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Obit of Jacquelyn (Danforth) Chatwood

posted Jun 11, 2016, 3:32 PM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Jun 11, 2016, 3:33 PM ]

PEORIA - Jacquelyn Danforth Chatwood, 87, died on June 5, 2016, at the Christian Buehler Memorial Home in Peoria. Jackie was born in Chatsworth, IL on December 5, 1928, the daughter of Wilmer E. and Adelia (Berlet) Danforth. Her mother died when Jackie was 10, and Jackie went to live with her aunt and uncle, Elizabeth and Lyle Danforth, in Saunemin IL. She graduated from Saunemin High School in 1946. Jackie then moved to Peoria to attend the Methodist School of Nursing from which she graduated in 1949 as an RN. Jackie was preceded in death by her parents, her aunt and uncle, her daughter Toni Marie Siegle of Peoria, her sister Dorothy O'Connor of New York and her brother Robert Danforth of Peoria. She is survived by her daughters, Kristine Chatwood of Peoria, and Marty S. Chatwood of Seffner, FL; her grandson Bradley D. Siegle of Nashville TN; and her loving nieces and nephews, other family members and friends. Jackie worked as an RN for Drs. Cooley and Brandis and at the Medical and Surgical Clinic. In 1968 she joined Drs. Carl Adams and Robert Hertenstein when they opened their practice, Associated Surgical Group, in Peoria. She worked there until her retirement. At Jackie's request, there will be no service. Memorial contributions may be made to the no-kill animalshelter TAPS, 100 TAPS Lane, Pekin IL 61554. Jackie's family would like to thank the entire staff of the Nursing Center at Buehler Home for the loving and compassionate care they gave to her. Cremation has been accorded by Schmidt-Haller Burial and Cremation Services.

Chatsworth Veterans Flags

posted Jun 7, 2016, 6:10 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew


For anyone wanting to honor a family member or friend who served in the military, the banners are $200 each. Donations to the Citizens Advisory Board pays for the hardware to hang them. They have become great gifts for some families. Anyone wishing to purchase a banner may contact the Town Hall or Mayor Richard Runyon at 

Chatsworth Sesquicentennial Coins now available

posted Jun 7, 2016, 6:08 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew

The Chatsworth Sesquicentennial Coin is going on sale during the Celebration next week. 
Every coin is numbered and there will be 5 drawings to win cash 
with the top prize of $1000. Two $500 and two $250.
The coins are $25 each and $5 extra for mailing.
The first drawing is this year during Chatsworth Patriots Day in September.
Make checks payable to the Sesquicentennial Committee
Sesquicentennial Committee
PO Box 151
Chatsworth, Illinois 60921


Obit of Velma L. (Ford) McCaskey

posted Jun 4, 2016, 11:06 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Jun 4, 2016, 11:07 AM ]

Velma L. McCaskey, 98, of Pontiac, passed away Monday, May 16, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. at her home. Her service will be held Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home in Pontiac with Pastor Roger Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Pontiac. Visitation will be Thursday, May 19, 2016 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home in Pontiac. Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home, Pontiac, is in charge of arrangements. Velma was born January 8, 1918 in ¬Chatsworth, IL to Peter Andrew and Emily Isabel (Galloway) Ford. She married Myron E. McCaskey in August 1948. He passed away June 18, 1985. She is survived by her three children, E. Allen McCaskey of Pontiac, IL, Myron L. (Frances) McCaskey of Odell, IL, and David G. (Cindi) McCaskey of Euless, TX; one brother, James Ford of Des Plaines, IL; one sister, Dorothy Schell of Pontiac, IL; 11 grandchildren, Michelle McCaskey, Melissa McNeill, Meredith McCaskey, Brian McCaskey, Colleen Giszczak, Patrick McCaskey, Casey McCaskey, Sean McCaskey, Katrina McCaskey, Kelsi Kliment, and Michael McCaskey; and 17 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Myron; two sisters, Gladys Sharp and Hazel Keith; and one brother, Floyd Ford. Velma graduated from Melvin High School and was a Cook for Pontiac Elementary Schools for over 30 years, volunteered for Meals on Wheels for over 20 years, and taught Sunday School for over 50 years. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Pontiac, IL. Memorials may be made to the Church of the Nazarene, 618 N. Plum Street, Pontiac, IL 61764. Online condolences may be made to the family at duffyfuneralhome.com or visit us on Facebook

Obit of Roger E. Wilson

posted Jun 4, 2016, 5:21 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Jun 4, 2016, 5:22 AM ]

CHATSWORTH — Roger E. Wilson, 70, of Gold Canyon, Ariz., formerly of Chatsworth, passed away Monday (May 30, 2016) at North Valley Assisted Living, Phoenix, Ariz. He was born April 21, 1946, in Bloomington, the son of Virgil and Catherine Wilson. He married Betty Askew Wilson on Aug. 15, 1965. Roger was in the agricultural fertilizer, seed and chemical business with Kaiser/Estech and Vigoro Industries for more than 30 years in Illinois, Iowa and Indiana. Roger is survived by his wife of 50 years, Betty; son, Michael (Melissa) Wilson, Bloomington; daughter, Tammy (Mark) Olson, Des Moines, Iowa; brothers, Larry (Jane) Wilson, Asheville, N.C., and Douglas (Darla) Wilson, Gridley; and four grandchildren, Peyton, Jacob, Sydney Wilson, and Taylan Olson. Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Catherine Wilson of Gridley. He loved his family and adored his grandchildren and showed it by the example he set for them. His memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Gold Canyon Methodist Church, Gold Canyon, Ariz. Memorials may be made to the Gold Canyon Methodist Church, Gold Canyon, Ariz.

Obit of Donna (Lawless) Fisher

posted May 28, 2016, 7:10 AM 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.

Bluebird Celebration a success!

posted Mar 19, 2016, 2:38 PM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Mar 19, 2016, 2:39 PM ]

The Bluebird Celebration was a success!

Read about it in the file below.

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