CHATSWORTH — Angela Kathleen Bergan Schlueter passed away Saturday (Jan. 2, 2010) at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the hour of service at the church. Inurnment will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Chatsworth. Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Chatsworth, is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials in Angela’s name may be made to SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church.
Angela is survived by two daughters, Emily and Allison Schlueter, Park Ridge; two sisters, Ann Versluis, Rock Island, and Mary (Jack) Ohtani, Las Vegas, Nev.; and two brothers, James Bergan, Silvis, and Thomas (Terri) Bergan, Naperville. She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald P. Bergan and R. Kathleen Bergan of Chatsworth.
Angela is a 1967 graduate of Holy Trinity High School, Bloomington, and Edgewood College in Madison, Wis. She worked in Chicago at American National Bank. She was married in 1984 to Dr. William Schlueter.
She loved art, reading and caring for cats, especially stray cats. We will all miss her sense of humor.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.martin-burkefuneralhome.com.
CHATSWORTH — Gerald D. “Jerry” Franklin, 61, Chatsworth, passed away at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 13, 2010) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Chatsworth.
Cremation rites will be accorded following visitation. Private inurnment will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Chatsworth Fire Department or SELCAS.
Jerry was born Jan. 17, 1948, in Tennessee, a son of Luther and Eunice Simms Franklin.
He married Debra E. Szymialis on Nov. 18, 1967, in Chicago. She preceded him in death on Feb. 1, 2006.
He is survived by two daughters, Charisse (Will) Price and Kim (Dan) Retter, both of Chatsworth; six grandchildren, Kelci, Kaylie and Konnor Bednar; and Sammi Retter, Morgan Lamberes and Debra Joyce Retter, all of Chatsworth; his mother, Eunice Franklin, Dublin, Ga.; five sisters, Betty Kea, Dublin, Ga.; Wanda (Robert) Wallace, Iron City, Tenn.; Carolyn (Jack) Dollins, Kenneth, Mo.; Joan (Jim) Howell, Vidalia, Ga.; and Nita Kreuger, Dublin, Ga.; two brothers, Randy and Rickey Franklin, both of Dublin, Ga.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, he was also preceded in death by one daughter, Kristin; his father; and one brother, Dwight.
Jerry was an auto mechanic for various shops in the Chicago area.
He enjoyed working on cars and building things. He also enjoyed stock car racing, having built his own modified stock car.
He loved hanging out with his family and grandkids.
This obituary may be viewed, and private condolences sent to the family online at: www.martin-burke-funeralhome.com.
PIPER CITY — Jane M. Franey, 61, Piper City, died at 7:22 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 9, 2010) at the Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka, following a lengthy battle with multiple sclerosis.
Her funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Peter Catholic Church, Piper City, with the Rev. Michael Pennock officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Piper City. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home, Piper City, with recitation of the rosary at 6 p.m. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Jane was born March 8, 1948, at Fairbury Hospital, daughter of John R. “Jack” and Marjorie V. Weber Boma. She married William “Bill” Franey on Nov. 13, 1968, in Piper City. He survives.
Also surviving are five children, Bill (Melissa) Franey, Monterrey, Mexico; Becky (Jeff) Swartz, Deland; Jill (Nick) Jones, Morton; Michael Franey, Piper City; and Cynthia Franey (Corey Matthews), Gilman; eight grandchildren; three brothers, twin, John (Susan) Boma, Crescent City; Doug Boma, Urbana; and Don Boma, Herscher; one sister, Pat Miller, Lafayette, Ind.; one brother-in-law, Glenn Mogged, Piper City; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and by one sister, Judy Mogged.
Jane was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, Piper City, and a member of the Council of Catholic Women and had served as president of that organization.
She graduated from Piper City High School and attended Southern Illinois University-Carbondale as well as Illinois State University. After raising her children, she received her LPN degree from Parkland College and was a nurse at Greenbriar Healthcare, Piper City. She spent many years helping her husband farm, as well as caring for relatives in need of assistance.
She enjoyed high school sports and helped coach cheerleading at Tri-Point High School in Cullom for several years. She was very artistic and enjoyed painting, creating crafts and collecting antiques. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Arrangements are being handled by Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home, Piper City. Please sign the guest book at www.redeniusfuneralhomes.com.
SHIRLEY — Goldie Mae Beehn, 77, Shirley, died at 12:52 a.m. Sunday (Jan. 17, 2010) at Heartland Healthcare, Normal.
Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Bloomington, with Pastor Jonathon Manor officiating. Burial will be in Funks Grove Cemetery, rural McLean. Visitation will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington.
Memorials may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church or Alzheimer’s Association.
She was born Oct. 11, 1932, at Piper City, daughter of Frederick and Minnie Grosenbach Hornstein. She married Darrell W. Beehn on Nov. 14, 1954, at Chatsworth.
Surviving are her husband, Darrell, Shirley; children, Deb (Stan) Stoller, Shirley; Denise (Les) Spaulding, Heyworth; Doreen (Jeff) Vaughn, Bloomington; and Darrell (Angela) Beehn, Shirley; siblings, Mildred Propes and Lucille Haberkorn, both Chatsworth, and Fred Hornstein, Urbana; 14 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, one brother and two sisters.
Goldie was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Bloomington, and the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary.
Goldie worked at State Farm until she retired in 1995, after 25 years of service.
Goldie was a wonderful cook and enjoyed playing cards. She treasured spending time with her family. We can be consoled that she is now at peace and we will be reunited one day. She will be deeply missed until then.
Online condolences may be submitted from www.beckmemorial.com.
LeRoy Robert Flessner, Sr., aged 87, of Woodland, went to be with his Lord on Friday morning, January 29, 2010 at Thornapple Manor in Hastings. LeRoy was born on December 7, 1922 to Henry and Emma (Harmon) Flessner in Chatsworth, Illinois. His family moved to Woodland and he graduated from Woodland High School in 1940. He was a lifelong farmer with H.G. Flessner & Sons, a partnership with his father and brother. LeRoy loved to learn, and furthered his education through many agricultural courses at Michigan State University. He was an avid M.S.U. fan and enjoyed following the sports teams. On August 13, 1950, LeRoy married Marilyn Joyce Sutherland. They enjoyed many happy years together raising their children, spending winters in Florida, and traveling. LeRoy was a member of the Lakewood United Methodist Church for 80 years, and was a charter member of the Woodland Lions Club. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; four children, Mary Lynn (John) Parker of Dexter, Susan (Timothy) Piper of Manila, The Philippines, LeRoy Robert (Robin) Flessner, Jr. of Woodland, and Douglas (Susan) Flessner of Woodland; eleven grandchildren, Elizabeth, John and Paul Parker, Katheryn and Alexandra Piper, Jeremy and Kasey Flessner, Matthew, Brett, Samuel and Douglas Flessner; brother, Eldon (Doris) Flessner of Woodland; and many nieces and nephews. LeRoy was preceded in death by his son, Steven Flessner; granddaughter, Cheryl Louise Flessner, his parents; and his brothers, Raymond and Willis Dalton. Visitation will be held at the Koops Funeral Chapel from 5-8 PM on Thursday, February 4, 2010. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, February 5 at the Lakewood United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Woodland Memorial Park. The family has suggested that memorial contributions may be made to the Lakewood United Methodist Church or the Lakewood Lions Club.
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The memorial service for Robert J. Thomsen, 77, a resident of Piper City Rehab, Piper City, and formerly of Chatsworth, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Chatsworth United Methodist Church, the Rev. R. David Reynolds officiating.
Charles “Chuck” O. Barton Jr., 46, of Chatsworth, died at 1:06 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
CHATSWORTH — John James “Jim” Mauritzen, formerly of Chatsworth, husband of Patricia Mauritzen, passed away peacefully Tuesday (Feb. 2, 2010) at his home in Palm Desert, Calif., following a long battle with cancer.
A private memorial service will be held at St. Margaret’s, Palm Desert, at a later date. Memorials can be made to the Visiting Nurses Association Hospice; the American Cancer Society; Martha’s Village; or the Red Cross.
Jim was born March 3, 1931, in Bloomington, to James A. and Teresa Mauritzen. He grew up in Chatsworth.
Jim attended St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, and the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Jim served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955. He was attached to the Carrier Air Group II and V.C. 3 Squadron from Moffet Field, Calif., and made three cruises to the Far East during the Korean conflict.
After discharge from the Navy, he returned to Illinois and worked in retail and insurance. He returned to California in 1962 and worked for the Broadway & Buffums Department Stores, and then the Bernhard Ulman Co. In 1979 he moved to the Hughes Aircraft Company in El Segundo where he retired in 1989.
In 1991 the Mauritzens moved from their home in Rancho Palos Verdes to Palm Desert where they have lived for over 11 years. Jim’s hobbies were reading, walking, USC football, and investment research.
Jim is survived by his wife of 41 years, Pat; his sister, Mary Ann (Robert), Chatsworth; his brother, the Rev. Joseph Howard Mauritzen, M.D., Woods Hole, Mass.; and niece and nephews Cynthia Bray, Redgranite, Wis.; James Dehm, Jacksonville, Fla.; and Randal (Delaine) Dehm, Peoria.
CHATSWORTH — Gerald F. Hummel, 87, Chatsworth, died at 12:37 a.m. Monday (Feb. 15, 2010) at Fairview Haven Nursing Home, Fairbury.
His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth, with the Rev. Ted Kalkwarf officiating. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery. Friends may call from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials in Gerald’s name may be left to Chatsworth Public Library.
Gerald was born May 14, 1922, at Chatsworth, a son of Frank and Lena Hornickel Hummel. Gerald is survived by 17 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
He was educated in Chatsworth schools and was a farmer. He was also employed at Diller Tile in Chatsworth.
He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Chatsworth. Gerald was a member of the Central States Archaeological Society, where he was featured in the No. 7 Volume of Who’s Who of Indian Artifacts Collection. He was involved in sports programs and was an avid bowler.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.martin-funeralhomes.com.
NORMAL — The longest serving superintendent in Unit 5 school district history, and the man for whom the district’s new junior high school is named, died Friday.
George L. Evans, 81, of Normal, died at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, surrounded by his family.
“No single person has made a larger impact on Unit 5 in its 61-year history than George Evans,” said Superintendent Gary Niehaus. “George worked hard to build coalitions between community groups, which still exist today. His leadership in the community and district is unmatched.”
Evans started as a math teacher at Normal Community High School in 1954, and coached football there. He was later named to the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
He became Unit 5 superintendent in 1967, and continued in that position for 17 years, until 1985.
“He had tremendous respect,” said Loren Lay who served as a school board member when Evans was superintendent. “Ironically, he was also my high school football coach,” Lay said.
“He was very fair and honest. He knew how to balance the best interests of students, of teachers and taxpayers,” Lay said. “Sometimes when you called the Unit 5 office, he answered the phone,” Lay recalls.
In November, school board members honored Evans by naming the George L. Evans Junior High School after him. It is now under construction in Bloomington and is scheduled to open in August 2011. Members of the community and his family, including his wife, Harriet Evans, attended a reception in his honor.
At the time, he said, “I am truly honored. I feel like I share this with many dedicated teachers and really great administrators. If a superintendent doesn’t have those, he doesn’t have anything.”
Earlier this month, he toured the school site and “was amazed at the design and the progress on the school” said Unit 5 spokeswoman Dayna Brown.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington. A private family burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Normal. Visitation is from 2 to5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
NORMAL — George L. Evans, 81, Normal, died peacefully at 8:02 a.m. Friday (Feb. 19, 2010) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, surrounded by his family.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington, with the Rev. Dr. Randall K. Perry officiating. A private family burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Normal. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Community Cancer Center, Normal.
George was born Sept. 4, 1928, in Lake Forest, the son of John Lewis and Blodwen Roberts Evans. He married his high school sweetheart, Harriet Johnson, on Nov. 19, 1949, in Lake Forest. She survives.
He is also survived by one daughter, Susan (Doug) Schultz, San Angelo, Texas; two sons, Michael (Shari) Evans and Bruce (Jeanine) Evans, both of Bloomington; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and one sister, Margaret “Betty” Eul, Longboat Key, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Virginia Pett.
George was a U.S. Army veteran, serving at Fort Knox, Ky. He received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from Lake Forest College in 1951 and his master’s degree in educational administration from Illinois State University. George began his professional career teaching and coaching at Chatsworth High School. In 1954, he came to Normal Community High School, where he first served as head football coach and math teacher, later becoming assistant principal. He was the assistant superintendent for Unit 5 School District and later became superintendent, where he served for 17 years, before retiring in 1985.
After his retirement, George was named president of Citizens Savings and Loan, where he had also served on the board of directors. George was named to the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall Of Fame. He enjoyed traveling, was an avid golfer who often said that that he played golf every day that ended in “Y.” He was a member of Bloomington Country Club.
The family would like to thank each of the physicians who cared for him throughout his illness. A special thank you is also extended to the nurses and staff at the Community Cancer Center and the Neuro Specialty Care Unit of Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, for providing loving care and support to George and his family.
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Milford “Milt” C. Irwin, 97, a resident of Piper City Rehab and Living Center – Piper City formerly of Chatsworth passed away at 9:05AM Monday March 1, 2010 at the center.
Funeral services will be 10:30AM Thursday March 4, 2010 at Chatsworth United Methodist Church – Chatsworth with Rev. R. David Reynolds officiating. Visitation will be 9:00AM to 10:30AM prior to services at the church, where memorials may be made to the Chatsworth United Methodist Church or Piper City Rehab & Living Center. Interment will be at Cropsey Cemetery – rural Cropsey. Martin Funeral Home – Chatsworth has been entrusted with arrangements.
Milt was born April 27, 1912 in rural Cropsey a son of Will and Hazel (Westerbelt) Irwin. He graduated class of 1931 from Cropsey High School where he enjoyed playing basketball, and later married R. Beryl Thomas, December 25, 1937 in rural Cropsey in her parent’s home. She survives.
Also surviving are 6 children and spouses: Kay (Harold) Lindley of Morton, Bette Jane (Bruce) Otto of Minier, IL; Alan (Kathy) Irwin of Graham, N.C.; William (Diane) Irwin of Oregon, IL; Gary (Susan) Irwin of Galion, OH; and Colleen (James) Browning of Hudson, IL; 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and 1 sister.
Milt farmed south of Chatsworth for many years until retiring in 1980.
Mr. Irwin was a member of the Chatsworth United Methodist Church. He had helped with construction of the church in 1980, was a former head usher and trustee. He was also a member of the IL Farm Bureau, and was a former director of the Livingston County Farm Bureau; and served on the Chatsworth School Board.
He loved his family, and especially enjoyed his grandkids. He was an avid Prairie Central Sports and Chicago Cubs fan.
CHATSWORTH — Steve R. Luttrell, 59, Chatsworth, passed away at 3:33 p.m. Wednesday (March 3, 2010) at Piper City Rehab & Living Center, Piper City.
There will be a private service and inurnment will be at a later date at Forrest Township Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Livingston County Health Department Cancer Fund. Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth, is in charge of arrangements.
Steve was born March 6, 1950, in Fairbury, a son of Roy and Ruby Nowlin Luttrell.
He is survived by his life partner, Deb Bryant, Chatsworth; four brothers, Jim (Marilyn) Luttrell, Fairbury; Charles Luttrell and Larry (Gloria) Luttrell, both of Florida; and Gary Luttrell, Chatsworth; and two sisters, Ruth M. Smith, Colfax, and Diane (Robert) Travis, Forrest.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two stepbrothers, Russell and Bud Luttrell; one infant brother, Robert; and one stepsister, Genevieve Masters.
Steve enjoyed fishing, watching NASCAR races, and his CB radio, going by the handle “Hardhead.” He also tinkered with lawnmowers and bicycles, and he loved country music.
This obituary may be viewed, and private condolences sent to the family online at: www.martin-burkefuneralhome.com.
Visitation for Norma Jeanne Graveline, 79, of Bourbonnais, will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Bourbonnais Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Maternity BVM Catholic Church in Bourbonnais, where she was a member.
Burial will be in Maternity BVM Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Maternity BVM Catholic School. She passed away Monday (March 22, 2010) at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.
Mrs. Graveline was a rehab aide at Kankakee Terrace Nursing Home for 25 years, retiring in 1997. She was born Feb. 8, 1931, in Danforth Township, the daughter of Jesse and Teresa McNutt. Her husband, Ronald Graveline, whom she married Sept. 3, 1949, in St. Louis, Mo., is deceased. She graduated from Chatsworth High School. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her granddaughters.
Norma Jeanne is survived by her four children, Michael (Marsha) Graveline, Craig Graveline and Rhonda DePasquale, all of Bourbonnais, and Lynn (Jill) Graveline of Bradley; two granddaughters, Madeline and Emily DePasquale, both of Bourbonnais; one sister, Janice Goin of Orangeburg, S.C.; five sisters-in-law, Joan Siefert of Kankakee, Dolores (Alan) Friedewold of Columbia, Ky., Matilda Cashion of Whittier, Calif., Margaret Graveline of Michigan City, Ind., Maxine Graveline of Palm Bay, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Mark Graveline.
GIBSON CITY — Donald A. Bunting, 68, of Gibson City died at 6:10 p.m. Friday (April 9, 2010) at the Gibson Area Hospital Annex in Gibson City.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City, with the Rev. Kevin Boesen officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Township Cemetery in Gibson City, with military rites by the Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Mr. Bunting was born Jan. 7, 1942, in Paxton, a son of Alfred and Anna Mae Brucker Bunting. He married Vera Elizabeth Kemnetz on Nov. 19, 1977, in Chatsworth. She survives in Gibson City. Also surviving is a son, Zach (Ariel Denny) Bunting of Gibson City; a granddaughter, Bailey Bunting; and his two special dogs, Clem and Mercy.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Don served in the National Guard for three years. He had worked at M & W Gear Co. and doing cement work for Adolph Schneider, then later was a full-time farmer. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Gibson City, the Gibson City American Legion and the Elliott AMVETS.
He deeply enjoyed spending time with his new and only granddaughter, and reading the newspaper and farm magazines. Memorials may be made to the Gibson Area Hospital, Elliott Fire Department or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Rudolph Herman Lucek, 63 passed away Monday Jan., 11, 2010 at his home in Clementson, Mn. He was born to Rudolph and Dorothy “Lucy” Lucek on September 3, 1946 in Fairbury, Ill. After graduation he joined the U.S. Air Force and moved to the Baudette area in 1966, where he met and married his wife of 43 years. He spent nearly all of his adult life working for the resorts in the area as a fishing guide. He is survived by his wife Ethel (Morrison) Lucek and his children Tony (Susan) Lucek of International Falls, Mn, Pat (Leah) Lucek of International Falls, Mn, Sara Lucek of Clementson, Mn, Susan (Allan) Olson Bemidji, Mn, and William (Deb) Lucek of Baudette, MN. He is also survived by his siblings Ron (Dorothy) Lucek, Rory Lucek, Randy (Cindy) Lucek, Connie Norstebon, step-siblings Joan, Pat, Doreen, Dan, Gary, Diana. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren Brett, Adam, Kara, Shawna, Ben, Alexandra, Arryn, Makaylah, Angela, Michael, Nikolai, Abigail, Marcus, Alivia, and Jayce. Numerous nieces and nephews and his friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rudolph and Lucy, infant son, and step-father Earl Dahlgren. Rudy enjoyed working on many various projects around the house, reloading and discussing guns, hunting, fishing, and gardening. He was also an avid card player and enjoyed puzzles, enjoying his grandchildren and reading.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 16th at 10 AM at Clementson Lutheran Church in rural Baudette. Interment will be at the Riverdale-Border Cemetery in the Spring. Military rites by the Baudette Veterans Ceremonial Squad.
Daughter of Judith Conibear Davis
VARNA — Barbara R. Davis Dockery, 40, of 1144 Sunrise Court, Lake Wildwood, Varna, died at 7 a.m. Wednesday (April 14, 2010) at her home surrounded by her family.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Sparland, with the Rev. Wayne Anderson officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of the service also at the church. Cremation rites have been accorded and interment of ashes will be at a later date. Arrangements are by Lenz Memorial Home and Funeral Planning Services of Lacon.
She was born Oct. 4, 1969, in Aurora, daughter of George A. and Judith M. Conibear Davis. She married Roger Dockery of Chenoa, with whom she had a son, Jeremy.
She is survived by her parents, George and Judith Davis, Lake Wildwood; one son, Jeremy Michael Dockery, at home; two sisters, Maureen (David) Miller, Normal, and Suzanne (Michael) Schall, Melvin; her dear friend, Steven Medearis, Chillicothe; two nephews; and one niece.
She was preceeded in death by her grandmother, Leona Conibear Barnard, with whom she was very close.
Barbara was a full time loving mother to her son Jeremy.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sparland.
Husband of Jean Johnson
BLOOMINGTON — R. Bruce Holcomb passed away Monday (May 17, 2010).
A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington.
He was born in St. Louis, Mo., on May 1, 1931, grew up in Chicago, and was proud to call Bloomington his home for more than 50 years.
He is survived by his wife, Jean, and two sons, Larry, a colonel in the Marine Corps, and John, a nurse just out of the Public Health Service. Also surviving are one brother-in-law, Joe Johnson, Barefoot Bay, Fla., and a cousin, Mary Alverson, Normal.
Bruce attended Colorado A&M and graduated from Illinois State University. During his 33-year career in education, he taught in Bloomington School District 87, served as assistant principal of Bloomington Junior High, principal of Lincoln School, principal of Irving School, and was elected for three terms as Regional Superintendent of Schools for McLean and DeWitt Counties. He was active in many professional education organizations.
He served his country during the Korean War and an American flag would always be seen flying from his residence and motor home.
Traveling, friends and family were his passion. He and Jean had many unique and memorable times in their 57 years of marriage.
Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to www.beckmemorial.com.
Wife of Patrick Kaiser
HINSDALE — Claudia Anne Kaiser, 56, Hinsdale, passed away May 4, 2010, at her residence.
A private Mass of Christian burial was on May 8 at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth. A private inurnment was at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Chatsworth.
Memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attn: Donor Services P.O. Box 650309 Dallas, TX 75265-0309. Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth, has been entrusted with arrangements.
Claudia was born Sept. 12, 1953, in Pontiac, daughter of Howard and Blanche Strayer Taylor. She grew up on the family farm in Cullom, and married Patrick Kaiser on Aug. 30, 1975, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth. They spent the first 15 years of their marriage in New England, where three of their children were born before returning to the Chicago area in 1990.
She is survived by her husband, Patrick; three daughters, Elizabeth Kaiser, Philadelphia, Pa.; Margaret (Michael) Dorsey, Denver, Colo.; and Laura Kaiser, Hinsdale; one son, Michael Kaiser, Hinsdale; two brothers, Wayne (Lynn) Taylor, Pontiac, and Tim (Mary Jane) Taylor, Cullom; one sister, Sue (Steve) Moore, Bedford, Va.; and 17 nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She graduated from Dominican University and was devoted to spending time with her family, decorating, fashion, gardening, art, cooking and traveling. She was very involved in all her children’s activities and supported them and her husband’s sales efforts. She valued her family above everything else and was a very loving wife and caring mother.
This obituary may viewed, and private condolences sent to the family of Claudia Anne Kaiser at www.martin-funeralhomes.com.
Forrest — Jim Trunk, 79, Forrest, formerly of Chatsworth, passed away at 2:35 a.m. Wednesday (May 19, 2010) at his residence.
A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Chatsworth, with the Rev. B.K. Tran and the Rev. Jerry Verdun officiating. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Martin Funeral Home, Chats-worth, where the rosary will be recited prior to the visitation at 2 p.m. Memorials may be made to Walter Clemens American Legion Post 613, OSF Hospice or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Interment will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Chatsworth.
Jim was born Sept. 14, 1930, in Fairbury, a son of Frank and Marian Matern Trunk. He graduated from Chatsworth High School in 1948. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. He was married to Donna Manuel, and later married Joyce Koch Forney on April 1, 1976, in Fairfield. She survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Kathy Carollo, Texas; one granddaughter, Kandi Simmons, Bloomington; one stepdaughter, Pam Harris, Pontiac; one stepson, Paul (Kim) Forney, Oswego; stepgrandchildren, Bryan (Kelly) Harris and Brianne (Jake Dronenberg) Harris, both of Pontiac; Mitch Forney, Chicago; and Chelsey (Dwayne Staniszewski) Forney and Luke Forney, both of Oswego; one stepgreat-grandson, Carter Dronenberg, Pontiac; two nephews, Jack (Bev) Grady, Bloomington, and Bill (Kathy) Endres, Chatsworth; and one niece: Janene (Denny) Lane, Bloomington.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson and two sisters.
Jim graduated from Reisch Auction College in 1956 and became co-owner of Feller Livestock Auction Market in Cissna Park in 1958. He was also an instructor at Feller Auction College at Kankakee for several years starting in 1958.
In later years, he became co-owner of Eastern Illinois Machinery Auction in Forrest and also was a widely known auctioneer for 42 years, until retiring 1998.
He was a member of Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and Walter Clemens American Legion Post 613, both in Chatsworth.
He spent the last several winters in Naples, Fla., and loved to fish and visit with his friends.
This obituary may be viewed, and private condolences sent to the family online at www.martin-funeralhomes.com.
Sondra was pastor at the Methodist Church for some time.
PAXTON – The Rev. Sondra S. Newman, 66, of Paxton died at 8:34 a.m. Saturday, May 15, 2010, in Geneva, N.Y.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 24, at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E. Pells St., Paxton with Rev. Terry L. Westerfield officiating.
There will also be Eastern Star Services conducted by Prospect Chapter No. 367 Order of the Eastern Star. Family interment will be held in Glen Cemetery, Paxton.
Rev. Newman was born July 10, 1943, in Danville, the daughter of Charles C. and Mildred L. Weger Newman.
She is survived by one brother, Charles (Marilyn) Newman of Jacksonville, Fla.; one sister, Nita Kae (Clifford) Trotter of Geneva, N.Y.; two nieces; two nephews; and other relatives and numerous friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She attended grade school in Hume, graduated from Paxton Community High School in 1961 and received her teaching degree from Illinois State University in 1965 after which she taught briefly.
She attended and graduated with a master's in divinity degree from Garrett Theological Seminary at Northwestern University, Evanston, in 1968. She received her doctorate of ministry in 1990. She ministered at numerous communities throughout the state of Illinois during her 40 years of ministry. She was the first female to be ordained in the Methodist Church in the state of Illinois. She retired in 2008. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Paxton, the United Methodist Women and Prospect Chapter No 367, OES at Paxton.
Her life was devoted to serving the Lord. Rev. Newman collected butterflies and crosses and enjoyed sharing her passion with others.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Paxton.
CHATSWORTH — Sister Mary Anselm, 89, Cleveland, Ohio, formerly of Chatsworth, passed away on May 19, 2010, at her convent in Cleveland.
A funeral Mass was on May 22 at the Shrine of the Conversion of St. Paul, Cleveland, and she was buried at Calvary Cemetery.
Sister Anselm was born Dorothy Irene Monahan on Oct. 8, 1920, in Charlotte Township, to Teresa Trunk Hubly Monahan and Edward A. Monahan.
She is survived by a number of nieces and nephews in Illinois, Ohio, Maryland and Washington.
Sister Anselm entered the convent in 1950, taking her final vows in 1955. She spent most of her religious life at The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration Monastery in Cleveland. She was known and appreciated for her energetic work, carpentry skills and her devotion to prayer.
CHATSWORTH – Nicole “Coco” L. Craver, 21, beloveddaughter, sister and aunt,of Chatsworth passed awaySunday, May 30, at OSF St.James – John W. AlbrechtMedical Center in Pontiac.
Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 3, at Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth.
Cremation rites were accorded following visitation. Memorials may be made to the family of Nicole L. Craver.
Coco was born April 18, 1989 in Pontiac a daughter of David and Bonnie (Parrish) Craver. She attended Prairie Central Schools.
She is survived by her parents of Chatsworth; 4 sisters: Crystal (Patrick) Gilbert of Clifton; Jennifer (Justin) Russow of Buckeye, Ariz.; Sarah Beegle of St. Ann, Ill.; and Amber Craver of
Chatsworth; one brother: Samuel Funk of Chatsworth; and 4 nieces. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, and paternal grandparents.
She enjoyed playing cards and listening to music and she
CHATSWORTH — Alexandra Rose Elizabeth Raymond, daughter of EricSaltzman and Arielle Raymond of Chatsworth was stillborn Thursday(June 17, 2010) at Lourdes Hospital, Paducah, Ky.
Service: 1 p.m. Saturday at Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth.
Burial: South Side Cemetery, Pontiac.
Memorials: Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, Infant RemembrancePhotography; 838 Liberty Ave., Barlow, KY 42024.
Survivors: her parents; one brother, Michael Somers, Chatsworth;maternal grandparents, Kelly Raymond, Cullom, and Glen Raymond,Uniontown, Pa.; and paternal grandparents, Robert (Dixie) Saltzman,Chatsworth.
This obituary may be viewed, and private condolences sent to thefamily online at www.martin-funeralhomes.com.
Funeral services for Richard A. Deany, 75, of Hot Springs, AR and formerly of Chebanse, IL will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at Sts. Mary & Joseph Catholic Church in Chebanse, IL. Friends may call from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Monday, June 14, 2010 at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton, IL. Burial will be in the Sts. Mary and Joseph Cemetery in Chebanse, IL.
Mr. Deany was born on April 3, 1935 in Chatsworth, IL, the son of William J. and Kathryn M. Berlett Deany. He married Myrna C. Downing on April 7, 1956 in Chebanse, IL. She preceded him in death on September 3, 1992. He then married the former Pam Stewart Bergman in Watseka, IL on September 8, 1993 and she survives in Hot Springs, AR.
He is also survived by daughters, Terri (Dan) Stauffenberg of Manteno and Chris (Mike) Brouillet of Jupiter, FL; and sons, David (Dr. Deidre) Deany of Clifton, IL and Rick (Karen) Deany of Chebanse, IL. There are stepchildren, Jill (Ron) Wallace of Hot Springs, AR and Joe (Gina) Bergman of Bourbonnais, IL. Also, thirteen grandchildren, Derek, Courtney and Sidney Stauffenberg, Sarah Brouillet, Philip Brouillet and Kayla Deany, Taylor Deany, Jason (Kathy) Deany, Matt Deany and Adam (Kristy) Deany, Dylan Birge, Hayley Birge and Jake Bergman. In addition there are three great-grandchildren, Annabelle Deany, Elizabeth Deany and Bryce Deany. A sister, Millie (Tom) Stevenson survives in Chebasne, IL. In addition to his first wife , he was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Robert Deany and four sisters, Marjorie Dubois, Arlene Wendling, Delores Deany and Wilma Milton.
Dick enjoyed reading, working crossword puzzles, boating, the outdoors, traveling and trucking throughout the U.S. He was affectionately known as “Digger”. He enjoyed being with family and friends.
Roanoke-Marguerite M. Derr Nickrent, 90, of Chillicothe formerly of Roanoke passed away Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010 at Proctor Hospital in Peoria.
She was born on Feb. 23, 1920 in Chatsworth, IL a daughter of Theodore and Clara Haberkorn Derr. She married Raymond Nickrent on May 8, 1944 in Chatsworth. He passed away on Aug. 13, 1986.
Marguerite helped with school custodial work with her husband at Sowers Elementary. She was a housekeeper and a meter reader for water and sewer in Roanoke.
She was a member of St. Edward's Catholic Church in Chillicothe.
Survivors include two daughters, Judith Ann (Ray) McKinney of Imnaha, OR; Janice Lynn (Ramon) Smith of Chillicothe; three grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, two brothers, James (Dorothea) Derr of Pekin and Paul (Mary) Derr of Coal City.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one sister.
There will be no visitation or services. Cremation will be accorded.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, Lupus Foundation or Rescue 33 in Chillicothe.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome. com.
Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke is in charge of arrangements.
CHATSWORTH — Matt Schade, 52, rural Chatsworth, passed away at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday (June 29, 2010) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, after an unwavering and courageous four-year battle with lung cancer.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chatsworth, with Jerry Gentes officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded, and private inurnment will be at a later date. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Memorials may be made to his children’s education fund. Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth, is handling arrangements.
Matt was born April 1, 1958, in Fairbury, a son of Francis and Mary Jane Kueffner Schade. He graduated from Chatsworth High School in 1976 while attending Livingston Area Vocational School, where he received awards for his carpentry work. He married his loving wife, Rita Edwards, on Dec. 15, 1978, in Pontiac. She survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Abby, and a son, Andrew, both at home; four sisters, Sue (Al) Barham, Boone, N.C.; Stacy McKinley, Joliet; Nancy (Dale) Stamm, Penfield; and Leah (Mark) Wagner, Paxton; one brother, Stephen Schade, Miami, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Carol Vaughn; and his grandparents.
He worked at Interlake in Pontiac, where he was a welder and machine operator for 25 years.
He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, camping, mechanical work, his tractors and spending time with family and friends. He was also involved with the Boy Scouts of America in Chatsworth. He was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatsworth.
He will be sadly missed and forever in our hearts.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences sent to the family online at www.martin-funeralhomes.com.
CHATSWORTH — Violet Dohman, 94, of Vienna, formerly of Chatsworth, died Saturday, July 17, 2010, at Union County Hospital, Anna.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated for Francis and Violet Dohman at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 4 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, with burial to follow in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Chatsworth. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association or to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth.
She was born Nov. 23, 1915, in Strawn, to Frank and Hanna Benson Kemnetz. She married Francis Dohman on April 23, 1938. He died April 23, 1993.
She is survived by three daughters, Julia and Harold Tilstra, Onarga, Elaine Dohman, Anna, Victoria and Bob Shell, Clifton; and two sons, Francis Jr. and Alice Dohman, and Wayne (Dutch) and Connie Dohman, both of Chatsworth; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-granchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sisters; a newborn, Rose Haberkorn; three brothers, Paul, Francis and Lyle Kemnetz; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Cecil W. "Ceece" Clester
(September 29, 1931 - August 3, 2010)
Cecil W. “Ceece” Clester, 78, of Chatsworth passed away at 2:05PM Tuesday August 3, 2010 at his residence.
Memorial services will be 11:00AM Saturday August 7, 2010 at Calvary Baptist Church in Chatsworth with his nephew, Dan Lowery officiating. Memorial visitation will one hour prior to services at the church, where memorials may be made to the family. Cremation Rites have been accorded and inurnment will be at Roberts Cemetery. Martin Funeral Home - Chatsworth is in charge of arrangements.
Cecil was born September 29, 1931 in Buckley, Illinois a son of Glen and Verda (Shive) Clester.
He is survived by: two sisters: Carol (Ensil) McDonald of Buncombe, IL and Amy Irwin of Paxton; and several nieces, nephews, great-nephews and great-nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters: Janet Kroll, Barb Seegmiller, and June Seegmiller.
Cecil worked for the city of Chatsworth from April of 1958 until retiring on September 28, 1993.
He enjoyed woodworking and making ornaments and lawn decorations.
He loved to play checkers, cooking shows, Andy Griffith show, and old westerns. He loved being with his family and piddling around in the garage.
Mr. Clester was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Chatsworth.
CHATSWORTH – Donna
Gail Baker, 52 of Chatsworth passed away at 11:51 a.m. on Monday, August 16, at OSF St. James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 20, at Martin Funeral Home in Forrest.
Cremation rites will be accorded following visitation.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Donna was born February 5, 1958 in East St. Louis, Ill., a daughter of Raymond Anglin and Mary (Carter) Felts.
She married James Baker, June 26, 1977 in Forrest. He survives. Also surviving are: one daughter: Tosha Baker-Edwards of Chatsworth;
one son: Josh Baker of Chatsworth; three grandchildren: Kaely and Kenzie Marthey; and Elijah Edwards; two sisters: Linda
Steidinger of Fairbury and Jackie Felts of Bloomington; three brothers: Ronald (Paula) Anglin of Oak Lawn; Scott (Debbie) Anglin of
Fairbury; and Billy Anglin of Pontiac; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and one son-in-law, MattEdwards.
Donna Gail was a homemaker her entire life. She enjoyed Forensic Investigation shows, WWE,and going fishing. Herfavorite wrestler was John Cena.
She loved her grandchildren and spending time with her family to whom she was very close.
Husband of Mary Nickrent
Donald Eugene Stork, 74 of Fairbury passed away at 6:50 am, Saturday, August 28, 2010 at Fairview Haven Nursing Home, Fairbury.
Funeral mass will be 10:30 am, Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth with Father BK Tran officiating. Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Chatsworth with full military rites conducted by the Fairbury American Legion and VFW posts. Visitation will be 3 to 7 pm, Tuesday, August 31, 2010 with a rosary service at 2:45 pm at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury.
Don was born May 27, 1936 in Fairbury the son of Henry and Ida (Hanni) Stork. He married Kathryn Readle then Imogene Goad they both preceded him in death. He later married Mary Nickrent on February 14, 1997 in Pontiac. She survives in Fairbury.
Also surviving are three children; Georgia (Dan) LaFayette, Normal, Donald (Stephanie) Stork Jr., Normal, Ronald (Amy) Stork, Danvers, one step-son; Thomas (Beth) Albert, Pittsford, NY, three sisters; Lena (Gene) Jones, Helen (Fred) Voeste both of Forrest, Wilma (David) Kieser, Bloomington, eight brothers; Elmer (Darlene) Stork, Richard (Susie) Stork both of Chatsworth, Wilmer (Gwen) Stork, Wayne Stork both of Fairbury, Harvey (Alice) Stork, Chenoa, John (Eunice) Stork, Roberts, Edwin (Judy) Stork, Pontiac, Henry (Susan) Stork, Forrest, mother in-law; Stella Nickrent, Gibson City, 10 grandchildren and 2 step-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and twin daughters; Sherrill Lynn and Pauline Sue Stork.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials be directed to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth or Fairview Haven “Good Samaritan Fund”, Fairbury
Donald was drafted into the US Army in 1958 where he served as a medic. In 1960 he was employed as a carpenter for Honegger’s and later for Thrive Center, Fairbury. Later in life he served as an attendant for Hick’s gas Station in Fairbury as well as training horses at the Fairbury fairgrounds. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends who will miss him dearly.
CHATSWORTH — Thomas Nance Runyon, 79, Elko, Nev., formerly of Chatsworth, died July 10, 2010, in Carson City, Nev.
Cremation rites were accorded.
A family celebration of Tom’s life will be at 4 p.m. Sept. 12 at CAPS Park, Chatsworth.
Tom was born Feb. 23, 1931, in Cropsey. He married Marie Beck Poppel on May 29, 1953, in Joliet.
He is survived by his wife, Marie; daughters, Terry (Lance) Anderson, Robyn Pattani, Lynda (Darren) Nadin and Dawnyce Schutz; one son, Jay (Denise) Runyon; seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; brothers, Donald (Shirley) Runyon, Larry (JoAnn) Runyon and Richard (Donna) Runyon, all of Chatsworth; Erney (Diana) Runyon, Heyworth; and Randy (Terri) Runyon, Cabot, Ark.; sisters, June Arnold, Roberts; and Barbara Black and Mary Hanshew, both of Chatsworth; one brother-in-law, Roy Garrett, Hudson; and many nieces and nephews.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Grace Nance and Erney Clifford Runyon; an infant son; stepsons, Larry and Garry Poppel; and sister, Sandra Garrett.
Tom will be greatly missed by friends and family.
SENECA — Hazel E. Wells, 96, of Seneca, passed away, Thursday, Aug. 26, at Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna, Ill.
Wilma Jean Mitchell, 73 of Chatsworth passed away at 5:10PM Monday September 20, 2010 at her home.
Memorial services will be 11:00AM Monday September 27, 2010 at First Baptist Church in Fairbury, with Rev. Steve Anderson officiating. Visitation will be 9:00AM to 11:00AM prior to services at the church, where memorials may be made to First Baptist Church – Fairbury. Cremation rites have been accorded, inurnment will be at Forrest Township Cemetery. Arrangements are by Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth.
Jean was born December 11, 1936 in Saybrook, Illinois a daughter of Edward and Grace (Culbertson) Fortna. She married Gary Dohman in July of 1954, they were later divorced. She then married William (Mitch) Mitchell, September 16, 1991.
Surviving are two sons: Gary A. Dohman CHS '73 of Chatsworth and Edward F. Dohman CHS '74 of Denver, CO; four grandchildren: Mitchell (Stacey) Dohman of Chatsworth, Tammy (Jerry) Matuszewski of Melvin, Kylie (Jesse) Russell of Denver, CO; and Jerriah (Brandy) Miller of Ft. Wayne, IN. Eight great-grandchildren: Skylar, Cody and Riley Dohman; Dennise and Jerry Jr. Gerhardt; and Nathan and Alan Matuszewski; one sister: Barbara (Dick) Foltz of St. Petersburg, FL; two brothers: Donald (Phyllis) Fortna of Pontiac, and Paul (Janet) Fortna of Champaign; a special friend: Susi Dohman of Denver, CO and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers: Joe and Kenneth Fortna.
Jean was a 1954 graduate from FSW High School and retired from the medical field in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2001.
Mrs. Mitchell enjoyed reading, canning and just being outside. She will always be remembered for her love and devotion to God, family, friends and all children she encountered.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Fairbury.
PONTIAC — Sally K. Bargmann, 68, is at peace with her Lord. Shepassed away at 7:37 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 30, 2010), comfortable inher home and surrounded by family.
Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First UnitedMethodist Church, Pontiac, with the Rev. Ray Owens officiating.Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the church. Burialwill be at South Side Cemetery, Pontiac.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to OSF Hospice. MartinFuneral Home, Pontiac, is handling arrangements.
Sally was born March 10, 1942, in Fairbury, a daughter of Williamand Mildred Wessel Butcher. She married Harvard “Harve” C. Bargmannon June 24, 1960, in the Fairbury Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Harve Bargmann, Pontiac; herchildren, Linda (Art) Miller and Janet McArdell, both of Pontiac;and Susan (Kurt) Cleghorn, Grand Haven, Mich.; five grandchildren,Andrew (Emily) McArdell, Cambridge, Mass.; Adam McArdell, Aurora;Jessica (Ron McDermott) Bargmann, Odell; and Madelaine Cleghorn andNoah Cleghorn, both of Grand Haven, Mich.; one great-grandchild,Alexis McDermott; special cousins, Kathy Wessel, Wheaton, and PatDay, Beardstown; and many beloved friends and neighbors. She waspreceded in death by her parents.
Sally was a devoted wife and mother. She and Harve celebrated 50years of marriage in June of 2010. As a couple, Harve and Sallyenjoyed traveling to Hawaii, Michigan, Arizona and Shipshewana,Ind. They also built and remodeled more than eight homes inBloomington and Pontiac.
Sally was a talented businesswoman and opened Julie Ann Fabrics inthe mid-’70s. After closing the fabric store, Sally joined Harve inrunning the family business, Pontiac Floor Fashions. Sally andHarve both retired in 2002.
Sally was a dedicated mother and grandmother. She taught herdaughters and granddaughters her love of creating by carefullyinstructing them how to sew, embroider and knit. She loved cheeringon her grandsons at their basketball, baseball, football and crosscountry events.
Sally’s life was filled with creativity and giving. She was atalented seamstress and designed and created family quilts, formaldresses, a wedding gown for her daughter, and baby clothes for hergrandchildren.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Pontiac,where she volunteered by cooking, baking and serving at specialdinners. Sally loved being a Christian and celebrated Christ byattending church faithfully, participating in Bible study andreading the Bible and devotions daily. Sally was a role model toher family and friends.
Her love of God, strong worth ethic, dedication to her family andcreative spirit will live on in her family.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.martin-funeralhome.com.
Cleo Newman, 92, a resident of Fairview Haven Nursing Home – Fairbury, formerly of Forrest, passed away at 6:29am Saturday October 2, 2010 at the home.
Funeral services will be 11:00AM Tuesday October 5, 2010 at the Martin Funeral Home in Forrest with Rev. R. David Reynolds officiating. Visitation will be 10:00am to 11:00am at the funeral home, where memorials may be made to Forrest United Methodist Church, Fairview Haven Nursing Home or the Forrest Public Library. Interment will be at the Forrest Township Cemetery.
Cleo was born April 1, 1918 on the family farm near Charlotte, a daughter of Arthur and Mae (Cottrell) Melvin. She graduated from the Forrest Township High School, class of 1936 and went on to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Education at the Illinois State University. She married John “Wes” Newman in January of 1940. He preceded her in death on March 5, 2007.
Survivors include: one daughter: Sandra (Gene) Wheeler of Rochester, IL; two sons: Rex (Deb) Newman of Towanda, and Eric Newman of Fountain Hills, AZ; seven grandchildren: Taylor, Greg, Laura and Emily Newman; Sara (Darin) Kaeb; Greg and Michael (Tisa) Wheeler; three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two brothers: Roy and Dick Melvin.
Mrs. Newman was a teacher at Meadowbrook Elementary School in Forrest for many years, and one year in Santa Fe, New Mexico while her husband was stationed there in the U.S. Army.
She and her husband enjoyed playing golf, having been members at the Indian Creek Golf and Country Club in Fairbury. She also enjoyed traveling.
Cleo was a member of the Forrest United Methodist Church, the Governor Thomas Ford Chapter NSDAR, Delta Kama Gamma Society, Illinois Retired Teachers Association, and the J.A. Folwell American Legion Post #174 Auxillary in Forrest.
Many people will remember Mrs. Newman as their 1st Grade Teacher.
Charles E. “Chuck” Elliott, 94, of Chatsworth passed away at 11:40AM Tuesday October 12, 2010 at the Piper City Living & Rehab Center – Piper City.
Funeral services will be 11:00AM Saturday October 16, 2010 at the Chatsworth United Methodist Church with Rev. R. David Reynolds officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00PM to 7:00PM Friday October 15, 2010 at the church, and also one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. A Masonic service will be held at 7:00PM Friday at the church following the visitation by the Sheldon Masonic Lodge. Interment will be at the Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Chatsworth Public Library Building Fund or to the Chatsworth United Methodist Church. Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth is in charge of arrangements.
Chuck was born October 8, 1916 in rural Cropsey a son of Charles and Elsie (Watkins) Elliott. He graduated from Cropsey High School, class of 1934 and later married Blanche Maurie Wood, January 27, 1938 at the Methodist Parsonage in Bellflower, Illinois. She preceded him in death, November 3, 2008.
He is survived by: one daughter: Patricia (Dave) Hubly-Cutting of Rockford; two sons: James Elliott and Timothy (Priscilla) Agner both of Chatsworth; Six grandchildren: Lynn (Thomas) Momberger, Karen (William) Lynch, Lara Morrison, Mark Elliott, Michael (Kim) Elliott, Kathleen (Bruce) Robertson; Ten great-grandchildren: Ryan and Lauren Momberger, Jessica Lynch, Cameron Morrison, Cade, Austin, Brayden and Kinley Elliott, and Kallen and Kacely Robertson; two sisters: Annabel Brucker of California and Betty (Fred) Sommer of Maryland; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one sister: Mary Allbritton, one granddaughter: Lea Elliott and one son-in-law: John Hubly.
Mr. Elliott was a farmer his entire life in the Chatsworth area. He also owned and operated Elliott Insurance and was a licensed Real Estate Broker.
He served on the Chatsworth Town Board, Livingston County Zoning Board and the Chatsworth School Board.
He was an active member of the Chatsworth United Methodist Church, having served on many boards and committees; and the former Chatsworth Masonic Lodge.
Chuck was an avid Cubs, Bears and Illini sports fan. He enjoyed and loved his family.
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John “Dale” VanWinkle, 61 of Chatsworth lost his battle with COPD at 10:36 am Monday, October 18, 2010 at his residence in Chatsworth surrounded by family and friends.
Cremation rites have been accorded and a memorial service will be held at 2 pm Saturday, October 23, 2010 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service. The Tarbolton Masonic Lodge #351, Fairbury will conduct a Masonic service at the conclusion of the service.
Mr. VanWinkle was born January 14, 1949 in Milwaukee, WI the son of John and Grace (Dalton) VanWinkle. He married Rhonda Strickland on September 26, 1984 in Clayton County, GA. She survives in Chatsworth.
Also surviving are two sons, Christopher (Melissa Harrell) VanWinkle, Bloomington and Brandon VanWinkle, Chatsworth.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents and his beloved cat of 20 years “Kee Kee”.
Dale was a workaholic; he spent almost 25 years working for Belle City Amusements and then was a devoted Owner Operator for Nussbaum Trucking Inc. for the next 20 years before being forced into early retirement due to his illness. He then attempted to continue to work with his deteriorating health at Casey’s in Chatsworth for over a year until he just could not continue.
He was a member of the Tarbolton Masonic Lodge #351, Fairbury; the Red Fez Shrine Club, Pontiac; along with many other Shiner’s clubs and organizations. Dale had a vast amount of friends he considered family and he will be missed by many and will forever be loved.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family of John Dale VanWinkle.
CHATSWORTH — James R. Koehler, 64, Bolingbrook, formerly ofChatsworth, passed away Sunday (Oct. 24, 2010) at home.
A private service for family and friends will be at noon Saturdayat the Koehler family farm in Chatsworth.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the WestSuburban Humane Society, 1901 W. Ogden Ave., Downers Grove, IL60515.
He is survived by his daughters, Wendy (William) Campbell, Nicoleand Rebecca; grandson, Cole Campbell; and his sister, JudithFearman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen KurtenbachKoehler, and his parents, Evelyn and Robert Koehler ofChatsworth.
James founded the JERWYN social research think tank. He was agraduate of Millikan University, was active in Sigma Alpha Epsilonfraternity and the Dixon Masonic Friendship Lodge 7.
CHATSWORTH — Stella Nickrent, 93, a resident of Heritage ManorNursing Home in Gibson City, formerly of Chatsworth, passed away at5:12 p.m. Friday (Nov. 5, 2010) at the home.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St.Peter & Paul Catholic Church, with the Rev. B.K. Tranofficiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at theMartin Funeral Home in Chatsworth, where a rosary will be said at4:45 p.m. before the visitation. Memorials may be made to theWashington County Senior Citizens of Okawville or St. Peter &Paul Catholic Church. Interment will be in St. Patrick’s CatholicCemetery, rural Chatsworth.
Stella was born June 24, 1917, in Red City, Franklin County, adaughter of Frank and Mary Wiswiewski Wojtowicz. She married PeterNickrent on Jan. 27, 1936, in DuBois. He preceded her in death in1998.
She is survived by two daughters, Mary Stork of Chatsworth andVirginia (William) Mattingly of Ashley; one daughter-in-law, LenaNickrent of Forrest; one son-in-law, Richard Doran of Fairbury;nine grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 15great-grandchildren; 10 stepgreat-grandchildren; onegreat-great-grandson; two great-great-granddaughters; one brother,Vincent (Hilda) Wojtowicz of DuBois; and numerous nieces andnephews.
She was preceded in death by one son, Richard Nickrent; onedaughter, Roberta Doran; one great-granddaughter, Megan LivingstonPropes; five brothers; three sisters; and one son-in-law.
Mrs. Nickrent had worked for Nichols Homeshield and was ahomemaker.
She was a member of St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and theAltar & Rosary Society in Chatsworth.
Stella especially enjoyed her family, friends, country music andtraveling with Pete.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences sent to thefamily online at www.martin-
MELVIN — John Clarence Bitner, 64, Melvin, passed away Saturday(Nov. 13, 2010) in the Carle Foundation Hospital emergency room inUrbana.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home,Gibson City, with the Rev. Dennis Spies officiating. Burial will bein the Chatsworth Cemetery in Chatsworth. Visitation will be from 5to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Melvin Public Library or the GibsonArea Hospital.
Mr. Bitner was born Sept. 21, 1946, a son of Clarence and EstherWycoff Bitner.
He is survived by his daughter, Angela (Jim) Groover, Melvin; twogranddaughters, Samantha and Halle Groover; and a special friend,Marie Schieler, Hoopeston.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
John graduated from Melvin-Sibley High School in 1964. He graduatedfrom Wartburg College in 1968 with a teaching degree and taught inthe Urbana and Thomasboro school districts, also coachingbasketball and track and sponsoring student council activities. Heworked for Gibson Federal Savings and Loan in Gibson City, Mahometand Hoopeston. He then owned and operated the TV Scan TV ListingsMagazine in Hoopeston for 10 years and worked for the FoodMachinery Corp.
While in Hoopeston, he was a member of the Hoopeston Chamber ofCommerce and Hoopeston Jaycees. He was a member of the judgescommittee for the National Sweetheart Pageant for many years. Hejudged numerous pageants in Illinois and around the country. He wasa downstate Road Representative for NBD Bank, and most recently forHarris Bank of Chicago.
Richard Leonard Lawrence
Richard Leonard Lawrence, 74, Fairbury died at 6:15 am Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at his residence in Fairbury.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 am Friday, December 3, 2010 at the First Baptist Church, Fairbury with Pastor Steven Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Twp. Cemetery, Forrest with full military rites accorded by the Fairbury VFW and American Legion posts. Visitation will be 4:00 to 8:00 pm Thursday, December 2, 2010 and 10:00 to 10:45 am Friday at the First Baptist Church, Fairbury. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be given in the First Baptist Church, Fairbury or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Mr. Lawrence was born June 29, 1936 in Forrest, IL the son of Harry and Grace Norris Lawrence. He married Betty J. Danforth on October 19, 1957 in Sanatobia, Mississippi. She survives in Fairbury.
Also surviving are two daughters, Debbie (Steve) Salvator, Pontiac, IL, Pam (Denny) Zimmerman, Forrest, IL, one son, Mark (Leann) Lawrence, Fairbury, IL, his mother, Grace Lawrence, Fairbury, IL, twelve grandchildren, Dustin (Tess) Popejoy, Beau (Jodi) Popejoy, Jacob (Bethany) Zimmerman, Alex (Elia) Zimmerman, Hannah, Lydia, Grace, Leah and Naomi Zimmerman, Adam (Megan) Lawrence, Andy (Jill Kitchell) Lawrence, and Maggie Lawrence, two great grandchildren, Charlee and Asher Popejoy, one brother, Jack (Betty) Lawrence, Fairbury, IL, two sisters, Jean (Lee) Evans, Pontiac, IL and Vicki Lawrence, Fairbury, IL.
He is preceded in death by his father and one sister, Della Kinkade.
Dick was a 1954 graduate of Fairbury Twp. High School. He served in the US Army (1954-1955) and was a retired union carpenter with local # 63, Bloomington. He later owned and operated Lawrence Classic Car Restorations, Fairbury (1987 – present). He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Fairbury and the American Legion John Joda post #54.
PIPER CITY -Cynthia Grace Farney, 26, Piper City, died at 5:55p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 1, 2010) at Piper City Rehab & LivingCenter, Piper City, following a courageous battle withcancer.
Her funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Peter CatholicChurch, Piper City, with the Rev. Michael Pennock officiating.Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Piper City. Visitation will befrom 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home, PiperCity, with recitation of the rosary at 3:30 p.m. Memorial gifts maybe made to her daughter Judith’s education fund or to a charity ofthe donor’s choice.
Cindy was born July 9, 1984, in Fairbury, the daughter of Jane(Boma) and William “Bill” Franey.
Surviving are her daughter, Judith Ann Matthews, Gilman; herfather, William Franey, Piper City; two brothers, Bill (Melissa)Franey, Decatur, and Michael Franey, Piper City; two sisters, Becky(Jeff) Swartz, DeLand, and Jill (Nick) Jones, Morton; and manyaunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her mother; her aunt, Judy Mogged; andher grandparents, Jack and Marjorie Boma and John and MaybelleFraney.
Cindy was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, Piper City. Shegraduated from Tri Point High School in 2003, attended ParklandCollege for two years, and obtained a CNA certificate. She hadworked at the Gilman Dairy Queen and as a CNA at PrairieviewLutheran Home, Danforth.
Cindy loved her daughter Judith very much and enjoyed the time shehad with her. She also loved her family and doting on her youngrelatives. Her hobbies included karate, music andphotography.
Cindy always had a smile and touched so many lives. She will begreatly missed by her family and friends.
RANTOUL – David E. Gerdes, 59, of Peoria, formerly of Rantoul, passed away at 11:45 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 9, 2010) at the Piper Rehab & Living Center in Piper City.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday (Dec. 14) at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Chatsworth, with Jerry Gentes, minister of pastoral care, officiating. Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday prior to services at the church. Interment will be at the Chatsworth Cemetery, where full military rites will be conducted by Chatsworth American Legion Post 613.
Arrangements are being handled by Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth.
David was born April 16, 1951, in Fairbury, a son of Leo and Mellicent (Blair) Gerdes. He graduated from the Chatsworth High School, Class of 1969.
He is survived by three brothers, Dale Gerdes of Chatsworth, Steve Gerdes of Ironwood, Mich., and Brian Gerdes of Rantoul; one sister, Marlene (Ed) Clampitt of Rantoul; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant sister, Diana Kay.
He had served in the Illinois National Guard.
Mr. Gerdes enjoyed reading, the Chicago Cubs and visiting the Amish country with his father.
David was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Chatsworth and the Chatsworth Alumni Association.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
This obituary may be viewed, and private condolences sent to the family online, at www.martin-funeralhomes.com.
SULLIVAN — Thelma C. Higgins, 94, of Sullivan, passed away at 2:50 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, at Sullivan County Community Hospital. She was born in Veedersburg, on Nov. 4, 1915, the daughter of Thomas J. Chatt and Mabel Blanche Ramsey Chatt.
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WOODROW CHRISTIAN SALTZMAN II
Woodrow Christian Saltzman II, age 61 of Hewitt, Minnesota passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at his home with his loved ones at his side.
CHATSWORTH — William “Bill” Walker, 78, of Chatsworth died at 7:55 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 16, 2010) at the Piper City Rehab and Living Center in Piper City.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Chatsworth United Methodist Church, with the Rev. R. David Reynolds officiating.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church. A Masonic service will be at 7 p.m. at the church, following the visitation.
Memorials may be made to Chatsworth American Legion Post 613. Interment will be at the Chatsworth Cemetery, where full military rites will be performed by Chatsworth American Legion Post 613.
Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth is in charge of arrangements.
Bill was born Dec. 3, 1931, in Fairbury, a son of Percy and Irene Guymon Walker. He graduated from Yuma High School in Yuma, Ariz., and attended the University of Arizona. He served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He is survived by one daughter, Cheryl (Robert) Vann of Plainwell, Mich.; two granddaughters, Jasmine and Tessa; one brother, Robert (Judy) Walker of Oviedo, Fla.; and his longtime companion, Virginia Lee, and her daughters, Ann (Loren) Ulitzsch and Linda Bawulski, both of Bloomington, and Connie (Dutch) Dohman and Kelly (Jed) Diller, both of Chatsworth.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He worked for Caterpillar in Pontiac until retiring in 1986. He also farmed his entire life in rural Chatsworth.
He was an avid golfer.
He was a member of Chatsworth United Methodist Church, the former Chatsworth Masonic Lodge, Fairbury VFW Post 9789 and Chatsworth American Legion Post 613.
This obituary may be viewed, and private condolences sent to the family online at www.martin-funeralhomes.com.