Ill. Also preceding her in death were her parents, two brothers and four sisters. She received her bachelor's degree in teaching from ISU. She was a teacher at Central Grade School in Canton and taught for 12 years at Lacon and Varna. She was a member of the Canton First Presbyterian Church and a past member of the Eastern Star in Canton. She was also a member of the Graham Hospital Service League and served on the Spoon River Library District Board. She enjoyed sewing and gardening. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton, where visitation will be held Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. The Rev. Tim Bauler will officiate. Burial will follow in White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton. Memorials may be made to Canton First Presbyterian Church or Graham Hospital Service League. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.
SALEM — Glenn Heminover Sr., 88, of Salem, died at 11:35 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 19, 2015) at his home. He was born Oct. 15, 1926, in Seneca, to Oscar R. and Wave Williamson Heminover. He married Margaret E. Johnson on Sept. 24, 1949, in Freedom Township. Survivors include sons, Glenn Heminover Jr., Champaign, and Mervin (Paula) Heminover, Salem; daughters, Marjorie Bullard, Salem, formerly of Bloomington, who was his loving caregiver, and Gail (Brad) Pate, Salem; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Margaret; and five siblings, Ora Bogren, Oscar Heminover, Clarissa Osmunson, Evelyn Slafer and Wilma Loomis. The funeral will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Salem Lutheran Church with the Rev. Doug Meyer officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery in Salem. Military rites will be accorded by the Salem American Legion. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Sunday at the church. Glenn served during World War II in the U.S. Navy. He was the owner of Lakewood Motel in Salem and Peoples Cleaners in Chatsworth for several years. He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church and Salem American Legion. Memorials may be made to Salem Lutheran Church or SSM Hospice.
Peggy J. Higgins, age 74, of Rinard, Illinois, passed away Monday, February 2, 2015, at her home in Rinard. Peggy was born March 26, 1940 in Hiram, MO to Bryan and Mary (Hedrick) Bell. She married Bob Kyburz in 1962. She later married Ben Higgins on June 14, 1982 in Rinard. He preceded her in death on March 8, 1998. Peggy worked as a waitress at several area restaurants, including the Ranch Steakhouse, and was of the Baptist faith. Peggy, lovingly referred to as "Mamaw", adored her granddaughters. She enjoyed talking to everyone and you could always count her in when playing cards with family and at family events. She is survived by her daughters: Sheryl (Dave) Brant of Cisne and Jana (Brad) Mugrage of Rinard; 2 granddaughters: Kacy Jo Mugrage of Flora and Lexi Jo Brant of Cisne; great-granddaughter: Shea Jones; 4 sisters: Ruth Cantrell of St. Louis, MO, and Shirley Durham, Sue (Larry) Kurtenbach, and Faye (John) Baker all of Chatsworth; 5 brothers: Jim Bell of Bloomington, Larry (Cindy) Bell of Forrest, Gary Bell of Chatsworth, Darrell (Tanya) Bell of Chatsworth, and Jerry (Linda) Bell of Advance, MO; along with several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 2 brothers: Gene and Ivan Bell, 2 sisters: Brenda Bell and Verna Humphrey, and a niece: Connie Emberton. A funeral service for Peggy Higgins will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, February 6, 2015 at Frank & Bright Funeral Home with visitation starting at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Memorial donations are suggested to Clay County Hospice and will be accepted at the funeral home. To share a condolence, visit www.frankandbright.com.
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