MOULTON, Verna Lee (Gillett) “Vee” 82, passed away peacefully into the loving arms of our Lord, on October 8, 2016, after a brief illness.
She was born February 20, 1934, in rural Chatsworth, Illinois, the first of six children to Edna M. (Lee) Gillett and Paul M. Gillett. Verna graduated from Chatsworth High School in 1951. She married Danny M. Moulton, Forrest, IL in 1952, and his career in the US Air Force took them on a journey which eventually led to Austin, Texas. Vee’s walk on this planet was bountiful, a life well lived. Together she and Danny created a sanctuary home on Lake Travis near Austin, Texas where deep friendships, their love of the lake, respect for nature and their committed and loving partnership multiplied. Friends and family recall good times sitting with Vee on the back deck drinking a cool one while watching the lake and the hummingbirds guzzling her homemade nectar. She will be missed by all those who knew and loved her, including the many cardinals, wrens, finches, doves and other avian friends who dined in style at Vee’s feeders. Whether alone or with others she enjoyed easy listening music, and of course, Elvis. Along side Danny, she also “served her country” as a career civil servant and military wife. Passion was a key ingredient in all of Vee’s endeavors, as she never did anything half way. Business owner, prolific gardener, diligent, artistic and patient doll house miniaturist, accomplished fisherman, Sudoku solver, Master bowler, expert marksman, gourmet fudge maker, skilled water skier, champion of Samoyed dogs, friend, adored wife and mother − all these bore the mark of her vigor, loyalty, dedication and love. Her golf cart became her chariot and lifeline to neighbors, friends and continuous projects on the Lake. Her sanctuary home at the Lake remained “the place” in her Heart. Vee, is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Danny. She is survived by her daughter Terri Patterson (Mike) of Houston, her siblings all of Illinois--Janice Jensen, Piper City, Anita Johnson (Bob) Naperville, Warren Gillett (Melanie) Fairbury, Marlene Fuoss, Fairbury, Darlene Kratz (Jim) Springfield, Sister-in-law Edie Moulton, Fairbury, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. The family expresses their gratitude to the sensitive caregivers at The Legacy at Crystal Falls, and also extends their deep appreciation to the excellent and caring doctors and nursing staff that attended Vee in the ICU at the University Medical Center Brackenridge, Austin, Texas. She will be laid to rest alongside her husband and soul mate Danny, at The Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois (pending). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to a US Veterans Organization of choice or to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 105 S. 6th Street, Chatsworth, IL 60921.
From the Daily Leader
Oct. 15, 2016
By Luke Smucker
Within the past decade, there has been a resurgence in people’s interest in their own genealogy, as well as the history of the place where they live. Is the speed of technology moving too fast? Or have we, as a society, pushed so hard to get ahead that it made us long for what we left behind?
Dave Hornickel, a Germanville farmer and historian, recently gave a time capsule to the Baltz Library of Chatsworth Township for safe keeping. Inside the time capsule were documents ranging from the 1890s to the 1960s.
“Chatsworth had a cornerstone and they put a time capsule in it with things from 1941,” Al Freehill, a local attorney, who grew up in Germanville, recalls “The idea was that every 25 years they would reopen it. So, in 1966, they did. They held a big gathering and then they opened up the time capsule, took a look inside and eventually added to the time capsule before putting it away for another 25 years,” Freehill said. “Then, about 25 years later, they stopped using the town hall.”
Hornickel said, at the time, the plan was to tear the town hall down because it was going to cost a lot to repair. The plan was to build a new town hall in its place, but nothing ever happened. So, the time capsule was given to Hornickel’s family for safe keeping. After years and years of hanging onto this time capsule, Hornickel wanted to do something special with it. So, he asked Freehill what to do. “David came into my office several months ago and asked what he should do with this time capsule. My thought was to donate it to the library. So, we called up Mary and she was fine with it,” Freehill said. “The content of the capsule is mostly focused on Germanville.”
In addition to newspapers of the time, the time capsule contained minutes from old Germanville Club meetings and a guest book, as well as minutes from a Germanville Woman’s Club meeting. “There were more clubs back then than I realized,” Hornickel said. “We also found a picture that features the Germanville officials during 1966 and their names on the back. Someone also put in a document that lists all the teachers at the time and what they were paid, as well as a document with the names of all elected town officials that starts back in 1893. A lot of the old Chatsworth names are in there.” Library director Mary Fisher-Miller said the time capsule will eventually be on display with a lot of other local historic items, for Chatsworth’s sesquicentennial, next year.
“I don’t intend to bury it again,” she said. “I think we’ll store it in the safe and next year, all the glass cases will be on display with this material. It will also be available for anyone who wants to do research.”
This may be the end for the time capsule, but by donating it to the library, all involved hope it will be of use to people who may be doing genealogy research. They also hope that similar items will be donated by community members who may have local historic materials they no longer wish to hold on to.
“When I cleaned out my mother’s house, we were rushed for time, but now I think of all the things I threw away. If I had two more months, I would have preserved a lot of that. Things like letters my uncle had sent from overseas when he was in the war,” Fisher-Miller said. “What frustrates me the most about losing those letters, is that it’s such a lost past time. I remember how fun it was to get a letter out of the mailbox from my grandmother or somebody. Nobody really writes letters anymore. We’ve started to lose that art of communication, but time is cyclical and we’re going to come back and we’ll have this decade or two of lost stuff because we’re in such a hurry to move on to the next new thing.”
In addition to holding onto local historic artifacts, Fisher-Miller said the library is also in the process of raising money to digitize all the old issues of the Chatsworth Plaindealer newspaper. The goal is to put them on a CD that would allow people to search for specific terms or people and then get a listing of all articles that feature that name or keyword for viewing. “I think there has been a resurgence in people being interested in their history,” Fisher-Miller said. “All of a sudden people are really interested in their roots. They are really interested in embracing their heritage".
Florence Ada Wycoff, 82, of Piper City, IL., died 3:30 A.M., Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at HCR ManorCare in Champaign, IL. Her funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, October 10, 2016 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gilman with Pastor Pete Hinrich officiating. Burial will be in the Charlotte Chatsworth Cemetery, Chatsworth, IL. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 6:00 P.M., Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman, IL. Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Gilman. Florence was born in Danforth, IL., on December 15, 1933 to Herman and Emma (Sparenberg) Heideman. Her childhood was spent in Danforth and St. Anne. She attended rural schools and graduated from Gilman High School in 1951. She married Henry F.M. Wycoff in Danforth on January 26, 1952. He died August 1, 2007. Surviving children are Dee (Neil) Hall of Bedford, Iowa, Carolyn (Jamie) Hartman of Watseka, IL., Henry (Holly) Wycoff of St. Joseph, IL., Roger (Sandy) Wycoff of Piper City, IL., and Marcia (John) Hildenbrand of Thawville, IL. Nine Grandchildren. Ten Great-Grandchildren. One sister - Lois Jean Young of Castro Valley, CA. Brother-in-law - Lee Wycoff of Forrest, IL. Special friend - Pat Haskins of Piper City. Several nieces, nephews and cousins. Florence was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother and sister-in-law - Tony and Betty Heideman, sister - Dorothy Heideman, , sister-in-law - Barb Wycoff and brother-in-law and sister-in-law - Clarence and Esther Bitner. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gilman and served in many ways. Florence was a member of Prayer & Faith Circle and St. Paul Women of the ELCA, serving many years as an officer on the board. She also served as president of the Northeast Conference WELCA board. Florence was a member of St. Paul's Sewing Circle and made many quilts for Lutheran World Relief. She served on the Church Council, Altar Guild and as a Sunday School teacher and greeter. Florence was a member of Modern Mrs. Home Extension. A 4-H volunteer and 4-H Hall of Fame 2010. Florence was a homemaker, farmer's wife, Avon Dealer, Bookkeeper, store clerk for Kelly's Department Store in Chatsworth and soil tester for United Soil Incorporated in Fairbury, IL. She enjoyed hosting family and friends at her home. Arrangements by the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman, IL. Please sign the guest book at www.redeniusfuneralhome.com
Mary Louise Hornickel, 90, entered into eternal life at 11:55 A.M., Sunday, October 2, 2016 at Fairview Haven, Fairbury, Illinois. She was born October 30, 1925 in rural Piper City, IL., the daughter of Otis and Margareta (Folkerts) Bargman. Mary attended and graduated from Chatsworth School. She married Clyde Hornickel on February 16, 1925 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chatsworth. He preceded in her in death. She is survived by three daughters, Kay (Charles) Shoemaker, Piper City, Linda (Warren) Walker, Bloomington and Julie Hornickel, Chatsworth; three grandchildren, Jeff (Sheri) Shoemaker, Scott (Jamie) Shoemaker and Wendy (Tim) Marvel. Eight great-grandchildren and a special pet, Pandi. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers, 5 sisters and her husband. Mary was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chatsworth. She worked at the Citizens Bank of Chatsworth and the American Screen factory, but liked being a farmer's wife the best. She was a member of the Germanville Club and the Chatsworth Kitchen Band. She enjoyed spending the winters in Florida with Clyde; playing cards, bingo, puzzles and embroidering. Visitation will be on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at St. Paul Lutheran Church. The funeral will be held on Friday October 7, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Mauricio Vieira officiating. Also an one hour visitation before the service at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Chatsworth. Burial will be in the Charlotte Chatsworth Cemetery, Chatsworth. Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Chatsworth or Fairview Haven, Fairbury or to the OSF Hospice, Pontiac. Arrangements by the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman, IL. Please sign the guest book at www.redeniusfuneralhomes.com
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CHATSWORTH — Joseph Leland Johnson Jr., 85, of Barefoot Bay, Fla., passed away on June 14, 2014, in Vero Beach, Fla. He was born May 13, 1929, to Leland "Joe" and Thelma Johnson. Joe was raised in Chatsworth and lived there most of his life, owning his own business as a plumbing and heating contractor. An avid golfer and sports enthusiast, he could win any sports trivia quiz and loved a 1-0 pitcher’s dual. Joe enjoyed a good poker game, especially when he was winning. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War in combat operations on the aircraft carrier USS Essex (CV-9). He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Joan Johnson Huels; cousin, Mary Ellen Alverson; and his wonderful partner and wife, Ruth Davis. He is survived by sister, Jean J. Holcomb; stepchildren, Daniel (Mary) Davis, Richard Davis, Edward (Patti) Davis, Timothy (Marianne) Davis and Kathleen Dixon; and nephews, Larry Holcomb and John (Julie) Holcomb. A brief family and friends farewell will be conducted graveside at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Chatsworth-Charlotte Cemetery, Chatsworth.
From The Blade
August 17, 2016
CHATSWORTH — A lone cowboy from Fort Pierre, S.D., with a message, has been trekking across America since June 5. In the past week, he has been staying in places like the Circle K Ranch in Fairbury and at a micro house on the property of Merle Bates in Chatsworth.
Tony Jones is on a mission for veterans awareness, specifically veteran suicide prevention, but he sees the treatment of veterans as a piece of a bigger issue, the lost unity of America. At some point each day, Jones calculates how many veterans have committed suicide.
"Right now, it's more than 1,400," Jones said. "On average, 22 veterans commit suicide per day. What is that? That's a problem and we're not solving it. I see it as a symptom of a big problem, we're not taking care of these people."
Jones' motivation comes from his belief that America is a country defended by heroes and if Americans are not willing to take care of those heroes, they aren't deserving of the soldier's sacrifice. Instead of looking down on Americans, Jones' mind is full hope. "Traveling at three miles per hour, I've had a lot of time to think. Although my mission hasn't changed, my expectation has," Jones said. "I thought America was lost, but it took me about 20 miles to figure out that America is still the same great place it's always been.
"I came across the country thinking, "if I found one person that would do something for someone else, I was successful. It turns out, I've found hundreds — I've done well. I've talked to the people and they've proved to me that we're better than that."
Jones' goal is to make it to Washington D.C. and tell congress that the government isn't doing enough to help its veterans. "I know that veterans are not the only group with issues in America, but if we could love each other enough to take care of this one issue, think of what that would motivate us to change next," Jones said. "Why not do that? You don't have to ride across the country to get something done, all you have to do is go over to your neighbor's house and start a conversation."
"Find somebody who needs you and help them, why not? What's the difference? I believe if one person in your family has a problem, you've got one, too. I promise, if you just go out and help somebody, it will change your life forever. I know what it feels like to be helped and I'm not that lucky. In some cases, I shouldn't even know. I'm not that good of a person. I'm not a prophet and a saint. I'm just a messenger with a message for Washington D.C. and they will hear it when I get there.
Jones stopped in Chatsworth for a few days because of the heat and to switch out his horse for one of the four horses he is using for the journey. During that time he was able to talk to the local legion chapter, as well as other residents in the area.
"I never knew much about Illinois, I had visited a couple places years ago, but Illinois has been so great since the minute I rode across the border into Warren." Jones said. "Actually the police escorted me into Warren. I told them that was the first time I'd ever been police escorted into a town, usually they are escorting me out."
" While traveling through Illinois, I've met a lot of people and I can't believe how good they are. I've sat and listened to them talk, I've heard their fears and their issues. I know that America can be greater than it is because I've met the people of Illinois and I know how good they are."
When asked why he decide to ride a horse across the county, instead of traveling by care or some other means, Jones said, "Horses discovered this country, horses settled this country. There's just something about a horse that still impresses people. When I ride by schools or daycares, the little kids come running and pet the horse."
"I might be a cowboy, that's what I did for a living, but first and foremost I'm a human being and a citizen of the United States. It doesn't matter how I get from one place to another, or what I ride, people see me and realize that I'm no different than they are- that's my hope for America."
From The Blade
September 7, 2016
Chatsworth--Main street in Chatsworth was a busy place on the morning of Aug. 27 because of the weekly farmer's market, monthly Junk in the Trunk and the Touch-a-Truck event, sponsored by the Citizens Advisory Board.
Local farmers, businessmen and community members participated, bring 15 different vehicles to line the street. Participants allowed children to climb on, sit in, honk horns and even take photos with the vehicles.
SELCAS ambulance was open for viewing and the Chatsworth Fire Department was giving rides. children also participated in "weed pulling" in the community flower gardens. For their goods, the children were allowed to play in the fire department's water hose. children were given a free meal, ice cream cone and an allowance to purchase something from the vendors.
The CAB sponsored a food tent, serving pork chip, chicken and hot dog sandwiches, chips and drinks.
From the KKK Daily Journal
Elery Perkins, of Chatsworth, is celebrating his 101st birthday with a card shower being planned by his son, Ronald Perkins, in Bloomington. Please send cards to 307 S. Fifth St., Chatsworth, IL 60921. He was born on Sept. 9, 1915, in rural Chatsworth. Elery was married to Margery Hoff until she passed away. They had two children: Ronald Perkins, of Chatsworth; and the late Judith Green. He is also blessed with four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
CULLOM — Anna S. “Anne” Deany, 100, of Danforth, formerly of Cullom, passed away at 9:20 p.m. Sept. 8, 2016, at Prairieview Lutheran Home, Danforth. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John’s Catholic Church, Cullom, with the Rev. William Keebler officiating. Burial will follow in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Cullom. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Cullom, and also for one hour prior to the services at the church. Memorials in her name may be left to St. John’s Catholic Church or the Prairieview Lutheran Home, Danforth. Anna was born Oct. 28, 1915, in Chicago, the third of eight children, a daughter of Frank and Anna Drenkelfuss Dohman, who had immigrated from Germany to Chicago. She married Donald C. Deany Sr. on June 30, 1934, in Cullom, and he preceded her in death on May 19, 2007. Surviving are five sons, Donald (Joyce) Deany Jr., Watseka; Jerome (Carol) Deany, Richton Park; Bernard (Dorothy) Deany, Bloomington; Raphael Deany, Chebanse; and Thomas (Mary) Deany, Louisville, Colo; one son-in-law, Dennis Clark, Fairhope, Ala.; 18 grandchildren: 35 greatgrandchildren: three great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mary Louise Teel, Pontiac. She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Barbara Clark; daughter-in-law, Mary Deany; and siblings, Elizabeth Wallrich, Francis Dohman, William Dohman, Richard Dohman, George Dohman and Gary Dohman. Anne attended Chatsworth and Cullom schools and graduated from Cullom Community High School in 1934. She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society. Anne taught religious education classes for many years. Anne lived with her family in Ovenhausen, Germany, for one year in 1920, when her family moved to Germany. When they returned to America, her father became a farmer, mostly in the Charlotte area. Anne and Donald farmed for 20 years southeast of Cullom, then moved to a farm near Charlotte. Anne cherished her many wonderful friends and enjoyed visiting with them. She loved spending time with her family and was an excellent cook who also enjoyed baking and decorating doll cakes for her grandchildren. Anne enjoyed watching birds and taking care of plants, and became an avid bingo player after she moved to Prairieview in 2009. A highlight of Anna's recent past was her 100th birthday party last October. She enjoyed reminiscing with the 100 family members and friends who attended, and perusing the 200-plus cards she received for the occasion and, since the party, sharing them with her many visitors. This obituary may be viewed and guestbook signed atwww.calvertmemorial.com.