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**2017 OBITUARIES**

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Verla L. Tauber, 101, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 6:30 pm on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at Piper City Rehab and Living Center. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, January 5, 2016 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth with Father Richard Brunskill officiating. Visitation will be held two hours prior to services at the church. Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery inKouts, IN at 4:00 pm on Thursday afternoon. Memorial contributions in Verla’s name may be made to H.O.P.E. Church, Futures Unlimited, or Chatsworth Fire and EMS. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth is handling arrangements for the family. Verla was born March 3, 1915 in Kouts, IN a daughter of Joseph and Gertie (Downey) Craig. She married Sam Tauber on October 9, 1953 in Valparaiso, IN. He passed away on November 24, 1979. She is survived by her daughter: Kay (Mark) Grizzle of Chatsworth, IL; one son: Samuel (Bobbi) Tauber of Greeley, CO; two grandchildren: Heather Grizzle and Nicole (Mike) Scott; three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter:Jane, two brothers, and two sisters. Verla grew up in Kouts, IN. She was a nurses' aide. She was a lifelong Catholic being baptized at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Kouts, IN and being a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth since the 1950's. She loved her church and also belonged to the Altar and Rosary Society in Indiana and Illinois. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who will be greatly missed.

Mr. Stuart was a teacher here in the 1970's
JOHN W. STUART, 69, of Fulton, IL, died Monday, December 26, 2016 at his home. Cremation rites have been accorded, there will be no visitation or memorial service. A private interment will be held at the Grove Hill Cemetery in Morrison, IL. The Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. John was born April 25, 1947, in Morrison, IL to Henry J. and Cornelia (Rose) Stuart. He received a Master's of Education Degree from Illinois State University, Bloomington, IL. He married Janice M. (Edlund) Mitchell on November 10, 1973 in Morrison. She died April 6, 2002. John was a teacher at Fulton Riverbend High School and worked as a painter during the summers. He was a member of Fulton Presbyterian Church. A memorial to Fulton Presbyterian Church has been established. Survivors include one step daughter, Susan Gregory of St. Augustine, FL; two step sons, Stephen (Sue Ann) Mitchell of Lenoir, NC and William (Amy) Mitchell of Clemmons, NC; four step grandchildren; one step great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Janice; two brothers, Gerald Stuart and Edward Stuart. View this obituary online at www.bosmarenkes.com

Husband of Nancy Dickman
Gary F. Pendleton, 80 of Champaign; formerly of Paxton passed away at 4:05 a.m. Saturday, January 7, 2017, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 14, 2017, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Chatsworth with Rev. Emil Blobaum officiating. Burial will follow in Charlotte Cemetery, Chatsworth with military honors. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, January 13, 2017, at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E Pells Street, Paxton and one hour prior to the funeral service from 1-2 p.m. Saturday at the church. Gary was born February 4, 1936 in Ashaway, Rhode Island the son of Delmar and Mona Hunt Pendleton. He married Nancy Dickman March 4, 1956 in Chatsworth. She survives. Along with his wife, he is survived by many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Bruce Pendleton, one daughter, Linda Pendleton; two brothers and one sister. Gary grew up in the Westerly and Coventry, Rhode Island areas. He served in the United States Air Force for 20 years, retiring in 1974. During his service, he was stationed in Korea and Okinawa for 1 ½ years and also in California, Massachusetts, Hawaii and Delaware. After his retirement, he worked in Civil Service at Chanute Air Force Base until they closed in 1993. He was a former member of the First Lutheran Church, Paxton and the Paxton Lion’s Club. While stationed in Hawaii he was a Cub Master and belonged to the PTA. He was an avid Boston Red Socks and New England Patriots fan. Gary enjoyed working on his computer, watching TV and fishing. He was generous with his time and loved helping others. He was well known as the neighborhood fix-it man. Memorials may be made to an organization of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be offered at www.baierfuneralservices.com.

Gary Francis Pendleton



CHATSWORTH — Mark A. "Grizz" Grizzle, 61, of Chatsworth, died at 11:39 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 12, 2017), with his family by his side, after a hard-fought battle at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Burial will be at Wiley Cemetery, Colfax. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. He was born July 10, 1955, in Bloomington, a son of Myron and Lois O'Brien Grizzle. He married Kay L. Tauber on March 14, 2004, in Florida. She survives in Chatsworth. Also surviving are a daughter, Heather (Jared Milton) Grizzle, Colfax; a granddaughter, Alexis Molck; five siblings, Dennis (Barb) Grizzle, Jayne Cook, David (Tamara) Grizzle, Robert (Patricia Puetz) Grizzle and Joseph (Tina) Grizzle; a brother-in-law, Sam (Barbara) Tauber; and his beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother-in-law, Rick Cook; sister-in-law, Jane Tauber; and mother-in-law, Verla Tauber. Mark worked at Alamo Group Inc., Gibson City, for 42 years. He was an avid Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears and NASCAR fan, especially Jeff Gordon. Mark particularly enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and pets. Memorials may be made to the Chatsworth fire and emergency medical services department, American Cancer Society or Central Illinois Small Animal Rescue.


Richard Dean Steidinger, 80, Chatsworth, died at 11:58 am Friday, January 13, 2017 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal. Visitation will be 4:00 to 8:00 pm Monday, January 16, 2017 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury. Private funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury with minsters of the Christian Apostolic Church of Fairbury officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be given to Fairview Haven Retirement Community or South East Livingston County Ambulance Service, both in Fairbury. Mr. Steidinger was born November 25, 1936 in Forrest, IL the son of Joseph and Bertha Ifft Steidinger. He married Anna Lydia Breitenoeder formerly of Peoria on January 23, 1966 in Forrest, IL. She survives in Chatsworth. Also surviving are their children, Anna, Helen, Margaret, Mary Beth, Dean, Dale, Edna and Daniel Steidinger, all of Chatsworth. Six sisters, Alta, Vera, Norma, Doris, Edna and Alice Steidinger, all of Fairbury, three brothers, Ivan Steidinger, Forrest, George Steidinger, Fairbury and Joseph W. (Dorothy) Steidinger, Forrest. Mr. Steidinger was a lifetime farmer and a member of the Christian Apostolic Church of Fairbury.



BLOOMINGTON — Luella Mae Perkins Mounce, 88, of Bloomington, peacefully passed away at 4:44 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 15, 2017) at McLean County Nursing Home, Normal. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home, Bloomington, with Pastor Peter Weeks officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the memorial home. Interment will be at Pennell Cemetery, Towanda. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, alz.org. 
Luella was born July 3, 1928, in Chatsworth, a daughter of Russell and Annis Harlan Perkins. She married Walter E. Mounce on July 12, 1947, in Bloomington. He preceded in death July 21, 2016. Surviving are her son, Michael A. (Pam) Mounce, Normal; daughter, Susan E. Stewart, Champaign; brothers, Charles (Marlene) Perkins, Chenoa, and Donald (Pat) Perkins, Fairbury; sister, Marlene (Leon) Thompson, Manteca, Calif.; granddaughter, LeAnn Jennings, Bloomington; grandson, Bryan (Sara) Mounce, Bloomington; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Kenneth Perkins.
Luella grew up on a farm in Chatsworth during the Depression. She learned the lessons of sacrifice that followed her through life. She always put her family before herself. She graduated from Chatsworth High School in 1946. She loved being a Chatsworth Bluebird and frequently sang the school song for her children. Luella was a loving wife. When she saw Walter for the first time, she fell in love and vowed to marry him. They had many great times as they traveled across the country after their retirement. Florida was their favorite vacation spot. There was laughter and love continuously through the years. They would have celebrated their 70th anniversary this year. She was a loving and dedicated mother. From going to every baseball game to attending many band concerts, she was always there. She made things better for her children and wouldn’t have had it any other way.  Luella was proud of and renowned for her cooking. Her family enjoyed the best fried chicken, and she was the only one in the family who could make gravy. Her potato salad was always in demand, as well as her pies and cakes made from scratch. Thanksgiving and Christmas family dinners were always turkey with oyster dressing. Cooking brought Luella joy as well as to her family. She worked 18 years at Kathryn Beich Candy Co., and later Nestle USA, in the shipping department. Luella loved her job, which included contacting truckers to make sure her chocolate was delivered on time. She was proud of her work and was a joy to work with. Luella was a member of the Emblem Club and a devoted member of the Faith United Methodist Church in Bloomington. Luella’s family extends their sincere thanks to the staff at McLean County Nursing Home for the care and concern given Luella over the last 2½ years. Condolences and memories of Luella may be left for the family at kiblerbradyruestman.com.



Leola Mae Weston, 78, of Roberts, IL, died at 10:20 A.M. January 19, 2017 at the Gibson Area Hospital Annex Gibson City, IL. Her services will be Monday January 23 11:00 A.M. at the United Methodist Church in Piper City, IL. with Rev. Elizabeth Reis officiating. Burial will be in the Chatsworth-Charlotte Township Cemetery Chatsworth, IL. Visitation will be 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. On Sunday January 22, 2017 at the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman, IL, also one hour prior to the services at the church Monday January 23. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church Piper City. Leola was born in Fairbury, IL on July 10, 1938 to Harold and Gertrude (Dorsey) Hoppler, Her childhood was spent in rural Roberts. She attended rural schools in the Roberts and Thawville area and she graduated from Roberts High School. She married Robert P. Weston on April 27, 1958 at United Methodist Church in Piper City,IL. He survives. Also surviving are her children – Michael (Tina) Weston of Roberts, Renee (Ron) Decker of Piper City and Michelle Weston of Fort Collins, Colorado. Six grandchildren – Katie (Ryan) Porth, Jan Weston, Leslie (Kendal) Hornstein, Perry Weston, Amanda Decker (Devon) and Brandon Decker. Six great- grandchildren – Lexa, Tessa, Ellie, Brock, AJ and Abby. One sister – Ethelyeen (Fred) Holy of Champaign and a cousin – Marilyn (Al) Heyen of Greenview, IL. Leola was preceded in death by her parents. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Piper City and served as the church treasurer for many years. She was a church board member and active with the United Methodist Women. Leola also was a member on the School Board for Ford Central High School. She had worked at Huber’s Clothing Store in Fairbury, was a receptionist and secretary at Producers Seed and a secretary for Custom Farm Service both of Piper City. Leola loved spending time with her family and friends, being on the farm and attending her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. She also enjoyed cooking, baking, crocheting, cross-stitch and tending to her flowers. Arrangements by the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman, IL. Please sign the guest book at www.redeniusfuneralhomes.com
Leola Mae Weston




 Lyle D. “Ike” Dehm, 91, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 2:45 pm on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Chatsworth United Methodist Church with Rev. Roosevelt Smith officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Burial will follow services at Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth is handling arrangements for the family. Ike was born June 2, 1925 in Piper City, Illinois a son of William and Harriet (DeBoor) Dehm. He married Wilma Ferguson on September 15, 1945 in Chatsworth, Illinois. She passed on February 2, 2015. He is survived by his children: Angela (Tom) Melody of Chatsworth, IL and Jeffrey (Floral) Dehm of Chatsworth, IL; three grandchildren: Brad Dehm, Ashley Talleur, and Nicole Graham; and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son: Eric Dehm, and four brothers: Weldon, Lloyd, Glen, and Leland Dehm. Ike attended Piper City Schools. Wilma and Ike owned and operated Westside Drive-in in Chatsworth, for five years prior to them having children. After that, Ike and Wilma owned and operated Dehm Bus Service for 63 years. Ike was a member of Chatsworth United Methodist Church. He was an avid collector of tractors, always buying, fixing, and driving them. Ike loved going to parades in the area and listening to music, especially the old time “jams” in the surrounding towns. He was known for his quick wit and storytelling. Ike was a loving dad, grandpa, great grandpa, uncle, and friend who will be greatly missed.
Lyle D.



Barbara Lee Kuntz, 79, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Price William Hospital in Manassas, Va. Mrs. Kuntz was born in Princeton, Illinois on April 17, 1937. She was the daughter of the late Phillip and Hazel Kopp. Mrs. Kuntz married her husband, Arlen Kuntz, of Strawn, Illinois on November 12, 1955. After moving to Virginia with her family, Mrs. Kuntz served as a budget analyst in the Pentagon for 15 years. She achieved a US Civil Service rank of GS-13 during her exceptional career. When she retired, she and her husband operated a home improvement and remodeling business in Springfield, Va. 
Survivors include three children, six grandchildren and a great grandson. Also a brother, and two sisters. She was preceded in death by her husband and two infant twin daughters, Kathleen and Ann Marie Kuntz.
A visitation will be held at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 1:00 pm until the start of the service at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Kuntz's name may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. 
Fairfax Memorial Home, Fairfax, Va.
See memorial here.





CHATSWORTH — Alma J. Brand Hines, 77, of Chatsworth, passed away at 5:51 a.m. Sunday (Jan. 29, 2017) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. According to her wishes, cremation rites will be accorded, and there will be no services. Inurnment will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorials in her honor may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth, is in charge of the arrangements. Alma was born Nov. 7, 1939, in Chatsworth, a daughter of Charlie and Alma G. Dellinger Brock. She married Thomas Brand in 1985. They later divorced, and he survives. She then married Walter J. Hines in 1986. He passed away in 1997. Surviving are sons Mike (Ava) Brand, Chatsworth, and David (Brenda) Brand, Elkville; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Joey Brand; brothers, Bobby Brock and Delbert Brock; and sisters, Monnie Kirk and Carol Fellers. Alma worked for Nichols Homeshield in Chatsworth for more than 25 years. This obituary may be viewed and guestbook signed at www.calvertmemorial.com.

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Mary Alice Haag, 97, of Cullom, passed away at 11 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 28, 2017) at Evenglow Inn in Pontiac. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Cullom. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, also at the church. Burial will be in West Lawn Cemetery, Cullom. Memorials may be made to Evenglow Inn in Pontiac or St. John's Lutheran in Cullom. Mary Alice was born June 20, 1919, in Chatsworth, a daughter of Clinton and Minnie (Lighty) Serene. She married Marlin Edward Haag on Feb. 19, 1937, in Cullom. He preceded her in death on Sept. 21, 1989. Surviving are sons, Dewaine "Dewey" (Marie) Haag, of Emington, and David (Marsha) Haag, of Kempton; sister-in-law, Jackie Serene, of Clifton; six grandchildren; and 13 greatgrandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents; and brother, Gerald Serene. Mary Alice was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Cullom, WELCA and served as their president for a time. She also served as a leader of the Happy Helper 4-H Club, was a member of the Home Bureau and the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed singing in the church choir, and was an avid Cubs and Bulls fan. She always made time to follow all her grandchildren in their activities. She enjoyed dancing with her friends and her trips to Naples, Fla. Please sign her online guestbook at calvertmemorial.com.

Mary Alice Haag





GIBSON CITY — Loretta Bode, 87, of Gibson City, died at 6:35 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at the Heritage Health Nursing Home in Gibson City. A rosary will be recited at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City, followed by a memorial mass at 11 a.m. with Father Thomas Theneth officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Township Cemetery in Gibson City. Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City is assisting the family. Mrs. Bode was born Dec. 13, 1929, in Chatsworth, a daughter of Charles V. and Mary Endres. She married Albert H. Bode on Feb. 3, 1948, in Chatsworth. He died April 25, 1993. Surviving are her children Marjorie (Jerry) Brown of Gibson City, James (Karen) Bode of Gibson City, John (Nancy) Bode of Champaign, Robert (Cheryl) Bode of Gibson City, Ellen (Mark) Coons of Normal, Irene Bode of Rockville, Md., and Wayne (Ann) Bode of Gibson City; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Florence Davis of Chatsworth. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one son, four brothers, two sisters and a greatgranddaughter. Mrs. Bode was a very active member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. She also volunteered at the Heritage Manor Nursing Home for many years and helped with delivering Meals on Wheels. Memorial tributes may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, the Heritage Health Nursing Home or the Alzheimer’s’ Association.



Bernice F. "Bea" Haag, 96, passed away Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at Beach Homes, Costa Mesa, Calif. She was born in Mokena on Feb. 17, 1920, to Bernard Hostert and Viola (Lauffer) Hostert. She graduated from Cullom High School and was a long-time Cullom resident. Bernice had a lengthy career as the personnel director at NicholsHomeshield, the "screen factory," in Chatsworth. She traveled extensively throughout her life with her husband, Vernon. She was instrumental in the establishment and funding of the Cullom-Beckman Memorial Library, working with the family to secure sustaining donations. She is survived by her sister, Norma Boyce; a daughter, Janet Robertson (Alastair); sons, Ray (Lynn) and Ron (Marilyn); four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-greatgrandchildren; and many cousins, nephews and nieces. She is preceded in death by her parents, Bernard and Viola; her husband, Vernon; her brothers, Arthur and Charles "Chuck"; and a sister, Eleanor Reaney. An open house/service will be scheduled at a later date in Cullom. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cullom-Beckman Memorial Library, 103 W. Hack St., Cullom, IL 60929; the Cullom United Methodist Church, 103 E. Van Alstyne St., Cullom, IL 60929 or a charity of the donor's choice


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Leona Louise Stow, 89, of Piper City, IL formerly of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 3:00 am on Friday, February 3, 2017 at Piper City Rehab and Living Center. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 pm on Monday, February 6, 2017 at Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chatsworth Sesquicentennial Fund. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth is handling arrangements for the family. Leona was born August 6, 1927 in Martinton, IL a daughter of Randalph and Eva (Dusenberry) Lade. She married Hiram “Stubby) Stow on April 6, 1947. He passed away on October 17, 1982. She is survived by her siblings: Thelma Mason and Donald (Carolyn) Lade both of Chatsworth, Betty White of Sheldon, IL, and Charles Lade of Pontiac, IL; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and siblings: Merle Lade, Dorothy Lee, Louise York, and Gerald Lade. Leona worked at Nichols Homeshield for many years until her retirement.


Charles is the husband of Ruth Watson:
Charles K. Bazzell, 1932 - 2017 February 8, 2017 Charles “Chuck,” K. Bazzell died peacefully at home on February 8, 2017. He was born on June 30, 1932 in Madison, Kansas, the first child of Clarence and Jean (Loftin) Bazzell. His father worked in the oil fields and Chuck went to many different schools, including a memorable year spent with his grandmother, Martha (Groves) Loftin, in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1944 the family moved to Brownstown, Illinois where he graduated from high school as class president in 1950. He graduated in 1955 with a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana campus. Following college, Chuck served two years as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He had a long, varied and distinguished career applying his considerable skills in the U.S. and abroad including oversight with the Illinois Division of Highways, design, management and eventual ownership of Bazzell-Phillips & Associates in Champaign, Illinois, and Lockwood, Andrews and Newnam, a large mixed use development firm in Dallas, Texas In 1986 Chuck moved to Norfolk, Virginia where he joined Clark Nexsen and where he started the Civil Engineering Department. He was a licensed land surveyor in nine states which led to a memorable assignment in Morocco. He worked for Clark Nexsen and was a board member until he retired. He was a resident of Norfolk for 30 years. Chuck is survived by his spouse Ruth, two sisters; Martha and Nancy Bazzell of Effingham, IL, his two children from his late first wife Barbara (Wilson) Bazzell, Michael (“Peg” Murphy) Bazzell of Chicago, IL and Brenda (Bazzell) Kean of Jackson MO, 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He loved adventure and travel, exploring 34 countries during his lifetime. He was an avid reader, on topics of science, philosophy and poetry, however, Quantum Physics was his favorite. Chuck was also a pilot with a commercial instrument rating. Chuck met and fell in love with Ruth Kyburz (Watson) before moving to Texas and their romance led to marriage there on New Year’s Eve in 1985. A chance meeting on a ski trip resulted in 31 happy and devoted years of marriage. Ruth was his constant caregiver and companion during his later years with Alzheimer’s. The family would like to thank all the devoted hospice nurses for their loving care, council and support during his last 1,035 days. Through his union with Ruth he added two step sons to his beloved family; Gregory, of St. Louis, MO and Jeffrey (Kelly) Kyburz, of Bel Air, MD, 9 step grandchildren and 2 great step great grandchildren. Chuck once wrote, “I would like to be remembered as a kind, considerate and open minded person.” Everyone who knew Chuck refers to him as a ‘perfect’ gentlemen, something we can all look up to. Gifts in his memory may be made to the Southeastern chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 6350 Center Drive #102, Norfolk, VA 23502 or the Norfolk Botanical Gardens, 6700 Azalea Garden Road, Norfolk, VA 23518. A memorial service will be announced at a later time. Online condolences may be made at www.vacremationsociety.com.



Charlie Tinker, 74, of Highland and Pocahontas, Arkansas,  passed away Wednesday, February 8, 2017. He was born in Fairbury, Illinois. Charlie was a carpenter and an active member of the Pocahontas Baptist Church. He was a real "people person" who enjoyed auctions and traveling. He had worked for the City of Highland and was most recently employed by Ash Flat Sale Barn. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Elizabeth Tinker; a brother, Robert, and a sister, Irene. Survivors include his special friend, Edith Gatlin, other relatives, and many good friends. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Tri-County Funeral Home in Highland.


Ruth Leona King, 91, of Piper City, IL., died 9:28 P.M., Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at BroMenn Hospital in Normal, IL. Her funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, February 27, 2017 at Living Word Church in Roberts, IL., with Pastor Douglas Lee officiating. Burial will be in the Chatsworth Charlotte Township Cemetery in Chatsworth, IL. Her visitation will be from 4 - 7:00 P.M., Sunday, February 26, 2017 at the Living Word Church in Roberts with an one hour visitation prior to the funeral service on Monday. Memorials may be made to Fairview Haven Nursing Home, 605 N. 4th Street, Fairbury, IL., 61739 or to the Samaritan's Purse, Box 3000, Boone, North Carolina, 28607. Ruth was born on February 8, 1927 in Fairbury to Joseph and Hermina (Miller) Zimmerman. She married Claude A. King on June 17, 1945 in Pekin, IL. He died on August 22, 1990. Surviving are four children - Judy (Gene) Adams of Arrington, TN., Lisa (Bruce) Fuoss of Chatsworth, IL., Bob (Marie) King and Brian (Lesley) King all of Piper City, IL. Nine grandchildren - Coury, Chanda, Brayden, Braxton, Alisha, Tasha, Seth, Joel and Hannah. Ten great-grandchildren - Ashton, Avery, Ayden, Jayda, Joshua, Nasja, Michael, Layni, Avelyn and Adaley. One brother - Robert (Lucy) Zimmerman of Bloomington. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters - Helen and Pauline and six brothers - Ralph, Gene, Lloyd, Harold, John and Ron Zimmerman. Ruth was a member of the Living Word Church in Roberts, IL. She loved to read her bible, praying for and with others, spending time with family, laughing and always wearing a smile on her face. Ruth volunteered over 40 years at the Piper City Rehab and Living Center in Piper City. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, Meme and friend; always thinking of others first. "To know her was to love her." Arrangements by the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman, IL. Please sign the guest book at www.redeniusfuneralhomes.com

Ruth Leona King





Carl E. Clubb, 79, of Chatsworth, IL. died Monday February 20, 2017 at 11:40AM at Piper City Rehab and Living Center, Piper City, IL. His funeral will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 10:00AM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery, Chatsworth, IL. A visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4:00-800PM at the funeral home. Memorials in Carl’s name may be left to the activity fund at Piper City Rehab and Living Center. Carl was born on September 14, 1937 in Carbondale, IL., a son of Charles E. and Leola (Davis) Clubb. He married Mary Lou Mosier on October 12, 1957 in Essex, IL. She preceded him in death on January 29, 2016. Survivors include: three sons: Carl (Theresa) Clubb of Onarga, IL., David (Lori) Clubb of Coal City, IL. and Roger (Ashley) Clubb of Chatsworth, IL.; four daughters: Kathleen (Dave) Wood of Dwight, IL., Susan Loveall of Chatsworth, IL., Debbie (Al) Swiggett of Coal City, IL. and Cindy (Paul) Heern of Hollywood, MD. Seventeen grandchildren: Chuckie Lee, Jazmin, Haleigh, Cullen, Kyle, Shelby, Jacob, Jeremy, Brandon, Nick, Cody, Stephanie, Stephen, Ben,Tim, Matthew and Kayla ; nine great grandchildren: Carl, Marijah, Alonzo, Zach, Damian, Mason, Dakota, Gavin and Chase; two brothers: Donald Clubb of Carbondale, IL. and John Clubb of Forrest, IL.; two special friends: Alice Loveall and Chris Nelson. Carl was preceded in death by: his identical twin brother: Charles; two sisters: Cleta and Bonnie, and twins Larry Ray and Mary Fay. Carl was educated in Carbondale Schools. He was a machine repairman for Caterpillar in the Aurora, IL. plant for thirty years.


Harvey and his family were well know to many people of Chatsworth:
Harvey J. Hardesty Jr., 79, Evenglow Lodge, Pontiac and formerly of Forrest, died at 7:20 pm Friday, February 24, 2017 at Evenglow Lodge, Pontiac. His funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury with Pastor Gretchen Stinebaugh officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Twp. Cemetery, Forrest. Visitation will be 10:00 to 11:00 am Tuesday also at the memorial home. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be given to Evenglow Lodge, Pontiac. Mr. Hardesty was born September 30, 1937 in Forrest, IL the son of Harvey and Carrie Ruth Sinnett Hardesty Sr. He married Sandy Oyer on August 25, 1957 in Forrest, IL. She died on August 7, 2011. Survivors include their children, Karen (Keith Chambers) Stephens, Forrest; Rick (Robin) Hardesty, Bloomington; Dan (Lisa) Hardesty, Wildwood, MO; 5 grandchildren, Mark (Ashley) Stephens; Kacie, Alex, Jake & Aubree Hardesty; and 4 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by 2 brothers, Gene and James. Mr. Hardesty was a 1955 graduate of Forrest-Strawn-Wing High School. He was employed at Diller Tile, Chatsworth retiring after 43 years of service. He had been an assistant coach for the CIFL Mighty Mites for 8 years, was an avid Cubs fan and enjoyed fishing. Harvey loved spending time with his grandchildren.


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Mary Fern (Welch) Hoelscher, 76, of Decatur, formerly of Fairbury, passed away peacefully at her residence at 8:56 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Mary was born on September 15, 1940 in Monticello, IL the daughter of Clarence and Wilhelmina (Lewis) Welch. Mary is survived by her sons, Jeff (Laurie) Hoelscher of Gibson City, IL, Scott (Jayne) Hoelscher of Geneseo, IL, Brian (Nancy) Hoelscher of Eureka, IL; daughter, Stephanie (Corbin) Kupferschmid of Decatur, IL; 12 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; brother, Earl (Marlene) Welch of Bondville, IL; sisters, Betty (Bruce) Schweighart of Pesotum, IL, and Patsy Sherrard of Normal, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister (Eva Hugo) and brother-in-law (Don Sherrard). Mary retired after 31 years as a nurse from the Fairview Haven Nursing Home in Fairbury, IL. She was a former member of the Methodist Church of Chatsworth. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, especially attending their sporting events and their school activities. Visitation will be from 1:00- 2:30 p.m., Sunday, March 12, 2017 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello. Funeral service will immediately follow at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, March 12, 2017 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home with Pastor Jeff Bealmear officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Fairview Haven Nursing Home in Fairbury, IL.





Mary Becker CHS 1963, age 72, of Grand Rapids, born on October 10, 1944, passed away after her battle with colon cancer on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at First & Main Assisted Living Center in Wyoming, MI. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Helen Lutson and her brother, William Lutson. She will be lovingly remembered by her son, Jeff Groll and his fiancee, Gretchen Sterley; her daughter, Erin Reynolds; grandchildren, Lindsay Groll, and Mark Reynolds. Mary worked at Orson E. Coe Pontiac for several years as their courtesy car driver. In recent years, she worked for ABC Auto Auction and was a driver for Goodwill Industries for a short time. Mary enjoyed line dancing at the Barn, Twisted Bull and Wyoming Senior Center for many years, where ever she could find a place. She loved going to Arts and Crafts shows. Funeral services will be held on Friday 1 pm at Matthysse-Kuiper-DeGraaf Funeral Home (Grandville) 4145 Chicago Dr. SW, with Pastor Than Johnson officiating. Relatives and friends may meet the family Thursday from 6 to 8 pm at the funeral home and also one hour prior to the service on Friday. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Emmanuel Hospice, Gildas Club of Grand Rapids or to the Born Clinic.




Jerry McDonald, formerly of Chatsworth, passed away at Cornerstone Hospice House, Lady Lake, Fla. on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, after suffering many years with complications from Agent Orange, having served in Vietnam. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Kathleen; sons, James of Colorado, Michael of Florida; daughters, Kristina Myers (Nathan) of Terre Haute Ind. and Samantha at home; a grandson; sisters, Shalda Nelson of Florida and Maylene Desecki of Chatsworth; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and dear friends. Memorials may be made to the family or to a veterans organization in Jerry's memory.


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CHATSWORTH — Thelma I. Mason, 86, of Chatsworth, died at 7:52 a.m. Monday (April 17, 2017) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. Service: noon Friday at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth, with the Rev. Roosevelt Smith officiating. Burial: Chatsworth Cemetery. Visitation: 11 a.m. to noon Friday at the funeral home. Memorials: to the family or a charity of the donor’s choice. Survivors: her three daughters, Leona Ann Gibson, Debra Bryant and Donna (Richard) Runyon, all of Chatsworth; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and  three siblings, Donald (Carolyn) Lade, Chatsworth; Betty White, Sheldon; and Charles Lade, Pontiac. Condolences may be left at calvertmemorial.com.


Norma Jean Seigfreid
 November 16, 1921 – April 16 th 2017 Carthage, IL 
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, April 20, 2017: – at Printy Funeral Home in Carthage Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. until time of services at 11:00: – at Printy Funeral Home in Carthage 
Norma Jean Seigfreid, 95, of Carthage, passed away at 5:45 A.M. Sunday, April 16, 2017, at Maple Grove Care Center in Carthage. Norma was born November 16, 1921, the daughter of Ralph and Mabel (Underwood) Kleopfer in Chatsworth, Illinois. She attended Carthage High School graduating in 1939. On January 2, 1943, she was united in marriage to Staff Sergeant Dale N. Bratz. He preceded her in death on April 20, 1946, a casualty of WWII. On March 3, 1950, she was united in marriage to Loren E. Seigfreid in Burnside, Illinois. He preceded her in death in 1998. Norma was employed for many years at Royalty’s Clothing Store in Carthage. She was a member of the Carthage Senior Citizen’s Center and First Christian Church (DOC) in Carthage. Norma is survived by three children, Judith Bratz (Mike) Baker of Edwardsville, Illinois, Kathy (Joe) Kamps of Warsaw and Bruce (Kathy Graham) Seigfreid of Carthage; seven grandchildren, David (Margo) Baker, Jennifer (Adam) Milburn, Susan Baker, John (Jessica) Kamps, Ellie (Brad) Froman, Lauran (Brad) Cox and Brice (Rebecca) Seigfreid; seven great grandsons; three great granddaughters; two step-great grandsons; three sisters-in-law, Esther Kleopfer of Carthage, Loralee Freeman of Pekin and Dorothy Pindell of Niota; and also many loving nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Dale Bratz and Loren Seigfreid; a brother, Lloyd “Bud” Kleopfer; and a sister, Faye M. Treuthart.

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CHATSWORTH — Jerome G. Jerkovic, 73, of Chatsworth, dearest husband of Carol for 55 years, passed to Heaven Monday (May 1, 2017) at Gilman Healthcare Center. He was the proud father of Jerome (Donna) and Cheryl (Michael) Bucz; loving grampa to Jennifer (Larry) Honaker, Donald and Stephanie; great-grampa to Angel, Xavier, Scarlett and Alexander; brother to Carolann. Private services will be at a later date. Memorials can be made to wife, Carol, or immediate family.


CHATSWORTH — Greg. T. Shafer, 62, of Chatsworth, died 9:12 p.m. Friday (May 5, 2017) at his home. His funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth, with the Rev. Roosevelt Smith officiating. Burial will be in Germanville Township Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials in Greg’s name may be made to Chatsworth Fire Department. Greg was born on Dec. 26, 1954, in Fairbury, a son of Ronald and Ruth Thompson. He married Lori Hornickel on Dec. 11, 1976. Survivors include Lori Shafer, Chatsworth; two sons, Zachary (Jessica) Shafer and Gabriel Shafer, both of Fairbury; one daughter, Alyxandra Shafer, Chatsworth; five grandchildren, Holden Shafer, Alayna Shafer, Aylen Shafer, Maddox Shafer and Axton Shafer; two brothers, Tod Shafer, Channahon, and Scott Shafer, Chatsworth; two sisters, Karen Kamin, Schaumburg, and Jill Hughes, Ann Arbor, Mich.  Greg was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Conrad Charles Shafer; and one brother, Kurt Shafer. Greg was educated in Chatsworth schools and was a butcher at Dave’s Supermarket in Fairbury and had retired. Greg was a die-hard Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians fan. In 2016, he almost got to see the Indians win a World Series, but the Cubs had other ideas. Greg was a train enthusiast and loved spending time with his grandchildren.


Wife of Larry "Nick" Runyon

FORREST — Jo Ann Runyon, 74, of Forrest, passed away at 12:05 p.m. Saturday (May 6, 2017) at her home. Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Forrest. Pastor Corrine Blissard will officiate. Burial will be in Forrest Township Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the church. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be left to the family. Jo Ann was born Nov. 25, 1942, in Fairbury, the daughter of Virgil and Emily Sinnett Jupin. She married Larry “Nick” Runyon on Feb. 7, 1959, in Forrest. He survives. Also surviving are her children, Judy Arnette, Gina (Ricardo) Gomez and Jeff Runyon, all of Forrest, and Twyla Runyon-Pae, California; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and sister, Ruth Hanshew, Forrest. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, one sister and two grandchildren. Jo Ann attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Forrest. She loved every minute with her family and anyone who walked through her open door. Jo Ann loved playing cards.
Jo Ann touched many people in her life and those people along with her family will miss her deeply. The family would like to thank Compassion Hospice and their nurses; Dr. Brewer, Natalie and the rest of his staff; and Evan at OSF Therapy.
A register book is available at www.duffypilsmemorial.com



 Valerie “Val” Lynn Edwards Orsowy, 58, of Chatsworth, IL passed away on 1:54 pm at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, IL. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, May 12, 2017 at Chatsworth United Methodist Church with Rev. Roosevelt Smith officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the church also. A die-hard Cub’s fan, Val previously requested casual sports attire be worn to her visitation and funeral. Burial will follow services at Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Chatsworth Fire and Rescue. Val was born January 1, 1959 in Fairbury, IL a daughter of James and Shirley (Lang) Edwards. She is survived by her children: Mitch (Julie) Dohman and Malerie (Kurtis) Orsowy both of Pontiac, Illinois; siblings: Terri (Rick) Perkins and Randy Edwards both of Chatsworth, IL; her grandchildren: Skylar, Cody, Riley, Brendan, Daylen, Braylen, and one on-the-way; her life partner: Scott Thomsen of Chatsworth, IL along with her dog: Anny and cat: Frosty. She was greeted into Heaven by her parents who preceded her. Val was educated in the Chatsworth schools. She loved Chatsworth and worked for Quanex-Homeshield for over 30 years doing various fabricating jobs. Her coworkers were her “extended family” and loved them all. She enjoyed being outside in the sun, boating, camping, spending time with family and friends, and watching the Cub’s win the World Series. Val loved her family, especially spending time with her grandchildren.

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Wife of Kenneth Shade
Sharon Lee Schade, 78, of Gilman, IL., died 4:03 P.M., Monday, May 8, 2017 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, IL., following a lengthy illness. Her funeral service will be at 2:30 P.M., Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman with Pastor Malcom Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Gilman Cemetery, Gilman. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:30 P.M. Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman. Memorials may be made to Sharon's family or to the Donor's Choice. Sharon was born in Watseka, IL., on February 24, 1939 to Kenneth and Ruth Lake. Her childhood was spent in Watseka and she attended Watseka schools. Sharon married Kenneth R. Schade on September 22, 1965. He died on June 3, 2015. Surviving children - Kevin (Dana) Schade of Gilman, Kenneth S. Schade of Woodland, IL and Kathy Schade of Gilman. Three grandchildren - Jeremy, Kale and Ryenn Schade. One sister - Marcia Lake of Gilman. Several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Sharon was a member of the United Methodist Church of Gilman. She was also a member of the Rebekah Lodge. Sharon enjoyed crocheting, fishing, playing cards, bird watching, gardening and watching her children and grandchildren in their sports activities. Arrangements by the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman, IL. Please sign the guest book at www.redeniusfuneralhomes.com



 Chatsworth- Mary Ann Dehm, 81, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 9:33 am on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at her home in Chatsworth. A memorial mass will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth, IL with Father Joseph Mauritzen and Father Richard Brunskill officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the mass. According to her wishes, cremation rites will be accorded. Private family inurnment will take place at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Chatsworth, Illinois. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth, IL are handling services for the family. Memorial contributions may be made to “H.O.P.E.” Church or the Livingston County Humane Society.
 Mary Ann was born February 10, 1936 in Fairbury, Illinois a daughter of James A. and Teresa (Hayes) Mauritzen. She married Robert Dehm on December 26, 1957 in Chatsworth, IL. He survives. Also surviving her children: Cindi (Steve) Maples of Red Granite, WI, James “Jamie” Dehm of Jacksonville, FL, and Randy (Delaine) Dehm of Metamora, IL; six grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one brother: Father Joe Mauritzen of Conneticut; and one sister-in-law: Pat Mauritzen of California. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother: Jim Mauritzen. Mary Ann was educated in Chatsworth schools graduating from high school in 1954. She then went on to St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Kankakee graduating in 1957. She worked at Fairbury Hospital as a staff RN until 1971. Mary Ann became certified in rehabilitation and restorative nursing in 1973. She went on to be the director of nurses at Greenbrier Lodge in Piper City from 1971-1975. She then went on as director of nurses for Humiston Haven in Pontiac, retiring in 1993. Mary Ann was an avid bowler for more than forty years. She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth and the American Legion Auxiliary in Piper City. Most of all, Mary Ann loved spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend who will be greatly missed. This obituary may be viewed and condolences sent to the family at calvertmemorial.com.

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Galen W. Haren, 73, of Cullom, IL passed away at 9:28 pm on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 in Gilman, IL. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 pm on Friday, May 19, 2017 at Forrest United Methodist Church with Rev. Roosevelt Smith officiating. A visitation will be held from 2:00 to 6:00 pm on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the church. Private family inurnment will be held at Sullivan Center Cemetery in rural Cullom, IL, at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cullom Junior Fair or the Forrest United Methodist Church. Galen was born September 19, 1943 in Streator, IL a son of Rollo and Alice (Kramer) Haren. He married Joan Augsburger on August 4, 1963 at Charlotte River Church. She survives. Also surviving are his children: Lynne Feldkamp of Cullom, IL, Leslie (Ken) Haren- Friesz of Fountain, CO, and Agga (Jolene) Haren of Albuquerque, NM; six grandchildren: Kyle (Taylor Clark) and Katelyn Feldkamp, Joshua (Jamylia) Haren, Breanna Daniel, Dalen Friesz, Jeremy Haren; one great grandson: Khai Haren; two sisters: Donna (Gerald) Buckler of Pontiac, IL and Marjorie Hahn of Cullom, IL, three step grandchildren; and three step great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother: Philip Haren, and one brother-in-law: Bob Hahn. Galen was educated at Charlotte River School thru eighth grade then going to Cullom High School. He farmed his whole life. He enjoyed farming, showing pigs, and the Cullom Junior Fair. He was a member of the Forrest United Methodist Church, Cullom Junior Fair Association, and Tri-Point FFA Alumni Association.



WHEELER, Billy Don a resident of Zephyrhills since 1986, passed away May 11, 2017 at his residence. Don was born in Springfield, TN March 7, 1945, the son of Clem and Mamie (Rager) Wheeler. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Larry D. Wheeler; and his sister, Mary Wheeler Burton. Don is survived by Patricia A. Pruitt Wheeler, his wife of 30 years; his children, Troy (Cathy) Wheeler of Zephyrhills, Tisha WheelerHarty of Pontiac, IL, Tanya (Darrell) Wheeler-Bell of Chatsworth, IL, Tad Wheeler of Thonotosassa, FL, and Donnie Wheeler and Becky Wheeler, both of Springfield, TN; his sister-in-law, Rita Nasser, of Lutz, FL; and his beloved dogs, Princess and Dutches. Don enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, Trey Houser and Thomas Wheeler, both of Florida, Taylor Harty, Illinois, Megan Wheeler and Laila Wheeler, both of Florida, Thalen Harty of Illinois, Megan Wheeler, DJ Wheeler and Anthony Green, all of Tennessee. Don was very proud of his two great-granddaughters, Melody and Taryn Houser of Florida. Don was owner of Zephyr Stripe 'n Seal, Inc., a parking lot maintenance company: in business since 1992, incorporated in 1995. He loved to work: for him working was his vacation. He loved people, all of his customers who, to him, were his friends. Don loved all animals, most particularly dogs, and they loved him too. Don enjoyed the outdoors and taking care of his lawn and gardens. He was a collector of antique tractors and enjoyed all farming machinery. Memorial Services will be held at Hodges Family Funeral Home in Zephyrhills, FL, May 15 at 2:30 pm, with a Visitation beginning at 2 pm. Cremation rites will be accorded and he will be laid to rest in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Elkton, KY in a private service with his family. Don will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He made the world a special place for others. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his honor to any animal care or rescue facility of the donor's choice.


Gerald D. “Gerry” Haberkorn, 88, of Chatsworth, passed away at 2:55 pm Monday May 29, 2017 at Piper City Rehab and Living Center in Piper City Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 am on Friday June 2, 2017 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth, Rev. Richard Brunskill will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Chatsworth. A visitation will be held from 10:00 am until the time of services at the church. Memorials in his name may be left to Walter Clemmons American Legion Post 613 or to a Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Forrest is handling the arrangements. Gerry was born in Chatsworth on September 2, 1928 a son of Henry W. and Dorothy (Schade) Haberkorn. Survivors include one brother: Charles “Chub” (Dolores) Haberkorn of Chatsworth; one sister-in-law: Lucy Haberkorn of Chatsworth, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Donald Haberkorn and his sister, Marlene Harms. Gerry was a member of Walter Clemmons American Legion Post 613, He served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Gerry was an Avid Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packers fan.



Mark Bryan Aberle, 66, of Chatsworth passed away at 11:58 pm, Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at his residence in Chatsworth. His funeral will be 10 am, Monday, June 5, 2017 at the Apostolic Christian Church of Forrest with the ministers of the church officiating. Burial will follow in North Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery, Forrest. Visitation will be 2 to 6 pm, Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury; and 9 to 9:45 am, prior to the service at the church on Monday. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Fairview Haven Retirement Community – Serenity Villa, Fairbury. Mark was born October 27, 1950 in Fairbury; the son of William and Jean (Zimmerman) Aberle. He married LaVerne Martin on May 14, 1977 in Chatsworth. His wife survives in Chatsworth. Also surviving are his children, James (Kara) Aberle and Susan (Keith) Huber both of Fairbury; Shane (Sarah) Aberle of Mahomet; Shawn (Tami) Aberle of Forrest; Bryan (Lisa) Aberle and Marcus (Katie Fehr) Aberle both of Chatsworth; Ashley Aberle of McAllen, TX; Kevin Aberle of Chatsworth; two sisters, MaryJo (Mark) Rieger of Mahomet; and Dawn (Randy) Steidinger of Forrest; and 21 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Doug Aberle. Mark served our country in the US Army during Vietnam. He was employed by Nussbaum Plumbing and Heating Inc. and Steidinger Bro’s Inc., Fairbury and was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church of Forrest.


+JUNE+

Former Chatsworth Teacher
Marie Irene Tyrrell "Irene" (nee Herr), at rest, peacefully, on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at her home after too much coffee! Irene retired from Walgreens as a Card Specialist, and she previously taught high school sciences at the Academy of St. Francis and Chatsworth Illinois High School. She was a former member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and a current member of Holy Family Catholic Church, where Irene was a Catechists for 30 years and most recently, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Communion Ministries to the home bound and at Essington Place (Rock Run Place). Irene also volunteered for the Crisis Line of Will County. She is the beloved mother of Anne (Tom) Mosley, Mary Thayer, Paul, John (Krissy), Jane (Brent) Hanouw, Sarah and Ruth; grandmother of 16; and great grandmother of 12. Also survived by Tim Thayer and daughter-inlaw, Cindy (late Mark) Tyrrell; special friend, Judie Renz; her nephew, John (Kathy) Elder; her dog, Gus; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her beloved husband, Stanley K. Tyrrell (1995); her parents, Jesse J. and Marie Irene (Eddy) Herr; and one son, Mark (1998). Funeral services for Irene Tyrrell will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 9:15 a.m. at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black (at Essington) Rd., Joliet, IL to Holy Family Catholic Church, 600 Brook Forest Ave, Shorewood, IL where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. 
For more information, please call 815-741-5500 or visit her Memorial Tribute at www.fredcdames.com Published in The Herald-News from June 8 to June 9, 2017



Otto Adolf Albrecht passed away June 10th, 2017 in Stockton, CA. Otto was born in Villingen, Germany on October 24th, 1943. He attended elementary school in Schwetzingen, Germany from 1949 until 1956 when the Albrecht family immigrated to the United States. They arrived in Chatsworth, Illinois in May of 1956, being sponsored by the Lutheran World Federation and the Vernon Hummel family of Chatsworth. Otto attended Chatsworth Elementary/High School where he graduated in 1962. He married Sharon Jensen of Piper City, Illinois in 1964. They had 2 children, a daughter Robin and a son Darin. Otto worked as a maintenance supervisor for a convalescent hospital in Piper City. Otto moved to Lodi, CA in 1987. He worked at Arbor Convalescent Hospital in Lodi for 18 years before retiring. He married Anne Watkins Cheney in 2001 and they then moved to Galt. Otto enjoyed fishing in the Sierra's, going to the cabin at Hathaway Pines, NASCAR races, his 1938 Ford Deluxe, and his cat Pokey. Otto is survived by his wife Anne Albrecht, daughter Robin Albrecht of New York, son Darin Albrecht of Illinois, step daughter Alana Millerick of Linden CA and step son Marc Cheney of Linden CA. He also leaves behind his brother Michael Albrecht Jr. (Kathleen) of Arizona, sister Erika Bekermeier (David) of Oregon, sister Angelika Brooks (Larry) of Oregon, sister in law Sharon Albrecht of Illinois, brother in law Tom Watkins (Gayle) of Linden CA, sister in law Jane Watkins of Rocklin CA and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Preceding him in passing were his parents Michael Albrecht Sr., Elsa Albrecht and brother Siegfried Albrecht. A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday June 27th at 1:00pm at Heritage Park 700 2nd St in Galt, CA. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of San Joaquin. Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from June 23 to June 29, 2017
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Francis Johnson, 97, of Saunemin, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 3:40 p.m. at Evenglow Lodge Tjardes Health Center in Pontiac. His service will be held Monday, June 26, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cullom with Reverend Dr. Richard Riley officiating. Burial will follow at Sunny Slope Cemetery in Saunemin. Visitation will be Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home in Pontiac. Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home, Pontiac, is in charge of arrangements. Francis was born January 13, 1920 in Charlotte, IL to John and Elsena (Gerjets) Johnson. He married Mary Lehmann on September 21, 1941 in St. Charles, MO. She passed away March 30, 2015. He is survived by his sons, Francis (Joanne) Johnson, Jr. of Whitefish Bay, WI, Eric (Joan) Johnson of Saunemin, IL, and David Johnson of Sugar Grove, IL; daughter, Eileen Immke of Saunemin, IL; sister, Fannie Diemer of Pontiac, IL; grandchildren, Marianne Johnson, Chris Johnson, Scot Immke, Shannon Prewitt, Kirk Johnson, Kent Johnson, and Evan Johnson; and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary; two brothers; and one sister. Francis attended Star School in rural Saunemin. He served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1945 with the 67th Signal Battalion in France, Germany, Belgium, and the Philippines. He went on the Peoria Honor Flight for veterans to Washington D.C. in 2015. Francis was a lifelong farmer and also worked on the Norfolk and Western Railroads. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cullom, IL and the Saunemin American Legion. Francis was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan. Memorials may be made Saunemin Fire and Rescue and Peoria Honor Flight.




Virginia K. Wahls, 91 of Chatsworth passed away at 3:57 pm, Thursday, June 22, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Bloomington. Her funeral will be 11 am, Monday, June 26, 2017 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church; Chatsworth with Pastor Mauricio Vieira officiating. Burial will follow Chatsworth Township Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 5 pm, Sunday, June 25, 2017 also at the church in Chatsworth; and 10 to 10:45 am, prior to the service at the church on Monday. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury has charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family of Virginia K. Wahls. Virginia was born December 2, 1925 in Strawn; the daughter of John and Flossie (Kessler) Leman. She married Albert Wahls on March 8, 1961, in Chatsworth. He died in May of 2001. Her parents and her best friend, Phyllis Shols also preceded her in death. Survivors include her children, Fred (Gwen) Wahls, Strawn; and Steve (Becky) Wahls, Fairbury; and six grandchildren, Erin Wahls, Fisher; Andy Wahls, Rachel Wahls both of Strawn; Lacy (Joe) Turner, Chatsworth; Tyler Wahls, Loredo, TX; and Carson Wahls, Fairbury; and 4 great grandchildren, Dairn, Mariah, Wyatt and Ruby Turner. Virginia and Albert farmed for many years in the Strawn-Chatsworth area. She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chatsworth. Virginia loved people and enjoyed any activity if she could be with friends and family. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
 
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Cook at the Old Chapel Inn
LaVerne Bittner, 89, of Fairbury, died at 9:30 pm, Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at OSF St. James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac. Mrs. Bittner was born August 5, 1927 in Normal, one of five daughters of William and Lena (Demler) Schaab. She graduated from University High School in 1945. She married Wayne E. Bittner on September 15, 1948 in Normal. Their devoted 65-year marriage produced five children. He died June 4, 2014. Her parents, two sisters, two brothers, one daughter, Connie Mueller, and one son, Paul Bittner, also preceded her in death. Survivors include her children, Gary (Linda) Bittner of Silver Spring, MD; Jane (Al) Freehill of Chenoa; Keith (Vickie) Bittner of Fairbury; two sisters, Arlene Gittings of Bloomington; Martha West of Congerville; sisters-in-law Roseann Schaab of Normal; Jean Bittner of Fairbury; and Emma (Pete) Schaffer of Fairbury; 23 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter. Mrs. Bittner’s beautiful hands undertook a lifetime of loving work. She used them to work at a photography studio in Normal as a teenager and cook at the Old Chapel Inn in Chatsworth years later. She helped on the Bittner family farm and loved to grow flowers and vegetables in her garden. Those hands also baked countless cookies and pies, as well as knitted and crocheted many a blanket. She also corresponded faithfully with her large family through the years, never failing to send a letter or remember a birthday. She was a member of the Country Domestic Science Club for over 50 years. She also enjoyed card games like Canasta, Skipbo, and later, bingo. There will be a private family funeral service and burial will be in South Apostolic Christian Cemetery, Fairbury. Visitation will be 4:00 to 8:00 pm, Friday, July 14, 2017, at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury, and memorials be directed to S.E.L.C.A.S of Fairbury or OSF St. James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac.


Husband of Pat (Rosenboom) Baker
Donald G. Baker, 78, Fairbury, died at 10:53 pm Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. Cremation rites have been accorded. Graveside inurnment will be in Forrest Twp. Cemetery. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is assisting with arrangements. Mr. Baker was born December 15, 1938 in Pontiac, IL the son of Clarence and Helen Burtch Baker. He married Patricia Rosenboom on December 29, 1962 in Chatsworth. She survives in Fairbury. Other survivors include one daughter, Rebecca (Steve) Wagner, Fairbury; one son, Eric Baker, Chatsworth; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren and one sister, Melinda Wilgus, Chandler, TX. He is preceded in death by one son, one daughter and one sister, Louise Snyder. Mr. Baker formerly worked at Interstate United Canteen and later Wackenhut Security at State Farm Insurance. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be given to the Donald Baker Memorial Fund.



Jacob T. Scher, 95, of Sylacauga, Ala., passed away early Thursday morning (July 27, 2017) in his residence. Jacob was born Nov. 8, 1921, in Cotton County, Okla., to Jacob and Lillian Christine Fix Scher. He married Ida Lou Miller on July 20, 1946, in Walters, Okla. She preceded him in death on Oct. 12, 2013. Jacob was baptized in a Baptist church in Walters, Okla. Jacob had worked for many years at the American Screen Products, Chatsworth, as an electrical engineer. Jacob is survived by his children, John Scher, Normal; Jerry Scher, Sylacauga, Ala.; James Scher, Sylacauga, Ala.; Margaret Whitney, Sylacauga, Ala.; Barbara Hassan, Sylacauga, Ala.; and Janet Whitney, Birmingham, Ala; seven grandchildren; 22 greatgrandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two brothers and three sisters. A funeral service will be at noon Friday at the New Oak Hill Cemetery Chapel, 1300 Chester St., Plymouth, IN 46563, with the Rev. Ed Friberg officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service on Friday at the chapel. Burial will follow in the New Oak Hill Cemetery.

Jacob T. Scher



Former Calvary Baptist Church Minister
Rev. William Frank "Bill" Paton, age 72 of Missionary Acres near Silva, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017 at Terre Haute, Indiana. He was born October 5, 1944 at Oakland, Michigan, the son of Andrew Paton and Dorothy (Hall) Paton. Rev. Paton served as a missionary pastor for many years and served in churches all over the country. His last pastorate was at Calvary Baptist Church in Chatsworth, IL. He was married to Janet Hyer-Elliott May 28, 1994 at Elyria, Ohio. He and his wife Janet had lived at Missionary Acres for the past 7 years. He was a member of Evangel Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Janet Paton, of the home, 4 children, Karis Elliott, of Hobart, IN, Kevin Elliott and his wife Wenda, of Temple, TX, Kaylene Bush and her husband Thomas, of New Albany, IN, Kraig Elliott and his wife Anne, of Perry, MI; one sister, Mary Andersen and her husband David, of Rochester Hills, Michigan. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, Benjamin, Marieve, Ethan and his wife Kelsey, Rosalie, Allyssa, Arik, Kaitlyn, Andrew, Kiersten, Kandice, Kacey and Alistair. Memorial services were held Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Evangel Baptist Church near Silva with Pastor Mark Hunsberger officiating. Rev. Steve Little and Bro. Ken Moon assisted in the service and special music was provided by the Elliott family, along with congregational singing. Services were under the direction of Morrison-Worley Funeral Chapel. Memorials have been requested to the Evangel Baptist Church.


+AUGUST+

Janet Ann Honegger, 86, Chatsworth, died at 7:45 am Thursday, August 3, 2017 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. Graveside inurnment will take place in Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury at a later date. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is assisting with arrangements. Mrs. Honegger was born September 29, 1930 in Forrest the daughter of Harold “Dutch” and Anna Mae Ehnen Weihermiller. She married Albert E. Honegger on June 19, 1948 in Charlotte. He died on July 13, 1999. Surviving are her children, Cheryl (Jim) Culkin, Houston, TX; Rob (Barb) Honegger, Louisville, KY; David Honegger, Chicago; 4 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and one brother, Keith Weihermiller. Mrs. Honegger was a graduate of Forrest Twp. High School. She was a bookkeeper at Greenbrier Nursing Home, Piper City and the town clerk in Chatsworth for many years.



Frances E. Friedman, 87 of Fairbury passed away at 9:40 pm, Sunday, August 6, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, August 13, 2017 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to Fairbury American Legion Speedway, Fairbury or Livingston County Humane Society. Cremation rites will follow the visitation with a private family graveside inurnment in Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury at a later date. Frances was born February 7, 1930, in Chatsworth, a daughter to Claude C. and Mayme W. (Berlette) Wilson. She married Harold J. Friedman June 11, 1950, in Chatsworth. He died November 24, 1995. Survivors include one daughter, Pamela (Tom) Hedrick of Fairbury; two sons, Roger (Janis) Friedman of Fairbury; Randy (Lisa) Friedman of Downs; three sisters, Lois Wallrich, Marilyn Dehm, both of Chatsworth; and Mary Lou West of Knoxville; one brother, Claude “Jr.” Wilson of Dwight; nine grandchildren, Daren (Kelly) Friedman, Eric (Kim) Friedman, Jeb (Niki) Friedman, Denver (Mindy) Hedrick, Brooke (Jason) Welborn, Beth (Chris) Mygatt, Kara (Andrew) Weber, Jasmine Bettis, Amanda Bettis and 18 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; 5 brothers and 2 sisters and one infant son, Virgil Allan Friedman. Frances was an avid Chicago Bulls fan and loved her World Champion Cubs. She enjoyed local dirt track racing on Saturday nights in Fairbury. Her dog Maizie gave her great joy and comfort. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Frances E. Friedman



Former Teacher at Chatsworth
VARNA - Joe Saxton, 77, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and teacher passed away on August 6, 2017 in his home. He was born October 31, 1939 in Flanagan, IL, son of Clifford and Marcia (Lucas) Saxton. He married Lillian Highland on June 8, 1962 in Rowe, Il. She survives, as does one daughter, Teryl (Louis) Holocker of Varna, and one granddaughter, Kayla Heal of DeKalb, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and four brothers. Joe graduated from Illinois State University on June 6, 1966 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in education and in addition, completed graduate studies. He was an Industrial Arts Teacher, retiring from Midland High School in Varna in 2005, but taught many subjects at Midland, Chatsworth, and Piper City high schools throughout his teaching career. He was a carpenter, expert craftsman, bird watcher, and avid gardener. Cremation Rites have been accorded A memorial service will be planned for a later date. Memorial donations may be made in Joe's name to the Varna ambulance. To share memories and condolences with Joe’s family, visit www.peoriafuneral.com.

Joe E. Saxton






Judith Ann Fryda, 75, of South Williamsport, passed away Saturday, August 5, at the Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital. She was born May 21, 1942 in Joliet, Illinois. The daughter of Lloyd and Dorothy (Bennett) Gillette. Surviving is her husband Lawrence Fryda (Married, February 19, 1994), two daughters; LaDonna (Bradley) Miller of Florida and LeAnna Koerner of Florida, two step sons Bradley (Natalie) Stokes of Colorado and Christopher (Tamera) Fryda of Colorado, two granddaughters; Megan Diller of Florida and Carly Diller of Illinois and one sister, Linnea (Galen) Donley of Illinois.
 Judy was preceded in death by her parents, a niece, Lea Elliott and in-laws James and Maxine Fryda. She was a graduate of Chatsworth High School (1960) and attended Mennonite School of Nursing. Judy was a board certified Echo-cardiographer, EMT and supervisor / teacher of Echo-cardiology at Bromenn Hospital, Bloomington ,IL and Susquehanna Health in Williamsport, PA. She also taught in hospitals in Vladimir, Russia and Accra, Ghana. Judy enjoyed international travel (Italy, Russia, Japan, Egypt, Mexico, Peru, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Australia, Ghana, South Africa and England). Many of these travels allowed her and her husband to work on humanitarian aid projects in the developing world. She shared her love with family and friends by spending quality time together. She never missed a birthday or anniversary. Judy loved the ability to access each of their lives through the world of social media and stayed close though miles divided them. 
Her love of life, her courage and caring heart will be missed by all. She was a life time member of the United Methodist Church. A funeral service to honor Judy’s life will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, August 10 at Pine Street United Methodist Church 441 Pine St.Williamsport, with the Rev. Douglas M. Eberly officiating. Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. Thursday at Pine St. UMC. Burial will be in Piper City, Illinois with a memorialservice in Chatsworth, Illinois at a later date. The family suggests memorial contributions in Judy’s name be made to Susquehanna Health Foundation, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, c/o Lung Cancer Treatment Center or Pine Street UMC, 441 Pine St., Williamsport, PA 17701. Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary. www.SandersMortuary.com

Obit: Judith Ann Fryda


Former Chatsworth teacher.

Gladys J. Boyer, 81, of Heyworth, passed away at 2:50 a.m. Sunday (Aug. 13, 2017) at her home. Service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with Greg Taylor officiating. Graveside service will be at 3 p.m. at Ohio Cemetery, West Union. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church Library, Clinton, or Lewy Body Dementia Association. 
 
Gladys was born April 24, 1936, in Hume, the daughter of Thomas Kelly and Naomi Harris Waren. She married John R. Boyer on June 12, 1965, in Catlin. Survivors include her husband, John R. Boyer, Heyworth; children, Leigh (Larry Ulrey) Kimmel, Indianapolis, Ind.; Brian Russell Boyer, Bloomington; Kevin Thomas (Angela) Boyer, Bloomington; and Brad Allen Boyer, San Jose, Calif.; two grandchildren, Joanna Lynn Boyer and Joshua John Boyer. She was preceded in death by her parents

Gladys graduated from Illinois State University, Normal. For two years, she was a teacher/librarian at Chatsworth High School; five years at Catlin High School and a librarian at Frankfort Public Library until her retirement. Condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com.




Terry Onslow Miller, 76, of Normal, formerly of Chatsworth, passed away 12:15 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 20, 2017) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Chatsworth, with Pastor Mauricio Vieira officiating. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will be at Chatsworth Cemetery. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth, is handling arrangements. Terry was born March 25, 1941, in Somerville, N.J., the first child of Glenn and Molita (Fisher) Miller. His siblings: Tiania Shaffer, Deposit, N.Y.; Sharon Grannon, Ardmore, Okla..; Galen Miller, Maynard, Mass.; Vaughn (Melissa) Miller, Tulsa, Okla.; and many nieces and nephews.
 At the age of 9, his family moved to Cincinnatus, N.Y., where he attended school and graduated from Syracuse Business School. He married Sharon Stafford and had their first child: Pansy (Kenneth) Friedman. Then, they moved to the Evansville, Ind., area and had Glenn (Barbara Hembree) Miller and Brian (Mary Bryant) Miller. He then married Elly Easton and her children: Doug (Yvonne) Hurt, Ingrid Emling, and Kenneth Hurt. After Elly’s death, Terry married Mary (Smith) Fisher and her children: Timothy (Meghan) Fisher, Matthew (Rebecca) Fisher, Lisa (Lance) Ringo, Kelly Achord, Kimberly (Steve) Sylvester, Jason Green, and Brian (Jill) Schenk. There are 27 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren in his blended family he loved.
Terry owned and operated Bennett’s Cleaners for 30 years. He served on the town board for over 14 years. He also was a member of Chatsworth Lions Club, Chatsworth Historical Society, treasurer of Chatsworth Township Library, Indian Creek Country Club playing in the golf league, Fairbury Bowling League, and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Chatsworth. Terry’s motto was: Family, friends, community ... work hard, play hard. 

Terry Miller



+SEPTEMBER+

Judy Lynn Frechette, 62, of Chatsworth passed away on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at her home in Chatsworth. She was born on March 2, 1955 in Kankakee, the daughter of Basil and Lola Sharp Layhew. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by one sister, Toni Shaffer. Surviving are two daughters, Sharon Clore of Chatsworth and Pamela Lawless of Piper City; one brother, Billy (Pam) Carrigan of Roberts; two sisters, Mona (Brian) Griffin of Constable, NY and Nora (Steven) Chouinard of Bluford, IL; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and a special dog, Bagle. Judy was an avid Cubs fan. She enjoyed fishing as well as spending time with her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Judy was very proud of the fact that she had recently become an ordained minister. Cremation rites have been accorded by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. A private family memorial service will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made for the family’s wishes. Please share a memory of Judy at knappfuneralhomes.com


Judy Lynn Frechette




Jess M. Hanna, 53, of Normal, was born May 1, 1964, in Fairbury, the son of Dale and Celia Kuntz Hanna. He died Sept. 12, 2017, at Heritage Health, Normal. He was preceded in death by his mother, grandparents, three aunts, two uncles, and a cousin. He is survived by his father, Dale (Donna) Hanna, Chenoa; aunts, Carol (Jim) Kirkpatrick and Mary Hanna; several cousins and stepsiblings. Jess grew up in Chatsworth; his first job was delivering The Pantagraph. He lettered in baseball at Chatsworth High School, later playing softball with the Motley Crew in Bloomington, winning several local tournaments and selected by the ASAA to its state tournament team as catcher in 1983. A proud Redbird graduate of Illinois State University, Jess worked at Eureka-Williams for 24 years, testing durability and safety of Eureka vacuum cleaners. Jess was quick to lighten the mood with a witty joke, loved to bike Constitution Trail, kayak on the Mackinaw River and was a loyal White Sox fan. His humor and gentle spirit will be remembered by all who knew him.
A celebration of life service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Evangelical Free Church, 2910 E. Lincoln St., Bloomington, for anyone who knew Jess. Thanks to all of the health care professionals for their loving care during Jess’ illness. To express condolences, please visit www.carmodyflynn.com



+OCTOBER+

Sandra Kay Houser, 74, Fairbury, died at 9:50pm Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 pm Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury with Pastor Brian King officiating. Burial will be in Chatsworth City Cemetery, Chatsworth. The family has requested that all in attendance dress in casual attire. Visitation will be 11:00 to 11:45 am Saturday also at the memorial home. The family suggest memorials be given to the Sandra Kay Houser memorial fund. Mrs. Houser was born December 30, 1942 in Fairbury, IL the daughter of Roy and Bertha Crews Sleeth. She married Bobby Houser. He preceded her in death on 1974. Survivors include two daughters, Ullena (Danny) Offenbacker, Forrest; Dawn Hamilton, Fairbury; one son, Bobby (Angie) Houser, Branson, MO; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, one granddaughter, Tiffany; one grandson, Bobby; one son-in-law, Chris Hamilton and two sisters.

Sandra Kay Houser




John R. Hanson, 62, formerly of Chatsworth and Pontiac, and most recently Fitchburg, Mass., died Oct. 1, 2017, at home, surrounded by his family. John was born in Bloomington and was the son of Kenneth and Johanna Hanson. He served as sergeant in the U.S. Army and also the Army Reserve. John retired after 20 years' combined service in both. He worked as a correctional officer at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Facility in Shirley, Mass., for 14 years and retired in 2014.
John leaves a wife, Ruthe M. Lepp Hanson, Fitchburg; two sons, Michael Hanson, Keene, N.H., and Kenneth J. Hanson and his wife Renee, Grandville, Mich.; two daughters, Maria Pappas and her husband Alex, Fitchburg, Mass., and Carli Murphy and her husband Michael, Ashburnham, Mass. Also surviving are two sisters and one brother, Joan Gerjets and husband Duane, Metamora; Ann Hanson, Bloomington; and Paul Hanson and wife Gail, Winfield. John also leaves nine grandchildren and other nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister, Pamela Hanson.






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