From Duffy-Pils Memorial Home
Husband of Mary Nickrent
Donald Eugene Stork, 74 of Fairbury passed away at 6:50 am, Saturday, August 28, 2010 at Fairview Haven Nursing Home, Fairbury.
Funeral mass will be 10:30 am, Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth with Father BK Tran officiating. Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Chatsworth with full military rites conducted by the Fairbury American Legion and VFW posts. Visitation will be 3 to 7 pm, Tuesday, August 31, 2010 with a rosary service at 2:45 pm at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury.
Don was born May 27, 1936 in Fairbury the son of Henry and Ida (Hanni) Stork. He married Kathryn Readle then Imogene Goad they both preceded him in death. He later married Mary Nickrent on February 14, 1997 in Pontiac. She survives in Fairbury.
Also surviving are three children; Georgia (Dan) LaFayette, Normal, Donald (Stephanie) Stork Jr., Normal, Ronald (Amy) Stork, Danvers, one step-son; Thomas (Beth) Albert, Pittsford, NY, three sisters; Lena (Gene) Jones, Helen (Fred) Voeste both of Forrest, Wilma (David) Kieser, Bloomington, eight brothers; Elmer (Darlene) Stork, Richard (Susie) Stork both of Chatsworth, Wilmer (Gwen) Stork, Wayne Stork both of Fairbury, Harvey (Alice) Stork, Chenoa, John (Eunice) Stork, Roberts, Edwin (Judy) Stork, Pontiac, Henry (Susan) Stork, Forrest, mother in-law; Stella Nickrent, Gibson City, 10 grandchildren and 2 step-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and twin daughters; Sherrill Lynn and Pauline Sue Stork.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials be directed to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth or Fairview Haven “Good Samaritan Fund”, Fairbury
Donald was drafted into the US Army in 1958 where he served as a medic. In 1960 he was employed as a carpenter for Honegger’s and later for Thrive Center, Fairbury. Later in life he served as an attendant for Hick’s gas Station in Fairbury as well as training horses at the Fairbury fairgrounds. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends who will miss him dearly.
Monday, August 30, 2010
From The Bugle
Becky Barker enjoys
cherished pets and
bySara Schick el
“Art is everywhere,” said Becky Barker of rural
Barker is a portrait artist whose work graces the walls
of homes throughout the United States.
Her lifelong interest in art developed into serious
study and ultimately her own business.
“After my first child was born and he got older, I
started taking home-study classes,” she said.
She and her husband Rusty have been married 38
years and have four children, three of whom are living,
and four grandchildren.
The couple resides on her husband’s family farm, less
than two miles from the home she lived in as a child.
Barker began her Rainbow Trail Studio about 10 years
ago and balances her art along with her position as a paraprofessional
for the Prairie Central School District.
Jean Ertel of Gibson City commissioned Barker to
paint seven portraits over the years.
“I had my parents done. She made [a portrait] of my
husband’s parents for a Christmas gift,” Ertel explained.
“She just does a really good job. She never knows what
I’m going to throw at her,” laughed Ertel.
Rather than arranging for special sittings with her
subjects, Barker receives pictures of the person she is
going to paint.
This system works well as many of her clients are not
from the area and may even be from other states.
She has completed work for people in California,
Indiana, Florida, Colorado and Mexico.
In addition to portraits of people, Barker creates special
projects of beloved animals.
Often times, she is asked to paint pets that have
While some of her paintings remain true to the photographs
they come from, Barker is sometimes asked
to combine several subjects from different photos into
“I love doing the skin tones, hair color and eyes,”
She was commissioned to paint a portrait of a mother
with her two children.
The son passed away and the mother wanted a portrait
of the family together.
Barker was supplied
with various photographs
of the family members.
She managed to adjust
the size, lighting, and
clothing so the newly created
portrait looked as if
the family members were
posed especially for the
The process is labor
intensive and it typically
takes her around 25 hours
to complete a portrait of
She added, “Along with
portraits, I also do rocks.”
The Rock-A-Baby creations
are intricate paintings
of animal on rocks.
“We live on a farm. A
lot of the rocks are indigenous
to the area which
means they came out of the
fields,” Barker explained.
In addition to painting,
Barker enjoys cooking,
sewing and reading.
She also has an interest in
“I’m retiring in a couple
years, so [travel] is on my
list,” she said.
Egypt and Paris top the
list of places she plans to go.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Donna Gail Baker
CHATSWORTH – Donna
Gail Baker, 52 of Chatsworth
passed away at 11:51 a.m.
on Monday, August 16, at
OSF St. James – John W.
Albrecht Medical Center in
Visitation will be 4 to 7
p.m. on Friday, August 20,
at Martin Funeral Home in
Cremation rites will be
accorded following visitation.
Memorials may be
made to the family.
Donna was born
February 5, 1958 in East
St. Louis, Ill., a daughter of
Raymond Anglin and Mary
She married James
Baker, June 26, 1977 in
Forrest. He survives.
Also surviving are: one
daughter: Tosha Baker-
Edwards of Chatsworth;
one son: Josh Baker of
Chatsworth; three grandchildren:
Kaely and Kenzie
Marthey; and Elijah
Edwards; two sisters: Linda
Steidinger of Fairbury and
Jackie Felts of Bloomington;
three brothers: Ronald
(Paula) Anglin of Oak Lawn;
Scott (Debbie) Anglin of
Fairbury; and Billy Anglin of
Pontiac; and several nieces
She was preceded
in death by her parents,
and one son-in-law, Matt
Donna Gail was a homemaker
her entire life.
She enjoyed Forensic
Investigation shows, WWE,
and going fishing. Her
favorite wrestler was John
She loved her grandchildren
and spending time
with her family to whom
she was very close.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
NEWS FLASH !!!
CHATSWORTH TRAIN WRECK
AUGUST 10, 2010
123 YEARS TO THE DAY!!
16 CARS DERAIL!
From: Kankakee Daily Journal
Brunner 65th Anniversary Eldon and Gladys Brunner celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary July 9 with a family gathering at the Old Route 66 Restaurant in Dwight.
Their children and their spouses are: Roger and Niesje Steinkruger Brunner, of Fairbanks, Alaska; and Betty and Joe Roza, of Santa Rosa, Calif. The couple have three granddaughters and one great-granddaughter.
They were married July 9, 1945, at the Evangelical Church in Chatsworth.
They have lived in many places, including Witchita Falls, Texas; Linz, Austria; Champaign; Fort Worth, Texas; Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Glen Ellyn; Matawan, N.J.; and Berwyn, Pa.
CONGERVILLE -- Dick and Margie Whittenbarger of Congerville will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary.
Whittenbarger and Margie Klehm were married Aug. 21, 1965, at Evangelical United Brethren Church, Chatsworth. Their attendants were Robert Whittenbarger and Ruth Klehm.
They are the parents of Robin (Larry) Timm, Peoria, and Tracy (Rob) Sapp, Goodfield. They have five grandchildren.
He retired from GTE in 1993.
She retired from GTE in 2000.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
CHATSWORTH -- Harvey and Phyllis Ashman of Chatsworth are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary with a family dinner.
Ashman and Phyllis Sharp were married Aug. 1, 1970, at the Lutheran Church in Chatsworth.
They are the parents of Tina (Pete) Beebe of Pontiac. They have two grandchildren.
He worked in highway maintenance for the Illinois Department of Transportation, retiring in 2009. She was a customer service sales representative for Homeshield, retiring in 2008.