Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Obit of Mary Ann (Rebholz) Davis

Obit of Mary Ann (Rebholz) Davis: "


From Chatsworth Illinois Memories



Mary Ann Davis

Mary Ann Davis, who was affectionately referred to as Nan by everyone, made her way home Saturday (June 26, 2010), at the age of 82. She was born May 9, 1928, to Joseph and Mary Margaret Ortman Rebholz. She spent her younger years in the town of Chatsworth. Mary Ann married William Haberkorn, with whom she had three daughters, Kathleen and Thomas Sumrall, Sharon and Mark Lundahl and Sandra Mill, all of Bourbonnais. She later married Arthur Davis. She is also survived by two brothers and one sister-inlaw, Robert and Teresa Rebholz of Bourbonnais, and William Rebholz of Chatsworth. Mary Ann worked at Illinois Bell Telephone Company as a telephone operator for 19 years, retiring in 1986. She then worked as a teller at the Illinois Bell Credit Union, retiring in 2004. She was a member of the Illinois Bell Pioneers and volunteered with that organization. Mary Ann was much loved by her grandchildren, Jennifer Lundahl, Christina Mill-Whitmer and Sharyn Whitmer, Matthew and Deanna Mill, Joe Sumrall and Caroline Sloarski and Christopher Sumrall. She cherished her greatgrandchildren, Jaeleigh Fritz, Skylar and Kennedi Seng, Devin Neal and Dylan Mill. She was also a great-greatgrandmother to Neviah Neal. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, William Haberkorn; and her second husband, Arthur Davis. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Richard Pighini will officiate. Interment will be in Maternity BVM Cemetery, Bourbonnais. Memorials may be made to “All God’s Children Need Shoes” through Illinois Bell Pioneers.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Dassow Family Farm Story

Dassow Family Farm Story: "


From Chatsworth Illinois Memories


From: thebugle.com


Dassows sustain family

farm with stewardship




Sara Schickel



Duane Dassow and his wife Connie show special concern, as farmers,

for the land they steward. Duane said, “I try to be sustainable—as much

as possible. We use cover crops.” He explained the process. “After you

harvest the crop, you plant another crop over the winter. It replenishes

the nutrients in the soil.” In addition to building four or five wetlands

over the years, the Dassows planted 40 acres of trees and restored an

additional wetland. The Dassows farm in and around Chatsworth.

Duane Dassow of Chatsworth started farming in 1971. Over the past 39 years, Duane and his wife Connie have cared for the land

through their farming and work with wetlands. “I started farming with my dad,” he said. He continued, “I started in high school. I always

looked forward to planting and working with animals.” Duane grew up one mile south of Chatsworth.

He reported that some of the land has been in the family since 1865.

Duane said, “I try to be sustainable—as much as possible. We use cover crops.” He explained the process. “After you harvest the crop,

you plant another crop over the winter. It replenishes the nutrients in the soil.” Of the challenges of farming, Duane states,

“Trying to be profitable is the biggest one. And trying to decide whether the new technology is good for the land or not.”

Much of Dassow’s philosophy toward farming is based on the work of Aldo Leopold, who is considered to be the father of conservation.

Leopold’s book, “A Sand County Almanac,” is one of Duane’s favorites. Duane explained, “Land is anything in, on, or above the land. That’s what

I try to follow in being sustainable.” In addition to building four or five wetlands over the years, the Dassows planted 40 acres of trees

and restored an additional wetland. The Dassow farm has hosted various schoolgroups over the years,

including soil judging.

Duane occasionally speaks to the wildlife and outdoor classes at Prairie Central and shares his knowledge with the next

generation of caretakers of the land. The couple has a daughter, Michelle, who lives in Mansfield.

Their son, Joseph, lives

in Bloomington.

Their youngest son John recently graduated with a master’s degree in zoology from Southern Illinois University.

Since graduating about a month ago, John is helping his parents with the various farming duties. “I always enjoyed hunting,

fishing and being outdoors,” Duane said. He continued, “I’m a bird hunter. I’ve always been fascinated with birds.”

“He gave our son the bug,” added Connie of their son John’s interest in waterfowl.

The Dassow’s grandchildren enjoy their efforts as well. “They love the farm,” said Connie. “They spend a week at a time with us over

the summer; they like the animals and swimming in the pond.” “The same things our kids did,” she reminisced.

Duane added, “We try to get the grandkids introduced to the land ethic.” In the little spare time they

have, Duane and Connie enjoy going to antique shops and camping.


Harve and Sally Bargmann 50th Anniversary

Harve and Sally Bargmann 50th Anniversary: "

From www.pantagraph.com


PONTIAC -- Harve and Sally Bargmann of Pontiac will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner this summer.

Bargmann and Sally Butcher were married June 24, 1960, at Fairbury Methodist Church, Fairbury. Their attendants were Gloria Cox Ebach and Bob Kyburz.

They are the parents of Linda (Art) Miller and Janet McArdell, both of Pontiac; and Susan (Kurt) Cleghorn, Grand Haven, Mich. They have five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

They were the owners of Pontiac Floor Fashions, retiring in 2002


Monday, June 14, 2010

Obit of Marguerite (Derr) Nickrent

Obit of Marguerite (Derr) Nickrent: "


From Chatsworth Illinois Memories


 From: freepressnewspapers.com/

Marguerite M. Nickrent

Roanoke-Marguerite M. Derr Nickrent, 90, of Chillicothe formerly of Roanoke passed away Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010 at Proctor Hospital in Peoria.

She was born on Feb. 23, 1920 in Chatsworth, IL a daughter of Theodore and Clara Haberkorn Derr. She married Raymond Nickrent on May 8, 1944 in Chatsworth. He passed away on Aug. 13, 1986.

Marguerite helped with school custodial work with her husband at Sowers Elementary. She was a housekeeper and a meter reader for water and sewer in Roanoke.

She was a member of St. Edward's Catholic Church in Chillicothe.

Survivors include two daughters, Judith Ann (Ray) McKinney of Imnaha, OR; Janice Lynn (Ramon) Smith of Chillicothe; three grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, two brothers, James (Dorothea) Derr of Pekin and Paul (Mary) Derr of Coal City.

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

There will be no visitation or services. Cremation will be accorded.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, Lupus Foundation or Rescue 33 in Chillicothe.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome. com.

Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke is in charge of arrangements.

Roger, Suzanne Coventry 55th Anniversary

Roger, Suzanne Coventry 55th Anniversary: "

From Chatsworth Illinois Memories


From: www.pantagraph.com


55th for Roger, Suzanne Coventry

CHATSWORTH -- Roger W. and Suzanne Coventry, rural Chatsworth, will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary with a family trip in July.

Coventry and Suzanne Livingston were married June 18, 1955, at the home of the bride's parents.

Their three daughters are of Kari (Dan) Smith of Blue Island; Martha (Dale) Graber of St. Paul, Minn.; and Elizabeth (Mark) Miller of Shorewood, Wis.

They have seven grandchildren.

They were both educators.



John,Teresa Franey 50th Anniversary

John,Teresa Franey 50th Anniversary: "

From Chatsworth Illinois Memories


 From www.pantagraph.com

50th for John, Teresa Franey

CHATSWORTH -- John and Teresa Franey, rural Chatsworth, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary today with a luncheon.

Franey and Teresa Hahn were married June 11, 1960, at St. John's Catholic Church, Cullom. Their attendants were Joseph Van Antwerp and Rita Hahn Kinkade.

They are the parents of Patty (Lenny) Haberkorn, Chatsworth; Tom (Stephanie) Franey, Rantoul; Joni (Bob) Huisman, Chatsworth; Terri (Troy) Rieger, Forrest.

They have 11 grandchildren.

He is semi-retired from farming.

She was a registered nurse at Greenbrier Nursing Home, Piper City, retiring in 2003.



Obit of Richard Deany

Obit of Richard Deany: "


From www.knappfuneralhomes.com/

Richard A. Deany, 75, Hot Springs, AR

Funeral services for Richard A. Deany, 75, of Hot Springs, AR and formerly of Chebanse, IL will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at Sts. Mary & Joseph Catholic Church in Chebanse, IL.  Friends may call from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Monday, June 14, 2010 at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton, IL.  Burial will be in the Sts. Mary and Joseph Cemetery in Chebanse, IL.

Mr. Deany was born on April 3, 1935 in Chatsworth, IL, the son of William J. and Kathryn M. Berlett Deany.  He married Myrna C. Downing on April 7, 1956 in Chebanse, IL.  She preceded him in death on September 3, 1992.  He then married the former Pam Stewart Bergman in Watseka, IL on September 8, 1993 and she survives in Hot Springs, AR. 

He is also survived by daughters, Terri (Dan) Stauffenberg of Manteno and  Chris (Mike) Brouillet of Jupiter, FL; and sons, David (Dr. Deidre) Deany of Clifton, IL and Rick (Karen) Deany of Chebanse, IL.  There are stepchildren, Jill (Ron) Wallace of Hot Springs, AR and Joe (Gina) Bergman of Bourbonnais, IL.  Also, thirteen grandchildren, Derek, Courtney and Sidney Stauffenberg, Sarah Brouillet, Philip Brouillet and Kayla Deany, Taylor Deany, Jason (Kathy) Deany, Matt Deany and Adam (Kristy) Deany, Dylan Birge, Hayley Birge and Jake Bergman.  In addition there are three great-grandchildren, Annabelle Deany, Elizabeth Deany and Bryce Deany.  A sister, Millie (Tom) Stevenson survives in Chebasne, IL.  In addition to his first wife , he was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Robert Deany and four sisters, Marjorie Dubois, Arlene Wendling, Delores Deany and Wilma Milton.

Dick enjoyed reading, working crossword puzzles, boating, the outdoors, traveling and trucking throughout the U.S.  He was affectionately known as “Digger”.  He enjoyed being with family and friends.



Friday, June 4, 2010

Obit of Nicole "Coco" Craver

Obit of Nicole "Coco" Craver: "

From the Daily Leader

Nicole “Coco” Craver

CHATSWORTH – Nicole “Coco” L. Craver, 21, beloveddaughter, sister and aunt,of Chatsworth passed awaySunday, May 30, at OSF St.James – John W. AlbrechtMedical Center in Pontiac.

Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 3, at Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth.

Cremation rites were accorded following visitation. Memorials may be made to the family of Nicole L. Craver.

Coco was born April 18, 1989 in Pontiac a daughter of David and Bonnie (Parrish) Craver. She attended Prairie Central Schools.

She is survived by her parents of Chatsworth; 4 sisters: Crystal (Patrick) Gilbert of Clifton; Jennifer (Justin) Russow of Buckeye, Ariz.; Sarah Beegle of St. Ann, Ill.; and Amber Craver of

Chatsworth; one brother: Samuel Funk of Chatsworth; and 4 nieces. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, and paternal grandparents.

She enjoyed playing cards and listening to music and she


Obit of Sister Mary Anselm (Irene Monahan)

Obit of Sister Mary Anselm (Irene Monahan): "

From Chatsworth Illinois Memories

CHATSWORTH — Sister Mary Anselm, 89, Cleveland, Ohio, formerly of Chatsworth, passed away on May 19, 2010, at her convent in Cleveland.

A funeral Mass was on May 22 at the Shrine of the Conversion of St. Paul, Cleveland, and she was buried at Calvary Cemetery.

Sister Anselm was born Dorothy Irene Monahan on Oct. 8, 1920, in Charlotte Township, to Teresa Trunk Hubly Monahan and Edward A. Monahan.

She is survived by a number of nieces and nephews in Illinois, Ohio, Maryland and Washington.

Sister Anselm entered the convent in 1950, taking her final vows in 1955. She spent most of her religious life at The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration Monastery in Cleveland. She was known and appreciated for her energetic work, carpentry skills and her devotion to prayer.

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