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OBITUARIES 2013
                                                                                                                

BEMENT – Betty A. Woolley, 73, of Bement passed away at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 8, 2013) at her residence in Bement.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Bement United Methodist Church, 249 N. Piatt St., Bement. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of services on Saturday at the church. The Rev. John Helenthal and the Rev. Larry Hallman will officiate. Burial will be in the Bement Township Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Methodist Inn in c/o Methodist Foundation, 120 N.E. Glen Oak Ave., Suite 209, Peoria, IL 61603.

Betty was born Oct. 24, 1939, in Streator, a daughter of Arthur W. and Charlotte A. Logan Richard. She married the Rev. Arthur V. Woolley on Feb. 14, 1959, in Saybrook, and he survives of Bement.

Surviving children include Thomas (Mary) Woolley of Frisco, Texas, John (Pam) Woolley of Monticello, Mark (Carol) Woolley of Monticello, Sandra (Lenny) Summar of Bement and Matthew Woolley of Villa Grove.

Also surviving are 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four sisters, Evelyn (Ernest) Schnoor of Reedsburg, Wis., Grace Ann (William) Cushman of Bloomington, Shirley Sullenberger of Bradford, Ohio, and Marcia Caputo of Humble, Texas; and a brother, Paul (Diane) Richard of Knoxville, Tenn.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.

Betty was an Avon Presidents Club member for over 27 years, Red Hat Society member, Hobby Club of Farmer City, a life member of the Women Christian Temperance Union, and active in the First Christian of Bement. She participated in many community activities including VBS and various dinners.

Betty was a seamstress and loved her Raggedy Ann Doll collection.

Roux-Hinds Funeral Home, 348 N. Piatt St., Bement, has been entrusted by her family to honor Betty's life.


Elmer Bryant

Jan. 14, 2013, 10:00 am  



Elmer L. Bryant, 87, of Bourbonnais, died Thursday (Jan. 10, 2013) at Regency Nursing Home in Springfield. Visitation will be from noon Wednesday until the 1 p.m. funeral service at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.

Burial will be in Maternity Cemetery, Bourbonnais. Memorials may be made to the Kankakee County Humane Foundation.

Mr. Bryant was a retired employee of Roper Corp., Kankakee division. He was born Oct. 29, 1925, in Chatsworth, the son of Bert and Bertha Tomblin Bryant. His wife, the former Marilue B. Stevenson, whom he married March 20, 1953, in Kankakee, died Dec. 23, 2010. He loved animals and sports.

Surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Leonard Taylor and his fiancee, Tanya Smith, of Springfield, and Steven and Mounia Bryant, of Germany; one daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Dennis Henderson, of Spring, Texas; six grandchildren, Jad Bryant, Kenza Bryant, Adam Bryant, Zachary Bryant, Lindsay Taylor and Jamie Henderson; and two great-grandchildren, Jaden and Lilly Henderson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Maurine Snodgrass; and four brothers, Ralph, Robert, James and Richard.

Please sign his guestbook at clancygernon.com.







Chatsworth- Harold L. Dassow, 90 of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 11:35 am on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at Evenglow Tjardes Health Care Center in Pontiac where he was a resident for four years.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at Chatsworth United Methodist Church. Rev. Ivy Silas will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 pm on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at Chatsworth United Methodist Church and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Burial will follow services at Germanville Cemetery in rural Chatsworth. Memorial contributions in Harold’s name may be made to the Chatsworth Area Food Pantry or Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth is handling arrangements for the family.

He was born March 1, 1922 at his home in rural Chatsworth, IL, a son of Ralph and Laura (Tanner) Dassow. He married Maxine (Wessels) Dassow on January 9, 1949 at Rooks Creek. She passed away on November 23, 2009. He was also preceded in death by his parents, step mother: Amanda Dassow, and one sister: Gladys Brunner.

Surviving are his two sons: Duane (Connie) Dassow and Neil (Joy) Dassow both of Chatsworth; two daughters: Diane (John) Osman of Macon and Marilyn (Jim Jones) Dassow of Chatsworth; nine grandchildren: Michelle (Dave) Kramer, John (Megan) Dassow, Joe Dassow, Ryan Dassow, Jeremy Dassow, Kent Dassow, Pete Osman, Greg Osman, and Dion Osman; three great grandchildren; one brother-in-law: Eldon Brunner of Reddick; one sister-in-law: Ruth Wessels of Fairbury; three nephews; and two nieces.

Harold was a farmer all his life in the rural Chatsworth area. He served on the Board of Directors of the Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation District. In 1958 he won the Outstanding Conservation Farm Family of the Year Award. In his youth he was on the 1941 Chatsworth Softball Team who won the Livingston County Tournament and went on to win the State Softball Tournament in Champaign.

Harold was a lifelong member of the Chatsworth United Methodist Church. He served on various boards at the church and was instrumental in the building of the current church. He was also on the church Dart Ball Team.

He enjoyed going to Estate Sales and collecting various things. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and family very much. He will be greatly missed.



Chatsworth- Robert G. Petro, 81, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 8:55 am on Monday, January 21, 2013 at Good Samaritan Home in Pontiac.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, January 25, 2012 at Chatsworth Cemetery. Father B.K. Tran will officiate. Visitation will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 pm on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth. Memorial contributions in Bob’s name may be made to Livingston County Humane Society.

He was born April 3, 1931 in North Judson, IN a son of George and Veronica (Ivan) Petro. He married Ann Pugner on June 15, 1957 in Dalton, IL. She survives.

Also surviving is one sister: Irene Weinert of Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and six sisters.

He served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of the Chatsworth American Legion Post #613.

Bob loved to fish, hunt and be outdoors. He enjoyed his springer spanials like his own children. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.



Marvin Kenneth Merkle, 87, of Gilman, IL., died at 7:55 A. M., Saturday, January 12, 2013 at his home following a sudden illness. His funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, January 17, 2013 at the Redenius Funeral Home, Gilman, with Rev. Pete Hinrich officiating. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery, Chatsworth., IL., with military rites by the Chatsworth American Legion Post 613. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at the Redenius Funeral Home, Gilman. Memorials may be made to the Donor's Choice.

Marvin was born on December 25, 1925 in Danforth, IL., to Marion Cope & Rose Johanna (Conrad) Merkle. His childhood was spent in Danforth. He attended school in Ashkum, IL., and graduated from Clifton High School.

Surviving children are Harold (Nancy) Merkle of Lovington, IL., Duane (Carla) Merkle of Champaign, IL., and Elizabeth (Tim) Crawford of Houston, TX. Eight grandchildren. Seven great grandchildren. Three sisters - Joyce (Ardell) Schaumburg and Janice Mitchell all of Paxton and Shirley Scarboro of California One brother - LeRoy (Jackie) Merkle of Kentucky. Marvin was preceded in death by his parents and infant son - Robert.

He had been the manager of the DelRey and Loda Grain Elevator and also owned and operated his own truck, working for Conrad Trucking, Danforth. Marvin was a Veteran of the Navy and member of the Chatsworth American Legion Post 613. He was an avid Cubs and Bulls fan. Marvin enjoyed his special friends at K & H, Gilman, and the Long Branch in L Erable, IL. Arrangements by the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman, IL. Please sign the guest book at www.redeniusfuneralhomes.com 




Ruth Evelyn Dugger Hubly, 90 of Chatsworth, IL, died on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 12:53 PM at Brighton Gardens of St. Charles, IL.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, with Father BK Tran officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:45 – 10:45 AM at the Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth. Burial will be held at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Chatsworth. Memorials in Ruth’s name may be left to the Chatsworth Township Library or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Ruth was born on February 14, 1922 in Hillsboro, IL a daughter of Joe M. and Gertrude (Feraris) Dugger. She married Charles Joseph “Joe” Hubly Jr. on April 16, 1947. He preceded her in death on March 20, 2007.

Survivors include her children: Chuck (Nancy) Hubly of St. Jacob, IL and Ellen (Don) Slome of Batavia, IL; a daughter-in-law: Linda Hubly of Wilmette, IL and seven grandchildren: Justin, Brendan, Taylor and Savannah Hubly and Lauren, Lexi and Melissa Slome. She was preceded in death by her son: Michael in 1998 and her sister: Edna Bess in 2009.

Ruth graduated from Hillsboro Community High School in 1940 and earned a B.S. degree in Education at Illinois State Normal University in 1944. Her nearly 40 years of teaching started at Fairbury High School, with time at Cullom and Piper City before retiring in 1985 from Forrest-Strawn-Wing High School.

She has been a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, and its Altar and Rosary Society and Catholic Women’s League. She was also a member of the Livingston County and Illinois State Retired Teachers Association, the Illinois State Half Century Group and the Chatsworth Township Library Board.







Elsie M. Seegmiller, 81, of Piper City, IL, died at 9:00 P. M., Sunday, February 10, 2013 at the Piper City Rehab and Living Center, Piper City. Her funeral will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the United Methodist Church, Piper City with Rev. Elizabeth Reis officiating. Burial will be in Brenton Cemetery, Piper City. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:00 A.M. Saturday, February 16, 2013 at United Methodist Church, Piper City. Memorials may be made to the Donor's Choice.

Elsie was born on February 13, 1931 in Forrest, IL., to J. L. & Flora (Ferguson) Dubree. Her childhood was spent in Kentucky, Forrest and Chatsworth. She attended schools in Chatsworth, IL. She married George B. Seegmiller on March 21, 1951 in Chatsworth. He died on March 24, 1980. Survivors include a daughter - Sheila Depler of Sesser, IL. Three grandchildren - Michael Depler of New Mexico, Holly Taylor and Chole Depler both of Sesser, IL. Two great grandchildren - Alyssa Overturf and Macey Taylor both of Sesser, IL. Two sisters - Gennieve Mylcraine and Barbara Rigsby both of Piper City. One brother - Roy Dubree of Boston, Kentucky. Several nieces and nephews. Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son-in-law - Thomas Depler, two sisters - Gladys and Bernice and two brothers - Jess Dubree and Wayne Dubree.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Piper City. Elsie had worked at Henalds Factory in Piper City, Nichols-Homeshield in Chatsworth and also was a substitute cook for the Piper City schools. She was a member of the Piper City American Legion Auxiliary. Elsie enjoyed farming, fishing and attending auctions. Arrangements by the Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home in Piper City, IL. Please sign the guest book at www.redeniusfuneralhomes.com 



Arlen R. Kuntz

Born on 01/11/1933

Departed on 02/12/2013

Resided in Fredericksburg, Virginia

Arlen R. Kuntz, 80, of Fredericksburg passed away Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at Golden Living Center of Fredericksburg.

Mr. Kuntz was born in Strawn, Ill., on Jan. 11, 1933. He was the son of the late Herbert J. and Annie Pearl Kuntz. Mr. Kuntz married his wife, Barbara Kopp Kuntz, on Nov. 12, 1955. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He also served as a police officer at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. After his retirement from the police force, Mr. Kuntz had a home improvement and remodeling business in the Northern Virginia area.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara of Fredericksburg; sons Scott A. Kuntz of Elk River, Minn., and Brian D. Kuntz of Oak Hill; daughter Kari K. Smith of Beckley, W.Va.; grandchildren Tara M. White, Amy N. Noland, Eric M. Ferguson, Brittany M. Kuntz, Stephanie M. Kuntz and Jacob A. Kuntz; and great-grandson Ethan S. White.

He was preceded in death by two infant daughters, Kathleen and Ann Marie Kuntz; and a sister, Mary Ann Hudson.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Spotswood Baptist Church.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial donations in Mr. Kuntz’s name may be made to a charity of choice.

See memorial here.



Leroy Albert Dehm, 87, Watseka, IL, formerly of Piper City, IL. died at 7:45 P.M., Saturday, February 16, 2013 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka, IL. His funeral will be 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at The United Methodist Church, Piper City, IL with Rev. Elizabeth Reis officiating. Burial will be in the Chatsworth Cemetery, Chatsworth, IL. Visitation will be Wednesday from 9:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. prior to the services at the United Methodist Church, Piper City, IL.

Leroy was born on July 5, 1925 in rural Piper City, IL to Albert and Nellie (Burrow) Dehm. He married Delie Harding on June 21, 1947 in Gilman, IL.She survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Brenda (Ken) Dirks of Milford, IL and Kathy (Mike) Claywell of Farmington MN. Five grandchildren, Jason (Angela) Dirks of Neoga, IL, Travis (Anna) Dirks of Lincoln, IL, Amber (Justin) Boudreau of Ashkum, IL., Cameron Claywell and Kristen (Wes) Claywell of Minnesota. Five great grandchildren, Reece Boudreau, Ellie Dirks, Graysen Boudreau, Khloe Dirks, and Aubrey Dirks.One sister and brother-in-law Gladys and Jim Roush of Bourbonnais,Il.

Leroy was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Kathleen Baier.

He farmed in rural Piper City most of his life. He loved playing cards, camping and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.

Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church, Piper City, IL or to the Donor’s Choice.

Arrangements by Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home, Piper City, IL.





RANTOUL – Patsy Lee Reinagle, 58, of Rantoul passed away at 9:10 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 27, 2013) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

She was born Aug. 30, 1954, in Gibson City, a daughter of Alvin and Bernice (McDavid) Tennant. They survive.

She is also survived by three sons, Randall, Rick (Holly) and Ron Reinagle; eight grandchildren; a sister, Nancy Tennant; and a brother, Ron Green. Also surviving is a longtime friend, Jamie Stanley.

Patsy attended the Chatsworth School, class of 1972. She worked various jobs, including custodian at Broadmeadow School and her final career was as an over-the-road truck driver. She enjoyed playing cards, flower gardening and her pets.

Services will be held at a later date.

Lux Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.



CHATSWORTH — Richard Allan Diller, 63, Madison, Wis., passed away peacefully Saturday (March 2, 2013) at Agrace HospiceCare, Fitchburg, Wis., with his wife, Deborah, at his side.

He was born June 12, 1949, in Akron, Ohio, son of Howard and Annie Olivia Diller. Richard grew up in Chatsworth and graduated from Chatsworth High School in 1967. He began working at the family business, Diller Tile Co., while in high school.

After high school he attended Illinois State University, graduating in 1973 with a degree in industrial technology while continuing his work at Diller Tile.

He married the love of his life, Deborah, on Nov. 17, 1979. They felt blessed to have 33 years together. They spent the first 14 years of their marriage in Rock Falls, where Richard was plant manager of Universal Plastics/Diller Tile.

In 1983, Richard suffered kidney failure and he and Debbie began home hemodialysis. Richard received a successful kidney transplant in Madison in 1987. He used this gift of freedom and time to pursue a new career while continuing his full-time work. He received his computer programming degree from Northern Illinois University in 1992. Then in 1993, Richard and Debbie moved to Madison, where he began a successful programming career with Great Lakes Higher Education, eventually becoming a consultant with TDS and U.S. Cellular. He retired in 2004. His transplant lasted 18 years before he returned to dialysis in 2006.

Richard was active in the Sterling/Rock Falls Jaycees and organized projects as varied as the Chili Cook-Off and the Haunted Ghost Walk. He served as district director of the Northwestern region from 1982 until 1983. He was a member of the Madison West Kiwanis and organized their annual High School Music Award Ceremony for the past two years.

Richard was a high school athlete and lettered in basketball and football. As an adult, he developed a love of bicycling and enjoyed commuting to work on his recumbent bicycle. A regular league bowler, Richard began participating in the annual National Bowling Tournament in 1977 with the Diller Tile team. This tournament became a lifelong enjoyment culminating in his participation in 26 years of competitions.

Richard also loved music. He began with the trumpet in the high school band and was soon asked by his music director to adopt the tuba. He played the tuba with the American Youth Band and Chorus during their European tour in 1967. He and Debbie attended many concerts of all types over the years. They enjoyed participating in the UW Performing Arts Tours to Philadelphia; New York and the Met; the Spoleto festival, Charleston, S.C.; and the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Richard’s entire family was active card players enjoying euchre, pinochle and poker. After retirement, Richard decided to learn sheepshead and participated in the Wednesday group at the Middleton Senior Center.

Richard had a joke for everyone and every occasion. He loved to make people laugh. He was a good listener as well and enjoyed as many social gatherings as his health allowed.

Richard was preceded in death by his father in 1978; his sister, Lynn, in 1993; his mother in 2003; and his older brother, Howard Jr., in 2011.

Richard is survived by his wife, Deborah, Madison; his sister-in-law, Dona; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gunderson Fitchburg Funeral Home, Fitchburg, Wis. A luncheon will follow the service. Memorial donations will be used to benefit St. Mary’s Renal Center’s patients and staff.

Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com



Joseph G. Thompson 64, Atlanta Ga. Died on Monday ,Feb. 25 in Miami, Fl.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday March 23 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Chatsworth, Il. The Rev. B.K. Tran officiating. Burial will be at St. Patrick's Cemeter, Chatsworth, Il., where full military rights will be accorded. A visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the hour of service, Saturday at the church. Afterwards a luncheon will be served in the parish hall. Memorials in Joe's name may be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, and the Altar and Rosary Society or a donation to the charity of the person's choice.

Joe was born April 21, 1948 in Pontiac, Il., a son of Durward (Terry) and Mary Thompson.

Survivors include a twin brother, John and (Karla) Thompson, Canton, Ga., two nieces, Kelly Thompson, Acworth, Ga., and Jessica Thompson, Middleburg, Fl., and a nephew, John D. and (Heather Thompson, Canton, Ga.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Terry and Mary Thompson.

Joe was owner of Ponce de Leon counseling service in Atlanta, Marietta, Canton and Acworth, Ga. He served his country in the US Army from 1970-72. He received a BA degree from Illinois State University and a Masters degree from Georgia State University.

Joe loved his work, family, and meeting new people. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. A special thank you to Father B.K. Tran and Eileen Weller for all the help and assistance in this sad time for our family.



Shawn L. Smith, 33, of Normal, formerly of Pontiac and Chatsworth, passed away at 9:22 pm on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatsworth. Jerry Gentes, Minister of Pastoral Care will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 pm on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth. Burial will follow services at the Germanville Township Cemetery in Rural Chatsworth. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Shawn was born April 17, 1979 in Pontiac, IL a son of Steven L. Smith and Roberta L. Hill. He grew up in the Pontiac area.

He is survived by his mother: Roberta (John) Reinitz of Chatsworth; his father: Steven L. Smith of Fairfield, IL; his paternal grandmother: Phyllis Smith of Fairfield; his maternal grandmother: Margaret Hill of Pontiac; one daughter: Cameron Jean Smith; two sisters: Rebecca Smith of Chatsworth and Lisa Smith of Pontiac; three step brothers: Joshua, Kraig, and Kent Reinitz; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister: Crystal Lynn Smith; his step brother: Justin Reinitz; his maternal grandfather: Robert Hill, Sr.; his maternal step grandfather: Allen Divley; and his paternal grandfather: Thomas Smith.

Shawn was passionate about many things. He was very athletic and enjoyed basketball, fishing, golfing, football, and bocce ball. He especially liked bowling, and competed at the statewide and national level. He had a passion for music of all different genres. Shawn also took classes for the Culinary Arts and was a chef in West Virginia.

He attended the Grace Church in Normal. Shawn donated a lot of his time to the Home Sweet Home Mission as a volunteer in the kitchen.

Shawn worked for State Farm as a Call Service Representative.

He was a loving son, brother, uncle, and friend who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. 



O. Leroy “Sonny” Bargman, 90. of Chatsworth, passed away at 9:02 AM Friday March 15, 2013, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City, IL.

His funeral will be at 2:00 PM Sunday March 17, 2013 at the Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth, Jerry Gentes, Minister of Pastoral Care will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the Funeral Home. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery with military rites by Walter Clemmons American Legion Post #613. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or OSF Hospice. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth is handling the arrangements.

Sonny was born on May 4, 1922 in Piper City, IL. a son of Otis E and Margretha (Folkerts) Bargman. He Married Georgianna Henry on June 3, 1944 in Superior, OH., she survives.

He is survived by his wife, Georgianna. His sister: Mary Hornickel of Chatsworth, IL.,

Many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his Parents, five sisters and one brother.

Sonny was raised on a farm before serving our country in the Army Air Corp during World War II. He worked for Diller Tile from 1946 until 1972 and then drove a truck as an owner-operator for Chicago- St. Louis Transport until retiring in 1984. He enjoyed playing cards, especially Euchre. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the Walter Clemmons American Legion post #613 in Chatsworth. 



Carol A. Fellers, 71 of Chatsworth died Friday, March 15, 2013 at 3:02 AM at her residence.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A visitation will be held on Monday, March 18, 2013 from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth. A prayer service will be held at 7:00PM. Memorials in Carol’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Carol was born on February 24, 1942 in Fairbury, IL. a daughter of Charles and Alma (Dillinger) Brock. She married Larry A. Fellers. He survives in Chatsworth. Also surviving is one son: Kevin (Susana) Fellers of Cropsey, IL: two daughters: Donna (Randy) Butcher of Farmersville , TX and Trudy (Curt) Byrne of Pontiac, IL: 12 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. One sister: Joyce Hines of Chatsworth, IL. Carol was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

Carol was educated in Chatsworth schools and was employed at Nicols Homeshield in Chatsworth for 36 years.



Mr. William “Bill” Brumfield, 72, of Chatsworth, IL, and formerly of Barry, Il. died on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at the Advocate Bromenn Hospital in Normal, IL. He was born in Washburn, WI on August 11, 1940 to M. William and G. Joan Haiden Brumfield. He married Sandi Pelican on September 14, 1968 in Columbia, MO, and she survives.

Mr. Brumfield taught elementary and junior high education-art. He was a graduate of the University of Missouri with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and did graduate work in Art. Bill was an Alumni of the University of Missouri Association. He received his teaching certificate from Hannibal-LaGrange College. He had taught in the Tri-Point School District at Piper City, IL. He had also served as a truant officer for the Pike-Adams Regional Superintendent of Schools. In addition, he was a substitute teacher for the Barry School District. He also coached girls’ softball in Barry. He had also worked for over 20 years as a diesel mechanic at Missouri Gravel. He was a member of the Kiwanis and the Barry Masonic Lodge # 34 AF & AM. Bill had also served as the Chairman of the Barry Apple Festival.

He enjoyed woodworking, art both abstract and surreal (painting, drawings in pencil, oils, and acrylics). He was an avid reader who enjoyed crossword puzzles and cryptograms. He enjoyed kids. He loved his family and especially loved his granddaughters.

Survivors include his wife Sandi of Chatsworth, IL, a son, Jonathan (Jennifer) Brumfield of Bolingbrook, IL , two daughters, Jennifer Brumfield of Elgin, IL, and Erin (Cef) Brumfield Grima of Hanover Park, IL, two brothers, Robert (Sandy) Brumfield of Columbia, MO, and Gerald (Irma) Brumfield of Rocheport, MO, a sister, Linda Johnson of Rocheport, MO, two granddaughters, Eleanor and Scarlett, along with nine nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Karen in infancy.




CHATSWORTH — Robert Lee Drauden, 73, Chatsworth, passed away Saturday (March 16, 2013) at Fairview Haven, Fairbury.

Born June 23, 1939, in Bend, Ore., Robert was a son of the late Elmer and Mabel Johnson-Drauden.

He was a graduate of Joliet Central High School and entered the U.S. Navy, where he honorably served for four years.

On Sept. 5, 1964, Robert married Jean White Alexander McEvoy in Glasgow, Scotland, and together they lived in Coal City, and most recently Chatsworth.

In 1966, Robert gained employment with Commonwealth Edison, from where he retired in 1994.

Survivors include his wife, Jean; two sons, Gordon (Melody) Drauden and Mark Drauden; granddaughter, Rachel Drauden; and one sister, Elmerine Vest.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Connie Melvin.

Cremation rites have been accorded per the wishes of the family. Military honors and inurnment will be at a later date in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood.

Cremation services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes Ltd., Coal City.

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences to the family by logging onto www.ReevesFuneral.com.



James Albert Stiles, 80, of rural Lincoln, died Monday, March 18, 2013, at Boone Hospital Center, Columbia. He was born on April 9, 1932, at Battletown, Kentucky, a son of John and Bessie C. (Bullock) Stiles.

On June 16,1961, in Payneville, Kentucky, he was united in marriage to Betty Barley, who survives of the home. In 1962, they moved to Chatsworth, Illinois.

Before retiring, he worked as a mechanic and welder for Steele Construction. In 1972, they moved to the Cole Camp area. He spent many hours volunteering at Yeager Union Church of rural Lincoln, helping to build their new addition which was completed in August of 2006. He was active with the Lakeview Heights Fire Department, where he had served as president from July 7, 2003, to May of 2006, was Fireman of the Year in 2004, and was instrumental in building fire station #3.

He enjoyed fishing, then donating his "catch" to local fundraising fish frys, woodworking, and working in his shop. He loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters: Pamela G. Stiles, and her companion, Steve DeGoes, of Lincoln, and Lisa M. Theisen, and her husband, Earl, of Cole Camp; one son, Ken D. Stiles, and his wife, Janice, of Sedalia; one sister, Catherine Flaherty of Louisville, KY; four grandchildren: Adam Pritchard, and his wife, Brittany, Chelsey Gallagher, and her husband, Grant, Grant Pritchard, and Brady Theisen; and five great-grandchildren: Audrie Pritchard, Landon Walk-Pritchard, Gracelyn Pritchard, Trent Gallagher, and Callie Gallagher.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and five brothers: Junie Stiles, Mack Stiles, Claude Stiles, William Stiles, and Paul Stiles.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 22, 2013, at Fox Funeral Home, Cole Camp, with Pastor Bill Siebert officiating. Burial will be in Brushy Cemetery, rural Lincoln.

The family will receive friends from 6 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2013, at the Fox Funeral Home in Cole Camp.

The family suggests memorial contributions be given to Lakeview Heights Fire Department or the Cole Camp
R-1 Brady Fund in care of the Fox Funeral Home, Cole Camp.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Lakeview Heights Firemen.
Published in SedaliaDemocrat.com on March 20, 2013



Benita K. Betts, 31, of Pontiac, IL passed away at 6:40 pm on Monday, March 18, 2013 in Pontiac, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Forrest with Rev. Corinne Blissard officiating. Visitation will be held from 1:00-3:00 pm on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the church. Burial be at 12:00 pm on Sunday, March 24, 2013 in Mulberry Grove Cemetery, Mulberry Grove, Illinois. Memorials may be made to the family. A memory capsule will be placed at Chatsworth Cemetery at a later date.

She was born August 7, 1981 in Bartow, FL a daughter of Lorri (Orndorff) Frechette and Brian Smith. She married Kito Betts on May 22, 2010.

Surviving is her husband: Kito Betts of Pontiac; her children: Estefania, Allyvia, Armando, Jordan, and Kito II; her mother: Lorri (Larry) Frechette of Chatsworth; her father: Brian Smith of Lakeland, FL; her grandfather: Larry (Rachel) Orndorff of Terre Haute, IN; her grandmother: Gerri Cabbage of Sandersville, GA; her great grandmother: Beatrice Bronson of Chatsworth; her siblings: Joseph (Brandi) McDonald of Pontiac, Chelsie Embry of Georgia, Jeremiah Embry (Kayla) of Chatsworth, Richard Garza II of Chatsworth, Alexandra Garza of Chatsworth, and Tamra and Ashley Smith of Lakeland, FL; her mother-in-law: Laura Betts; her father-in-law: Havan Tompkin; many step brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Jaysha Marie “Bug” Betts.

Benita was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, and friend who will be greatly missed.



Harold Hornickel, 87, of rural Chatsworth, passed away at 9:34 am on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at Gibson Area Hospital.

His funeral will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth with Father BK Tran officiating. A Christian burial will be at the Germanville Township Cemetery following the service. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Friday, April 5, 2013 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth and an hour prior to the service on Saturday. Memorials may be made to SELCAS in Fairbury, IL or Livingston County Humane Society, 21179 N. 1358 E. Road, Pontiac, IL.

Harold was born on July 3, 1925 at home in Chatsworth, IL to Augustus and Mae (Smith) Hornickel. He married Regina Swanick on April 19, 1947 and were married for nearly sixty-six years. She survives.

Also, surviving are sons: Jim (Bev) of Normal, Dennis (Gayle) and David (Ann Hanson, special friend) all of Chatsworth; one daughter: Rosemarie (Steve) Umland in Champaign; nine granddaughters: Emily (Jay) Fleischmann of Turlock CA, Trisha Hornickel (Fiance Neal Murphy) of Tokyo, Japan, Abby (Michael) Bradley of Dallas, TX, Stephanie (Mike) Doss of Heyworth, Mandi Hornickel of Chicago, Lindsey Hornickel (Scott Hay) of Clinton, Jessica Hornickel of Maroa, Bethany (John) Chilsted, Brittany Myers, all of Bloomington; 4 great-grandchildren: Shafer and Harper Fleischmann, Adam Doss, and Bianca Hay; brothers: W. Neil, (Pat) of Chatsworth, Dale Francis of River Grove; one sister: Maxine Zorn of Fairbury.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law: Clair Zorn.

He served Germanville Township for a total of 32 years with the last 16 years as supervisor. After high school, he worked at Caterpillar in Peoria for one winter. He devoted his life to his family and farming in the Germanville area since 1943. He left behind his buddy, Blackie, his cat.



John M. Franey, 75, Chatsworth, died at 10:15 pm Sunday, April 14, 2013 at Evenglow Lodge, Pontiac.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30am Thursday, April 18, 2013 at St. Peter and St. Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth with Fr. B.K. Tran and Fr. Carl LoPresti officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Chatsworth where full military rites will be conducted by the Walter Clemons American Legion post #613.

Visitation will be 4:00 to 8:00 pm Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at St. Peter and St. Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth with a rosary to be recited at 3:30 pm. Visitation will also be held from 9:30 to 10:15 am Thursday at the church. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is assisting with arrangements. The family suggests memorial offerings be directed to SELCAS or St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery fund. Mr. Franey was born June 20, 1937 in Fairbury, IL the son of John Thomas and Maybelle Marr Franey. He married Teresa E. Hahn on June 11, 1960 at the St. John’s Catholic Church, Cullom. She survives.

Also surviving are three daughters; Patty (Lenny) Haberkorn; Joni (Bob) Huisman, both of Chatsworth; Terri (Troy) Rieger, Forrest; one son; Tom (Stephanie) Franey, Rantoul; twelve grandchildren; Chris, Kaleigh (fiance’, Scott) and Keeley Haberkorn; Elizabeth, John Thomas, and Mary Beth Franey; Thomas, Matthew and Lucas Huisman; Tristin, Tiffani and Clayton Rieger; four sisters; Joanne VanAntwerp, Pittsfield; Joyce Cryer, Bloomington; Barbara (Wayne) Klasing, Kerrville, TX; Rosemary (Bob) Campbell, Glasford; two brothers; William Franey, Piper City; James (Jean) Franey, Concordia, KS.

He is preceded in death by three brothers in law; Joe VanAntwerp, Paul Hahn, Don Hahn and one sister in law; Jane Franey.

Mr. Franey was a 1955 graduate of Chatsworth High School and a lifetime farmer in southeast Livingston County. He served in the United States Air Force (1960-1964), and was a member of the Walter Clemons American Legion post #613, Chatsworth. He had been an auxiliary deputy sheriff in Livingston County. He was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus; served on the Livingston County board for ten years; Chatsworth school board; worked as an EMT for SELCAS and served on its board of directors and was a volunteer fireman with the Chatsworth Fire Department.



 

Russell Ray Heald, 64, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 2:15 am on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at his residence.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatsworth with Pastor Tom Krieger officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church. Full military rites will be accorded at the Walter Clemons American Legion Post 613 in Chatsworth following services. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Walter Clemons American Legion Post 613, or a charity of the donor’s choice. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth is handling arrangements for the family.

Russell was born January 23, 1949 in Springfield, IL a son of Russell Ray Sr. and Wilhelmean (Bork) Heald. He married Susan Perring on June 25, 1982 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife: Susan Heald of Chatsworth, IL; his son: Justin (Lisa) Heald of Chatsworth, IL; two stepsons: Scott (Hannah) Schuette of Pittsburgh, PA and Cory (Joy) Schuette of Alton, IL; five grandsons: Blake, Dylan, Cameron, Paul James, and Asa; one granddaughter: Willa; one sister: Pam (Norman) Grimsley of Aroma Park, IL; one brother-in-law: David Norvell of Thawville, IL; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister: Sharon Norvell.

Russell served his country in the United States Army from 1969-1975 and attained the rank of SP4 and was stationed in Europe where he was a tank operator. He was a member of the Walter Clemons American Legion Post 613 in Chatsworth and a member of the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatsworth.

He attended the Chatsworth Schools. Russell worked as a mill operator for seventeen years at PTC Alliance in Fairbury. He also worked as a truck driver for a number of years.

Russell’s most important thing in his life was his family. He did enjoy motorcycling, music, and living life to its fullest. He always kept his friends close and was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, brother, uncle and friend who will be greatly missed.



COLFAX — William G. “Bill” Beck, 81, Colfax, died at 8:30 p.m. Monday (April 22, 2013) at ASTA Care Center, Colfax.

Service: 10:30 a.m. Friday at Wiley Cemetery, Colfax. His nephew, the Rev. John Curtis, will officiate. Military rites will be accorded by Davis-Kerber American Legion Post 653, Colfax.

Visitation: There will be no visitation. Arrangements are being handled by Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington.

Memorials: American Diabetes Association or American Heart Association.

Survivor: twin brother, John Robert (Joanne) Beck, Huntsville, Ala.

Please view the obituary and share your condolences and memories online at www.calvertmemorial.com.

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CHATSWORTH — Ruth M. Davis, 83, Barefoot Bay, Fla., formerly of Chats-worth, died April 14, 2013, in Barefoot Bay, Fla.

Ruth was born April 13, 1930, in El Paso. She grew up in East Peoria and graduated from East Peoria High School. She was the youngest daughter of Jesse and Mabel Brown, a musical family. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Virginia Turbett of Washington; and brother, Ralph Brown.

Survivors include her two brothers, Laurence Brown and Earl (Mary) Brown, both of Morton; her five children, Daniel (Mary), Middleburg, Fla.; Richard, Melbourne, Fla.; Edward (Patti), Toledo, Ill.; Timothy (Marianne), Geneva; and Kathleen Dixon, Barefoot Bay, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Ruth married Robert E. Davis on May 30, 1948, and lived predominantly in Fairbury and Chatsworth. They operated the Fairbury Bakery for several years. Later, Ruth owned and operated Old Chapel Inn in Chatsworth. Although well known for its good food and homemade pies, the restaurant was really all about Ruth’s friendly personality. It was a place where local folk could meet and talk about their day.

Tired of Illinois winters, Ruth moved to Florida where she lived happily for 20 years. She married Joseph Johnson, her longtime partner, on Dec. 25, 2011. Ruth loved the arts, whether it was painting beautiful pictures, quilting or going to plays and musicals. She also loved the ocean and all its wildlife, and traveling when she could.

Her children used to tease their mom that she loved her various dogs, Toi, Duke, Spanky and Joey, more than them; and though this wasn’t true, of course, she surely loved her dogs and they brought her much happiness.

A graveside memorial service will be at 11 a.m. May 18 at Evergreen Cemetery, El Paso. Memorials in her name can be made to an animal shelter of choice.

Condolences may be sent to her family at kath803@hotmail.com.

God Bless our Mom. She was an angel on Earth and now in Heaven.

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Leola M. Weaver, 97, of Gilman, formerly of Chatsworth, passed away at 3:05 pm on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Gilman Health Care Center.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at Chatsworth Cemetery, Memorial contributions may be made to her family.

She is survived by her two sons: Glenn (Pearl) Weaver of Dayton, Oh. and Robert (Bobbie) Weaver of Gardner, Ks.; two foster children: Robert and Eddie Stevens; her grandchildren: Melissa (John) Edwards, Matt Weaver, Becky (Patrick Saverino) Weaver, Brittany Ellerbrook, Garin Weaver, Cedar Weaver, and John Ellerbrook; her great grandchildren: Lauren and Kaleb Edwards, Ryder Ellerbrook, and Khloe Saverino; and one sister; Virginia Brewer. Leola was preceded in death by her grandson, Michael Weaver, and many siblings.

Leola loved animals and collecting many things. She was a garage sale enthusiast.



CHATSWORTH — Richard “Dick” Burnell Watson, 71, Visalia, Calif. passed away peacefully Friday (April 26, 2013) with his family by his side in Danville, Calif.

He was born Dec. 13, 1941, in Chatsworth, the son of Burnell and Ruth Watson.

Dick grew up in a family of five children in the small town of Chatsworth. He earned his civil engineering degree at the University of Illinois in 1965. After graduation, he moved to California where he met his sweetheart, Marilyn Easter. They were married in Santa Maria, Calif., on June 22, 1968, and moved to Visalia where they raised three children. He worked for W.M. Lyles Co. for 37 years, loved his work, and enjoyed the people with whom he worked.

Dick had an infectious zest for life and he never missed a chance to joke. He dearly loved his family, grandchildren and friends, and he had a knack for making everyone around him feel good about themselves. He recently celebrated his 50th year as a private pilot. He had a lifelong passion for trains and was an avid golfer. In his retirement, Dick and Marilyn enjoyed traveling with family and friends and visiting grandchildren.

Dick was an active member of the Visalia community through the years. He was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Visalia and was active in the Visalia Rotary Club, Visalia YMCA, the Tulare County Library Foundation, the Santa Teresita Youth Community Center in Three Rivers and numerous other organizations. He was also a member of the AOPA pilot association and the American Rail Car Association.

He is survived by his loving wife and partner, Marilyn Watson; their three children and spouses, Kim and Rob Hensley, Kevin and Julie Watson and Debbie and Scott Rumsey. He has seven grandchildren who adore him, Ellie, Maggie and Jake Hensley; Grant and Lauren Watson; and Nate and Katie Rumsey. He is also survived by his siblings, Pat Haskins, Ruth Bazzell, Cletus Watson and Theresa Watson; numerous nieces and nephews; and more than a few golf buddies.

His funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Visalia, Calif., with interment following at Visalia District Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Visalia Community Rotary Foundation, 1220 W. Center Ave., Visalia, CA 93291; Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center, P.O. Box 249, Three Rivers, CA 93271; or Tulare County Library Foundation, 200 W. Oak Avenue, Visalia, CA 93291. Arrangements are entrusted to Miller Memorial Chapel, Visalia, Calif.

Tributes and condolences may be made at www.millerchapel.com.



Beatrice G. Cole, 88 of Gridley formerly of Chatsworth passed away at 12:38 am, Saturday, May 4, 2013 at her residence in Gridley, surrounded by her family.

Cremation rites have been accorded. The family will hold a private inurnment at a later date in Chatsworth Cemetery, Chatsworth. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Chenoa is assisting the family with arrangements.

Bea was born October 22, 1924 in Chatsworth; the daughter of Frank and Bertha (Weihermiller) Gingerich. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, two sisters and son in-law, Earl Bork.

Survivors include two daughters; Barbara Cole, Oak Lawn, IL and Beth Bork, Forrest, one son; Michael Cole of Carlock; two grandsons, Chad Bork and Shane Cole, great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Bea graduated from Chatsworth High School and later was employed by the State at Fox Developmental Center, Dwight. She was an avid Quilt Maker and enjoyed making various handy crafts.



 

Capt. Justin Mathew Ehman, 94, of Arab died Friday, May 17, 2013, at his residence.

Capt. Ehman was born in 1918, in Pontiac, Ill., to Loretta and Alfred C. Ehman. He married the former Margaret Eidson in 1946. She preceded him in death.

He was assigned to Redstone Arsenal during World War II, then later served as executive office of Raybesto Manhattan, an industrial supplier.

He was a devoted member of Saint Williams Catholic Church in Guntersville.

He was a founding member of the El Rancho Liars Club, enjoyed time with his buddies and was a benefactor to Whole Backstage Theater in Guntersville. He was also a supporter of Arab Musical Theatre.

He is survived by a special nephew and niece: Timothy and Peggy Bishop of Arab; great-nephew and niece: Matthew and Sarah Bishop; special friend: Barbara Yantzi of Arab; and several other nieces and nephews: James and Martha Clare Morris, Margaret and Richard Holoday, Colleen Morris, Shawn and John Wellspeak, Kathy and Richard Hastins, Mary Lou Rauh, Patrick Morris, Colleen and Leonard Butler, Stephanie Kiburz and James and Joan Kennah.

He was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters: Alfred C. Ehman Jr., Marguerite Kennah, Stephen J Ehman and Bernadette Morris.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Gober Funeral Chapel, and conclude with a prayer service at 7:45 p.m.

The graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 24, 2013, at Arab Memorial Cemetery with Gober Funeral Chapel directing.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Whole Backstage, Saint Williams, Arab Musical Theatre or the Arab Historical Society.


Pallbearers will be Leonard Butler, David Coronado, Howard Hawk, Bob Joslin, Mathew Kiburz, Wendell Mead, Wade Skidmore and Justin O'Connor.

Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Abercrombie, Roye Marshall, Tom Mizell, Byron Nelson and Max Pool.



Norman Kenneth Runyon, 79, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 8:45 am on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at Piper City Rehab & Living Center in Piper City.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow services at Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Norman was born January 2, 1934 a son of Mason and Alberta (Norman) Runyon. He married Wilma Lang on February 5, 1955. She passed away August of 1990.

He is survived by one son: Norman “Kevin” (Crystal) Runyon of Piper City, IL; one daughter: Jenise (Gary) Galloway of Chatsworth; five grandchildren: Brianna (Seth) McIntyre, Nicholas (Danielle) Runyon, Amalie (Luke) McLaughlin, Mykal Galloway, and Kenber Galloway; five great grandchildren; one sister: Gloria (Roger) Russell of Bloomington; one brother: Roger (Wilma) Runyon of Kentucky; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, and eight brothers.

Norman served his country in the United States Army. He was from the Chatsworth area most of his life having worked for Honegger Mill in Fairbury for thirty-five years and then Homeshield until his retirement. He enjoyed Nascar, golfing, camping, fishing, and riding around town in his golf cart.

He was a loving dad, grandpa, great grandpa and friend who will be greatly missed.



Loyal Joyce Collins, 96, of Tampa, passed away May 29, 2013 under the care of Melech Hospice House. Loyal was born in Homestead, Ok. to Arthur B. Collins and Anna M. Collins (VanDerryt). His is preceded in death by his wife, Juanita and son, Billy. Loyal was retired from Frito Lay. His is survived by his son, Richard K. Collins, of Topeka, Ks. and daughter, Beverly J. Carroll of Tampa, Fl. Loyal will be missed by friends and family including five granddaughters and 16 great grandchildren and his dog and companion, Tiger. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to LifePath Hospice. There will be no public funeral ceremony. His final resting place will be Brenton Cemetery, Piper City, Il. Swillley Funeral Home. 

Published in Herald News on June 4, 2013



CHATSWORTH — Gladys Marie Walters, 91, Chatsworth, died at 1:36 a.m. Tuesday (June 11, 2013) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Service: None. Cremation rites will be accorded. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth, is handling arrangements for the family.

Survivors: her daughter, Pat (Bob) Kietzman, Prescott, Ariz.; one son, Richard Walters, Laguna Niguel, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

This obituary may be viewed and a guestbook signed at www.calvertmartinmemorial.com.



DUNLAP - Betty L. Nussbaum, 87, of Fairbury, Ill., formerly of Chatsworth, the mother of a Dunlap woman, passed away and went to be with her Lord at 2:53 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2013, at Meadows Mennonite Home in Chenoa.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at the Apostolic Christian Church in Forrest, where she was a member for 65 years, with ministers of the church officiating. Burial will be in the North Apostolic Christian Cemetery in rural Forrest, Ill. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 17, 2013, at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Forrest and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Betty's name may be made to Fairview Haven Retirement Community or Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community.

Betty was born Jan. 12, 1926, in Forrest, a daughter of Roy and Martha (Haab) Metz. She married Dean Nussbaum on Jan. 12, 1946, in Pontiac.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Dean; her children, Terry (Deborah) Nussbaum of Fairbury, Luann (Jerold) Endress of Dunlap, Jay (M. Ann) Nussbaum of Bloomington, and Elaine (Lynn) Stoller of Gridley; 14 grandchildren, Joseph Livingston, Abby (Dan) Eisenman, Lucas (Raya) Nussbaum, Tessa (Ben) Herr, Clint (Stefanie) Endress, Troy (Lindsay) Endress, Brett (Cassie) Endress, Ty (Erin) Endress, Will (Alexis) Nussbaum, Casey (Tyler) Zimmerman, Candice (Michael) Dohman, Holly (Will) Kellenberger, Natalie (Tommy) Hoerr and Wendy (Josh) Schick; 27 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Mildred Allen of Fairbury, Ruth Thiel of Colorado and Royalene Toombs.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Earl (Isabelle) and Ivan (Juanita); one sister, Mary Ann (Ed) Plattner; one grandson, Jacob Nussbaum; and three brothers-in-law, Fritz Masters, Cyril Allen and Robert Toombs.

Betty loved her family and music, and she served many years as a Sunday School teacher in her church. She was an active volunteer at Fairview Haven in Fairbury and with her church's World Relief organization.

She enjoyed sewing, quilting, attending garage sales and auctions, and operated Betty's Bargain Barn in Chatsworth for many years. Betty and Dean owned and operated Nussbaum Chevrolet in Chatsworth and farmed in the area. Betty especially looked forward to family gatherings, spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

This obituary may be viewed and a guestbook signed at calvertmartinmemorial.com.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on June 16, 2013


May 25,2013 Kankakee Daily Journal

Visitation for Agnes M. Wilkins, 95, of Bradley, will be from 10 a.m. Tuesday until the 11:30 a.m. funeral service at the Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Funeral Home, west Kankakee. Pastor Barbara Lohrbach will officiate.

Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens of Memory, Kankakee. Memorials may be made to Vitas Hospice. She died Wednesday (May 22, 2013) at her home.

Mrs. Wilkins was a homemaker. She was born Dec. 1, 1917, in Chatsworth, the daughter of Adam and Bessie Eaker Shell. Her husband, Ray Wilkins, passed away in 1969. She enjoyed sewing, baking and flower gardening.

Surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Stephen and Janice Wilkins, of Limestone, and Douglas Wilkins, of Bradley; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Margaret Herink and Helen Babcock.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Larry Wilkins; three sisters and two brothers.

Please sign her guestbook at clancygernon.com.

 

 

Ronald K. Harris
Thursday, August 11, 1932 - Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Ronald K. Harris, 80, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 5:40 am on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at Rivedrside Hospital in Kankakee following a long illness.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 pm on Friday, July 5, 2013 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow services at Onarga Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family or the American Cancer Society.

He was born August 11, 1932 in Elmwood Park, Chicago, Illinois. He married Mary Joanne McBride on March 31, 1978.

Surviving is his wife, Mary Joanne Harris of thirty-five years; one son: Joseph (Kasey) Harris; one daughter: Carol Harris; three brother-in-laws: Richard McBride, Roger McBride, and Wayne (Janice) McBride; two sister-in-laws: Ellen (Tom) Hanlon and Marie McBride; three granddaughters: Kassidy and Josie Harris, and Mariah Turner; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son: Ronald L. Harris.

Ronald loved fishing and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He will be laid to rest next to his son, Ronald L. Harris and his mother-in-law, Piney McBride.

He was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, and friend who will be greatly missed.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thank you to his family physician and friend, Dr. Benjamin Brewer and his staff at Prairie Family Medicine in Forrest for all the love and care that he received for many years and also to all the doctors, nurses, and staff at Piper City Rehab and Riverside Hospital for the excellent care that he received in his last days there.



GIBSON CITY– Erma L. Scherer, 92, of Gibson City died at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday (July 10, 2013) at Illinois Knights Templar Home in Paxton.

Private funeral service will be Saturday, July 13, at Lamb-Young Funeral Home in Roberts with the Rev. Jim Davis officiating. Burial will be in Ridgeland Township Cemetery in Thawville. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Friday) at the funeral home.

Mrs. Scherer was born Aug. 12, 1920, in Chatsworth, a daughter of Herman and Wesalena Taden Gerth. She married Cecil Scherer on June 1, 1941.

Surviving are two daughters, Gloria (Ray) Brinkman of Melvin and Glenda (Warren) Birkey of Gibson City; five grandchildren, Todd Brinkman, Tami (Eric) Geurts, Jennifer (Brennan) Radmer, Bethany (Andrew) Kolhoff and Melissa (Harold) Zahnd; one step-granddaughter, Sue (Kyle) Berry; six great-grandchildren, Christopher and Cara Geurts, Kaitlyn Kolhoff, Tucker and Colette Zahnd, and Zoey Radmer; two step-great-grandchildren, Maryn and Judd Berry; a brother, Hubert Gerth; a nephew, Tom (Kay) Gerth; and a niece, Linda Kinney.

Erma was a homemaker. She was a member of American Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gibson City. She taught Sunday and Bible School and was in the choir and she was a member of The Sit and Chat Club in Thawville. Memorials may be made to Carle Hospice, the Illinois Knights Templar Home in Paxton or to a charity of the donor's choice.




Doug William Aberle
(August 13, 1947 - July 21, 2013)


Doug William Aberle

Douglas (Doug) William Aberle, 65, of Hudson, IL passed away at 6:30 P.M. on Sunday, July 21, 2013, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Mattoon.

Cremation has been accorded.

A celebration of life service will be at 2 P.M. on Saturday, July 27, 2013,at Vale Community Church, Bloomington, IL. Bro. Ricky Cunningham will be officiating. A visitation will be held on Friday, July 26, 2013, from 4 PM to 8 PM at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury and one hour prior to the service on Saturday July 27th.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Pilot Dogs, 625 W. Town St. Columbus, OH 43215 or an education fund for Doug's grandchildren established at Commerce Bank.

Doug was born August 13, 1947, in Fairbury, IL, the son of William and Jean (Zimmerman) Aberle. The eldest of four children. He married Connie Martin on November 16, 1973, in the home of his parents.

He is survived by his wife Connie; one son Jeff Aberle of Hudson; one daughter, Marie (Thomas) Emery of Benton, KY; three grandchildren, Kayla, Brianna, and Logan Emery; one brother Mark (Lavern) Aberle of Chatsworth, two sisters, MaryJo (Mark) Rieger of Mahomet, and Dawn (Randy) Steidinger of Forrest.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Doug was the graduate of the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (Applied computer science for the blind). He was a Senior Systems Analyst at State Farm Insurance for 29 years. He loved camping with his family and spending time with his grandchildren. Doug also loved helping people in need and he loved serving God in any way he could. 



Betty Plank

Chatsworth- Betty Plank, 99, formerly of Chatsworth, passed away at 7:45 am on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Piper City Rehabilitation Center in Piper City.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at Melvin Cemetery. Rev. Ivy Silas will officiate. Burial will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Chatsworth Township Library or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Betty was born July 24, 1914 in Melvin, Illinois, the daughter of John M. and Elma J. (Thompson) Plank. Surviving is her cousin: Meta Jean Mosher of Plainfield, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents.

She was a member of the Chatsworth United Methodist Church. Betty was a former nurse, having worked several years ago both in the Chicago and Chatsworth areas.

Calvert-Martin Funeral Homes.



Lenore Bryant



Lenore Bryant

January 17, 1928 - August 24, 2013

Lenore Bryant, 85, of Searcy, died peacefully Saturday morning, August 24, 2013, surrounded by her children.

She was born to the late Albert and Delia Gilliland Stow on Tuesday, January 17, 1928 in Strawn, Illinois. Lenore married Robert L. Bryant on January 29, 1948 in Roberts, Illinois and enjoyed almost 31 years of marriage until Robert’s death in 1979.

For most of her adult life, Lenore was a stay at home mother and wife. After the death of her husband, she began working full time outside the home while still raising her three youngest children. Later in life, Lenore became an avid sports fan, rooting on the Dallas Cowboys, Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns and her beloved Arkansas Razorbacks. She relished the opportunity to watch sports with her children and grandchildren. Her children cherished the values that she instilled through word and example. Lenore found joy in the mundane: a hot cup of coffee, sermons on the radio, Jeopardy, word search puzzles and old movies. Lenore was a member of Searcy First Baptist Church where she faithfully attended when her health permitted.

Lenore is survived by her six children: Diana Langley of Iowa, Peggy Yancey of Searcy, Phyllis O’Reagan and her husband Rick of Nikiski, Alaska, Teresa McConnell and her husband Stewart of Conway, Michael Bryant and his wife Jennifer of Cabot and Tina Bryant of Cordova, Tennessee; fifteen grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren.

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

Private graveside services will be Monday, August 26, 2013 at 11:30am, in White County Memorial Gardens. Interment will follow under the direction of Roller-Daniel Funeral Home (501)268-3546.

In Lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Arkansas Hospice or the Humane Society.

Pallbearers include Christopher Bryant, John Bryant McConnell, Jeffrey McConnell, Davie Webb and Drew Pruitt.

Honorary Pallbearers include Tammy Pruitt, Michelle Dykstra, Bobbie Ann McConnell, Jennifer Parsons, Megan McConnell, Sara Beth Bryant, Abigail Bryant and Miriam Pruitt.



John E. McGuire, 84, of Watseka, passed away at 1:57 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 24, 2013) at the Piper City Living Center in Piper City.

He was born Sept. 3, 1928, in Piper City, the son of John and Genevieve Gain McGuire. His wife, the former Marilyn Derr, whom he married Aug. 8, 1953, in Chatsworth, preceded him in death May 5, 2004.

Survivors include one son, Steve (Lana) McGuire, of Houston, Texas; two daughters, Margo Lucido, of Florissant, Mo., and Marla (Greg) Fuesting, of St. Charles, Mo.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; one brother, Francis “Butch” McGuire, of Piper City; and one sister, Peg Bargemann, of Piper City.

John was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Bob McGuire.

John was a member of St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka, Watseka American Legion Post 23, Watseka Elks Lodge, and the Knights of Columbus. He was a truck driver for many years and worked for D.E. Lynch Construction as a heavy equipment operator. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, with a Vespers service at 6:45 p.m., at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka. Father Michael Powell will officiate. Burial, with military graveside rites conducted by the Watseka American Legion Post 23 and Iroquois County VFW Post 7450, will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or to Passages Hospice.

Please sign his online guestbook at knappfuneralhomes.com




Mr. Tony R. Masden, age 72 of Benton, KY., passed away Friday, August 23, 2013, at the Marshall Co. Hospital in Benton, KY. Born November 24, 1940 in Cleaton, KY., he was a machine operator for the TPW railroad. He attended Faith Gospel Temple in Gilbertsville, KY.

He is survived by five sons; Edvern Masden of Pontiac, IL., Tony Glen Masden of Chatsworth, IL., Carlos Brasher, wife Barb of Nortonville, KY., Jeff Brasher, wife Cathy of Calvert City, KY., Phillip Brasher, wife Shawn of Nortonville, KY., two daughters; Frieda Bussey, husband Ken of Grand Rivers, KY., Sandy House, husband Dewayne of New Hope, AR., brother; Rodger Masden, wife Shelby of Hoopeston, IL., five sisters; Andrea Lewis of Hamilton, AL., Renda McDonald of Gilman, IL., VaRetta James of Gary, IN., Austeen James, husband Waylon of Wheatfield, IN., Vinell Miranda, husband Efrain of Muncie, IN., ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

One Aunt, Sue Mahon of Beechmont, KY., a special niece who served as caregiver, Cindy Neal also survives.

He was preceded in death by his father; Howard Masden, his mother; Irene (Vincent) Hughes, his wife; Earline (Phelps) Masden, son; Randy Joe Masden, daughter; Theresa Menser

Funeral Services will be held Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. in the chapel of the Collier Funeral Home in Benton. Rev. Terry Phelps and Rev. Mark Shumaker will officiate. Interment is to follow the service in the Marshall County Memory Gardens.

Friends may visit with the family after 11:00 a.m. until the funeral hour at 2;30 p.m. in the chapel of the Collier Funeral Home in Benton, KY.




Elizabeth Anna "Betty" Culkin, 87, of Bloomington, formerly of Forrest and Lake Bloomington, died at 4:16 pm, Friday, August 30, 2013 at her home.

Her funeral will be at 11:00 am, Wednesday (9-4-13) at St. Patrick Church of Merna, Bloomington with Monsignor Gerald T. Ward officiating. A graveside service will be at 2:30 pm, Wednesday in Forrest Cemetery, Forrest. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm, Tuesday (9-3-13) at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington and from 10:30-11:00 am, Wednesday at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Apostolic Christian Home For the Handicapped, 2125 Veterans Rd., Morton, Il 61550.

Elizabeth was born on July 29, 1926 in Strawn, Illinois, the daughter of Carl Jacob and Lydia Veronica Baer Aberle. She married Clarence E. Culkin on June 26, 1948 in Peoria. He survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Diane (John) Hoke, Carbondale and Teresa (Steve) Flury, Wilmington, NC; one son, Thomas (Mary Lou) Culkin, Fairbury; ten grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren; two brothers, Reuben "Pete" (Kathleen) Aberle, Florida and Harold "Hank" Aberle, Chatsworth; three sisters, Ann (Roy) Maurer and Rose Huette, both of Bloomington and Lois (George) Fisher, California. She is also survived by one brother-in-law, James Byrd, Eureka; one sister-in-law Judy Aberle, Arizona; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, Michael E. Culkin; three brothers, Elmer, William and Ezra Aberle and one sister, Leota Byrd.

During WWII, Elizabeth served as a "Rosie the Riveter" and worked for Lockheed Martin in Arizona and California. She graduated from the St. Francis School of Nursing in Peoria and while at school, she became an Army Cadet Nurse. Elizabeth practiced nursing for several years and later became a private duty nurse for many years. She worked briefly at Fairbury Hospital. In the early 1960's, Elizabeth was an advocate and instrumental in getting schooling established for children with mental challenges in Livingston County. She also assisted her husband, Clarence in the ambulance and funeral service industry at Culkin Funeral Homes in Forrest and Chatsworth.

Later in life, Elizabeth was an artist and enjoyed painting. She did oil painting and china painting, including china dolls. She was a member of St. Patrick Church of Merna, Bloomington.

Elizabeth's joy in life were her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She touched many lives and will be greatly missed.

To express condolences online, please visit www.carmodyflynn.com



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Sept. 07, 2013, 10:08 am 


Mary Agnes Bouhl-Oliver, 89, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., passed away Thursday (Aug. 29, 2013) at the home of her daughter in Port St. Lucie. A celebration of life service is being planned for Mary and Emery on Sept. 22, 2013, at the home of her daughter, Nancy Pearson, of Wilmington. Memorial donations, if desired, may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice.

Mary Agnes was born Feb. 24, 1924, in Chatsworth, the daughter of Edward and Nellie Fischer Bouhl. She was married to Emery W. Oliver on Aug. 30, 1947, at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth. The couple were longtime residents of Kankakee and New Orleans, La. He preceded her in death April 11, 2011.

Surviving are daughters, Marietta "Penny" Oliver and Sandy Christensen, both of Port St. Lucie, Nancy Pearson, of Wilmington, and Jane Christie, of Gilman; nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Jerome Bouhl and Robert Bouhl; and a grandson, Wayne E Pearson.





 

 Richard O. Fortna, a resident of Newtown passed away Saturday September 7, 2013, at his home at the age of 81. He was the husband of Janet Fortna, to whom he was married for 57 years.

Born in Fairbury, IL, Dick was the son of the late Harvey and Rose (Demler) Fortna. After the passing of his father, Dick's mother married Dr. H. L. Lockner who was a devoted father and mentor to Dick. Dick graduated from Chatsworth (IL) high school in 1949.
Dick enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served during the Korean War. Following the Marine Corps, Dick completed a Bachelor of Science and Master's degree at the University of Illinois. Dick and Janet married in 1956 and moved to southern California the following year where Dick took doctoral courses in clinical psychology at UCLA. Dick later changed majors and universities, completing all coursework for a doctorate in psychological measurement at USC.
Dick took a job at Educational Testing Service (ETS) in 1960 which took him to the bay area of California. The family moved to Newtown in 1970 after Dick was transferred to the Princeton, NJ office. Dick worked at ETS until his retirement in 1994.
Dick served as a Boy Scout leader for Troop 20, was an avid runner, reader, and traveler, and enjoyed many outdoor activities such as fishing and camping.
In addition to his wife, Dick is also survived by 2 sons, Gregory (Usha) and Mark (Aileen); and 6 grandchildren, Anjali, Ian, Olivia, Shelby, Carrick and Teagan. He was predeceased by a son, Timothy.
Relatives and friends are invited to Dick's Life Celebration and Memorial Service Saturday September 14th at 2:30 pm at Newtown Presbyterian Church, 25 N. Chancellor St., Newtown.
Family services provided by Swartz Givnish of Newtown.
If you wish to share a memory of Dick, visit www.lifecelebration.com.

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MELVIN – Florence (Fairley) Knittles, 83, of Melvin passed away Thursday (Feb. 7, 2013) at home.

She was born Sept. 3, 1929, in Roberts, a daughter of Ray and Anna Priesing Fairley. She married Ben Hoekstra on Oct. 22, 1971. He passed away Sept. 2, 1988. Florence married Bill Knittles on Sept. 11, 1996; he survives.

Also surviving are two stepdaughters, Lisa Wade of Piper City and Julie Burkhalter of Chatsworth; one stepson, Ron (Linda) Hoekstra of Batam, Indonesia; a stepgranddaughter, Elizabeth Hoekstra of Winston Salem, N.C.; two sisters, Wilma Johnson of Cullom and Annamae Fairley of Champaign; two brothers, Alvin (Shirley) Fairley of Gibson City and Doug (Venice) Fairley of Roaring Springs, Texas; sisters-in-law, Julie Fairley of Gilman and Pat Fairley of Melvin; and many nieces and nephews and her beloved dog, Sammy.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Donald and Clarence (her twin) of Roberts, Russell and Alfred "Fritz" of Melvin; sisters, Luella Johnson and Dorothy Fairley of Roberts, Edith Patrick of College Station, Texas, and Rose Eastin of Mesa, Ariz.

Florence attended her elementary years at Steel Country school, then graduated from Roberts High School in 1948. She worked at Hicks Restaurant in Roberts before being employed by Home Shield in Chatsworth, where she worked for 29 years before retiring. Florence loved landscaping her yard with her beautiful flowers. She enjoyed farming with her nephews. She loved collecting stained-glass ornaments and different types of clocks.

The family would like to thank Gibson City Hospital and Annex, Watseka Hospice, and the support of family and friends for all they have done to make her last days comfortable at home. Private graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Gibson City for family. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to: Watseka Hospice, 200 N. Laird Lane, Watseka, IL 60970; Gibson City Annex, 420 E. 19th St., Gibson City, IL 60936; or family wishes. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.



Joan Evelyn Sterrenberg, 93, of Chandler, AZ, formerly of Chatsworth, passed away peacefully with her daughter holding her hand on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 4:45 pm in Scottsdale, AZ.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, September 23, 2013 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatsworth with Pastor Tom Krieger officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services on Monday at the church. Burial will follow services at Germanville Township Cemetery in rural Chatsworth. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatsworth. Local arrangements are being handled by Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth.

Joan was born in Chatsworth, IL, on March 13, 1920, a daughter of Walter and Reka Grosenbach. She married Clifford M. Sterrenberg on August 10, 1940 in Chatsworth, IL. She moved to Chandler, AZ in 1981. Joan loved her family, with her three children always coming first. She was a religious, sweet woman who always had a smile on her face and made a point to be sure those around her also had smiles. She loved gardening and birds. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Cliff and daughter Joyce. She leaves behind her daughter Judy Michel, her son James Sterrenberg and his wife Elsa, many cousins and dear friends.

The world has lost a wonderful woman who has left this earth a far better place than when she arrived.


Joan Evelyn Sterrenberg


Sauk Rapids, MN
Vernon N. Perkins, 98, a longtime resident of Worthington, MN, passed away on Friday, September 20, 2013, at the Good Shepherd community Home, Sauk Rapids, MN, after a short illness.
Vernon was born June 8, 1915 in Chatsworth, IL to Gilvert and Amelia (Berlet) Perkins. He married Gladys Ling on February 6, 1939 in Worthington. While farming north of Worthington, they raised four daughters before retiring and moving to town and building their home in 1978. They lived there happily until Gladys suffered through a long illness, passing away in 1990. 
After joining a single support group, he met and later married Michele (Mickie) Seimer. They were together for twenty years. Following her death in 2011, Vernon moved to the St. Cloud area to be near his daughters.
Vernon enjoyed fishing, pheasant hunting, watching baseball and football, playing cards, woodworking, music and especially traveling with family and friends. 
Vernon was an active longtime member of the United Methodist Church including Superintendent of Sunday School and active in Friendship Class.  
Vernon will be remembered for his quick wit and good humor and gentle, kind spirit. 
Vernon is survived by his four daughters, Janice Paulsen (Jim) of Nipoma, CA, Dorothy Lee (Jim) of St. Could, MN, Judy Ibis (Rod) of Eden Prairie, MN, and Sylvia Perkins of Lake Forest, CA; grandchildren, Patty Esteban, Jeff Paulsen, Melissa Lindsey, Jon Lee, Jen Vick, Dave Ibis, and Mike Ibis; seventeen great grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Gladys and second wife, Michele, one brother, Wallace, and two sisters, Alta Hansen and Mae Apel. 
A celebration of Vernon's life will be held on Friday, September 27, 2013, at 11 am at the First United Methodist Church of Worthington, MN, with Rev. Dr. Daren Flinchk officiating. Pall bearers will be Jeffrey Paulsen, Jon Lee, David Ibis, Patricia Esteban, Melissa Lindsey and Jennifer Vick. Burial will be in the Worthington Cemetery.

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Brenda K. Bell, 66 of Normal, IL., formerly of Chatsworth died Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 4:40 AM at the home of her daughter in Normal.

Cremation rites will be accorded. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:00PM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth. A visitation will be held on Saturday from 4:00-6:00PM at the funeral home. Memorials in Brenda’s name may be made to Hospice Compassus.

Brenda was born on March 8, 1947 in Zalma, MO., a daughter of John B. and Mary A. (Hedrick) Bell. Survivors include: one daughter: Sasha Bell Gray of Normal, IL. And one grandson: Christian Schenk. Also surviving are five brothers: Jim Bell of Normal, IL.; Gary Bell and Darrell Bell both of Chatsworth, IL.; Larry Bell of Forrest, IL. and Jerry Bell of Advance, MO. Five sisters: Ruth Cantrell of Florissant, MO.; Peggy Higgins of Flora, IL.; Shirley Durham, Sue Kurtenbach and Glenda Faye Baker all of Chatsworth, IL. Brenda was preceded in death by her parents, one sister: Verna Humphrey and two brothers; Gene and Ivan Bell.

Brenda was educated in Blodgett, Mo schools and had been employed at Diller Tile and Nichols Home Shield both in Chatsworth. Her grandson, Christian was the joy of her life.


Brenda  Bell


Edwin C. Kapper, 81 of Chatsworth, IL, died on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 10:55 pm at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 11:00 am at Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Chatsworth with Fr. B. Rogers officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Chatsworth, with full military rites. A visitation will be held on Monday from 4:00-7:00 pm at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth with the rosary being recited at 3:30. Memorials in Edwin’s name may be left to American Cancer Society.

Edwin was born on September 9, 1932 in Olney, IL, a son of Cornelius “Neil” and Johanna (Dumstorff) Kapper. He married Mina Halsey on November 24, 1955 in Olney, IL. She preceded him in death on April 23, 1994.

He is survived by two sons: Edwin (Kim) Kapper of DeKalb, IL and Tom (Shawn) Kapper of Madison, WI; two daughters: Cindy Hanauer and Janet Kapper both of Normal, IL: six grandchildren: Brent (Mary) Kapper, Aaron Kapper, Daniel Kapper, Kimberly Kapper, Michael Olson and Emily Olson; four brothers: Lester Kapper of North Carolina, Bill Kapper of Indiana, Jim Kapper of Illinois and Jerry Kapper of Illinois and five sisters: Jean Stacy of Oklahoma, Eileen Beuthien of Michigan, Mary Dowty of Illinois, Janice Morgan of Illinois and Marjorie Blunt of Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister: Judy Crosby.

Edwin graduated from Olney High School. He served our country in the United States Army from December of 1952 until October of 1954, serving in Korea. He attended college on the GI Bill, graduating from Eastern Illinois University in 1960. He taught history and government at Chatsworth High School and Prairie Central High School for over 35 years. On school breaks he spent working as a carpenter, enjoying the outdoors and being able to see the completed projects of his labor. He was a member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth and the Chatsworth American Legion.

Ed was reserved and kind. He had a dry sense of humor and appreciated a joke. He took comfort in his church and served in the choir until the time of his passing. He never lost his taste for Westerns from the movie theaters of his youth and loved the “western channel” later in life. His wife preceded him in death, but he soldiered on for 20 more summers, time enough to see his grandchildren grow up and become the wonderful legacy of his strong sense of good and fairness in dealing with all aspects of life. He was, in a sense, an ordinary man. But everyone is extraordinary to some people in some ways. He had idiosyncrasies. He always wore shoes, even in the house. He never ever wore shorts. Amazingly, growing up his children never heard him swear, not once. His children always remember his hands were always warm, and they were still warm at the end. And every Christmas, in a joking way he said all he wanted was a kind word. This is it.

Edwin Kapper Sr.



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Vicki Diana (Beller) Schlabowske, 65 of Pearl, IL, formerly of Dwight, IL, passed away Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at her home. Vicki was born May 29, 1948 in Pontiac, IL, a daughter of Victor and Maude Maniott Beller. She married the love of her life, Leon F. Schlabowske on August 27, 1966.

Leon and Vicki worked side by side for over 35 years styling hair as the owner of Final Touch in Dwight, IL; but they didn’t call it work; “Spending time with old friends making them look and feel good about themselves.” Vicki was a friend to everyone that sat in her barber chair and has celebrated happy times and helped with difficult times to each and every person she met. She was a very upbeat and positive person that knew just what to say to make someone feel better. She gave great advice, and was a fantastic listener. She had many special qualities about her that makes her very memorable and we will all cherish her memory in our hearts. She will be greatly missed; the world was truly a better place with her in it.

Vicki enjoyed spending her free time with her grandkids. The often baked cookies, went for walks, played games, went camping, and spent time outside. She has been the best role model anyone could ask for and was always there for them, making them into the wonderful young men and young ladies they are today. Vicki enjoyed the company of her cats, and you would often leave the garage door cracked if there was a poor stray in need of a few days of food and water. She especially enjoyed spending time with their closest friends, Cindy and Duane Rients of Pontiac, exploring wineries and dancing.

She is survived by her husband, Leon of Pearl; two sons, Stephen (Paula) T. Schlabowske of Dwight, IL and Jeffrey S. Schlabowske of Morris, IL; four grandchildren, Nicholas Connor of Chenoa, IL; Ryan Schlabowske of Dwight, IL; Hayley Schlabowske of Dwight, IL; and Carli Schlabowske of Dwight, IL. Vicki is also survived by one sister, Jeanette (Ron) Dodson; two brothers, Jack (Sharon) Beller and DeWayne (Trudy) Beller, all of Pontiac, IL.

Vicki considered Leon’s family her family too. Surviving her from Leon’s family is her step mother-in-law, Mary Schlabowske of California; sister-in-laws, Andrea Dalton of Michigan; Donna (Ray) Offill of Centralia; Debbie (Bob) Weber of Pittsburgh; Teresa Antwine of St. Louis and Kim (Mark) Baker of California. Brother-in-laws surviving are Rodney (Becky) Schlabowske of Chatsworth; Dave (Renae) Schlabowske of Sherman; Jeff Schlabowske, of California; Mark (Lori) Gibson of California and many nieces and nephews all over the United States. Preceding her in death were her parents, Victor and Maude Beller of Pontiac, IL.

Vicki has asked for no memorial services and any contributions can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) in honor of her two grandchildren that are battling diabetes. Her family welcomes online condolences at www.nieburfh.com. “Keep on Dancing”.


From the Fort Myers News-Press

Rev. Richard Eugene Raney

October 11, 2013 Rev. Richard E. Raney, a Roman Catholic priest of the Diocese of Peoria, IL and chaplain to the Poor Clare Nuns of San Damiano Monastery of St. Clare on Fort Myers Beach, FL passed away peacefully on Oct. 11, 2013, only eight days before his 101st birthday. Father Raney was the youngest of three children of William and Loretta Raney and grew up in Peoria, IL. He attended St. Bernard's Grade School and the Spaulding Institute in Peoria, St. Bede's College in Peru, IL and Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis, MO. Fr. Raney was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Peoria on June 5th, 1938. His long years of service as a devoted pastor of souls began at Holy Trinity Church in Bloomington, IL and continued at St. Mary's Church in Ottawa and Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Chatsworth; then to St. Edward's Church in Chillicothe and finally to Sacred Heart Church in Moline, IL. During these years, Fr. Raney celebrated many thousands of Masses, responded to numerous sick calls, often in the wee hours of the night, and heard countless confessions. He coached football, basketball and track teams. He also built a church, a school, a rectory and a convent at St. Edwards Parish. In 1980 Fr. Raney retired for reasons of health and moved to Fort Myers Beach, Florida where he had vacationed for many years with his friends Jim and Chris Baldwin. In 1988, when the Poor Clare Nuns founded a new monastery on Fort Myers Beach, Fr. Raney offered to say Mass for the sisters. He endeared himself to everyone who attended his Masses. All who met him were moved by his gentle love, the example of his life, and the simplicity of his message of love for God and one another. In 2010, the Year of the Priest, at the request of the Sisters, Fr. Raney was affiliated to the Order of Friars Minor of Holy Name Province for his many years of service to the Poor Clares. Fr. Raney is survived by his niece, Mary Ann Muller, his nephews, William Muller and Steven Nelson-Raney, many cousins and countless near and dear friends from the north and in Florida. He is pre-deceased by his brother, William Raney and his sister, Gertrude Muller. Fr. Raney will be waked in the chapel of San Damiano Monastery at 6029 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL on Sunday, October 13 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Mass of Christian burial will be held at Ascension Catholic Church, on the same grounds as the monastery on Monday, October 14th at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Poor Clare Nuns. Arrangements are being handled by Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home. - 

See where Fr. Raney served his last days here.

Another obit for Rev. Raney


Former Peorian was 100

PEORIA - Father Richard E. Raney, 100, of Fort Myers Beach, Fla., formerly of Peoria, died on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, in Fort Myers Beach.

He was a Peoria native and the priest with the most seniority in the Catholic Diocese of Peoria. He would have turned 101 on Oct. 19. He was in the 75th year of his priestly life and had served as chaplain for the Poor Clare Nuns at the Monastery of St. Clare in Fort Myers Beach since he was granted senior status in 1980.

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will celebrate a memorial Mass at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. Priests from throughout the Diocese of Peoria who are taking part in Priests' Assembly Days that day will concelebrate. A second memorial Mass is planned for 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, at St. Edward's Church in Chillicothe. Burial was in the Monastery of St. Clare.

Born in Peoria on Oct. 19, 1912, to William and Loretta (O'Malley) Raney, he attended St. Bernard School and Spalding Institute. After studying philosophy at St. Bede Junior College in Peru, he completed his preparation for the priesthood at Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis. He was ordained into the priesthood by Bishop Joseph H. Schlarman on June 5, 1938, at St. Mary's Cathedral.

Father Raney's first assignment was to Holy Trinity Parish in Bloomington, where he served as parochial vicar, coach and athletic director. He was named pastor at St. Mary's (Naplate) in Ottawa in 1946, and helped to establish the athletic department at Marquette High School. In 1950, he became pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Chatsworth, and seven years later, began 18 years of service as pastor of St. Edward's Parish in Chillicothe, where he would build a school, convent, rectory and new church. His final assignment was as pastor, and later co-pastor, of Sacred Heart Parish in Moline.

Father Raney's retirement to Fort Myers Beach, Fla., enabled him to be close to friends in the area and pursue his passion for golf. He would record a hole-in-one at age 92. Father Raney celebrated daily Mass for the Poor Clare Nuns. In 2008, he returned to the Diocese of Peoria for celebrations of the 70th anniversary of his ordination hosted at St. Bernard Church in Peoria and Sacred Heart in Moline.

Father Raney is survived by a niece, Mary Ann Muller of Peoria; two nephews, Bill (Rosemary) Muller of Forest Park and Steve (Mary Ellen) Raney of Milwaukee, Wis.; and a great-niece and a great-nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as siblings, Robert and Gertrude.

Memorial donations may be made to the Poor Clare Nuns at the San Damiano Monastery of St. Clare, 6029 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931-4325.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Oct. 17, 2013



Dorothy Remmers Hatch of Conifer, Colorado passed away at age 78 at home on October 19, 2013. 
She was born on December 19, 1934 in Chatsworth, Illinois to Hilko and Blanche (Cording) Remmers. Dorothy graduated
from Lanphier High School and attended Western Illinois University. She worked at Sterling Stainless Tubing as an
accountant for over 20 years. She was passionate about water conservation and protecting animal habitats in Colorado. 
She was a tireless advocate for causes that were close to her heart. In 1956 she married Fred Hatch in Alexis, Illinois. 
Dorothy is survived by her brother William (Mary) Remmers; her three children, Jon (Vickie) Hatch; Cynthia (Jeffrey)
Teel; David (Lisa) Hatch; her six grandchildren, Katie (Aaron) Frey; Amy (Bradley) Molitor; Emily Hatch; Michael
(Allison) Hatch; Sarah (Christoper) Anderson; Benjamin Hatch and four great grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers Carl and David Remmers. 
Cremation rites were accorded and private funeral services will be held at a later date. 




FORREST — Nelda Eileen Sims, 97, Forrest, passed away at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 15, 2013) at Eastern Star Home, Macon.

A graveside service of her cremated remains will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Sunny Slope Cemetery, Saunemin. A memorial service will also be held at a later date. Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home, Macon, is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials can be made to Eastern Star Home, P.O. Box 317, Macon, IL 62544, or to Forrest Public Library, 301 W. James St., Forrest, IL 61741.

Mrs. Sims was born May 18, 1916, in Forrest, the daughter of Ora and Elizabeth Gagnon Wait. Nelda graduated from Fairbury High School in 1934. She married Milford Sims on Oct. 17, 1936, and lived in Chatsworth. Shortly after Milford passed in 1983, Nelda moved to Fairbury. She remained in Fairbury until 2004, where she moved in with Scott and Connie Wait in Forrest, before deciding to move into the Eastern Star Home in Macon on Feb. 1, 2013.

She was initiated to Eastern Star on May 4, 1939, in Chatsworth. Nelda was a 74-year member. She devoted most of her life to Eastern Star, especially after Milford passed. She was worthy matron in 1981, and several times after that in the Chatsworth chapter. She was the grand representative in New Hampshire in 1986, as well as in Missouri in 1996. She is currently a member of Felicity Chapter 387 of Normal and a dual member of Royal Chapter of Watseka 217. She continued to meet with her 1981 Eastern Star friends until she entered the Eastern Star Home in Macon.

Nelda is survived by Larry (Carol) Wait, Quincy; Scott (Connie) Wait, Forrest; Tom, Bloomington; Julie (Joe) Plattner, Bloomington; Colleen (Karl) Doering, Hudson; Susie Wait, Flower Mound, Texas; Chester (Sandy) French, Dixon; Lyan (Gary) Rausch, Sauk City, Wis.; Bill (Yvette) Yake, Manassas, Va.; Liz (Brian Nash) Yake, Salt Springs Island, British Columbia, Canada; Gordon (Barb) Yake, Rockwood, Ontario, Canada; Richard Yake; Tim (Jodi) Wait, Franklin, Tenn.; John (Linda) Wait, Granville, Ohio; Kevin (Denise) Wait, St. Johns, Fla.; and Richard (Sue) Faust, Dwight; one stepgranddaughter, Linda Saye; one stepgrandson, Steve Rabe; two stepgreat-grandsons; one stepgreat-great-grandson; one stepgreat-great-granddaughter; 13 great-nephews; 25 great-nieces; nine great-great-nephews; and 13 great-great-nieces.

Nelda was one of a kind. She was a LADY to her very core. Her passing marks the end of an era.

Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.dawson-wikoff.com.

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NORMAL — Ida Lou Scher, 88, Liberty, Ky., mother of a Normal resident, passed away at 3:20 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 12, 2013) in her home.

The daughter of John and Opal Smith Miller, she was born in Bourbon, Ind., on Feb. 2, 1925. She graduated from Plymouth High School. She joined the Women’s Army Corp. in 1945, and worked as a clerk during World War II.

Ida married Jacob T. Scher on July 20, 1946, in Walters, Okla.

In 1955, the couple and their family moved to Illinois. There, she was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the United Methodist Church. She also worked in a grocery store owned by their good friends, the Costellos.

Jacob’s job caused him to travel a lot and Ida took over many household duties. But, she was a natural homemaker. Ida enjoyed quilting, sewing, crocheting and was a great seamstress. She handmade all of her children’s clothes growing up. She was a fabulous cook and liked to can. She also collected bears of all kinds. The family traveled all over the states together.

Ida is survived by her husband, Jacob, and their children, Margaret Whitney, Liberty, Ky.; John Scher, Normal; Barbara Hassan, Morganton, N.C.; Jerry Scher, Sylacauga, Ala.; James Scher, Liberty, Ky.; and Janet Whitney, Birmingham, Ala. She has eight grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Her surviving siblings are Virginia Block, Liberty Mills, Ind.; Marshall Miller, Silsbee, Texas; and Orland Miller, Camas, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, John, Edison and Robert Miller and Katherine Crum.

Her funeral will be at noon today at New Oak Hill Cemetery Chapel, Plymouth, Ind., with the Rev. Ed Friberg officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the chapel. Burial will follow in New Oak Hill Cemetery. Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, Plymouth, Ind., is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Lake Cumberland, 100 Parkway Drive, Somerset, KY 42503.

The sharing of memories and notes of condolence may be sent at www.johnson-danielson.com.

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SPRINGFIELD - David "Dave" Thomas Lawless, 68, of Springfield, died at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at his home after a courageous battle with esophageal cancer. Dave was born on August 6, 1944, in Fairbury, IL, the son of Joseph P. and Marjorie E. (Ashley) Lawless of Sibley, IL. He married Karen June Preckwinkle on August 8, 1970. They celebrated their 40th anniversary in August 2010 with a trip to the northwest, which included a cruise to Alaska. After his father returned from WW II, Dave lived on farms near Strawn and Chatsworth, IL. In 1952, he moved to Camp Grove and then in 1954 to Chillicothe, IL, which Dave considered to be his hometown. In 1960, he moved to Rockford with his mother and sisters and graduated from Rockford East H.S. in 1962. From 1966 to 1968 he served in the U. S. Army. Dave attended Bradley University and later graduated from SIU-C. He enjoyed a 30 year career traveling through Illinois providing seminars for the Illinois Department of Revenue Training Division, retiring in 2002. Dave's passion for life was best seen through his various interests. For many years, Dave was an accomplished auto-racing photographer, concentrating on sprint cars. He was a 3-time winner of the Dale Mueller Memorial Photography Award and worked as a track photographer at Eldora Speedway in Ohio. His racing photo collection was donated to the Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2012. Dave also won awards for his fine art and nature photography, including the local "On Your Own Time" contest. Throughout Dave's life, he had an uncanny ability to put his handprint on everything he was involved in. Dave proudly belonged to American Legion Post 32 where he built the Memorial Walkway and enjoyed helping take care of the grounds. He also built and maintained the Val-E-Vue Memorial Park in his beloved neighborhood. He was a cofounder of the Lawless Family Association and helped organize multiple "Lawless Family and Friends Reunions." He was a longtime member of the ACLU, the Nature Conservancy, and a number of national conservation and historical societies. Dave was also a member of the Reisch Brew Crew and built a treasured collection of breweriana. Dave was also avidly involved with Springfield youth baseball for several decades. In 1993, he founded the American Legion Post 32 Springfield Pride Baseball Team. For eleven years, the Pride played against American Legion baseball teams in top tournaments throughout the Midwest. In honor of his years of commitment to youth baseball, the Springfield Park District named a local park associated with youth baseball the "David T. Lawless Park" in October 2012. Dave will also be inducted into the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame – Friend of Sport category in April 2013. Dave was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. His pursuit of knowledge was never ending and he enjoyed numerous hobbies including gardening, backyard birding, reading, traveling, genealogy and volunteering his time to various causes. He was preceded in death by his mother and his father. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Karen; two sons: John and Ryan (wife, Colleen) Lawless and granddaughter, Sydney, all of Springfield; grandsons: Neil and Nick Lawless of Mt. Olive; sisters: Marjo Schmidt of Springfield and Janita Kemnitz of Elk Grove. He also leaves a wonderful extended family of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins, and friends. Cremation service was accorded by Butler Cremation Tribute Center prior to ceremonies. Memorial Gathering: Family will receive friends from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Monday, March 18, 2013, at Kirlin-Egan and Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. Memorial Ceremony: 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Kirlin-Egan and Butler Funeral Home with Celebrant Judy Woerner officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery with military honors. Memorial Contributions may be made to the David Lawless Park Fund – Springfield Park District, c/o Bank of Springfield, P.O. Box 19301, Springfield, IL 62794 and/or St. John's Hospice, 800 East Carpenter, Springfield, IL 62769. Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.



Birdie Hoogstraat, 72, of Chatsworth, passed away at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at Piper City Rehab and Living Center.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, October 25, 2013 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth. Visitation will be held from 9:00 to 11:00 am on Friday, October 25, 2013 prior to the service. Burial will follow services at Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Arthritis Foundation.

Birdie was born April 15, 1941 in Golconda, IL a daughter of Harlow and Mary (Barger) Roberts. She married Robert Hoogstraat on December 10, 1977 in Chatsworth, IL. He survives.

Also surviving is her son: David (Carolyn) Roberts of Forrest; one step son: Randy (Pam) Hoogstraat of Piper City; three grandchildren; four step grandchildren; one sister: Sue (Bill) Jones of Kankakee; and one brother: Charles (Shirley) Roberts of Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, two brothers, and one step daughter: Rebecca Lynch.

She was born and raised in the Golconda area. Birdie worked for over 25 years at Homeshield in Chatsworth, where she started as an operator and became a receiving clerk.

Birdie enjoyed collecting beanie babies and putting puzzles together. Most of all, family was important to Birdie; she went to every game of her grandchildren and loved spending time with each one of them. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend who will be greatly missed.




Timothy Alan Agner, 64 of Chatsworth, went to be with the Lord at 1:15 pm on Monday, October 28, 2013 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community in Fairbury.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the Chatsworth United Methodist Church with Rev. Frank Silas officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00 pm on Friday, November 1, 2013 at the Chatsworth United Methodist Church and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Burial will follow services at Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Tim’s name may be to the Make-A-Wish Foundation; the Chatsworth United Methodist Church; The Prostate Cancer Foundation (www.pcf.org); or a charity of the donor’s choice. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth is handling arrangements for the family.

Tim was born January 7, 1949 in Patterson, New Jersey a son of Charles and Blanche Maurie (Wood) Elliott of Chatsworth. He married his High School sweetheart, Priscilla Ann Lang on May 17, 1970. They celebrated 43 years of marriage in May of 2013. She survives in Chatsworth.

Also surviving is his daughter: Kathy (Bruce) Robertson of Gibson City; his beloved grandchildren: Kallen and Kacely Robertson of Gibson City; one sister: Patricia (Dave) Hubly Cutting of Rockford; one brother: James Elliott of Chatsworth; his mother-in-law: Veva Lang of Chatsworth; his sisters-in-law: Betty Lang, Dian (Gerry) Shubert, Gloria (Dick) Hitchens, Debbie (John) Sterrenberg, Karen (Danny) Freehill, Beverly (John) Ulitzsch and Linnea (Galen) Donley; his nieces and nephews: Lynn (Tom) Momberger, Karen (Bill) Lynch, Lara Morrison, Mark Elliott, Michael (Kim) Elliott, Micah Hill, Jill (Ryan) Petersen, Amy (Andy) Dunbar, Jack Sterrenberg, Kristi (Chad) Ramer, Jason (Sarah) Freehill and Deena (Jay) Folz; and several great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law: Carl Lang; maternal grandparents: George and Neva Wood; paternal grandparents: Charles and Elsie Elliott; and one brother-in-law: Carl Lang Jr.

Tim graduated from Chatsworth High School in the Class of 1967 and later from Southern Illinois University’s Vocational Technical Institute in Carbondale with a degree in Automotive Technology. He operated Tim’s Shell Service in Chatsworth from 1970-1987 and worked in the manufacturing industry from 1987 until his illness. He was a member of the Chatsworth United Methodist Church.

Tim was known for his gentle and caring ways and his desire to help others. For years, he was instrumental in creating and constructing the Annual Heritage Days float for the Citizens Bank of Chatsworth. In recent years, he also constructed a go-kart entry for Kallen and Kacely to participate in the parades that included: the Batmobile, Iron Man, M&M cars and a Race Car for Kallen’s 5th birthday; and most recently a “Shellmobile” to commemorate his seventeen years of service to the community. The family often wore T-shirts, caps and other attire to keep with each theme as they traveled the parade route. He often had small notebooks, pencils, bracelets, key rings, and of course, treats for his grandkids to throw out to the children along the parade route. Tim served on various committees at the Unite Methodist Church and helped there with the maintenance and Christmas decorating. He also volunteered his time to work in the Chatsworth Mini Park with trimming and mowing. He was a loving husband, father, papa, son, brother, and uncle to his family. He especially enjoyed attending events and activities for his grandchildren and encouraged them to always put forth the best effort whatever they did and always enforced a positive attitude towards life.

The family wishes to thank all the individuals who provided care, support, prayers, and other help for Tim and his family during his three and a half years battle with prostate cancer. We know that God has welcomed home a faithful servant. He will be greatly missed.

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Everett V. Thorndyke, 88, of Piper City, IL, died at 10:16 P.M., Thursday, October 10, 2013 at OSF Saint James John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac, IL., following a short illness. His funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, October 18, 2013 at the United Methodist Church Piper City with Rev. Elizabeth Reis officiating. Inurnment will be in the Chatsworth Cemetery in Chatsworth, IL. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home, Piper City. Also one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in Piper City or Piper City Fire Department.

Everett was born on September 2, 1925 in Rochester, IN., to Cyrus & Amelia (Dehm) Thorndyke. His childhood was spent in Indiana and Piper City. He attended the Crandall Country School. Everett was a retired farmer. Everett married Jeanette Magee on June 18, 1950 in Cullom, IL. She survives. Survivors include his children - Caroline (Steve) Webb of Metamora, IL., Debbie Berry of Omaha, NE., Larry (Beth) Thorndyke of Piper City. Seven Grandchildren - Jonathan Webb, Julie Bersie, Solomon Berry, Jacob Berry, Dawn Miles, Adam Thorndyke and Tracy Froelich. Eight Great Grandchildren - Isabel, Christian, Hayden, Josiah, Ella, Kyla, Sebastian and Emma. A sister - Alice Buff of Clifton, IL. Everett was preceded in death by his parents, brother - Clyde Thorndyke and sisters - Iola Meier and Armetta "Toby" Johnson.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Piper City. Everett enjoyed farming, fishing, playing cards and dominoes.

Arrangements by the Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home in Piper City, IL. Please sign the guest book at www.redeniusfuneralhomes.com.



PETERSBURG – Margaret "Peg" Johnston of Petersburg, formerly of Piper City, passed away peacefully at 11 a.m. Friday (Nov. 1, 2013) at Sunny Acres Nursing Home in Petersburg.

Visitation will be at 11 a.m. and the funeral at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at the First Presbyterian Church in Piper City.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Piper City Historical Society or the Presbyterian Church. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com.

Margaret Wilson was born July 4, 1916, in rural Chatsworth. She was the second daughter and third child of Clyde and Ella Wilson. Her parents, brother, sister and her husband have preceded her in death.

Peg married Mitchell "Mitch" O. Johnston on June 22, 1939. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Washington, D.C., to work in the FBI fingerprint department. When Peg's father died in 1941, the couple returned to Piper City and began farming.

The couple had three children, Jeffrey (Jan) Johnston, Janet (Joe) Saban and Mac (Norma) Johnston; seven grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren (one deceased); and numerous great-grandchildren.

While helping Mitch farm, Peg worked as a telephone operator and later for Doran's Insurance and Real Estate Agency. In 1966, she and Mitch bought the Piper City Journal, a weekly newspaper that Peg edited for 17 years.

Peg loved to write. She wrote a weekly column, Peggin Piper, for the Journal. The column won second place in the Illinois Newspaper Contest in 1971.

In 1969 she wrote the centennial history of Piper City, "Wagons to Wings," and she wrote much of a later history, "Follow the Piper." She co-authored with Ada Bork a book titled "Historic Ford County and Nearby Places."

She also wrote a family history titled "Our Scottish Forebears" for her children which was published by her daughter, Janet, in honor of Peg's 80th birthday. Peg also wrote a column for the Purple Martin News, a national magazine published at the purple martin capital of the world, Griggsville, Ill.

Peg served three terms on the Piper City school board before consolidation. She has been co-president of the PTA with her husband, Mitch. She holds the longest continuous membership in the Monday Night Circle (a local reading club), having joined in 1942.

She was a charter member of the Junior Women's Club, the Ford County Historical Society and the Piper City Historical Society. She was a Girl Scout Leader and a leader of the 55+ Club. She is a member of the Governor Thomas Ford Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Peg and Mitch were longtime members of the First Presbyterian Church in Piper City. At various times, both were elders and served in church leadership.

In 2001, at the age of 85, Peg moved to Monticello. In 2006, she moved to the Illinois Presbyterian Home in Springfield. In 2010, she moved to Sunny Acres Nursing Home in Petersburg.



 CHATSWORTH — Stephen Bernard Saathoff, 67, Dixon, went to be with our Lord and Savior Sunday (Nov. 3, 2013) at his home.

He was the president of the Franklin Grove Bank, a position he held for 38 years before retiring in July of 2013.

Stephen was born May 27, 1946, in Chatsworth, the son of Bernard Frederick and Josephine Durkes Saathoff. He graduated from Chatsworth High School in 1964, and graduated from Millikin University, Decatur, in 1968.

Steve was the platoon leader of the 2nd Platoon, Company C, 3rd Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade. He served in the Central Highlands in South Vietnam and was the recipient of the Silver Star and Purple Heart during combat operations in Vietnam.

He married Mildred “Millie” Maly on July 24, 1971, in Clarendon Hills.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Dixon; SAE Fraternal Organization; American Legion Post 497, Franklin Grove; Franklin Grove Farming Heritage; Masonic Friendship Lodge No. 7; and Union League Club, Chicago.

Survivors include his wife of Dixon; one daughter, Becky Saathoff; one son, Stephen Benjamin (Christine) Saathoff; and two grandchildren, Courtney and Tyler Saathoff. Steve will continue to live in the hearts of those who loved him.

A memorial visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, with the family present from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon.

A service to celebrate Steve’s life will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church, Dixon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may go to Dixon Food Pantry or Wounded Warrior Project.

Condolences may be sent to www.prestonschillingfuneralhome.com.



Fred L. Montag Sr., 76, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 7:30 am on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at his home in Chatsworth.

A prayer service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, November 15, 2013 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth with Father Scott Archer of Saint Andrew Parish officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services on Friday at the funeral home. Following the service, cremation rites will be accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Fred was born June 1, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois, a son of Ervin and Francis (Banas) Montag. He married Marilyn A. Janda on June 6, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois. She survives.

Also surviving are his children: Fred (Sharon) Montag Jr. of Villa Park, Illinois, Michelle (Barry) Montag Lowy of Springfield, Illinois and William Montag of Villa Park, Illinois; one daughter-in-law: Tina Montag of South Elgin, Illinois; his grandchildren: Samantha, Sarah, Abraham, Joshua, William Allen, Joseph, Ryan, and Alyssa; one sister: Patricia (Gene) Reinbacher of Lacon, Illinois; one brother: Gerald (Wendy) Montag of Naperville. He was preceded in death by: his parents; one brother: Donald Montag; one son: Daniel Montag; and one grandson: Tyler.



John W. "Bill" Knittles
Wednesday, May 01, 1929 - Tuesday, November 19, 2013
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John William “Bill” Knittles, 84, of Chatsworth passed away at 4:42 pm on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at OSF St. James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac.

Funeral services for Bill will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Calvert & Martin

Funeral Home in Chatsworth with Rev. Ivy Silas officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. According to the wishes of the family, cremation rites will follow services. Private family burial will be at a later date at Chatsworth Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Piper City Rehab and Living Center.

Bill was born May 1, 1929 in Chatsworth, a son of George and Reva (Wells) Knittles. He married Etta Steinman on November 21, 1952. She passed away on October 3, 1984. He later married Florence Hoekstra on September 11, 1996. She passed away on February 7, 2013.

He is survived by his two daughters: Lisa Knittles of Piper City and Julie Burkhalter of Chatsworth; two sisters: Norma Boyce of Lexington and Jeanne (Earl) Dieken of Hazelhourst, WI; and his beloved dog: Sammy. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; two wives; brother-in-law: Johnny Boyce; son-in-law: Jeff Burkhalter; and his beloved dog: Bandit.

Bill was educated in the Chatsworth Schools. He owned and operated K & K Woodworking for a number of years and worked at Homeshield for over twenty-five years.

He enjoyed woodworking, making flyable model airplanes, and helping Julie package Christmas candy. He was a die-hard Cubs fan. After retirement, Bill liked to go to K & H in Gilman and reminisce with other retired employees of Homeshield. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Chatsworth.

Bill loved his family. He had a special place in his heart for his dogs. Bill was a caring man who will be greatly missed.



Wayne Bertram

Husband of Barbara Jean Warder

MELVIN – Wayne Russel Bertram, age 80, of Melvin died at 6:55 a.m. Sunday (Dec. 15, 2013) at Heartland Health Care in Paxton.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Roberts, the Rev. Priscilla Geerdes officiating. Full military rites will be conducted by the Wagner Davis American Legion.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. before the service on Wednesday at the church.

Wayne was born March 18, 1933, in Roberts, a son to William and Florence E. (Underwood) Bertram. He married Barbara Warder on July 27, 1953, in Hoopeston. She survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Lorie (Patrick) Enriquez of New Mexico and Catherine (Wayne) Hunter of Roberts; a son, Richard (Becky) of Smithfield, Va.; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Howard (Olive) Bertram of Gibson City and Edwin (Elsie) Bertram of Roberts; and three sisters, Dolores Kenney of Normal, Beverly Rueck of Roberts and Judy (Steve) Tolbert of Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, William Jr. and Robert; and a grandson, Kurt Kurtz.

Wayne retired from the U.S. Navy after serving 28 years. He served in the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War.

Wayne helped a few farmers after his retirement. Wayne restored and showed hit-and-miss engines. He was a member of the I&I Engine Club. His most recent hobby was toy trains.

Memorials may be made to the Gibson Area Hospital or a charity of the donor's choice.

Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City is in charge of the arrangements.


 CHATSWORTH — Reva Lillian Krueger, 97, Chatsworth, passed away at 7 p.m. Monday (Dec. 16, 2013) at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Chatsworth United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Ivy Silas officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church. Burial will follow the service in Gilman Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Chatsworth United Methodist Church, OSF Hospice or Fairview Haven Retirement Community.

Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth, is handling arrangements.

Reva was born Sept. 30, 1916, in Clarence, Iowa, a daughter of Robert and Emma Weitrich Stanlake. She married Harold F. Krueger on Feb. 3, 1936. He passed away Aug. 13, 1989.

She is survived by her two daughters, Reva Darlene Winterland and Shirley (Allan) Kietzman, both of Chatsworth; three grandchildren, Vicki Nettleingham, Cullom; Lori Denton, Edwards; and Cheri (Shawn) Malloy, Greenwood, Ind.; six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Evelyn Taghon, Moline; two sisters-in-law, Lucy Stanlake, Davenport, Iowa, and Helen Krueger, Lindenwood; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Reva was a homemaker and seamstress. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and spending time with her family and friends. Reva was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She was a loyal Christian and member of Chatsworth United Methodist Church and loved her God and lived by his teachings.

A guestbook can be signed at www.calvertmartinmemorial.com.

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 Ivan Dale Diller, Sr. age 76 of Mt.Sterling, Illinosis passed away at 11:57 p.m. on Thursday, November 28, 2013 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy,Illinois.

 Born September 21, 1937 in Orrville, Ohio a son of Orlo & Norma Biederman Diller, Ivan married Barbara Louise Ford on July 3, 1960 in Fairbury, Illinois, she survives. Mr. Diller owned and operator Diller Tile Company, Inc. in Mt. Sterling for over 30 years retiring in 2000. He graduated from Chatsworth High School in Chatsworth, Illinois and attended Southern Illinois University. Ivan was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mt. Sterling, where he served as a Certified Lay Speaker and a member of the United Methodist Men Instrumental in organizing the Friends in Fellowship which provides meals to the community on Thanksgiving and Christmas, Ivan was also a member of the Brown County Jaycees and participated in the Walk to Emmaus, a member of the Brown County Sting Squad and was an ardent Brown County Hornet supporter. Ivan always enjoyed golfing and bowling and he especially enjoyed attending his grandchildren's sporting events.

 Survivors include: his wife Barbara Diller Three children: Ivan Dale Diller, Jr. (Angie) of Quincy, Norma Louise Gooding (Douglas) of Mt. Sterling, Eric E. Diller (Brenda) of Clayton,Illinois. Six grandchildren: Justin and Joshua Diller both of Tennessee Austin, Seth and Breanna Gooding all of Mt. Sterling, Eann Diller of Clayton. Also a brother James Diller (Millie) of Chatsworth, Illinois also survives along with several nieces, nephews and his many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers Allen, Homer, Howard and Charles. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, November 30, 2013 in the Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling; Rev. Cecilia Granadosin officiating. Burial in the Mt. Sterling City Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to: The First United Methodist Church of Mt. Sterling. Hendricker Funeral Home of Mt. Sterling in charge of arrangements.