Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Obit of Ramona Marie (Petersen) Haberkorn

Ramona Marie (Petersen) Haberkorn, 63, of Lostant passed away Feb. 14, 2018, in Heartland Healthcare Center, Henry. A private celebration of life will be held. Arrange-ments are through Mueller Funeral Home, Lostant. She was born June 29, 1954, in Fairbury to Arthur and Shirley Petersen. She was a graduate of Chatsworth High School. She married Mark Haberkorn on Dec. 29, 1973, in Chatsworth. Mrs. Haberkorn worked in accounting at Genseke Lumber, Illinois Cement, Schwerman’s Trucking and J & T Trucking. Prior to retirement, she completed training at Illinois Valley Community College and worked as a phlebotomist at St. Margaret’s Hospital. She was president of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Women’s Auxiliary, District 9. Survivors include her husband, Mark; three children, Mary Jo (Dan) Glass of Fernley, Nev., Melinda (Mike) Nett of Seattle, Wash., and Louis (Caroline) Haberkorn of Clarksville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Nathan, Nicholas, Carson, Madeline, Mallory, Viola and Zella; two sisters and one brother. She was preceded in death by her father; her stepmother, Carol Peterson; and one brother. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established. The online guestbook may be viewed and remembrances shared

Monday, February 19, 2018

Obit of Harold "Hank" Aberle

Harold “Hank” Aberle, 89, passed away peacefully on Saturday (Feb. 17, 2018) at Meadows Mennonite Nursing Home, Chenoa, where he had been a resident for just over four years. Hank was born on March 26, 1928, in Strawn, to Carl and Lydia Aberle. One of 10 children, he was raised on the family farm southeast of Chatsworth and attended and graduated from Chatsworth High School in 1947. After high school, Hank proudly served in the U.S. Army and fought in the Korean War. Upon returning home from the military, Hank settled on the family farm and on Jan. 10, 1959, married his beloved wife, Donna Leonard at St. Patrick’s Church, in Kankakee. Hank and Donna were happily married for 46 years until Donna’s passing in 2005. In addition to farming for more than 50 years, Hank was a very active member of the Chatsworth community. He was a proud member of Legion Post 613, where he served two terms as Post Commander. Hank also was a member of the Board of Directors of Citizens Bank of Chatsworth for nearly 40 years and served on a variety of other boards and committees in Chatsworth and surrounding communities. In addition to his wife Donna, Hank was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Elmer, William, Reuben and Ezra; and his sisters, Elizabeth and Leota.  Hank is survived by his sons, Dennis (Debbie), Thawville; and Scott (Kathleen), Lake Forest; his six grandchildren, Renee, Kristen, Matthew, Annie, Charlie and Tommie; his two great-grandchildren; three sisters; Rose, Anne and Lois; several loving nieces, nephews and numerous other relatives. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, 311 E Walnut St, Chatsworth. Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Chatsworth, where military rites will be accorded. Hank was a loving and devoted husband and a hero to his two sons. He will be dearly missed by all of those who knew him. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Meadows Mennonite Nursing Home, 24588 Church St., Chenoa, 61726, or the Alzheimer’s Association, National Office 225 N. Michigan Ave. FL17, Chicago, IL 60601. This obituary may be viewed and condolences sent to the family at

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Obit of Edward H. Guse

Son of Nellie Berlet Guse who was born in Chatsworth.
Colfax – Edward H. Guse, 90, of Colfax, passed away at 7:40am, February 15, 2018, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Cremation has been accorded. Friends may greet the family from 1-3:00pm, Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Anchor. A graveside service will be held at 3:00pm, on Tuesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, Anchor. Pastor Ed Huddelson will be officiating. Memorials may be made to the family. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Colfax is in charge of arrangements. Edward was born December 16, 1927, in Sibley, the son of Otto Carl and Nellie Elizabeth Berlet Guse. He first married Noal Dean Harrison. She died January 6, 1987. He then married Betty McWhorter. She died in 1974. He last married Mary Unger. She died September 7, 2017. Surviving are his daughters, Susan (Leland) Lott of Dow and Deanna Biehl of Colfax; step-children, Beverly Harrison of KY, Wilma Bennett of Paxton, Kellie Cook of Thomasboro, Teresa Smith of Ky, and James (Judy) Harrison of Rantoul; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and step-daughter, Lenora Clark, three sisters and one infant brother. Ed was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. He graduated from Cropsey Grade and High School in 1946. He worked for the Colfax Grain Elevator from 1955-1990.

Saturday, February 10, 2018




The 14th Annual Chatsworth Alumni Cocktail Reception at the American Legion hall on Friday evening June 15th, 2018
from 5:00 p.m. until ????

Please join graduates of Chatsworth High School and their guests on Saturday June 16th at the Annual
Alumni Meeting.
 This year’s honor classes are those ending in (8). Our social hour begins at 3:00
p.m. and will be followed by a short meeting with recognition of the honor classes at 4:00 p.m.

Hors d’oeuvres will be available.

The annual dues are $10.00. We would appreciate your yearly dues being remitted to the
Alumni Association even if you are unable to attend. The dues play an important part in keeping
the Alumni Association functioning. Thank you in advance for the support of your dues and we
look forward to seeing all of you there!
Warren Gillett

The Alumni Officers :
Warren Gillett-Pres-815-692-2676:
Linda Harvey Wilson Vice-Pres-309-828-2653:
Janice Jensen-Sec.815-686-2441:
Mary Jane Kessinger-Treas.309-661-1870.
Please remit dues to:
Mary Jane Kessinger
3301 Spahn Ln
Bloomington, IL 61704 

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Obit of Taylor Perring Bates

Taylor Perring Bates, 26, of Bloomington, IL. formerly of Chatsworth died Tuesday January 30, 2018 at 7:06PM as a result of a two-car accident on Rt. 24 east of Forrest, IL. Her funeral will be held on Tuesday February 6, 2018 at 11:00AM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth, IL with Pastor Gary Fairchild officiating. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery, Chatsworth, IL. A visitation will be held on Monday from 3:00-7:00PM at the funeral home. Memorials in Taylor’s name may be made to her family. Taylor as born on June 17, 1991 in Pontiac, IL., a daughter of Jody Schunke. She married Jon Bates on December 23, 2011 in Gibson City, IL. Survivors include: her mother and step-father: Jody and Art Scharf of Chatsworth, IL; one sister: Monica (Rich) Nolte of Gibson City, IL; four nieces and nephews: Karleigh, Emma, Tyler and Alex Freehill; one great niece: Kendall Rosenbeck; Her special dad and his wife Bruce (Ruth) Perring of Chatsworth, IL and her dog: Callie. Also surviving are many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and many many friends. Taylor was preceded in death by her daddy: Russell Cook; one sister: Jennifer Perring and her maternal grandparents. Taylor was educated in Prairie Central schools and attended Parkland College. She was the Director of the after-school program at the East Side Boys & Girls Club in Chatsworth where she loved her job and the children she directed. Taylor loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed ice skating with her nieces and nephews, boating, kayaking, hiking and swimming with her friends and family.

Taylor Perring Bates

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Obit of Charles "Chuck" R. Lade

Charles “Chuck” R. Lade, 76, of Pontiac, IL passed away at 10:16 pm on Friday, January 19, 2018 at his home in Pontiac. A visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac and from 10:00 to 10:30 am on Friday, January 26, 2018 at the funeral home. Funeral services at 10:30 am on Friday with Rev. Kim Ernst officiating. Burial will follow services at South Side Cemetery in Pontiac, IL. Memorial contributions in Chuck’s name may be made to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Chuck was born August 28, 1941 in Newton County, IN a son of Randolph A. and Geneva Mae (Duzenberry) Lade. He married Karen S. Fuoss on September 15, 1962 in Thawville, IL. She passed away on October 16, 2003. He is survived by his three sons: Douglas (Susan) Lade of Clovis, CA, Daniel (Diane) Lade of Bloomington, IL, and David (Ann) Lade of Fenton, MO; his grandchildren: Doug’s- Brandon, Brittany, and Austin Lade, Dan’s- Natalie, Julia, and Caleb Lade and Luke and James Armstrong, and David’s- Jaiden and Jaythen Lade; his loving companion: Karen Mackinson and her children: Tammy (Dan) Barrett, Correna (John) Hall, Mike P. Beach and many grandchildren and great grandchildren; one brother: Donald (Carolyn) Lade; and one sister: Betty White. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter-in-law: Beckie; two brothers; and three sisters. Chuck worked at Livingston Stone for over 30 years as a heavy machinery operator retiring from there. He was a member of Teamsters Union and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Chenoa. He enjoyed woodworking, playing guitar in his country band, having coffee with his friends, and especially spending time with family. Chuck was a loving companion, dad, grandpa, great grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend who will be greatly missed.
Charles "Chuck" R. Lade