Thursday, December 22, 2016

Obit of Mary Louise (Dohman) Teel

Mary Louise Dohman Teel, 91, of Pontiac, formerly of Chatsworth, IL. passed away at 6:00 am on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Evenglow Lodge, Pontiac, IL. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, December 23, 2016 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Cullom with Father William Keebler officiating. A visitation will be held from 3:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth. Burial will follow services on Friday at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Cullom. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Catholic Church in Cullom. Mary Lou was born November 16, 1925 on a farm near Saunemin, Illinois, the daughter of the late Frank and Anna (Drenkelfuss) Dohman who emigrated from Germany in 1910. Mary Lou attended Oatmiller Country School for 8 years and was a 1943 graduate of Cullom High School. In the early 1960’s she graduated from auctioneer school. At the young age of 62, Mary Lou attended William Raney Harper College and earned an Associate’s degree in Art. She was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, the Altar and Rosary Society, and Vice President of the Charlotte Home Extension. She also was a member of Livingston County Senior Advisory Board, served on the board of directors for the Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging, and served on the Chatsworth Town Board for 8 years. Mary Lou loved to crochet and sew. She made quilts for each daughter and crocheted baby Afghans for every baby born in her family. She held art classes in her basement studio. She loved playing pinochle, scrabble, solving crossword puzzles and painting pictures. She decorated cakes for all occasions and was known for her baking and cooking skills. She was an avid Cubs fan. She was proud of her heritage and compiled a cookbook of family recipes and history. Twice she visited cousins in Germany. Mary Lou is survived by her daughters: Diane (Ulf) Olsen, Linda Arquette, Beth Ann May, Mary Jo (Mark) See; one son: Larry Zeller; fifteen grandchildren, thirty-five great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren; and one sisterin-law: Jackie Dohman. She is also survived by her stepchildren: Paul Teel, Laura Kracker, and Jo Ellen (John) Shoenbrun. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband: John Teel; son: David Zeller, two grandsons: Marco DeAngeles and David Eric Zeller; three sisters: Elizabeth Wallrich, Anna Deany, and Charlene Dohman (who died at birth); five brothers: Francis “Frankie” Dohman, William “Bill” Dohman, Richard Dohman, George Dohman, and Gary Dohman.

Mary Louise Dohman Teel

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Obit of Elery Perkins

Elery Perkins, 101, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 1:35 pm on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, December 19, 2016 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth with Pastor Brian King officiating. Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Sunday, December 15, 2016 at the funeral home. Burial will follow services on Monday at Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Elery’s name may be made to Chatsworth Sesquicentennial Celebration in care of Dawn Hobart. Elery was born September 9, 1915 in rural Chatsworth, IL a son of Elisha and Ida (Deck) Perkins. He married Margery Eleanor Hoff on March 29, 1941 in St. Louis, MO. She passed away on March 11, 2007. He is survived by his son: Ronald (Regino Dizon) Perkins of Chatsworth, IL; four grandchildren: Rhonda (Mike) McComas, Michele (Thomas) McComas, Jon (Tracy) Perkins, and Becky (Tim) McGreal; seven great grandchildren: Michele McComas, Michael McComas, TJ McComas, Andrew Perkins, Justin Perkins, Rachel McGreal, and Patrick McGreal; and two great-great grandchildren. Elery was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one daughter: Judith Green; one sister: Verna Hoxworth; and one brother: Archie Perkins. Elery was born and raised in Chatsworth attending school there. He farmed all his life, until his retirement in 1981. He continued working- driving a truck, school buses, and being a crossing guard at Chatsworth Elementary where he officially retired in 2011 at the age of 95. He enjoyed camping and spending time with his family. Elery was a loving dad, grandpa, great grandpa, great-great grandpa and friend who will be greatly missed.

Elery  Perkins

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Obit of David Costello

Costello, David M. Burnsville. 64 yrs. DOD 12/11/16. Surviors: Audrey, loving wife of 38 years, children David Jr., Meggan Reinoso (Mario) grandkids, Lilli, Audri,Elian Reinoso, sister Dawn Sellers (John). Preceded in death by parents Charles and Maxine Costello. Dave was active in Life Source after a heart and kidney transplant 4 years ago. We thank our donor Kevin for the gift of life. Dave loved to share his transplant story with students and others he met. He enjoyed spending time with his Mustang, grandkids, his bird feeders and beautiful yard. He had a quick smile and kind word for all. He lost a short and furious battle with pancreatic cancer. His response "if not for Mayo Clinic I would not have had the last 8 years or gotten to know my Grandkids", he was forever grateful. Thanks to Hosanna, Mayo Clinic Staff, Gift of Life Transplant house, LifeSource, United Health Care, our families, friends, neighbors Prayer, support and love throughout our 8 year journey. Memorials to Gift of Life Transplant House Service Friday December 16, 11 AM, Hosanna Chapel, Lakeville. Visitation 10 AM.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Obit of Muriel (Martins) Brandt Inboden

Muriel Mae Brandt Inboden, 93, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 2:15 am on Tuesday, December 06, 2016 at Piper City Rehab and Living Center. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Friday, December 9, 2016 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Chatsworth with Pastor Mauricio Vieira officiating. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to The St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chatsworth. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth is handling arrangements for the family. Muriel was born June 20, 1923 in Cooksville, IL a daughter of Henry Carl and Mary Grace (Ritter) Martins. She married Edward N. Brandt in 1946. He passed away on January 15, 1984. She then married Edward Inboden in November of 1995. He passed away on March 12, 2004. She is survived by her children: Gary (Joy) Brandt of Magnolia, DE, Beverly (John) Zorn of Puryear, TN, Donna (Mike) Sriver of Chatsworth, IL, and James (Sue) Brandt of Kankakee, IL; six grandchildren: Brad (Rebecca) Brandt, Bryan Zorn, Chris Sriver, Megan (John) Zorn Buckman, Cheri (Mike) Sriver Neckopulos, and Jimmy Brandt; and four great grandchildren: Joshua and Katie Brandt and Kennedy and Paisley Buckman. She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; two sisters: Dorothy (Earl) Thomas, Lillian (Marvin) Henrichs; and one brother: Willis (Shirley) Martins. Muriel was raised in the Cooksville area on a farm. She worked for over 25 years at Nickel’s Homeshield in Chatsworth doing secretarial and payroll services. The kitchen was Muriel’s sanctuary. She enjoyed cooking for her family and baking pies. She was very humble about her amazing baking abilities. She loved having family over and cooking for them and spending time together. She was a loving, caring, thoughtful, selfless mom, grandma, great grandma, and friend who will be greatly missed.

Muriel Mae Brandt Inboden

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Obit of Dorothy H. (Martin) Hubly

Chatsworth – Dorothy H. Hubly, 85, of Chatsworth, passed away at 10:55pm, Friday, November 25, 2016 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury. A funeral Mass for Dorothy will be held at 10:00am, Thursday, December 1, 2016 at St.’s Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth. Fr Richard Brunskill will be officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Chatsworth. Visitation will be held from 5-7:00pm, Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice of charity. Dorothy was born January 8, 1931, in Chatsworth the daughter of Raymond and Norma Gillette Martin. She married Robert Hubly on September 16, 1950, in Chatsworth. He passed away on October 22, 2003. Surviving are her children, Diane (Mark) Kerber of Chatsworth, Dan (Jackie) Hubly of Naperville, Denise (Barry) Corban of Fairbury, and Debra (James) Corban of Greeley, CO; seven grandchildren, Chris (Laura) Kerber, Jeff Kerber, Jenna (Colin) Vaughan, Kiley Corban, Kaley (Ryan) Hix, Kimberly Corban and Craig Corban; seven great-grandchildren, Colter, Violet, Sawyer, Kaiya, Wyatt, Charlotte and Ethan; three sisters, Dolores (Charles) Haberkorn of Chatsworth, Carol (Lloyd) Aberle of Fairbury, and Shirley (Erwin) Krumwiede of Beardstown. Her parents and one granddaughter, Sherry Kerber preceded her in death. After high school Dorothy worked for Citizens Bank of Chatsworth from 1948-1951. She then proudly farmed with her husband for many years in the Chatsworth area. Dorothy enjoyed bowling and golfing. She also enjoyed cooking, entertaining and traveling with her husband and friends. Dorothy and her husband had a strong and hard work ethic and proudly sent all four of their children to college. She will be very missed as a genuine matriarch of her family where her life and love was given to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dorothy Hubly

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Obit of Lorine C. (Denault) Ader (May2016)

Lorine C. Ader, 90, of Chebanse, passed away Saturday (March 12, 2016) at her daughter's home in Chatsworth. 
She was born on June 13, 1925, in Goodrich, the daughter of Joseph and Marie L. Bertrand Denault. Lorine married Leland R. Ader on Aug. 28, 1943, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, in Kankakee. He preceded her in death on Nov. 26, 1998. Lorine retired after 20 years of service from Clifton Community Hospital, where she was a CNA. She attended American Lutheran Church and enjoyed doing word search puzzles and cooking. Surviving are one son and two daughters-inlaw, Russell and Sue Ader, of Chebanse, and Barbara Ader, of Terre Haute, Ind.; one daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Chuck DeMoss, of Chatsworth; five grandchildren, Leah, Stacy, Brian, Michael and Kimberly; and six great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, preceding her in death were her parents; a son and daughter-inlaw, Gary and Patsy Ader; a brother, Wilfred Denault; and two sisters, Rita Balthun and Valida Dill. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Saturday until the noon funeral services at Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Funeral Home in Kankakee, with the Rev. Candy Godbee officiating. Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Aroma Township. Memorials may be made to O.S.F. Hospice of Pontiac.

Obit of Maw Mardelle (Gray) Hertz

Mae Mardelle Hertz (Marty), 94, of Kankakee, passed away Thursday (Nov. 10, 2016) at Presence Heritage Village, Kankakee, where she had been a residence for the past five months. 
Mrs. Hertz was born April 3, 1922, in Chatsworth, the daughter of Elmer and Flora Perkins Gray. She married Charles B. Hertz on Dec 28, 1941. He preceded her in death. They were married for 53 years. She was a homemaker most of her life, but worked at and retired from General Foods after her children were gone from the home. During World War II, she worked at Kroehlers and the Bear Brand in the Kankakee area. Marty enjoyed water coloring, working word games and latch-hooking for many years. She was a deaconess and served on the women's committee for weddings and funerals at Central Christian Church. Surviving children include sons, Jed (Sarah Campbell) Hertz, of Kankakee, and Paul Hertz, of Champaign; two daughters, Pam (Michael) Smith, of Marshfield, Wis., and Mary (Gassman) Christiansen, of Bourbonnais; grandchildren, David (Jennifer) Smith, of Marshfield, Wis., Holly (Greg) Perez, of Sharpsburg, Ga., Brent (Nicole) Gassman, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Emily (Steven) DeGrush, of Arvada, Colo., and Laura (Tom) Olson, of Peoria. Also surviving are nine great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Emmett Gray; and two sisters, Genevieve DiCarlo and Katheleen Understahl; and her husband's brother and sisters. A memorial service will be at a future date. The family would like to thank Hospice of Kankakee Valley and the friendly and caring staff of Presence Heritage Village for their compassionate care.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Obit of Anna Mae (Stow) Brown

PAXTON — Anna Mae Brown, 76, of Paxton, died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, at her home. Cremation rites were accorded, and burial will be at a later date at the Ridgeland Township Cemetery in Thawville. Arrangements are being handled by Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga. Ms. Brown was born April 16, 1940, in Chatsworth, the daughter of Earl and Esther Seibert Stow. Surviving are two daughters, Tami (Chuck) Shedd of Rantoul and Cindy Cabbage of Buckley; two sons, Gary Cabbage of Paxton and Doug Cabbage of Loda; one brother, Arthur Owen Stow of Paxton; 10 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Orville and Albert; one daughter, Anita; and one granddaughter, Rachel Coffey. Ms. Brown worked at Caradco in Rantoul for many years. She loved crafting and fishing and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. Memorials may be made to Transitions Hospice, Paxton Healthcare & Rehab or the American Cancer Society. Please share a memory at

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Obit of Angeline B. "Angie" (Anderson) Sharp

CHATSWORTH — Angeline B. “Angie” Sharp, 76, of Chatsworth, passed away at 1 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 16, 2016), at Clark Lindsey Village, Urbana, following a brief illness. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth, with the Rev. Roosevelt Smith of Chatsworth United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and one hour prior to the funeral on Monday. Memorials in Angie’s name may be made to CAPS Pool, Chatsworth Fire Department or Chatsworth Sesquicentennial Committee. Angie was born Oct. 15, 1940, in Watseka, the daughter of Carl W. and Bernedine Tascher Anderson. She married Kenneth R. Sharp on May 13, 1962, in Gilman. He preceded her in death on July 26, 2011. Survivors include two daughters, Donna Sharp, Aurora, and Brenda (Todd) Mudore, Pensacola, Fla.; one son, Bill (Karen) Sharp, Champaign; five grandchildren; one brother, Lloyd (Nancy) Anderson, Danforth; one sister, Sylvia Hanson, Gilman; and several nieces and nephews. Sign up to get each day's obituaries sent to your email inbox Angie was preceded in death by two infant children; two infant grandchildren; and one brother-in-law, Paul Hanson. Angie had worked at the FSA office and Uhlmann Grain, both in Gilman, before working for Citizens Bank of Chatsworth in 1965 until her retirement in early 2012. She loved being with her family and friends, attending plays and musicals and playing euchre. Angie was a member of the Chatsworth United Methodist Church, Charlotte Home Extension and was a former Eastern Star member. This obituary may be viewed and guestbook signed at

Angeline Sharp

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Obit of Viola (Weishaupt) Augsburger

Viola M. Augsburger, 96, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 8:08 pm on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at her home in Chatsworth. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 am on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Chatsworth United Methodist Church with Rev. Roosevelt Smith officiating. A visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:30 am on Saturday prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow services at Germanville Township Cemetery in Rural Chatsworth. Memorial contributions may be made to Chatsworth United Methodist Church or the Chatsworth American Legion Auxiliary. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth is handling arrangements for the family. Viola was born September 18, 1920 in Mackinaw, Illinois a daughter of Joe and Wilhelmina “Minnie” (Sinn) Weishaupt. She married George Augsburger on December 13, 1942 in Mackinaw, IL. He passed away on May 5, 2002. She is survived by her children: Joan (Galen) Haren of Cullom, IL, Paul (Jan Kester) of Fairbury, IL, Judith of Chatsworth, IL, Phil (Tita) of Irving, TX, Joyce (John) Grana of Beach Park, IL, Jean (Richard) Loercher of Whitefish, MT, Perry (Alma) of Fairbury, IL, and Janet Jennings of Sun City, AZ; 18 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; four step grandchildren; one great-great grandson; two foreign exchange students: Gabriell of Uruguay and Satchet of Turkey; her siblings: Karlie Weishaupt of Mackinaw, IL, Elsie Goeken of Pekin, IL, and Joe (Margaret) of Ft. Meade, FL; four sister-in-laws; and many nieces and nephews. Viola was preceded in death by her husband of almost 60 years, one step great granddaughter, two sisters, and three brothers. Viola was a homemaker and also worked at Fairbury Hospital for about 20 years as a nurse’s aide and did mending at the nursing home in Piper City for several years. She was a member of the Chatsworth United Methodist Church and the First Baptist Church of Chatsworth prior to its closing. Viola was a past member of the Livingston County Home and Community Education, Royal Neighbors of America, and the Chatsworth American Legion Auxiliary. Viola was a loving mom, grandma, great grandma, great-great grandma, sister, aunt, and friend who will be greatly missed.

Viola M.  Augsburger

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Obit of Tonia L. "Toni" (Peterson) Roberts

CHATSWORTH — Tonia L. “Toni” Roberts, 51, of Chatsworth, died at 12:16 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 9, 2016) at Pontiac Healthcare and Rehab, Pontiac. Memorial service: 3 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church, Chatsworth. Pastor Ed Bunt will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded. Memorials: to her family. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth, is assisting the family. Survivors: her boyfriend, Terrance Muscalino, Chatsworth; three sons, Erik Stow, Chatsworth; Aaron (Tammy) Stow, Chatsworth; and Jason (Nicole Tonne) Stow, Melvin; two grandchildren; and siblings, Terri (Randy) Runyon, Cabot, Ark., and Tim Peterson, Cabot, Ark. Condolences may be left at

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Obit of Betty Marie (Decker) Lang

PONTIC — Betty Marie Decker Lang, 66, of Pontiac, passed away at 8:25 a.m. Monday (Nov. 7, 2016) at Heritage Health, Minonk, after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, with the Rev. Dr. Richard Riley officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the funeral home. According to her wishes, cremation rites will be accorded. Inurnment will be at Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Livingston County Relay for Life. Betty was born April 11, 1950, in Pontiac, a daughter of Harold L. and Esther J. Budde Decker. She married Carl E. Lang Jr. on March 13, 1975, at First Lutheran Church, Pontiac. He passed away on Feb. 24, 2009. She is survived by her mother, Esther Decker; one sister, Lila Decker; one brother, Ted (Cristyl) Decker; her mother-in-law, Veva Lang; sisters-in-law; one uncle; several aunts; many cousins; and her nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and husband. Betty was educated in the Streator schools, graduating high school in the class of 1968. She had various jobs, including working at Motorola/Quasar, baby-sitting and housekeeping. Betty was a member of First Lutheran Church, Pontiac. This obituary may be viewed and condolences sent to the family at

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Honor Our Servicemen and Servicewomen

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Obit of Dorothy Jean (Barrett) Krueger

Dorothy Jean Krueger, 76, of Gilman, IL., died 10:07 A.M., Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at her home in Gilman. Her Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman, with Pastor Pete Hinrich officiating. Inurnment will be in the Danforth Cemetery, Danforth, IL. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:00 A.M., Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman. Memorials may be made to the Donor's Choice. Dorothy was born on September 9, 1940 in Risk, IL., to Marion and Clara (Francis) Barrett. She was raised in Chatsworth, IL., and attended schools there. She married Willard G. Krueger on November 5, 1961 in Chatsworth. He died on March 21, 2005. Dorothy is survived by four daughters - Pam (Bob) Plante of Herscher, IL., Tammy Harweger of Chattanooga, TN., Susan (Wayne) Hanson of Gilman and Shelley (Todd) Ponton of Ashkum, IL. Six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. One brother - Jerry (Carolyn) Barrett of Chatsworth, IL., and one sister - Mary Ellen Burnside of Kentland, IN. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and special mom - Irene Hughes. Dorothy attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gilman. She had worked for Parker's Cleaners in Chatsworth for many years and was also a certified nursing assistant at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth. Dorothy retired in 2005. Dorothy enjoyed being with her family. Arrangements by the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman, IL. Please sign the guest book at
Dorothy Jean Krueger

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Obit of Frances (Kerrins) Cote

Phillipsburg, KS resident, Frances E. Cote, passed away Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 at the Hays Medical Center in Hays, KS at the age of 69. She was born October 31, 1946 in Ottawa, Illinois the daughter of Leo & Josephine (Hanley) Kerrins. Frances was united in marriage to Ralph J. Cote on April 15, 1967 in Kankakee, Illinois. He survives. Other survivors include her two daughters, Shelly Cote & Kelly Cote, both of Phillipsburg, her son, Thomas Cote of Amarillo, TX; ½ sister, Kathy Deminsky of Sun City, AZ; 8 grandchildren; & 8 great grandchildren. Cremation was planned. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 20, 2016 in the First Christian Church, Phillipsburg, with Pastor LeRoy Herder officiating. Friends may sign the book from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 at the Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel, Phillipsburg, with family receiving friends for visitation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. that evening. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fresenius Dialysis Center of Hays.

Frances E. Cote

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Obit of Verna (Gillett) Moulton

MOULTON, Verna Lee (Gillett) “Vee” 82, passed away peacefully into the loving arms of our Lord, on October 8, 2016, after a brief illness. 
She was born February 20, 1934, in rural Chatsworth, Illinois, the first of six children to Edna M. (Lee) Gillett and Paul M. Gillett. Verna graduated from Chatsworth High School in 1951. She married Danny M. Moulton, Forrest, IL in 1952, and his career in the US Air Force took them on a journey which eventually led to Austin, Texas. Vee’s walk on this planet was bountiful, a life well lived. Together she and Danny created a sanctuary home on Lake Travis near Austin, Texas where deep friendships, their love of the lake, respect for nature and their committed and loving partnership multiplied. Friends and family recall good times sitting with Vee on the back deck drinking a cool one while watching the lake and the hummingbirds guzzling her homemade nectar. She will be missed by all those who knew and loved her, including the many cardinals, wrens, finches, doves and other avian friends who dined in style at Vee’s feeders. Whether alone or with others she enjoyed easy listening music, and of course, Elvis. Along side Danny, she also “served her country” as a career civil servant and military wife. Passion was a key ingredient in all of Vee’s endeavors, as she never did anything half way. Business owner, prolific gardener, diligent, artistic and patient doll house miniaturist, accomplished fisherman, Sudoku solver, Master bowler, expert marksman, gourmet fudge maker, skilled water skier, champion of Samoyed dogs, friend, adored wife and mother − all these bore the mark of her vigor, loyalty, dedication and love. Her golf cart became her chariot and lifeline to neighbors, friends and continuous projects on the Lake. Her sanctuary home at the Lake remained “the place” in her Heart. Vee, is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Danny. She is survived by her daughter Terri Patterson (Mike) of Houston, her siblings all of Illinois--Janice Jensen, Piper City, Anita Johnson (Bob) Naperville, Warren Gillett (Melanie) Fairbury, Marlene Fuoss, Fairbury, Darlene Kratz (Jim) Springfield, Sister-in-law Edie Moulton, Fairbury, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. The family expresses their gratitude to the sensitive caregivers at The Legacy at Crystal Falls, and also extends their deep appreciation to the excellent and caring doctors and nursing staff that attended Vee in the ICU at the University Medical Center Brackenridge, Austin, Texas. She will be laid to rest alongside her husband and soul mate Danny, at The Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois (pending). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to a US Veterans Organization of choice or to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 105 S. 6th Street, Chatsworth, IL 60921.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Time Capsule finds New Home

From the Daily Leader
Oct. 15, 2016
By Luke Smucker
 Within the past decade, there has been a resurgence in people’s interest in their own genealogy, as well as the history of the place where they live. Is the speed of technology moving too fast? Or have we, as a society, pushed so hard to get ahead that it made us long for what we left behind? 
Dave Hornickel, a Germanville farmer and historian, recently gave a time capsule to the Baltz Library of Chatsworth Township for safe keeping. Inside the time capsule were documents ranging from the 1890s to the 1960s.
“Chatsworth had a cornerstone and they put a time capsule in it with things from 1941,” Al Freehill, a local attorney, who grew up in Germanville, recalls “The idea was that every 25 years they would reopen it. So, in 1966, they did. They held a big gathering and then they opened up the time capsule, took a look inside and eventually added to the time capsule before putting it away for another 25 years,” Freehill said. “Then, about 25 years later, they stopped using the town hall.” 
Hornickel said, at the time, the plan was to tear the town hall down because it was going to cost a lot to repair. The plan was to build a new town hall in its place, but nothing ever happened. So, the time capsule was given to Hornickel’s family for safe keeping. After years and years of hanging onto this time capsule, Hornickel wanted to do something special with it. So, he asked Freehill what to do. “David came into my office several months ago and asked what he should do with this time capsule. My thought was to donate it to the library. So, we called up Mary and she was fine with it,” Freehill said. “The content of the capsule is mostly focused on Germanville.” 
In addition to newspapers of the time, the time capsule contained minutes from old Germanville Club meetings and a guest book, as well as minutes from a Germanville Woman’s Club meeting. “There were more clubs back then than I realized,” Hornickel said. “We also found a picture that features the Germanville officials during 1966 and their names on the back. Someone also put in a document that lists all the teachers at the time and what they were paid, as well as a document with the names of all elected town officials that starts back in 1893. A lot of the old Chatsworth names are in there.” Library director Mary Fisher-Miller said the time capsule will eventually be on display with a lot of other local historic items, for Chatsworth’s sesquicentennial, next year.

“I don’t intend to bury it again,” she said. “I think we’ll store it in the safe and next year, all the glass cases will be on display with this material. It will also be available for anyone who wants to do research.” 
This may be the end for the time capsule, but by donating it to the library, all involved hope it will be of use to people who may be doing genealogy research. They also hope that similar items will be donated by community members who may have local historic materials they no longer wish to hold on to. 
“When I cleaned out my mother’s house, we were rushed for time, but now I think of all the things I threw away. If I had two more months, I would have preserved a lot of that. Things like letters my uncle had sent from overseas when he was in the war,” Fisher-Miller said. “What frustrates me the most about losing those letters, is that it’s such a lost past time. I remember how fun it was to get a letter out of the mailbox from my grandmother or somebody. Nobody really writes letters anymore. We’ve started to lose that art of communication, but time is cyclical and we’re going to come back and we’ll have this decade or two of lost stuff because we’re in such a hurry to move on to the next new thing.” 
In addition to holding onto local historic artifacts, Fisher-Miller said the library is also in the process of raising money to digitize all the old issues of the Chatsworth Plaindealer newspaper. The goal is to put them on a CD that would allow people to search for specific terms or people and then get a listing of all articles that feature that name or keyword for viewing. “I think there has been a resurgence in people being interested in their history,” Fisher-Miller said. “All of a sudden people are really interested in their roots. They are really interested in embracing their heritage".
L. to R. Mary Fisher-Miller, David Hornickel, Al Freehill.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Chatsworth Girl on the Radio

From WJEZ:
Join Dana on Saturdays and Sundays, Noon-6 as she helps you to enjoy your weekends! Dana resides in Pontiac and has lived in the surrounding area (Chatsworth)  her whole life. She is a graduate from Bradley University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. Her job at WJEZ is her first experience in radio, but that hasn’t stopped her from diving head first into being on-air. Dana enjoys the fast-paced and ever-changing qualities of her job and is excited to see how her education can help grow the station.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Obit of Florence (Heideman) Wycoff

Florence Ada Wycoff, 82, of Piper City, IL., died 3:30 A.M., Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at HCR ManorCare in Champaign, IL. Her funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, October 10, 2016 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gilman with Pastor Pete Hinrich officiating. Burial will be in the Charlotte Chatsworth Cemetery, Chatsworth, IL. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 6:00 P.M., Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman, IL. Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Gilman. Florence was born in Danforth, IL., on December 15, 1933 to Herman and Emma (Sparenberg) Heideman. Her childhood was spent in Danforth and St. Anne. She attended rural schools and graduated from Gilman High School in 1951. She married Henry F.M. Wycoff in Danforth on January 26, 1952. He died August 1, 2007. Surviving children are Dee (Neil) Hall of Bedford, Iowa, Carolyn (Jamie) Hartman of Watseka, IL., Henry (Holly) Wycoff of St. Joseph, IL., Roger (Sandy) Wycoff of Piper City, IL., and Marcia (John) Hildenbrand of Thawville, IL. Nine Grandchildren. Ten Great-Grandchildren. One sister - Lois Jean Young of Castro Valley, CA. Brother-in-law - Lee Wycoff of Forrest, IL. Special friend - Pat Haskins of Piper City. Several nieces, nephews and cousins. Florence was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother and sister-in-law - Tony and Betty Heideman, sister - Dorothy Heideman, , sister-in-law - Barb Wycoff and brother-in-law and sister-in-law - Clarence and Esther Bitner. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gilman and served in many ways. Florence was a member of Prayer & Faith Circle and St. Paul Women of the ELCA, serving many years as an officer on the board. She also served as president of the Northeast Conference WELCA board. Florence was a member of St. Paul's Sewing Circle and made many quilts for Lutheran World Relief. She served on the Church Council, Altar Guild and as a Sunday School teacher and greeter. Florence was a member of Modern Mrs. Home Extension. A 4-H volunteer and 4-H Hall of Fame 2010. Florence was a homemaker, farmer's wife, Avon Dealer, Bookkeeper, store clerk for Kelly's Department Store in Chatsworth and soil tester for United Soil Incorporated in Fairbury, IL. She enjoyed hosting family and friends at her home. Arrangements by the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman, IL. Please sign the guest book at
Florence Ada Wycoff

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Obit of Mary (Bargman) Hornickel

Mary Louise Hornickel, 90, entered into eternal life at 11:55 A.M., Sunday, October 2, 2016 at Fairview Haven, Fairbury, Illinois. She was born October 30, 1925 in rural Piper City, IL., the daughter of Otis and Margareta (Folkerts) Bargman. Mary attended and graduated from Chatsworth School. She married Clyde Hornickel on February 16, 1925 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chatsworth. He preceded in her in death. She is survived by three daughters, Kay (Charles) Shoemaker, Piper City, Linda (Warren) Walker, Bloomington and Julie Hornickel, Chatsworth; three grandchildren, Jeff (Sheri) Shoemaker, Scott (Jamie) Shoemaker and Wendy (Tim) Marvel. Eight great-grandchildren and a special pet, Pandi. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers, 5 sisters and her husband. Mary was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chatsworth. She worked at the Citizens Bank of Chatsworth and the American Screen factory, but liked being a farmer's wife the best. She was a member of the Germanville Club and the Chatsworth Kitchen Band. She enjoyed spending the winters in Florida with Clyde; playing cards, bingo, puzzles and embroidering. Visitation will be on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at St. Paul Lutheran Church. The funeral will be held on Friday October 7, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Mauricio Vieira officiating. Also an one hour visitation before the service at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Chatsworth. Burial will be in the Charlotte Chatsworth Cemetery, Chatsworth. Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Chatsworth or Fairview Haven, Fairbury or to the OSF Hospice, Pontiac. Arrangements by the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman, IL. Please sign the guest book at

Mary Louise Hornickel

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Sesquicentennial Coin Winner

The first of the five cash drawings for the Chatsworth Sesquicentennial Commemorative Coin was held during Patriot's Day on Saturday, September 17. 
The winner was Kevin Scanlan of Louisville, KY. Congratulations Kevin! He was awarded $250. 
These coins are still available to purchase at a cost of $25 and an additional $5 for shipping. The four remaining drawings will be help on: Black Friday - $250; Valentine's Day 2017 - $500; April Fool's Day 2017 - $500 and the final drawing on June 10, 2017 - $1000 during the Sesquicentennial celebration. 
These coins make great souvenirs and also gives you a chance to win some money! 
Upon winning, your name will remain in the drawing for all cash awards. So... Kevin is eligible to win again!! The proceeds from the sale of these coins helps the Sesquicentennial Committee to plan some wonderful events. 
We will continue to keep you informed of future winners.
 Anyone interested in purchasing a coin can do so by mailing a check payable to: CAB Sesquicentennial Fund and mailing to: PO Box 151, Chatsworth, IL 60921 
Thank you everyone for your continued support!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

New Website Link about Veterans

Check out this new website "Patriot Guard Riders"

The Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) is an organization whose members attend the funerals of members of the U.S. military, firefighters, and police at the invitation of a decedent’s family. The group forms an honor guard at military burials, helps protect mourners from harassment and fills out the ranks at burials of indigent and homeless veterans. In addition to attending funerals, the group also greets troops returning from overseas at homecoming celebrations and performs volunteer work for veteran’s organizations such as Veterans Homes.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Obit of Joseph Leland Johnson, Jr.

CHATSWORTH — Joseph Leland Johnson Jr., 85, of Barefoot Bay, Fla., passed away on June 14, 2014, in Vero Beach, Fla. He was born May 13, 1929, to Leland "Joe" and Thelma Johnson. Joe was raised in Chatsworth and lived there most of his life, owning his own business as a plumbing and heating contractor. An avid golfer and sports enthusiast, he could win any sports trivia quiz and loved a 1-0 pitcher’s dual. Joe enjoyed a good poker game, especially when he was winning. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War in combat operations on the aircraft carrier USS Essex (CV-9). He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Joan Johnson Huels; cousin, Mary Ellen Alverson; and his wonderful partner and wife, Ruth Davis. He is survived by sister, Jean J. Holcomb; stepchildren, Daniel (Mary) Davis, Richard Davis, Edward (Patti) Davis, Timothy (Marianne) Davis and Kathleen Dixon; and nephews, Larry Holcomb and John (Julie) Holcomb. A brief family and friends farewell will be conducted graveside at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Chatsworth-Charlotte Cemetery, Chatsworth.
Joseph L. Johnson Jr.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Cowboy Treks to Capitol

From The Blade
August 17, 2016

CHATSWORTH — A lone cowboy from Fort Pierre, S.D., with a message, has been trekking across America since June 5. In the past week, he has been staying in places like the Circle K Ranch in Fairbury and at a micro house on the property of Merle Bates in Chatsworth. 
Tony Jones is on a mission for veterans awareness, specifically veteran suicide prevention, but he sees the treatment of veterans as a piece of a bigger issue, the lost unity of America. At some point each day, Jones calculates how many veterans have committed suicide. 
"Right now, it's more than 1,400," Jones said. "On average, 22 veterans commit suicide per day. What is that? That's a problem and we're not solving it. I see it as a symptom of a big problem, we're not taking care of these people." 
Jones' motivation comes from his belief that America is a country defended by heroes and if Americans are not willing to take care of those heroes, they aren't deserving of the soldier's sacrifice. Instead of looking down on Americans, Jones' mind is full hope. "Traveling at three miles per hour, I've had a lot of time to think. Although my mission hasn't changed, my expectation has," Jones said. "I thought America was lost, but it took me about 20 miles to figure out that America is still the same great place it's always been. 
"I came across the country thinking, "if I found one person that would do something for someone else, I was successful. It turns out, I've found hundreds — I've done well. I've talked to the people and they've proved to me that we're better than that." 
Jones' goal is to make it to Washington D.C. and tell congress that the government isn't doing enough to help its veterans. "I know that veterans are not the only group with issues in America, but if we could love each other enough to take care of this one issue, think of what that would motivate us to change next," Jones said. "Why not do that? You don't have to ride across the country to get something done, all you have to do is go over to your neighbor's house and start a conversation."
"Find somebody who needs you and help them, why not? What's the difference? I believe if one person in your family has a problem, you've got one, too. I promise, if you just go out and help somebody, it will change your life forever. I know what it feels like to be helped and I'm not that lucky. In some cases, I shouldn't even know. I'm not that good of a person. I'm not a prophet and a saint. I'm just a messenger with a message for Washington D.C. and they will hear it when I get there.
Jones stopped in Chatsworth for a few days because of the heat and to switch out his horse for one of the four horses he is using for the journey. During that time he was able to talk to the local legion chapter, as well as other residents in the area.
"I never knew much about Illinois, I had visited a couple places years ago, but Illinois has been so great since the minute I rode across the border into Warren." Jones said. "Actually the police escorted me into Warren. I told them that was the first time I'd ever been police escorted into a town, usually they are escorting me out."
" While traveling through Illinois, I've met a lot of people and I can't believe how good they are. I've sat and listened to them talk, I've heard their fears and their issues. I know that America can be greater than it is because I've met the people of Illinois and I know how good they are."
When asked why he decide to ride a horse across the county, instead of traveling by care or some other means, Jones said, "Horses discovered this country, horses settled this country. There's just something about a horse that still impresses people. When I ride by schools or daycares, the little kids come running and pet the horse."
"I might be a cowboy, that's what I did for a living, but first and foremost I'm a human being and a citizen of the United States. It doesn't matter how I get from one place to another, or what I ride, people see me and realize that I'm no different than they are- that's my hope for America."

Touch-a-Truck Event Results

From The Blade
September 7, 2016
Chatsworth--Main street in Chatsworth was a busy place on the morning of Aug. 27 because of the weekly farmer's market, monthly Junk in the Trunk and the Touch-a-Truck event, sponsored by the Citizens Advisory Board.
Local farmers, businessmen and community members participated, bring 15 different vehicles to line the street. Participants allowed children to climb on, sit in, honk horns and even take photos with the vehicles. 
SELCAS ambulance was open for viewing and the Chatsworth Fire Department was giving rides. children also participated in "weed pulling" in the community flower gardens. For their goods, the children were allowed to play in the fire department's water hose. children were given a free meal, ice cream cone and an allowance to purchase something from the vendors.
The CAB sponsored a food tent, serving pork chip, chicken and hot dog sandwiches, chips and drinks.

Elery Perkins turns 101

 From the KKK Daily Journal
Elery Perkins, of Chatsworth, is celebrating his 101st birthday with a card shower being planned by his son, Ronald Perkins, in Bloomington. Please send cards to 307 S. Fifth St., Chatsworth, IL 60921. He was born on Sept. 9, 1915, in rural Chatsworth. Elery was married to Margery Hoff until she passed away. They had two children: Ronald Perkins, of Chatsworth; and the late Judith Green. He is also blessed with four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Obit of Anna S. (Dohman) Deany

CULLOM — Anna S. “Anne” Deany, 100, of Danforth, formerly of Cullom, passed away at 9:20 p.m. Sept. 8, 2016, at Prairieview Lutheran Home, Danforth. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John’s Catholic Church, Cullom, with the Rev. William Keebler officiating. Burial will follow in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Cullom. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Cullom, and also for one hour prior to the services at the church. Memorials in her name may be left to St. John’s Catholic Church or the Prairieview Lutheran Home, Danforth. Anna was born Oct. 28, 1915, in Chicago, the third of eight children, a daughter of Frank and Anna Drenkelfuss Dohman, who had immigrated from Germany to Chicago. She married Donald C. Deany Sr. on June 30, 1934, in Cullom, and he preceded her in death on May 19, 2007. Surviving are five sons, Donald (Joyce) Deany Jr., Watseka; Jerome (Carol) Deany, Richton Park; Bernard (Dorothy) Deany, Bloomington; Raphael Deany, Chebanse; and Thomas (Mary) Deany, Louisville, Colo; one son-in-law, Dennis Clark, Fairhope, Ala.; 18 grandchildren: 35 greatgrandchildren: three great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mary Louise Teel, Pontiac. She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Barbara Clark; daughter-in-law, Mary Deany; and siblings, Elizabeth Wallrich, Francis Dohman, William Dohman, Richard Dohman, George Dohman and Gary Dohman. Anne attended Chatsworth and Cullom schools and graduated from Cullom Community High School in 1934. She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society. Anne taught religious education classes for many years. Anne lived with her family in Ovenhausen, Germany, for one year in 1920, when her family moved to Germany. When they returned to America, her father became a farmer, mostly in the Charlotte area. Anne and Donald farmed for 20 years southeast of Cullom, then moved to a farm near Charlotte. Anne cherished her many wonderful friends and enjoyed visiting with them. She loved spending time with her family and was an excellent cook who also enjoyed baking and decorating doll cakes for her grandchildren. Anne enjoyed watching birds and taking care of plants, and became an avid bingo player after she moved to Prairieview in 2009. A highlight of Anna's recent past was her 100th birthday party last October. She enjoyed reminiscing with the 100 family members and friends who attended, and perusing the 200-plus cards she received for the occasion and, since the party, sharing them with her many visitors. This obituary may be viewed and guestbook signed