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Obit of Catherine E. Flessner

posted Apr 15, 2014, 4:44 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew

CHATSWORTH — Catherine E. Flessner, 96, of Chatsworth, passed away at 5:31 a.m. Sunday (April 13, 2014) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chatsworth, with Jerry Gentes, minister of pastoral care, officiating. A visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday prior to service at the church. Burial will follow service at Chatsworth Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Catherine was born Aug. 21, 1917, in Germanville Township, a daughter of Joseph and Bertha “Elizabeth” Hornickel Kemnetz. She married Lowell Flessner on March 19, 1944, in Chatsworth. He passed away on February 5, 2002.

She is survived by her two daughters, Marjorie Ann (Richard) Haab, Forrest, and Sue E. Nesnidal, Chatsworth; one son-in-law, Joseph A. Isaia, Bloomington; three grandchildren, Kimberly Horine Goble, JoHannah Isaia and Dan Nesnidal; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one daughter, Jane L. Isaia.

Catherine and Lowell farmed all their lives. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, sewing and embroidering. She was involved with Home Extension for more than 50 years. She loved her cat, Teena. Catherine was a church organist for more than 50 years at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and helped wherever she could.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, who will be missed.

A guestbook may be signed at www.calvertmemorial.com.

See photo here.

Obit of Mary L. (Schultz) Knoll

posted Apr 7, 2014, 6:10 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Apr 7, 2014, 6:46 AM ]

Mary L. Knoll, 91, of Chatsworth and formerly of Pontiac, passed away at 10:15 pm on Friday, April 4, 2014
at Piper City Rehab and Living Center where she was residing for the last three years.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in
Pontiac with Rev. Gretchen Stinebaugh officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to services at
Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac. Burial will follow the service at Pike Cemetery in rural Graymont,
Illinois. Memorial contributions may be made to the Piper City Rehab and Living Center.
Mary was born July 24, 1922 in Pontiac, a daughter of Lewis and Lillie (Bratt) Schultz. She married Nelson
C. Weber on December 11, 1938. He passed away in 1967. She then married Herbert Knoll on December
27, 1969. He passed away in 2003.
She is survived by one daughter: Vickie (Randy) Mundschenk of Graymont, IL; one son: Nelson (Lea)
Weber of Ankeny, IA; a step daughter: Dixie (Richard) Haberkorn of Chatsworth, IL; one step son: Ronald
(Mary Ann) Knoll of Pontiac; eight grandchildren: Peggy Mundschenk, Julie Brooks, Leonard Weber, David
Weber, William Weber, Tammy Page, Anthony Weber, and Nicole Weber; three step grandchildren: Scott
Haberkorn, Kim Monical, and Kathy Walsburg; sixteen great grandchildren; four step-great grandchildren;
and one great-great grandchild.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, one brother, three sisters, one son, one step
son, and one step grandchild.
She attended Ruby Country School east of Pontiac and finisher her education in Pontiac.
Mary was a housewife and helped operate the farm wither her first husband, Nelson. She was an
emergency foster care parent to seventeen children and was active in Weber Reloading & Shooters Supply
and Weber’s Flying Service. After Nelson died, she was in retail sales and a nurses aid at Livingston Manor
while managing the family farm.
In 1969 she married Herbert Knoll and moved to rural Chatsworth. She lived there until 2011 when she went
to Piper City Rehab and Living Center.
Mary enjoyed competition shooting and competed in the women’s expert classification and won many
ribbons. She was active in the First United Methodist Church in Pontiac and the International Flying
Farmers. She loved to spend time with her family, traveling, taking care of her cats, and spending winters at
her home in Florida. She was an accomplished organist even though she could not read music well.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the staff at Piper City Rehab and Living Center
for their loving care they gave while she was there.

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Obit of Connie N. (Bell) Emberton

posted Apr 3, 2014, 3:34 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Apr 7, 2014, 6:49 AM ]

Connie N. Emberton, 56, of Chatsworth, died at 10:30 am, Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at her residence in Chatsworth.

A memorial service will be held at 4 pm, Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury with Pastor Daryl Evans officiating. A private family inurnment will take place at a later date in Chatsworth Cemetery, Chatsworth. 

Visitation with the family will be from 3 to 4 pm, prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Connie was born September 30, 1957 in Fairbury; the daughter of Ivan and Beulah (Houser) Bell. Her parents preceded her in death.

Survivors include one son, Brock (Renee) Emberton of Chatsworth; lifelong companion, Rick Emberton of Fairbury; four grandsons, Shawn Dixon, Dakota Emberton, Trey Emberton and Brody Emberton; two brothers, Doug Bell of Chatsworth; Dan Bell of Lincoln; and one sister, Shelby Bell of Pontiac.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family of Connie N. Emberton.

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Obit of Steven M. Gerdes

posted Mar 17, 2014, 4:41 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Mar 17, 2014, 4:41 AM ]

Steven M. Gerdes, 57 of Ironwood, MI. formerly of Chatsworth, IL. died Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 10:47 AM at Carle Foundation Hospital in Champaign, IL. 

His funeral will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatsworth with Jerry Gentes, minister of Pastoral Care officiating. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery, Chatsworth, IL. A visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials in Steve’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth is handling the arrangements. 

Steve was born on August 12, 1956 in Fairbury, IL , a son of Leo and Melicent (Blair) Gerdes. Survivors include: one brother: Brian Gerdes of Ludlow, IL. and one sister: Marlene (Ed) Clampitt of Rantoul, IL.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers David and Dale Gerdes and one sister: Diane Gerdes. 

Steve was a graduate of Chatsworth High School and attended Eureka College. He had been employed at ski resorts in Michigan. He was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatsworth.

Obit of Sherry Diane Kerber

posted Mar 7, 2014, 8:59 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew

Sherry Diane Kerber

Sherry Diane Kerber, 30, of Chatsworth passed away at 1:37 pm on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in Granville, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Chatsworth United Methodist Church with Rev. Ivy Silas officiating. A visitation will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 pm on Friday, March 7, 2014 at the Chatsworth United Methodist Church and one hour prior to the services on Saturday at the church. Burial will follow services at Chatsworth Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Sherry’s name to the Chatsworth Township Library or S.E.L.C.A.S.

She was born November 22, 1983 in Pontiac, IL the daughter of Mark and Diane (Hubly) Kerber. They survive in Chatsworth.

Also surviving are her brothers: Chris (Laura) Kerber of Forrest, IL and Jeffrey Kerber of Evergreen, CO; her beloved niece and nephews: Colter, Violet and Sawyer Kerber all of Forrest, IL; her maternal grandma: Dorothy Hubly of Chatsworth, IL; her loving and supportive boyfriend: A.J. Ziano of Granville, IL and his family who cared for her and brought joy to her life; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandpa: Robert Hubly and her paternal grandparents: Ruth and Leonard Kerber.

Sherry was educated in the Prairie Central School District. She went on and received her bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in Elementary Education. Upon graduating, she followed her dream and moved to Chicago where she taught at many schools. Following that, she was a professional nanny in Chicago and in Denver, CO to Jake and Tate. Presently; she was a substitute teacher in the Central Illinois.

She was very proud to be a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority at Illinois State University. Sherry was an avid Chicago White Sox fan. She was very knowledgeable about sports and enjoyed going to sporting events. Sherry enjoyed camping, fishing, and just being outdoors. Most of all, she loved her family, particularly her niece and nephews. Sherry was a loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, girlfriend, aunt, niece, cousin and friend who will be greatly missed.

Obit of Francis J. Dohman, Jr.

posted Mar 4, 2014, 4:55 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Mar 4, 2014, 5:04 AM ]

Francis J. Dohman, Jr., 73, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 3:15 pm on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

Funeral services for Francis will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth with Father Richard Brunskill officiating. A visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 pm on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 and one hour prior to services all at the funeral home in Chatsworth. According to the family’s wishes, cremation rites will follow services on Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Chatsworth Fire Department.

Junior was born November 12, 1940 in Fairbury, IL a son of Francis John Sr. and Violet (Kemnetz) Dohman. He married Alice Henry on December 3, 1960 in Piper City. She passed away on July 28, 2011.

He is survived by his children: Robert (Jill) Dohman of Gibson City, IL, Valerie (Bob) Daniels of Marine On St. Croix, MN, and Joseph Dohman of Chatsworth; three grandsons: Brandon, Bradley, and Brendan; one great grandson: Carter; his siblings: Julie (Harold) Tilstra of Onarga, Wayne “Dutch” (Connie) Dohman of Chatsworth, Elaine Dohman, and Vicky (Bob) Shell of Clifton, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Junior worked on his family farm growing up in the Chatsworth Area. He went to work for Homeshield and was there for forty-seven years before retiring.

He was a longtime member of the Chatsworth Fire Department and also was an EMT. He did serve on the Town of Chatsworth Zoning Board.

Junior and his family spent nearly fifty years boating, fishing, and camping on Lake Shelbyville. They made many long time friendships there. He enjoyed gardening, gambling and tinkering. There was not a thing on this earth that Junior couldn’t fix.

He was a loving father, grandpa, great grandpa, brother, and friend who will be greatly missed.

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Obit of Bernadine McEvoy Gardner Fugate

posted Mar 2, 2014, 3:31 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Mar 2, 2014, 3:31 AM ]

FAIRBURY – Bernadine McEvoy Gardner Fugate, 96, of Fairbury died at 10:45 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 27, 2014) at Advocate BroMenn, Normal.

Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 5 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fairbury with Pastor Tom Krieger officiating. Burial will be at Forrest Township Cemetery, Forrest. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury, and one hour before the funeral service at the church.

Mrs. Fugate was born Nov. 13, 1917 in Bloomington, IL, daughter of Bernard and Elva Fern (Shepard) McEvoy. She married Burdell Gardner on Sept. 11, 1938 in Forrest, IL. He died Nov. 1, 1956. She later married Howard Fugate on August 24, 1969 in Forrest, IL. He died Dec. 31, 2003.

Surviving are son B. Tom (Sherry) Gardner, Chatsworth, GA; two daughters, Susan Gardner and Jane (Eldon) Haab of Bloomington; step-son William (Kay) Fugate, Fairbury; and two step-daughters, Mary Ann Fugate, Champaign, and Ellen (Ray) Hankes, Gibson City. Also surviving are grandchildren Roxanne (Mike) Hutchings, Pamela Crabtree, Joletta McGraw, Lucy (Shan) Pollitt, Brian Gardner, Matt (Wendy) Kupferschmid, Mark (Anna) Kupferschmid, Beth (Stacey) Ward, J.B. Haab, Eric (Julie) Fugate, Andrea Jones, John (Deanna) Hankes, and Betsy (J.T.) Hammitt. She leaves 24 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and special friend Juanita Cavazos.

She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Ada (Willis) Bennett, Ellen (William) Wallace, Ruth (Burnell) Watson, and Raymond (Mary) McEvoy, infant daughter Joan, infant granddaughter and twin infant great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Fugate graduated from Chatsworth High School. She was employed at medical clinics in Forrest and Fairbury. She was a farm wife and homemaker. Bernadine and Howard enjoyed camper traveling throughout North America. Her cookie jar was always full of treats for anyone who stopped by and might join her in a game of Tri-Ominos or assembling a puzzle in progress. To help future generations experience nature, she and Howard donated Fugate Woods northeast of Fairbury to Prairie Lands Foundation.

Memorials may be made to Fugate Woods, Prairie Lands Foundation, 104 E. Locust St., Fairbury, IL 61739 or Home Sweet Home Ministries, 303 E. Oakland Ave., Bloomington, IL 61701. An online guest book is available at www.duffypilsmemorialhome.com. 

Edwin Ross Stoutemyer Photo

posted Feb 3, 2014, 7:27 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Feb 3, 2014, 7:27 AM ]

I have been given the original photo of Edwin Ross Stoutemyer from the Louise Stoutemyer estate and it may be claimed by a family member, with proof of relationship.

Contact me:  Mary

Myrtle Entwistle Name Tag

posted Oct 29, 2009, 6:29 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew

I have this "key chain fob" - "name tag" ? which belonged to Myrtle Entwistle. It was found in a yard in Fairbury, Il. If a family member or anyone would like to have it, I will send it for the price of shipping, or free if it's not much! Email me direct at lilmar42@hotmail.com.

Chatsworth Bluebird Baggo Sets for sale

posted Jan 3, 2009, 1:19 PM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Apr 12, 2009, 11:17 AM by mary hanshew ]

Ever see your kids or grandkids play bags? Well now you can have your own custom set of Chatsworth Bluebird bags!!
Thanks to this website, I decided to build sets that have the Bluebird mascot on the target!! I gaurantee that no one else is building these.
I was raised in Chatsworth by my parents, Dale and Gayle Gillette, and have worked construction with my dad practically my whole life...now that I am going into the woodworking business myself, I thought these bag sets would be a nice tribute to all the people that gave me guidance when I was younger.
Regulation size, with 8 bags included. Built to last using only the best material. Email for pics. I build custom orders and can duplicate practically any image. Feel free to call or email for more information.
Brad Gillette
TBG Designs

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