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From the Kankakee,Illinois Daily Journal:
Vera Harpin -- Kankakee
Vera M. Harpin, 97, of Kankakee, died Friday (April 27, 2007) at Bradley Royale Nursing Home. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Funeral Home, west Kankakee. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Rev. Charles Wheeler will officiate.
Burial will be in Mt. Calvary. Memorials may be made to St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, where she was a member, or to the family wishes.
Mrs. Harpin had worked at St. Mary's Hospital, School of Nursing. She was born Feb. 10, 1910, in Chatsworth, the daughter of Hugo and Jennie Sherman Trunk. Her husband, Eugene Earl Harpin, whom she married Oct. 20, 1926, died March 4, 1985. She enjoyed working in the yard, gardening, crocheting and was an avid walker.
Surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, Martha Ravens of Kankakee, Nancy and Richard Shear of Phoenix, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Ruth Kelly of Oak Forest; and several nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Norma Bilyard.
Deceased are one son, Eugene Harpin Jr.; one granddaughter, Donna Fitts; four sisters and eight brothers.
Please sign her guestbook at clancygernon.com.
 

 
From the Kankakee, Illinois Daily Journal:
Harry Pedigo -- Kankakee
Harry J. Pedigo, 76, of Kankakee, died Tuesday (Sept. 4, 2007) at his home. Cremation rites have been accorded by the Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Crematory, west Kankakee. Memorials may be made to the family wishes.
Mr. Pedigo was a carpenter all of his life. He was born May 8, 1931, in Chatsworth, the son of Harry Sr. and Mary Finnegan Pedigo. He enjoyed reading and carpentry. He was a wonderful father and husband. He loved his grandchildren.
Surviving are his wife, the former Peggy Naese, whom he married Nov. 11, 1995, in Kankakee; three sons and one daughter-in-law, Harry Pedigo III of Bourbonnais, Jesse Pedigo of Melrose Park, John and Melissa Basham of Aroma Park; three daughters and one son-in-law, Juanita Pedigo of Glendale Heights, Katrina Woodard and Thomas Greer of Kankakee, Cynthia and Matt Parsons of Morocco, Ind.; seven grandchildren, Justin Potvin, Shawna Woodard, Tomesha Greer, Caitlin and Matthew Parsons, Nathan and Morgan Basham; and three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Rosemary and Robert Jenks of Jesup, Ga., Darlene and Fred Scheffler, and Patsy Osaeki, all of Brighton, Mich.
Deceased are his parents; three sisters, Charlotte, Mary, and Judy; and two brothers, Rolly and Sonny.
Please sign his guestbook at clancygernon.com. (Pd.)
 

 
CHATSWORTH -- William H. Fortna, 64, of Chatsworth, died at 2:35 p.m. on Wednesday (March 7, 2007) at Livingston Manor Nursing Home in rural Pontiac.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the United Methodist Church of Chatsworth, with Pastor Ann Champion officiating. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Martin-Burke Funeral Home in Chatsworth and one hour prior to the services Sunday at the church. Cremation rites will be accorded after the services. Inurnment will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the Chatsworth Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be left to the family.–;

William was born on Aug. 27, 1942, in Fairbury, a son of Karl and Belle Weakley Fortna. He married Marilyn L. Pearson Groskreutz on June 6, 1976, in Chatsworth.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Fortna of Chatsworth; four sisters, Carol (Joe) DesPres of Decatur; Pat (Pete) Freehill of Elgin; Sandy (Jerry) Owens of Spring, Texas; and Betty (Gerry) Lunt of Danforth; one brother, Bob Fortna of Pontiac; one stepdaughter, Joyce Groskreutz of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; one stepson, Gerry (Diane) Groskreutz of Chatsworth; one stepgrandson, Connor Groskreutz of Chatsworth; two aunts, Helen (Bob) Hennessey of Utah and Eleanor Weakley of Paxton; and several nieces and nephews.–;

He was preceded in death by his parents.

William graduated from Chatsworth High School. He served our country in the U.S. Air Force. He worked as a manager at Vulcan Metal Products in Itasca and had also worked at R.R. Donnelly's in Pontiac and with Trunk and Immke auctioneer service for many years. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Chatsworth and was a member of the American Legion.

He was an avid sports fan and loved fishing, football, camping and baseball. He especially loved spending time with his family
 

 
From the Macomb Daily paper:
John Derr
PUBLISHED: February 25, 2005

John "Jack" Derr, 79, of Clinton Township, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, in Mount Clemens General Hospital. He was born Sept. 2, 1925, in Chatsworth, Ill.
Mr. Derr retired after 52 years of employment in the lumber industry. He served in the U.S. Army-Air Force from 1945-49 in the Philippines and Hawaii and was recalled in 1950 and served in the Korean War until he was honorably discharged in 1952.
He married the former Virginia Harder on July 28, 1945, in Illinois. He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Mount Clemens, where he served as an usher for 37 years. He was a member of and served on the board of directors of AMVETS Post 29. He also coached Little League and was involved with the Boy Scouts of America.
His family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the staff of Mount Clemens General Hospital for their compassionate care and support.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia; children, Linda Rogala of Mount Clemens, Marcia (Glenn) Stelzel of Algonac, John Derr Jr. of Clinton Township and Gregory (Dawn) Derr of Rochester; grandchildren, Edward, Jolanta, Jacquelyn, Julia, Leah, Anthony and twins, Mariann and Juliann; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents, Theodore and Clara (nee Haberkorn) Derr.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Monday in St. Peter Catholic Church, 95 Market St., Mount Clemens, with the Rev. Michael Cooney officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter Catholic Cemetery, Clinton Township.
Visitation is 3-9 p.m. Sunday in Will and Schwarzkoff Funeral Home, 233 Northbound Gratiot Ave., Mount Clemens. Additional visitation is 11-11:30 a.m. Monday in the church.

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From The Eagle-Texas
November 16, 2003
Mabel I. Harms
January 24, 1915 - November 14, 2003

Services for Mabel I. Harms, 88, of College Station are scheduled for 10:00 A.M. Monday at the First Baptist Church in College Station with Dr. Rodney McGlothlin and Dr. Malcolm Bane of First Baptist Church officiating. Visitation will be Sunday 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. at the funeral home and Monday 9:00 A.M. to time of Service at the church. Burial will be at the College Station Cemetery under the direction of Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station.

Mabel graduated high school in 1932 in Chatsworth, Illinois; she later attended college at the Illinois State University receiving her B.A. degree in Education. She then taught school in Illinois for 33 years before retiring in 1978. She was a member of the Illinois Education Agency and the Livingston County Teachers Association. Mabel also volunteered after moving to College Station, Texas, at the Rock Prairie Elementary School. She served as docent at George Bush Presidential Library in College Station and was a member of the First Baptist Church in College Station.

Mabel was survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Paul G. and Lois Harms of College Station; two grandsons, Dr. Konrad P. and Heidi Harms of Pearland, TX and Kent D. Harms of Houston, TX; and one great-grandson Koen E. Harms.

Mabel was married to Roy A. Harms for 39 years before he preceded her in death in May of 1997. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Chester and Myrtle (Askew) Bayston; and two brothers, Clarence and Kenneth Bayston. She will be remembered as a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and a caring, compassionate teacher.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the First Baptist Church Television Ministry or to the Church Building Fund at 2300 Welsh Avenue, College Station, TX 77845.
 

 
From the Kankakee Journal
December5, 2001
Cecil Trimble, educator
CHATSWORTH - Cecil James "C.J." Trimble, 88, of DeKalb, formerly of Chatsworth, died Tuesday (Dec. 4, 2001) at Oak Crest Retirement Center.
Visitation will be from noon Friday until the 1:30 p.m. services at the Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb. Rev. Robert Vaughn will officiate.
Burial will be in Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb.
A memorial is being established for him for the University of Illinois Athletic Fund, in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.
He was a teacher and athletic coach in the Sheridan, Wyanet and Wenona school districts.
He was named principal of Wenona High School then served superintendent of schools for the school district 1948-1957.
He was appointed superintendent of buildings at Northern Illinois State Teachers' College in 1957.
He was later appointed superintendent of building maintenance and in 1965 was appointed director of the physical plant at Northern Illinois University. He retired from NIU in 1974 and became the manager of the DeKalb Sanitary District.
He was born Jan. 28, 1913, in Chatsworth, the son of James and Mabel Hahn Trimble.
Surviving are his wife, the former Ruth Dixon, whom he married Aug. 21, 1937, in Indiana; two daughters, Judith Muasher and Carol Iskowich, both of DeKalb; one sister, Mary Schuler of Roberts; four grandchildren; two nephews and three nieces.
Four brothers, Harold, Claude, Victor and Dale; one son-in-law, Charles Iskowich; and one grandson, Michael Iskowich, are deceased.
He graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in 1935 and earned his master's degree in 1949.
He was a former member of the NEA, IEA, Phi Beta Kappa, the Eagles Club and the DeKalb Elks 765; was a senior deacon in the Masonic Lodge; and an honorary member of both the NIU chapter of Sigma Iota Epsilon and the Lettermen's Club.
He enjoyed sports, especially collegiate basketball and football. He was a Fighting Illini sports fan and a member of the U of I Alumni Foundation. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and woodworking.
 

 
From the Kankakee Journal
December 3, 2001
CHATSWORTH - Vivian Wahls, 75, of Greenbriar Healthcare, Piper City, formerly of Chatsworth, died Tuesday (Dec. 4, 2001) at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at the Hager Memorial Home, Chatsworth.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Chatsworth, where she was a member. Rev. Paul Darveau will officiate.
Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Chatsworth.
She was born Feb. 22, 1926, in Chatsworth, the daughter of Elmer and Viola King Grosenbach.
Her husband, Lyle M. Wahls, whom she married Dec. 3, 1944, in Chatsworth, died Sept. 29, 1988.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Roger Ruther of Fairbury; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Dennis and Marie Wahls, Darwyn and Cathy Wahls and Wayne Wahls, all of Piper City; and seven grandchildren.
Two brothers are deceased.
Mrs. Wahls was a graduate of Chatsworth High School.
 

 
Clarence F. Kemnetz
Oct. 28,1912 - Sept. 19, 2000
Clarence F. KEMNETZ, 87, Rochester, died at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Life Care Center of Rochester.
Born in Chatsworth, Ill., to Henry and Maggie HORNSTEIN KEMNETZ, he married Esther M. BRUCE Oct. 18, 1944 in Medaryville. She died Jan. 21, 1987.
Mr. Kemnetz, a retired Liberty Township farmer, served in the U. S. Army during World War II.
Survivors include one brother-in-law Lewis and wife Rosanna MARKLEY, Logansport; two sisters-in-law, Shearl and husband Leo CRIMMINS, Lucerne, and Ruth REED, Kewanna; three nieces, Jean and husband Bob CLOUD, Rochester, Alice Ann and husband Bill ESTES, Logansport, and Sue BRUMMETT, Logansport; one nephew, Kenny and wife Judy REED, Kewanna.
He was preceded in death by one nephew, Daniel MARKLEY.
Services are at 2 p.m. Thursday at Harrison-Metzger Funeral Home, Kewanna, with Rev. Don REED officiating. Burial is at Citizens Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and after 9 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
 

From the Bloomington Pantagraph:
 
Thursday, June 1, 2006 12:09 AM CDT
Martha H. Teter
CHATSWORTH -- Martha H. Teter, 96, a resident of Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Normal, formerly of Chatsworth, died at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday (May 30, 2006) at Heritage Manor.

Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church of Chatsworth. Pastor Ann Champion will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Chatsworth. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be made to the United Methodist Church of Chatsworth.

Martha was born Sept. 26, 1909, in McLeansboro, a daughter of Charles and Nora Driver Hammond. She married G. Irvin Teter on Dec. 11, 1926, at Clinton. He preceded her in death on Nov. 14, 1980.

Surviving are three grandchildren, Pamela (Stanley) Jiles, Bloomington; Jack Teter, Tucson, Ariz.; and Cheryl Teter, Superior, Wis.; great-grandchildren, Joel, Jamie, Chip, Joy, Diana and Leslie; great-great-grandchildren, Paige, Chase, Breanna, Trenton, Tyler, Tanner and Tucker; a daughter-in-law, Bobbie Teter, Superior, Wis.; and extended family, John Roach and Beverly (Bill) Kilmartin.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband; one son, Charles Teter; one sister and three brothers.

Mrs. Teter graduated from Chatsworth High School. She worked as a welder on ships during World War II in Portland, Ore. She owned and operated M and M Bake Shop in Chatsworth and worked as a cook for the Chatsworth school system.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Chatsworth and had been a member of The Royal Neighbors of America for more than 75 years.

From the Bloomington Pantagraph:
 
Wednesday, May 31, 2006 1:18 AM CDT
Eldon 'Tony' Cole
CHATSWORTH -- Eldon V. "Tony" Cole, 81, of 22335 2900 N. Ave., Ohio, died Thursday (May 25, 2006) in Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton.

Graveside service: 11 a.m. Friday in Chatsworth Township Cemetery, Chatsworth, with the Masonic funeral ritual accorded by members of Chatsworth Masonic Lodge 539.

Visitation: none. Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Cullom, is handling the arrangements.

Survivors: his wife, Evon Saathoff Cole; two daughters, Barbara Cole, Oak Lawn, and Beth Bork, Forrest; one son, Michael Cole of Utah; one stepson, Larry Robert (Sandy) Danforth, Kempton; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

From the Pontiac Daily Leader:
 
CHATSWORTH - William C. Cleaton, 78, of Butte, Mont., and formerly of Chatsworth, died Monday, May 22, 2006, at St. James Healthcare Center, Butte. Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Chatsworth Cemetery. Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Chatsworth, has charge of local arrangements. Surviving are his wife, Elsie (Brinkman) Cleaton, of Butte, and one daughter, Candy Cleaton, of Butte.

Published on: 05/27/2006
 

 
From the Bloomington Pantagraph:
Tuesday, April 18, 2006 12:41 AM CDT
Betty M. Reynolds
CHATSWORTH -- Betty M. Reynolds, 71, Chatsworth, died at 9:45 p.m. Sunday (April 16, 2006) at her residence in Chatsworth.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chatsworth, with Pastor Jerry Gentes officiating. Burial will be in Gridley Cemetery, Gridley. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or OSF Hospice, Pontiac.

She was born Sept. 15, 1934, at Gridley, a daughter of Floyd and Geneva Breese Barnes. She married Johnnie Durham on Nov. 29, 1953. She later married Frank R. Reynolds on March 27, 1970. He died in October 1997.

Surviving are three daughters, Jeanetta (Ron) Galloway, Debbie Durham and Georgia Durham, all of Chatsworth; one son, Duane Durham, Chatsworth; three stepchildren, Jackie Nobles, Canton, Ga.; and Randy (Lori) Reynolds and Steven Reynolds, both of Arab, Ala.; six grandchildren, Shawna (Rich) Carver, Minonk; Ronnie (Mary) Galloway, Chatsworth; Brandon (fianc©, Kristen Weber) Galloway and Nikki (Warren) Hartman, all of Fairbury; and Caleb Durham and Kiley (Nathan) Mashburn, both of Chatsworth; four stepgrandchildren, Kyle Nobles and Bryonna Nobles, both of Georgia; and Dalton Reynolds and McKensie Reynolds, both of Alabama; eight great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Lester (Charlotte) Barnes, Chenoa; Ronnie (Pat) Barnes, Bloomington; and Dale (Joyce) Barnes, Fairbury.

Her parents; one infant daughter, Denise Marie Durham; and one sister, Vonna Lorrance, preceded her in death.

From the Bloomington Pantagraph:
 
Friday, April 7, 2006 12:33 AM CDT
George L. Farley
CHATSWORTH - George L. Farley, 67, a resident of the Glenshire Nursing Center in Richton Park, formerly of Chatsworth, died at 4:08 p.m. Tuesday (April 4, 2006) at St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields.

Service: 10 a.m. Monday graveside at Chatsworth Cemetery, with the Rev. Ann Champion officiating. Military rites will be accorded by Chatsworth American Legion.

Memorials: Chatsworth United Methodist Church. Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Chatsworth, has charge of arrangements.

Survivors: one sister, Barbara Petree, Indianapolis, Ind.

 
From the Pontiac Daily Leader March27,2006
 
Roxanna J. Gerdes

The funeral for Roxanna J. Gerdes, 87, of Pontiac, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church, Pontiac, the Rev. James O. Wolfe III officiating. Burial will be in Chatsworth Ceme-tery. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church. Mrs. Gerdes died at noon Friday, March 24, 2006, at Evenglow Lodge Tjardes Health Center, Pontiac. She was born Jan. 4, 1918, the daughter of Albert and Louise (Conrad) Lauer. She married Leroy Gerdes April 17, 1943, at Long Beach, Calif. He preceded her in death on Aug. 3, 1978. Surviving are two sons, Leroy Gerdes Jr. and Roger (Kim) Gerdes, both of Saunemin; three daughters, Helen (Robert) Grove, Odell, Carol (Dave) Quick, Cornell, and Donna (Tony) Kaupp, Meadows; 13 grandchildren, Michael (Shelley) Grove, Jeffrey Grove, Tasha (fiance Clint Chapman) Grove, Dawn Garretson, Brad (Jane) Gerdes, Christine (Jim) Brown, Joshua Quick, Kacie Gerdes, Cory Gerdes, Cody (fiance Kristin Dennis) Gerdes, Kerri Gerdes, Nevin Trachsel and Hayle Kaupp; seven great-grandchildren, Ashley Grove, Hannah Grove, Lucas Garretson, Hunter Gerdes, Walker Gerdes, Leighton Gerdes and Grace Brown; and one brother-in-law, Nelson Hanks, Galesburg.

From the Bloomington Pantagraph:
 
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Leona Conibear-Barnard
CHATSWORTH - Leona Mae Conibear-Barnard, 94, Normal, formerly of Chatsworth and Mackinaw, died at 12:10 a.m. Sunday (March 13, 2006) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal.

Her funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Martin-Burke Funeral Home in Chatsworth. The Rev. David Morgan of the Calvary Baptist Church in Chatsworth will officiate. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Leona was born Aug. 11, 1911, to Cornelius and Julia Haybeck White. She married Joseph S. Conibear on Dec. 31, 1931, in Peoria. He preceded her in death June 24, 1965. She later married Paul Barnard in May of 1968 in Chatsworth. He preceded her in death Dec. 26, 1983.

Surviving are one son, Grant (Marianne) Conibear, Gibson City; three daughters, Judith (George) Davis, Varna; Jan Yoder, Normal and Julie (Don) Schultz, Reddick; two stepdaughters; one stepson; one sister, Joanna Goodman, Fulton, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters.

She owned and operated, with her first husband, Conibear Drug Store in Chatsworth.

She was a member of the New Castle Bible Church in Mackinaw.

From the Bloomington Pantagraph:
 
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Benjamin Lee Stork
CHATSWORTH - Benjamin Lee Stork, 19, rural Chatsworth, died 8:53 a.m. Tuesday (March 7, 2006) at OSF Saint James-John Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Apostolic Christian Church, Forrest, with ministers of the church officiating. Burial will be in the North Apostolic Christian Cemetery, Forrest.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury, and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday at the church.

The family suggest memorials be given to the Apostolic Christian Church, Forrest.

Benjamin was born March 11, 1986, at Pontiac, the son of Paul A. and Dawn R. Rinkenberger Stork. They survive in Chatsworth.

Also surviving are four brothers, Elijah Stork, Fairbury; and Jared, Isaiah and Lucas Stork, all of Chatsworth; one sister, Tamra Stork, Chatsworth; maternal grandparents, Don and Florence Rinkenberger, Fairbury; and paternal grandparents, Elmer and Darlene Stork, Chatsworth.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Rita Rinkenberger.

Benjamin attended the Apostolic Christian Church, Forrest, and was a mechanic at Rieger Motor Sales, Forrest.

Leo Hornstein
CHATSWORTH - Leo George Hornstein, 79, a resident of The Gibson Area Hospital Annex, formerly of rural Chatsworth, died at 3:25 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 9, 2006) at the Annex.

A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Martin-Burke Funeral Home in Chatsworth. Jerry Gentes, minister of Pastoral Care at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chatsworth, will officiate. Burial will be held at Chatsworth Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be made to The Gibson Area Hospital Annex.

Leo was born Nov. 25, 1926, in Chatsworth, a son of George and Minnie Branz Hornstein. He married Donna Wilson on Nov. 26, 1949, in Chatsworth. She preceded him in death Oct. 20, 2002.

Surviving is one daughter, Jane (Wayne) Durflinger, Bloomington; three sons, Clive (Rhonda) Hornstein, Greg (Julie) Hornstein and Carl (Beth) Hornstein, all of Melvin; and five grandchildren, Nathan Durflinger, Casey (Frank) McCullough, Peter Hornstein, Kendall Hornstein and Austin Hornstein.

Preceding him in death are a granddaughter, Lindey Hornstein; a sister, Irene Bayston; and a brother, Donald Hornstein.

Mr. Hornstein graduated from Chatsworth High School in 1944. He was a farmer. He also served as the road commissioner for Chatsworth Township and was a fireman in Chatsworth for many years.

He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chatsworth.

 
 
From Illinois Trails, Ford Co. Obituaries:
DRILLING, HELEN E. ROSENDAHL - 81, Greenbrier Health Care Center, Piper City, died 10-8-2002 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. b. 3-1-1921 in Cullom d/o Carl and Hazel Stark Rosendahl. m. Dale Kimmel. m. Chester Drilling 7-28-1951 in Pontiac bur: St. Patrick's Cemetery, Chatsworth.
 

 
 
From the Bloomington Pantagraph, Mclean County, Illinois
Saturday, December 3, 2005
Lillian F. Dehm
CHATSWORTH -- Lillian F. Dehm, 80, of 211 W. Elm, Chatsworth, died at 11:40 a.m. Thursday (Dec. 1, 2005) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Chatsworth, with Deacon Jerry Gentes officiating. Burial will be at Chatsworth-Charlotte Cemetery, Chatsworth. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials may be directed to St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
She was born June 5, 1925, in Herscher, a daughter of Henry and Rose Schultz Kroll. She married Lloyd Dehm Sr. in 1944 in Manhattan. He survives.
Also surviving are five daughters, Shirley Sanders, Rantoul; Darla (Gary) Upton, St. Louis; Patti (Steve) Kelley, Aurora, Colo.; Davida Nagel, Urbana; and Tara (John) Gallahue, Piper City; one son, Lloyd "Fritz" Dehm Jr., Roberts. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, Sabrina Mumm, Lloyd William Dehm III, Amanda (Thad) Cleary, Jodi (David) Hicks, Jennifer Upton, Heather (Craig) Parsons, Timothy Nagel, Cortney Gallahue and John Gallahue III; three great-grandchildren survive; and a sister-in-law, Eunice Kroll.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother; two sisters; one son, Terry Raye; and one daughter-in-law, Joy.
She was a retired driver for Dehm Bus Service and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She graduated from Cullom High School. She and her husband spent winters in Naples, Fla. She enjoyed crafts, music, dance and bowling.
Hager Memorial Home, Chatsworth, is in charge of arrangements.
 

 
Sterrenberg, Thalina
Thalina Sterrenberg
-- Milford
Thalina M. Sterrenberg, 91, of Milford, died Thursday (Nov. 24, 2005) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Saturday until the 11:30 a.m. funeral services at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Milford.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church in Milford, where she was a member; the American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association. Arrangements are by Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.
Miss Sterrenberg was born May 11, 1914, in Charlotte, the daughter of John and Minnie Haase Sterrenberg. She was a member of the Dorcas Society at her church, Thrivent for Lutherans, and Household Science Club of Milford.
Surviving are one sister-in-law, Dorothy Sterrenberg of Milford; two nieces, Barbara and James Hack of Dodgeville, Wis., Linda and Al Kellerhals Jr. of Milford; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
One brother, Francis; and one sister, Mary, are deceased.
 
 
 
 

 
Edward N. Spry
COLFAX -- Edward N. "Ed" Spry, 71, of Lake Wales, Fla., died Monday (Oct. 31, 2005) at his residence.
He was born April 10, 1934, at Anchor. He was raised in Colfax and moved to Lake Wales three months ago from Bolingbrook.
Mr. Spry was a retired minister, having pastored in Indiana, Illinois and Nebraska. He was also a retired band and vocal teacher and a fine arts administrator in Illinois and Florida.
He was a member of the First Christian Church in Downers Grove. He was a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan, earning a bachelor's degree in music; a graduate of Illinois State University, earning a master's degree in music education; and a graduate of the Christian Theological Seminary, earning a Master of Divinity. He was very involved in music throughout his career and was an accomplished vocalist and choral conductor. He was also a member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity. He was the director of a Title 3 program in the fine arts in Decatur. He assisted in founding the Walk in Ministry of Hope in Downers Grove. He ended his career in Intentional Interim Ministry, which assists churches in transition. He received recognition for his role in establishing the Interim Ministry Network. He also served in the U.S. Army, played in the band stationed in Okinawa, Japan.
Survivors are his wife, Marilyn W. Spry of Lake Wales, Fla., and his brother, Warren G. Spry of Colfax.
Memorial services will be held at a later date in Downers Grove.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Edward N. & Marilyn W. Spry Named Scholarship Fund at the Lexington Theological Seminary, 631 S. Limestone, Lexington, Ky.
Marion Nelson Funeral Home of Lake Wales, Fla., is in charge of local arrangements.
 

 
From the Pontiac Daily Leader
 
Alex Renee Kistner

CHATSWORTH — The funeral for Alex Renee Kistner, 5, of Chatsworth, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury, with the Rev. Dennis Power officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Cemetery, Forrest. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Wednesday, at the funeral home. Alex died at 1:42 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, 2005, in the emergency room at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital, Effingham. She had been taken to the hospital after having been injured in a house fire that occurred early Sunday morning at her father's home in Newton. She was born May 31, 2000, in Effingham, the daughter of Randy and Julie (Stark) Kistner. Surviving are her mother, Julie Stark, and stepfather, Chad Maurer, Chatsworth; her father, Randy Kistner, Newton; a sister, Jordyn Maurer, and a brother, Jace Maurer, both at home; maternal grandparents James and Virginia Stark, Altamont; great-grandmother, Dagmar Stark, Altamont; and great-grandmother Nadine Zink, Leavenworth, Kan.; aunts and uncles, Bev and Ronnie Burke, Effingham, Virginia and Gene Steuermagle, Altamont, Mary and Brett Boring, Forrest, Jamie and Don Franke, Bethalto; and 14 cousins.

From Eagle Publications, Macomb,Illinois
 
Charlotte Elizabeth Nolan
07/21/2005
Charlotte Elizabeth Nolan, 85, Macomb, died at 1:10 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2005, at the Macomb Senior Living Center, Macomb.
She was born Dec. 16, 1919, in Sibley, the daughter of Charles F. and Mary M. (Steele) Trinkle.
She married Fred Burgess in February 1940. She later married Manning Matthew (Tony) Gardner, Aug. 25, 1945, in San Jose. He preceded her in death in 1968. She then married Paul Nolan. He also preceded her in death.
She is survived by one son, David (Ann) Burgess, Peoria; five grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; six step great-grandchildren; one niece, Judy Hobart, Chatsworth; and three stepchildren.
In addition to her husbands and her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Howard, and Harold Trinkle.
She lived all her life in the Chatsworth and Macomb areas.
She worked as a telephone operator for the Illinois Central Telephone Company from 1937-1949. She also worked in housekeeping for WIU for 17 years before retiring in 1984. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Chatsworth and Macomb.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2005, at Forrest Township Cemetery, Forrest, with the Rev. Ann Champion officiating.
The family will meet with friends from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2005, at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home, Macomb.
Memorials may be made to either the Alzheimer's Association or the American Cancer Society.
 

 
Lyle Kemnetz
    STRAWN - Lyle B. Kemnetz, 82, of Strawn died at 9:02 p.m. Friday (Jan. 16, 2004) at the Gibson Area Hospital Annex, Gibson City.
    Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth. Father Richard Brunskill will officiate.
    Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Chatsworth.
    Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Hager Memorial Home, 311 E. Walnut St., Chatsworth. The rosary will be said at 3:45 p.m.
    There also will be visitation from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Raymond Wallrich
    CHATSWORTH - Raymond W. Wallrich, 81, of rural Chatsworth died on Monday (March 1, 2004) in Kindred Hospital, Houston.
    Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chatsworth. The Rev. Jerry Gentes will officiate. Burial will be in Chatsworth-Charlotte Cemetery, Chatsworth.
    Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church.
    Harris-Martin-Burke Funeral Home, 206 N. Maple St., Cullom, is in charge of arrangements.

 
From the Bloomington,Illinois Pantagraph:
 
GUTHRIE - Wayne Kenneth Neuzel of Mayfair Manor, Lexington, Ky., formerly of Chatsworth and Guthrie, died at 1:28 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 4, 2007) at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Ky.

His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City, with the Rev. Ed Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Township Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be for one hour before the service at the funeral home.

Mr. Neuzel was born April 17, 1916, in Guthrie, a son of Joseph and Lillian Joos Neuzel. He married Esther Mae Jardine on June 12, 1937, in Gibson City. She died Dec. 18, 2005.

Surviving are a son, Larry W. (Leona Jo) Neuzel, Lexington, Ky.; a sister, Virginia Friese, Mesa, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Kristopher (Valerie) Neuzel, Robert (Jill) Neuzel and Lori (Graeme) Hart; and six great-grandchildren, all of Lexington, KY.

Mr. Neuzel was employed by the Illinois Central Railroad for 41 years.

He enjoyed playing bingo, watching his grandsons play baseball and painting pictures.

Memorial tributes may be made to the First Christian Church in Gibson City or to the Hospice of the Bluegrass in Lexington, Ky.

 
From the Bloomington,Illinois Pantagraph:
 
EUREKA - Mildred A. Traub Schieber, 92, formerly of Forrest, died at 12:05 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 26, 2007) at the Apostolic Christian Home of Eureka, where she was a resident.

She was born Nov. 11, 1914, in Paulding County, Ohio, a daughter of Ed H. and Ollie A. Martin Stoller. She married Edward G. Traub on Feb. 18, 1944, in Forrest, upon his return from service in World War II. They lived and farmed south of Forrest until his death in 1975. She then married Carl W. Schieber on Dec. 3, 1978, in Fairbury. He passed away in 2005.

Survivors include one son, James (Linda) Traub, Monticello; four stepsons, Ron (Deanelle) Schieber, Carlock; John (Alice) Schieber, Normal; Tom (Bonnie) Schieber, Danvers; and Jerry (Joan) Schieber, Brooklyn, N.Y.; one stepdaughter, Phyllis Schieber, Dallas, Texas; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; 13 stepgrandchildren; and 22 stepgreat-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Curtis F. Stoller.

Mildred was a member of the Forrest and Congerville Apostolic Christian churches. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Forrest Apostolic Christian Church. Church ministers will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Eureka, and from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in the North Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Forrest Township.

As a youth, Mildred moved with her family to Gridley and later to Chatsworth. She graduated from Chatsworth Township High School in 1932. She then worked at the Citizens Bank of Chatsworth. She was a piano player in the Jolly Sailors Band, playing regularly at the Grand Ballroom in Chatsworth.

During her time in Forrest, she continued to work at the bank and also for Honegger's and Co. in Forrest. Mildred also had a special love for cooking and music.

Memorials contributions may be made to the Forrest and Congerville Apostolic Christian Churches or God's Littlest Angels Orphanage in Haiti. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com .

From the Bloomington,Illinois Pantagraph:
 
 
CHATSWORTH - Rita M. Freehill Conlon, 71, of Mesa, Ariz., passed away peacefully on Aug. 9, 2007, with all her children by her side.

She was born March 7, 1936, in Urbana. She grew up in Chatsworth and Peoria.

Rita is survived by her four children, Chuck Conlon of Buffalo Grove; Doug Conlon of Los Angeles, Calif.; Teresa Zampieri of Katy, Texas; and Maria Conlon of San Francisco, Calif.; four grandchildren, Bianca and Adrianna Zampieri of Katy, Texas, and Abby and Scott Conlon of Buffalo Grove; three sisters, Doris Bischoff; Joni Christie; and Veronica Bizon; and brother, Peter Freehill.

A beautiful memorial service was held at 10 a.m. Aug. 14, 2007, at the Fellowship Square, where Rita last resided with all of her friends.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to Ronald McDonald House in Rita's name.

Rita was an amazing person, and a certified astrologer. She was creative, supportive, inspirational, loving and kind to all. God bless you Rita/Mom/Nana, we will miss you. You may go online to www.mem.com to express your loving thoughts to Rita.

From the Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph:
 
 
NORMAL - Jason Lee Yoder, 35, Normal, died at 9:02 a.m. Wednesday (Aug. 22, 2007) in Normal.

His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Chatsworth, with Pastor Bill Paton officiating. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery, Chatsworth. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Sunday.

The family suggests memorials be made to the family.

Jason was born March 12, 1972, in El Paso, Texas, a son of John and Jan Conibear Yoder.

Survivors include his mother, Jan Yoder, Normal; father, John Yoder, Gridley; one brother, Joseph (Jenny) Yoder, Normal; one sister, Jessica (Kyle) Hardy, Princeton; one niece, Olivia Hardy, Normal; his beloved dog, Mao; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Jason was educated in Chatsworth schools and graduated from Normal Community High School. He received bachelor's degrees in biology and chemistry and a master's degree in organic chemistry, all from Illinois State University.

He helped his mother and his aunt set up and organize the Sisters Victorian Tea Room in Normal. Jason had a very special and loving bond with his niece, Olivia. He will be loved and missed by all.

Online condolences may be made at
www.martin-burkefuneralhome.com

From the Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph:
 
 I believe Loray ran the bus service for Chatsworth for some time and owned the "Phillip's 66" gas station,  both  of which were late purchased by "Ike" Dehm.
 
FLANAGAN - Loray D. Koerner, 88, of 105 N. Jefferson St., Flanagan, passed away at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 14, 2007) at OSF Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Prairieview Mennonite Church, rural Gridley. Pastor Doug King will officiate. Burial will be in Waldo Township Cemetery, rural Gridley. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, El Paso, and for one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Loray was born Oct. 6, 1918, at Kempton, a son of Henry and Sadie Shantz Koerner. He married Nettie F. Eigsti on June 10, 1944, at Flanagan Mennonite Church. She survives.

Other survivors include two daughters, Bonnie (Roger) Stucky, Gridley, and Rebecca Koerner, Westbrook, Maine; one son, David (Rose) Koerner, Kalona, Iowa; one brother, Orie (Emma) Koerner, Kempton; four grandchildren, Christopher (Carolyn) Stucky, Heather (Paul) Fey; and Joel and Jonathon Koerner; and three great-grandchildren, Claire Stucky, Zhenya and Nina Fey.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Koerner was a member of Prairieview Mennonite Church, rural Gridley, and served as a Sunday school teacher.

He was the owner and operator of Cullom Bus Service, serving the Cullom School District. He later worked as a mechanic at various places and lastly was a representative for Snap On Tools from 1957 to 1981. He was an avid fisherman and did volunteer work at the Spare N Share in Gridley.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Prairieview Mennonite Church, rural Gridley, or to Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Flanagan.


From the Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph:
 
Robert Grant Fields
 
NORMAL - Robert Grant Fields, 76,–;Normal, passed away at 2:11 p.m. Tuesday (July 17, 2007) at Manor Care in Normal, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. His beloved wife, Marilyn was by his side.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church of Chatsworth, with Pastor Ed Scearce of Grace Church, Normal, and Pastor Ann Champion, of United Methodist Church of Chatsworth, officiating. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Chatsworth, and for one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.

He was born March 7, 1931, son of Simon Wesley and Leota Cooper Fields in North Henderson. He married Marilyn Runell Curtis on June 10, 1958, in Chatsworth. She survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Roger (Jodi Sherman) Fields, Bloomington; Brian (Jeanie) Fields, Normal; and Randy (Pam) Fields, Bloomington. There are seven grandchildren, Kelly Goodman, Hillary Fields, Alyssa Fields, Briana Fields, Parker Fields and Keegan Fields, all of Bloomington; and Jared (Danielle) Goodman of Charleston, S.C.; two sisters, Gilda (Ralph) Malmgren and Nalma Fields; and two nieces and one nephew, all of Glendale, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Bob grew up on a farm, attended country school and was salutatorian of his graduating class at Alexis High School in 1949. He was a proud graduate of the University of Illinois earning a bachelor of science in agriculture science in 1953, and a master of science in plant genetics in 1954, both with honors.

After graduate school, he entered the U.S. Army and served his country for two years, 18 months of which he was stationed in Japan.

He began his career at Frey Hybrid Corn Co., Gilman, in March 1957 as a corn plant breeder where he was employed until his retirement in 1995. He and his wife moved to Normal in 1997, to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

He loved building and fixing things, including furniture and lamps, and designed and helped build the family home in Chatsworth. His creativity and talents were also put to good use doing projects at the First Baptist Church in Chatsworth. His hobbies also included gardening, music and photography. Many of his family slides and old movies have been preserved on DVD's and CD's for family enjoyment.

Bob faithfully attended Grace Church in Normal, until his illness no longer permitted.

While living in Chatsworth, he was a member of the First Baptist Church, and over the years volunteered his time and talents to the church in numerous leadership positions as a deacon, youth leader, member of the finance committee, adult Sunday school teacher, lay leader and choir member. He also served on the Community Unit District l school board and was its president for one term.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Church Building Fund, 1311 W. Hovey Ave., Normal, IL 61761.

Despite his long battle with Alzheimer's, Bob always maintained a cheerful spirit, gentle nature, and a big smile. He will be sadly missed yet happily remembered by all who knew him.

From the Kankakee Journal:
 
Eulesta Giles -- Pontiac
Eulesta Mae Giles, 87, of Evenglow Lodge, Pontiac, formerly of Dwight, died Sunday (July 8, 2007) at Evenglow Lodge. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. Wednesday until the 2 p.m. services at the Dwight United Methodist Church. Rev. William Leppin will officiate.
Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Dwight. Memorials may be made to Evenglow Lodge or to the Dwight United Methodist Church. Hager Memorial Home, Dwight, is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Giles had worked at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Dwight, Hadden's Restaurant, Beyer's Restaurant, Ohlendorf's Bakery, and was a nursing aide at William W. Fox Developmental Center in Dwight, retiring in 1983. She was born Nov. 16, 1919, in Chatsworth, the daughter of Henry A. and Lydia Mag Nila Wilson Watters. Her husband, Dale E. Giles, whom she married Nov. 23, 1940, at the Methodist Church in Dwight, died Sept. 15, 1980. She was a member of the Dwight Methodist Women's Club, the Sunshine Circle, the Dwight Junior Women's Club, and the Dwight Senior Citizens. She enjoyed church activities, sewing, baking, raising flowers and gardening. She also enjoyed traveling and flying. After her retirment she and her sister participated in Mystery Tours.
Surviving are one daughter, Nila M. Giles of Dwight; one son and daughter-in-law, Terry L. and Joyce Giles of Heartland, Wis.; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Esther "Toots" Watters of Dwight, Shirley Neal of Bloomington; one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jim and Mary Giles Hillary of Alton; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one sister and five brothers.
 
 
 
 

From the Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph:
 
CULLOM - William Jerome Kiley, 94, Cullom, died at 3:57 p.m. Sunday (July 8, 2007) at OSF Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac.

A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. John's Catholic Church in Cullom, with Monsignor Thomas Mack officiating. Visitation will be from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will be in St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Cullom. Martin-Burke Funeral Home in Cullom is in charge of the arrangements.

Jerome was born April 18, 1913, in Sullivan Township, a son of Sylvester and Kathryn Bergan Kiley. He married Genevieve Monahan on Jan. 9, 1937, in Chatsworth. She preceded him in death Aug. 24, 1994.

He is survived by one daughter, Teresa Marie Livesay, Peoria; nine grandchildren, Michael J. Kiley, Julie Wright, Ed Kiley, Jane Novacek, Dave Kiley, Patrick Kiley, Jennifer Donarski, Bill Livesay and Kevin Livesay; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Jerome was preceded in death by his wife; parents; two sons, Dr. Dan Kiley and Jerome J. Kiley; and a sister.

Mr. Kiley graduated from Cullom schools and attended the University of Illinois, where he was a member of the freshman football team in 1931.

He was a farmer until 1956, and worked in insurance until 1971. He was a real estate agent until his time of death.

He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Cullom, Knights of Columbus, National Institute of Farm and Land Brokers, Illinois Institute of Farm and Land Brokers, Livingston County Board of Realtors and a founding member in 1972 of the Livingston County Planning Commission where he served for 14 years.

Memorials may be made to St. John's Catholic Church Altar and Rosary Society.

From the Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph:
 
 
CHATSWORTH - Joan V. Diller, 81, Fairbury, formerly of Chatsworth, died at 5:50 p.m. on Tuesday (June 26, 2007) at Bromenn Hospital.

Her funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Martin-Burke Funeral Home in Forrest, with the Rev. Derrick Ford officiating. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials in Joan's name may be left to Chatsworth Township Library or First Wesleyan Church in Urbana.

Joan was born Oct. 22, 1925, to William E. and Zeltha M. Voronovich in Orrville, Ohio. She married Allen E. Diller Dec. 30, 1945, in Cleveland. He preceded her in death on Feb. 17, 2002.

They were the parents of six children, Christine (Bob) Cairns, Manchester, Wash.; Dr. Nadine (Mark) Menninga, Belleville; William (Jeanette) Diller, Chatsworth; Dale (Merry) Diller, Chatsworth, Jonathan (Merilee) Diller, Seneca; and Jennifer (Joseph) Duffy, Williamstown, N.J.; 14 grandchildren also survive, Heidi Cairns (John) Carter, Marysville, Wash.; Eric Cairns (Mysie), Shoreline, Wash; Ian Cairns, Seattle, Wash.; Marie and Elizabeth Menninga, Belleville; Kyle, Lucas, Benjamin and Karissa Diller, Chatsworth; Dahlena Diller, Wheat Ridge, Colo.; Joshua, Susanna and Daniel Diller, Brighton, Colo.; Nicole Duffy, Williamstown, N.J.; and one great-granddaughter, Ashley Carter, Marysville, Wash.

She attended Orrville schools and Western Reserve University. She was employed by the Cleveland Public Library. Joan was a member of the First Wesleyan Church in Urbana and a 60-year member of the Chatsworth American Legion Auxiliary.

From the Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph:
 
 
CHATSWORTH - The Rev. Charles E. Karl, 76, Peoria, formerly served in area towns of Chatsworth, Forrest, Cullom, Farmer City and Bellflower, died at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday (June 26, 2007) at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria.

Service: 11 a.m. Friday funeral Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral, Peoria, with the Most Rev. Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C., officiating.

Entombment: Resurrection Mausoleum.

Visitation: 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the cathedral. Wright & Salmon Mortuary, Peoria, is in charge of arrangements. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com .

Memorials: the Rev. Charles E. Karl Memorial Fund, in care of South Side Bank, Peoria.

 
Per email from Bob Saathoff from Diane Olsen, June 14, 2007
Kenneth is the husband Andrea Hargesheimer, classs of 1961.
 
 
Kenneth James Lewis
(June 4, 1939 - June 12, 2007)

 
Kenneth James Lewis, 68, of Gilman, IL, died at 2:33 A. M., Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at the Provena St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee, IL. His funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, June 15, 2007 at the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman, lL. with Rev. John D.E. Story officiating. Burial will be in the Chatsworth Cemetery, Chatsworth, IL. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday, June 14, 2007 at Redenius Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Donor's Choice. Kenneth was born on June 4, 1939 in Villa Grove, IL to Levi & Grace Mae (McKimmy) Lewis. His childhood was spent in Newton, IL. Schools he attended were in Yale, IL. He first married Dixie Ann Hughes on July 20, 1957 in Hidalgo, IL. She died on Feb. 19, 1996. Kenneth's second marriage was to Andrea Hargesheimer James on September 13, 1997 in Gilman, IL. She survives Survivors include - one son - Randy D.&(Nan) Lewis of Onarga. Two daughters - Robin L. &(Stanley)Prather of Onarga and Stephanie I. Lewis of Sullivan, IL. One step daughter - Tereva James of Hamilton, Alabama. Seven grandchildren One greatgrandchildren Two brothers - Carl Lewis and Donny &(Allice) Lewis both of Newton, IL Pre-decedents - parents, First wife Dixie, three sisters - Sharon Kay Wagner, Thelma Osborn and Loretta Rodgers. Two sisters-in-law - Gladys and Mary Lewis. Two brothers-in-law - Charles Bud Wagner and Albert Rodgers. Kenneth moved to Gilman in 1970. He was a retired mechanic from K & H Truck Plaza. Formerly owned Dixieland Restaurant in Gilman, IL. Arrangements by the Redenius Funeral Home of Gilman, IL. Please sign guestbook at www.redeniusfuneralhomes.com

 


From the Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph:
Donald Deany,Jr. taught school at CHS.
 
 
CULLOM — Donald C. Deany Sr., 96, Piper City, formerly of Cullom, died at 9:20 p.m. Saturday (May 19, 2007) at the Iroquois Memorial Hospital Resident Home in Watseka.

His funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Cullom, with Monsignor Thomas Mack officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Martin-Burke Funeral Home in Cullom. Burial will be in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Cullom. The family suggests memorials be left to St. John’s Catholic Church in Cullom or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Donald was born March 1, 1911, in Mona Township in Ford County, a son of William and Gertrude Koerner Deany. He married Anna Dohman on June 30, 1934, in Cullom.

He is survived by his wife, Anna Deany, Piper City; five sons, Donald (Joyce) Deany Jr., Watseka; Jerome (Carol) Deany, Richton Park; Bernard (Dorothy) Deany, Bloomington; Raphael Deany, Chebanse; Thomas (Mary) Deany, Louisville, Colo.; one son-in-law, Dennis Clark, Fairhope, Ala.; 18 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Josephine Merten, Kankakee; Mary (William) Elliot, Chebanse; and Clara Kinkade, Kankakee; and one brother, Michael Deany, Franklin Park.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Gertrude Deany; one daughter, Barbara Clark; one daughter-in-law, Mary Deany; and one great-granddaughter; three brothers, Leroy, William and Vincent; a sister, Veronica Quigley; and an infant sister, Mary Bernice Deany.

Mr. Deany graduated from Cullom High School in 1929. He was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Cullom. He was a lifelong farmer in the Cullom and Charlotte area. 

He will be remembered for his keen sense of humor and for the love of his family. He was the last great-grandson of the Sullivan family, pioneer settlers of Mona Township, to farm part of the Sullivan land. He served on the Cullom Elementary District 441 School Board. He was an avid baseball fan and was well known for his baseball pitching. He pitched for the Deany baseball team.

From the Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph:
 
LODA — Delmer A. Ford, 87, of Loda died at 8:20 p.m. Friday (May 11, 2007) at Illinois Knights Templar Home, Paxton.

Service: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Gibson City Bible Church, with the Rev. Paul Thomason officiating.

Burial: Chatsworth Cemetery.

Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Knapp-Miller Funeral Home in Paxton, and one hour before the service Tuesday at the church.

Memorials: Gibson City Bible Church, Knights Templar Home, Loda EMTs or Gibson City Memorial Hospital.

Survivors: his wife, Hester Yokley Ford, Loda; two sons, Donald (Kathy) Ford, Tallahassee, Fla., and Carl (Kathy) Ford, Sun City, Ariz.; one daughter, Frances (Gerald) Martin, Lake Iroquois, Loda; one brother, Earl E. Ford, Louisville, Ky.; one sister, Marie Poland, Tompkinsville, Ky.; six grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

From the Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph:
 
 
Bloomington - Jane L. Isaia, 61, Bloomington, formerly of Chatsworth, died Saturday (May 5, 2007) at her residence.

Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Chatsworth, with Jerry Gentes, minister of pastoral care, officiating. Burial will be in Chatsworth Township Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday evening at the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Chatsworth.

Jane was born June 19, 1945, in Fairbury, a daughter of Lowell and Catherine Kemnetz Flessner. She married Joe Anton Isaia on Dec. 30, 1967, in Chatsworth. He survives in Bloomington.

Also surviving are one daughter, JoHanna Isaia, Bloomington; her mother, Catherine Flessner, Chatsworth; and two sisters, Marjorie Haab, Forrest; and Sue Flessner, Los Mosas, N.M.

Jane was a graduate of Chatsworth High School and graduated with a bachelor of arts in nursing from the University of the State of New York Regents College. She then received her nurse practitioner degree from Illinois State University. She also attended Cooley Law School in Michigan.

She was employed at several area nursing homes, John Warner Hospital in Clinton and then OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Chatsworth.

From the Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph:
Many may remember Jim and his family when they lived in Chatsworth in the '50's and '60's.
 
Shorty York

ELLIOTT - James R. "Shorty" York Sr., 71, Elliott, died at 10:43 a.m. Thursday (May 3, 2007) at the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

His funeral will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with Pastor Wayne Denton officiating. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Mr. York was born Oct. 15, 1935, in Piper City, a son of Henry and Mabel E. Perkins York. He married Louise Lade on Sept. 25, 1955, in Piper City. She survives in Elliott.

Also surviving are four sons, James (Carla) York Jr., Gibson City; Randy (Kimberlee) York, Melvin; John (Julie) York, Elliott; and Mark York, Anchor; three daughters, Betty Truesdell, Gibson City; Bonnie (Doug) Bateman of Tennessee; and Brenda York, Colfax; 21 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Grace Nettleingham, Ohio and Barbara (Ronnie) Decker, Onarga.

He was preceded in death by three sisters and a brother.

Mr. York was a truck driver most recently with Earl Bradd. He retired in 2001.

Memorials may be made to the family.

From the Bloomington,Illinois Pantagraph:
 
 
CHATSWORTH - Joseph J. Mianoway, 92, Chatsworth, died at 4:54 p.m. Monday (April 30, 2007) at his residence in Chatsworth.

A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Chatsworth, with Father Richard Brunskill officiating. Martin-Burke Funeral Home in Chatsworth is in charge of arrangements. The family suggests memorials be left to the American Heart Association.

Joseph was born March 19, 1915, in Canada. He married Eleanor Morgan in 1965 at Oaklawn. She preceded him in death in October of 1994.

He was a carpenter and was a member of the Carpenter's Union.

From the Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph:
 
CHATSWORTH - Wilma E. Reising, 95, a resident of Country Comfort Inn Retirement Home in Magnolia, formerly of Chatsworth, died at 7 a.m. on Tuesday (April 24, 2007) at St. Margaret's Hospital in Spring Valley.

A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth, with Father Richard Brunskill officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the hour of service at the church Friday. Burial will be at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery, Chatsworth. Martin-Burke Funeral Home in Chatsworth has charge of the arrangements. The family suggests memorials be left to SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

Wilma was born Dec. 20, 1911, in Fairbury, a daughter of George and Christina Onken Boomgarden. She married Alois Reising in 1944 in Piper City. He preceded her in death in January 1969.

She is survived by one daughter, Cecelia (Carl) Kimble, Chillicothe; four grandchildren, Kirk (Tiona) Kimble and Carla (Adam) Schaer, both of Sparland; Cheryl (Dave) King, Chillicothe; and Mindy (Shane) Pyles, Lacon; and five great-grandchildren, Alayna and Brady King and Lauren, Kristen and Kamryn Kimble.–;

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one sister and six brothers.

Mrs. Reising was a teacher and taught in Cullom and Chatsworth schools. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

From the Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph
 
CHATSWORTH -- Kermit D. Dickison, 64, of Chatsworth, formerly of Grahn, Ky., died at 10:45 p.m. Saturday (April 14, 2007) at his residence.

Service: 1 p.m. Friday at Oney-Henderson Funeral Home, Olive Hill, Ky.

Burial: Roar Cemetery, Grahn, Ky.

Visitation: 11 a.m. until the time of service Friday at the funeral home. Local visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Chatsworth.

Memorials: Franciscan Hospice of Central Illinois.

Survivors: His wife, Nancy Dickison, Chatsworth; one son, Douglas (Jackie) Dickison, El Paso; one daughter, Sandra (Mike) Gernentz, Cullom; five grandchildren; one brother, Fred (Mabel) Dickison, Wilmington; one sister, Sharon (Miles) Davis, Medway, Ohio; and his mother, Gertie Dickison, New Carlisle, Ohio.

From the Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph:
 
CHATSWORTH - Elaine Sandoval Pool, 86, Chatsworth, died at 8:30 a.m. Friday (March 23, 2007) at the ASTA Care Center, Elgin.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church of Chatsworth, with Pastor Ann Champion officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the hour of service Friday at the church. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be made to the Livingston County Humane Society. Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Chatsworth, is in charge of arrangements.

Elaine was born on Oct. 30, 1920, in Kankakee, a daughter of Charles and Esther Walter Schade. She married Francis Sandoval in April of 1947, in Camp Lejeune, N.C. He preceded her in death in January of 1974. She then married Clarence Pool. He preceded her in death in 1990.–;

She is survived by one daughter, Patricia E. Kemmer, Schaumburg; one son, Dale F. Sandoval, Darien; three grandchildren, Rob Kemmer, Forrest; Lisa Kemmer, Schaumburg; and Jennifer Kemmer, DeKalb; one great-grandson, Andrew Kemmer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one niece.

Elaine was educated in the Kankakee school district and graduated from Chatsworth High School. She was a school bus driver for the Chatsworth School for many years.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Chatsworth.
 
From the Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph:
 
CHATSWORTH -- Charles J. "Joe" Hubly Jr., 87, of Chatsworth died at 9:50 p.m. Thursday (March 22, 2007) at his home in Chatsworth.

A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday (March 27, 2007) at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth, with Father Richard Brunskill officiating. Visitation will be from 10 until 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Chatsworth. Martin-Burke Funeral Home in Chatsworth has charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church or to hospice.

Joe was born Dec. 8, 1919, in Charlotte Township, Livingston County, a son of Charles "Charlie" and Arvilla (Murphy) Hubly. He married Ruth Dugger on April 16, 1947, in Fairbury. She survives.

Also surviving are two children, Charles (Nancy) Hubly, St. Jacob, and Ellen (Don) Slome, Batavia; a daughter-in-law: Linda Hubly, Lisle; one brother, Leo (Vera) Hubly, Chatsworth; three sisters, Virginia Maxam, Fort Worth, Texas; Jeanette (Jim) Hallam, Springfield; and Elaine (Roy) McDermott, Springfield; an aunt, Josephine Murphy Stone, Plano, Texas; a sister-in-law, Edna Bess, Tucson, Ariz.; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Michael Hubly, in 1998; and one sister, Mary Theresa "Terry" Monahan, in 2001.

Joe attended Monahan School in Charlotte Township, where he earned his diploma in 1934. He farmed and raised shorthorn cattle north of Chatsworth for many years. Prior to retirement, he was employed by PRD Trucking in Forrest.

He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

From the Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph:
 
CHATSWORTH — Wallace E. Olson, 81, of Chatsworth, formerly of Chicago, died Wednesday (March 21, 2007) at St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Visitation: 4 to 9 p.m. today and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Kolbus-May Funeral Home, Chicago.

Burial: St. Lukes Cemetery, Chicago.

Surivivors: His wife, Rosemary Olson; a daughter, Joyce (Christ) Matich, Chatsworth; two sons, Wallace (Eydie) Olson Jr. and Charles (Kathleen) Olson; six grandchildren, Christ (Amy) Matich Jr., Kimberly (Anthony) Ziliniski, Kristy Olson, Kelly Olson, Carmen Olson and Anna Olson; and two great-grandchildren, Eric Alexander Olson and Ampre Olson.

From the Bloomington,Illinois Pantagraph:
 
CHATSWORTH - Bernice Irene Ford Glennon, 81, Chatsworth, died at 10 a.m. Thursday (March 15, 2007) at her residence in Chatsworth.

Her funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth, with Father Richard Brunskill officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Martin-Burke Funeral Home in Chatsworth, with the rosary recited at 3:45 p.m. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Chatsworth.

The family suggests memorials be left for Masses at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

Bernice was born June 26, 1925, in Chatsworth, a daughter of Thomas Charles and Veronica Margaret Ryan Ford. She married Thomas Glennon on Dec. 28, 1959, in Chatsworth.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas Glennon, Chatsworth; one brother, Thomas (Evelyn) Ford, Cullom; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Helen Culkin and Ruth Langstaff.–;

Mrs. Glennon was educated at St. Patrick's Academy in Chatsworth, Chatsworth High School, Rosary College in River Forest, National College of Education in Evanston and Illinois State University. She held a master's degree in reading and a master's degree in English, and also did post-graduate work.

Her teaching career of 41 years was completed in Ford, Iroquois and Livingston Counties. She was Teacher of the Year in Ford-Champaign County, a past officer in the Daughters of Isabella Circle 92, a past president of the Altar and Rosary Society of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and was co-chairman of the Sts. Peter and Paul harvest dinner for three years.

Her memberships included Delta Kappa Gama, a national society for outstanding educators; Sts. Peter and Paul Altar and Rosary Society; the American Legion Auxiliary; and the Illinois Retired Teachers Association.

Her hobbies included writing short stories and poetry.

From the Bloomington,Illinois Pantagraph:
 
CHATSWORTH - Margery Eleanor Perkins, 84, Chatsworth, died at 8:30 a.m. Sunday (March 11, 2007) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal.

Her funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth, with Father Richard Brunskill officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Martin-Burke Funeral Home in Chatsworth. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials be left to Greenbrier Nursing Home in Piper City.

Margery was born July 9, 1922, in Kankakee, a daughter of Charles and Rachel Stark Hoff. She married Elery Perkins on March 29, 1941, in St. Louis, Mo.

She is survived by her husband, Elery Perkins, Chatsworth; a son, Ronald E. Perkins, Chicago; a daughter, Judith A. Green, Piper City; four grandchildren, Rhonda (Michael) McComas, Bloomington; Michele (Thomas) McComas, Norfolk, Va.; Jon (Tracy) Perkins, Bloomington; and Rebecca (Timothy) McGreal, Chatsworth; seven great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Jackie Serene, Herscher, and Gloria (Bob) Gall, Kankakee.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Leona "Betty" Aden.

Mrs. Perkins graduated from Cullom High School, and was a farmer's wife. She was of the Catholic faith, and had been a member of the Junior Women's Club in Chatsworth. Margery enjoyed sewing, crocheting, gardening and camping.

She loved her husband, children and grandchildren. Her favorite pastime was playing with her youngest great-grandchildren in her home.

From the Bloomington,Illinois Pantagraph:
 
CHATSWORTH — Briana Nicole Krawczykowski, 9, of Chatsworth, formerly of Cullom, was pronounced dead at 9:47 p.m. on Tuesday (March 6, 2007) in Sullivan Township in rural Cullom, as a result of an automobile accident.

Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Cullom. Cremation rites will be accorded after the visitation.

Memorials: To her family.

Survivors: Her mother, Heather Krawczykowski, Chatsworth; her sister, Anna Marie Krawczykowski, Chatsworth; her grandparents, Shirley and Joe Gibson; her great-grandparents, Florence and Frank Krawczykowski; her uncle, Joey Gibson; and her aunt, Tonia Farman.

From the Pontiac Leader,Pontiac, Illinois:
 

CHATSWORTH - The funeral for Jeffrey Jay Burkhalter, 46, of Chatsworth, will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Chatsworth, with Pastor Ann Champion and Max Moore officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded after the service and inurnment will be held at a later date. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the hour of service Sunday at the funeral home. Mr. Burkhalter died Thursday, March 1, 2007, at 8:07 a.m. at his residence in Chatsworth. He was born on Sept.16, 1960, in Ottumwa, Iowa, the son of Edward “Ed” and Alberta (Simmons) Burkhalter. He married Julie K. Knittles June 7, 1998, in Chatsworth. She survives. He is also survived by his mother and stepfather, Alberta (Keith) Webber, Stockport, Iowa; his stepmother, Janet Burkhalter, Ottumwa, Iowa; one brother, Brent (Teresa) Burkhalter, Stockport, Iowa; two sisters, Bev (Robert) Runyon, Stockport, Iowa, and Gwen (Jim) Hoskins, Fairfield, Iowa, and many nieces and nephews.


From the Kankakee Journel, Kankakee, Illinois:
 

Geraldine Rosenboom -- Piper City

Geraldine Rosenboom, 90, of rural Piper City, died Tuesday (Feb. 27, 2007) at her home. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. Thursday until the 10:30 a.m. services at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chatsworth, where she was a member. Pastor Jerry Gentes will officiate.

Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorials may be made to OSF Hospice, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Chatsworth, or to Prairieview Lutheran Home, Danforth. Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home, Piper City, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Dec. 19, 1916, in Chatsworth, the daughter of Louis and Tena Meisenhelder Bork. Her husband, R. Traeger Rosenboom, whom she married May 29, 1938, in Chatsworth, died May 23, 2005. She lived in Chatsworth until 1971 and then moved to rural Piper City. She was a member of the Brenton Home Extension and Royal Neighbors.

Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Glenda and John Baillie of Piper City; two granddaughters, Johneen (Doug) Davis of Aurora, Suzanne (Troy) Bargmann of Downington, Pa.; four great-grandchildren; one niece and one nephew.

Deceased are two infant sons; one brother, Charles; three sisters, Lucille, Margaret, and Wilhelmean; one nephew, Bob Ehlers; and one niece, Sharon Norvell.

Please sign her guestbook at redeniusfuneralhomes.com.


From the Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph:
 
CHATSWORTH - Thomas J. Leahy Jr., 65, of Chatsworth, formerly of Chicago, died at 5:35 p.m. Monday (Feb. 19, 2007) at OSF St. James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Martin-Burke Funeral Home in Chatsworth, with Father Richard Brunskill officiating. Visitation will be from noon until the hour of the service Friday at the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded after the services. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be left to the Multiple Sclerosis Association.

Mr. Leahy was born Feb. 9, 1942, in Chicago, a son of Thomas J. and Mary Russell Leahy.

He is survived by two sons, Thomas P. Leahy of Springfield and Michael C. Leahy of Chatsworth; and his ex-wife, Linda Leahy of Chatsworth.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Thomas was a member of the first graduating class of Brother Rice High School in Chicago, and was an avid drag racer in his younger days. He was an auto worker for Ford Motor Co. and was a member of the UAW.

He was of the Catholic faith.

From the Bloomington Pantagraph:
 
 
MELVIN - Clive A. Hornstein, 52, Melvin, died at 7:50 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 25, 2007) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chatsworth, with–;the Rev. John Brennan of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Melvin, and–;Jerry Gentes, minister of pastoral care at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatsworth,–;officiating. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Chatsworth. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be left to St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Melvin.

Clive was born on March 24, 1954, in Gibson City, a son of Leo G. and Donna J. Wilson Hornstein. He married Rhonda Day on Feb. 19, 1977, at Chatsworth.

Survivors include his wife, Rhonda Hornstein, Melvin; one son, Pete Hornstein, Melvin; one daughter, Casey (Frank) McCullough, Gibson City; one sister, Jane (Wayne) Durflinger, Bloomington; two brothers, Greg (Julie) Hornstein and Carl (Beth) Hornstein, both of Melvin; and three nephews, Nathan Durflinger, Chicago; Kendall Hornstein, Strawn; and Austin Hornstein, Melvin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Donna Hornstein, and one niece, Lindey Hornstein.

Clive graduated from Chatsworth High School in 1972. He attended college at DuPage and Parkland Community College. He was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatsworth.

Clive was a farmer, and raised show hogs most of his life. He was a longtime junior college and IHSA high school football and basketball official. He was a volunteer coach for 15 years in the GCMS area, and also ran the clock at the University of Illinois football games. He was a former member of the Trainor Grain Fast Pitch Softball Team, and was an avid Green Bay Packers and New York Yankees Fan.

From the Bloomington Pantagraph:
 
 
CHATWORTH — William Earl Hoelscher, 71, of Chatsworth died at 5:45 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 20, 2007) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at United Methodist Church, Chatsworth, with the Rev. Ann Champion officiating. Burial will be at Chatsworth-Charlotte Township Cemetery, Chatsworth.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at United Methodist Church, Chatsworth, and for one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church. Memorial gifts may be made to Community Cancer Center, Normal; United Methodist Church, Chatsworth; or Chatsworth Food Pantry.

Bill was born Oct. 11, 1935, at Chatsworth, a son of the late Earl and Esther E. Harms Hoelscher. He was educated in Chatsworth schools and was a 1953 graduate of Chatsworth High School. On Aug. 12, 1956, he married Rochelle A. Conger at Fairbury. She survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Vicki Hoelscher, Forrest, and Michelle (Durand) Dressel, Chatsworth; a son, Paul (Karen) Hoelscher, Northbrook; five grandsons, Collin Maplethorpe; Brett, Ross and Luke Hoelscher; and Daniel Dressel; his sister, Shirley (James) Haberkorn, Chatsworth; his brother, Delmar (Mary Ann) Hoelscher, Chatsworth; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents; an infant brother, Earl Hoelscher Jr.; and a sister, Pearl “Polly” Fellers, preceded him in death.

For 43 years, he was employed at the Nichols-Homeshield Plant at Chatsworth. He retired from there on July 10, 1998. He later worked for Chatsworth Township and had farmed.

Bill was an active member of the United Methodist Church of Chatsworth.

He had also been zoning commissioner for the town of Chatsworth; had served on the Livingston County Board of Appeals; Chatsworth-Charlotte Township Cemetery Board; was a member of the Sportsman’s Club of Chatsworth; the church dart ball team; the Bloomington-Normal Emmaus Community; and the Prairie Central FFA Alumni Association.

His grandsons were his pride and joy.

Funeral arrangements are by the Martin-Burke Funeral Home of Chatsworth.

 
From the Pontiac Daily Leader"
 

CULLOM - Weldon W. Brydon, 84, of Cullom, died at 12:12 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, 2007, at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Cullom, with military rites accorded. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Danforth. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today, Wednesday, at St. John's Lutheran Church Hall, Cullom, and one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church hall in Danforth.  Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Cullom, has charge of arrangements. He was born June 28, 1922, at Chatsworth, the son of Wesley and Rosina (Weisser) Brydon. He married Mildred M. Johnson Feb. 26, 1946, at Danforth. She survives. Also surviving are his daughter, Carol A. Brydon, Cullom; his son, Roger (Charon) Brydon, Cullom; and four stepgrandchildren.


Helen Whitaker
CHATSWORTH - Helen L. Whitaker, 86, of Arcola, a Chatsworth native, died Sunday (Jan. 9, 2000) at Douglas Manor, Tuscola.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. Wednesday until the celebration of the 10:30 a.m. funeral Mass at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Arcola, by Rev. Joseph Allen.
Burial will be in West Lawn Cemetery, Cullom. The Rev. Dick Brunskill will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the renovations' fund at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
She was born March 29, 1913, in Chatsworth, the daughter of Joseph and Estella Moore Wittler.
Her husband, Joseph "Pat" Whitaker, whom she married Feb. 9, 1940, at Kentland, Ind., died Feb. 5, 1964.
Surviving is one sister, Billie Deutschman of Kent, Wash.
Deceased are one brother, Joseph Wittler Jr.; and one sister, Marjorie Kibler.

 from www.pantagraph.com

GIBSON CITY - Esther Mae Neuzel, 88, of Lexington, Ky., formerlyof Chatsworth and Guthrie, died Sunday (Dec. 18, 2005) at theMayfair Manor Nursing Home in Lexington, Ky.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Lamb FuneralHome, 303 N. Church St., Gibson City, with the Rev. Ed Taylorofficiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at thefuneral home. Burial will be in Drummer Township Cemetery, GibsonCity.

Esther was born Nov. 20, 1917, in Gibson City, a daughter ofKirk and Anna Jardine. She married Wayne K. Neuzel on June 12,1937. He survives in Lexington.

Also surviving is one son, Larry (Leona Jo) Neuzel, Lexington;one brother, Richard (Jean) Jardine, Gibson City; threegrandchildren, Kristopher (Valerie) Neuzel, Robert (Jill) Neuzeland Lori (Graeme) Hart, all of Lexington, Ky.; and sixgreat-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Jardine, andtwo sisters, Mona VanAntwerp and Dorothy Huston.

She was a member of the First Christian Church, Gibson City.

Memorials may be made to her church.