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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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Saturday, August 6, 1927 - Friday, February 3, 2017

Leona Louise Stow, 89, of Piper City, IL formerly of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 3:00 am on Friday, February 3, 2017 at Piper City Rehab and Living Center.

A graveside service will be held at 2:30 pm on Monday, February 6, 2017 at Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chatsworth Sesquicentennial Fund. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth is handling arrangements for the family.

Leona was born August 6, 1927 in Martinton, IL a daughter of Randalph and Eva (Dusenberry) Lade. She married Hiram “Stubby) Stow on April 6, 1947. He passed away on October 17, 1982.

She is survived by her siblings: Thelma Mason and Donald (Carolyn) Lade both of Chatsworth, Betty White of Sheldon, IL, and Charles Lade of Pontiac, IL; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and siblings: Merle Lade, Dorothy Lee, Louise York, and Gerald Lade.

Leona worked at Nichols Homeshield for many years until her retirement.

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Thursday, March 30, 1944 - Thursday, February 2, 2017

Diana Sue Taylor, 72, of Cullom, IL passed away at 5:30 am on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, February 6, 2017 at Cullom United Methodist Church with Pastor Jonathan Brashear officiating. A visitation will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Cullom. Burial will follow services at West Lawn Cemetery in Cullom, IL. Memorial contributions may be made to Cullom United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Diana was born on March 30, 1944 in Streator, Illinois, the eldest of five children to Orville and Helen (Wonders) Fulkerson. She was raised in the Manville area attending Woodland Schools. She married J Orin Taylor on June 10, 1962 in Streator, Illinois. He survives in Cullom, IL.

She is also survived by her two sons: Douglas (Christel) Taylor of Waukesha, WI and Keith (Angela) Taylor of Cullom, IL; six grandchildren: Matthew, Rebecca, Benjamin, Zachery, Dani, and Alexis Taylor; and three siblings: James Fulkerson of Amsterdam, Holland, Linda Fulkerson of Chicago, IL, and David Fulkerson of Streator, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother: Jack Fulkerson.

Diana and J Orin owned and operated their farm together, alternating between driving the combine and hauling in. She was a farm wife doing what ever was necessary for her family and the farm. They farmed for 45 years together.

She was active in many clubs and organizations including: Women’s Farm Bureau serving at the county and state level for a number of years; Cullom United Methodist Church also serving on several different committees and capacities; the American Legion Auxiliary- Skinner Trost Post 122 of Cullom where she was past president, treasurer, and committee member; a member of the Citizens for Cullom; and the Illinois Soy Bean Association. Diana was also very involved in the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC). She served as the Central IL Regional President and Treasurer of District 17. Diana also served at the State level on many committees. She was dedicated to the Livingston County Home Extension serving on that board and various committees.

Diana most of all, loved her family and spending time with them was her top priority. She was a loving wife, mom, grandma, sister, aunt, and friend who will be greatly missed.

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Tuesday, November 7, 1939 - Sunday, January 29, 2017

Alma J. (Brand) Hines, 77, of Chatsworth, IL., passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 5:51AM at St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, IL.

According to her wishes, cremation rites will be accorded and there will be no services. Inurnment will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorials in her honor may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth is in charge of the arrangements.

Alma was born on November 7, 1939 in Chatsworth, IL., a daughter of Charlie and Alma G. (Dellinger) Brock. She married Thomas Brand in 1985 and they later divorced and he survives. She then married Walter J. Hines in 1986. He passed away in 1997.

Surviving are sons: Mike (Ava) Brand of Chatsworth, David (Brenda) Brand of Elkville, IL; 5 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Joey Brand; brothers, Bobby Brock, Delbert Brock and sisters, Monnie Kirk and Carol Fellers.

Alma worked for Nichols Homeshield in Chatsworth for more than 25 years.

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Saturday, April 17, 1937 - Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Barbara Lee Kuntz,79, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Prince William Hospital in Manassas, Virginia.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth, Illinois. A private burial service will follow at the Chatsworth-Charlotte Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mrs. Kuntz’s name may be made to the Alzheimer's foundation.

Mrs. Kuntz was born in Princeton, Illinois on April 17, 1937. She was the daughter of the late Phillip and Hazel Kopp. Mrs. Kuntz married her husband, Arlen R. Kuntz of Strawn, Illinois on November 12, 1955.

Survivors include three children, Scott A. Kuntz and his wife Vicky of Elk River, MN, Kari K. Smith and her husband Tom of Beckley, WV and Brian D. Kuntz and his wife Dana of Oak Hill, Va; Grandchildren Tara M. White, Amy N. Noland, Eric M. Ferguson, Brittany M. Tutem, Stephanie M. Kuntz and Jacob A. Kuntz; and Great-Grandson Ethan Shiloh White. Also, a brother Jack Kopp, and two sisters Joann Tucker and Jeri Link. She was preceded in death by her husband and two infant twin daughters, Kathleen and Ann Marie Kuntz.

After moving to Virginia with her family, Mrs. Kuntz served as a budget analysis in the Pentagon for fifteen years. She achieved a US Civil Service rank of GS-13 during her exceptional career. When she retired, she and her husband operated a home improvement and remodeling business in Springfield, Virginia.

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Friday, June 20, 1919 - Saturday, January 28, 2017

Mary Alice Haag 97 of Cullom, IL. passed away Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 11:00AM at Evenglow Inn in Pontiac, IL.
Her funeral will be held on Saturday, February 4,2017 at 11:00AM at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Cullom, IL. A visitation will be held on Friday from 4:00-7:00PM at the church in Cullom. Burial will be in Westlawn Cemetery, Cullom, IL. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Cullom is in charge of the arrangements.
Mary Alice was born on June 20, 1919 in Chatsworth, IL., a daughter of Clinton and Minnie (Lighty) Serene. She married Marlin Edward Haag on February 19, 1937 in Cullom, IL. He passed away September 21, 1989.
Surviving are sons: Dewaine “Dewey” (Marie) Haag of Emington, IL and David (Marsha) Haag of Kempton; sister-in-law, Jackie Serene of Clifton; 6 grandchildren and 13 greatgrandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Gerald Serene.
Mary Alice was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cullom, WELCA and served as their president for a time, served as a leader of the Happy Helper 4-H Club, was a member of the Home Bureau and the American Legion Auxiliary.
She enjoyed singing in the church choir, was an avid Cubs and Bulls fan. She always made time to follow all her grandchildren in their activities. She enjoyed dancing with her friends and her trips to Naples, FL.

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Tuesday, June 2, 1925 - Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Lyle D. “Ike” Dehm, 91, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 2:45 pm on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Chatsworth United Methodist Church with Rev. Roosevelt Smith officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Burial will follow services at Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth is handling arrangements for the family.

Ike was born June 2, 1925 in Piper City, Illinois a son of William and Harriet (DeBoor) Dehm. He married Wilma Ferguson on September 15, 1945 in Chatsworth, Illinois. She passed on February 2, 2015.

He is survived by his children: Angela (Tom) Melody of Chatsworth, IL and Jeffrey (Floral) Dehm of Chatsworth, IL; three grandchildren: Brad Dehm, Ashley Talleur, and Nicole Graham; and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son: Eric Dehm, and four brothers: Weldon, Lloyd, Glen, and Leland Dehm.

Ike attended Piper City Schools. Wilma and Ike owned and operated Westside Drive-in in Chatsworth, for five years prior to them having children. After that, Ike and Wilma owned and operated Dehm Bus Service for 63 years.  Ike was a member of Chatsworth United Methodist Church.

He was an avid collector of tractors, always buying, fixing, and driving them. Ike loved going to parades in the area and listening to music, especially the old time “jams” in the surrounding towns. He was known for his quick wit and storytelling.

Ike was a loving dad, grandpa, great grandpa, uncle, and friend who will be greatly missed.

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Tuesday, June 1, 1943 - Thursday, January 19, 2017

Karolyn M. “Dodie” Rinn, 73 of Odell, IL. died Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 5:44AM at her residence.

Her funeral will be held on Tuesday  January 24, 2017 at 11:00AM at St. Mary’s Church, Pontiac, IL., with Fr. David Sabel officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded after the funeral and a private inurnment will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Pontiac, IL.  A visitation will be held on Monday from 4:00-7:00 PM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac with the rosary being recited at 3:30PM. Memorials in Dodie’s name may be made to St. Mary’s School, St. Paul School or Livingston County Humane Society.

Dodie was born on June 1, 1943 in Pontiac, IL., a daughter of Ivan and Bernadine (Gschwendtner) Bruce. She married John Martin on  November 24, 1962 in Pontiac, IL. She later married Charles Rinn on December 30, 1984 in Pontiac, IL. at their home and their marriage was convalidated later at St. Mary’s Church.   He survives in Odell, IL.  Also surviving are three daughters: Kristene Ryan of Anchorage, AK, Lyn (Tom) Tucker of Odell, IL. and Megan (Steve) Bennett of Pontiac, IL.; six grandchildren: Liana Wesselhoff, Makani Zaima, Parker Bennett, Alaska Bennett, Lucas Tucker and Claire Tucker; three brothers: Dick Compton of Seattle, WA, Gary Bruce of Pontiac, IL. and Arthur Bruce of Streator, IL.; one sister: Shari LeVack of Seattle WA.; one aunt: Alzina “Cug” Porter of Pontiac, IL. and one uncle: John “Buck” Gschwendtner of Pontiac, IL.  Dodie was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and two sisters.

Dodie was raised by her grandparents Bernard (who she affectionately called Daddy) and Gertrude Gschwendtner on the family farm south of Pontiac. Dodie was educated at St. Mary’s School and Pontiac Township High School.  Dodie had been employed at St. James Hospital, Cargill and APL Logistics.   She was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Pontiac, IL.

Dodie was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

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Tuesday, August 22, 1922 - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Grace Mae Schieler, 94 of Pontiac, IL., died Wednesday January 18, 2017 at 3:45PM at Meadows Mennonite Home, rural Chenoa, IL.

Her funeral will be held on Saturday January 21, 2017 at 11:00AM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, IL., with Dr. Rev. Richard Riley of the First Lutheran Church officiating.  Burial will be in Rooks Creek Cemetery, rural Pontiac, IL.  A visitation will be held on Saturday from 10:00AM until the hour of services.  Memorials in Grace’s name may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Grace was born on August 22, 1922 in Livingston County, IL., a daughter of Roy Nelson and Nina Mae (Hahn) Howland.  She married Charles William Schieler in 1942.  He preceded her in death on February 27, 1976.  Survivors include: one son: Charles William (Beverly) Schieler Jr. of Chenoa, IL. and one daughter: Carol (Kerry) Foster of Pontiac, IL.; seven grandchildren: Jeff (Pam) Foster, Jay (Jill) Foster, Jodie DeBartoli, Jackie Huxtable, Brian (Wendy) Schieler, Chris (Karen) Schieler and Joe (Brandy) Foster; seventeen grandchildren and six great grandchildren including Memory Grace Toppel, who was named after her; one brother: William Howland of Gardner, IL.  Grace was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother.

Grace was a 1940 graduate of Joliet Township High School.  She had been employed as a secretary for several offices in Pontiac, IL.; Ada Fabricator, Evenglow Lodge, was a matron for Livingston County Sheriff’s Department and her last employment was at Mid Central Community Action in Pontiac for six years.  Grace was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Pontiac, IL.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend who will be greatly missed.

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