Thursday, December 26, 2013

Chatsworth Illinois Memories

Happy New Year to all. May it bring you whatever will make you happy and content with life!!

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Obit of Reva (Stanlake) Krueger

CHATSWORTH — Reva Lillian Krueger, 97, Chatsworth, passed away at 7 p.m. Monday (Dec. 16, 2013) at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Chatsworth United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Ivy Silas officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church. Burial will follow the service in Gilman Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Chatsworth United Methodist Church, OSF Hospice or Fairview Haven Retirement Community.
Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth, is handling arrangements.
Reva was born Sept. 30, 1916, in Clarence, Iowa, a daughter of Robert and Emma Weitrich Stanlake. She married Harold F. Krueger on Feb. 3, 1936. He passed away Aug. 13, 1989.
She is survived by her two daughters, Reva Darlene Winterland and Shirley (Allan) Kietzman, both of Chatsworth; three grandchildren, Vicki Nettleingham, Cullom; Lori Denton, Edwards; and Cheri (Shawn) Malloy, Greenwood, Ind.; six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Evelyn Taghon, Moline; two sisters-in-law, Lucy Stanlake, Davenport, Iowa, and Helen Krueger, Lindenwood; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
Reva was a homemaker and seamstress. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and spending time with her family and friends. Reva was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
She was a loyal Christian and member of Chatsworth United Methodist Church and loved her God and lived by his teachings.
A guestbook can be signed at

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Obit of Wayne Bertram

Wayne Bertram

Husband of Barbara Jean Warder

MELVIN – Wayne Russel Bertram, age 80, of Melvin died at 6:55 a.m. Sunday (Dec. 15, 2013) at Heartland Health Care in Paxton.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Roberts, the Rev. Priscilla Geerdes officiating. Full military rites will be conducted by the Wagner Davis American Legion.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. before the service on Wednesday at the church.
Wayne was born March 18, 1933, in Roberts, a son to William and Florence E. (Underwood) Bertram. He married Barbara Warder on July 27, 1953, in Hoopeston. She survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Lorie (Patrick) Enriquez of New Mexico and Catherine (Wayne) Hunter of Roberts; a son, Richard (Becky) of Smithfield, Va.; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Howard (Olive) Bertram of Gibson City and Edwin (Elsie) Bertram of Roberts; and three sisters, Dolores Kenney of Normal, Beverly Rueck of Roberts and Judy (Steve) Tolbert of Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, William Jr. and Robert; and a grandson, Kurt Kurtz.
Wayne retired from the U.S. Navy after serving 28 years. He served in the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War.
Wayne helped a few farmers after his retirement. Wayne restored and showed hit-and-miss engines. He was a member of the I&I Engine Club. His most recent hobby was toy trains.
Memorials may be made to the Gibson Area Hospital or a charity of the donor's choice.
Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City is in charge of the arrangements.