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Obituaries 2014


January

SPRINGFIELD – Rita McGuire, 92, a resident of St. Joseph's Home in Springfield, passed away there on Tuesday
(Dec. 31, 2013).
Mary Rita Kane McGuire, daughter of John and Mary Eileen Kane, was born June 5, 1921, in Livingston County. She attended rural school and graduated from Chatsworth High School in 1938. Rita married Joseph McGuire in Chatsworth
in 1943; he preceded her in death in 2002. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and one brother.
Rita attended Illinois State Normal University (now ISU) from 1938 to 1940 and from 1948 to 1950, when she received her degree in special education. She taught speech correction in DeWitt County schools from 1950 to 1955.
She earned her master's degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign in 1964 and taught elementary school from 1955 to 1980 at Westview School in Champaign.
Rita was a member of the Illinois and Champaign County Retired Teachers Associations, UI Alumni Association, St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Champaign, Catholic Daughters of America and the Provena Covenant Hospital Auxiliary. Formerly of Champaign, she was an active member and a past president of the Illinois Women's Club of Champaign-Urbana. She had served as a hospital volunteer and as an election judge. Rita was also active in several bridge clubs.
Her family includes her daughter, Mary Kathleen Dunn (husband, Richard); her granddaughter, Julienne Ratz (husband, Joshua); and great-grandchildren, Daniel Patrick Guttas, Catherine Rose Ratz and Elizabeth Lillian Ratz, all of Springfield; her brother, Don Kane (wife, Gayle) of Fort Myers, Fla.; and a sister, Joan McLaughlin (husband, Neil) of Mundelein.
Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at St. Joseph's Home, 3306 S. Sixth St.,
Springfield, with the Rev. Philip Kraft as celebrant.
Graveside committal and entombment will follow at 2 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery Mausoleum in Champaign.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Home, 3306 S. Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62703.
The family of Rita McGuire is being served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. Sixth St., Springfield.
Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.


LeRoy G. Langhans, 77 of Chatsworth formerly of St. Louis, Mo; passed away at 4:45 am, Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at his residence in Chatsworth.
Cremation rites have been accorded and a Memorial service will be held at 2 pm, Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Crossroads Community Church, 3003 S. Eola, Aurora, Il., with Pastor Daren Snow officiating.
A military inurnment will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. at a later date. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home , Fairbury is assisting the family with arrangements.
LeRoy was born June 4, 1936 in Columbia, Il.; the son of Arthur and Emmaline (Kemper) Langhans. He married Joanie English on August 9, 1957 in St. Louis, Mo. She preceded him in death on May 21, 1992. 
Survivors include his children, Dawn (Rob) Cervanka of Glendale Heights, Il.; Kimberly (Scott) Weigand and Brian (Jen) Langhans both of Plainfield, Il.;one brother, Richard Langhans, two sisters, Marilyn Langhans and Carolyn (Tom) Jankowski all of St. Louis, Mo.; twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one brother, one son, Ron Langhans and one daughter, Sherry Thomason.
Mr. Langhans served our country in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was a true outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing with family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
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Gibson City--Shirley A. Reynolds, 82, of Gibson City, died at 3:45 pm Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City.
Her funeral service will be 10:30 am Saturday, Jan.4, at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Rev. Ed Taylor officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Friday, Jan. 3, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Drummer Township Cemetery in Gibson City.
Mrs. Reynolds was born July 26, 1931, in Germanville Township, a daughter of Harry and Hazel Snider Jones. She married Glen Reynolds, Jr. on June 23, 1946, in Gibson City. He died Sep. 5, 2005.
Surviving are a daughter, Mary Alice (Clyde) McRae of Gibson City; a son, Larry (Marcia) Reynolds of Elliott; 10 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; a sister, Donna (Guy) Bane of Gibson City; and a brother Dale (Vauna) Jones of Gibson City.
Memorials may be made to the Gibson Area Hospital Annex.



Pekin-Mary L. Hays, 96, of Peking, passed away at 10:10 pm Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at Pekin Manor. She was formerly of Creve Coeur.
Born September 18, 1917 in Livingston County to Charles Vincent and Mary Cordelia (Endres) Endres, she married Beauford E. Hays on December 2, 1939 in Chatsworth. He died October 3, 1990 in Peoria. She also was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Robert L. Hays on February 11, 2010; four brothers and one sister.
Surviving are five son, Donald E. (Martha) Hays of Pekin, Raymond B. Hays of High Springs, Fl., Richard A. Hays of Arlington Heights, Charles (Cheryl) Hays of Pekin and Michael D. (Bonnie) Hays of Peoria; two daughters, Shelia K Hays of Peoria and Elizabeth S. (Joe) Tucker of Farmington; eleven grandchildren; many great grandchildren and two sisters, Florence Davis of  Chatsworth and Loretta Bode of Gibson City.
She was a homemaker and formerly enjoyed gardening. She was a member of Sacre Coeur Catholic Church in Creve Coeur, where she was an active volunteer with the school in earlier years.
Her funeral Mass will be at 10:30 am Monday, January 6, 2014 at Sacre Coeur Catholic Church in Creve Coeur. Father Scott Potthoff will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before the Mass at church. Entombment will be in Resurrection Mausoleum in Peoria. Arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Creve Coeur.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
To express condolences online visit www.preston-hanley.com

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Dale L. Gerdes, 65 of rural Chatsworth, Il., died Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:07 am at Carle Foundation Hospital, Champaign, Il.
His funeral will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 11 am at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatsworth with Jerry Gentes, minister of Pastoral Care officiating. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery where full military rites will be accorded. A visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials in Dale's name may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth is handling the arrangements.
Dale was born on April 21, 1949 in Fairbury, Il., a son of Leo and Melicent (Blair) Gerdes. Survivors include two brothers: Steve Gerdes of Ironwood, Mi. and Brian Gerdes of Rantoul, Il.; One sister, Marlene (Ed) Clampitt of Rantoul, Il. Dale was preceded in death by his parents, one son in infancy, one brother, David Gerdes and one sister Diane Gerdes.
Dale was educated in Chatsworth schools and was a mechanic and self-employed truck driver. He served our country in the Army National Guard from 1966-1972. He was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chatsworth.


San Diego, Cal. --Dr. Charles (Chuck) Edgington   2/21/33-12/18/2013
Charles was born in Gary, Indiana. He later moved to Crown Point, Indiana, where he graduated from Crown Point High School in 1950.
From 1954 to 1956 he served in the U.S. Army.
In 1954 he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Business Education from Eastern Illinois University. He attained his Master's of Education degree from Eastern Illinois University in 1959.
From 1957 to 1965, Chuck taught Physical Education classes and coached football at Chatsworth, Rock Island and Oak Lawn, Illinois high schools. During five of those summers he and his wife, son and daughter traveled to Greeley, Col., where he enrolled in Northern Colorado's Doctorate Program.
He received his PH. D in Physical Education, Health and Sports in 1965 and was hired by Bemidji State University. He became a professor at B.S.U. and held leadership positions Department Chair, Athletic Director and Track Coach. He was also an assistant football coach for many years.
In 1959, after thirty years of memorable years at the university, he retired and he and his wife divided their time between Mesa, AZ and San Diego, CA. They also spent traveled extensively worldwide during this time.
At a later time, a Family Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held in San Diego. Inurnment will be in the Crystal Catherdral  Memorial Gardens in Garden Grove, California.
He is survived by his wife, Lenora Seaman formerly of Mattoon, Illinois, two married children, four grandchildren and two brothers. A special thanks from his family to all the people who enriched his life.
Memorials donations may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Research at www.MichaelJFox.org. 


 
Stephanie L. Buff, 60, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 12:15 pm on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at her home in Chatsworth.

A prayer service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, January 31, 2014 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth with Father Scott Archer officiating. A visitation will be held from 3:00 – 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 30, 2014 and one hour prior to services on Friday all at the funeral home. According to her wishes, cremation rites will follow services, there will be no graveside. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Chatsworth Library.

She was born August 8, 1953 in Watseka, IL a daughter of Noble and Viola (DeSouza) Smith. Stephanie married Frankie Buff on April 29, 1972 in Onarga, IL. He survives.

Also surviving are her two sons: Joseph Buff of Gibson City and Jacob (Samantha) Buff of Chatsworth; one step grandson: Brody Emberton; four granddaughters: Haleigh Buff, Emma Trichel, Naomi Buff, and Summer Buff; her mother: Viola Smith of Gilman; her siblings: Carl Smith of Gilman, Jo Dickenson of Colorado, Donna Price of Gilman, and Elena (Doug) Stame of Naperville. She was preceded in death by her father: Noble Smith, who was a Prisoner Of War during WWII; one daughter: Sara Trichel; one granddaughter: Hannah Trichel; and one brother-in-law: John Dickenson.

In her younger years, Stephanie was a lead singer in a rock band, Breaze and always enjoyed music. She worked as a CNA at the nursing home in Piper City and a phlebotomist at Fairbury Hospital. Stephanie was an EMT for SELCAS for many years. She was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth.

Above all else, she loved spending time with her grandchildren; they meant the world to her. She was a loving wife, mom, grandma, sister, aunt and friend who will be greatly missed.

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Doris K. Salzman, age 87, of rural Chebanse, IL, formerly of Chatsworth, passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2014 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, IL. Doris was born on May 18, 1926 in Champaign, IL the daughter of Henry E and Florence A Kelly. She was a 1948 graduate of the University of Illinois graduating with a Bachelors in Mathematics. After college Doris went on to work for State Farm until 1951. On March 17, 1951 she married Paul Salzman at Herald of Hope Baptist Church in Urbana, IL. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Kankakee, IL where she taught Sunday School for many years and was active in the Women’s Missionary Fellowship. She enjoyed reading, sewing, and was an active partner with Paul around the farm.

Doris is survived by her children, Jo Anne (Jon) Stenbuck of Attleboro, MA, John (Kristin) Salzman of Magnolia, IL, Alice Salzman of Downers Grove, IL, and Fred Salzman of Greensboro, N.C., three grandchildren Francisca Stenbuck, and Emily and Aaron Salzman, a sister-in-law George-Anne “Jan” Kelly, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Ralph and Burt Kelly, and a sister-in-law Roberta Kelly.

A time of gathering will take place on Thursday, January 30, 2014 from 3pm-7pm at Schreffler Life Story Funeral Homes Kankakee Chapel and on Friday, January 31, 2014 from 9am until the time of service at 10am at Immanuel Baptist Church in Kankakee, IL followed by an interment at Kankakee Memorial Gardens in Kankakee, IL.

In lieu of flowers memorials to Harbor House or to Immanuel Baptist Church would be appreciated. 



ROBERTS – Doyle D. Adamson, 74, of rural Roberts, formerly of Mahomet, died at 2:37 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 26, 2014) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal. Doyle was born Jan. 23, 1940, in Fairbury, to Wayne and Sylvia (Kortz) Adamson. On May 9, 1959, he married the love of his life, Deloras Jean Brauman at the Congregational Church, Thawville.

He is survived by his wife, "Dee" of rural Roberts; his daughter, Karla (Chris) Butterick of Rantoul; his son, Jeffrey of rural Roberts; grandsons, Ethan and Wyatt Butterick of Rantoul; sister, Janet Adamson of Newman; and brother, Royce Adamson of Gilbertsville, Ky.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Dolores Adamson.

Doyle's education began by walking to a rural Chatsworth country school and then attending Chatsworth Grade School, Roberts Thawville Junior High School, Gibson City High School and Newman High School, where he graduated in 1958. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was trained at the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power School in Groton, Conn., and served on the USS Laffey, the USS Bainbridge and the USS Enterprise. Following sea duty, he taught at the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power Site in Arco, Idaho, and later transferred to Great Lakes Naval Station in Chicago, where he retired after 20 years of military service as a machinist mate chief master (MMCM) E-9.

Doyle then attended Parkland College and Eastern Illinois University, earning his bachelor's degree. He taught at Mahomet-Seymour High School and Fisher High School, retiring in 2001. Doyle was a born teacher and loved working with his students. Shortly after retiring from the school system, the Adamsons moved from Mahomet to the Brauman family farm in rural Roberts. Doyle occupied his leisure time by bird and critter watching and designing special projects for use around the farm.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Redenius Funeral Home, Gilman. Pastor Brian King will officiate. Burial, with military honors by the Piper City American Legion Gibb Post 588, will be in Brenton Township Cemetery, Piper City.

Memorials may be made to an organization of the donor's choice or to Doyle's family. Arrangements are by the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman. Please sign the guest book at www.redeniusfuneralhomes.com.

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Donald L. Snow, 79, passed away on January 31, 2014 in Ocala, Fl.

Donald was born on August 17, 1934 in Chatsworth Il. to Harley and Velma (Davidson) Snow, He proudly served in the U.S. Army. He was a loving father and grandfather. He played many sports in high school and was a huge fan of Indy and NASCAR racing. He worked many years as a self-employed truck driver.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Donna snow; three daughters: Cindy Kirk of Orlando, Fl., Shelly (Michael) Campbell of Ocala, Fl., and Vicky (Allyn) Decker, of Warsaw, In.; two brother and three sisters and seven grandchildren; Alyssa Decker, Shayne Campbell, Daniel Kirk, Whitney Campbell, Kaley Kirk, Brett Campbell and Anna Decker.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, April 4, 2014 at Countyside Funeral Home, 9185 N.E. Jacksonville Road, Anthony, Fl.

Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6, 2014

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FEBRUARY

GREENUP -- Robert Dale Kuhring, age 76 of rural Greenup, IL and formerly of Chatsworth, IL, passed away on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 while at Charleston Rehabilitation and Health Care Center and in the loving presence of his family. The Funeral Service honoring and celebrating his life will be held at 6:30 p.m.on Friday, February 7, 2014 at Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston with Pastor Curt Weaver officiating.

Visitation will be held on Friday evening for one hour prior to the funeral service at the funeral chapel. Burial with Military Rites by the Honor Guard of the American Legion Gibb Post 588 in Piper City will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2014 in the Brenton Township Cemetery in Piper City, Illinois. It is requested that thoughtful donations in his honor be made to his family for a charity of their choice. Gifts may be left on the memorial table at the visitation or service or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Dr., Charleston, IL 61920.

Bob was born on June 25, 1937 in Chicago to the late Lela Kuhring. He married Barbara Lambert on December 20, 1958 and she preceded him in death on January 11, 2009. He is survived by their two daughters, Celeste Hoerner and husband Dean of Pontiac, IL and Jean Butler and husband Brent of Charleston; five grandchildren, Amber (Doug) Carls of Flanagan, IL, Brandon (Jessica) Hoerner of Bloomington, IL, Eric Hoerner of Pontiac, Brandi (Jeff) Garlich of Nashville, IL, Jacob Butler of Charleston; four great-grandchildren, Dylan and Delaney Carls, Mason Hoerner and Mason Garlich; three sisters, Ruby (Richard) Weston and Brenda (Larry) Hemp all of Piper City, Ellen (Tom) Rafferty of Texas; a brother, Kendall McCoy of Utah; and several nieces and nephews and their families. In addition to his father and mother, Herschel “Hut” and Lela McCoy, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ron and Wayne McCoy.

Bob was a graduate of Piper City High School where he played high school football. Following graduation he honorably served his country with the United States Army from 1956 to 1958. Bob enjoyed reminiscing about his days in the military as a paratrooper, being stationed in Germany and times shared with his Army buddies – some with whom he still kept in touch. 

He was employed with Nichols-Homeshield in Chatsworth before accepting a position with Celotex (Dow Chemical) in Charleston where he worked from 1978 until his retirement in 2004.

Bob loved being outdoors, especially on his Cumberland County property where he could enjoy his favorite hobbies of hunting and fishing. It was also a place where you could always find horses, a variety of hunting dogs and an occasional pet raccoon. He was a semi-pro Bassmaster Fisherman and his daughters can recall many fishing outings on the water with dad.

He enjoyed league bowling, the horse races at the Greenup Fairgrounds and playing poker with family members and friends. Bob was also quite the handyman and could repair almost anything. Even though he often seemed to be a man of few words he possessed the art of storytelling. Some of his favorite times were sitting around with his family, whom he dearly loved, sharing stories of special times. Many of the words he spoke were often words of wisdom from a man who experienced much and from one who would rather be self-sufficient rather than ask for help. His family and his many friends will truly miss his presence in their lives but his memory will forever be treasured through the many stories and good times shared.

Bob’s memorial website is available at www.adamsfuneralchapel.com where condolences may be sent to the family by clicking on obituaries. To leave condolences online, visit www-jg-tc.com, click on obituaries, select the individual's name and click on "Comments" to log in.



MELVIN — Marilyn A. Stow, 76, of Melvin, died at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City, with the Rev. Paula Wallace officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Sibley. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the funeral home and one hour prior to the funeral on Friday.

Mrs. Stow was born Feb. 5, 1937, in Watseka, a daughter to Horace and Lois (Nolin) Redman. She married Albert Stow on Sept. 6, 1956, in Watseka.  He died Aug. 1, 1996.

Surviving are three sons, Earl Stow of Melvin, Allen (Billie) Stow of Loda and William (Kathie) Stow of Melvin; one daughter, Lois Phillips of Melvin; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Bob Redman of Donovan.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and two grandchildren.

Mrs. Stow enjoyed playing games on the computer and crocheting. She loved animals.

Memorials may be made to the Leukemia Society or charity of the donor’s choice.



El Paso--Mark E. Kessinger, 52, of El Paso, IL passed away at 2:54 pm on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at OSF St. Francis in Peoria, IL with his family by his side.  

He was born on June 8, 1961 in Fairbury, IL a son of Chellis "Jim" and Mary Jane McGreal Kessinger. He married Sandra "Sandee" Franke on August 15, 1987 in El Paso, Il. She survives. 

Also surviving are one son, Jordan (fiance Abby Kiefer) Kessinger, one daughter Chelsea Kessinger, both of El Paso, his parents Jim and Mary Jane Kessinger of Bloomington; two brothers, Mike Kessinger of Chatsworth, IL; Dan (Kelly) Kessinger of Toano, VA; three sisters, Kay (Wayne) Shols of Chatsworth, IL; Sharon (Doug) Benway of Strawn, IL; Debbie (Mike) Coffman of Heyworth, IL; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and one niece, Lindey Hornstein.

Mark graduated from Chatsworth High School and Joliet Jr. College with an Associate Degree in Ag Business and was currently the co-owner/operator of Chatsworth Ag Services. 

He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed playing golf at the El Paso Country Club and Pontiac Elks. He was a member of the El Paso-Gridley Athletic Booster Club where he served on the board of directors from 2005-2012. He also served as a scorekeeper for away games for the boy's basketball team. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in El Paso. Rev. Jonathan Boehne will officiate. Visitation will be held on Friday evening from 3-8 pm at the Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Illinois Cancer Center of Peoria, Il or the El Paso-Gridley Athletic Booster Club.

Online condolences may be directed to his family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com.



Georgianna F. Bargman, 87, of Chatsworth, Il passed away at 5:55 am on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the Heritage Health Nursing Home in Gibson City, Il.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth, with Jerry Gentes, Minister  of Pastoral Care officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will follow services at Chatsworth Cemetery. Following the burial, there will be a luncheon at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Chatsworth. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions be made to the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Chatsworth. 

Georgianna was born on April 2, 1926 in Superior, Oh. a daughter of George Delawder and Lelia Henry. She married O. Leroy "Sonny" Bargman on June 3, 1944 in Superior, Oh. He passed away on March 15, 2013. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. Georgianna was preceded in death by one sister: Evelyn Henry. Georgianna was a waitress at the Air Force Base in Fairborn, Oh. and was a babysitter in Chatsworth for over 30 years. She also was a waitress at the bake shop in Chatsworth. 

She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Chatsworth.

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FAIRBURY – Bernadine McEvoy Gardner Fugate, 96, of Fairbury died at 10:45 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 27, 2014) at Advocate BroMenn, Normal.

Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 5 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fairbury with Pastor Tom Krieger officiating. Burial will be at Forrest Township Cemetery, Forrest. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury, and one hour before the funeral service at the church.

Mrs. Fugate was born Nov. 13, 1917 in Bloomington, IL, daughter of Bernard and Elva Fern (Shepard) McEvoy. She married Burdell Gardner on Sept. 11, 1938 in Forrest, IL. He died Nov. 1, 1956. She later married Howard Fugate on August 24, 1969 in Forrest, IL. He died Dec. 31, 2003.

Surviving are son B. Tom (Sherry) Gardner, Chatsworth, GA; two daughters, Susan Gardner and Jane (Eldon) Haab of Bloomington; step-son William (Kay) Fugate, Fairbury; and two step-daughters, Mary Ann Fugate, Champaign, and Ellen (Ray) Hankes, Gibson City. Also surviving are grandchildren Roxanne (Mike) Hutchings, Pamela Crabtree, Joletta McGraw, Lucy (Shan) Pollitt, Brian Gardner, Matt (Wendy) Kupferschmid, Mark (Anna) Kupferschmid, Beth (Stacey) Ward, J.B. Haab, Eric (Julie) Fugate, Andrea Jones, John (Deanna) Hankes, and Betsy (J.T.) Hammitt. She leaves 24 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and special friend Juanita Cavazos.

She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Ada (Willis) Bennett, Ellen (William) Wallace, Ruth (Burnell) Watson, and Raymond (Mary) McEvoy, infant daughter Joan, infant granddaughter and twin infant great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Fugate graduated from Chatsworth High School. She was employed at medical clinics in Forrest and Fairbury. She was a farm wife and homemaker. Bernadine and Howard enjoyed camper traveling throughout North America. Her cookie jar was always full of treats for anyone who stopped by and might join her in a game of Tri-Ominos or assembling a puzzle in progress. To help future generations experience nature, she and Howard donated Fugate Woods northeast of Fairbury to Prairie Lands Foundation.

Memorials may be made to Fugate Woods, Prairie Lands Foundation, 104 E. Locust St., Fairbury, IL 61739 or Home Sweet Home Ministries, 303 E. Oakland Ave., Bloomington, IL 61701. An online guest book is available at www.duffypilsmemorialhome.com. 


MARCH

Francis J. Dohman, Jr., 73, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 3:15 pm on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

Funeral services for Francis will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth with Father Richard Brunskill officiating. A visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 pm on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 and one hour prior to services all at the funeral home in Chatsworth. According to the family’s wishes, cremation rites will follow services on Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Chatsworth Fire Department.

Junior was born November 12, 1940 in Fairbury, IL a son of Francis John Sr. and Violet (Kemnetz) Dohman. He married Alice Henry on December 3, 1960 in Piper City. She passed away on July 28, 2011.

He is survived by his children: Robert (Jill) Dohman of Gibson City, IL, Valerie (Bob) Daniels of Marine On St. Croix, MN, and Joseph Dohman of Chatsworth; three grandsons: Brandon, Bradley, and Brendan; one great grandson: Carter; his siblings: Julie (Harold) Tilstra of Onarga, Wayne “Dutch” (Connie) Dohman of Chatsworth, Elaine Dohman, and Vicky (Bob) Shell of Clifton, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Junior worked on his family farm growing up in the Chatsworth Area. He went to work for Homeshield and was there for forty-seven years before retiring.

He was a longtime member of the Chatsworth Fire Department and also was an EMT. He did serve on the Town of Chatsworth Zoning Board.

Junior and his family spent nearly fifty years boating, fishing, and camping on Lake Shelbyville. They made many long time friendships there. He enjoyed gardening, gambling and tinkering. There was not a thing on this earth that Junior couldn’t fix.

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

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Sherry Diane Kerber

Sherry Diane Kerber, 30, of Chatsworth passed away at 1:37 pm on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in Granville, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Chatsworth United Methodist Church with Rev. Ivy Silas officiating. A visitation will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 pm on Friday, March 7, 2014 at the Chatsworth United Methodist Church and one hour prior to the services on Saturday at the church. Burial will follow services at Chatsworth Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Sherry’s name to the Chatsworth Township Library or S.E.L.C.A.S.

She was born November 22, 1983 in Pontiac, IL the daughter of Mark and Diane (Hubly) Kerber. They survive in Chatsworth.

Also surviving are her brothers: Chris (Laura) Kerber of Forrest, IL and Jeffrey Kerber of Evergreen, CO; her beloved niece and nephews: Colter, Violet and Sawyer Kerber all of Forrest, IL; her maternal grandma: Dorothy Hubly of Chatsworth, IL; her loving and supportive boyfriend: A.J. Ziano of Granville, IL and his family who cared for her and brought joy to her life; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandpa: Robert Hubly and her paternal grandparents: Ruth and Leonard Kerber.

Sherry was educated in the Prairie Central School District. She went on and received her bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in Elementary Education. Upon graduating, she followed her dream and moved to Chicago where she taught at many schools. Following that, she was a professional nanny in Chicago and in Denver, CO to Jake and Tate. Presently; she was a substitute teacher in the Central Illinois.

She was very proud to be a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority at Illinois State University. Sherry was an avid Chicago White Sox fan. She was very knowledgeable about sports and enjoyed going to sporting events. Sherry enjoyed camping, fishing, and just being outdoors. Most of all, she loved her family, particularly her niece and nephews. Sherry was a loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, girlfriend, aunt, niece, cousin and friend who will be greatly missed.



Steven M. Gerdes, 57 of Ironwood, MI. formerly of Chatsworth, IL. died Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 10:47 AM at Carle Foundation Hospital in Champaign, IL. 

His funeral will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatsworth with Jerry Gentes, minister of Pastoral Care officiating. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery, Chatsworth, IL. A visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials in Steve’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth is handling the arrangements. 

Steve was born on August 12, 1956 in Fairbury, IL , a son of Leo and Melicent (Blair) Gerdes. Survivors include: one brother: Brian Gerdes of Ludlow, IL. and one sister: Marlene (Ed) Clampitt of Rantoul, IL.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers David and Dale Gerdes and one sister: Diane Gerdes. 

Steve was a graduate of Chatsworth High School and attended Eureka College. He had been employed at ski resorts in Michigan. He was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatsworth.


APRIL

Connie N. Emberton, 56, of Chatsworth, died at 10:30 am, Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at her residence in Chatsworth.

A memorial service will be held at 4 pm, Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury with Pastor Daryl Evans officiating. A private family inurnment will take place at a later date in Chatsworth Cemetery, Chatsworth. 

Visitation with the family will be from 3 to 4 pm, prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Connie was born September 30, 1957 in Fairbury; the daughter of Ivan and Beulah (Houser) Bell. Her parents preceded her in death.

Survivors include one son, Brock (Renee) Emberton of Chatsworth; lifelong companion, Rick Emberton of Fairbury; four grandsons, Shawn Dixon, Dakota Emberton, Trey Emberton and Brody Emberton; two brothers, Doug Bell of Chatsworth; Dan Bell of Lincoln; and one sister, Shelby Bell of Pontiac.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family of Connie N. Emberton

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Mary L. Knoll, 91, of Chatsworth and formerly of Pontiac, passed away at 10:15 pm on Friday, April 4, 2014 at Piper City Rehab and Living Center where she was residing for the last three years.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac with Rev. Gretchen Stinebaugh officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to services at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac. Burial will follow the service at Pike Cemetery in rural Graymont, Illinois. Memorial contributions may be made to the Piper City Rehab and Living Center.

Mary was born July 24, 1922 in Pontiac, a daughter of Lewis and Lillie (Bratt) Schultz. She married Nelson C. Weber on December 11, 1938. He passed away in 1967. She then married Herbert Knoll on December 27, 1969. He passed away in 2003.

She is survived by one daughter: Vickie (Randy) Mundschenk of Graymont, IL; one son: Nelson (Lea) Weber of Ankeny, IA; a step daughter: Dixie (Richard) Haberkorn of Chatsworth, IL; one step son: Ronald (Mary Ann) Knoll of Pontiac; eight grandchildren: Peggy Mundschenk, Julie Brooks, Leonard Weber, David Weber, William Weber, Tammy Page, Anthony Weber, and Nicole Weber; three step grandchildren: Scott Haberkorn, Kim Monical, and Kathy Walsburg; sixteen great grandchildren; four step-great grandchildren;

and one great-great grandchild.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, one brother, three sisters, one son, one step son, and one step grandchild.

She attended Ruby Country School east of Pontiac and finisher her education in Pontiac. Mary was a housewife and helped operate the farm wither her first husband, Nelson. She was an emergency foster care parent to seventeen children and was active in Weber Reloading & Shooters Supply and Weber’s Flying Service. After Nelson died, she was in retail sales and a nurses aid at Livingston Manor while managing the family farm.

In 1969 she married Herbert Knoll and moved to rural Chatsworth. She lived there until 2011 when she went to Piper City Rehab and Living Center.

Mary enjoyed competition shooting and competed in the women’s expert classification and won many ribbons. She was active in the First United Methodist Church in Pontiac and the International Flying Farmers. She loved to spend time with her family, traveling, taking care of her cats, and spending winters at her home in Florida. She was an accomplished organist even though she could not read music well.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the staff at Piper City Rehab and Living Center for their loving care they gave while she was there.

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CHATSWORTH — Catherine E. Flessner, 96, of Chatsworth, passed away at 5:31 a.m. Sunday (April 13, 2014) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chatsworth, with Jerry Gentes, minister of pastoral care, officiating. A visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday prior to service at the church. Burial will follow service at Chatsworth Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Catherine was born Aug. 21, 1917, in Germanville Township, a daughter of Joseph and Bertha “Elizabeth” Hornickel Kemnetz. She married Lowell Flessner on March 19, 1944, in Chatsworth. He passed away on February 5, 2002.

She is survived by her two daughters, Marjorie Ann (Richard) Haab, Forrest, and Sue E. Nesnidal, Chatsworth; one son-in-law, Joseph A. Isaia, Bloomington; three grandchildren, Kimberly Horine Goble, JoHannah Isaia and Dan Nesnidal; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one daughter, Jane L. Isaia.

Catherine and Lowell farmed all their lives. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, sewing and embroidering. She was involved with Home Extension for more than 50 years. She loved her cat, Teena. Catherine was a church organist for more than 50 years at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and helped wherever she could.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, who will be missed.

A guestbook may be signed at www.calvertmemorial.com.

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MAY

Danny W. Graham, 64, of Chatsworth and formerly of the Ashkum area passed away on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. Cremation rites have been accorded by the Knapp funeral Home of Clifton. A memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, May 11, 2014 from 2-5 pm at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. A private family service will also be conducted at the funeral home in Clifton. Memorials may be made to the Kankakee County Humane Society or the donor's choice. Please share a memory of Danny at Knappfuneralhomes.com.

Mr. Graham was born on March 10, 1950 in Mt. Vernon, the son of Benjamin and Betty Boswell Graham, his parents are deceased. He married the former Toni Askew on June 16, 1969 in Clifton and she survives. He is also survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Christopher Graham of Ohio, Gary (Mary) Graham of Ashkum and Steve (Amy Graham of Danforth; eight grandchildren, Tabatha, Derrick, Amanda, Daniel, Kayla, Tessa, Makenzie and Garrett Graham; four sisters and two brother-in-law and three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Carol Murphy of Collinsville, Pat (Churck) Goranson of Kankakee, Debbie (Carl) Turley of Ohio, Jan Whitlock of Stone Fort, Jeff (Maria) Graham of Clifton, James (Jeanne) Graham of Kankakee and Larry Graham of Florida.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Graham was also preceded in death by a brother, Kevin and great grandson, Dominic.

Mr. Graham was self-employed owner & operator in the trucking industry and had also done dispatching in the trucking industry. He owned and operated the Graham Central Station Bar in Ashkum from 1980 until 1992. He was a former longtime member of the Ashkum Twp. Fire Dept., a member of the Sons of the American Legion and enjoyed farm work, construction and fishing.



Thomas E. "Tuck" Glennon, 91, of Chatsworth, IL, passed away at 12:24 pm on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, May 19, 2014 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Chatsworth with Father Scott Archer officiating. A visitation will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 pm on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth with a rosary service prior to visitation at 3:30 pm. Burial will follow services at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Chatsworth. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the American Cancer Society.

Thomas was born July 28, 1922 in Fairbury, IL a son of James M. and Bridget (Somers) Glennon. He married Bernice Ford on December 28, 1959 in Chatsworth. She passed away on March 15, 2007.

He is survived by his several nieces and nephews; extended family: Gerry and Eileen Weller and Tom Melody. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; three brothers: Jim, Phil and Paul Glennon; one sister and brother-in-law: Mary Francis and James H. Rigsby; and one nephew: Jack Glennon.

Thomas was educated in the Fairbury schools, graduating from Fairbury Township High School in 1940. He served his country in the United States Army, entering in January of 1943. Thomas was sent overseas during the Battle of the Bulge as a replacement and joined the 16th infantry of the 1st Division. He was discharged in April of 1946. He farmed for twenty years north of Fairbury. Thomas worked for the Secretary of State in the Driver’s License Division. He later retired in 1994 from the US Postal Service as a rural letter carrier. Thomas was a member of the St. Andrew Catholic Church (Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church) in Chatsworth, Knights of Columbus Council 730, and the Walter Clemons American Legion Post 613 in Chatsworth, where he was a sixty year member.

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Delmer Eugene Petersen, 92, of Ashkum, passed peacefully on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at his residence following a brief illness, surrounded by his family.

Delmer was born January 16, 1920, in Kankin, the son of Elmer E. and Lena C. Petersen. He married Ethel L. Menigoz on August1, 1942 and she preceded him in death in May 2006. He married briefly to Margaret Callahan in 1972, and she survives. He later married Mary F. Zorn on April 24, 1972 and she preceded him in death in December 2012. 

Other survivors include one son, Roy (Vicky) Petersen, of Ashkum; one daughter, Ruth (Darryl Kleinert of Chebanse; one step-son, Dale (Cathy) Rigsby of Fairbury; three step daughters, Carol Haas and Linda (Ervin VanWinkle, both of Seymour, Tn., and Ruth (Jim) Winterland of Fairbury; one brother, Ivan E. Petersen of Ashkum; 18 grandchildren; 9 step grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren; 10 step great grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Harold, Vernon, Wendell, and Arthur Petersen; one grandson, Steven Kleinert; one step grandson, Douglas VanWinkle; and one great grandson, Phillip Goodrich. 

Mr. Petersen was a lifelong farmr who owned and operated Petersen's Hatchery and the Petersen Cattle Farm, both in Ashkum. He enjoyed hunting, and was an avid fisherman who spent most of his summers fishing Lake Kabetogama in Minnesota. He also enjoyed playing cards, and was especially found of his cribbage games with his brother Ivan and his neighbor Vernon Meents. 

Funeral services will be at 10 am on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Knapp funeral Home in Clifton. Burial will be in Chatsworth City Cemetery.

JUNE

Marilyn was once a teacher here.

Forrest, Illinois - Marilyn J. Roth, 73, Forrest, died at 6:45 pm Friday, June 20, 2014 at Gibson City Area

Hospital Annex. 

The memorial service will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home,

Fairbury, with Pastor Silas Montgomery officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Township Cemetery, Forrest. 

Visitation will be from 3:00 to 8:00 pm Monday, June 23, 2014 and 9:00 to 9:45 am Tuesday at Duffy-Pils

Memorial Home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial offerings be directed to the Cystic Fibrosis

Foundation or the Missionary Fund at Christian Bible Church, Cissna Park, Illinois. 

Mrs. Roth was born on December 25, 1940, in Watseka, IL the daughter of John and Clara (Schupbach)

Kaufman. She married Leonard J. Roth on June 7, 1964, in Rankin, Illinois. He survives. 

Also surviving are two children; Doug (Jody) Roth, New Palestine IN; and Cathy Roth, Austin, TX; four

grandchildren; Katherine, Jacob, Lincoln and Elizabeth Roth, New Palestine IN; and one brother Ron (Alta

Kay) Kaufman, Peoria, IL. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Elaine. 

Mrs. Roth was a graduate of East Lynn High School and Illinois State University. She taught elementary

education in Herscher and Chatsworth, and preschool education at the Forrest Area Nursery School. She and

her husband, Leonard, have been lifetime farmers, and she enjoyed gardening. She was a PUFL member of

the American Legion Auxiliary and enjoyed the Lord’s blessings at Christian Bible Church.


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Phyllis Leathers 81 of Pinellas Park Florida passed away June 10, 2014. She was the daughter of Clarence and Alice (Milstead) McKinley. She is survived by three sons, one daughter, a sister Shirley Gifford of Freeport and a brother Bob McKinley of Bloomington.


William Burke Lawless, 94, Colorado Springs, passed away peacefully at home, while surrounded by his family in the afternoon of June 22, 2014.

William began his life's journey on October 13, 1919, in Wesley, Iowa. He moved shortly thereafter to a farm in Chatsworth, Illinois where he grew up with his family. Instead of staying on the farm he enlisted in the Army, and in 1937 joined the Strategic Air Command.

William served his country as a navigator on a bomber aircraft. His travels took him to England, Japan, Guam, Greenland, and many different places in the United States.

Williams journey eventually led him to Hutchison, Kansas, where he met Ethel Mae Renfroe in February of 1946. It was love at first sight and they were married in March. The two traveled until they arrived in Colorado Springs, where they settled and lived out the rest of their days together with the family they started. 

William is greeted in Heaven by his wife, Ethel M. Lawless, their daughter Pamela Yount, his brothers Jack and Bob Lawless, and his sister, Eileen Davies.

He is survived and fondly remembered by his brother Frank Lawless, sister Donna Fisher, daughter, Nancy Cantino and her husband Edward, son Bill Lawless, daughter Cathie Bowen and her husband Scott, daughter Margaret Lawless, granddaughter Jenni Helgoth, granddaughter Katie Rose Borden, grandson Patrick Lawless, and five great grandchildren.

A Rosary will be held in Williams honor at 10:00 am, on thursday, June 26, 2014 at Evergreen Cemetery, 1005 S. Hancock Ave., Colorado Springs, CO. Contributions in William's name may be made to the Holy Trinity Catholic Church and/or Pikes Peak Hospice.

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Candy K. Cleaton, 60, of Cullom, passed away at 11:24 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Order of St. Francis Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

There will be no visitation. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Chatsworth Cemetery. Calvert and Martin Funeral Home in Cullom is handling arrangements for the family.

Candy was born Oct. 10, 1953, in Butte, Mont., a daughter of William C. and Elsie E. Brinkman Cleaton. She is survived by several foster brothers and sisters in Montana; two aunts, Hazel Brinkman and Jessie Brinkman; three uncles, Pat Goff, Fred Goff and Dave Prewett; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Candy was raised in Montana. In 2007 she moved to Piper City and lived there for four years before moving to Cullom in 2011. She was a member of the Senior Citizens' Club.

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Geneva L. Hurt

(February 24, 1931 - June 30, 2014) 

Geneva L. Hurt, 83, of Piper City, IL, died at 8:25 P.M., Monday, June 30, 2014 at her home. Her funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at The United Methodist Church, Piper City with the Rev. Elizabeth Reis officiating. Burial will be in Brenton Cemetery, Piper City. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. Thursday, July 3, 2014 at the United Methodist Church, Piper City. Memorials may be made the United Methodist Church, Piper City or to the Iroquois Memorial Hospice. 

Geneva was born on February 24, 1931 in Kempton, IL., to Homer and Jesse Hopper Sorey. She spent her childhood in Illinois and Tennessee. She married Junior Lee Hurt on June 7, 1950 in Pontiac, IL. He died November 17 ,2013. Survivors include her children Gary (Rose) Hurt and Debbie (Mike) Brown all of Pontiac,IL., Randy Hurt of Piper City. Three Sisters Shirley Mynatt of Knoxville, TN., Helen Beckhoff of Fairbury, IL. and Carol (Richard) Dawson of Mansfield, IL. Six grandchildren, eleven great-grand-children and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a daughter Vicki Brand, two brothers James and Charles and two sisters Joan and Belle. Geneva was a homemaker and also was a factory worker at American Screen and a waitress at Azz Izz. She enjoyed reading, gardening and cooking.

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

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JULY

Ezra Boruff, Jr. age 67, of Monticello, passed away at 8:42 A.M. July 3, 2014 at his home with his loving

family by his side. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 P.M. Saturday, July 5, 2014 at the First Baptist

Church of Monticello with Pastor Mitch Estep officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. until the time of

service at the First Baptist Church. Interment will be in the Monticello Township Cemetery. Ezra was born

June 28, 1947 in Fairbury, Illinois the son of Ezra and Jessie (Sharp) Boruff, Sr. He married Gitana Leister

on July 24, 1966 at the First Baptist Church in Fairbury, Illinois. She survives. Also surviving are his

daughter Laura Gail (Kevin James) Hiller of Monticello; son Lonnie Stephen (Leslie Ann) Boruff of Chicago.

9 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild; Sister Judy (Bill) Owens of Bloomington, IL; brothers Fran (Bettie)

Boruff of Colorado; and Larry (Mary) Boruff of Chatsworth. Ezra was preceded by his parents and 1 sister

Betty Boruff. He was a member and deacon of the First Baptist Church of Monticello. Memorials made be

made to the First Baptist Church of Monticello.


AUGUST

PIPER CITY — Aileen C. Kemnetz, 94, of Piper City, formerly of Strawn and Chatsworth communities,

passed away at 9:30 p.m. Friday (Aug. 1, 2014) at Piper City Rehab and Living Center.

A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth,

with the Rev. Richard Brunskill officiating. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Calvert & Martin Funeral

Home, Chatsworth, with Holy Rosary being said at 7 p.m., and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the church

prior to Mass. Burial will follow Mass at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Chatsworth. In lieu of flowers,

memorial contributions may be made to the Germanville Club or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

Aileen was born Aug. 3, 1919, in Twin Grove, a daughter of Carl and Mary (Dunn) Yeagle. She married Lyle

Kemnetz on Feb. 15, 1949, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Bellflower. He passed away Jan. 16, 2004.

She is survived by her eight children, Mary (Paul) Delgado, Hopewell; Anne (Jim) Johnson, Piper City; Mark

(Connie) Kemnetz, Chatsworth; Susan Kemnetz, Urbana; Donna (Mark) Hood, Rockford; Frank (Susie)

Kemnetz, Gulf Port, Fla.; Jim (Mida) Kemnetz, Fullerton, Calif.; and Karen (Ken) Heuer, Denver, Colo.; 22

grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; her twin sister, Evelyn Dwyer, Lexington; and a special friend, Jerry

Rebholz, Piper City.

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

Aileen was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and was very involved there. She belonged to

the Germanville Club and the Kitchen Band. Aileen enjoyed gardening, sewing, playing games, especially

card games, and baking with love for her family and friends.

She was the best mom and grammy in the world. Aileen will be greatly missed.

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Michael D. Murphy, 65, of Chatsworth, passed away at 12:50 pm, Friday August 15, 2014 at Carle

Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, August 18, 2014 at Sts. Peter and Paul

Catholic Church in Chatsworth with Father Richard Brunskill officiating. A visitation will be held one hour

prior to service at the church with Holy Rosary being said at 9:00 am. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Catholic

Cemetery, Chatsworth. Memorials in Mikes name may be made to HOPE. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in

Chatsworth is handling the arrangements.

Mike was born on February 9, 1949 in Waukegan, IL a son of Vern M. and Helen P. (Monahan) Murphy. He

is survived by his life partner, Judith Steidinger of Chatsworth, two sons: Brian (Ann) Steidinger of Chenoa,

Todd (Billie) Steidinger of Fairbury; one daughter: Tana (Brian) Schulz of Baudette, MN; six grandchildren:

Jordan, Kristen, Kyle, Alyssa, James and Robert; one brother: Patrick J. (Linda) Murphy of Laura, IL; two

sisters: JoAnn (George) Telesz of Pontoon Beach, IL, Denise (Jay) Steinberg of Highland Park, IL; Several

Nieces and Nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Sean.

Mike was educated in the Chatsworth Schools and was a graduate of Arizona State University. He was a

member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. He owned and operated Murphy Masonry Construction in

Chatsworth until his retirement.



Harlan D. Kahle, 85 of Bloomington, died at 8:55 PM, Friday, August 15, 2014 at his residence in

Bloomington.

His funeral service will be held at 11am, Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at the Resurrection Lutheran Church,

Bloomington with Pastor Jerry Koch officiating. Burial will be in Germanville Cemetery, rural Chatsworth.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7:00 pm, Monday, August 18, 2014 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury; and

one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be

directed to Resurrection Lutheran Church, Bloomington, OSF Hospice or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Mr. Kahle was born July 27, 1929 in McLean County, the son of Edward and Esther (Gillan) Kahle. He married

Erma Rhoda on September 2, 1951 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chenoa. She survives in

Bloomington.

Other survivors include his children, Gary Kahle of Chatsworth, IL; Linda (Bill) Kahle-Langston of Davis

Junction, IL; Steven (Kathy) Kahle of Gibson City, IL; Susan (Michael) Andresen of Bloomington, IL; David

(Norah) Kahle of Seattle, WA; one sister, Dorothy (Jerome) Rhoda of Chenoa, IL; two sister in-laws, Pat Kahle

of Bloomington, IL; and Alma (Robert) Brucker of Chenoa, IL; six grandchildren, Matthew and Sarah

Langston, Douglas Kahle, and Bradley (Michelle) Kahle, John and Kahlee Andresen.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Lowel Kahle, Keith Kahle and daughter in-law,

Barbara Kahle.

Harlan was a member of many community boards, some of which are the Chatsworth Area Planning Society,

Vermilion Valley Bank Board, Lyman Drainage District Board, Chatsworth Lutheran Church Council, and both

Chatsworth and Livingston County school boards.

Harlan was a lifelong farmer and cultivated his faith as he did his crops. Although Harlan loved farming, his

greatest love was his family.




TREMONT - Harry Keith Cluts, 83, of Tremont passed away at 6:55 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin.

He was born Jan. 11, 1931, in Normal to Sylvester F. and Agnes C. Shipley Cluts. He married Eleanor Sue Westfall on Dec. 22, 1956, in Bismark and she passed away March 3, 1993. He then married Shirley I. Nash on Feb. 16, 2001, in Pekin and she survives.

Also surviving are one son, Larry K. Cluts of Peoria; one daughter, Patricia E. Zellner of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one stepson, Charles Nash of Mississippi; five grandchildren, Valorie Mills, Christopher Cluts, Alisha Zellner, L.J. Zellner III and Anthony (Shannon) Zellner; four step-grandchildren, Troy Nash, Robert Nash, Jocelyn Nash and Chad Turner; four great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; and one sister, Eleanor Marie Dayton of Mason, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold Ray and Francis Owen. Keith graduated from I.S.U. in Normal in 1957 with a B.S. in education. In 1964, he received his master's degree in science. He taught music for two years at Chatsworth School District and 28 years at Tremont School District, retiring in 1986. After retiring, he worked at Sears in Pekin and Sherwin Williams Co. for several years.

He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War, attaining the rank of boatswain mate 3rd class.

He was a member of Tremont United Methodist Church, Arts & Crafts Lodge 1017 in Bloomington, Bradley Community Chorus, Tremont Masonic Lodge 462, Tremont American Legion Post 1236 and Laborers Local 231 in Pekin. He was a former member of Peoria Philharmonic Chorus and the Pekin Civic Chorus. Keith was grand marshal of the 1986 Tremont Homecoming Parade.

His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at Tremont United Methodist Church. Pastor Dan Perry will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Davis-Oswald Funeral Home in Tremont, followed by a Masonic service at 7 p.m. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin, with military honors.

Memorials may be made to Tremont United Methodist Church music department.

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Lila M. Dohman, 91, of Cullom, passed away at 9:13 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 23, 2014) at Tjardes Health Care Center at Evenglow Lodge.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Wednesday until the 11 a.m. funeral services at St. John's Catholic Church in Cullom, with the Rev. William Kiebler officiating. The family requests those attending dress casual. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery in Cullom. Memorials may be made to Cullom Fire Department or Livingston County Humane Society.

Lila was born on Sept. 2, 1922, in Chatsworth, a daughter of Claude and Mayme (Berlet) Wilson. She married William C. Dohman on Feb. 24, 1941, in Cullom. He preceded her in death on Oct. 1, 1994.

Surviving are one daughter, Marcia (Ronald) Green, of Cullom: two grandchildren, Christopher Fraher, of Rantoul, and Eric Dohman, of McHenry; two great-grandchildren, Westyn Fraher, of Montrose, Iowa, and William C. "Liam" Dohman, of Antioch; one brother, Claude Wilson, of Dwight; four sisters, Lois Wallrich and Marilyn Dehm, both of Chatsworth, Frances Friedman, of Fairbury, and Mary Lou West, of Knoxville.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Gerald Dohman; five brothers; and one sister.

Lila was educated in Chatsworth schools, was a homemaker and helped her husband on the farm. She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Cullom.

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Many will know this gentleman:

BLOOMINGTON — Francis N. Walle, 101, of Bloomington, died at 7:12 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 23, 2014) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, with his family surrounding him.

A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Church of Downs, with Monsignor Greg Ketcham officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington, with a prayer service at 3:30 p.m. Additional visitation will be 30 minutes prior to Mass Friday at the church. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Melvin Cemetery, Melvin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church of Downs, Melvin Fire Department or American Cancer Society.

Francis was born Oct. 26, 1912, in Pella Township, near Piper City in Ford County, to Frederick G. and Matilda Bouhl Walle. He married his love and lifetime partner, Ardell A. Zimmerman, on Jan. 28, 1943, in Piper City.

Surviving are his wife, Ardell; five children, Carol (Gordon) Dremann, Princeton; Steve Walle, Bloomington; Dean Walle, Tucson, Ariz.; Mary (Stephen) Peterson, Bloomington; and Richard Walle, Tucson, Ariz.; daughter-in-law, Karen Walle, Petersburg; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents; three brothers; son, David Walle; and grandson, Eric Peterson.

He graduated from Piper City Community High School in 1930, continued to help on the family farm for several years, then went to work for Ford County Service Company (later called Growmark FS) in Melvin, from which he retired 40 years later. Francis belonged to St. George Catholic Church in Melvin for 60 years, serving as parish council president, lector, choir member and parish hall manager. He was past commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6334 in Melvin, past president of Melvin Lions Club, 66-year member of the American Legion in Melvin, Peach Orchard Township trustee for 29 years, 31-year volunteer of Melvin Fire Department and a member of the Melvin State Bankers bowling team for 40 years. After moving to Downs 10 years ago, he became a member of St. Mary’s Church of Downs, VFW Post 6289 in Gibson City and Downs Senior Citizens group.

He entered the U.S. Army in 1942, and served in World War II as a lieutenant in the 310th Field Artillery Battalion attached to the 79th Infantry Division in Europe (England, France, Belgium and Germany) from 1944-1945.

Francis was a musician who sang and played by ear many instruments, beginning as a boy with the Walle Brothers band in Piper City. He was trumpeter for the Jolly Sailors dance band that performed in Central Illinois in the 1940s and 1950s, and played taps for military funerals and patriotic holidays until he was well into his 80s.

Francis was an entertaining, charismatic fellow who was liked by everyone he met. Underneath his jovial charm, Francis had a strength of character that inspired others — he showed by example that every person is worthy of kindness and respect, and that you can lead a good life by workinghard and loving each other. It's hard to say which he did better: make you laugh or make you feel loved. Endlessly interested in his physical world, he was a gifted gardener and could fix almost anything. He liked watching sports, especially the Cubs, Bears and Illini basketball. In particular, he enjoyed family gatherings, where he loved to tell stories of his many life experiences. His memory will always bless his loving wife and family.

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

Francis Walle



Geraldine “Geri” Wiles, 76, of Chatsworth, passed away at 8:52am, Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at her residence in Chatsworth.

Her funeral service will be held at 11:00am, Saturday, August 30, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Fairbury with Pastor Steve Anderson officiating. Burial will follow the service in Chenoa Twp. Cemetery, Chenoa, IL.

Visitation will be from 4-8:00pm, Friday, August 29, 2014 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury and one hour prior to her service at the church on Saturday. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials be directed to First Baptist Church of Fairbury or Fairview Haven Retirement Community.

Geri was born May 18, 1938 in McLeansboro, the daughter of Harley R. and Wilma (Hutchcraft) Martin. She married John Wiles on November 17, 1956 at the Chenoa United Methodist Church, Chenoa. He survives in Chatsworth.

Other survivors include one son, James (Janice) Wiles of Fairbury, IL; one daughter, Judy (Mike) McCoy of Gays, IL; eight grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; five sisters, Norma (Franklin) Fosdick of Fairbury, IL; Mary (Bill) Decker of Grand Rivers, KY; Delores (Bob Fauber)Meiss of Danvers, IL; Connie Aberle of Benton, KY; LaVerne (Mark) Aberle of Chatsworth, IL; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one grandson, Austin Wiles.

Geri was a 1956 graduate of Chenoa H.S. She was employed by Zimmerman’s Hardware in downtown Fairbury for over 20 years and later was a Certified Nurses Aid at Fairview Haven Retirement Community for 36 years.

Geri enjoyed gardening, spending time at their home on Lake Mattoon with her dog Benji never far from her. Above all she loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren.


Geraldline "Geri" Wiles



Adam C. Masterson, 39, of Chatsworth died at 4:20 a.m., Sunday, August 31, 2014 following a car accident west of Paxton.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m., Friday, September 5, 2014 at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E. Pells Street, Paxton with Steve Bonk officiating. Burial will follow at Ridgeland Township Cemetery, Thawville with military honors by Tracy Smith Post 700 Thawville American Legion. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of the service at the funeral home.

Adam was born May 27, 1975 in North Myrtle Beach, SC a son of Larry Wayne and Nancy Boyle Masterson. He married Kristen Coffey at the First Southern Baptist Church in Paxton on June 25, 2011. She survives. Also surviving are his father in Lincoln, his mother in Rantoul, children Tabitha Masterson, Chatsworth, Zechariah Pace, Saybrook, Hannah Pace, Colfax, Rachelle Pierro and Blane Pierro, Chatsworth, a brother, Brian (Larissa) Masterson, Wichita Falls, TX; a sister Lora (Jason) Loger, Andover, MN; nephews, Austin Masterson, Wichita Falls and Joshua Masterson, Andover, MN, nieces Reagan Masterson and Rhiannon Loger, Andover, MN, his maternal grandparents Alfred and Madeline Boyle of Mattoon and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Eileen Masterson. 

Adam spent his childhood in Rantoul and was a 1994 graduate of Rantoul Township High School. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a truck driver for Systems Transportation in Spokane, WA.

Adam enjoyed camping, fishing, grilling out and spending time with his family. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Memorials may be made to Kristen Masterson.

Condolences may be offered at www.baierfuneralservices.com


SEPTEMBER

Ronald “Kurt” Shafer 73, of Chatsworth passed away at 7:45 am on Friday, September 5, 2014 at his residence in Chatsworth. A chorus of Angels sang perfect harmony as God personally welcomed Kurt into heaven. God will sit for eternity in the center with Kurt on one side and Jesus on the other and together they will watch every Detroit Tiger’s game ever to come.

A visitation and memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth. According to his wishes, cremation rites will take place. Memorial contributions may be made for a fund for his children.

He was born November 15, 1940 in Detroit, MI a son of Ronald and Ruth (Thompson) Shafer. He previously married Babita Lachhman. She survives in New Lennox, IL. Also surviving are his two children: Kimra Shafer of Bloomington, IL and Brandon Shafer of New Lennox, IL; five siblings: Tod (Donna) Shafer of Romeoville, IL, Karen Kanin of Schaumburg, IL, Jill (Frank) Hughes of Dexter, MI, Greg Shafer of Chatsworth, IL and Scott (Statta) Shafer of Chatsworth, IL; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Kurt served his country in the United States Army. He worked for the government and Peace Corps all his life. Kurt wrote a book about his vast travels. He had been to 200 countries of the World, 321 of the Travelers Century Club, and the United Nations 193 Member States.


Ronald



URBANA — Antone Lloyd "Tony" Kemnetz, 79, of Urbana, passed away suddenly at 4:48 p.m. Friday (Sept.

5, 2014) at his residence.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Shrader Funeral Home, Arcola. Graveside service with military graveside rites accorded will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Arcola Township Cemetery, Arcola.

Tony was born May 19, 1935, in Chatsworth, the son of Lloyd D. and Irene M. Hummel Kemnetz. He married Shirley Moriarty on March 26, 1960. She preceded him in death. He married Phyllis J. Kelly on Sept. 3, 1988, in Champaign. She survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Bryan J. (Jennifer) Kemnetz, Stillwater, Minn.; Michael G. (Carol) Kemnetz, LeRoy; and Steven Daniel Kemnetz, Washington; three daughters, Julie Ann (Kent) Smith, Lafayette, Ind.; Mary G. Kemnetz, Rantoul; and Geraldine M. Kemnetz, St. Paul, Minn.; stepson, Dr. Terry M. (Lauren) Kelly, Tampa, Fla.; stepdaughter, Kristen J. (Zach) Henderson, Mahomet; nine grandchildren, Ivy Kemnetz, Grant Smith, Heather Smith, Jenny Smith, Justin Kemnetz, Shelbie Kemnetz, Kaila Kemnetz, Tyler Kelly and Lauren Henderson; sisters, Mardelle A. McPherson, Boca Raton, Fla.; Nancy Varner, Edmond, Okla.; and Darla K. Rogganbuck, Bourbonnais; and brother; Lloyd D. Kemnetz, Chatsworth.

Tony retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army Reserves after having served for 28 years. He worked as a grain elevator manager for 25 years, including at Frito Lay in Sidney. Tony received a bachelor of science degree in agriculture from the University of Illinois and two associate degrees from Parkland College.

Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Condolences to the family may be shared via www.hilligossshraderfh.com.

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Charles W. Loveall Sr, 59, of Chatsworth, passed away at 8:47 pm Friday, September 12, 2014 at at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

Cremation Rites will be accorded and a private memorial service will be held at a later date. Calvert & Martin

Funeral Home in Chatsworth is handling the arrangements.

Charles was born on September 4, 1955 in Joliet, IL, a son of Charles M. and Christina “Pat” (Flemings) Loveall. He married Alice Kuykendall in Missouri on August 22, 1972, she survives. He is also survived by 2 sons: Charles W. (Debbie Gomez) Loveall Jr of Gibson City, Michael “Scotty” (Karen) Loveall of Chatsworth; daughter in law: Sue Loveall of Chatsworth; sister: Kathy (Jessie) Ramirez of Joliet: 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Tina Coffman.

Charles attended Joliet Central High School and served our country in the United States Marine Corp.



OCTOBER

Lauretta Ellen Stehle, 91, of Piper City, IL, formerly of Chatsworth and Strawn, passed away at 8:30 pm on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Piper City Rehab and Living Center.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Forrest with Rev. Roosevelt Smith officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will follow services at Strawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Lauretta’s name may be made to Piper City Rehab and Living Center.

She was born April 18, 1923 in Lutesville, MO a daughter of Monroe Jesse and Ida Mae (Eaker) Shell. She married Raymond Stehle on September 15, 1978. He passed away on October 24, 1996.

She is survived by one sister-in-law: Lorene Shell Kelly of Fort Wayne, IN; and twenty nieces and nephews. Lauretta is preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers: Corum, Lester, Elmer and Raymond Shell; sisters: Opal Farney, Dorothy Donley, and Zetta Yoder.

Lauretta spent her childhood in Charlotte and Saunemin. She lived in Strawn for thirty-five years until she married Raymond and moved to Chatsworth.

She worked at Elwood Arsenal during WWII and then worked at Fairbury Hospital as a CNA for over twenty-five years until her retirement.

Special thanks to the entire staff at Piper City Rehab and Living Center for the excellent care given for our “Aunt Cheetie Bird” for the many years she resided there.




John G. Post, 96, of Crescent City passed away on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Prairieview Lutheran
Home in Danforth.
John was born April 1, 1918 in Chatsworth, the son of Henry and Anna Hustedt Post. He married Mildred
Virginia Elliott on July 28, 1940 in Freeland Park, IN and she preceded him in death on November 30, 1983.
He later married Kathleen Pfingsten on July 31, 1984 in Crescent City and she survives. Also surviving are
one daughter, Ruth (Clifford) Schroeder of Chebanse; one son, Bob (Phyllis) Post of Gilman; six
grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his first wife, he was also preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Edward Post; two
sisters, Marie Rascop and Angeline Leitz; and one son, George Allen Post.
Mr. Post was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Crescent City and St. Peter Men in Mission. He was
a volunteer for the Crescent-Iroquois Fire Department for many years. John was a lifelong farmer in the
Crescent City area and enjoyed horses and playing cards.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in
Crescent City. Rev. Joel Brown will officiate. Burial will be in St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery in Crescent City.
Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka
and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.
Please share a memory at knappfuneralhomes.com.


WESTMINSTER, Colo. — Betty Jean Bachman, 71, of Westminster, Colo., passed away Oct. 15, 2014, at
her home.
Betty was born Nov. 7, 1942, in Pontiac, to Dale and Lucille Carstens Bateman.
She is survived by her son, Todd (Sue) Bachman, Parker, Colo.; her sisters, Judy Blair, Cornell; and Karen
Vietti, Pontiac; many nephews, nieces, great-nieces and great-nephews; as well as her beloved pet,
Dazzee.
Her service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Olinger Funeral Home in Thornton, Colo.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Livingston County Humane Society and The National Mill
Dog Rescue in care of Todd Bachman, 9597 Shenstone Way, Parker, CO 80134.
Note: Betty married Sonny Bachman of Chatsworth and lived here several years.


NOVEMBER

Patricia A. Monahan, 84, of Piper City, and formerly of Chatsworth, passed away at 11:45 a.m. on
Thursday (Oct. 30, 2014) at the Piper City Rehab and Living Center.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Monday until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Saints Peter and
Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth with the Rev. Richard Brunskill officiating. Interment will follow
at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery near Chatsworth. Funeral arrangements are being handled by
Calvert and Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth. Memorials may be made to the HOPE fund at the
Citizen's Bank of Chatsworth.
Pat was born Sept. 19, 1930, the daughter of John and Margaret Kerrins, of Chatsworth. They
preceded her in death. She married Leo F. Monahan on Nov. 17, 1973. He preceded her in death on
Aug. 12, 1993.
She was a graduate of Chatsworth Community High School, a lifelong member of the congregation
for Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth, and a member of the church's Altar and
Rosary Society.
Surviving are one son, Michael (Valera) Monahan, of Bloomington; one daughter, Lynn (Rodney)
Frechette, of Piper City; grandchildren, Jessica Frechette, of Washington, Bryant Frechette, of
Pontiac, and Kean and Kerri Monahan, of Bloomington; cousins, Mary Ruth Donahue, of Oak Lawn,
Paula Farrell, of Woodridge, Mary Rathbun, of Fairbury, and Jim Trost, of Kankakee.
Although generally content with the rural downstate lifestyle, Pat did enjoy an occasional adventure.
As a teenager, she often visited a like-aged cousin in the Chicago area and the two of them would
sometimes explore the city via mass transit while the parents were at work. On another occasion, Pat
and a friend traveled by train to New York City to visit the Statue of Liberty and other sites just so
they could say they did so.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Piper City Rehabilitation and Living Center for their
sensitive and caring support during Pat's final days. Pat will be missed by her family, acquaintances
and friends, including the breakfast regulars at Ne's Restaurant in Piper City.
We will miss you "Mama!"
Please sign her online guestbook at calvertmemorial.com.
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RANTOUL — Brian B. Gerdes, 56, of Rantoul, passed away at 1:45 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 30, 2014) at
Heartland Healthcare, Paxton, after a battle with cancer.
He was born May 24, 1958, Fairbury, a son of Leo Melicent (Blair) Gerdes.
He is survived by a daughter, Dana (Chad) Marshall, Ludlow; a sister, Marlene (Ed) Clampitt, Rantoul; and
three grandchildren, Gaven, Gage and Grysen.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.
Brian spent his lifetime painting homes and business. He owned and operated Gerdes Painting for the past
14 years. He loved his grandchildren, family and lived to ride on his Harley.
His funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lux Memorial Chapel, 1551 E. Grove, Rantoul. The Rev.
Jeffray Greene will officiate. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the chapel. Burial will follow at
Ludlow Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Serenity Shack or the American Cancer Society.



Bill is the husband of Joan Hubly
CHAMPAIGN — William J. "Bill' Penicook, 78, of Champaign, formerly of Wellington, died at 4:31 p.m.
Monday (Nov. 24, 2014) of complications from congestive heart failure, at his home surrounded by his
family.
His service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Presbyterian Church, Piper City, with the Rev. Wade Ditty
officiating. Burial will be in Brenton Cemetery, Piper City. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at
Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home, Piper City. There will also be an hour visitation before the service at the
church on Sunday. Memorials may be made to the Eastern Illinois Food Bank, The Salvation Army or
Presence Hospice.
Bill was born July 3, 1936, in Fairbury, to W.J. and Marguerite Siela Penicook. He graduated from Piper City
High School in Piper City and the IBA School of Banking at Southern Illinois University. He began his
banking career at the Piper City State Bank, where he rose to the position of vice president. He later moved
to Wellington to work at the Wellington State Bank and ended his career in the insurance business, owning
the Penicook Agency in Hoopeston and Milford.
Bill married Rosemarie Fiets on Dec. 27, 1958. She passed away on June 9, 2004.
He married Joan Hubly Rhode on Dec. 26, 2008. She survives.
Other survivors include his children, Mike (Ann) Penicook, Paxton; Julie (Dale) Katterhenry, Homer; Jill
Penicook, Hoopeston; Kaylyn (Jeff) Davis, Thawville; Bob (Rebeka) Rhode, Morton; Pat (Clarissa) Rhode,
Peoria; and Karen (Michael) McPherson, Naperville; 16 grandchildren; his older brother, John (Ruth Ann)
Penicook, Piper City; twin sister, Barb Powell, Channahon; and younger brother, Gordon (Sherry) Penicook,
Mahomet.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and first wife, Rosemarie.
He enjoyed getting together every Sunday with his family and traveling with Rosie and then Joan and with
his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Larry and Nancy Jacobsen. Golfing was another of Bill's passions,
especially with his brother Gordon and their group. He and Joan enjoyed spending winters in Fort Myers,
Fla., and welcomed family and visitors while there.
Please sign the guest book at www.redeniusfuneralhomes.com.


Funeral services for Helen Pederson age 96 of Timber Lake will be 10:00 AM, Friday, November 28, 2014 at the United Parish Church in Timber Lake. Visitation 1 hour prior to the funeral services. Burial at Timber Lake Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. 
Mrs. Pederson passed away on November 23, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Center in Selby. Helen May Pederson was born on March 29, 1918 in Chatsworth, Illinois to Elmer and Nancy Brammer. Like many families in the 1920s, the Brammers migrated west, settling near Dupree, South Dakota. Helen attended grade school and high school in Dupree. She graduated as valedictorian of her class and then went on to attend Northern Normal School in Aberdeen, South Dakota. After receiving her teacher’s certificate, Helen returned to Ziebach County where she taught in country schools. In 1941 she taught grades 1-4 at Firesteel , South Dakota and met the love of her life, Ralph Pederson. In 1942 she became the Ziebach County School Superintendent. On October 16 1943 Helen and Ralph Pederson were married. Together Ralph and Helen raised their sons Gary and Ron on the Broken Heart Ranch north of Firesteel, South Dakota. Ralph and Helen recently celebrated 71 years of marriage together. Helen enjoyed and was very active in ranching activities. She resided at her beloved Broken Heart Ranch until April of 2012 when she moved to the Good Samaritan Center in Selby, South Dakota. Being an active ranch wife Helen was always willing to ride her favorite horse and assist during the roundup. When working cattle she always insisted on bringing the cows or calves down the alley, even at the age of 80. It scared the rest of us but you couldn’t keep her out of the alley. Another of Helen’s favorite activities was driving the truck during silage harvest. It wouldn’t matter if the field was ½ mile from home or 3 miles she would be there waiting for the next load. It was her innovative idea to start using Red Angus genetics and thus was the start of Broken Heart Ranch Red Angus. In 1999 Ralph and Helen were honored with the Pioneer Breeder award by the Red Angus Association of America. Helen’s true passion was raising and racing horses. Her home is filled with racing awards reflecting the fifty plus years of successfully doing what she loved. In her spare time she was an avid stamp and coin collector. When Helen wasn’t working on the ranch she was a faithful member of the Prairie Parish Church and active in the Sew Willing Extension Club, Ladies Aid and Saddle Club. One of her favorite organizations was the Timber Lake & Area Historical Society & Museum. As President Helen led the effort of nominating The Chapel of the Holy Spirit, often called the “Old Stone Church”, to the National Register of Historic Places. She was instrumental in getting new windows, roof and point tucking done on the Church. 
Helen is survived by her husband Ralph Pederson, sons Gary (Sue) of Firesteel, SD and Ron of Rapid City, SD, four grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren, Bart(Carol) Logan, Blake, Jessica and Kylie Pederson of Knoxville, Tennessee, Bret (Cindy) Graylin, Jayden, Code, Jessup and Jessa Pederson of Glad Valley, SD, Kimberly(Cliff) Austin and Wyatt Olson of White River, SD and Chad (Lisa) and Bricelyn Pederson of Firesteel, SD and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and four brothers.



Per email from Bob Saathoff:
Sieg Albrecht, 69, died November 16, 2014. He was born June 14, 1945, in Schwetzingen, Germany. His family immigrated to the United States in 1956. He graduated from Chatsworth High School, Chatsworth, Il. in 1963. He enlisted in the United States Army where he served for three years. He lived in the Chicago, Il. area during his adult years where he was self-employed as a transportation agent. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Elsa Albrecht, a sister, Elsa, and a son, Sean. He is survived by his wife of forty six years, Margaret Sharon, nee Belsky; a daughter, Shannon (Shannon) Lange of IL; two brothers, Michael (Kathleen) of AZ. and Otto (Anne) of CA.; two sisters, Erika (David) Bekermeier of OR. and Angelika (Larry) Brooks of OR.; and four grandchildren, Matthew, Amanda, Conner, and Elizabeth.
Funeral services were held on November 24, 2014, in Alsip, IL. at St. Terrence Church. Burial was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.



James L. Haberkorn, 86, of Chatsworth, IL, passed away at 5:15 pm on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at
Heartland Health in Normal.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at Saints Peter and
Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth with Father Richard Brunskill officiating. Visitation will be held two hours
prior to the Mass at church. Christian burial will follow at Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorial contributions may
be made to Livingston County Humane Society.
Jim was born September 11, 1928 in Chicago, IL a son of William and Helen (Koehler) Haberkorn. He
married Shirley Hoelscher on October 18, 1950 in Pontiac, IL. She passed away on May 15, 2009.
He is survived by his siblings: Alan Haberkorn of Chatsworth, Wayne (Karen) Haberkorn of Mundelein,
Delores Wagner of Titusville, FL, and Jerome Haberkorn of Albuquerque, NM; and numerous nieces and
nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and one brother: William Haberkorn.
Jim with his wife, Shirley, owned and operated Culkin Hardware Store starting in 1946 until 1994. He was a
loving brother, uncle, and friend to all who knew him.
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Helen Brammer Pederson
Funeral services for Helen Pederson, 96, of Firesteel were held Friday, November 28, 2014 at the United Parish Church in Timber Lake. Her grandson, Pastor Bart Pederson, officiated. Eulogies were given by Jack Bickel and Ken Ripley. Burial was at Timber Lake Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Helen passed away on November 23, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Center in Selby. Helen May Brammer was born on March 29, 1918 in Chatsworth, IL to Elmer and Nancy Brammer. Like many families in the 1920s, the Brammers migrated west, settling near Dupree. Helen attended grade school and high school in Dupree. She graduated as valedictorian of her class and then went on to attend Northern Normal School in Aberdeen. After receiving her teacher’s certificate, Helen returned to Ziebach County where she taught in country schools. In 1941 she taught grades 1-4 at Firesteel and met the love of her life, Ralph Pederson. In 1942 she became Ziebach County School Superintendent. On October 16, 1943 Helen and Ralph were married. Together they raised their sons Gary and Ron on the Broken Heart Ranch north of Firesteel. They recently celebrated 71 years of marriage together. Helen enjoyed and was very active in ranching activities. She resided at her beloved Broken Heart Ranch until pril of 2012 when she moved to the Good Samaritan Center in Selby, . Being an active ranch wife Helen was always willing to ride her favorite horse and assist during the roundup. When working cattle she always insisted on bringing the cows or calves down the alley, even at the age of 80. It scared the others but they couldn’t keep her out of the alley. Another of Helen’s favorite activities was driving the truck during silage harvest. It wouldn’t matter if the field was a half mile from home or three miles she would be there waiting for the next load. It was her innovative idea to start using Red Angus genetics and thus was the start of Broken Heart Ranch Red Angus. In 1999 Ralph and Helen were honored with the Pioneer Breeder Award by the Red Angus Association of America. Helen’s true passion was raising and racing horses. Her home is filled with racing awards reflecting the 50- plus years of successfully doing what she loved. In her spare time she was an avid stamp and coin collector. When Helen wasn’t working on the ranch she was a faithful member of the Prairie Parish Church and active in the Sew Willing Extension Club, Ladies Aid and Timber Lake Saddle Club. One of her favorite organizations was the Timber Lake & Area Historical Society and Museum. s president, Helen led the effort of nominating The Chapel of the Holy Spirit, often called the “Old Stone Church,” to the National Register of Historic Places. She was instrumental in getting new windows, roof and tuck pointing done on the church. Helen is survived by her husband Ralph Pederson; sons Gary (Sue) of Firesteel and Ron of Rapid City; four grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren— Bart(Carol) Pederson and children Logan, Blake, Jessica and Kylie of Knoxville, TN; Bret (Cindy) Pederson and children Graylin, Jayden, Code, Jessup and Jessa of Glad Valley; Kimberly (Cliff ) Olson and sons Austin and Wyatt of White River; and Chad (Lisa) Pederson and daughter Bricelyn of Firesteel; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and four brothers.



Lucile G. Castle of The Woodlands, Texas passed away on November 13, 2014. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 13 at 3:00 pm at Cashner Funeral Home, 801 Teas Nursery Road, Conroe, TX 77303. Lucile was born December 19, 1915 in Chatsworth, Illinois to Mayme and John Gingerich. Lucile graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Home Economics. She joined the American Red Cross and served in France, Northern Africa and Germany. After World War II, Lucile returned to Illinois and worked for the United States Department of Agriculture. In 1945 Lucile married Clarence ("Cas") H. Castle. Lucile and Cas lived in Illinois and Iowa until 1982 when they retired to Panorama Village, Texas. Lucile enjoyed participating as an adult leader in 4-H, a member of the Conroe First United Methodist Church, the American Association of University Women and the PEO Sisterhood. In 2000 Lucile and Cas celebrated 55 years of marriage. Lucile was predeceased by her husband Clarence, infant daughter Jane and granddaughter Krista Mayes. She is survived by her two daughters, Sherry and husband Douglas Whitley, and Nancy and husband K. Michael Mayes. She is survived by four grandchildren Julia Whitley (Peter Siegesmund), Douglas Elliott Whitley (Danielle), Florence Whitley Kerkaert (Thomas) and Hunter Castle Mayes (Angela). She is also survived by six great grandchildren, Thompson Kerkaert, Felicity Kerkaert, Marie Kerkaert, Lilianah Mayes, Jayden Mayes and Madison Moore. Lucile loved her special friends Trish Hodes, Kay Benes, Shirley Boehner, Kim Marriott, Sarita Phillips and John and Shirley Leftwich. The family is deeply grateful to Regent Care Center and Heart to Heart Hospice for their devoted care. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to First United Methodist Church, 4308 W. Davis Street, Conroe, Texas 77304 or the PEO Foundation, 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50312.You may leave a written note to the family at www.Cashnerconroe.com.
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December
 
 
Husband of Nancy Zedyk Gerdes
G. Douglas Hibsch, 68, Fairbury, died at 7:33 am Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at OSF St. James-John Albrecht
Medical Center, Pontiac.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Monday, December 22, 2014 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairbury
with Pastor Tom Krieger officiating. Burial will be in the South Graceland Cemetery.
Visitation will be 2:00 to 6:00 pm Sunday, December 21, 2014 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury and
9:00 to 9:45 am Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to South Eastern Livingston
County Ambulance Service or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Doug was born August 29, 1946 in Fairbury, IL the son of George and Anna Louise Aellig Hibsch. He married
Nancy Zeedyk Gerdes on July 28, 2001. She survives in Fairbury, IL.
Other survivors include 1 daughter, Lori (Jay) Hibsch Dietz, Naperville, IL; 1 son, Michael (Cindi) Hibsch,
Franklin, TN; 4 grandchildren, Claire and Jack Dietz, Sophia and Tyler Hibsch; 1 sister, Barbara (Ron)
Kanemura, Huntington Beach, CA.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Doug was a 1964 graduate of Fairbury-Cropsey High School. He worked at Technical Metals, Fairbury for
over 40 years and enjoyed mentoring others in his work place. He was a current City of Fairbury alderman; a
former board member at Indian Creek Golf Course and member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairbury. As a
lifelong resident of Fairbury he was honored to serve his community. He had a passion for golf, which
included playing many courses around the country and his club making business. Doug’s many interests
include farming, supporting the Fairbury Fair, traveling the world and spending time with family and friends.



Chatsworth – Phyllis Shols, 89, of Chatsworth, passed away at 12:38am, December 20, 2014 surrounded by
her family, at Fairview Haven Retirement Community.
Funeral will be held at 10:30am, Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church,
Chatsworth. Pastor Jerry Gentes will be officiating. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 4-7:00pm, Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church,
Chatsworth and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Chatsworth
Fire Department or donor’s choice.
Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.
Phyllis was born March 29, 1925 in rural Melvin the daughter of William and Marie Eiben. Lee
She married Donald Shols on October 22, 1944 in Chatsworth. He passed away on September 25, 1996.
Surviving are her children Gary Shols of Rehoboth Beach, DE, Wayne (Kay) Shols of Chatsworth, and Bill
Shols of Dwight; grandchildren, Sarah (Dan) Kukuck of Colfax, Becky and (Brian) Miller of Fairbury, Phil and
(Angie) Kratochvil of Fairbury, Steve (Sue) Shols of Abington, MD, Kevin (Sharon) Shols of Wickford,
England, and Dustin Shols of Dwight; great-grandchildren, Emily Shols, Rylee Kukuck, Mia and Reed Miller,
Ainsley, Ashlyn and Acer Kratochvil and Rory and Melanie Shols; sister-in-law, Arleen (Max) Newby and her
best friend Virginia Wahls. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter-in-law Brenda Shols, brother, Alfred Lee, sisters,
Mildred Read and Edna Gillett.
Phyllis and her husband farmed for many years. She was a member of the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran
Church, Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and Chatsworth American Legion Auxiliary.
Her hobbies were camping, playing card and working in her flower garden.
Phyllis was a wonderful mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great friend; this was her favorite hobby.
See photo here.



Carol Kay Haas, 72, Seymour, TN, formerly of Urbana and Fairbury, passed away Saturday, December 20,
2014 at her residence in Seymour, TN.
A private graveside service will be held Sunday, December 28, 2014 at the Chatsworth-Charlotte Cemetery,
Chatsworth with Pastor Spencer Homan officiating. The family suggests memorials be given to the Humane
Society chapter of their choice. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Haas was born August 10, 1942 in Fairbury, IL the daughter of Arnold and Mary Zorn Rigsby. Her
parents and step father, Delmar Petersen of Ashkum preceded her in death.
Survivors include one son, Shawn Haas, Elkins, WV; two sisters, Linda (Ervin) VanWinkle , Seymour, TN; Ruth
(James) Winterland, Sevierville, TN; one brother, Dale (Cathy) Rigsby, Fairbury; one step sister, Ruth (Darryl)
Kleinert, Chebanse; one step brother, Roy (Vicki) Petersen, Ashkum.
Mrs. Haas graduated from Fairbury-Cropsey High School and the University of Beauty Culture. She was a
hairdresser for 50 years and co-owned Pickle Tree Farm restaurant, Mahomet. She also worked with
Heirlooms by Gorham.