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Monday, October 4, 1920 - Monday, February 27, 2017

Rosemary Brady, 96, of Pontiac, IL passed away at 8:45 am on Monday, February 27, 2017 at her home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac with Monsignor Thomas Mack and Father David Sabel officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday, March 3, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac and one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday prior to mass. A Rosary will be recited at 3:30 pm on Friday at the funeral home.  Burial will follow services at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Pontiac, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Parish in Pontiac or St. Mary’s School in Pontiac, IL. 

Rosemary was born October 4, 1920 in El Paso, IL a daughter of Edward and Florence (Hindert) Wendland. She married John “Jack” Brady on December 3, 1942. He passed away on June 15, 2006.

She is survived by her daughters: Mary Walston Hassett of Greenville SC, Rosemary (Tom) Beckman of Newburgh IN, Margaret Perry of Hampshire IL, Joanne Savage (Hal) of Frankfort IL and Bernadette Cleary Timmerman (Doug) of Pontiac IL; one son: Ted Brady (Patti) of Houston TX; seventeen grandchildren: Mike Brady, Kimberly Brady, Lori Trottier, Mary Kelly Walston, Shannon (Walston) Roedel, Morton Walston, Joshua Walston, Colleen Perry, Kathryn (Perry) Romero, John Perry, Mac Perry, Amy Brady, Allison Savage, Bill Savage, Sarah (Savage) Faiola, Jessica (Cleary) Gaydo, and Lee Cleary;  eleven great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and one daughter-in-law: Pam Brady of Fort Myers, FL. She is preceded in death by her parents; one brother: Joe Wendland; one sister: Norma Crawford; husband John; one infant daughter: Mary Catherine Brady; one son: Jack Brady; three sons-in-law: Keith Cleary, John Boyken, Rich Perry; one granddaughter: Angela Marie Brady; and beloved friend and soulmate of thirty years: Joe Trainor.

Rosemary was educated in the El Paso schools. She attended a business school in Peoria. She started at Pfister Hybrids as a secretary. Later on, she got married and moved to Pontiac, where she owned and operated Brady’s Store for Ladies for fifty-two years. Rosemary loved doing her own uniquely creative advertising. An innovator in her field, she was one of the first to use radio for advertising and could be heard on talk shows.

She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac, the Women’s Guild, and the Legion of Mary. She also faithfully attended the adoration service for over 30 years. Through her business she donated socks to St. Mary’s School and clothes to the Sister of the BVM (Blessed Virgin Mother).

Most of all, she loved her family and spending time with them. Rosemary was a loving mom, grandma, great grandma, aunt, and friend who will be greatly missed.

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Saturday, September 12, 1936 - Sunday, February 26, 2017

Rolland D. “Rollie” Read, 80, of Cullom, IL passed away at 9:36 pm on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at Flanagan Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Cullom with Rev. Jonathan Brashear officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home on Wednesday. Burial will follow services in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Cullom, IL. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Rollie was born September 12, 1936 in Danforth, Illinois a son of Donald and Margaret (Nightengale) Read. He married Elizabeth A. Edman on June 22, 1963 in Cullom, IL. She passed away on March 25, 2016.

He is survived by two sons: Thomas (Rebecca) Read of Cullom, IL. and Gerald (Krissandra) Read of Saunemin, IL.; three grandchildren: Dylan, Courtney and Kaitlyn (Jacob Mynatt) Read; one great grandson: Jason Mynatt; his siblings: Denny (Sandy) Read of Pontiac, Illinois and Doug Read of Morris, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and siblings: Carolyn (Stan) McCulloh and Richard and (Ethel) Read.

Rollie graduated from Cullom High School. He served his country in the United States Army, being stationed in Germany just prior to the Vietnam War. Upon returning home, he worked for Roper Stove Plant for twenty years in Kankakee, IL. He then worked for the Pontiac Correctional Center for twenty years until his retirement.

He enjoyed watching sports, namely, basketball, baseball, football, and racing.

Rollie, affectionately known as “Boppy” by his grandkids loved spending time and being around them. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

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Tuesday, September 14, 1937 - Monday, February 20, 2017

Carl E. Clubb, 79, of Chatsworth, IL. died Monday February 20, 2017 at 11:40AM at Piper City Rehab and Living Center, Piper City, IL.

 

His funeral will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 10:00AM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery, Chatsworth, IL. A visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4:00-800PM at the funeral home. Memorials in Carl’s name may be left to the activity fund at Piper City Rehab and Living Center.

 

Carl was born on September 14, 1937 in Carbondale, IL., a son of Charles E. and Leola (Davis) Clubb. He married Mary Lou Mosier on October 12, 1957 in Essex, IL. She preceded him in death on January 29, 2016. Survivors include: three sons: Carl (Theresa) Clubb of Onarga, IL., David (Lori) Clubb of Coal City, IL. and Roger (Ashley) Clubb of Chatsworth, IL.; four daughters: Kathleen (Dave) Wood of Dwight, IL., Susan Loveall of Chatsworth, IL., Debbie (Al) Swiggett of Coal City, IL. and Cindy (Paul) Heern of Hollywood, MD. Seventeen grandchildren: Chuckie Lee, Jazmin, Haleigh, Cullen, Kyle, Shelby, Jacob, Jeremy, Brandon, Nick, Cody, Stephanie, Stephen, Ben,Tim, Matthew and Kayla ; nine great grandchildren: Carl, Marijah, Alonzo, Zach, Damian, Mason, Dakota, Gavin and Chase; two brothers: Donald Clubb of Carbondale, IL. and John Clubb of Forrest, IL.; two special friends: Alice Loveall and Chris Nelson. Carl was preceded in death by: his identical twin brother: Charles; two sisters: Cleta and Bonnie, and twins Larry Ray and Mary Fay.

 

Carl was educated in Carbondale Schools. He was a machine repairman for Caterpillar in the Aurora, IL. plant for thirty years.

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Wednesday, February 15, 1939 - Sunday, February 19, 2017

Arnold E. Carls, 78, of Flanagan, IL passed away at 2:12 am on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Flanagan Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac with Pastor Patrick Embley officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home on Tuesday. Burial will follow services at South Side Cemetery in Pontiac, IL where military rites will be accorded. Memorial contributions may be made to Flanagan Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Flanagan Christian Church, Flanagan American Legion Post 456, or Graymont Baptist Church.

Arnold was born February 15, 1939 a son of Melvin John and Florence Johanna (Fischer) Carls. He married Sandra Meyer on November 25, 1962 in Pontiac, IL. She passed away on April 7, 2011.

He is survived by one son: Kevin (Sharon) Carls of Pontiac; two daughters: Kristyn (Jarred) Durre and Kathleen (Dan) Schopp both of Flanagan; four grandchildren: Amanda Carls, Jarred Durre Jr., Katrina Durre, and Jacob Schopp; two brothers: Dennis Duane Carls and Steven Lynn Carls both of Flanagan; many nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one granddaughter: Kayla Carls; two brothers: Kenneth Leroy Carls and James Melvin Carls; and one sister: Judith Melvada Weber.

Arnold was educated in the Flanagan schools. He served his country in the United States Army.

He worked at Finkenbinder Feed Mill in Cornell, Hatzer’s in Cornell, Pontiac Chair, Skelgas, and he retired from FS as a propane salesman.

Arnold was a member of the Flanagan American Legion Post 456 and the First Baptist Church in Minonk.

He had a great sense of humor and was always giving the grandkids a hard time. Spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren mattered most to Arnold. He enjoyed fishing and always recalled with fondness his trips to Las Vegas.

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Friday, June 3, 1927 - Saturday, February 18, 2017

Marjorie J. Kuntz, 89, a resident of Fairview Haven Retirement Community in Fairbury, IL formerly of Forrest, IL, passed away at 2:14 am on Saturday, February 18, 2017.

She was a member of the Forrest Apostolic Christian Church where funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 with ministers of the church officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:00 to 10:15 am on Wednesday, prior to the service at the church. Burial will take place following services at the South Apostolic Christian Cemetery in rural Fairbury, IL. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Forrest is handling arrangements for the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Fairview Haven Retirement Community in Fairbury.

Marjorie was born June 3, 1927 in rural Forrest, IL a daughter of Sam and Lydia (Sohn) Maier. She married Leland E. Kuntz on November 26, 1949 in Fairbury, IL. He passed away on January 29, 2011.

She is survived by one daughter, Carla (Curtis) Stoller of Gridley; one son, Kevin Kuntz of Forrest; three granddaughters, Carrie (Troy) Blunier of Oakbrook Terrace, IL; Christy Stoller of Croton on Hudson, NY, and Chelli Stoller of Princeton, IL; three great grandsons: Peter, Lincoln and Miles Blunier; her siblings: Thelma Maier of Forrest, IL and Vernon (Beth) Maier of Fairbury, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one infant granddaughter.

Marjorie was a homemaker as well as working at Forrest Savings and Loan until 1986 and being the Forrest Township Clerk for many many years.

She enjoyed seeing and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Marjorie was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend who will be greatly missed.

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Thursday, January 12, 1933 - Sunday, February 12, 2017

Richard "Dick" Ralph, 84, of Odell, passed away at 1:18 a.m. Sunday (Feb. 12, 2017) at St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. 

Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul Catholic Church in Odell with the rosary being recited at 3:30PM. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s Church with Rev. Adam Cesarek officiating.  Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Odell, IL.  Memorials in Dick’s name may be made to St. Paul School in Odell.  Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, IL. is handling the arrangements.

Dick was born January 12, 1933, in Pontiac, the son of George and Mary (Delpoas) Ralph. He married Ruth Harrington on May 31, 1959, in Odell. She survives in Odell. 

Also surviving are sons Mike (Julie Harner) Pontiac; John (Sarah Streck) Riverside, IL.; and daughter Nicole (Roy) Rickert, Bismark, ND; sister Carol Strobbe, Pontiac; 10 grandchildren, Rachael, Jake and Jackie Ralph; Luke, Will, Emma and Owen Ralph; Molly, Paul and Elliot Rickert; and two great grandchildren, Ryder and Todd Hollander. 

He was preceded in death by a daughter Jamie, three brothers and two sisters. 

Dick was a graduate of St. Paul High School in Odell where he was a guard on the historic 1951 Sweet Sixteen basketball team. He served in the Army during the Korean War. In a career that spanned 50 years, he was a director for the Illinois Farmer's Union in Springfield where he oversaw a job training program for under privileged youth.  He relished in a second career as a car salesman, where his love for people and good conversation led to many friendships.

A beloved family man who cherished his time with his grandchildren, Dick also loved sports, playing cards, jigsaw puzzles and politics, and he never met a stranger. His homemade fudge and caramel corn were legendary.

Dick was a lifelong member of St. Paul Catholic Church.

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Monday, September 19, 1927 - Friday, February 10, 2017

Pauline Wiegand 89 of Pontiac, IL., passed away Friday, February 10, 2017 at 9:55PM at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday February 15, 2017 at 10:00AM at the Apostolic Church of Forrest in Forrest, IL. with church ministers officiating. Burial will be in North Apostolic Christian Cemetery, Forrest, IL. A Visitation will be held Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from 5-7PM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Forrest, IL. There will be an additional visitation on Wednesday morning from 9:00-9:45AM at the Church. Memorials in Pauline’s name may be made to Fairview Haven Retirement Community.  Calvert & Martin Funeral Home Forrest, IL. is handling the arrangements.

Pauline was born on September 19, 1927 in Quincy, IL., a daughter of Dorman and Catherine (Greaver) Hall. She married Joseph R. Wiegand Sr. on July 14, 1945 in Quincy, IL. He passed away March 31, 1991.

She is survived by daughters: Dinah (Jim) Leenders, Alice (Charles) Crego, Sandra (Mark) Lewis, Elizabeth (William) Tolbert all of Pontiac, IL.; sons, Joseph R. (Barbara) Wiegand Jr. of Conroe, TX, William (Darlene) Wiegand of Cookeville, TN.; 18 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers and 6 sisters.

Pauline was a member of the Forrest Apostolic Church and farmed alongside her husband for many years. She also was a furniture seamstress. She enjoyed being with her family and friends. Loved doing puzzles and put dozens together over the years.

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Tuesday, August 26, 1986 - Thursday, February 9, 2017

Kyle Scott Rients, 30 of rural Pontiac, IL., died Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 11:15 PM at his residence.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, February 18thfrom 2:00-5:00 PM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac.  Cremation rites will be accorded after the visitation.  Memorials in Kyle’s name may be made to his son’s, Tyson education fund at the State Bank of Graymont, Pontiac, IL.

Kyle was born on August 26, 1986 in Pontiac, IL., a son of James A. and Robin (Pagel) Rients.  Survivors include his parents Jim and Robin Rients of rural Pontiac, IL.; one son: Tyson Rients of Pontiac, Il.; three brothers: Chad Long of Brimfield, CO., Rick Rients of Saunemin, IL. and Adam Rients of Frankfurt, KY.; maternal grandfather: Fritz Pagel of Pontiac, IL. and his long time friend: Mandy DuVall of Pontiac, IL. Kyle was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and maternal grandmother and one brother: Joshua Long.

Kyle was educated in Pontiac schools and had been employed at Giovanini Metals and lastly at Technical Metals in Fairbury.

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Tuesday, March 28, 1933 - Thursday, February 9, 2017

James A. Nelson, 83 of Normal, IL., formerly of Pontiac, IL. and Stuart, FL. died Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 1:20AM at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.

Cremation rites will be accorded and a celebration of Life will be held on Sunday March 19, 2017 at 2:00PM at the Pontiac Elks Lodge, Pontiac, IL.  Memorials in Jim’s name may be made to Drake University Bulldog Club, % Drake University Athletics 2507 University Ave. Des Moines, IA. 50311, Boys and Girls Club of Pontiac or a charity of the donor’s choice.  Calvert & Martin Funeral Home Pontiac, IL. is handling the arrangements.

Jim was born on March 28, 1933 in Galesburg, IL., a son of Arthur and Gladys (Corbin) Nelson.  He married Gail Anderson on October 20, 1973 in Galesburg, IL.  She survives in Normal, IL.  Also surviving is one son: David (Juliana Duncan) Nelson of Bloomington, IL.; step-children:  Lisa (Ed) Schaibley of Bloomington, IL., Laura (Robert) Reardon of Bloomington, IL. and Paul (Nenna) Bailey of Issaquah, WA.; grandchildren: Courtney Nelson, Kendall Kobler, Kyle Schaibley, Connor Schaibley, Lee Reardon, West Reardon, Samuel Bailey and Cecilia Bailey; great grandchildren: Ellyington and Everett Kobler, Dillon and Abby Schaibley; two sisters: Ethel Hendricks and Carol Jean Oakes both of Independence, MO.  Jim was preceded in death by four brothers and sisters.

Jim was educated at Graceland College, Drake University and received his dental degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Jim opened his private dental practice in 1960 in Pontiac, IL. and later founded Associated Dentists in Pontiac, IL. in 1973. He was a pioneer clinician in the field of dental implants. Jim was past president of Local Dental Society, past delegate to the American Dental Association, executive councilman in the Illinois Dental Society and past president and board member of Delta Dental.  He was a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the International College of Dentists, and Academy of Implants and Transplants.  He was named to the Wall of Fame at Graceland University for basketball and was the DD award winner at Drake University.  Jim was a member of the Pontiac Elks Club and a life sponsor of Ducks Unlimited.  He was an avid fisherman, hunter and golfer.  Jim could hit every note of the song Danny Boy.

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Thursday, January 14, 1937 - Saturday, February 4, 2017

Lorena Mae Metz, 80, of Cullom, Illinois passed away at 4:59 pm on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Evenglow Lodege in Pontiac, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Life Church, 1411 Crescent Street (Rt. 45 S), Gilman, IL 60938 with Jim Harkins officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church Parish Hall and a half hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church. Graveside services will be at 3:00 pm on Wednesday at West Lawn Cemetery in Cullom, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac, or Cullom Beckham Memorial Library.

Lorena was born on January 14, 1937 in rural Cullom, IL, a daughter of Lon and Susie (Detwiler) Wickham. She was educated in the Cullom schools. She married Donald Metz on October 28, 1956 at Cullom United Methodist Church. He survives.

Also surviving are their children: Kevin (Donna) Metz of Cullom, IL, Doug (Tina) Metz of Carpentersville, IL, Alan (Bev) Metz of Cullom, IL, and Janice (John) Engelman of Kankakee, IL; twelve grandchildren: Aaron and Daniel Metz, Morgan Metz, Kelsey (Andy) Laboy, Andrew (Holly) Metz, Rachel (Josh) Steidinger, Leah and Grace Metz, Alicia (Dan) Sobodas, Spike, Anthony and Luke Engelman; three great grandchildren: Cora Laboy, Landon Sobodas, and Paisley Steidinger; one special cousin: Nita Moser; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings: Henry Wickham, Evelyn Morris, Paul Wickham, and Harold Wickham.

Lorena was a lifelong beautician, she also worked at St. James in Pontiac, Piper City Rehab and Living Center (formerly Greenbrier), Fox Developmental Center, then Tri-Point School.

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Skinner Trost Unit 122 serving as past president as well as every other position there. Lorena did serve at the state level as Department Chaplan and various other positions and committees throughout the years. She was also a member of the Life Church in Gilman, IL.

Most of all, Lorena’s love for her family always took priority. As an avid sports fan, she enjoyed going to her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. She took her position as the Matriarch of the family very seriously and would to anything for them. Lorena loved to sing, dance, and play cards.

She was a loving wife, mom, grandma, great grandma, aunt, and friend who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

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