Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Obit of Leola M. Weaver

Leola M. Weaver, 97, of Gilman, formerly of Chatsworth, passed away at 3:05 pm on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Gilman Health Care Center.
A graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to her family.
Leola was born October 15, 1915 in Varna, Illinois a daughter of Charles and Pearl (Dorff) Salisbury. She married Stanley Weaver in Ottawa on September 11, 1934. He passed away September 27, 1971.
She is survived by her two sons: Glenn (Pearl) Weaver of Dayton, OH and Robert (Bobbie) Weaver of Gardner, KS; two foster children: Robert and Eddie Stevens; her grandchildren: Melissa (John) Edwards, Matt Weaver, Becky (Patrick Saverino) Weaver, Brittany Ellerbrook, Garin Weaver, Cedar Weaver, and John Ellerbrook; her great grandchildren: Lauren and Kaleb Edwards, Ryder Ellerbrook, and Khloe Saverino; and one sister: Virginia Brewer. Leola was preceded in death by her grandson: Michael Weaver; and many siblings.
Leola loved animals and collecting many things. She was a garage sale enthusiast. 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Obit of William G. "Bill" Beck

COLFAX — William G. “Bill” Beck, 81, Colfax, died at 8:30 p.m. Monday (April 22, 2013) at ASTA Care Center, Colfax.
Service: 10:30 a.m. Friday at Wiley Cemetery, Colfax. His nephew, the Rev. John Curtis, will officiate. Military rites will be accorded by Davis-Kerber American Legion Post 653, Colfax.
Visitation: There will be no visitation. Arrangements are being handled by Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington.
Memorials: American Diabetes Association or American Heart Association.
Survivor: twin brother, John Robert (Joanne) Beck, Huntsville, Ala.
Please view the obituary and share your condolences and memories online at www.calvertmemorial.com.

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Obit of Ruth M. (Brown) Davis (Johnson)

CHATSWORTH — Ruth M. Davis, 83, Barefoot Bay, Fla., formerly of Chats-worth, died April 14, 2013, in Barefoot Bay, Fla.
Ruth was born April 13, 1930, in El Paso. She grew up in East Peoria and graduated from East Peoria High School. She was the youngest daughter of Jesse and Mabel Brown, a musical family. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Virginia Turbett of Washington; and brother, Ralph Brown.
Survivors include her two brothers, Laurence Brown and Earl (Mary) Brown, both of Morton; her five children, Daniel (Mary), Middleburg, Fla.; Richard, Melbourne, Fla.; Edward (Patti), Toledo, Ill.; Timothy (Marianne), Geneva; and Kathleen Dixon, Barefoot Bay, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Ruth married Robert E. Davis on May 30, 1948, and lived predominantly in Fairbury and Chatsworth. They operated the Fairbury Bakery for several years. Later, Ruth owned and operated Old Chapel Inn in Chatsworth. Although well known for its good food and homemade pies, the restaurant was really all about Ruth’s friendly personality. It was a place where local folk could meet and talk about their day.
Tired of Illinois winters, Ruth moved to Florida where she lived happily for 20 years. She married Joseph Johnson, her longtime partner, on Dec. 25, 2011. Ruth loved the arts, whether it was painting beautiful pictures, quilting or going to plays and musicals. She also loved the ocean and all its wildlife, and traveling when she could.
Her children used to tease their mom that she loved her various dogs, Toi, Duke, Spanky and Joey, more than them; and though this wasn’t true, of course, she surely loved her dogs and they brought her much happiness.
A graveside memorial service will be at 11 a.m. May 18 at Evergreen Cemetery, El Paso. Memorials in her name can be made to an animal shelter of choice.
Condolences may be sent to her family at kath803@hotmail.com.
God Bless our Mom. She was an angel on Earth and now in Heaven.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Obit of Russell Ray Heald

Russell Ray Heald, 64, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 2:15 am on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at his residence.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatsworth with Pastor Tom Krieger officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church. Full military rites will be accorded at the Walter Clemons American Legion Post 613 in Chatsworth following services. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Walter Clemons American Legion Post 613, or a charity of the donor’s choice. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth is handling arrangements for the family.
Russell was born January 23, 1949 in Springfield, IL a son of Russell Ray Sr. and Wilhelmean (Bork) Heald. He married Susan Perring on June 25, 1982 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife: Susan Heald of Chatsworth, IL; his son: Justin (Lisa) Heald of Chatsworth, IL; two stepsons: Scott (Hannah) Schuette of Pittsburgh, PA and Cory (Joy) Schuette of Alton, IL; five grandsons: Blake, Dylan, Cameron, Paul James, and Asa; one granddaughter: Willa; one sister: Pam (Norman) Grimsley of Aroma Park, IL; one brother-in-law: David Norvell of Thawville, IL; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister: Sharon Norvell.
Russell served his country in the United States Army from 1969-1975 and attained the rank of SP4 and was stationed in Europe where he was a tank operator. He was a member of the Walter Clemons American Legion Post 613 in Chatsworth and a member of the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatsworth.
He attended the Chatsworth Schools. Russell worked as a mill operator for seventeen years at PTC Alliance in Fairbury. He also worked as a truck driver for a number of years.
Russell’s most important thing in his life was his family. He did enjoy motorcycling, music, and living life to its fullest. He always kept his friends close and was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, brother, uncle and friend who will be greatly missed.

Beryl Irwin turns 99 on May 1

Beryl Irwin turns 99 on May 1 !!
If you would like to send a card-
Mrs. Beryl Irwin
Box 68
Piper City, Il.  60959

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Obit of John M. Franey

John M. Franey, 75, Chatsworth, died at 10:15 pm Sunday, April 14, 2013 at Evenglow Lodge, Pontiac.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30am Thursday, April 18, 2013 at St. Peter and St. Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth with Fr. B.K. Tran and Fr. Carl LoPresti officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Chatsworth where full military rites will be conducted by the Walter Clemons American Legion post #613.
Visitation will be 4:00 to 8:00 pm Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at St. Peter and St. Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth with a rosary to be recited at 3:30 pm. Visitation will also be held from 9:30 to 10:15 am Thursday at the church. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is assisting with arrangements. The family suggests memorial offerings be directed to SELCAS or St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery fund. Mr. Franey was born June 20, 1937 in Fairbury, IL the son of John Thomas and Maybelle Marr Franey. He married Teresa E. Hahn on June 11, 1960 at the St. John’s Catholic Church, Cullom. She survives.
Also surviving are three daughters; Patty (Lenny) Haberkorn; Joni (Bob) Huisman, both of Chatsworth; Terri (Troy) Rieger, Forrest; one son; Tom (Stephanie) Franey, Rantoul; twelve grandchildren; Chris, Kaleigh (fiance’, Scott) and Keeley Haberkorn; Elizabeth, John Thomas, and Mary Beth Franey; Thomas, Matthew and Lucas Huisman; Tristin, Tiffani and Clayton Rieger; four sisters; Joanne VanAntwerp, Pittsfield; Joyce Cryer, Bloomington; Barbara (Wayne) Klasing, Kerrville, TX; Rosemary (Bob) Campbell, Glasford; two brothers; William Franey, Piper City; James (Jean) Franey, Concordia, KS.
He is preceded in death by three brothers in law; Joe VanAntwerp, Paul Hahn, Don Hahn and one sister in law; Jane Franey.
Mr. Franey was a 1955 graduate of Chatsworth High School and a lifetime farmer in southeast Livingston County. He served in the United States Air Force (1960-1964), and was a member of the Walter Clemons American Legion post #613, Chatsworth. He had been an auxiliary deputy sheriff in Livingston County. He was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus; served on the Livingston County board for ten years; Chatsworth school board; worked as an EMT for SELCAS and served on its board of directors and was a volunteer fireman with the Chatsworth Fire Department.

Monday, April 8, 2013

New Wreck Article

2013 Article written by John C. Ackerman in Adventure Sports Outdoors Magazine
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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Obit of Harold Hornickel

Harold Hornickel, 87, of rural Chatsworth, passed away at 9:34 am on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at Gibson Area Hospital.
His funeral will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth with Father BK Tran officiating. A Christian burial will be at the Germanville Township Cemetery following the service. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Friday, April 5, 2013 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth and an hour prior to the service on Saturday. Memorials may be made to SELCAS in Fairbury, IL or Livingston County Humane Society, 21179 N. 1358 E. Road, Pontiac, IL.
Harold was born on July 3, 1925 at home in Chatsworth, IL to Augustus and Mae (Smith) Hornickel. He married Regina Swanick on April 19, 1947 and were married for nearly sixty-six years. She survives.
Also, surviving are sons: Jim (Bev) of Normal, Dennis (Gayle) and David (Ann Hanson, special friend) all of Chatsworth; one daughter: Rosemarie (Steve) Umland in Champaign; nine granddaughters: Emily (Jay) Fleischmann of Turlock CA, Trisha Hornickel (Fiance Neal Murphy) of Tokyo, Japan, Abby (Michael) Bradley of Dallas, TX, Stephanie (Mike) Doss of Heyworth, Mandi Hornickel of Chicago, Lindsey Hornickel (Scott Hay) of Clinton, Jessica Hornickel of Maroa, Bethany (John) Chilsted, Brittany Myers, all of Bloomington; 4 great-grandchildren: Shafer and Harper Fleischmann, Adam Doss, and Bianca Hay; brothers: W. Neil, (Pat) of Chatsworth, Dale Francis of River Grove; one sister: Maxine Zorn of Fairbury.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law: Clair Zorn.
He served Germanville Township for a total of 32 years with the last 16 years as supervisor. After high school, he worked at Caterpillar in Peoria for one winter. He devoted his life to his family and farming in the Germanville area since 1943. He left behind his buddy, Blackie, his cat.