CHATSWORTH — Phoebe L. Miller, 96, of Chatsworth died at 6:45 a.m. Saturday (May 23, 2015) at Fairview Haven Retirement Community in Fairbury. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatsworth with the Rev. Corinne Blissard officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will follow in Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorials in her name may be made to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor’s choice. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth is handling the arrangements for the family. Phoebe was born in Wing on Aug. 7, 1918, a daughter of John and Jessie Saathoff Harms. She married Gerald L. Miller on Sept. 25, 1940. He preceded her in death on Nov. 12, 1993. Survivors include one son, Terry (Gail) Miller, Clarion, Iowa; daughter-in-law, Virginia Miller, Forrest; grandchildren, Andy (Kristi) Miller, Los Angeles; Joshua Miller, Chicago; Michael (Marcie) Miller, Charleston; Michelle (Gregg) Honegger, Forrest; Matthew (Tammy) Miller, Cabery; and Marcus (Alicia) Miller, Forrest; 13 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Eunice Rich, Fairbury. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Dale; brothers, George, Francis and Ralph; and sisters, Margaret, Edith and Ollie. Phoebe and Gerald enjoyed wintering in Florida. Phoebe also loved planting flowers, gardening and being outdoors. This obituary may be viewed and guestbook signed at www.calvertmemorial.com.
Evelyn Saathoff was born on July 9, 1919 and passed away on Friday, May 1, 2015. Evelyn was a resident of Lakewood, Washington. Memorial Service May 7: 11:00 AM: Mountain View Garden Chapel, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Tacoma, WA.
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John F. Baillie, 71, of Piper City, IL., died unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 3:58 P.M. at his home in Piper City. His funeral service will be on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 P.M. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Chatsworth, IL., with Rev. Priscilla Geerdes. Burial will be in the Chatsworth Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M., Sunday, May 3, 2015 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Chatsworth. Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church or Piper City Fire Department and First Responders. John was born on May 31, 1943 in Farmer City, IL., to Eugene and Salena (Becker) Baillie. He graduated from Roberts Thawville High School. He married Glenda Rosenboom on July 1, 1962 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Chatsworth. She survives. Survivors include his two daughters - Johneen (Doug) Davis and Suzanne (Troy) Bargmann. Four grandchildren - Traeger, Russell, Arrah and Andrew. Also surviving are two brothers - Ralph (Linda) Baillie, Mark (Pam) Baillie and one sister - Donna Stewart. A brother-in-law - Oleh Karpowycz. Many nieces, nephews and cousins. John was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and sister-in-law - Duane (Peggy) Baillie , a sister - Shirley Karpowycz, and a brother-in-law - James Stewart. John was a member of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Chatsworth. He and his wife moved to El Paso, IL., where they owned and operated an 11,000 laying hen operation. John also worked for 9 years at Caterpillar in East Peoria as a machinist. Following his love for the farm they moved to Piper City and farmed for 44 years. Also during this time he worked 9 years for his brother Duane, as a plant manager at Baillie's Manufacturing in Gibson City, IL.. John's family was the most important thing in his life. He also enjoyed farming and camping. Arrangements by the Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home in Piper City, IL. Please sign the guest book at www.redeniusfuneralhomes.com
Obituary: J. Gordon Bicket, 90, of Sun City West, Arizona, passed away April 1, 2015 in Sun City West. He was born April 11, 1924 in Sparta, Illinois. He was a U.S. Army Staff Sgt. during WW II. He obtained a Masters Degree, with honors, from the University of Illinois. Gordon was a Bank President, a Secondary School Teacher, a former Elder at Crown of Life Lutheran Church in Sun City West, a member of the Illinois Bankers Association, and a member of Sun City West Prides. He and his wife Jacqueline moved to Arizona from Danville, Illinois in 1992. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jacqueline, his daughter Tamara (Julian) Fruhling and granddaughter Stephanie Fruhling of Scottsdale, AZ, brother Wendell W. Bicket of Sparta, Illinois, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his twin brother, John H. Bicket. Private services will be held. Memorials may be made to Crown of Life Lutheran Church, 13131 Spanish Garden Dr., Sun City West, AZ 85375.
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Elizabeth “Betty” Gillette, 79, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 8:18 pm on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatsworth, with Jerry Gentes, Minister of Pastoral Care officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, April 10, 2015 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth. Burial will follow services at Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Betty’s name may be made to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatsworth. Betty was born March 18, 1936 in Pontiac, IL a daughter of Richard and Dorothy (Bargman) Ashman. She married Loren Gillette on June 14, 1959 in Chatsworth, IL. . He passed away on September 7, 2007.. She is survived by her three children: Richard (Denise) Gillette of Elmhurst, IL, Karl (Glenda) Gillette of Reelsville, IN, and Beth Gillette of Maplewood, NJ.; three grandchildren; Jacob Saunders, Deirdre Gillette and Maeve Gillette; one brother: Rodger (Carol) Ashman of Mt. Prospect, IL She was preceded in death by her parents. Betty was educated in the Chatsworth schools. She went on to graduate from Illinois State Normal University with a teaching degree. She then received her master’s degree from University of Illinois. Betty taught at Prairie Central Grade School for thirty-eight years. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatsworth.
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.
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.
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