Obituaries 2017



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

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, 
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

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
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


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

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


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

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

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.


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.

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