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Wednesday, August 29, 1945 - Sunday, May 21, 2017

Justa Pastora Araujo Pinto, 71 of Pontiac, IL., died Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 8:15PM at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.

Her funeral will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 2:00PM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Pontiac, IL., with President Ray Mitchell officiating.  Burial will be in South Side Cemetery, Pontiac, IL.  A visitation will be held on Thursday from 1:00-2:00PM at the church. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, Il. is handling the arrangements.

Justa was born on August 29, 1945 in Tucupita Venezuela, a daughter of Francisco and Petra Ramona Pinto Carrasquel. She married Emilio J. Araujo in 1963.  He survives in Venezuela; other survivors include her children: Emilio (Carmen) Araujo and Emiro (Johnni Kay) Araujo and Rossiel (Jairo) Leon all of Pontiac, IL.; Raitza (Damaso) Sousa and Rosmelly (Alexis) Araujo both of Venezuela. Nineteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Justa was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, one sister and one daughter.

Justa was a hairdresser, school bus driver, nurse and a teacher for many years and had retired. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, Pontiac, IL.

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Friday, January 13, 1939 - Friday, May 19, 2017
William V. Stilwell,78 of Pontiac, IL., died Friday May 19, 2017 at 7:28PM at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL. Cremation rites will be accorded and a memorial service will be held on Thursday May 25, 2017 at 11:00AM at the First United Methodist Church, Pontiac, IL. with Rev. Tom Goodell officiating. A celebration of life will be held on Thursday from 3:00-7:00PM at the Pontiac Elks Club. Memorials in Bill’s name may be made to Livingston County Cancer Fund or PTHS Athletic Department. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac is handling the arrangements. Bill was born on January 13, 1939 in Pontiac, IL., a son of James and Mabel (Fuss) Stilwell. He married Rebecca Stiles on June 7, 1959 in Streator, IL. She survives in Pontiac, IL. Also surviving is one son: Scott (Sharon) Stilwell of Hilton Head, SC.; two daughters: Sherry (Mark) Williams of Normal, IL. and Susan (Jeff) LaBorance of Odell, IL.; thirteen grandchildren: Meghan Luna, Robbie and Spencer Grace Stilwell, Susie Downing, Matt, Amber, Danielle and Kimberly Tiemann, Abby and Keely Williams, Andrew and Maggie LaBorance and Katie Register; nine great grandchildren; one sister: Jeannie (Buddy) Walls of Pontiac, IL. Bill was preceded in death by one brother: Bob Stilwell and one sister: Linda Tucker. Bill owned and operated Stilwell Insurance Agency in Pontiac, IL. since 1979. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Pontiac, IL. and the Pontiac Elks Club. Bill was an avid golfer and won the Club Championship at the Pontiac Elks 18 times.
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Sunday, March 1, 1931 - Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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Ray Shoemaker, 86, of Pontiac, IL., died Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 5:30AM at Tjardes Health Care Center at Evenglow Lodge.

His funeral will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 10:30AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac with Father William Keebler officiating. Entombment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, rural Pontiac, IL. A visitation will be held on Friday from 5:00-7:00PM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, with the rosary being recited at 4:30PM. Memorials in Ray’s name may be made to Evenglow Lodge.

Ray was born on March 1, 1931 in Chicago, IL., a son of Clarence and Mildred (Turpin) Shoemaker. He married Aileen Gschwendtner on September 9, 1950 in Pontiac, IL. She preceded him in death on March 21, 2012. Survivors include: two daughters: Teri Hock of Lisle, IL. and Kim Farrell of O’Fallon, MO.; one son: Doug Shoemaker of Pontiac, IL.; eight grandchildren: Dacia (PJ) Feit, Van Hock, Mandy Farrell, Kristina Farrell, Kari (Steve) Dietiker, Kodi Shoemaker, Kylie Shoemaker and Ryan Shoemaker; eleven great grandchildren: Madi Hock, Alex Feit, Connor Feit, Addisyn Wheeler, Paige Carter, Jackson Carter, Calvin Kirchoff, Gabe Kirchoff, Payton Dietiker, Brooke Dietiker and Zoey McCue; two brothers: Chuck and David Shoemaker both of Bloomington, IL.; one brother in law: Darel Zook of Bloomington, IL. Ray was preceded in death by one sister: Connie and three brothers: Don, Jerry and Kenny.

Ray was educated in Pontiac schools. He was a sales manager for commercial lawn equipment for Cushman-Ransom and Ryan Company and had been employed at Roof Manufacturing. He was a member of the Illinois National Guard and was a deputy for Livingston County Sheriff’s Department. He was a member of St. Mary’s church, Pontiac, IL.

 

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Friday, June 16, 1939 - Saturday, May 13, 2017

Irene Lucille Martin, 77, of Flanagan, IL, formerly of Plainfield and Pontiac, passed away at 11:35 am on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home with Pastor Joel Paine officiating. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will follow services at Memorial Park Cemetery in rural Pontiac. Memorial contributions may be made to the Stroke Foundation.

Irene was born June 16, 1939 in Pontiac, IL a daughter of Kenneth and Maxine (Langhoff) Johnson. She married Wendell Royce Martin, Sr. on November 9, 1957 in Washington, IL. He survives.

Also surviving is one son: Seth (Rosa) Martin of Pontiac, IL; two daughters: Diane Martin of Pontiac, IL and Peggy (Ken) Hensel of Columbia, MO; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren; her siblings: Kathryn (David) Compton, Kenneth (Betty) Johnson, Maxine Shavez, Beverly (Garey) Evans; and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son: Wendell Royce Martin, Jr.; one grandson: Jake Martin; and two siblings: Richard and Donna Johnson.

Irene was educated in the Pontiac schools. She drove a school bus in the Joliet area.

She was a member of the Livingston County Assembly of God. Irene liked doing crafts, crocheting, fishing, and most of all, her grandbabies.

Irene was a loving wife, mom, grandma, great grandma, sister, aunt, and friend who will be greatly missed.

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Sunday, September 19, 1943 - Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Galen W. Haren, 73, of Cullom, IL passed away at 9:28 pm on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 in Gilman, IL.

A memorial service will be held at 6:00 pm on Friday, May 19, 2017 at Forrest United Methodist Church with Rev. Roosevelt Smith officiating. A visitation will be held from 2:00 to 6:00 pm on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the church. Private family inurnment will be held at Sullivan Center Cemetery in rural Cullom, IL, at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cullom Junior Fair or the Forrest United Methodist Church.

Galen was born September 19, 1943 in Streator, IL a son of Rollo and Alice (Kramer) Haren. He married Joan Augsburger on August 4, 1963 at Charlotte River Church. She survives.

Also surviving are his children: Lynne Feldkamp of Cullom, IL, Leslie (Ken) Haren- Friesz of Fountain, CO, and Agga (Jolene) Haren of Albuquerque, NM; six grandchildren: Kyle (Taylor Clark) and Katelyn Feldkamp, Joshua (Jamylia) Haren, Breanna Daniel, Dalen Friesz, Jeremy Haren; one great grandson: Khai Haren; two sisters: Donna (Gerald) Buckler of Pontiac, IL and Marjorie Hahn of Cullom, IL, three step grandchildren; and three step great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother: Philip Haren, and one brother-in-law: Bob Hahn.

Galen was educated at Charlotte River School thru eighth grade then going to Cullom High School. He farmed his whole life. He enjoyed farming, showing pigs, and the Cullom Junior Fair.

He was a member of the Forrest United Methodist Church, Cullom Junior Fair Association, and Tri-Point FFA Alumni Association.

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Friday, August 13, 1943 - Monday, May 1, 2017

Jerome G. Jerkovic, 73, of Chatsworth, dearest husband of Carol for 55 years, passed to Heaven Monday (May 1, 2017) at Gilman Healthcare Center.

He was the proud father of Jerome (Donna) and Cheryl (Michael) Bucz; loving grampa to Jennifer (Larry) Honaker, Donald and Stephanie; great-grampa to Angel, Xavier, Scarlett and Alexander; brother to Carolann.

Private services will be at a later date. Memorials can be made to wife, Carol, or immediate family.

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Monday, February 10, 1936 - Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mary Ann Dehm

Chatsworth- Mary Ann Dehm, 81, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 9:33 am on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at her home in Chatsworth.

A memorial mass will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth, IL with Father Joseph Mauritzen and Father Richard Brunskill officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the mass. According to her wishes, cremation rites will be accorded. Private family inurnment will take place at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Chatsworth, Illinois. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth, IL are handling services for the family. Memorial contributions may be made to “H.O.P.E.” Church or the Livingston County Humane Society.

Mary Ann was born February 10, 1936 in Fairbury, Illinois a daughter of James A. and Teresa (Hayes) Mauritzen. She married Robert Dehm on December 26, 1957 in Chatsworth, IL. He survives.

Also surviving her children: Cindi (Steve) Maples of Red Granite, WI, James “Jamie” Dehm of Jacksonville, FL, and Randy (Delaine) Dehm of Metamora, IL; six grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one brother: Father Joe Mauritzen of Conneticut; and one sister-in-law: Pat Mauritzen of California. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother: Jim Mauritzen.

Mary Ann was educated in Chatsworth schools graduating from high school in 1954. She then went on to St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Kankakee graduating in 1957.

She worked at Fairbury Hospital as a staff RN until 1971. Mary Ann became certified in rehabilitation and restorative nursing in 1973. She went on to be the director of nurses at Greenbrier Lodge in Piper City from 1971-1975. She then went on as director of nurses for Humiston Haven in Pontiac, retiring in 1993.

Mary Ann was an avid bowler for more than forty years. She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth and the American Legion Auxiliary in Piper City.

Most of all, Mary Ann loved spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend who will be greatly missed.

This obituary may be viewed and condolences sent to the family at calvertmemorial.com.

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Thursday, January 1, 1959 - Monday, May 8, 2017

Valerie "Val" Lynn Edwards Orsowy, 58, of Chatsworth, IL passed away on 1:54 pm at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, IL with her loved ones by her side.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, May 12, 2017 at Chatsworth United Methodist Church with Rev. Roosevelt Smith officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the church also. Val was a die-hard Cub's fan; the family has requested casual sports attire be worn to her visitation and funeral. Burial will follow services at Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Chatsworth Fire and EMS.

Val was born January 1, 1959 in Fairbury, IL a daughter of James and Shirley (Lang) Edwards.

She is survived by her children: Mitch (Julie) Dohman and Malerie (Kurtis) Orsowy both of Pontiac, Illinois; siblings: Terri (Rick) Perkins and Randy Edwards both of Chatsworth, IL; her grandchildren: Skylar, Cody, Riley, Brendan, Daylen, Braylen, and one on-the-way; her life partner: Scott Thomsen of Chatsworth, IL along with their dog: Anny and cat: Frosty. She was greeted into Heaven by her parents who preceded her.

Val was educated in the Chatsworth schools. She loved Chatsworth and worked for Quanex-Homeshield for over 30 years doing various fabricating jobs. Her coworkers were her "extended family" and she loved them all.

She enjoyed being outside in the sun, boating, camping, spending time with family and friends, and watching the Cub's win the World Series. Val loved her family, especially spending time with her grandchildren.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the entire nursing staff and the doctors in the CCU at OSF St. Joseph Hospital for their exceptional care and support that they showed the entire family during our time there.


 

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Sunday, August 15, 1926 - Friday, May 5, 2017

Alice Evelyn Cole Phillis, 90 of Pontiac, IL., died Friday, May 5, 2017 at 11:05PM at Pontiac Healthcare & Rehab Center, Pontiac, IL.

Cremation rites will be accorded and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 11:00AM at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with Rev. Dick Jumper and Dee Runyon officiating. Inurnment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, rural Pontiac, IL. at a later date. A visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials in Alice’s name may be made to First Christian Church or Order of the Eastern Star. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, IL. is handling the arrangements.

Alice Evelyn Cole Phillis was born on August 15, 1926 in Iuka, Ill., the fourth child of John and Ida (Chandler) Cole. She married Eldon Lamont Phillis of Gridley, Illinois on March 14, 1946 in Springfield. Eldon passed away April 4 of 2008.  She is survived by her daughter, Gayle Potter, grandchild Christopher Teal, great grandson Avery Teal, sister Jean Ellen Dietz, and many great nieces and nephews.

Alice and her other siblings, Lorita Sanders, Mary Flood, Joseph Cole, and Joan Ehrhardt moved to Pontiac in the 1930s, where her sister Jean Dietz was also born.  She attended Pontiac schools through 10th grade, leaving high school to work and help support her family.  She later earned her high school equivalency GED degree.

With the start of World War II, Alice worked in Bernard's grocery store in Pontiac.  She witnessed the rationing taking place that supported the war effort.  With the end of the war, she was soon reunited with Eldon Phillis, whom she had met prior to the conflict and had returned from the Pacific after his discharge from the Army in 1945.  They met again on New Years Day of 1946, fell in love and were married in March of that same year.

Their first child, Gayle, was born in 1947.  They lost a son, Paul, shortly after his birth in 1950.

Alice worked for two decades in Harner's Gift Shop in downtown Pontiac.  She later worked another two decades for Johnson Press of Pontiac.

Alice was active in her churches, Pontiac First Baptist Church and later Pontiac First Christian Church.  She also was a very dedicated member in Eastern Star and Job's Daughters.  Alice was warmly remembered by her many friends for her kindness and generosity.  She enjoyed travel in the region, trips to see theater productions and community activities. 

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Sunday, December 26, 1954 - Friday, May 5, 2017

Greg T. Shafer, 62 of Chatsworth, IL., died Friday, May 5, 2017 at 7:12PM at his residence.

 

His funeral will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 11:00AM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth, IL. with Rev. Roosevelt Smith officiating. Burial will be in Germanville Township Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Monday at the funeral home from 4:00-7:00PM. Memorials in Greg’s name may be made to Chatsworth Fire Department.

 

Greg was born on December 26, 1954 in Fairbury, IL., a son of Ronald and Ruth (Thompson) Shafer. He married Lori Hornickel on December 11, 1976. Survivors include: Lori Shafer of Chatsworth; two sons: Zachary (Jessica) Shafer and Gabriel Shafer both of Fairbury, IL.; one daughter: Alyxandra Shafer of Chatsworth, IL; five grandchildren: Holden Shafer, Alayna Shafer, Aylen Shafer, Maddox Shafer and Axton Shafer; two brothers: Tod Shafer of Channahon, IL . and Scott Shafer of Chatsworth, IL; two sisters: Karen Kamin of Schaumburg, Il. and Jill Hughes of Ann Arbor, MI. Greg was preceded in death by his parents; one son: Conrad Charles Shafer and one brother: Kurt Shafer.

 

Greg was educated in Chatsworth schools and was a butcher at Dave’s Supermarket in Fairbury and had retired. Greg was a die hard Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians fan. In 2016 he almost got to see the Indians win a world series, but the CUBS had other ideas. Greg was a train enthusiast and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

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