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Robert M. Milstead

BLOOMINGTON - Robert M. Milstead, 87, Bloomington, died at 3:10 a.m. Sunday (Nov. 16, 2008) at his family residence.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomington, with the Rev. Vaughn Hoffman officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomington or to OSF Hospice, Bloomington.
He was born March 5, 1921, in Chatsworth, the son of Carl and Elsie Adams Milstead. He married Eloise Bork on Nov. 17, 1946, in Piper City.
He is survived by his wife, Eloise Milstead, Bloomington; his children, Ellen (John) Rehmer, Momence; Kay (Patrick) Farrelly, Champaign; and David (Gail) Milstead, Morton; six grandchildren, Meghan (Jason) Cox, Aimee (Nick) Denny, Erin Farrelly, Ashley Milstead, Sean Farrelly and Amanda Milstead; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Richard Milstead, Forrest.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, John; and one son, Gerald Lee.
Robert graduated from Chatsworth High School in 1939. He served three and a half years in the U.S. Army Air Corp in several bases in the United States and the Philippines.
He served on the Chatsworth Town Board for 12 years and was mayor for four years.-;
He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomington.
He worked at Hicks Atomic in Roberts and later in the office of Diller Tile, Chatsworth.
Robert will be greatly missed by his wife, family and many friends.

Leo C. Hubly

Leo C. Hubly, 80, of Chatsworth died 7:50AM Sunday November 9, 2008 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home - Colfax.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30AM Saturday November 15, 2008 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth with Rev. B.K. Tran officiating. Visitation will be 4-7PM Friday November 14, 2008 at Martin-Burke Funeral Home - Chatsworth where a rosary will be recited at 3:30PM prior to visitation. Burial will be at St. Patrick's Cemetery. Memorials may be made to OSF St. James Hospice or St. Jude's Childrens Hospital.
Leo was born February 8, 1928 in Fannystelle, Manitoba, Canada, the son of Charles and Arvilla Murphy Hubly. His family returned to Illinois in 1929. He married Veronica (Vera) Lawless August 12, 1950 at St. Rose Catholic Church in Strawn, Illinois. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons: Edward (Sharon) Hubly of New Ulm, MN and Leo John (Mary Lou) Hubly of Clarks Grove, MN; two daughters: Jo Beth (Joe) Giordani of Windsor, CA and Teresa (Mike) Trainor of Forrest; 20 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters: Virginia Maxam of Ft. Worth, TX; Jeanette (James) Hallam of Normal, and Elaine (Roy) McDermott of Springfield; and one sister-in-law: Ruth Hubly of Piper City.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Joseph Hubly and one sister: Mary Theresa (Terry) Monahan.
Leo graduated from Chatsworth High School and farmed in the Chatsworth and Fairbury areas until his retirement in 1998. He raised purebred Chester White and Hampshire swine, which he showed at county, state and national shows. He served as a 4-H leader and swine superintendent of the Livingston County 4-H Fair for many years. He also, judged at county and state swine shows. He enjoyed working with the youth and was never too busy to help them with their swine projects. He served as president of the Illinois Chester White Swine Association and vice-President of the Illinois Swine Herd Improvement Association, a precursor to the Illinois Pork Producers Association. He was a charter member of the Forrest Swine Testing Station, which was the first boar testing station in the nation. His family later owned and operated the station until its closing in 1969.
Leo was honored in 1970 by the Illinois Swine Producers for his contribution to the improvement of the swine industry and in 1997 was inducted into the Illinois Purebred Swine Association Hall of Fame for his lifetime dedication to the swine industry.
He was an avid sportsman and played baseball and fast pitch softball for many years. He coached Little League baseball, 4-H softball teams, and was basketball coach for Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Grade School in Chatsworth for six years.
He was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth.
Leo enjoyed life to the fullest and touched the lives of many. He will be greatly missed.

Walkerton, Ind. -

Neil A. Monahan, 36, of Walkerton, Ind., and formerly of Chatsworth, passed away Friday, Oct. 31, 2008, in Plymouth.

A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Chatsworth. The family will receive friends at the home of Ken and Angie Monahan, at Koontz Lake, Ind., from 4 to 5 p.m. CST Saturday.

Rannells Funeral Home, Koontz Lake Chapel, has charge of arrangements.

He was born March 15, 1972, at Ozark, Ala., the son of John and Karin (Maddee) Monahan.

Surviving are his wife, Donna; one daughter, Calee; two stepchildren, Kayla and Dylan; one stepgrandson, Spencer; his mother, Karin Monahan, Lawton, Okla.; one sister, Colleen Dyer, Tulsa, Okla.; four brothers, John Monahan, Fairbanks, Ak., Brian Monahan, Malta, Ken Monahan, Walkerton (Koontz Lake), and Quin Monahan, Savannah, Ga.; and his mother and father in-law, Maxine and Gary Minard, Watseka.

He was a former member of the Chatsworth Volunteer Fire Department and the EMS. He was also a former member of the Chatsworth Sons of the American Legion and the Chatsworth Village Board.

Maurie Elliott
CHATSWORTH - Blanche Maurie Wood Elliott, 93, Chatsworth, died at 10:20 a.m. Monday (Nov. 3, 2008) at Greenbrier Nursing Home in Piper City.
Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Chatsworth United Methodist Church, with the Rev. R. David Reynolds officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church, and one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the Chatsworth United Methodist Memorial Fund or to a charity of the donor's choice. Burial will be in Chatsworth-Charlotte Cemetery.
Maurie was born Oct. 7, 1915, in Barren County, Ky., a daughter of George W. and Mary Neva Billingsley Wood. She married Charles Edgar Elliott on Jan. 27, 1938, at the Methodist Parsonage in Bellflower.
She is survived by her husband, Charles; two sons, James Wendell and Timothy Alan (Priscilla) Agner, both of Chatsworth; one daughter, Patricia Ann Hubly, Rockford; six grandchildren, Lynn (Thomas) Momberger, Karen (William) Lynch, Lara Morrison, Mark Elliott, Michael (Kim) Elliott and Kathleen (Bruce) Robertson; nine great-grandchildren, Ryan and Lauren Momberger; Jessica Lynch; Cameron Morrison; Cade, Austin and Braydon Elliott; and Kallen and Kacelyn Robertson; and one sister, Marjorie R. Perkins, California.
She was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Lea Elliott, and son-in-law, John Hubly.
She was a homemaker.
She was a member of the Chatsworth United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women and a 50-year member of the Charlotte Home Extension Unit.
She enjoyed flowers, crafts and spending time with her family. She crocheted many afghans for family and friends, and will be lovingly missed by all.
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The funeral for Marvin F. Henrichs, 82, of Chatsworth, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Chatsworth, with Jerry Gentes, Minister of Pastoral Care, officiating.
Burial will be in Germanville Cemetery, rural Chatsworth.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Chatsworth, and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.
Mr. Henrichs died at 11 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008, at Greenbrier Nursing Home, Piper City.
He was born July 24, 1926, at Chatsworth, the son of William and Anna (Hornstein) Henrichs. He married Lillian Martins Reinitz Nov. 22, 1953, at Bloomington. She preceded him in death Oct. 24, 2001.
Surviving are one daughter, Liesa (Steve) Simnick, Danforth; one son, Mark (Kelli) Henrichs, Pontiac; one stepdaughter, Judith Reinitz Roach, Danforth; two stepsons, Randall Reinitz, Canton, Ga., and John (Robin) Reinitz, Chatsworth; one sister, Henrietta Dehm, Bloomington; three sisters-in-law, Bernice Henrichs and Muriel Inboden, both of Bloomington, and Shirley Martins of Brownsburg, Ind.; one brother-in-law, Philip Close, Manhattan; 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Henrichs was preceded in death by his grandson, Justin Reinitz; four brothers, Lloyd Kemnetz, Burnell Henrichs, Paul Henrichs and Howard Henrichs (in infancy); and one sister, Annamae Close.
He farmed in the Chatsworth area for many years and also raised hogs.
Mr. Henrichs served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
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The family suggests memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church.

CHATSWORTH - Janet M. Kroll, 69, Chatsworth, died Sunday (Sept. 21, 2008) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Chatsworth, with Jeffrey Hammer, a close family friend, officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the family. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery.
Janet was born Sept. 24, 1938, in Pontiac, the daughter of Glen and Verda Shive Clester. She graduated from Chatsworth High School in the class of 1957. She later married Jerry Kroll on Sept. 17, 1960, in Cullom. He died Aug. 29, 2004.
She is survived by two daughters, Rhonda (Bryan) Lamberth, Chatsworth, and Venita (Dan) Lowery, Champaign; two sons, John Kroll and Chris Kroll, both of Chatsworth; eight grandchildren, Douglas (Callie) Keever, Paxton; Ranaee Keever, Rantoul; Brianna Keever and Marissa Keever, both of Savoy; Jeremy Drollinger, Phil Lowery, both of Champaign; Crystal Lowery, Fishers, Ind.; and Tony Kroll, Peoria; two sisters, Carol (Ensil) McDonald, Buncomee, and Amy Erwin, Paxton; her brother, Cecil Clester, Chatsworth; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two sisters.
She worked at Nichols Homeshield for more than 20 years. She loved to crochet, sew and work jigsaw puzzles. She enjoyed her grandchildren very much.
Online condolences may be sent to .

PONTIAC -- Joseph Patrick Lawless, 85, Pontiac, died at 6:07 a.m. Friday (Sept. 12, 2008) at ASTA Care Center of Pontiac.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Pontiac, with Monsignor Thomas Mack officiating. Burial will be at Sunny Slope Cemetery, Saunemin. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Duffy Funeral Home, Pontiac.
He was born Feb. 1, 1923, in Chatsworth, the son of James W. and Alma M. Fulton Lawless. He married Marjorie E. Ashley on May 23, 1943. He later married Margaret Norris Kallas in 1968. She passed away in 2003.
He is survived by his son, David (Karen) Lawless, Springfield; two daughters, Marjo Schmidt, Springfield, and Janita Kemnitz, Elk Grove; stepdaughter, Mary Ann (Gary) Wright, Pontiac; six stepsons, Nick (Connie) Kallas, Bill (Kathy) Kallas, Ted (Jeri) Kallas, Skip (Deb) Kallas, David (Suzette) Kallas and Bob Kallas; four brothers Richard (Helen) Lawless, Kokomo, Ind.; Jerome (Durlene) Lawless, Strawn; John Lawless, Palm Coast, Fla.; and Daniel (Linda) Lawless, Jacksonville, Fla.; five sisters, Mary Wurmnest, Gibson City; Veronica (Leo) Hubly, Chatsworth; Alma (Bob) Lemme, Tempe, Ariz.; Theresa Kerber (Bob) Roland, Ashville, Ala., and Naples, Fla.; and Sister Aurelia Wurmnest, Jacksonville, Fla.; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 26 stepgrandchildren; 27 stepgreat-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, James and Patrick Lawless; three stepsons, Tim Kallas, Chris Kallas and Joseph Kallas; and one stepgranddaughter, Margaret Kallas.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pontiac.
Mr. Lawless graduated from Sibley High School in the class of 1941. Until he enlisted in the U.S. Army, he worked on the family farm. He was proud of his Duroc hogs, which he showed at both county and Illinois state fairs.
During World War II, Mr. Lawless served as a B-17 ball turret gunner with the 390th Bombardment Group (H), of the Eighth Air Force. He had 27 combat missions over Europe, including the Battle of the Bulge and many well known air raids. He was credited with shooting down a German fighter plane and crippling another. Among other honors, he was awarded a Bronze Star for Valor. After VE Day, his B-17 crew flew humanitarian missions to concentration camps in Belgium and brought some of the survivors back to England.
On Aug. 6, 1945, he was returning to the United States on the S.S. Queen Mary when the atom bombs caused Japan to surrender and ended World War II.
Mr. Lawless was a life member of both the American Legion and VFW. He was also a member of the Elks and Knights of Columbus.
After World War II, he farmed near Strawn and Chatsworth, and he ran tavern/restaurants in Camp Grove, Pontiac, Lincoln and, for a number of years, the "Crossroads" in Forrest. He retired from Caterpillar in Joliet, and spent most of his retirement years in Naples, Fla.
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From the Bloomington Pantagraph:
CHATSWORTH - Rosa "Rosie" Sinks, 80, rural Forrest, formerly of Chatsworth, died at 2:30 a.m. Thursday (Aug. 21, 2008) at the home of her daughter Ruby in rural Forrest.
A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Chatsworth Cemetery, with the Rev. William Paton officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Chatsworth, where memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church � Chatsworth or OSF St. James Hospice.
Rosie was born March 17, 1928, in Golconda, a daughter of Harlow and Mary Barger Roberts. She married George Sinks on June 20, 1946, in Mount Vernon. He preceded her death in February 1986.
She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Chatsworth; American Legion Auxiliary Post 613, Chatsworth; and was a Gold Star Mother.
She was a loving mother.
Rosie is survived by two daughters, Ruby (Mark) Bolliger, rural Forrest, and Amy (David) Goff, Bridgman, Mich.; two sons, Frank and George Bednar, both of Chatsworth; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild on the way; three sisters, Sue (Bill) Jones, Kankakee; Molly Lloyd, Golconda; and Birdie (Bob) Hoogstraat, Chatsworth; one brother, Charles (Shirley) Roberts, Weatherford, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Larry (in Vietnam); one granddaughter, Mollie Bolliger; one sister, Helen Hudson; and two brothers, Ed and John Roberts.
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From the Kankakee Daily Journal:

Imelda Herkert

08/21/2008, 10:00 am

Visitation for Imelda M. Herkert,

91, of Manteno, formerly of Chatsworth, will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Manteno. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manteno, where she was a member. Father Al Heidecke will officiate.

Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Manteno. She died Wednesday (Aug. 20, 2008) at Barton of Zion.

Mrs. Herkert was born Oct. 30, 1916, in Caribou, Maine, the daughter of Dominick and Epuphemie St. Peter Carani. Her husband, Lester T. Herkert, whom she married Aug. 29, 1936, at St. James in Highwood, died Jan. 4, 1998. She enjoyed baking and was also known for her homemade noodles she made for the Food Pantry.

Surviving are two daughters, Patricia DiFiore of Zion, Loretta Hartsock of Kankakee; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; and one sister, Donalda Gibbons of Hesperia, Calif.

Deceased are one son, Lester "Butch" Herkert; 12 brothers and sisters.

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Piney E. McBride
(April 19, 1927 - July 21, 2008)
Piney E. McBride, 81, of Chatsworth formerly of Onarga and Raleigh County West Virginia, passed away peacefully with her children and grandchildren by her side at 8:06PM Monday July 21, 2008 at BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal. Funeral services will be 2:00PM Thursday July 24, 2008 at Martin-Burke Funeral Home - Chatsworth. Visitation will be 12:00PM to 2:00PM prior to services at the funeral home where memorials may be made to the family. Burial will be in Onarga Cemetery. She was born April 19, 1927 in Besoco, Raleigh County, West Virginia, a daughter of James & Mary (Burks) Hornsby. She attended local schools. She married Ira McBride July 14, 1946 in Sophia, West Virginia. He preceded her in death in 1960. She was a homemaker her entire life. She enjoyed reading, puzzles, and watching her soaps. She loved to decorate for the holidays and having her family close to her. She is survived by: 3 daughters: Mary (Ronald) Harris of Chatsworth, Ellen (Tom) Hanlon of Crescent City, and Marie McBride of Chatsworth; 3 sons: Wayne (Janice) McBride of Alvin, Richard McBride of Chatsworth and Roger McBride of Chatsworth; 8 Granddaughters: Carol Harris of Onarga, Traci (Van) Valvis of Romeoville, Robin Smith of Elk Grove Village, Tammi (Jesus) Campos of Onarga, Tonya (Isidro) Avalos of Gilman, Jeannie (Carmello Gaytan) Hoy of Gilman, Paula (Effarin Avalos) Sutton of Onarga, Rebecca (Todd Muncaster) McBride of Georgetown; 5 Grandsons: Joseph (Kasey Trammel) Harris of Gilman, Scott McBride of Alvin, Phillip Anglin of Sumner, Christopher McBride of Chatsworth, Dean Smith of Athens, GA; 19 Great-Grandchildren: Kassidy Harris, Mariah Wahls, Jessie Campos, Myya Campos, Christa Avalos, Nicholas Avalos, Addy Gaytan, Carmen Gaytan, Jazmine Avalos, Jennifer Avalos, Jayden Avalos, Leanna Muncaster, Austin Muncaster, Ashley Smith, Nicholas Valvis, Samantha Valvis, Tina Cox, Phillip Anglin Jr., and Matthew McBride; 1 Sister: Polly McBride of Fireco, West Virginia and a special friend Teresa Hoy. Piney was preceded in death by her husband, parents, daughter Reva Smith, two grandsons: Kenneth McBride and Ronald Harris; a favorite son-in-law: Raymond Hoy, 3 sisters: Pearl, Opal and Myrtle Hornsby; 4 brothers: Oliver, Charlie, Thomas, and Basil Hornsby.

Marilyn Lowery
(February 21, 1934 - July 30, 2008)
T. Marilyn Lowery, 74 of Chatsworth died on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at 6:25 AM at Greenbriar Lodge, Piper City.

Her memorial mass will be held on Monday, August 4, 2008 at 10:00 AM at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth with Rev. B.K. Tron officiating. Inurnment will be held at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Chatsworth. Cremation Rites have been accorded. Friends may call on Sunday evening from 4 to 6 PM at Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Chatsworth. The family suggests memorials be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church or a charity of the donor's choice.

Marilyn was born on February 21, 1934 in Bloomington, a daughter of Ray and Elsie (Miller) Hardesty. She married Donald Lowery on September 16, 1952 in Bloomington. He survives in Chatsworth.

Marilyn is also survived by three sons: Ted Lowery of Chatsworth, Phil (Donna) Lowery of Monticello, and Danny (Venita) Lowery of Champaign; four daughters: Teresa Emmett of Sacramento, CA, Mary Jo Lowery of FT Worth, TX, Donita (Tom) Andrews of Mesa, AZ, and Carla Van Alstyne of Carbondale, CO; 19 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Also surviving are three brothers: Clete Hardesty of LeRoy, Wayne Hardesty of rural Bloomington, and Harold Hardesty of Danvers; four sisters: Wilma Garrison, Rena Hodges and Dorothy Peasley, all of Bloomington, and Juanita Rutledge of Heyworth. Marilyn was preceded in death by 2 Sons: Michael & Randy Lowery and 3 Brothers.

Marilyn attended Normal Community High School and Parkland Community College. She was a bookkeeper for Lowery Body Shop and Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. She had also been employed at Nicols Homeshield for 15 years and at Gary Hoffman Insurance. She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth and its Altar & Rosary Society.

From the Pontiac, Illinois Daily Leader

Published: Thursday, July 10, 2008 12:33 PM CDT

MAGNOLIA - Cameron L. Eshleman, 18, of Magnolia, and the son of a Chatsworth man, passed away at 5:30 a.m. Wednes-day, July 2, 2008, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in LaSalle County.

Cremation rites were accorded.

A calling was held from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Dysart-Cofoid Funeral Chapel, Granville.

He was born on Oct. 17, 1989, the son of Ron and Stacy (Williams) Eshleman, Normal.

Surviving are his father, Ron (Kristy) Eshleman, Chatsworth; his mother, Stacy Williams, Magnolia; two brothers, Bryson Eshleman, Chatsworth, and Colin Eshleman, Magnolia; one sister, Taylor Eshleman, Chatsworth; and his grandmothers, Norma Williams, Paxton, and Billie Eshleman, Piper City.

Mr. Eshleman was preceded in death by his grandfathers.

He was a 2008 graduate of Putnam County High School.

Mr. Eshleman was employed as a cook at Hy-Vee Foods, Peru, and enjoyed working on his cars.

From the Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph
CHATSWORTH - Pamela J. Hanson, Chatsworth, passed away Tuesday (July 8, 2008) at St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights.

Family and friends will gather Saturday for a memorial visitation from 9:30 a.m. until time of the celebration of life service at 10:30 a.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Swann Special Care Center, 109 Kenwood Road, Champaign, IL 61821. Arrangements by DuPage Cremations Ltd. and Memorial Chapel.

She was born Feb. 24, 1949, in Chatsworth, beloved daughter of the late Johanna and Kenneth Hanson.

Dear sister of Joan (Duane) Gerjets, Paul (Gail) Hanson, Ann Hanson and John (Ruthe) Hanson; and fond aunt and friend of many.

Pam spent 53 happy years of her life at the Lincoln State School for Children and Shapiro Developmental Center for the developmentally disabled in Kankakee. It took 59 years for Pam to become a complete person and her purpose in life was to let us know "Be Happy with Less." She was born and raised in Chatsworth

From the Martin-Burke Funeral Home site:
Beulah L. Bell
(September 30, 1937 - July 7, 2008)
 Beulah L. Bell, 70, of Chatsworth died 11:08PM Monday July 7, 2008 at BroMenn Healthcare Center in Normal.

Funeral services will be held 11:00AM Saturday July 12, 2008 at Martin-Burke Funeral Home - Chatsworth with Rev. William Paton of Calvary Baptist Church officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7PM Friday July 11, 2008 at the funeral home where memorials may be made to Franciscan Hospice of Central Illinois. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery.

Beulah was born September 30, 1937 in Delrey, IL a daughter of Ed and Rosie (Rieny) Houser. She graduated from Chatsworth High School and married Ivan Bell November 17, 1956 in Chatsworth. He preceded her in death November 17, 1991.

She worked at Homeshield in Chatsworth for sixteen years, and then worked for Casey's General Store also in Chatsworth for fifteen years.

Beulah loved playing bingo at the VFW in Chenoa. She enjoyed fishing and playing cards. She loved her grandchildren and family very much.

She is survived by: two daughters: Connie Emberton and Shelby Bell; two sons: Douglas (Tammy) Bell and Daniel Bell all of Chatsworth; five granddaughters, one grandson, and four great-grandsons.

She is preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters.

Per email from Bob Saathoff:
Gail Hummel Helwig
Chatsworth High School Class of 1952
HELWIG M. Gail Helwig, 73, of Marion, Oh. for 52 years, formerly of Columbus, Oh., died 4:45 a.m. Sunday, June 29, 2008, at home. Born December 20, 1934, in Chatsworth, Ill., daughter of the late Vernon and Grace Smith Hummel. Member Emanuel Lutheran Church - Church Librarian, Lutheran World Relief Quilting Program at the church, Hospice volunteer. B.S. Degree in Nursing at Capital University. A Registered Nurse at Marion General Hospital, then became the Practical Nursing Instructor at Tri-Rivers Career Center retiring in 1992.
Survived by husband, T. James Helwig, whom she married August 26, 1956, in Chatsworth, Ill.; daughters, Carol (Ken) Scott of Worthington, Oh. and Susan (Wayne) Wolfe of Dayton, Oh.; son, Daniel (Debbie) Helwig of Columbus, Oh.; grandchildren, Angie Roller, Jeremiah Helwig, James and Shannon Scott; sister, Joyce CHS '61(Dave) Ritchie of Solon, Oh.; brothers, Donald - CHS '55 (Mary Jo) Hummel of Fair Oaks, Calif. and Boyd CHS '56 (Sandy) Hummel of Chatsworth, Ill.
Friends may call Wednesday 5-8 p.m. at BOYD FUNERAL HOME, Marion, Oh. Funeral service 10 a.m. Thursday, July 3 at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Marion, with Pastor J. Weston Jones officiating. Burial Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Oh. Memorial contributions to Emanuel Lutheran Church or Faith Mission of Columbus, Oh. Sign the online guestbook at

From the Martin Burke Funeral Home site
Ardell "Dutch" Walters
(November 1, 1925 - June 12, 2008)
"Dutch" Walters, 82, of Chatsworth died 2:39PM June 12, 2008 at Livingston Manor Nursing Home - Pontiac.

Visitation will be 4-7PM Monday June 16, 2008 at Martin-Burke Funeral Home - Chatsworth where memorials may be made to the family. Cremation rites will be accorded following the visitation.

Ardell was born November 1, 1925 in Elkville, IL a son of Ardell and Mabel (Kimmel) Walters. He attended Elkville schools. He later married Rosalie Huckaba in 1957 in Du Quoin, IL. They divorced in 1985.

He worked for twenty years at Zarco Industries in Chicago as a paint mixer.

He was a die-hard Cardinals fan, and also enjoyed watching TV, especially NASCAR.

He was a World War II Navy veteran.

Ardell is survived by: 3 sons: Tom (Shirley) Walters of Ocala, CA, Roy Walters of Land O' Lakes, FL, and Paul (Penny) Walters of Chatsworth; 6 Grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and 3 brothers.

From the Pontiac, Illinois Daily Leader

James P. Mangers

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 1:05 PM CDT

PIPER CITY - James P. "Jimmy" Mangers, 47, a resident of Greenbrier Nursing Home, Piper City, formerly of Aurora, and the brother of a Chats-worth woman, died Monday evening, June 9, 2008, at the nursing home.

His graveside service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Aurora.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Chatsworth.

Surviving are his mother, Janice Mangers, of Montgomery; two sisters, Sandra ( Steve) Simonson, Chatsworth, and JeanAnn (Tony) Ellison, Oswego; and four nephews and one niece.

Mr. Mangers was preceded in death by his father, James E. Mangers, and several aunts and uncles.

Memorials may be made to the family.

From the Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph
CHATSWORTH - Mary Frances Smith Birkenbeil, 88, of St. Peters, Mo., formerly of Chatsworth, died 3:55 p.m. Tuesday (June 10, 2008) at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Peters, Mo.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth, with the Rev. Michael Bies officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Chatsworth, where memorials may be made to Susan B. Komen Foundation or Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Chatsworth.

Mary was born Aug. 19, 1919, in Chatsworth, a daughter of Michael Franklin and Mary Ann Resch Smith. She attended St. Mary's Academy in Chatsworth. She later married Harry Edward Birkenbeil on Nov. 30, 1940, in Chatsworth at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish. He preceded her in death Aug. 20, 2001.

She worked at Terry's Food Mart in Chatsworth for several years until 1968. She was a homemaker her entire life.

Mary loved playing cards, reading, and fishing, was an excellent cook and was a devout Chicago Cubs fan. She loved and enjoyed her family very much.

She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth, and the Altar & Rosary Society.

Mary is survived by one daughter: Eileen (John) Burd Jr., St. Peters, Mo.; two sons, Jim (Paula) Birkenbeil, Cullom, and Jerry (Sharon) Birkenbeil, Chatsworth; nine grandchildren, Sue Cordle, East Peoria; Beth (Carl) Hornstein, Melvin; Kate (Jason) Main and Michelle (Kurt) Keitzman, both of Gibson City; Ellen (John) Burke, St. Charles, Mo.; Theresa Johnson, St. Peters, Mo.; Jason (Sherry) Birkenbeil, Lexington; Brian (Susan) Deck, Chatsworth; and Kim (Eric) Pillischafske, Farmer City; 18 great-grandchildren, Austin Hornstein; Taylor Cordle; Gavin and Connor Main; Catherine Burke; Samantha Burke; Hannah and Macey Johnson; Mariah and Alexis Brucker; Kyra Keitzman; Craig and Evan Birkenbeil; Kirsten Deck and Aaron Deck; and Austin, Alex and Adam Pillischafske; one sister, Helen Webber, Carmichael, Calif.; one daughter-in-law, Lois Birkenbeil, Normal; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband; five sisters, Margaret Buckhave, Elizabeth Day, Catherine McDermott, Frances Doran and Elinore Balder; and three brothers, George, James and Joseph Smith.

This obituary and online condolences may be left at .

From the Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph
CHATSWORTH - Dorothy E. Weller, Frankenmuth, Mich., died June 11, 2008, at the Lutheran Home in Frankenmuth.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. June 27, 2008 at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in Frankenmuth. Father Fred Kawka will officiate, with cremation to follow. Dorothy's family will receive visitors from 1 to 7 p.m. June 26 at the Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service June 27 at the church.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Alzheimer's research. Online condolences may be made to the family at .

Age 90 years, Dorothy Weller was born Aug. 20, 1917, in Chatsworth, where she resided for 20 years. She had been employed as a beautician for 60 years, retiring at the age of 80. Dorothy was a member of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church and life member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority.

Surviving are two sisters, Rosemary Manning, Nebraska, and Lucille Boeman, Ohio; and a caregiver niece, Frances Beever; and many other nieces and nephews.

From the Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph
Audrie Ronald Haskins
(July 29, 1936 - May 18, 2008)

SIBLEY -- Audrie Ronald Haskins, 71, rural Sibley, died at 3:45 a.m. Sunday (May 18, 2008) at his home in Sibley following a four-year illness.

His funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth, with the Rev. B.K. Tran officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Chatsworth. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home in Piper City. Memorials may be made to Hospice or SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church.

Audrie was born July 29, 1936, in Pembroke Township, Illinois, son of Ira W. & Myrtle Hubler Haskins. His childhood was spent in Onarga area. He graduated from Onarga High School and University of Illinois Police Training Institute Academy.

He married Patricia L. Watson on June 29, 1957, in Chatsworth. She survives.

Other survivors his father, Ira, Crestview, Fla.; three sons, Michael (Trudi) Haskins, Elgin; Douglas (Deann) Haskins, Pewaukee, Wis.; and Richard (Lisa) Haskins, Keosauqua, Iowa; two daughters, Rose Howell and Sean Rolffs, Albuquerque, N.M., and Rebecca Mertens and Clint Kobelt, Keosauqua, Iowa; 16 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Vernon (Linda) Haskins, Onarga; Kenneth Haskins, Opelika, Ala.; and Lloyd (Sharon) Haskins, De Funiak Springs, Fla.

Pre-decedents include his mother and one son, William.

Audrie was a member of the SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth. Other places of residence included Onarga, Chatsworth and Piper City.

Audrie was an auctioneer, graduating from Reisch American School of Autioneering in 1966 and owned Haskins Home and Auto for 15 years and Haskins Auction Service. He was the chief of police in Piper City from 1972 to 1993.

Audrie was a member of the Illinois Police Association, Illinois State Auctioneers Association Inc., National Rifle Association of America, and Tri-Point FFA Alumni. He organized the Piper City Community Sale, was a Scout Master, Rotary Citizen of the Year in 2005, grand marshal of 2006 Piper City Big Days and Greenbrier Healthcare's 2007 Volunteer of the Year.

Arrangements are by the Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home in Piper City. Please sign the guest book at .

Master Sgt. Danny Max Moulton

WASHBURN - Master Sgt. Danny Max Moulton, USAF Retired, Leander, Texas, left his beloved family to be with his heavenly Father April 15, 2008.

Services will be held at 12:45 p.m. Monday at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elmwood, with military honors. The Gabriels Funeral Chapel, Georgetown, Texas, is handling arrangements.

He was born Sept. 7, 1933, at Washburn. He graduated from Forrest-Strawn-Wing High School, Forrest, and proudly served his country for 22 years during the Korean Conflict and in Viet Nam.

He will be missed by his wife of 55 years Verna ``Vee'' Gillett Moulton; daughter, Terri Patterson; and his twin sister, Donna Schove; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bertice W. Moulton Sr.; mother, Amelia Strauch Moulton; and brothers, Paul Strauch and Bertice Moulton Jr.

From the Pontiac, Illinois Daily Leader

The funeral for Carol S. Schade, 65, of Pontiac, and formerly of Saunemin, will be at 10 a.m. Thurs-day at Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Pontiac, the Rev. Trudy Foote of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cullom, officiating.

Burial will be in West Lawn Cemetery, Cullom.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Schade died at 10:55 p.m. Monday, May 5, 2008, at OSF Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center.

She was born Dec. 25, 1942, at Fairbury, the daughter of Vernon and Dorothy (Shell) Donley. She married Carl Schade Nov. 19, 1961, at Cullom. He survives at Pontiac.

Also surviving is one son, Jeffery (Kim) Schade, Pontiac; one daughter, Paula Edgeton, Flanagan; five grandchildren, Jordan Cohlman, Katie Sweeney and Rhyn, Harley and Justin Schade; one brother, Vernon Donley, Pontiac; and five sisters, Jean (Paul) Deany and Rita (Leland) Scanlon, both of Bloomington, Bernice (Walter) Moritz, Cullom, Diane (Richard) Johnson, of North Carolina, and Judy Donley, Pontiac.

Mrs. Schade was preceded in death by one sister and brother-in-law, Beverly and Francis Moritz.

She was educated in Cullom schools.

Mrs. Schade had been employed at Pontiac National Bank, Commercial National Bank in Peoria and Piper City State Bank. She was also a homemaker.

She was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cullom.

This obituary may be viewed and private condolences made online at

The family suggests memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

From the Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph

CHATSWORTH - LaVerne Alma Seward, 89, Champaign, formerly of Chatsworth, died at 2:10 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 11, 2008) at the Carle Arbours Nursing Home, Savoy.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Crematory, Urbana, with the Rev. Michael Smith officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Seward was born Dec. 1, 1919, in Chicago, the daughter of Roy and Esther Van Valkenburg Hoffman. She married Frank Seward on July 31, 1948, in Argo. He died on April 7, 1999.

Survivors include two sons, Bruce (Robyn) Seward, Mahomet, and LeRoy (Diane) Neitzel, Fisher; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

Mrs. Seward was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Urbana; the Eastern Star; and RSVP. She was a pen pal for grade schools. She loved her cat Sunshine and enjoyed cooking, gardening and was a Chicago White Sox fan.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church; American Cancer Society; or to an organization of the donor's choice.

Condolences may be offered at .

From the Kankakee Daily Journal

Francis L. "Ace" Edwards, 80, of Forrest, formerly of  Chatsworth , died Thursday (Nov. 20, 2008) at OSF Saint Clare Nursing Home in Peoria Heights. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Forrest, and from 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Pontiac, until the 11 a.m. services.

Burial, with full military rites, will be in Forrest Township Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Livingston County Veterans Assistance Commission.

Mr. Edwards was a member of Laborers Local 996. After retiring, he and his wife worked as caretakers of the Forrest Township Cemetery, as well as church maintenance. He was born Feb. 28, 1928, in Chatsworth , the son of Asa and Helen Mowery Edwards. His wife, the former Betty M. Strain, whom he married Sept. 7, 1952, in Brook, Ind., died Nov. 15, 2005. He served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force, serving in Japan and the United States during World War II. He also served during the Korean conflict. He was affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was a member of the J.A. Folwell American Legion Post 174, Forrest.

Surviving are three daughters and and sons-in-law, Terrie and Paul Dart of Blue Grass, Iowa, Debbie and Clarence Meyer of Hanna City, Bonnie and Mark Butke of Cincinnati, Ohio; 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Judy Poppel of Marseilles, Mary Elston of Lincoln, and Sandy Christensen of Dwight.

Deceased are one great-granddaughter, one brother and one sister.

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From the Streator Times

Pauline Patton Johnson

On this special day, we give thanks to the Lord for welcoming Pauline into his heavenly kingdom. Pauline was born in Chatsworth on Feb. 19, 1920, to Anna and George Meisenhelder. Pauline and her two older siblings, George and Anna Mae, grew up in Streator, where the family relocated after the death of her father. She married her high school sweetheart, Carl Patton, in 1942, before he shipped off for duty in World War II.

Upon Carl’s return from the war, they moved to Houston and started a family. Pauline had two beautiful children, Carlene (Patton) Cristiani and Timothy Patton, and she was a generous and loving mother. In 1963, Pauline and Carl opened Patton’s Lamp & Shade Shoppe in the Town & Country area. For years, the entire family enjoyed running the store together and serving the Houston community. In addition to her family, Pauline valued her membership in PEO and the friends she made through the organization.

After Carl’s death in 1985, Pauline was blessed to find love again and she married W.R. (Bill) Johnson in 1986. Together, they enjoyed being active members at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, and they traveled extensively.

Pauline was widowed again in 1991, whereupon she invested all of her energy in Patton’s Lamp & Shade Shoppe. She was fortunate to have a close group of girlfriends, fondly known as “The Loose Ladies,” with whom to share dinners out and nights at the theater. After the store closed in 2005, she enjoyed her retirement by working at the bookstore at St. Martin’s. She also took pleasure in spending more time with her grandchildren, Courtney (Cristiani) Varner, Paige Cristiani, Blake Patton, Brian Patton and Audrey Patton.

Pauline spent the last two years in Austin, Texas, until she passed away Nov. 22, 2008. She leaves behind family and friends who will miss her dearly, but who all feel blessed for having had her in their lives.

Pauline is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Carlene and David Cristiani; son and daughter-in-law, Timothy & Jennifer Patton; grandchildren and their spouses, Courtney and Andrew Varner, Paige Cristiani, Blake and Kathryn Patton, Brian and Meredith Patton and Audrey Patton.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, in the chapel at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston. Arrangements were handled by Wilke, Clay, Fish Funeral Home in Austin.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society.





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