Pontiac Area


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Sunday, October 11, 1936 - Thursday, April 27, 2017

Patricia A. “Patsy” Paris Woll, 80, of Pontiac, passed away at 10:35 am, Thursday April 27, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Home in Pontiac.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Monday May 1, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father David Sabel officiating, burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Pontiac. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2-5:00 pm at Calvert & Martin Funeral in Pontiac, the Rosary will be recited at 2:00 pm. Memorial contributions in her name may be left to St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac is handling the arrangements.


Patsy was born in Pontiac on October 31, 1936 a daughter of George M. and Mary R. (McGough) Paris. She married George E. Woll on November 12, 1999, he survives. Also surviving are, one sister; Rose Mary McDermott of California; one brother; Robert E. (Shari) Paris of Pontiac; one step daughter: Constance (Robert) Kerber of Galesburg; two step grandchildren; 6 step great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers: James G. Paris and John F. Paris and a nephew: Ronald W. Paris.


Patsy was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Women’s Guild and was active in the Adoration program and Daughters of Isabella. She graduated from Pontiac High School in 1954 and worked at Livingston County Abstract Company for 56 years, retiring in 2009.


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Wednesday, April 17, 1935 - Monday, April 24, 2017


William L. Long, 82, of Pontiac, passed away at 2:30 pm Monday April 24, 2017 at his residence.

Cremation rites will be accorded and no services are planned. Memorials may be left to his family. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac is handling the arrangements.


William was born on April 17, 1935 in Fonda, Iowa a son of James and Roberta (Perry) Long, he married Roxanne Sullivan on January 25, 1963, she preceded him in death in 1987. He later married Shirley Peters on March 29, 1988, she survives. Also surviving are one son: James “Buddy” Long of Chenoa, Illinois; one brother: Ronald Long of Oklahoma; two sisters: Pamela Keeling of Oregon, Denise Wiese of Washington. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter Barbara Long.


William was educated in the Cherokee, Iowa schools. He had worked at Pontiac Office Supply, Johnson Press and was a Telecommunicator for the Illinois State Police, retiring after 25 years of service.

This obituary may be viewed and guestbook signed at www.calvertmemorial.com


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Friday, November 10, 1950 - Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Daniel R. Orndorff, 66 of Richardson, TX., formerly of Pontiac, IL. died Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 8:22PM at his residence.


Cremation rites will be accorded and a memorial service will be held on Wednesday April 26, 2017 at 3:00PM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, IL., with Fr. David Sabel of St. Mary’s Church officiating. A visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials in Daniel’s name may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry.


Daniel was born On November 10, 1950 in Pontiac, IL., a son of Ray and Viola (Heisner) Orndorff. Survivors include: one son: Daniel E. Orndorff of Pontiac, IL.; two grandchildren: Abigayle and Jacob Orndorff; one brother: Harold Orndorff of Bakersfield, CA. and one sister: Karen Timcke of Pontiac, IL. Daniel was preceded in death by one brother: TerryOrndorff.


Daniel was educated in Pontiac schools and had been employed at RR Donnelly’s in Pontiac before moving to Texas. He was a member of the Illinois National Guard.

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Monday, December 29, 1930 - Monday, April 17, 2017

Thelma I. Mason, 86, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 7:52 am on Monday, April 17, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 pm on Friday, April 21, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth, IL with Rev. Roosevelt Smith officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to burial at the funeral home. Burial will follow services at Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Thelma was born December 29, 1930 in Beaver Township in Iroquois County, Illinois a daughter of Randalph and Eva (Dusenberry) Lade. She married Robert E. Mason on April 4, 1980. He passed away on September 9, 2004.

She is survived by her three daughters: Leona Ann Gibson, Debra Bryant, and Donna (Richard) Runyon all of Chatsworth, IL; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and eight great-great grandchildren; three siblings: Donald (Carolyn) Lade of Chatsworth, IL, Betty White of Sheldon, IL, and Charles Lade of Pontiac, IL. Thelma was preceded in death by her parents, husband, siblings: Leona Stow, Merle Lade, Dorothy Lee, Louise York, and Gerald Lade; and two great-great grandsons.

Thelma worked for many years at the Pontiac Chair Factory doing various jobs there before her retirement.

She was a die-hard Cubs fan, avid bird watcher, and enjoyed crocheting. Thelma was a loving mom, grandma, great grandma, great-great grandma, sister, aunt, and friend who will be greatly missed.

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Sunday, July 26, 1987 - Saturday, April 15, 2017

Travis A. Frailey, 29 of Pontiac, IL., died Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 2:50AM at his residence.

His funeral will be held on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 4:00PM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, IL. with Tracy Bromley officiating.  Cremation rites will be accorded after services.  A visitation will be held Friday from 2:00-4:00PM at the funeral home.  Memorials in Travis’s name may be made to his family.

Travis was born on July 26, 1987 in Pontiac, IL., a son of Samuel and Dana (Burger) Frailey. Survivors include: his father: Samuel Frailey of Arkansas; his mother: Dana McCormick of Pontiac, IL.; one son: Jayden Frailey of Pontiac, IL.; his girlfriend: Shelly Knittel of Pontiac, IL.; four sisters: Paris (Richard) Riddle of Arkansas, Tabatha Goodman of Oregon, Ashely Mosley of Pontiac, IL. and Sheila Raynor of Jacksonville, FL.; six brothers: Phillip Wolff of Rushville, IL., Timmy Mosley, Jimmy (Donna) Frailey of Pontiac, IL., Sammy Frailey and Steven Frailey both of Jacksonville, FL.; Nick (Jenny) Frailey of Pontiac, IL. and several nieces and nephews.  Travis was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Travis was educated in Pontiac schools and a 2006 graduate of Pontiac Townships High School.  He was employed at ATR in Pontiac, IL.  Travis did a lot of volunteer work at the Pontiac VFW.

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Tuesday, December 28, 1926 - Sunday, April 9, 2017

William Morse, 90 of Pontiac, IL., died Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 10:35PM at Tjardes Health Care Center, Pontiac, IL.

His funeral will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 10:00AM at the First United Methodist Church, Pontiac, IL., with Rev. Tom Goodell and Rev. Don Shane officiating.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery @ Loretto where full military rites will be accorded.  A visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4:00-7:00PM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, IL. and for one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Memorials in Bill’s name may be made to Evenglow Lodge or First United Methodist Church.

Bill was born December 28, 1926 in Kempton, IL., a son of James and Marie (Stadel) Morse.  He married Arla Stroebel on September 1, 1948 at St. Mary’s Church @ Loretto.  Survivors include: His wife of 68 years, Arla Morse of Pontiac, IL.; two sons: Jim Morse of Pontiac, IL. and Tom (Marianne) Morse of Bloomington, IL.; two daughters: Sue (Mike) Wolf of El Paso, IL. and Teri (Don) Shane of Homer, IL.; thirteen grandchildren: Erin (Frank) Oros, Ashley (Tim) Landrus, Jamie (Nathan) Miller, John Morse, Jennifer (Mark) Gerber, Peggy (Scott) Meade, Gretchen (Grant) Bogner, Stephanie (Matt) Ogle, Courtni (Justin) Hays, Bill (Betsy) Wolf, Amy (Jon) D’Souza, Brian Morse and Kenn Shane.

Bill was educated in Emington Grade School and a graduate of Saunemin High School.  He graduated from Garrett Evangelical Seminary.  Bill was a printer, then owned and operated Vermillion Studio in Pontiac, IL. for several years.  He was also a frame salesman and later served as a minister to Methodist Churches in Biggsville and Gladstone, IL., and a volunteer minister at Evenglow Lodge.  After his retirement he was employed at McDonalds in Bloomington, IL.

Bill served our country in the US Navy from 1944-1946.  The most important thing to Bill was his Lord and his family.

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Friday, April 29, 1960 - Thursday, March 23, 2017

Michael A. Harrington, 56, passed away suddenly on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 3:00 to 9:00 pm at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home,

413 North Main Street, Pontiac, IL 61764. Cremation rites will be accorded following visitation.

Michael was born April 29, 1960 in Syracuse, NY a son of Duane and Louise (Russo) Harrington. Michael married Mary Yaworski on June 29, 2002. She survives in Odell, IL.

Also surviving are his children: Stephanie (Jason) in Washington, Bradley of Morris, IL, Kenneth of

Dwight, IL, Gina (Anthony) of Plainfield, IL and Keith (Ashley) of Broadview, IL; a sister: Margaret of

New York. Michael was a grandfather and uncle to many. Michael was preceded in death by his parents

and a brother.

Michael served in the United States Air Force for ten years. He served as a volunteer firefighter on both the Odell and Dwight fire department for over ten years. He enjoyed working with the Boy Scout Troop 201 when Kenneth and Bradley were members. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing when he was able to.

Michael worked as a truck driver for over twenty-five years. He drove for RR Donnelley, FS Grain, and for Sorrelli Trucking when he passed away.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Mike will be greatly missed

by all that knew him.

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Sunday, March 1, 1931 - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Jonathan D. ”Jon” Durham, 81, of Pontiac, passed away at 3:30 am on Tuesday March 21, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Home in Pontiac.


His Funeral will be at 11:00 am on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac, Rev. Canessa Lagan will officiate, burial will follow in Rooks Creek Cemetery, rural Pontiac. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials in Jon’s name may be left to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The family requests casual attire for the funeral.


Jon was born in Pontiac, Illinois on March 1, 1936 a son of David and Clara (Goff) Durham. Survivors include two daughters: Sherry Aldridge of Pontiac, IL, Teresa Grundler of Westchester, IL; seven grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. one brother: Richard “Duke” (Jean) Durham of Pontiac and one brother-in-law John Schopp of Carpentersville, IL and a special friend Marlene Myer of Pontiac. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons: John Earl Durham and John F. Durham; four sisters: Betty Bohm, Barbara Schopp, Rosalie Epperson and Anita Rogers.


Jon was educated in the Pontiac Schools and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Pontiac. Jon retired from Pontiac Granite after 30 years and from Markgraf Materials after 15 years. He was a member of Operators local 150 and Teamsters local 179. He served our country in The U.S. Army for 2 years from 1959 until 1961. Jon enjoyed drinking coffee with the guys and was a NASCAR fan and enjoyed old cars and trucks, snowmobiling and camping.

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Wednesday, January 24, 1923 - Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Jane Ellen Johnson, 94 of Rantoul, IL., formerly of Pontiac, Il., died Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 12:45PM at Advocate BroMenn Reginal Medical Center, Normal, IL.

Cremation rites will be accorded and a graveside service will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 2:00PM at South Side Cemetery with Rev. Tom Goodell of the First United Methodist Church officiating.  Memorials in Jane’s name may be made to Livingston County Humane Society.  Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, IL., is handling the arrangements.

Jane was born on January 24, 1923 in Pontiac, Il., a daughter of Forrest and Addie (Martzluff) Herwig.  She married John H. Johnson on November 7, 1945 in Brownsville, TX.  He preceded her in death on January 1, 1988.  Survivors include: two daughters: Ellen Johnson of Bradenton, FL. and Judith Johnson of Sarasota, FL.; one son: John Johnson of Urbana, IL.; three grandchildren: Jim Hoffrichter, Wesley Johnson and Katie Mitrou and one great granddaughter: Lily Hoffrichter.

Jane was educated in Pontiac Schools and was owner-operator with her husband of Johnson Moving and Storage in Rantoul, Il.  She was a member of Illinois Movers and Warehouseman’s Association.

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Thursday, September 15, 1921 - Monday, March 13, 2017

Helen Ophelia Cushing, 95, of Pontiac, IL passed away at 6:04 pm on Monday, March 13, 2017 at Tjardes Health Care Center of Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac, IL.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, March 24, 2017 at First United Methodist Church in Pontiac with Pastor Tom Goodell officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. According to her wishes, cremation rites will be accorded and inurnment will take place at Patty Cemetery in rural Pontiac, IL. Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church of Pontiac, for youth mission trips or to the Livingston County Humane Society.

Helen was born on September 15, 1921 in Rockport, IN to Samuel and Edna (Ostrander) Miller. She graduated from Pontiac Township High School in 1939 and married 2nd Lieutenant George M. Cushing, Jr. on January 6,1943 at Fort Oglethorpe, GA. George and Helen spent their child rearing years in Pontiac, IL and later retired to Port Charlotte, FL. After 52 years of marriage they returned to Pontiac and George died in 1996. On September 25, 1997 Helen married Daryl Hildenbrand.

Helen is survived by her eight children: George L. (Michele) Cushing and Karen (Randy) Wieland of Bloomington, IL: Randal (Barbara) Cushing and Jim (Jane) Cushing of Pontiac; Lyle (Patti) Cushing of Port Charlotte, FL; Paula (Robert) DeFrates of Elliot, IL; John (Angie) Cushing of West DesMoines, and Kelly (Tom) Carey of DeLand, FL; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews; her sister Lois Ward of Peoria, IL; her sister-in-law: Lorraine Cushing of Largo, FL. She is preceded in death by her first husband, George M. Cushing of Pontiac; her second husband, Daryl Hildenbrand, her parents; her three brothers: Eldon Miller; Alden Miller and Maurice Miller; and one son-in-law: Robert Cox.

Helen was a faithful member of the United Methodist Church where she donated much of her time over the years. She was also a member of the Pontiac Women's Club, and the VFW Auxiliary. She was an avid reader and homemaker all her life.

Helen passed away peacefully She will be remembered as a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother always praying for her children. We are comforted knowing that Helen sits at the feet of her Heavenly Father and now walks with her Lord Jesus Christ and knowing one day we will be reunited when our Father calls us home.

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