Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Obit of Ada (Rosendahl) Bork

From Redenius Funeral Homes

PIPER CITY — Ada Elizabeth Bork, 90, formerly of Piper City, died at 7:20 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 24, 2011) in Evenglow Tjardes Health Center, Pontiac.

Her funeral will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Piper City Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Alan Cheney officiating. Burial will be in the Brenton Cemetery, Piper City. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. prior to the service in the church. Memorials may be made to the Piper City Presbyterian Church.

Ada was born Aug. 5, 1921, at home in Chatsworth, the eldest daughter of Jerry and Gladys Milstead Rosendahl. She married Roland D. Bork on June 16, 1940. He passed away May 24, 2006.

Mrs. Bork is survived by two daughters, Maria Millen, Normal, and Nancy (Jack) Arnold, Pontiac; a son, John Bork, Danville; a grandchild, Shelly Bohm, and two great-grandchildren, Carley and Brandon Bohm, all of Pontiac; and her sister, Lois Huttenburg, Tinley Park.

Her parents, husband and a brother, Bill Rosendahl, preceded her in death.

Mrs. Bork was a 1939 graduate of Chatsworth High School. She attended Illinois State Normal University the following year. Due to a teacher shortage during World War II, Mrs. Bork was granted a Limited State War Emergency certificate in 1943 to teach elementary school in Ford County. Much later, she returned to college and earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Illinois State University in 1971. She taught second, third and fourth grades in Chenoa Elementary School for 16 years. In all, she was a teacher for 18½ years. As a farmer’s wife in the Piper City area, Mrs. Bork assisted her husband in the farming operation. She was always very involved in her church and community.

Mrs. Bork was an active 71-year member of the Piper City Presbyterian Church. She was president of the Presbyterian Women’s Association for three years and a Sunday school teacher. Mrs. Bork was a 4-H leader for 10 years, particularly guiding members in sewing projects. An expert seamstress, she sewed her children’s school clothes, coats, women’s suits and college formals. She was also a Cub Scout leader. After retiring from teaching, she served as treasurer for four years of the Ford County Retired Teachers Association. Always enjoying history, Ada was a charter member of the Piper City Historical Society and president in 1989, 1990 and 1991. Mrs. Bork served as a delegate to the regional White House conference on aging in 1990. In 1992, she was the Volunteer of the Year for the East Central Illinois Area Agency on aging. In 1994, she co-authored the SHOWBUS Ford County Historical Book. Mrs. Bork researched and guided over 100 very popular tours throughout Illinois for Piper City residents through SHOWBUS. She continued giving tours into her 80s. Genealogy and gardening were also great interests. She belonged to the Brenton Home Extension, Monday Night Circle, Junior Women’s Club, Illinois Reading Council, Illinois Education Association and the National Education Association.

Mrs. Bork especially delighted in the lives and company of her two great-grandchildren, Brandon and Carly Bohm. The family wishes to thank Evenglow for their competent and compassionate care.

Arrangements are by Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home, Piper City. Please sign the guest book at

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Obit of Dolores Jean (McNeely) Friedman

From the pantagraph
Dolores Jean (McNeely) Friedman
FAIRBURY — Dolores J. Friedman, 78, Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Fairbury, died Sept. 11, 2011, at Banner Heart Hospital, Mesa, Ariz.
Service: was Sept. 13, 2011, at Melcher Mortuary Chapel of the Roses.
Burial: was at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in North Phoenix.
Memorials: American Heart Association.
Survivors: her husband, Robert (Bob) Friedman, Mesa; two daughters, Brenda (Alan) Andrews, El Paso, and Sheila (David) Vohs, Queen Creek, Ariz.; three grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothy Loiselle, Toano, Va.

Obit of Misty LeeDawn Taylor

From Martin Funeral Homes

Misty LeeDawn “Little Miss” Taylor, 7-month old daughter of Robert and Hillary Taylor of Chatsworth, passed away at 9:11am Sunday September 25, 2011 in Chatsworth.
Funeral services will be 6:00PM Thursday September 29, 2011 at Martin Funeral Home in Forrest. Visitation will be 4:00PM to 6:00PM Thursday at the funeral home where a memorial fund has been established. Cremation rites will be accorded following the funeral, and an inurnment will be at a later date at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in rural Wing.
Misty was born February 22, 2011 in Gibson City.
She is survived by her parents, three brothers: Mario, Jimmy, and Benny of Chatsworth; her maternal grandparents: Nancy Brown of Streator, and John (Viola) Brown of Chatsworth; paternal grandparents: Terry Hallam, and Eileen Taylor both of Streator; maternal great-grandparents: Wayne Rork and Cecil (Yvone) Brown both of Fairbury; paternal great-grandparents: Margaret Taylor of Streator, and Mary Roberts of Iowa; and several aunts and uncles.
She was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandmothers, Marie Rork, and Pat Brown; and her paternal great-grandfather: Paul Taylor.
Misty was always smiling, and was a good baby. She loved her older brother Mario who could always get her to laugh. She also loved her piano.
She was very loved by her family and will be missed.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Chatsworth Wreck Retold by L.J. Haberkorn

Told 50 years later.
The entire article is now there, plus memories of B.M. Judd, T.Y. Brown.
The story of the 50 Wreck Reunion is also there.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

BLOOMINGTON — Lorna Dee Kimmel, 59, of Bloomington, died at 9:07 a.m. Monday (Sept. 5, 2011) at her home after a valiant two-year battle with cancer.
Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington, with the Rev. Roger Pryor officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Humane Society of Central Illinois, the Community Cancer Center or Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Lorna was born May 21, 1952, in Fairbury, the daughter of Dale and Ounita L. Tayler Kimmel.
She is survived by her mother, Ounita Kimmel, Bloomington; a brother, Kevin (Deb) Kimmel, New York; a sister, Rita (Ted) Dunn, Chatsworth; two nieces, Kari Kimmel, Bloomington, and Jessica Niemann, Chatsworth; a nephew, Jon (Amy) Cabbage, Forrest; and her much-loved handicapped Pekinese, Cuddles.
She was preceded in death by her father; two brothers, Jim Kimmel and Rick Walle; a nephew, Kyle Kimmel; and a niece, Laura Bales.
Lorna graduated from Chatsworth High School and immediately was employed at State Farm Corporate, where she has worked for 41 years, making many lifelong friends whom she called family.
She was especially close to those in the Dinky Dozen Motorcycle Club.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

From the Kankakee Journal
Elery Perkins 96th Birthday
Elery Perkins, of Chatsworth, celebrated his 96th birthday with a family dinner Aug. 28 in Fairbury.

The event was hosted by his son, Ronald Perkins, of Bloomington. He has six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Perkins was born Sept. 9, 1915, in Chatsworth. His wife, the former Margery Hoff, whom he married March 29, 1941, died March 11, 2007.

He is a retired farmer and enjoys camping and working in his yard.

See picture here.

Obit of Lila (Cording) Ackerman

From the Peoria Journal Star
EAST PEORIA - Lila Mardell Ackerman, 89, of East Peoria passed away at 1 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at Lutheran Hillside Village in Peoria.
Born April 6, 1922, in Chatsworth, Ill., to Arthur and Ruth Ann (Cunnington) Cording, she married George Ackerman in Chatsworth, Ill., on Oct. 7, 1950. He preceded her in death in January of 1986.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Janice Irene Ackerman; three brothers, Wayne, Beryl and Arthur Cording; and two sisters, Nettie Evon Hanna and Evelyn Cording.
She is survived by two daughters, Beverly (Robert) Dotson of Norman, Okla., and Mary Hass of Pittsfield; three grandchildren, Valerie Johnson of Pekin, Laura (Andy Tooke) Hass of North Carolina and Jennifer (Adam) Johnson of Houston, Texas; and one great-granddaughter, Natalie Tooke.
Lila worked as a teacher's aide for the East Peoria School District before retiring.
She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Washington.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria, with the Rev. John Rothfusz officiating. Visitation will be one hour before services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery in Peoria.
Memorial donations may be made to her church.
Online condolences may be made at

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Obit of Lloyd Dehm,Sr.

CHATSWORTH — Lloyd William “Bones” Dehm Sr., 91, Chatsworth, died at 4:30 a.m. Monday (Sept. 5, 2011) at his home in Chatsworth.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at United Methodist Church, Chats-worth. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery, with military rites by Chatsworth American Legion Post 613. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Chatsworth, Chatsworth American Legion Post 613 and Mid-West Old Threshers Association of Mount Pleasant, Iowa.
Bones was born Oct. 31, 1919, in Piper City, son of William and Harriet DeBoor Dehm. He was raised in rural Piper City and attended schools in rural Piper City. Bones was married to Lillian F. Kroll. She died Dec. 1, 2005.
Survivors include children, Shirley Sanders, Urbana; Lloyd “Fritz”Dehm Jr., Roberts; Darla (Gary) Upton, Bloomington; Patti (Steve) Kelley, Aurora, Colo.; Davida (Larry) Pietrzak, Urbana; and Tara (J.P.) Gallahue, Piper City; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Glen D. (Marilyn) Dehm and Lyle (Wilma) Dehm, both of Chatsworth.
Bones was preceded in death by his parents; wife; infant son, Terry; one daughter-in-law, Joy Dehm; and two brothers, Weldon and Leland.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Chatsworth.
Bones was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army Air Corps. He was a member of Chatsworth American Legion Post 613, VFW Fairbury and Masonic Lodge. Bones was also an avid member of Mid-West Old Threshers Association in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, for 60 years.
He was a welder, and owned and operated Dehm Welding Service in Chatsworth. Bones enjoyed steam engines, fishing, visiting with friends and wintering in Naples, Fla.
Arrangements are being handled by Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home, Piper City. Please sign the guest book at