Saturday, January 24, 2015

Baltz Library of Chatsworth Township Article

From the Pontiac Daily Leader

Jan.22, 2015
By Mare Reardanz

CHATSWORTH--Some of our unsung heroes work right here in Chatsworth.
The Baltz Library of Chatsworth has so much to offer because the library board has approved many new activities for the first quarter of the year.
"Now that we have more room and this beautiful building, it is exciting to plan activities and parties for all ages." librarian Karrie Painter recounted. "We are beginning to plan a Valentine's Day party for adults. There will be dinner, games and prizes on Friday Feb. 14, from 6 until 9 pm here at the library."
"The board also approved a community garden to be located on the library grounds. Residents can plant and maintain a tilled area for crops of their choice. Any surplus produce can be sold at the Home Grown Chatsworth Farmers Market or donated to the Livingston County Food Bank. There will also be a children's gardening program complete with instructions for learning how to garden. The children will benefit from seeing how the food we eat grows and literally reaping what they have sown.
The story hour for children of ages kindergarten through second grade continues on Wednesdays from 3:45 to 4:45 pm.
Students from third through seventh grade will begin an introductory book club at the same time in a different room in the near future.
"Circulation has increased dramatically since the opening of the new library last September", librarian Norma Koerner said, "We used to check out about 300 books per month, and we are now up to and exceeding 1,000 books. That is quite an increase in such a short time. We have new books coming in regularly."
The library is not just the books it houses. It encourages everyone to expand their knowledge in every dimension. There are ample computers with Wi-Fi. Videos both for entertainment and instruction are available and an experienced staff will answer questions.
It is hoped that there may be classes offered on computer usage and first aid/CPR, to name a few of the special activities.
Library Director Mary Fisher-Miller and her staff, Norma Koerner, Karrie Painter and Zach Holt are truly the super heroes of the Library. Who knew their super power is reading?

Sunday, January 18, 2015

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Obit of Carol L. (Forney) Rosenboom

Carol L. Rosenboom, age 80 of Gainesville passed away Tuesday, January 13, 2015. She was born
September 28, 1934 in Peoria, Illinois to Lee C. and Nellie Hines Forney.
Carol was a member of Westside Baptist Church and Jabez Sunday School class. She enjoyed gardening,
sewing and bird watching.
She is survived by her husband, John R. Rosenboom, sons, Rodney L. Rosenboom (Jennifer), Scott R.
Rosenboom (Kim), sisters, Donna F. Snow, Kay C. George, 6 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and 2
on the way.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel of
WILLIAMS-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME WESTAREA, 823 NW 143rd Street, with Jim Mixson and Pastor
Ernest Dew officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of Citrus and the Nature
Coast, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Obit of John Wayne Hall

John Wayne Hall Chatsworth- John Wayne Hall, 64, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 8:16 am on Sunday,
January 11, 2015 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, IL. Funeral services will be held at
10:30 am on Friday, January 16, 2015 at Pontiac Bible Church with Pastor Jarrod Bartholomew officiating.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth. Committal and Graveside services will be held at 1:30 pm on Friday, January 16, 2015 at Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to SELCAS or Pontiac Bible Church. John was born October 4, 1950 in Thawville, IL a son of Gerald and Eunice (Page) Hall. He was married to Luvern Gerdes. She passed away. He then married Cynthia Gilder on June 22, 1990 in Chatsworth, IL. She
survives. He is survived by his children: Bryan Smith of Bloomington, IL, Becky (Justin) Pirlot of
Bloomington, IL, Joy Ready of Mason, IL, Donald Gerdes of Anchorage, AK, and Zoe (Glenn) Pearson of
Lafayette, IN; his grandchildren: Shawn Ready, Mackinzie Everroad, Kaylee Harris, and Haydence and
Johnathen Pirlot; his siblings: Linda Calloway of Knoxville, Roy (Becky) Hall both of Knoxville, TN, Rick (Sue) Hall of Rossville, IN, and David (Teri) Hall of Gilman, IL; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife. John worked for Nichol’s Home Shield for forty-two years before retiring. He enjoyed fishing, cooking, gardening, woodworking, and building things. He was a member of Pontiac Bible Church. He was previously a member, deacon, and Sunday School teacher at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatsworth. John was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend who will be greatly missed.

Monday, January 5, 2015

January 5 Update

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A reporter's view of Christmas in Chatsworth.

Christmas Eve at the St. Paul Lutheran Church.


William Joyce dies.
Koerner Twins die.
Johnny Kennedy dies.
Albert Coughey dies.
Thomas Lawless dies.
Old Catholic church moved.
Battles infant son dies.
Fitzgerald child dies.

James Taggert, Sr.
Hattie Wilson
Horace J. Roberts
Mrs. Trulke M. Flyr
John Joseph