Helen Bernice Beckhoff, 83, Fairbury, died at 1:57 pm Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at her residence, Fairbury. Her graveside service will be 2:00 pm Monday, April 23, 2018 at Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury. Visitation will be 1:00 to 1:45 pm Monday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury. Mrs. Beckhoff was born August 3, 1934 in Tennessee the daughter of Homer and Jesse White Sorey. She married William F. Beckhoff in 1953. He preceded her in death. Surviving is a son, William Lee (Linda) Beckhoff, Foosland; a daughter, Cindy Sue (John) Ellers, Scottsdalle, AZ; six grandchildren, two sisters, Shirely (Bob) Mynatt, Maynardville, Tennessee and Carol (Richard “Spanky”) Dawson, Mahomet. She is preceded in death by two brothers and four sisters. Mrs. Beckhoff had been a longtime certified nurses assistant at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Jerome J. Rebholz, 96, of Piper City, IL., passed away at 1:20 P.M., Sunday, April 15, 2018 at the Piper City Rehab and Living Center, Piper City. His funeral mass will be at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, April 21, 2018 at St. Peter Catholic Church, Piper City with Rev. Rey Treyes officiating. Burial will be in the Chatsworth Charlotte Cemetery, Chatsworth, IL. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman. A prayer service will be held at 3:30 P.M. Memorials may be made to St. Peter's Catholic Church, Rotary or the Piper City Rehab. Jerry was born on March 15, 1922 on a farm in rural Piper City. His parents were John A. and Rose J. (O'Donnell) Rebholz. He grew up on the farm and attended Bishop Grade School and graduated in 1939 from Chatsworth High School. He married Evelyn L. Law on February 15, 1947 at St. Peter's Parsonage in Piper City. She passed away on January 8, 2011. He is survived by nieces and nephews, Janet and Jim Ulbrich, Bill and Jane TeVoert, Joan Watson, Neil and Jennie Walle, Mark and Julie Walle and great and great great nieces and nephews. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, wife, a brother Francis and sister Mary E. TeVoert. He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Piper City. Jerry worked at Producers Crop Improvement Association in Piper City in 1940 which became Producers F.S.Seeds. He was employed by Producers his entire working career in various positions including management. Jerry took early retirement in1983. After retiring he continued working for Livingston and McLean County Service Companies through 1988. He also worked for the Illinois Department of Agriculture and as a seasonal farm hand. Jerry was active in club, community, District and International Service as a Rotarian since 1954, serving in many capacities and received many Recognition awards over the years. He served 35 years on the Greenbrier Lodge Incorporated Board of Directors. Jerry was also an active member of the Chatsworth Council 730 Knights of Columbus as a 4th degree member. He and Evelyn enjoyed nearly 64 years together, being close to their families especially the nieces and nephews. They enjoyed extensive vacations traveling in the United States, Canada and Hawaii over the years. They enjoyed bowling, golfing, boating, water skiing and square dancing. Jerry was an avid Cubs fan. Jerry especially liked people, therefore, valuing the opportunity to travel and met people in his working career and other activities. Arrangements by the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman, IL
Blaise DeMuth, 74, of Chatsworth, passed away at 11:58 p.m. Saturday (April 7, 2018) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Chatsworth, with Pastor Mauricio Vieira officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church. A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Westlawn Memorial Park, Newton. Memorials in his name may be left to St. Paul Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth, is handling the arrangements. Blaise was born Sept. 29, 1943, in Bloomington, a son of James A. and Patricia Cassidy DeMuth. He married Donna Mitchell on June 20, 1965, in Newton. She survives. Other survivors include three daughters, Lisa Satterfield, Washington, D.C.; Shira (Mike) Dobson, Longmont, Colo.; and Bridget (Steve) Perkins, Alton; nine grandchildren, Danielle, Alissa, Mitchell, Matthew, Garrett, Rhianna, Noah, Audry and Sadie; and one sister, Alana Reeves, Anna. He was preceded in death by his parents. Blaise graduated from Mount Pulaski High School and was an educator in the Chatsworth, Prairie Central, Leroy and later at Tri-Point schools. Blaise enjoyed cross stitch and spending time with his family. This obituary may be viewed and guestbook signed at www.calvertmemorial.com.