Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Obit of John W. "Bill" Knittles

John W. "Bill" Knittles
Wednesday, May 01, 1929 - Tuesday, November 19, 2013
John W.
John William “Bill” Knittles, 84, of Chatsworth passed away at 4:42 pm on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at OSF St. James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac.
Funeral services for Bill will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Calvert & Martin
Funeral Home in Chatsworth with Rev. Ivy Silas officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. According to the wishes of the family, cremation rites will follow services. Private family burial will be at a later date at Chatsworth Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Piper City Rehab and Living Center.
Bill was born May 1, 1929 in Chatsworth, a son of George and Reva (Wells) Knittles. He married Etta Steinman on November 21, 1952. She passed away on October 3, 1984. He later married Florence Hoekstra on September 11, 1996. She passed away on February 7, 2013.
He is survived by his two daughters: Lisa Knittles of Piper City and Julie Burkhalter of Chatsworth; two sisters: Norma Boyce of Lexington and Jeanne (Earl) Dieken of Hazelhourst, WI; and his beloved dog: Sammy. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; two wives; brother-in-law: Johnny Boyce; son-in-law: Jeff Burkhalter; and his beloved dog: Bandit.
Bill was educated in the Chatsworth Schools. He owned and operated K & K Woodworking for a number of years and worked at Homeshield for over twenty-five years.
He enjoyed woodworking, making flyable model airplanes, and helping Julie package Christmas candy. He was a die-hard Cubs fan. After retirement, Bill liked to go to K & H in Gilman and reminisce with other retired employees of Homeshield. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Chatsworth.
Bill loved his family. He had a special place in his heart for his dogs. Bill was a caring man who will be greatly missed.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Obit of Fred L. Montag,Sr.

Fred L. Montag Sr., 76, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 7:30 am on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at his home in Chatsworth.
A prayer service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, November 15, 2013 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth with Father Scott Archer of Saint Andrew Parish officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services on Friday at the funeral home. Following the service, cremation rites will be accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Fred was born June 1, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois, a son of Ervin and Francis (Banas) Montag. He married Marilyn A. Janda on June 6, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois. She survives.
Also surviving are his children: Fred (Sharon) Montag Jr. of Villa Park, Illinois, Michelle (Barry) Montag Lowy of Springfield, Illinois and William Montag of Villa Park, Illinois; one daughter-in-law: Tina Montag of South Elgin, Illinois; his grandchildren: Samantha, Sarah, Abraham, Joshua, William Allen, Joseph, Ryan, and Alyssa; one sister: Patricia (Gene) Reinbacher of Lacon, Illinois; one brother: Gerald (Wendy) Montag of Naperville. He was preceded in death by: his parents; one brother: Donald Montag; one son: Daniel Montag; and one grandson: Tyler.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veteran's Day


In Honor of Veteran's Day
I have been reworking  "Our Men in the Wars" pages.
I have added links to each name to pictures, biographies, memorials, obits and records for each man. They are not completed, but I have added quite a few to date. Some day I may get them all done !! But check it out. 
Chatsworth, Charlotte and Germanville

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Obit of Stephen Bernard Saathoff

CHATSWORTH — Stephen Bernard Saathoff, 67, Dixon, went to be with our Lord and Savior Sunday (Nov. 3, 2013) at his home.
He was the president of the Franklin Grove Bank, a position he held for 38 years before retiring in July of 2013.
Stephen was born May 27, 1946, in Chatsworth, the son of Bernard Frederick and Josephine Durkes Saathoff. He graduated from Chatsworth High School in 1964, and graduated from Millikin University, Decatur, in 1968.
Steve was the platoon leader of the 2nd Platoon, Company C, 3rd Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade. He served in the Central Highlands in South Vietnam and was the recipient of the Silver Star and Purple Heart during combat operations in Vietnam.
He married Mildred “Millie” Maly on July 24, 1971, in Clarendon Hills.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Dixon; SAE Fraternal Organization; American Legion Post 497, Franklin Grove; Franklin Grove Farming Heritage; Masonic Friendship Lodge No. 7; and Union League Club, Chicago.
Survivors include his wife of Dixon; one daughter, Becky Saathoff; one son, Stephen Benjamin (Christine) Saathoff; and two grandchildren, Courtney and Tyler Saathoff. Steve will continue to live in the hearts of those who loved him.
A memorial visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, with the family present from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon.
A service to celebrate Steve’s life will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church, Dixon.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may go to Dixon Food Pantry or Wounded Warrior Project.
Condolences may be sent to www.prestonschillingfuneralhome.com.