Monday, August 30, 2010

Donald Stork Obit

Donald Stork Obit: "



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.


Becky Barker Story

Becky Barker Story: "

 From The Bugle




Becky Barker enjoys

painting people,

cherished pets and

indigenous rocks



Sara 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

passed away.

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

one portrait.

“I love doing the skin tones, hair color and eyes,”

Barker admitted.

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

one person.

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 (Anglin) Baker Obit

Donna (Anglin) Baker Obit: "


Donna Gail Baker


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

(Carter) Felts.

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

and nephews.

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

August and The Chatsworth Train Wreck

August and The Chatsworth Train Wreck: ""

Eldon & Gladys Brunner 65th Anniversary

Eldon & Gladys Brunner 65th Anniversary: "

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.


Dick & Marge Whittenbarger 40th Anniversary

Dick & Marge Whittenbarger 40th Anniversary: "




45th for Dick, Margie Whittenbarger

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

Harvey & Phyllis Ashman 40th Anniversary

Harvey & Phyllis Ashman 40th Anniversary: "



40th for Harvey, Phyllis Ashman**

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.