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Obit of George A. Davis

posted Feb 28, 2015, 6:40 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Feb 28, 2015, 6:40 AM ]

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.

Obit of Margaret E. (Shell) Herink

posted Feb 25, 2015, 3:53 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Feb 25, 2015, 3:54 AM ]

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.

Obit of Glenn Heminover

posted Feb 21, 2015, 4:59 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Feb 21, 2015, 5:00 AM ]

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.

Obit of Peggy J. (Bell) Higgins

posted Feb 6, 2015, 9:35 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Feb 6, 2015, 9:35 AM ]

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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Obit of Wilma (Ferguson) Dehm

posted Feb 4, 2015, 5:32 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Feb 4, 2015, 5:32 AM ]

Wilma Dehm, 88, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 12:57 am on Monday, February 02, 2015 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal, IL. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, February 6, 2015 at Chatsworth United Methodist Church with Rev. Roosevelt Smith officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow services at Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth is handling arrangements for the family. Wilma was born January 10, 1927 in Cropsey, IL, a daughter of Millard and Lillie (Van Walker) Ferguson. She married Lyle “Ike” Dehm on September 15, 1945 in Chatsworth, IL. He survives. Also surviving are her children: Angela (Tom) Melody of Chatsworth, IL and Jeffrey (Floral) Dehm of Chatsworth, IL; two sisters: Marjorie Loughran of Pontiac, IL and Pat Hornickel of Chatsworth, IL; three grandchildren: Brad Dehm, Ashley Talleur, and Nicole Moore; and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son: Eric Dehm; six brothers: Conley Ferguson, Millard Ferguson, Jr., Clarence Dudley Ferguson, Larry D. Ferguson, Rodney Joe Ferguson, and Gary Lee Ferguson; five sisters: Jean Lavely, Ann Robbins, GerriReyneirs, Mariruth Therien, and Emmajean Ferguson in infancy. Wilma attended Fairbury schools. Wilma and Ike owned and operated Westside Drive-in in Chatsworth, for five years prior to them having children. After that, Ike and Wilma owned and operated Dehm Bus Service where she served as the bookkeeper for over 50 years as well as a homemaker. Wilma was a member of Chatsworth United Methodist Church. She loved coming from a large family and she enjoyed having fun together. Wilma was a talented seamstress and enjoyed making clothes for her family. She was a kind and loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed.
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Obit of Phyllis (Davis) Daniel

posted Feb 3, 2015, 7:39 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Feb 3, 2015, 7:39 AM ]

Phyllis Ann Daniel, 66, passed away Saturday, January 31, 2015, in Tulsa, OK with her loving family by her side. Phyllis bravely fought cancer for over a year and many would say they couldn’t tell she was sick due to her positive spirit, impeccable style, and abundant energy. Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM, Wednesday, February, 4, 2015, at Strode Funeral Home, 610 S. Duncan, Stillwater, OK. Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, Stillwater. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Phyllis was born Phyllis Davis, July, 7, 1948 in Chatsworth, IL to parents Raymond Davis and Florence Davis. She attended Chatsworth High School then the University of Illinois where she obtained her BA in Education. Phyllis moved to Tulsa in 1996 with her husband Gordon Daniel, her partner of over 20 years. Phyllis is survived by her husband, Gordon Daniel; mother, Florence Davis; son, Matthew Crane; daughter, Suzanne Williams; stepson, Kyle Daniel; stepdaughter, Tasha Garske; and eight grandchildren. Phyllis will be greatly missed by all who knew her and always remembered for her warmth and friendliness to everyone she meets. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in her name to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 E 56th St, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022 or online at give.bcrfcure.org. Condolences may be sent and obituary viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com.
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Obit of Ray V. Schlemmer

posted Feb 2, 2015, 4:51 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Feb 2, 2015, 4:51 AM ]


Ray V. Schlemmer, 75 of Chatsworth, IL., died Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 7:00AM at Piper City Rehab and Living Center, Piper City, IL.

His funeral will be held on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 11:00AM at St. Paul’s Evangelical Church, Chatsworth with Rev. Corinne Blissard officiating. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery where full military rites will be accorded by the Chatsworth American Legion. Memorials in Ray’s name may be made to St. Paul’s Church, Piper City Rehab & Living Center or Chatsworth American Legion. A visitation will be held on Tuesday from 5:00-7:00PM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth.

Ray was born on April 2, 1939 in Watseka,IL., a son of Victor and Augusta (Ulitzsch) Schlemmer. Survivors include: one sister: Joy (Kenny) Ashman of Chatsworth, IL.; one niece: Jolea (John) Kalvin of Hampshire, Il; one great niece: Joryn Kalvin and one great nephew: Jack Kalvin. And longtime friend: Ronnie McMillan of Gilman, IL.

Ray was educated in Chatsworth schools. He was a carpenter and farmer and had been employed at Livingston County Housing Authority in Chatsworth. He was a member of St. Paul’s Church-Chatsworth, and Chatsworth American Legion. He was an avid NASCAR fan and loved old western movies.

This obituary may be viewed and guestbook signed at www.calvertmemorial.com

Baltz Library of Chatsworth Township Article

posted Jan 24, 2015, 7:15 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew

From the Pontiac Daily Leader
Jan.22, 2015
By Mare Reardanz

CHATSWORTH--Some of our unsung heroes work right here in Chatsworth.
The Baltz Library of Chatsworth has so much to offer because the library board has approved many new activities for the first quarter of the year.
"Now that we have more room and this beautiful building, it is exciting to plan activities and parties for all ages." librarian Karrie Painter recounted. "We are beginning to plan a Valentine's Day party for adults. There will be dinner, games and prizes on Friday Feb. 14, from 6 until 9 pm here at the library."
"The board also approved a community garden to be located on the library grounds. Residents can plant and maintain a tilled area for crops of their choice. Any surplus produce can be sold at the Home Grown Chatsworth Farmers Market or donated to the Livingston County Food Bank. There will also be a children's gardening program complete with instructions for learning how to garden. The children will benefit from seeing how the food we eat grows and literally reaping what they have sown.
The story hour for children of ages kindergarten through second grade continues on Wednesdays from 3:45 to 4:45 pm.
Students from third through seventh grade will begin an introductory book club at the same time in a different room in the near future.
"Circulation has increased dramatically since the opening of the new library last September", librarian Norma Koerner said, "We used to check out about 300 books per month, and we are now up to and exceeding 1,000 books. That is quite an increase in such a short time. We have new books coming in regularly."
The library is not just the books it houses. It encourages everyone to expand their knowledge in every dimension. There are ample computers with Wi-Fi. Videos both for entertainment and instruction are available and an experienced staff will answer questions.
It is hoped that there may be classes offered on computer usage and first aid/CPR, to name a few of the special activities.
Library Director Mary Fisher-Miller and her staff, Norma Koerner, Karrie Painter and Zach Holt are truly the super heroes of the Library. Who knew their super power is reading?

Obit of Carol L. (Forney) Rosenboom

posted Jan 18, 2015, 4:22 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Jan 18, 2015, 4:22 AM ]

Carol L. Rosenboom, age 80 of Gainesville passed away Tuesday, January 13, 2015. She was born
September 28, 1934 in Peoria, Illinois to Lee C. and Nellie Hines Forney.
Carol was a member of Westside Baptist Church and Jabez Sunday School class. She enjoyed gardening,
sewing and bird watching.
She is survived by her husband, John R. Rosenboom, sons, Rodney L. Rosenboom (Jennifer), Scott R.
Rosenboom (Kim), sisters, Donna F. Snow, Kay C. George, 6 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and 2
on the way.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel of
WILLIAMS-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME WESTAREA, 823 NW 143rd Street, with Jim Mixson and Pastor
Ernest Dew officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of Citrus and the Nature
Coast, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464.

Obit of John Wayne Hall

posted Jan 13, 2015, 8:39 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew

John Wayne Hall Chatsworth- John Wayne Hall, 64, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 8:16 am on Sunday,
January 11, 2015 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, IL. Funeral services will be held at
10:30 am on Friday, January 16, 2015 at Pontiac Bible Church with Pastor Jarrod Bartholomew officiating.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home
in Chatsworth. Committal and Graveside services will be held at 1:30 pm on Friday, January 16, 2015 at
Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to SELCAS or Pontiac Bible Church. John was
born October 4, 1950 in Thawville, IL a son of Gerald and Eunice (Page) Hall. He was married to Luvern
Gerdes. She passed away. He then married Cynthia Gilder on June 22, 1990 in Chatsworth, IL. She
survives. He is survived by his children: Bryan Smith of Bloomington, IL, Becky (Justin) Pirlot of
Bloomington, IL, Joy Ready of Mason, IL, Donald Gerdes of Anchorage, AK, and Zoe (Glenn) Pearson of
Lafayette, IN; his grandchildren: Shawn Ready, Mackinzie Everroad, Kaylee Harris, and Haydence and
Johnathen Pirlot; his siblings: Linda Calloway of Knoxville, Roy (Becky) Hall both of Knoxville, TN, Rick (Sue)
Hall of Rossville, IN, and David (Teri) Hall of Gilman, IL; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in
death by his parents and his first wife. John worked for Nichol’s Home Shield for forty-two years before
retiring. He enjoyed fishing, cooking, gardening, woodworking, and building things. He was a member of
Pontiac Bible Church. He was previously a member, deacon, and Sunday School teacher at St. Paul
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatsworth. John was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, and
friend who will be greatly missed.

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