Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pat (Ferguson) & Neil Hornickel 60th Anniversary

CHATSWORTH — Neil and Pat Hornickel of Chatsworth celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a
family get-together.
They were married Sept. 19, 1954, at First Lutheran Church, Pontiac.
They are the parents of Cindy (Keith) Henrichs, Forrest; Vicki (Darrell) Haag, Kempton; Lori Shafer,
Chatsworth; Rich (Colleen), Fairbury; and Tami (Don) Pitzer, Danville. They have 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
He farms and retired after 31 years as Chatsworth Township road commissioner.
See photo here.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Obit of Charles W. Loveall, Sr.

Charles W. Loveall Sr, 59, of Chatsworth, passed away at 8:47 pm Friday, September 12, 2014 at at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.
Cremation Rites will be accorded and a private memorial service will be held at a later date. Calvert & Martin
Funeral Home in Chatsworth is handling the arrangements.
Charles was born on September 4, 1955 in Joliet, IL, a son of Charles M. and Christina “Pat” (Flemings) Loveall. He married Alice Kuykendall in Missouri on August 22, 1972, she survives. He is also survived by 2 sons: Charles W. (Debbie Gomez) Loveall Jr of Gibson City, Michael “Scotty” (Karen) Loveall of Chatsworth; daughter in law: Sue Loveall of Chatsworth; sister: Kathy (Jessie) Ramirez of Joliet: 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Tina Coffman.
Charles attended Joliet Central High School and served our country in the United States Marine Corp.

Stories of the Hobo Poet


If you're interested in the Hobo Poet that visited Chatsworth during our 1964 Fourth of July celebration,
I have added a few links where you can read about his visits to other towns,
and also see a photo of him.

Star Spangle Banner turns 200 !!

"Star Spangled Banner"

200 Years

Madison Rising

Madison Rising
Help Madison Rising keep the Banner flying and show EVERYONE that you are one of the millions of hard working people in this country that is still proud to be an American.

Elery Perkins turns 99!

September 13, 2014
Chatsworth---Elery Perkins of Chatsworth will celebrate his 99th birthday with a card shower.
He was born Sept. 9, 1915, in Chatsworth. He married Margery E. Hoff on March 29, 1941. She died March 13, 2006. Her son is Ronald Perkins of Chatsworth. She four grandchildren, six great grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He is a retired farmer.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Obit of Antone Lloyd "Tony" Kemnetz

URBANA — Antone Lloyd "Tony" Kemnetz, 79, of Urbana, passed away suddenly at 4:48 p.m. Friday (Sept.
5, 2014) at his residence.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Shrader Funeral Home, Arcola. Graveside service with military graveside rites accorded will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Arcola Township Cemetery, Arcola.
Tony was born May 19, 1935, in Chatsworth, the son of Lloyd D. and Irene M. Hummel Kemnetz. He married Shirley Moriarty on March 26, 1960. She preceded him in death. He married Phyllis J. Kelly on Sept. 3, 1988, in Champaign. She survives.
Also surviving are three sons, Bryan J. (Jennifer) Kemnetz, Stillwater, Minn.; Michael G. (Carol) Kemnetz, LeRoy; and Steven Daniel Kemnetz, Washington; three daughters, Julie Ann (Kent) Smith, Lafayette, Ind.; Mary G. Kemnetz, Rantoul; and Geraldine M. Kemnetz, St. Paul, Minn.; stepson, Dr. Terry M. (Lauren) Kelly, Tampa, Fla.; stepdaughter, Kristen J. (Zach) Henderson, Mahomet; nine grandchildren, Ivy Kemnetz, Grant Smith, Heather Smith, Jenny Smith, Justin Kemnetz, Shelbie Kemnetz, Kaila Kemnetz, Tyler Kelly and Lauren Henderson; sisters, Mardelle A. McPherson, Boca Raton, Fla.; Nancy Varner, Edmond, Okla.; and Darla K. Rogganbuck, Bourbonnais; and brother; Lloyd D. Kemnetz, Chatsworth.
Tony retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army Reserves after having served for 28 years. He worked as a grain elevator manager for 25 years, including at Frito Lay in Sidney. Tony received a bachelor of science degree in agriculture from the University of Illinois and two associate degrees from Parkland College.
Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Condolences to the family may be shared via www.hilligossshraderfh.com.
See photo here.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Obit of Ronald "Kurt" Shafer

Ronald “Kurt” Shafer 73, of Chatsworth passed away at 7:45 am on Friday, September 5, 2014 at his residence in Chatsworth. A chorus of Angels sang perfect harmony as God personally welcomed Kurt into heaven. God will sit for eternity in the center with Kurt on one side and Jesus on the other and together they will watch every Detroit Tiger’s game ever to come.
A visitation and memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth. According to his wishes, cremation rites will take place. Memorial contributions may be made for a fund for his children.
He was born November 15, 1940 in Detroit, MI a son of Ronald and Ruth (Thompson) Shafer. He previously married Babita Lachhman. She survives in New Lennox, IL. Also surviving are his two children: Kimra Shafer of Bloomington, IL and Brandon Shafer of New Lennox, IL; five siblings: Tod (Donna) Shafer of Romeoville, IL, Karen Kanin of Schaumburg, IL, Jill (Frank) Hughes of Dexter, MI, Greg Shafer of Chatsworth, IL and Scott (Statta) Shafer of Chatsworth, IL; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Kurt served his country in the United States Army. He worked for the government and Peace Corps all his life. Kurt wrote a book about his vast travels. He had been to 200 countries of the World, 321 of the Travelers Century Club, and the United Nations 193 Member States.


Monday, September 8, 2014

Veva Lang turns 90!

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
CHATSWORTH — Veva Lang of Chatsworth is celebrating her 90th birthday with her family and with a card
She was born Sept. 10, 1924, in Pella Township, Piper City. She married Carl Lang on Nov. 3, 1944. He is
Her children are Carl Lang Jr., deceased; Diana Shubert, Pontiac; Priscilla Agner, Chatsworth; Gloria
Hitchens, Piper City; Debbie Sterrenberg, Kirkwood, Mo.; Karen Freehill, Sulphur, Okla.; and Beverly
Ulitzsch, Chatsworth. She has nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
She enjoys bird watching. She attends Calvary Baptist Church in Chatsworth.
Cards may be sent to 110 W. Locust St., Chatsworth, IL 60921.
See photo here.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Obit of Adam C. Masterson

Adam C. Masterson, 39, of Chatsworth died at 4:20 a.m., Sunday, August 31, 2014 following a car accident west of Paxton.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m., Friday, September 5, 2014 at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E. Pells Street, Paxton with Steve Bonk officiating. Burial will follow at Ridgeland Township Cemetery, Thawville with military honors by Tracy Smith Post 700 Thawville American Legion. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of the service at the funeral home.
Adam was born May 27, 1975 in North Myrtle Beach, SC a son of Larry Wayne and Nancy Boyle Masterson. He married Kristen Coffey at the First Southern Baptist Church in Paxton on June 25, 2011. She survives. Also surviving are his father in Lincoln, his mother in Rantoul, children Tabitha Masterson, Chatsworth, Zechariah Pace, Saybrook, Hannah Pace, Colfax, Rachelle Pierro and Blane Pierro, Chatsworth, a brother, Brian (Larissa) Masterson, Wichita Falls, TX; a sister Lora (Jason) Loger, Andover, MN; nephews, Austin Masterson, Wichita Falls and Joshua Masterson, Andover, MN, nieces Reagan Masterson and Rhiannon Loger, Andover, MN, his maternal grandparents Alfred and Madeline Boyle of Mattoon and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Eileen Masterson. 
Adam spent his childhood in Rantoul and was a 1994 graduate of Rantoul Township High School. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a truck driver for Systems Transportation in Spokane, WA.
Adam enjoyed camping, fishing, grilling out and spending time with his family. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.
Memorials may be made to Kristen Masterson.
Condolences may be offered at www.baierfuneralservices.com