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From the Bloomington Pantagraph
 
Mary R. Donovan
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MORTON - Mary Ruth Donovan, 84, Morton, died at 1:05 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 6, 2009) at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria.

She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Morton, where a funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday with Father Mark DeSutter officiating.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Ludwig Mortuary in Morton, where a prayer service will be at 7:30 p.m. Further visitation will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday at the church. Cremation will be accorded following services. Burial of the cremated remains will be in St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery, Chatsworth, at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 225 E. Greenwood St., Morton, IL 61550.

She was born March 12, 1924, in Chatsworth, daughter of William L. and Mary Monahan Hubly. She married Robert L. Donovan on June 28, 1947, in Chatsworth.

Surviving are her husband of Morton; two sons, Daniel (Gay) Donovan, Peoria, and Mark (Angela) Donovan, Rathdrum, Idaho; two daughters, Teresa (Steve) Cornetta, Morton, and Jane (Gary) Rush, Newbury Park, Calif.; 11 grandchildren, Sarah, Leah, Hannah and Rebekah Youssi; Joseph Cornetta, Donovan and Shannon Rush, Shelby, Maura, Kaylin and Jacob Donovan; one step-granddaughter, Veronica Cornetta; one brother, James (Ruah) Hubly, Kankakee; and two sisters, Joan (Bill) Penicook and Ann (Hal) Barnhart, both of Champaign.

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

Mary was a teacher in Tazewell County, East Peoria, Beverly Manor and Morton schools, retiring from Morton in June 1982.

To view Mary's video tribute or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.ludwigmortuary.com .
 
 

From the Redenius Funeral Home site
 
 
Grace Marie McGonigle
(July 24, 1917 - January 15, 2009)

 

Grace Marie McGonigle, 91, of Piper City, IL., formerly of Chatsworth, IL. and Sanford, Florida, died at 10:50 A.M., Thursday, January 15, 2009 at the Greenbrier Health Care Center, Piper City, IL. Her funeral service will be at 3:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chatsworth, IL with Pastor Jerry Gentes officiating. Burial will be in the Oaklawn Park Cemetery, Sanford, FL., on January 22, 2009. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 3:00 P.M. Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at St. Paul Lutheran Church Chatsworth. Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chatsworth or Greenbrier Health Care Center. Grace was born on July 24, 1917 in Germanville Township to John Philip & Effie Marie (Langlotz) Hornickel. Her childhood was spent in Chatsworth. She attended schools in Melvin. Grace married John Franklin McGonigle in 1949, in Chatsworth. He died on October 18, 1999. Survivors include - three nieces - Kay &(Charles) Shoemaker of Piper City, Linda &(Warren) Walker of Hanna City, and Julie Hornickel of Chatsworth. One sister-in-law - Mary Hornickel of Chatsworth. Pre-decedents - her parents, husband, one son - David, and one brother - Clyde. Grace was a homemaker She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Chatsworth. Grace participated in the Golden Ages Olympics in Florida, Kitchen Bands in Chatsworth and Florida and was a member of the Jolly Sailors of Chatsworth. She enjoyed the game of Rummikub, playing the piano, bowling and line dancing. Arrangements by the Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home in Piper City, IL. Please sign the guest book at www.redeniusfuneralhomes.com
 

 
From the Kankakee Daily Journal

Teresa McNutt

Jan. 16, 2009, 11:34 am  
 

Visitation for Teresa Dolly McNutt, 95, of Orangeburg, S.C., formerly of the Kankakee area, will be from 10 a.m. Monday until the 11 a.m. services at the Bourbonnais Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.

Burial will be in Brenton Township Cemetery. She passed away Monday (Jan. 12, 2009).

She was born Dec. 6, 1913, in Danforth, the daughter of Harm and Christina Dirks Hasbargen. Her husband, Jesse L. McNutt, whom she married Oct. 26, 1930, in Danforth, died Jan. 12, 1963. She and her husband farmed near Chatsworth  and Strawn until 1960, when they moved to the Kankakee area. After Jesse's passing, Mrs. McNutt became one of the original cooks at the Redwood Inn Restaurant in Kankakee, where she worked for many years. Teresa especially enjoyed baking her special pies for her family and friends.

Surviving are two daughters, Norma Jean Graveline of Bourbonnais, Janice Goin of Orangeburg, S.C.; six grandchildren, Michael (Marsha) Graveline, and Craig Graveline, all of Bourbonnais, Lynn (Jill) Graveline of Bradley, Rhonda (Steven) DePasquale of Bourbonnais, Tracy (Christian) Wilder of North Charleston, S.C., and Jeff Goin of Orangeburg; three great-grandchildren, Madeline and Emily DePasquale of Bourbonnais, Jordan Wilder of North Charleston; one sister, Margaret Stein of Gilman; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased are two sons-in-law, Ronald Graveline and Merle Goin; two grandchildren, Mark Graveline and Kristen Goin; seven brothers, Richard, Donald, Harm, John Jack, Elmer, Fred and Garrett Hasbargen; and three sisters, Helen Kissack, Geraldine Memenga and Christine Kissack.

Please sign her guestbook at schrefflerfuneralhome.com.



From the Pantagraph
 

PAXTON -- Esther M. Stow, 97, of Paxton, formerly of Thawville, died Saturday (Jan. 17, 2009) at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City.

Service: 6 p.m. Wednesday at Knapp Funeral Home, Onarga, with the Rev. Stanley Rapp officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded.

Burial: Ridgeland Township Cemetery, Thawville, at a later date.

Visitation: one hour before the service at the funeral home.

Memorials: Gilman Nursing Home or a charity of the donor’s choice. Please sign the guestbook at knappfuneralhome.com.

Survivors: one son, Arthur Owen Stow, Ludlow; one daughter, Anna Mae Brown, Paxton; one sister, Mayme Jones, Roma, Ind.; 16 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and 36 great-great-grandchildren.

 
CHATSWORTH - Nancy Diane Ingold, 58, Chatsworth, died at 3:19 p.m. Friday (Jan. 16, 2009) at her home.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Chatsworth, with Jerry Gentes, minister of pastoral care, officiating.–;Cremation rites will be accorded following the service. Private inurnment will be at a later date in Chatsworth Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Chatsworth, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Chatsworth Fire Department, SELCAS or the Christopher Reeves Foundation.

Nancy was born Jan. 24, 1950, in Fairbury, a daughter of Clair and Maxine Hornickel Zorn. She married Donald Little. She later married Herbert (Herb) Ingold on March 3, 1979, in Chatsworth. He survives.

Also surviving are one son, Corry (Dawn) Little, Chatsworth; parents, Clair and Maxine Zorn, Forrest; three grandchildren, Taylor Swank, Paige Little and Brian Little; two brothers, Mark (Rita) Zorn, Chatsworth, and Randy (Marla Behardts) Zorn, Carlock; one sister, Sharon (Reihardt Hillizer) Zorn, Carmichael, Calif.; several nieces and nephews; her dog, Tonka; and three special friends, Leona Kaisner, Deb Journey and the Moore family, all of Chatsworth.

She was preceded in death by one son, Craig Little, and one daughter, Lindsay Ingold.–;

Nancy graduated from Chatsworth High School in 1968 and from Kankakee Community College.–;She was an LPN and had worked at Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Chatsworth. She was a member and past president of the Chatsworth American Legion Auxillary, and had been a Girl Scout leader. Nancy dedicated her life to taking care of other people.

Thank you for the great sleepovers and for all the love you gave us. We will miss you dearly and will remember you and love you forever and a day. We will help Papa take care of Tonka. Love, Paige and Brian.

This obituary may be viewed, and private condolences sent online at: www.martin-burkefuneralhome.com .

 
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CHATSWORTH - Ronald Charles Shafer, 95, Fairbury, formerly of Chatsworth, died at 4:18 p.m. Monday (Jan. 26, 2009) at OSF Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Chatsworth United Methodist Church, with the Rev. R. David Reynolds officiating. Burial will be at Germanville Cemetery, rural Chatsworth. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Chatsworth. Memorials in Ronald's name may be left to the American Heart Association.

Ronald was born Oct. 4, 1913, in Chatsworth, a son of Charles and Nellie Glabe Shafer. He married Ruth Thompson on Nov. 8, 1936, in Chicago.

He is survived by is wife of 72 years, Ruth Shafer, Fairbury; his children, Kurt Shafer, Chatsworth; Tod (Donna) Shafer, Channahon; Karen Kamin, Schaumburg; Jill (Frank) Hughes, Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Greg Shafer and Scott (Statta) Shafer, both of Chatsworth; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Faye Shafer, Arlene Rosenboom and Elma Trinkle; and one grandson, Conrad Shafer.–;

Mr. Shafer graduated from Chatsworth High School and the University of Illinois. He received his master's degree from Wayne State University in Michigan. He returned home to Chatsworth after his father passed away to run the Shafer Agency, an insurance agency in Chatsworth, where he was an insurance agent for 30 years.–;

Ronald was a member of the Chatsworth United Methodist Church. He had been president of the PTA and president of the school board for Chatsworth schools. He had been the TP&W "Man of the Year." He had served as president of the Chatsworth Chamber of Commerce. He founded the Boy Scout troop in Chatsworth, and was Scoutmaster of that troop for six years. One year he was voted one of the top three troop leaders in Illinois.–;

Ronald was a world traveler, climbing mountains in Africa and visiting pyramids in Egypt. He loved canoeing, and became very skilled at making them. He loved camping, flying, scuba diving, golfing, bicycling, woodworking, jewelry making and archery. He had a passion for photography and even developed his own pictures. He took up downhill skiing at age 52, becoming a decorated skier, and at age 80 took home two national titles for downhill racing in his age bracket. –;He was an avid motorcyclist and took many trips, including one in which he drove 10,000 miles in 10 days, touching all four corners of the continental United States, and one in which his tires touched 48 states; also a trip to Alaska and a trip to Mexico. At age 80, he built his own racing kit car, a Bradley GT.

Ronald loved his family very much and his love of life will be dearly missed.

This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.martin-burkefuneralhome.com .

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From the Pantagraph
 
MELVIN - Elzina Joy Thompson, 78, of Melvin died Friday (Feb. 6, 2009) at the Heartland Healthcare Center in Paxton.

Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Melvin United Methodist Church, Melvin, with the Rev. Karen Martin officiating. Burial will be in the Melvin Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and for one hour before the service Tuesday at the church.

Mrs. Thompson was born May 9, 1930, in Melvin, a daughter of Wallace H. and Lydia Anna Caroline (Wiechert) Dickman. She married Dayo E. Thompson on Nov. 6, 1949, in Chatsworth. He survives in Melvin.

Also surviving are five sons, Mark (Christine) Thompson, Watseka; Craig (Alma) Thompson, Marseilles, Eric (Jane) Thompson, Melvin; Kevin (Susan) Thompson, Port Byron; Shawn (Amy) Thompson, Parrish, Fla.; one daughter, Lisa (Kevin) Krall, Dewey; 15 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; and one sister, Nancy (Gary) Pendleton, Paxton.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and one great-grandchild.

Joy graduated from Illinois State University in 1973, receiving a bachelors' degree in elementary and secondary education. She then worked as a caseworker for the Illinois Department of Public Aid for many years.

She also was an activity director at the Greenbriar nursing home. She served on the Melvin bicentennial and centennial committees.

She attended Melvin United Methodist Church, where she and her husband taught adult Sunday school for many years and were Sunday school superintendents. She was a Girl Scout leader and a Boy Scout den mother.

Memorial tributes may be made to her church, the Diabetes Association or Heartland Healthcare Center in Paxton.

 
Chatsworth, Ill. -

Michael J. Zwickey, 60, of Chatsworth, died at 11:18 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, at his residence.
Cremation rites have been accorded. 

Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury, had charge of arrangements.

He was born Oct. 14, 1948, at Oshkosh, Wis., the son of John and Janet (Notzke) Zwickey.

Surviving is a son, Michael Andrew Zwickey, Katy, Texas. 


 

Edna M. Gillett

 May 19, 1912 - February 23, 2009)

Edna M. Gillett, 96, a resident of Greenbrier Nursing Home – Piper City, formerly of Chatsworth died Monday February 23, 2009 at 8:10AM at Gibson Area Hospital – Gibson City.

Funeral services will be 11:00AM Saturday February 28, 2009 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church – Chatsworth with Jerry Gentes, Minister of Pastoral Care officiating. Visitation will be 5-7PM Friday February 27, 2009 at Martin-Burke Funeral Home – Chatsworth, and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday, where memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Interment will be at Chatsworth Cemetery.

Edna was born May 19, 1912, and raised in the Germanville area, a daughter of William and Marie (Eiben) Lee. She graduated from Melvin High School class of 1930. She married Paul Gillett December 6, 1931 in Sibley. He preceded her in death in November of 1984.

She cooked at Chatsworth schools, was a 4-H Leader, Cub Scout Leader, Sunday School Teacher and was a lifelong homemaker.

She was a member St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, WELCA, Chatsworth Home Extension, Royal Neighbors of America, and the Chatsworth Kitchen Band.

Edna enjoyed quilting, sewing, crafts, playing cards especially Euchre and Bingo, vegetable gardening, canning, cooking and was an excellent seamstress.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

She loved and enjoyed her family very much.

Edna is survived by: 5 daughters: Verna Moulton of Leander, TX, Janice Jensen of Piper City, Anita (Bob) Johnson of Rogers, AR, Darlene (Jim) Kratz of Rochester, IL, and Marlene (Kenneth) Fuoss of Thawville; 1 son: Warren (Melanie) Gillett of Fairbury; 14 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, 9 great-great-grandchildren; 1 sister: Phyllis Shols of Chatsworth, numerous nieces and nephews, and a special friend: Pat Ulitzsch of Chatsworth.

She was preceded in death by: one grandson: Derek Gillett, one brother: Alfred Lee, and one sister: Mildred Read.


 

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PONTIAC - Carl E. Lang, 63, rural Pontiac, died at 8:12 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 24, 2009) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

His memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church, Pontiac, with the Rev. William Paton of Chatsworth Calvary Baptist Church officiating. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Saturday at the church. Cremation rites have been accorded and there will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Carl's name may be made to Livingston County Humane Society or a charity of the donor's choice. Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Pontiac, is handling the arrangements.

Carl was born Nov. 27, 1945, at Fairbury, a son of Carl E. and Veva P. Keever Lang. He married Betty Decker on March 15, 1975, at Pontiac. She survives in Pontiac.

Also surviving are his mother, Veva Lang, Chatsworth; six sisters, Diana (Gerald) Shubert, Pontiac; Priscilla (Tim) Agner, Chatsworth; Gloria (Dick) Hitchens, Piper City; Debbie (John) Sterrenberg, Kirkwood, Mo.; Karen (Dan) Freehill, Sulphur, Okla.; and Bev (John) Ulitzch, Chatsworth; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Carl E. Lang.

Carl was educated in Chatsworth Grade and High School and was a welder for 41 years at Interlake Steel in Pontiac. He served our country in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970 in Germany. He was an avid Bears and Cubs fan.

This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.martin-burkefuneralhome.com .


 

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CHATSWORTH - Larry Sanders, 57, Chicago, formerly of Chatsworth, died Monday (March 2, 2009) at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago.

A private family service will be at Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Chatsworth, with the Rev. Thomas Krieger of Trinity Lutheran Church in Fairbury officiating. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Memorials in Larry's name may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Larry was born June 29, 1951, in Chatsworth, a son of Jim and Mary Lou Wince Sanders.

Survivors include his father and stepmother, Jim and Sue Sanders, Chatsworth; one brother, Scott Sanders, Chatsworth; one stepbrother, Glen Masden, Bloomington; two nephews, Jess Sanders, Chatsworth, and Caleb Kinnel, Bloomington; and one niece, Kristi Sanders, Chatsworth.

Larry was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Lou; his paternal and maternal grandparents; and one half brother, Eric Sanders; and several aunts and uncles.

Larry was a graduate of Melvin High School and was a construction worker.

This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.martin-burkefuneralhome.com .


 

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CHATSWORTH - Velma A. Mikulic, 86, Oak Lawn, formerly of Chatsworth, died Feb. 21, 2009, at Oak Lawn Nursing Home.

Service: Cremation rites have been accorded and a private chapel service was conducted on Feb. 25 at the Lawn Funeral Home in Burbank.

Survivors: One son, James (Annie) Mikulic, Oak Lawn; one granddaughter and three great-granddaughters; one sister, Bea Cole, Gridley.


 

 Per email for Bob Saathoff:

 

 

WEBBER, Helen S.
Passed away on March 17, 2009 in Carmichael, Calif. Helen was born in Chatsworth, Ill., on December 24, 1924. She was preceded in death by her husband Daniel G. Webber. She is survived by sons Jerry Webber and David Webber (Carol), daughter Julie Delbovo (Rick), grandchildren Erica (Alex), Katie, Christie (Kevin), Zac (Patricia), Lindsey, Sarah and Richard, and great-grandchild Carlie. Helen was a devoted wife and beloved mother and grandmother, avid reader, RV and crossword enthusiast. She will be missed by all. Friends and family are invited to visitation on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., with a Rosary to follow at LIND BROTHERS MORTUARY, 4221 Manzanita Ave., Carmichael, Calif. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at 12:30 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 5751 Locust Ave., Carmichael, Calif. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to Mercy Hospice, 3400 Data Drive, 1st Floor, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670.
 
 

 
CHAMPAIGN - Bloice "Bill" Bess, 88, Champaign, passed away at 11 p.m. Monday (Aug. 13, 2007) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Champaign at Savoy, 1602 Prospect at Burwash. The Rev. Dr. Randy Gauger will officiate. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery, Champaign. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Morgan Memorial Home, Savoy.

Mr. Bess was born Jan. 24, 1919, in Fairbury. He was the son of Everett and Lou Bess.

Surviving are five children, Ronald (Colleen Gowl) Bess, Chicago; Bob Bess, Owensboro, Ky.; Beth (Mark) McKee, New Haven, Ind.; Amy (Jeff Lesher) Bess, McLean, Va.; and Michael (Katherine) Bess, Charleston; nine grandchildren, Daniel Bess, Chicago; Laura Bess, Champaign; John Bess, Owensboro; Adam and Sophie Lesher, McLean; Brent and Molly McKee, New Haven; Kyle Bess, Charleston; and Catherine Gowl, New York City. Also surviving are his brother, Dick (Eleanor) Bess, Lafayette, Ind.; and his beloved companion, Roberta "Bobbie" Scaggs, Champaign.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Rosemary Freeman; and his wives, Audrey Sinclair Bess, Hazel Blevins Bess and Mary Trussel Bess.

Mr. Bess was a top sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He served as a tail gunner and radio operator in 60 combat missions. He was highly decorated and was awarded the Silver Star.

Mr. Bess graduated from Illinois State University with a B.A. in history and a MA in education. He was an Illinois High School Hall of Fame Football Coach with long successful records at Bloomington and Mattoon high schools. He was the head football and track coach at Bloomington High School for 12 years, and had the most successful record of any Bloomington coach up to that time. At Mattoon, he led a football turnaround that resulted in two Big 12 Championships and a place in the state 4A Semi-finals. He also coached conference and state track champions at both schools. He was an avid golfer, and enjoyed much of his last 25 years on the university golf course at Savoy.

Memorial contributions can be made towards a University of Illinois Athletic Scholarship being established in his name.
 
Bloice Bess was a Chatsworth resident of some fame. He received the Silver Star while serving in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1943.
 
 He is on the Chatsworth football team in 1936.
Quotes from the Chatsworth Plaindealer:
1940
Bloice Bess, Chatsworth athlete, was chosen  co-captain of the 1940 Illinois State Normal football team.
1943
It was learned that Bloice Bess had made 45 journeys over the enemy in a U.S. Army bomber.
Source:"The Sands of Time" by Louise Stoutemyer 

 
Loren E. Gillette
(July 8, 1933 - September 5, 2007)

 

Loren Eugene Gillette, 74, died Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at 8:10 AM at his residence. His funeral will be held on Sunday, September 9, 2007 at 2:00 PM at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chatsworth with Jerry Gentes, minister of Pastoral Care officiating. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery . Friends may call at Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Chatsworth on Saturday from 4:00-7:00 PM and on Sunday from 1:00-2:00PM at the church. The family suggests memorials be made to St. Paul ’s Lutheran Church or Heartland Health Care Center in Paxton. Loren was born July 8, 1933 in Livingston County , IL a son of Homer Eugene and Viola(Lee) Gillette. He married Elizabeth Ann Ashman on June 14, 1959 in Chatsworth; she survives. Surviving are 2 sons: Richard(Denise) Gillette of Elmhurst, IL and Karl(Glenda) Gillette of Cloverdale, IN, 1 daughter: Beth Gillette of Chicago, 3 grandchildren: Jacob, Deirdre, and Maeve, 2 sisters: Linda(Gene) Lemen of Colorado Springs, CO, and Jeanne(Mike) Scott of Hayworth, 3 brothers Lester(Carol) Gillette of Silver City, FL, Dale(Gayle) Gillette of Chatsworth, and Leland(Rita) Scanlon of Bloomington, and several nieces and nephews Loren was preceded in death by his sister Marilyn Berbille and infant sister Mary Beth. Loren graduated from Chatsworth High School in 1951. He was one of the first employees at American Screen Company which is now Nichols-Home Shield, and drove and delivered fuel for Hicksatomic Gas in Chatsworth. Loren worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 40 years retiring in 2005. He was the Postmaster in Danforth, Forrest, and Chatsworth for 30 years. He held various offices in the Postmaster organization. He was a member of St. Paul ’s Lutheran Church in Chatsworth where he served on the church council. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge in Chatsworth.

CHATSWORTH - Elmer W. Dassow Jr., 87, of Chatsworth, died at 10:20 p.m. Friday (Sept. 14, 2007) at Greenbrier Health Care Center, Piper City.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at United Methodist Church of Chatsworth, with Pastor Ann Champion officiating. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery, Chatsworth.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury, and for one hour prior to service at the church.

The family suggests memorials be directed to United Methodist Church of Chatsworth.

Elmer was born Aug. 17, 1920, in Chatsworth, the son of Elmer and Anna Larson Dassow Sr. They preceded him in death.

He married Dorothy Wagenseller on June 6, 1948, at the Wagenseller home in Fairbury. She survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Marla (Ervin) Fehr, Fairbury; and Becky (Rusty) Barker, Chatsworth; three grandsons, Travis Barker, Aurora, Colo.; James ``Jim'' Barker, Saunemin; and Clinton ``CJ'' Barker, Forrest; and great-grandchildren, Dana, Hana, Hunter and Morgan Barker.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Wilmer Dassow; one son, Leo Dassow; and one grandson, Dana Barker.

Elmer graduated from Chatsworth High School in 1938. After graduation he attended the Curtis Wright Technical School in California for two years.

He returned to Chatsworth and farmed with his father and brother. Besides farming he worked at Nichols Home Shield Factory, formerly American Screen Factory, in Chatsworth for a year.

Elmer was a member of United Methodist Church of Chatsworth.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1941 to 1945.

Elmer enjoyed going on long walks and looking for Indian artifacts, especially in the back field. He also liked to read and go on short afternoon trips.

Online condolences and tributes to the family are available at www.duffypilsmemorialhome.com
 

 
 
I know he wasn't from Chatsworth, but I had to add him among us, since he probably delivered many of us.
 
PIPER CITY - Dr. Charles E. Branch, 100, Piper City, died at 2:50 a.m. Thursday (April 2, 2009) at the Greenbrier Senior Living Community, Piper City, following an illness of several years.

His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church,–;Piper City, with the Rev. Elizabeth Reis officiating. Inurnment will be in the Brenton Cemetery, Piper City. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church, Piper City. Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church, Piper City; Ford Iroquois Hospice; or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Dr. Branch was born June 10, 1908, in White Heath, son of Thomas A. and Effie Deland Branch. His childhood was spent in White Heath. He attended rural grade school in White Heath and graduated from Monticello High School.

Dr. Branch attended Illinois Wesleyan University, University of Illinois and University of Illinois Medical School. He interned at the University Hospital in Chicago. As a physician and surgeon, he established his practice in Piper City in 1934. He retired in 1978.

Dr. Branch was married in 1933, to Alice I. Strait in Chicago. His second marriage was to Edna L. Kennedy in Piper City in 1943. She survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Esther Annette Miner, McAllen, Texas; one son, John Douglas (Peggy Sue) Branch, Fairbury; three grandchildren, Edward (Jacintha) Miner, Iowa City, Iowa; Joshua (Jennifer) Branch, Janesville, Wis.; and Kendra Jannell Branch, Champaign; four great-grandsons, Ssekabembi Miner, and Tanner, Logan and Collin Branch; and one brother, Paul Branch, White Heath.

He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife and one brother, Leslie Branch.

Dr. Branch was a member of the United Methodist Church of Piper City. He served in the U.S. Air Force from January 1953 thru January 1956, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel. Dr. Branch was a member of the Gibb Post 588 of the American Legion in Piper City. Other memberships include 50-year member and past master of Piper City Lodge 608 AF&AM; Bloomington Consistory; Peoria Shriners; Eastern Star of Ford County; Illinois State and American Medical Societies; Rotary International; the American Iris Society; and the American Hemerocallis Society. He won many daylily awards, including the Stout Award and Bertram Farr Award. In 2002, Dr. Branch was elected to the Monticello High School Hall of Fame.

Arrangements are being handled by the Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home, Piper City. Please sign the guest book at www.redeniusfuneralhomes.

 
 
HERSCHER - Geneva F. Koerner, 82, Herscher, formerly of Cullom, died at 2:04 p.m. Friday (March 27, 2009) at Provena Heritage Village, Kankakee.

A memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Catholic Church, Cullom, with–;the Rev.–;Michael Bies–;officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to Mass at the church, where in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catholic Charities. Private inurnment will be at St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Cullom. Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Cullom, is in charge of arrangements.

Geneva was born April 15, 1926, in Charlotte, a daughter of John O. and Tina M. Wallrich Goggins. She attended the Sullivan Grade School, and graduated from Cullom High School in the class of 1944. She married Robert F. Koerner on July 31, 1948, in Cullom. He preceded her in death.

She is survived by two daughters, Marcia (Art) Prouty, Tucson, Ariz., and Julie (Damone) Beck, Crystal Lake; two sons, Robert (Deb) Koerner, Chillicothe, and Allan (Brenda) Koerner, Bourbonnais; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog, Shelby.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Kenneth, James and John (Mary) Goggins; and two sisters, Anna Veda Stark and LaVerna Goggins.

She was a homemaker and a waitress in the area for many years, and was also a bookkeeper for her husband's business, Bob's Service Center, in Herscher for many years.

She enjoyed her children and grandchildren very much.

Geneva was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Herscher, and the American Legion Auxiliary of Skinner Trost Unit 122 of Cullom.

This obituary may be viewed and private condolences sent online at www.martin-burkefuneralhome.com .

 
From Martin-Burke Funeral Homes:
 
Adolph "Shorty" "Junior" Brackman Jr.
(July 12, 1927 - March 18, 2009)

 
Adolph “Shorty” “Junior” Brackman Jr., 81, of Pontiac formerly of Fairbury died 11:04 AM Wednesday March 18, 2009 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center – Bloomington.

Funeral services will be 2:00PM Friday March 20, 2009 at Martin-Burke Funeral Home – Chatsworth with Rev. R. David Reynolds officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home, where in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Interment will be at Chatsworth Cemetery with full military rites performed by the Chatsworth American Legion Post #613.

Adolph was born July 12, 1927 in Minier, IL a son of Adolph E. Sr and Faye (Kizzee) Brackman. He attended local Fairbury schools. He later married Katherine Stephenson, June 4, 1977 in Forrest. She survives.

Also surviving are 2 step-sons, 1 step-daughter, 12 step-grandchildren, 20-great-grandchildren; 3-sisters: Doris (Nobla) Gray, Dorothy (Gene) Mason both of Marengo, IN; and Donna Meints of Fairbury; several nieces and nephews, and his beloved dog, Lady.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2-brothers, 2-sisters, one step-son, one step-granddaughter, and 2-step-great-grandchildren 

He served our country in the Army for two terms during WWII and the Korean War.

Shorty was an industrial welder for various companies for over 30 years.

He enjoyed riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles and driving stock cars.

He was a member of the Chatsworth American Legion Post #613.

(From the Fairbury Blade, it states that he attended Chatsworth schools)


 

Mary Cecelita Brennan was born January 5, 1912, to Richard and Anna (Baldwin) Brennan, in Chatsworth, IL. The family moved to Moorhead, MN, in 1920, where Mary attended St Joseph’s Catholic School and graduated from Moorhead High School.

On July 17, 1939, Mary married Loren Johnson in Fergus Falls, MN. They made their home in Moorhead. Mary worked as a teller at First National Bank, Moorhead, until taking time off to raise their two children. In August of 1951, Loren died. Mary returned to work at First National Bank and also worked at the Veteran’s Affairs Department, Moorhead, for a short period of time. In January of 1963, Mary married Alphonse Weber in Moorhead, and they made their home on a farm near Borup, MN. Alphonse died in October of 1975, and Mary returned to Moorhead. In 2000, she became a resident of Eventide Catered Living, Moorhead. She then moved to the Evergreens, Moorhead, and in 2002, the Evergreens, Fargo, ND.

Mary died Thursday, November 27, 2003, at the age of 91,in the Evergreens, Fargo, under the care of Hospice.

She is survived by a daughter, Candace (Ed) Miller, Perley, MN; a son, Richard (Mary) Johnson, Escondido, CA; five grandchildren, Gail (Donan) Borowicz, Steve (Karen) Miller, Lunnette (Eric) Moffitt, Brian (Theresa) Johnson, and Michael (Angela) Johnson; and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Visitation: Monday, December 1, 2003 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Korsmo Funeral Chapel Moorhead

Prayer Service: Monday – 7:00 PM Korsmo Funeral Chapel

Funeral Mass: Tuesday, December 2, 2003 10:00 AM St. Joseph Catholic Church Moorhead

Interment: St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery Moorhead


 
From: USGenweb Archives
Obituaries were gleaned from postings in the Ravalli Republic, Hamilton
and the Missoulian, Missoula, Montana.  All deaths occured in Montana unless
otherwise noted. Obituaries are only brief and additional information should
be obtained from the actual newspaper posting.
MILSTEAD, John Louis                04-May-2004   Hamilton        85 Ravalli Republic 07-May-2004 "Born Dec 19, 1918 in Chatsworth, Illinois to Carl and Elsie Adams Milstead. Married Lilian Vick in 1945 in Missoula; she died in 1994. Survived by two sons, two daughters, and two brothers and their families. Arrangements are under the care of the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton."
 

 

CHATSWORTH - Debra Ellen Franklin, 55, Chatsworth, died at 2:55 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 1, 2006) at the University of Chicago Hospital in Chicago.

Service: 11 a.m. Saturday at Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Chatsworth, with the Rev. David Morgan officiating.

Burial: Chatsworth Cemetery.

Visitation: from 9 a.m. Saturday until the time of the service at the funeral home.

Memorials: to a charity of the donor's choice.

Survivors: her husband, Gerald Franklin, Chatsworth; two daughters, Charisse (Will Price) Bednar and Kimberly (Dan) Retter, both of Chatsworth; five grandchildren; and two sisters, Linda Xydas, Palatine, and Robin Garcia, San Diego, Calif.

 
 

CHATSWORTH - Florence M. Gerdes, 92, of Chatsworth died at 11:58 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 29, 2007) at her residence.

Her funeral will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Chatsworth, with Jerry Gentes, minister of Pastoral Care, officiaitng. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery, Chatsworth. Friends-;may call for-;one hour prior to the service at the church. Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Chatsworth is handling the arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor's choice.

Florence was born Oct. 16, 1915, in Piper City, a daughter of John and Olive Perkins Carlson. She married Anton Gerdes on Nov. 24, 1938, in Herscher. He died May 3, 1983.

Survivors include one daughter, Marilyn Gerdes, Chatsworth; and two sisters, Esther Bayston, Normal, and Evelyn (Ed) Watson, Bulpit.

Florence was preceded in death by one sister, Ruth Vaughn.

Florence attended Piper City schools and was a graduate of Piper City High School. Florence had also resided in Towanda for 25 years. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chatsworth.

This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.martin-burkefuneralhome.com


 

CHATSWORTH - Bernice A. Henrichs, 93, of Chatsworth, died at 9:35 p.m. Tuesday (April 7, 2009) at Gibson Area Hospital Annex, Gibson City.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatsworth with Jerry Gentes, minister of pastoral care, officiating. Interment will be at Germanville Cemetery, rural Chatsworth. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Chatsworth, and one hour prior to services at the church where memorials may be made to St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Bernice was born June 15, 1915, in rural Chatsworth, a daughter of Wallace and Mary Dehm Wallrich. She graduated from Chatsworth High School in 1932, and later married Burnell Henrichs on Aug. 12, 1937, in Chatsworth. He preceded her in death.

She was a lifelong homemaker.

She enjoyed gardening, quilting, reading and her family.

She was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatsworth and a former member of the Charlotte Home Extension. She was also a former participant of the Ladies Aid at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Bernice is survived by one daughter, Sue Haag, Bourbonnais; one son, Keith (Cindy) Henrichs, Forrest; eight grandchildren, Mark (Gina) Weber, Chatsworth; Melissa Eshleman, Roberts; Amy (Trent) Eshleman, Loda; Beth Waller, Kempton; Laurie (Brian) Naese, Bourbonnais; Melinda (Ethan) Hayward, Plainfield; Janelle (Josh) Martin, Dix; and Garrett (Jessica) Henrichs, Bloomington; 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Lois Wallrich, Chatsworth, and Henrietta Dehm, Bloomington; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother and one daughter.

This obituary may be viewed and private condolences sent online at www.martin-burkefuneralhome.com .


 

PAXTON - Eugene Turner, 78, a resident of the ASTA Care Center of Ford County at Paxton, formerly of Piper City and Gibson City, died at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 5, 2006) in the ASTA Care Center.

Service: 2 p.m. Friday in Martin-Burke Funeral Home, 311 E. Walnut St., Chatsworth, with the Rev. John Koonce officiating.

Burial: Chatsworth Cemetery, Chatsworth.

Visitation: noon until service time Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials: to a charity of the donor's choice.-;

Survivors: his wife, Mildred A. Griffith Turner; three daughters, Peggy L. Brown, Gilman; and Marlene (Gary) Miller and Rebecca Schelhorn, both of Gibson City; a stepson; two stepdaughters; three grandsons; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Coralee Mabrey and Cleo Paxton, both of Arab, Ala.


 

KEMNETZ, IRENE MATHILDA HUMMEL - 86, died at 8:10 p.m. Saturday 10-5-2002 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka. She was born 2-27-1916 in Germanville Twp, a daughter of Frank Antone and Anna Carolina Hornickel Hummel. She married Lloyd D. Kemnetz Sr on 3-31-1934 in Chatsworth. He died 11-23-2001. Burial was in Germanville Cemetery, rural Chatsworth.

 


 

Delmer A. Ford, 87, of Loda, died Friday (May 11, 2007) at the Illinois Knights Templar Home in Paxton. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Knapp-Miller Funeral Home in Paxton, and from 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Gibson City Bible Church, until the 10 a.m. services. Rev. Paul Thomason will officiate.

Burial will be in Chatsworth  Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Gibson City Bible Church, the Knights Templar Home, the Loda EMT's, or to the Gibson City Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Ford was a farmer in the Chatsworth  area. He was born July 31, 1919, in Tompkinsville, Ky. (Monroe County), the son of Thomas Arthur and Ivy T. Gearlds Ford. He attended Monroe County schools and was a member of the Gibson City Bible Church.
 
 
 Robert J. Kurtenbach, 82, of Piper City, died Saturday (Dec. 16, 2006), at the Greenbrier Health Care Center in Piper City. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home in Piper City with rosary rites at 3:45 p.m. His funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Peter Catholic Church in Piper City with Rev. John Balluff officiating.

Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Piper City. Memorials may be made to the Piper City Fire Department, St. James Hospice or to the donor's choice.

Robert was born on Oct. 19, 1924, in Chatsworth , to James E. and Katherine (Ginter) Kurtenbach. His childhood was spent in Chatsworth /Piper City. He graduated from Piper City High School. Robert was married to Dorothy E. Johnson on Feb. 1, 1945, in Piper City. She died on May 20, 1992.

 
 Robert E. Danforth, 79, of Peoria, formerly of Chatsworth , died Sunday (Nov. 26, 2006) at Proctor Hospital. Cremation rites have been accorded. Private services will be held. Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 701 Tent St., S.E. Suite 3612, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403. Schmidt-Haller Burial and Cremation Services in East Peoria is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Danforth owned and operated Bob's Shell Service in Chatsworth  during the 1950s and 1960s. He then became a truck driver in the Peoria area, retiring in the early 1990s. He was born Feb. 2, 1927, in Livingston County, the son of Wilmer and Adelia Berlet Danforth. He was an avid golfer, during which time he had nine holes-in-one. He loved spending time in his yard feeding and watching the birds and squirrels.

Surviving are his wife, the former Betty Luecht, whom he married June 19, 1976, in Peoria; one son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Sandy Danforth of Kempton; two stepsons and one stepdaughter-in-law, Jake Perkhiser of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Kelly and Tammy Cravens of Englewood, Colo.; five grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Jackie Chatwood of Peoria
 
 Velma A. Finch, 95, formerly of Dwight, died Friday (March 31, 2006) at Evenglow Health Center in Pontiac. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. today until the 4 p.m. funeral service at Dwight United Methodist Church. Rev. William Leppin will officiate.

Memorials may be made to the Dwight Windmill Restoration or the Dwight United Methodist Church, where she was a member. Hager Memorial Home, Dwight, is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Finch owned and operated Finch's Fine Footware for 11 years. Prior to that she did office work for Bush's Hatchery. She was born Sept. 7, 1910, in Chatsworth , the daughter of Henry A. and Nila M. Wilson Watters. Her husband, Paul Finch, whom she married July 20, 1946, died March 20, 1984. She was a member of United Methodist Women and Sunshine Circle, taught Sunday school, was a 50-year member of the Dwight Women's Club, a member of the Dwight Senior Citizens, the Historical Society and helped with 4-H and Girl Scouts. She graduated from Pontiac High School.

 Thalina M. Sterrenberg, 91, of Milford, died Thursday (Nov. 24, 2005) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Saturday until the 11:30 a.m. funeral services at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Milford.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Chatsworth  Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church in Milford, where she was a member; the American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association. Arrangements are by Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

Miss Sterrenberg was born May 11, 1914, in Charlotte, the daughter of John and Minnie Haase Sterrenberg. She was a member of the Dorcas Society at her church, Thrivent for Lutherans, and Household Science Club of Milford.

 
Dulva Brown -- Rantoul

Dulva Lee Brown, 95, of Rantoul, formerly of Fairbury and mother of a former Bradley resident, died Friday (Nov. 11, 2005) at her daughter's home in Rantoul. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. today at the Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury, and from 10 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church, Fairbury, until the 11 a.m. services. Rev. Jon Berbaum will officiate.

Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Township Cemetery, rural Wing. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, Fairbury, or to the Carle Hospice Unit, Urbana.

She was born April 8, 1910, in Marrowbone, Ky., the daughter of Jesse Emmett and Willie Maxie Huff White. Her husband, James J. Brown, whom she married June 15, 1935, in Normal, died April 3, 1996. She was a 1928 graduate of Chatsworth  High School and received her teacher's certificate from Illinois State Normal University. After college she taught in a one-room schoolhouse near Wing and Chatsworth . She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Fairbury.

 
Donald Blair -- Gilman

Visitation for Donald R. Blair, 77, of Gilman, will be from 4-7 p.m. today at the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman, and from 10 a.m. Friday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Gilman, until the 11 a.m. services. Rev. Robert Downs will officiate.

Burial will be in Gilman Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Prairieview Lutheran Home or St. Paul Lutheran Church Building Fund. He died Tuesday (Nov. 1, 2005) at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth.

Mr. Blair farmed in the Forrest, Chatsworth  and Gilman area for 15 years. He was employed by General Foods for 21 years, retiring in 1985. He was born Nov. 17, 1927, in Chicago, the son of Julius L. and Marjory L. Wheeler Blair. He attended and graduated from schools in the Carlock and Chatsworth  area. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gilman and a member of their building committee. He was also a member of the Gilman Lions Club. 

 
Robert Bethel -- Danville, Va.

Robert W. Bethel, 61, of Danville, Va., formerly of Chatsworth , died Oct. 23, 2005. Burial was held Oct. 26 in Jonesburg, Mo.

He was born March 8, 1944, in Missouri, the son of Earl and Ruth Bethel. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the 60s. He was a past master of the Masonic Lodge in Chatsworth.

Surviving are two sons, Robert Bethel Jr. of San Diego, Calif., David Bethel of St. Louis, Mo.; three sisters, Peggy Smith, Connie Assberry, Debbie Applewhite, all of Missouri; two brothers, Rich and Charlie Bethel, both of Missouri; and five grandchildren.

 
James Perkins Sr. -- Chatsworth

James G. "Congo" Perkins Sr., 62, died suddenly Thursday (Oct. 27, 2005) at St. James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac.

Cremation rites have been accorded by Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Crematory, west Kankakee. Memorials may be made to the family. Arrangements are by Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Funeral Home, west Kankakee.

Mr. Perkins was born Nov. 12, 1942, in Harrisburg, the son of Henry and Elsie Vaughn Perkins. He worked a total of 29 years for Manteno Mental Health Center and Shapiro Developmental Center. Most recently he was a custodian at Tri-Point School in Kempton for two years. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a past member of the Manteno Sportsman's Club and graduated from Manteno High School in 1961. He loved sports, was a Cardinal fan and loved camping.

 
Anna Sherwood -- Chebanse

Visitation for Anna Mae Sherwood, 77, of Chebanse, will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the Knapp Funeral Home, Clifton. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Zion Lutheran Church, Chebanse, where she was a member. Rev. Kene Whybrew will officiate. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. She died Saturday (Oct. 22, 2005) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.

She was born June 21, 1928, in Chatsworth , the daughter of Wilbur and Berniece Bitner Baker. She enjoyed housekeeping, crafts, gardening, reading, crocheting, her cat Peewee and taking care of her grandchildren. Her husband is an A.O. Smith retiree.

Surviving are her husband, James E. Sherwood, whom she married Sept. 18, 1948, in Chebanse; two sons and one daughter-in-law, James William Sherwood of Chebanse, John H. and Gail Sherwood of Radcliff, Ky.; one daughter and son-in-law, Barb and Ron Coyne of St. Anne; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Rita Baker of Chebanse, Gerald and Sheryl Baker of Manteno; one sister, Irene Schultz of Chebanse; one sister-in-law, Betty Baker of Chebanse; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


 
Madie Klehm
Madie Louise Klehm, 86, of Chatsworth , died Tuesday (Sept. 27, 2005) at her home. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Chatsworth  United Methodist Church, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Rev. Ann Champion will officiate.

Burial will be in Chatsworth  Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Chatsworth  United Methodist Church, where she was a member; or to OSF St. James Hospital.

She was born Dec. 22, 1918, in Roberts, the daughter of Leonard Houk and Hattie Isabel Brantley Sharp. She was a member of the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening and teaching Sunday school

Jean Click 

Jean Udell Click, 61, of Chatsworth, died Sunday (Sept. 11, 2005) at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Thursday until the 11 a.m. services at Hager Memorial Home, Chatsworth. Rev. Ann Champion will officiate. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery.

Surviving are her husband, Robert Click; two daughters, Jeanne Tauberschmidt and Angie Hawkins McCure, both of Chatsworth; three sons, Charles Barton of Chatsworth, John Barton of LaSalle, Richard Garza of Chatsworth; one sister, Sharlett Enders of Centerville, Mo.; and 10 grandchildren.

Kathryn Farber
Kathryn Agnes Farber, 90, of Chatsworth, died Saturday (Sept. 3, 2005) at Greenbrier Healthcare Center, Piper City, where she had been a resident since 2002. A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 6 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth, where she was a member. Rev. Richard Brunskill officiated.

Burial was in St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery,Chatsworth. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice or to the Altar and Rosary Society of Sts. Peter and Paul's Church, Chatsworth. Hager Memorial Home, Dwight, was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Farber had worked at the Williams' war plant in Bloomington. In the late 1940s and early 1950s , Mrs. Farber and her husband ran the Princess Theater in Cullom. She had also worked at Brandeis Department store and Sally's Clothiers in the Omaha, Neb. area. After retiring, she and her husband returned to Chatsworth. She was born Dec. 15, 1914, on a farm north of Chatsworth, the daughter of John Dennis and Helena Trunk Monahan. Her husband, Raymond Farber, whom she married in 1934, died in 2004. She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society at her church.

 
Marietta (Henrichs) Weber ' Roberts

Marietta Bernice Weber, 64, of Roberts, died Monday (July 25, 2005) at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, after having cancer for five years. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the Lamb-Young Funeral Home, Roberts, and from 9 a.m. Friday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Roberts, until the 10 a.m. services.

Burial will be in Lyman Township Cemetery, Roberts. Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Roberts, or to the Roberts Gymnasium Fund.

Mrs. Weber taught at Chatsworth Elementary School and was head librarian at the Chatsworth Township Library for several years. She also helped her husband and son on the family farm. She was born Nov. 15, 1940, in Fairbury, the daughter of Burnell and Bernice Wallrich Henrichs. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, sang in the choir and held an office on the Women's board. She received her bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1966 from Illinois State University. She loved to read, sit at her computer, work in her garden and visit.

 
James Fox
 
 James Balthus Fox, 64, of Chatsworth, died Wednesday (June 22, 2005) at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, with a 3:45 p.m. rosary service, at Hager Memorial Home, Chatsworth. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth, where he was a member. Rev. Richard Brunskill will officiate.

Burial, with graveside military rites by the Walter Clemens American Legion Post 613, Chatsworth, will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Chatsworth. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Mr. Fox was self-employed at Fox Drywall. He was born July 31, 1940, in Saunemin, the son of Michael Henry and Mabel Louise Kent Fox. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a member of the Chatsworth American Legion Post 613.


Barbara Seegmiller -- Cullman, Ala.

Barbara Jean Seegmiller, 76, of Cullman, Ala., formerly of Onarga, departed this life Monday (May 30, 2005). Visitation was from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Moss-Service Funeral Home, Cullman. Mrs. Seegmiller will lay in state from 1 p.m. today until the 2 p.m. services at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church. Bro. Chuck Canterbury Jr. officiated.

Burial was in Cullman City Cemetery.

Barbara was retired from BellSouth, where she was the first woman frame operator. She was born in Onarga, the second child of Glen and Verda Clester. She was very active in her church, St. Andrew's United Methodist Church. She loved her family very much and was proud of them all. She loved to sew, do counted cross-stitch, crochet and spend time on her computer, keeping in contact with friends and family. She was a lifelong member of the Eastern Star. Her presence and jovial personality will be greatly missed by all who knew her.


R. Traeger Rosenboom -- Piper City

Visitation for R. Traeger Rosenboom, 90, of Piper City, will be from 9 a.m. Saturday until the 11 a.m. services at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Chatsworth, where he was a member. Pastor Jerry Gentes will officiate.

Burial, with military rites by the Chatsworth American Legion Post 613, will be in Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Chatsworth. Arrangements are by the Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home, Piper City. He died Monday (May 23, 2005) at OSF St. James Medical Center, Pontiac, after a three-year illness.

Mr. Rosenboom was a licensed plumber. He owned and operated Rosenboom Bros. Plumbing and Heating in Chatsworth with his brother. He was born Nov. 29, 1914, in Chatsworth, the son of Robert W. and Olga Traeger Rosenboom. He attended Chatsworth schools. He moved in 1971 from Chatsworth to rural Piper City. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was the oldest member of the Chatsworth American Legion Post 613.

 
 
Francis Bargmann -- Piper City

Visitation for Francis Harvey "Beaver" Bargmann, 77, of Piper City, will be from 5-8 p.m. today at the Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home, Piper City, and from 9:30 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church, Piper City, until the 10:30 a.m. services. Revs. Clint Bargmann and Jan Miller will officiate.

Burial, with military rites by the Gibb Post 588 American Legion, Piper City, will be in Brenton Cemetery, Piper City. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or to OSF St. James Hospice, Pontiac. He died Tuesday (May 24, 2005) at his home after a short illness.

Mr. Bargmann worked for Growmark Seed in Piper City for 23 years. He was born Jan. 7, 1928, in Chatsworth, the son of Harvey W. and Annabelle Warder Bargmann. He spent his childhood in Chatsworth and Piper City and was a graduate of Piper City High School. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Piper City. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy from 1946-1947 and a member of the Gibb Post 588 American Legion, Piper City. He enjoyed camping and fishing and was a Cubs fan.

 
Vicki Brand
 Vicki Hurt Brand, 44, of Chatsworth, formerly of Piper City, died Monday (April 18, 2005) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Chatsworth, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Rev. Jerry Gentes will officiate.

Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery.


 
Helen Caughey
 Helen Buell Caughey, 94, of Chatsworth, died Monday (March 28, 2005) at her home.

Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Thursday at Hager Memorial Home, Forrest, and from 10 a.m. Friday at Forrest United Methodist Church, until the 11 a.m. services. Revs. Dennis Powers and Shannon Caughey will officiate.

Burial will be in Forrest Cemetery.

 
 
FORREST -- Kathy Billingsley, 55, of Forrest, formerly of Chatsworth, died Thursday (March 10, 2005) at OSF St. James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. today at Hager Memorial Home, Chatsworth. Rev. Daniel Tuhy officiated.

 
 
Faye Read

FAIRBURY -- Faye Scott Bayston Read, 85, of Fairbury, died Tuesday (Feb. 22, 2005) at Fairview Haven.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at Hager Memorial Home in Chatsworth, and from 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Chatsworth, until the 10 a.m. funeral service. Rev. Jerry Gentes will officiate.

Burial will be in Chatsworth Township Cemetery.


 
 
 Monnie L. Kirk, 70, of Chatsworth, died Thursday (Feb. 10, 2005) at OSF St. James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac.

Funeral services were held today at Chatsworth United Methodist Church. Rev. Ann Champion officiated.

Cremation rites were accorded.

 
 
 Clyde Philip Hornickel, 85, of Chatsworth, died Friday (Feb. 4, 2005) at his home.

Services were held at 11 a.m. today at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Chatsworth. Rev. Jerry Gentes officiated.

 
 
 Faye A. Winslow, 52, of Chatsworth, died Saturday (Feb. 5, 2005) at OSF St. James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Tuesday until the 11 a.m. services at the Hager Memorial Home in Chatsworth. Rev. Richard Brunskill will officiate.

 
 
 John J. Gerdes, 81, of Chatsworth, died Wednesday (Jan. 19, 2005) at the Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Hager Memorial Home, Chatsworth.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Chatsworth, where he was a member. Rev. Jerry Gentes will officiate. 

 
 
 Brenda McCure Barry, 42, of Chatsworth, died Saturday (Dec. 25, 2004) at her home.

A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Fairbury.

Cremation rites were accorded.

 
 
Ellen Lawless-Saxton, retired nurse

GOLD CANYON, Ariz. -- Ellen Lawless-Saxton, 68, of Gold Canyon, Ariz., formerly of Chatsworth, died Sunday (Nov. 28, 2004) in Mesa, Ariz.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth. Rev. Richard Brunskill will officiate.

 
Elizabeth Lackscheide
 Elizabeth G. Lackscheide, 88, of DeMotte, Ind., formerly of Chatsworth, died Friday (Nov. 26, 2004) at St. Anthony Hospital in Crown Point, Ind.

Services were held Nov. 29 at the United Methodist Church of Chatsworth. Rev. Ann Champion officiated.

Burial was in Chatsworth Cemetery.

 
 
Doris Collins

PONTIAC -- Doris M. Collins, 86, of Pontiac, formerly of Chatsworth, died Tuesday (Nov. 23, 2004) at the ASTA Care Center in Pontiac.

Visitation will be from 6-7:30 p.m. today, with a 5:30 p.m. rosary service, at the Duffy Funeral Home in Pontiac.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pontiac, where she was a member. Rev. Michael Bies will officiate.

 
 
- Shirley A. Lang Edwards, 68, of Chatsworth, died Monday (Nov. 15, 2004) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Thursday until the 11 a.m. services at Calvary Baptist Church, Chatsworth. Rev. Dave Morgan will officiate.

Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery.

 
 
ANNA -- Justin K. Reinitz, 21, of Anna, formerly of Chatsworth, died Saturday (Oct. 30, 2004) at the University Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at Hager Memorial Home in Chatsworth, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Rev. Jim Shipley will officiate.

Burial will be in Germanville Cemetery in rural Chatsworth.


 
Rita Schroen

Rita J. Schroen, 81, of Chatsworth died Tuesday (Oct. 12, 2004) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 22 at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth.

Memorials may be made to The Carle Development Foundation in support of The Carle Foundation Hospital Auxiliary Guest House.

 
 
 Kimberly A. Beck, 50, of Chatsworth, died Wednesday (Oct. 13, 2004) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Cremation rites will be accorded.

 
 
 Ronald Leedale Harris, 25, of Chatsworth, died Wednesday (Sept. 22, 2004).

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. Saturday until the 2 p.m. services at Hager Memorial Home, Chatswroth. Rev. Dennnis Powers will officiate.

Burial will be in Onarga Cemetery.

 
 
 Ronald Lee Rieger, 60, of rural Chatsworth, died Saturday (Sept. 18, 2004) at OSF St. James-John Albrecht Memorial Medical Center, Pontiac.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury, and from 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Forrest, until the 11 a.m. services. Rev. Daniel Tuhy will officiate.

Burial, with military rites by the J.A. Folwell American Legion, Forrest, will be in Forrest Cemetery.




NORMAL -- LaVerne C. Dehm, 83, of Normal, formerly of Chatsworth, died Sunday (Sept. 12, 2004) at his home.

Services were held at 2 p.m. today at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chatsworth. Rev. Jerry Gentes officiated
 
 
 Robert E. Mason, 70, of Chatsworth, died Thursday (Sept. 9, 2004) at his home.

Services were held Sept. 13 at the Hager Memorial Home in Chatsworth. Rev. Ann Champion officiated.

Burial was in Chatsworth Cemetery.

 
 

 Gerald "Jerry" W. Kroll, 72, of Chatsworth, died Sunday (Aug. 29, 2004) at Carle Hospital in Urbana.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Hager Memorial Home in Chatsworth, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Rev. Willard Huels will officiate.

 
 
 Mary A. Monahan Ferris, 91, of Yakima, Wash., the wife of a former Chatsworth resident, died Saturday (Aug. 21, 2004) at her home.

Services were held today at Holy Family Church in Yakima.

Keith and Keith Funeral Home, Yakima, Wash., is in charge of arrangements.

 
 
Charles Costello Jr., grocerystore owner 
 Charles Edward Costello Jr., 82, of Chatsworth, died Monday (Aug. 16, 2004) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, of heart failure.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Friday until the 11 a.m. services at the Chatsworth United Methodist Church. Rev. Ann Champion will officiate.

 
 
Dorothy Smith,

restaurant owner
- Dorothy Florence Smith, 80, of Chatsworth, died Thursday (Aug. 5, 2004) at Greenbrier Healthcare Center in Piper City, after a lengthy illness.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Sunday and from 9 a.m. Monday until the 10 a.m. services at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Chatsworth, where she was a member. Jerry Gentes, minister of Pastoral Care will officiate.

 
 
Laura Ortman,

centenarian dies

FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- Laura Viola Mackinson Ortman, 101, of Franklin, Tenn., formerly of Chatsworth, died Saturday (June 19, 2004) at NHC of Cool Springs.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Philip Catholic Church, Franklin, Tenn., where she was a member. Revs. Edward Arnold and John Kirk will officiate.

 
 
 Funeral services for Beth Kurtenbach Holforty, 82, of Chatsworth, will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at Chatsworth United Methodist Church. Rev. Guy Keysear will officiate.

Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery in Chatsworth.

Memorials may be made to Meadows Mennonite Retirement Home or United Methodist Church in Chatsworth.

Arrangements are by Hager Memorial Home in Chatsworth.


 
 
Joseph Sutter,

farmer
 Joseph H. Sutter, 80, of Paris, Ill., formerly of Chatsworth, died Tuesday (May 11, 2004) at Paris Community Hospital.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Friday until the 10 a.m. celebration of the funeral Mass at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth, where he was a member. Rev. Richard Brunskill will officiate.

 
 
 ' Olive "Belle" Fortna, 86, of Prairieview Lutheran Home, Danforth, formerly of Chatsworth, died Thursday (April 29, 2004) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.

Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. today at the Hager Memorial Home, Chatsworth, and from 10 a.m. Monday at the Chatsworth United Methodist Church until the 11 a.m. services. Rev. Guy Keysear will officiate.

Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Prairieview Lutheran Home, Danforth, or to the donor's choice. 

 
 
 Mabel Maggard, 93, of Chatsworth, died Monday (April 26, 2004) at her home.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Faith Fellowship Church in Fairbury, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Rev. Kim Ernst will officiate.

Burial will be in Avoca Township Cemetery, Fairbury.


 
 
Gabrielle Dohman

Gabrielle Leigh Dohman, nine months old, of 4341/2 E. Locust St., Chatsworth, died at 12:48 p.m. Friday (April 2, 2004) at Carle Clinic, Champaign.

Visitation will be 9:30-10:30 a.m. Monday at Hager Memorial Home, Chatsworth. Services will be at 11 a.m.. Monday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth. Father Richard Brunskill will officiate. Brial will be in Brenton Cemetery, Piper City.

Gabrielle was born June 23, 2003, in Pontiac, to Duston and Lori Matuszewski Dohman.


 
 
' Elsie L. Scott, 82, of Chatsworth, died Thursday (March 18, 2004) at OSF St. James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac.

There will be no visitation.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Chatsworth Cemetery. Rev. David Hutton will officiate.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

 
 
Elma Trinkle
 Elma C. Trinkle, 93, of Chatsworth, died Friday (March 5, 2004) at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City.

Services were held March 7 at Chatsworth United Methodist Church. Rev. Guy Keysear officiated.

Burial was in Chatsworth Cemetery.

 
 
Raymond Wallrich,

township trustee
 Visitation for Raymond W. Wallrich, 81, of rural Chatsworth, will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatsworth, where services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday. Rev. Jerry Gentes will officiate.

Burial will be in the Chatsworth-Charlotte Cemetery, 


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BLOOMINGTON - John O. Ward, 81, Bloomington, died Wednesday(June 20, 2007) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Kibler-SmithMemorial Home, Bloomington. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturdayat the funeral home. Pastor Jim Smiley will officiate. Intermentwill be at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Memorials maybe made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. JudePlace, Memphis, TN 38105 in his memory.

John was born Nov. 16, 1925, in Herscher, a son of Ollie Wardand Ethel Thompson Ward. He grew up and lived near Chatsworth,before coming to Bloomington as a young man. John graduated fromUniversity High School and was a World War II veteran of the U.S.Army Air Forces, serving from 1944 to 1946 before being honorablydischarged as a sergeant.

He worked at General Electric for 30-plus years as a qualitycontrol specialist before retiring in January of 1988. John enjoyedworking in his yard and around his home; he was in his element whenhe was digging in the dirt and planting things around the yard. Hishome and family were the most important things in his life, heloved his family and grandchildren dearly. He set forth an exampleto his children, grandchildren and others of how to live your lifeand be a good, kind and loving person. He married Leota L. Orr onMay 30, 1954, in Bloomington. She survives.

In addition to his wife Leota, Bloomington, John is survived bytwo daughters, Susan (Tim) Penhollow, Bloomington, and Nancy(Steve) Kuntz, DeWitt; one sister, Thelma Spall, Fairbury; onebrother, Vernon (Sallie) Ward, Littleton, Colo.; and fivegrandchildren, Andi, Erin and Hanna Kuntz of DeWitt and Maggie andMicah Penhollow of Bloomington.

John was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, EileenStroud; and one brother, Donald Ward.

He was loved by many and will be sadly missed by those who knew him.


 

PONTIAC - Marjorie E. Feely, 85 of Olathe, Kan., passed awaySunday (June 3, 2007) at Villa St. Francis Nursing Home. She hadbeen a resident there for two years. Mrs. Feely moved from ParkRidge to the Atriums in Overland Park, Kan., in 2000 to be closerto her niece, Mary Busch, and nephew, James Collins.

Marjorie "Marge" Ribordy Feely was born Oct. 19, 1921, inPontiac. She was the daughter of Leslie and Eva SherringtonRibordy. She was married June 5, 1943, to John B. Feely. They weremarried 51 years.

Mrs. Feely was an executive assistant for Anaconda Copper inChicago for 38 years before retiring in 1981. She attended ISU inNormal for two years after which she taught for two years in acountry school house outside Chatsworth. In 1943 she and herhusband moved to Chicago.

Preceding her in death was her husband; sister, Doris Collins;and brothers, Joseph and William Ribordy. Surviving is asister-in-law, Evelyn Ribordy; and several loving nieces andnephews; grand nieces and nephews; and great-grand nieces andnephews. She was loved and will be remember for her wonderfulspirit and missed deeply.

Services in Illinois will be held at a future date.Arrangements: Porter Funeral Homes & Crematory, 8535 Monrovia,Lenexa, Kan., (913) 438-6444.

 
 
 

FORREST - Raymond Shelby Stephens, 84, of Forrest, died at 1:20p.m. Monday (April 2, 2007) at Asta Care Center, Pontiac.

A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the UnitedMethodist Church, Forrest, with the Rev. Dennis Powers officiating.Burial will be at Sunny Slope Cemetery, Saunemin. Visitation willbe 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury, and10 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Mr. Stephens was born Feb. 16, 1923, in Chatsworth, a son ofShelby and Clella Perkins Stephens. He married Luella Waibel onMarch 10, 1945. She survives in Forrest.

Also surviving are his children, Jim (Suzi) Stephens and Linda(Bill) Johnston, both of Bloomington; Duane (Jeri Nell) Stephens,Lees Summit, Mo.; Denny (Pam) Stephens, Forrest; and Lori (fiancé,Chuck Power) Tollensdorf, Fairbury; two brothers, Donald (Marjorie)Stephens, Fairbury, and Tom (Carolyn) Stephens, Forrest; foursisters, Hazel Honzik, Seminole, Fla.; Mary Ruth Ricketts andShirley (Bernard) Brucker, both of Fairbury; and Phyllis (Don)Fortna, Pontiac; and one sister-in-law, Olive "Sis" Stephens,Fairbury; eight grandchildren, Jennifer (John) Kinsella, JasonStephens, Jenna and Chelsea Tollensdorf, Mark Stephens, ShelbyStephens, Dayton (Joni) Kilgus and Hayley Kilgus; and fivegreat-grandchildren, Parker Stephens; Mackenzie, Fiona and AlanaKinsella; and Adeline Kilgus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, VernonStephens; and one grandson, Justin Stephens.

Mr. Stephens farmed and was a rural mail carrier. He also ownedand operated Steve's Tap in Saunemin during the late 1960s. He alsohad been employed by the Illinois Department of Transportation formany years. Mr. Stephens retired from the postal department in1989, but continued to farm until his death.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge; Ethel's Lodge; and wasformerly a member of the Elks Lodge; and Indian Creek CountryClub.

The family suggests memorials be directed to the UnitedMethodist Church, Forrest, or to the charity of the donor'schoice.

An online guest registry and personal condolences may be made atwww.duffypilsmemorialhome.com .

 

FORREST - Kimberly Marie Piechowski, 25, Forrest, formerly of Chatsworth and Chicago, died at 6:12 a.m. Tuesday (March 27, 2007)at the emergency room of OSF Saint James-John W. Albrecht MedicalCenter, Pontiac.

Service: Private family service will be at a later date.Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Chatsworth, is in charge of thearrangements.

Burial: Cremation rites have been accorded.

Survivors: fiancé, Philip Swiech, Forrest; one daughter, TabithaLyn Richardson, Forrest; two sisters, Patience Mucci, Chicago, andPatricia L. Robertson, Paris, Tenn.; and two grandmothers, Margie and Mary.


CULLOM - Weldon W. Brydon, 84, Cullom, died at 12:12 p.m. Monday(Jan. 15, 2007) in Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John's LutheranChurch, Cullom, with the Rev. Trudy Foote officiating. At theconclusion of the funeral, military honors will be accorded bymember of Skinner-Trost American Legion Post 122 of Cullom. Hisgraveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the St. John'sLutheran Cemetery, Danforth.

Visitation for Weldon will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today in St.John's Lutheran Church Hall, 511 W. Jackson St., Cullom, and forone hour prior to the service Thursday at the church hall. Thefamily suggests that memorials may be made to St. John's LutheranChurch in Cullom or Prairieview Lutheran Home at Danforth.

Martin-Burke Funeral Home of Cullom is in charge ofarrangements.

Weldon was born June 28, 1922, in Chatsworth, a son of Wesleyand Rosina Weisser Brydon. He was educated in Chatsworth schools.During World War II, he served in the US Army. He married MildredM. Johnson on Feb. 26, 1946, in Danforth. She survives.

Also surviving are his daughter, Carol A. Brydon, Cullom; hisson, Roger (Charon) Brydon, Cullom; and four stepgrandchildren,Ryne and Ashley Edwards, Krista (Earl) Leman and Scott (Kim)Edwards.

His parents have preceded him in death.

He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was amember of St. John's Lutheran Church at Cullom, and theSkinner-Trost American Legion Post of Cullom.

Weldon had farmed for many years in Saunemin Township and workedin the Hicks Gas Station at Fairbury. Later, he had worked forHonegger Elevator in Fairbury. He had been a school maintenanceperson at Tri-Point Schools in Cullom and had worked for EmingtonGrain Co.


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GRIDLEY - Orlyn D. Frey, 81, North Fort Myers, Fla., passed awayFriday (Aug. 4, 2006). He was born in Waldo Township, Gridley, onJuly 24, 1925, son of Andrew and Mary Frey.

Orlyn proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, asa corporal. Orlyn farmed for the vast majority of his life in theGridley and Chatsworth areas. Orlyn also owned a travel agency forsome time in Pontiac and was very active in the community, and evendabbled in politics for a brief time. He was a proud member of theGridley "family" and always considered Gridley as his "other" home,no matter where he might have lived.

Orlyn married Norma Danko on June 3, 1973. Norma had twochildren, Nancy and Dave. Fatherhood came easily to Orlyn, as hehas proven over the years to be the best father a son or daughtercould ever hope for.

In 1974, Orlyn and Norma moved to Florida and have remainedthere ever since. Along the way, Orlyn and Norma becamegrandparents to Jonathan Danko and Joshua Danko, both of Orlando,Fla., and Cara Danko, Fort White, Fla.

Orlyn is loved and will be missed by all of the Gridley "gang,"lifelong family members and friends. His immediate family, wife,Norma; daughter, Nancy; son, Dave, and his wife, Sandie;grandchildren, Jonathan, Joshua and Cara, have all had the pleasureof being a part of Orlyn's life and will carry his loving memorieson forever.

Orlyn was preceded in death by his mother, Mary; father, Andrew;and a sister who passed away in infancy.

A memorial service will be from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at theFirst United Church of Gridley on 7th Street. A memorial luncheonwill be held directly after the service. Prior to his passing,Orlyn requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to HopeHospice and Palliative Care, 2430 Diplomat Pkwy, Cape Coral, FL33909 or the Joe Seroka Memorial Fund, 1103 40th Street, RockIsland, IL 61201.