Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Obit of Marietta V. (Underwood) Albee

Wife of Francis R. Albee
Marietta V. Albee, 101, of Gilman, IL;, died on Monday, July 20, 2015 at 5:45 A.M. at Faith Place in Danforth. Her funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at the United Methodist Church in Gilman with Pastor Malcolm Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Brenton Cemetery, Piper City, IL. Visitation will be from 12:00 - 2:00 P.M., Saturday, July 25, 2015 at the United Methodist Church in Gilman. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church, Gilman or to the Gilman American Legion Auxiliary. Marietta was born on October 24, 1913 in Patoka, IL., to Archibald William and Prudence Eunice (Belcher) Underwood. She graduated from Piper City High School and was their oldest alumnus. Marietta attended Bradley University in Peoria, IL. She married Francis R. Albee on September 29, 1934 in Milford, IL. He died on February 13, 1999. Marietta is survived by her daughter - Sally Legan of Gilman. Two grandchildren - Greg (Peggy) Legan of Murphysboro, IL., and Susie Legan (Steve Holsapple) of Gilman. Three great-grandchildren - Jack (Cortney) Legan of Equality, IL., Joe Legan of Knoxville, TN., and Katie Legan of Carbondale, IL. First great-greatgrandson - Beau Legan, who arrived July 21, 2015. Goddaughter - Cindy Bargmann Miller. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, son-in-law - Jack Legan Marietta was a member of the United Methodist Church in Gilman and church Circles. She was a bookkeeper for Albee's Texaco. Marietta was a member of the Gilman American Legion Auxiliary and Woman's Club. She was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs, Bulls and Illini Basketball. Marietta had a passion for reading. Arrangements by the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman, IL. Please sign the guest book at
See memorial here.

Obit of Gary L. Schade

BLOOMINGTON — Gary L. Schade, 58, of Kankakee, formerly of Bloomington, passed away Friday (July 17, 2015) in Dwight, surrounded by his family. He was born Feb. 25, 1957, in Fairbury, to Leslie and Sylvia Schade. He graduated from Chatsworth High School in 1975. He worked as an EKG technician and respiratory therapist. He enjoyed all sports, especially baseball and the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a talented artist. He was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother, Sylvia Bloomstrand, Dwight; a sister, Sylvia (William) Burger, Bourbonnais; and two nieces, Joann (Paul) Morgun, Chicago, and Emily Weller, Galesburg. He requested no visitation or funeral. A family service and burial of his ashes are planned for a later date. Memorials may be made at Click on the "Make a donation" button, and in comments, please write "Donation for Behavioral Health, Gary Schade." You may mail a donation to OSF Healthcare Foundation, 530 NE Glen Oak Ave., Peoria, IL 61637. Please write "memorial for Gary Schade" in the memo line.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Obit of Edwin C. Saltzman.

CHATSWORTH — Edwin C. Saltzman, 61, of Lexington, formerly of Chatsworth, died at 8:19 a.m. Wednesday (July 15, 2015) at his residence. Service: 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth. Cremation rites will be accorded. Memorials: to his family. Survivors: son, Steven Saltzman, Lexington; three daughters, Brenda Saltzman, Towanda; Christina Kay, Lexington; and Alina Saltzman, Lexington; eight grandchildren; and one brother, Robert (Dixie) Saltzman, Chatsworth

Friday, July 17, 2015

Obit of Frieda (Myer) Schaffter

Frieda L. Schaffter, 95, of Chillicothe and formerly of Onarga and Chatsworth passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at Heritage Health Nursing Home in Chillicothe. She was born on November 25, 1919 in Jewett, IL, the daughter of William and Minnie Cooley Myers. Frieda married Lawrence LaMoine Schaffter in Obion County, TN on November 12, 1939 and he preceded her in death on September 21, 1989. Survivors include two daughters, Marsha (Marty) Claypool of Chillicothe and Carol Lewis of Buckeye, AZ; one son, Gary (Chris) Schaffter of Peoria Heights, IL; eight grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren. Frieda was preceded in death by three brothers, Lloyd, Howard and Jim Myers and two sisters, Cleone Shoemaker and Jenny Oakley. Frieda was a member of the Methodist Church. She worked at Best Supermarket in Onarga for several years. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until the 1:00 p.m. funeral service on Monday, July 20, 2015 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga. Rev. Elizabeth Reis will officiate. Burial will be in the Onarga Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Heritage Health Nursing Home in Chillicothe or the donor’s choice. Please share a memory at

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Obit of Mildred Pauline (Brantley) Edwards

CHATSWORTH — Mildred Pauline Edwards, 88, of Pontiac, formerly of Chatsworth, died at 7:19 p.m. Tuesday (July 14, 2015) at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Cremation rites will be accorded. Her memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Chatsworth United Methodist Church with Joan Haren officiating. A visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service Sunday at the church. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth, is handling the arrangements. Memorials in Pauline’s name may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Pauline was born on June 15, 1927, in Cullom, a daughter of Oliver Austin and Maggie Margaret Lee McNeely Brantley. She married Allen Chester Edwards on Nov. 18, 1953, in Chatsworth. He preceded her in death on Nov. 30, 1987. Survivors include one daughter, Vicki (Rick) Allen, Cullom; one son, Allen C. (Tina) Edwards, Branson, Mo.; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren; one sister, Bonnie Newton, Riverside, Calif.; one brother, Douglas Brantley, Kempton; one sister-in-law, June Edwards, Pontiac. Pauline was preceded in death by one daughter, Paula Sue; one sister; and two brothers. Pauline helped her husband on the family farm and was a waitress at Hick's Plaza Restaurant in Gilman. She also worked at Reiger Coil Factory. Pauline was a member of the Chatsworth United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women of the church and involved for several years with Charlotte Home Extension. This obituary may be viewed and guestbook signed at See photo here.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Obit of Geneva (Dubree) Price

Geneva M. Price, 70, of Orange Park, FL, formerly of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 4:45 pm on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at Haven Hospice Custead Care Center in Orange Park, FL. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Forrest with Pastor Kenneth Chumbley officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home on Wednesday. Following services, burial will be in Strawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Renal Association. Geneva was born December 27, 1944 in Thompsonville, KY a daughter of Denton Thomas and Dora Beatrice (Froedge) Dubree. She married Charles Mattingly on April 26, 1963 in Pontiac, IL and divorced on September 23, 1976. She later married Donald Price Sr. on May 9, 1980 in Pontiac, IL. She is survived by one daughter: Tina (Michael) Griesert of Orange Park, FL; one son: Randy (Patricia) Mattingly of Gibson City, IL; three grandchildren: Denton and Chelsea Runyon, and Raymond Mattingly; one great grandson: Colton Ellis; one sister: Barbara Bates of Chatsworth, IL; and one brother: Toney Dubree of Lexington, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Donald Price Sr.; and one daughter: Barbara S. Mattingly. Geneva worked at Nichols Homeshield and Pafco Coil Factory over the years. She was a member of the Church of Christ. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend who will be greatly missed.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Obit of John Thomas Hammond

John Thomas Hammond, age 81, of Palmer, Alaska was born January 24, 1934 in Chatsworth, IL to Helen and Russel Hammond. After a long illness with cancer, he went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 11, 2015. He died at home surrounded by his loving family. John married Norma Van Nest fifty-nine years ago after graduating from Multnomah School of the Bible. They raised two daughters, Gloria Nitschke and Jodi Davis; one son, Charles Hammond, now deceased and many grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren. When John moved to Alaska with his parents at age eleven, he experienced the early development of the State, graduating from high school in Anchorage at the only school there at the time. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, photography, gardening, geology and the great outdoors. He graduated from UAF and actively served in ROTC, the Army Chemical Corp and the Reserves. John taught chemistry at Lathrop High in Fairbanks for seven years after which he taught at Victory High School, a boarding school where he taught Bible, science, math, Alaska history and coached hockey. When VHS closed, John established the video ministry of Arctic Missions in Palmer, continuing that work for the rest of his years. He was involved weekly with the Native New Life Fellowship of Anchorage since 1970. He was a member of Lazy Mt. Bible Church in Palmer. His family thought of him always as a giver, patient and loving, dependable and wise. He told great stories. His grandchildren appreciated his sweet tooth and willingness to share his treats. He led by example, always giving 120%. He was our hero. A memorial service will be held at the First Covenant Church in Anchorage at 1145 C Street on March 4 at 1pm.

Obit of Helen (Brammer) Pederson

This is a late find:
From a Timberlake, S.D. newspaper

Funeral services for Helen Pederson, 96, of Firesteel were held Friday, November 28, 2014 at the United Parish Church in Timber Lake. Her grandson, Pastor Bart Pederson, officiated. Eulogies were given by Jack Bickel and Ken Ripley. Burial was at Timber Lake Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Helen passed away on November 23, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Center in Selby. Helen May Brammer was born on March 29, 1918 in Chatsworth, IL to Elmer and Nancy Brammer. Like many families in the 1920s, the Brammers migrated west, settling near Dupree. Helen attended grade school and high school in Dupree. She graduated as valedictorian of her class and then went on to attend Northern Normal School in Aberdeen. After receiving her teacher’s certificate, Helen returned to Ziebach County where she taught in country schools. In 1941 she taught grades 1-4 at Firesteel and met the love of her life, Ralph Pederson. In 1942 she became Ziebach County School Superintendent. On October 16, 1943 Helen and Ralph were married. Together they raised their sons Gary and Ron on the Broken Heart Ranch north of Firesteel. They recently celebrated 71 years of marriage together. Helen enjoyed and was very active in ranching activities. She resided at her beloved Broken Heart Ranch until pril of 2012 when she moved to the Good Samaritan Center in Selby, . Being an active ranch wife Helen was always willing to ride her favorite horse and assist during the roundup. When working cattle she always insisted on bringing the cows or calves down the alley, even at the age of 80. It scared the others but they couldn’t keep her out of the alley. Another of Helen’s favorite activities was driving the truck during silage harvest. It wouldn’t matter if the field was a half mile from home or three miles she would be there waiting for the next load. It was her innovative idea to start using Red Angus genetics and thus was the start of Broken Heart Ranch Red Angus. In 1999 Ralph and Helen were honored with the Pioneer Breeder Award by the Red Angus Association of America. Helen’s true passion was raising and racing horses. Her home is filled with racing awards reflecting the 50- plus years of successfully doing what she loved. In her spare time she was an avid stamp and coin collector. When Helen wasn’t working on the ranch she was a faithful member of the Prairie Parish Church and active in the Sew Willing Extension Club, Ladies Aid and Timber Lake Saddle Club. One of her favorite organizations was the Timber Lake & Area Historical Society and Museum. s president, Helen led the effort of nominating The Chapel of the Holy Spirit, often called the “Old Stone Church,” to the National Register of Historic Places. She was instrumental in getting new windows, roof and tuck pointing done on the church. Helen is survived by her husband Ralph Pederson; sons Gary (Sue) of Firesteel and Ron of Rapid City; four grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren— Bart(Carol) Pederson and children Logan, Blake, Jessica and Kylie of Knoxville, TN; Bret (Cindy) Pederson and children Graylin, Jayden, Code, Jessup and Jessa of Glad Valley; Kimberly (Cliff ) Olson and sons Austin and Wyatt of White River; and Chad (Lisa) Pederson and daughter Bricelyn of Firesteel; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and four brothers.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July 1 Update




Sibley-Burr Oaks Relay for Life Tractor Parade

Will arrive in Chatsworth around 12:00 or 12:30 PM.

They will be having lunch here in Chatsworth.

Local Tractors welcome to be on display that day also.

See a previous parade's photos here.