Sunday, February 26, 2012

Obit of Leland "Pat" Scanlon

BLOOMINGTON — Leland A. “Pat” Scanlon, 77, of Bloomington died Saturday (Feb. 25, 2012) at his home after a courageous 10-year battle with cancer.
His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington, where visitation will begin at noon. Interment will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Memorial gifts may be made to Community Cancer Center or Faith in Action.
He was born Aug. 18, 1934, in Chicago, son of Arthur and Clara Netherton Scanlon. He married Rita Donley Kiley on April 14, 1973, in Bloomington. She survives.
Also surviving are four sons, Thomas (Diane) Scanlon and Mike (Sue) Kiley, both of Bloomington; Ed (Jill) Kiley, Flower Mound, Texas; and Dave (Lisa) Kiley, Plano, Texas; two daughters, Julie (Dave) Clark and Jane (Jim) Novacek, both of Bloomington; two brothers, Dale (Gayle) Gillette, Chatsworth, and Lester (Carol) Gillette, Florida; two sisters, Jeanne (Mike) Scott, Fairbury, and Linda (Gene) Lemen, Colorado Springs, Colo.; one sister-in-law, Betty Gillette, Chatsworth; and a special aunt, Irma Netherton, Hot Springs, Ark.
Surviving grandchildren include Kira and Mia Scanlon; Stacy (Jess) Durako; Jerrod and Amy Kiley; Hailey (Mike) Grace and Miles Wright; A.J, Jake and Evan Kiley; Katie, Becky and Michael Novacek; Lindse Alaniz; Kasey and Jenny Kiley; and two great-grandchildren, Lauren and George Durako.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Gene Gillette; one brother, Loren Gillette; one sister, Marilyn Vervile; and one aunt, Pauline Van Duya.
Pat graduated from Chatsworth High School in 1953. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1954 to 1955.
He retired from General Telephone (GTE) in 1999, after 42 years of service as a telephone switching technician.
Although Pat was a father to a house full of Chicago Cubs fans, he was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. During his lifetime, the Cardinals won eight World Championships. He was a collector of Cardinals baseball cards – collecting nearly 6,000 cards in all. He loved reading history books and magazines. He loved working in the yard and tending to his roses. Most of all, Pat loved his family and enjoyed his 16 grandchildren and hearing his great-grandchild yell “Pat” when she walked through the door. He especially loved playing with his “sweetie pie,” Kira, and his “honey bun,” Mia.
Pat was a loving, caring and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be greatly missed by all of his loved ones.
Special thanks to Dr. Jeong and the staff at the Community Cancer Center for their wonderful kindness and compassionate care, and also the OSF Hospice and Ambulatory staff and Monsignor Jerry Ward.
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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Obit of Eulah M. Lee

Eulah M. Lee, 103, of St. Mary’s Health Care, Lafayette, Ind., died there Tuesday (Feb. 21, 2012), passing peacefully in her sleep.
She was born Dec. 4, 1908, in Strawn.
Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Windler Funeral Home, Fowler, with burial at Fowler Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fowler Food Pantry, in care of Fowler Baptist Church, P.O. Box 167, Fowler, IN 47944.
She is survived by her children, Norma (Howard) Higley, Fowler, Ind., and Ronald Lee (C. June), Bloomington; grandchildren, Richard (Jackie) Higley, Jacqui (M. Tristan) Thomas, Rebecca (James) Longster, Cherie (Michael) Porter and Steven (Trisha) Higley; and 50-plus great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence W. Lee, and a grandson, William P. Higley.
Among her hobbies were quilting, gardening, canning and reading. She loved working in Christ’s ministries, VBS, Sunday school and servicemen ministries. She saw amazing advancement in her century and loved to share stories about them. She was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Obit of Mary (Poplett) Lindquist

Mary Lindquist (Nov. 2, 1936 - Feb. 16, 2012) Mary Ann (Poplett) Lindquist, 75, of Chatsworth, Ill., died at 4:25 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at Heartland Health Care Center in Paxton, Ill., following several years of illness. Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m., on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home, Piper City, Ill., with Brad Bryant officiating. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home. A luncheon at Piper City Community Building will follow the memorial service. Inurnment will be in Chatsworth-Charlotte Cemetery at a later date.
Mary was born on Nov. 2, 1936, in Galesburg, Ill., to Elmer Dale and Anna E. (Dawson) Poplett. Her childhood was spent in rural Knox County near Dahinda, Ill. She married Marion Lindquist on Jan. 26, 1958. In addition to Marion, survivors include two sons -- Dale Lindquist of Des Moines, Iowa, and David (Dawn) Lindquist of Indianapolis, Ind.; one brother -- Tom (Clarice) Poplett of Grand Junction, Colo.; two sisters -- Sally (Lloyd) Tripp of Nauvoo, Ill., and Beverly (Charles) Farley of Savannah, Ga.; five grandchildren -- Eric Lindquist of Kansas City, Mo., Valerie (Patrick) Lunasol of Des Moines and Anthony Mentz, Michael Mentz and Ian Lindquist of Indianapolis; nieces Patty (Irvin) Wilken of Chatsworth, Joyce (John) Pool of Thawville, Ill., and many other treasured loved ones. Mary was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Stephen Douglas Lindquist.
Mary taught at Chatsworth Elementary School from 1978 to 1994. She earned an associate's degree from Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, a bachelor's degree from Illinois State University in Normal, Ill., and a master's degree from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill. In retirement, Mary and Marion spent winters in Harlingen, Texas, where Mary enjoyed exploring her artistic talents including quilt-making and painting. Mary was a member of Community of Christ Church in Bloomington, Ill. She played piano to accompany services for many years. She was active in Home Extension in Chatsworth and Killer Bees Quilting in Texas.
Arrangements by Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home in Piper City, Ill. Memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity, 121 Habitat St., Americus, Ga., 31709-3498, or World Hunger, 1001 W. Walnut St., Independence, Mo., 64050. Please sign the guest book at

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Obit of Mildred (Hornstein) Propes

The funeral for Mildred E. Propes, 87, of Chatsworth, will be at 2 p.m. today at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Chatsworth, with Jerry Gentes, Minister of Pastoral Care officiating.
Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery.
Friends may call one hour prior to service today at the church.
Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth, has charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Propes passed away at 11:04 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, at Piper City Rehabilitation Center in Piper City.
Mildred was born July 5, 1924, in rural Chatsworth, a daughter of Fred and Minnie (Grosenbach) Hornstein. She married Edmond Propes Oct. 27, 1945, in Chatsworth. He preceded her in death on May 18, 1987.
She is survived by one daughter-in-law, Darla Propes, Piper City; one sister, Lucy Haberkorn, Chatsworth; three grandsons, Kevin Propes, Corwith, Iowa, and Karl (Joann) Propes and Kreg Propes, both of Piper City; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by two sons, three sisters, two brothers and a granddaughter-in-law, Megan Propes.
Mildred was a homemaker her entire life.
She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Chatsworth, a 61-year member of the Chatsworth American Legion Auxiliary Post #613 and volunteered at Piper City Nursing Home for more than 25 years.
She enjoyed cooking Sunday dinners, baking, sewing and being with her grandchildren and she loved Johnny Cash.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or Piper City Rehab and Living Center.
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Friday, February 10, 2012

Obit of Sally Wahls

PIPER CITY — Sally J. Wahls, 77, Piper City, died at 1:16 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 7, 2012) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Chatsworth, with the Rev. Jerry Gentes officiating. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery, Chatsworth. Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth, and for one hour prior to the service Monday at the church. Memorials in Sally’s name may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
Sally was born Nov. 19, 1934, in Winchester, a daughter of Sam and Frieda Klotz Danenberger. She married Floyd L. Wahls on Feb. 19, 1955, in Bloomington. He survives in Piper City.
Also surviving are three sons, Steve (Rhonda) Wahls, Loomis, Neb.; Greg (Cathy) Wahls, Piper City; and Glenn Wahls, Gibson City; two daughters, Nancy (Charles) Hay, Gibson City, and Victoria (Jay) Beck, Melvin; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Sam “Bo” Danenberger, Danvers, and John “Butch”Danenberger, Normal; and one sister, Sue Swartz, Huntsville, Ala.
Sally was preceded in death by one granddaughter.
Sally was educated at University High School, Normal. She was a kitchen supervisor at Greenbriar Nursing Home, Piper City, and was a school bus driver for Piper City schools. She enjoyed sewing, bird watching, gardening and camping. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Chatsworth.
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Friday, February 3, 2012

Obit of Jane Tauber

Jane G. Tauber, 52 of Chatsworth, IL died Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 7:20 AM at her residence.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Her memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM at St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth with Fr. B.K. Tran officiating. A visitation will be held for 1 hour before the service at the church. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth is handling the arrangements. Memorials in Jane’s name may be made to Futures Unlimited Special Olympics or Chatsworth Fire Department.
Jane was born on January 5, 1960 in Gary, IN, a daughter of Sam and Verla (Craig) Tauber. Jane is survived by her mother: Verla Tauber of Chatsworth, IL; one sister: Kay (Mark) Grizzle of Chatsworth, IL; one brother: Samuel (Bobbi Sells) Tauber of Greeley, CO; two nieces: Heather Grizzle and Nicole (Mike) Wright; and two great nieces: Grace Jass and Alexis Molck. Jane was preceded in death by her father: Sam Tauber.
Jane was educated in Pontiac Special Education. She was employed at Futures Unlimited and was a member of St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth, IL.
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Obit of Anna M. (Miller) Diller

Anna M. Diller, 83 of Chatsworth, IL, died on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 1:25 PM at Evenglow Tjardes Health Care Center in Pontiac.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, February3, 2012 at 11:00 AM at the United Methodist Church of Chatsworth, with Pastor David Reynolds officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until the hour of service, Friday at the Church. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth is handing the arrangements. Burial will be held at Chatsworth Cemetery. In Lieu of Flowers, Memorials in Anna’s name may be left to the United Methodist Church of Chatsworth or the Chatsworth Fire Department.

Anna was born on September 26, 1928 in Frostburg, Maryland, a daughter of Roy and Orpha (McKenzie) Miller. She married Homer Diller on September 26, 1946. They then moved to Illinois, where his family built a drain tile business.

She is survived by one sister: Laura (Edward) Bates of Ashland, OH and many special nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Homer in 1995.

Anna was a 1946 graduate of Dalton High School in Ohio. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Chatsworth, where she was active on the Memorial Committee. She was a past president of T.O.P.S. and was a member of the Cornerstone Society. She enjoyed traveling with her husband.
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