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Tuesday, December 30, 1941 - Monday, January 16, 2017

Patricia A. Rogers, 75 of Cullom, IL., died Monday January 16, 2017 at 4:20AM at Pontiac Rehab and Healthcare Center, Pontiac, IL.

Cremation rites will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at a later date.  Memorial’s in Patricia’s name may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Cullom, IL. is handling the arrangements.

Patricia was born on December 30, 1941 in Chicago, IL., a daughter of Jacob and Gladys (Duerr) Losch.  She married Robert Rogers.  He preceded her in death.  Surviving is one son: Timothy R. Rogers of Cabery, IL; her significant other: Joseph Klowas of Cullom, IL.; one grandson: Devon Rogers McIntosh; one step-son: Joseph Klowas Jr of Ohio and one step-daughter: Arlene Mennig of Alabama; many step grand grandchildren and step great grandchildren.  Patricia was preceded in death by one brother. 

Patricia was educated in Graham High School in Chicago, IL.  She had been employed at Casey’s General Store in Cullom.

 

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Sunday, January 7, 1917 - Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Nelda Dietz 100 of Rural Piper City, IL. died Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 10:45PM at Miller Nursing Home, Kankakee, IL.
Her funeral will be held on Friday, January 13, 2017 at 11:00AM at St. John’s Catholic Church in Cullom, IL. with Rev. William Keebler officiating. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery, Cullom, IL. A visitation will be held on Friday at the church from 10:00AM until the hour of services. Memorials in Nelda’s name may be made to Cullom Fire Department or Hospice of Kankakee Valley. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Cullom, Il. is handling the arrangements.
Nelda was born on January 7, 1917 in Kempton, IL., a daughter of Nathaniel and Cleo (Browning) West. She married Martin Dietz on November 29, 1941 in Cullom, IL. He preceded her in death on April 8, 1996. Surviving are two sons: Martin (Karen) Dietz of Rural Kempton, IL. and Stanley (Janeen) Dietz of rural Piper City, IL.; six grandchildren: Patricia, Mary Beth, Brian, Kimberly, Stacy and Joseph; three great grandchildren: Isabelle Bradshaw, Brynner Dietz and Adalynn Dietz; one sister in law: Geraldine West of Hobart, IN; two god children: Bob Dietz of Gilman, IL. and Kathy Boeckmann of Machesney Park, IL. and many nieces and nephews. Nelda was preceded in death by three sisters and five brothers.
Nelda graduated from Herscher High School in 1934 and was a 1940 graduate from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago, IL. She became a registered nurse and later a licensed Nursing Home Administrator. She worked for 2 years at St. Luke’s Hospital, Chicago and later for 9 ½ years at Central Hospital, Clifton, IL. She retired as administrator of American Health Care Center, Kankakee, IL. after 13 ½ years. Nelda was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society. She was also a member of Citizens of Cullom and AARP. Nelda was a former member of St. Luke’s Alumni Association. Nelda loved reading, sewing and refinishing antique and collectible furniture.

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Saturday, April 1, 1933 - Sunday, January 8, 2017

Carol R. (Kingdon) Koerner, 83 of Cullom, IL., died Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 5:17PM at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.

Her funeral will be held on Thursday, January 12 2017 at 11:00AM at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Cullom, IL. with Rev. Mauricio Vieira officiating. Burial will be in West Lawn cemetery, Cullom, IL. There will be no visitation. Memorials in Carol’s name may be made to Cullom Public Library. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Cullom is handling the arrangements.

Carol was born on April 1, 1933 in Pontiac, IL., a daughter of Erve and Gertrude A. (Schmidt) Kingdon. She married Duane “Dewey” Koerner on November 28, 1953 in Cullom, IL. He preceded her in death on March 5, 2005. Surviving is one daughter: Catherine Koerner of Morton, IL. and one son: Michael Koerner of Minneapolis, MN.; two grandsons: Graham Goenne and Ethan Goenne; one sister: Marian Kerrins of Cullom, IL. Carol was preceded in death by one brother: Paul Kingdon and one sister: Dorothy Kingdon Adamson.

Carol was educated in Cullom schools and was a homemaker. She was partner in Koerner Construction in Cullom, IL. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church-Cullom.

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Thursday, January 30, 1947 - Sunday, January 8, 2017

Bonnie Lou Fellers, 69, of Coal City, formerly of Cornell, IL passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Morris Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home with Dan Leonard officiating. A visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the funeral home. Burial will follow services at Memorial Park Cemetery in Rural Pontiac, IL on Thursday. Following the burial, all are welcome for a time of food and fellowship at Cornell Fire Station, 406 West Main Street, Cornell, IL 61319. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Bonnie was born January 30, 1947 at her home in Cornell, IL a daughter of Clifford Charles and Doris Mae (Gray) Cashmer. She married C. Dean Fellers in 1963. They divorced in 1989. He survives.

Also surviving are her children: Jeff Fellers of Cornell, IL, Penny (Mark) Wills of Coal City, IL, and Brenda Fellers of Pontiac, Illinois; her grandchildren: Jeffrey J. Fellers, Emmy Lou and Trevor J. McIntire, Crystal and Ashley Wills, Kelly and Teddy Deal, Katie Wills, and Dekota, Ransom, and Blade Fellers; her siblings: Mildred Dunning and Dannie (Katie) Cashmer; two sister-in-laws: Jane Cashmer (late Clifford, Jr.’s) and Diana Cashmer (late Chuck’s); her beloved poodle: Haley. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her siblings: Clifford Charles Cashmer, Jr.; her twin-sister: Connie Sue (Clifford) Hinshaw; and Charles “Chuck” Cashmer.

She worked as the head cook of the Cornell Grade School for 27 years until her retirement.

Bonnie loved playing bingo, watching the Wheel of Fortune, and the color purple. Most of all, she loved her children and spending time with her grandchildren, they were her world.

She was active in the Cornell Fire Department and Bonnie was a member of Top Ten Club in Cornell, IL.

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Sunday, January 10, 1943 - Thursday, January 5, 2017

James J. Franklin, 73, of Pontiac, IL passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac with Rev. James O. Wolfe III officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at the funeral home. Burial will follow services on Wednesday at Memorial Park Cemetery in rural Pontiac where military rites will be accorded, Illinois. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pontiac VFW.

James was born January 10, 1943 in Rockford, Illinois a son of Edwin S. and Elles S. (Close) Franklin. He attended the Pontiac schools, graduating in 1961 from Pontiac Township High School. He then served our country in the United States Navy for four years during the Vietnam War. He was an ASW Air crewman (E3) in P3 Orion patrol planes. He was honorably discharged. He continued to serve when he returned through the Pontiac VFW for many years, namely District 7 Commander for two years and the Pontiac American Legion.

He came back to Pontiac after his service and worked at Motorola-Pontiac in quality control until it closed. At that point he went to Seibert, Inc. in Chenoa, IL as a machinist for twenty-four years, retiring in 2002.

James married C. Joy Hendershot on January 8, 1993. They spent thirty wonderful years together. She passed away on December 13, 2012.

He is survived by his son: James J. “Joe” (Kim) Franklin of Evans, GA and his two children: Paul and Victor Franklin; his mother: Ellen Fitzgerald of Pontiac, IL; one half-brother: Richard Soule of Graymont, IL; one half-sister: Kathy Kelly of Pontiac, IL; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife and father.

James was a detail-oriented guy who was a great father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend who will be greatly missed.

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Friday, December 1, 1922 - Thursday, January 5, 2017

Mary F. Dalton, 94 of Pontiac, IL., died Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 8:49AM at Pontiac Healthcare & Rehab Center, Pontiac, IL.

 

A private graveside service will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery, rural Pontiac, IL. There will be no visitation. Memorials in Mary’s name may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, IL. is handling the arrangements.

 

Mary was born on December 1, 1922 in Odell, IL., a daughter of Robert and Helen (Cundy) Kennedy. She married Dean E. Dalton on November 20, 1945 in Pontiac, IL. He preceded her in death on June 21, 1997. Survivors include: one son: James (Joanne) Dalton of Normal, IL.; one daughter: Marcy (Wayne) Carstens of Long Point, IL.; eleven grandchildren, twenty- two great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren; two sisters. Mary was preceded in death by two sons: Joseph Dalton and Roger Dalton; one brother: Robert Kennedy and one sister: Agnes Speaks.

 

Mary was educated in Odell Schools and was a homemaker.

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Wednesday, March 3, 1915 - Sunday, January 1, 2017

Verla L. Tauber, 101, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 6:30 pm on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at Piper City Rehab and Living Center. 

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, January 5, 2016 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth with Father Richard Brunskill officiating. Visitation will be held two hours prior to services at the church. Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Kouts, IN at 4:00 pm on Thursday afternoon. Memorial contributions in Verla’s name may be made to H.O.P.E. Church, Futures Unlimited, or Chatsworth Fire and EMS. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth is handling arrangements for the family. 

 

Verla was born March 3, 1915 in Kouts, IN a daughter of Joseph and Gertie (Downey) Craig. She married Sam Tauber on October 9, 1953 in Valparaiso, IN. He passed away on November 24, 1979. 

 

She is survived by her daughter: Kay (Mark) Grizzle of Chatsworth, IL; one son: Samuel (Bobbi) Tauber of Greeley, CO; two grandchildren: Heather Grizzle and Nicole (Mike) Scott; three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter: Jane, two brothers, and two sisters. 

 

Verla grew up in Kouts, IN. She was a nurses' aide. She was a lifelong Catholic being baptized at St. Mary's Catholic Church in

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Thursday, September 4, 1947 - Sunday, January 1, 2017
Ellen “Kay” Fred, 69, of Pontiac, IL passed away at 7:22 am on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at her home in Pontiac. A visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac. According to the family’s wishes, cremation rites will follow visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Kay was born September 4, 1947 in Pontiac, IL a daughter of Burdette Orlo and Ellen Jo (Wolter) Skipton. She married Eugene Earl Fred on September 9, 1981 in Pontiac, IL. He passed away on May 31, 2008. She is survived by her children: Jeff Lewis (Cris Cool), Shelley Lewis-Barton, Angela (Michael) Huffman, and Daniel Fred all of Pontiac, Illinois; nine grandchildren: Alisha Lewis (Josh Bryant), Alexis Lewis, Brandon and Brock Barton, Jesse, Nathan, and Alison Huffman, Devin and Calvin Fred; and two great grandchildren: Khloe and Kylee. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. Kay was raised and educated in the Odell area. She worked for Coils Inc. in Dwight for 17 years and then she worked at Mosaic until she retired in 2013. Kay especially enjoyed her time spent there helping others. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and family. Kay was an avid TV watcher and wordsearch player. Kay was a loving mom, grandma, great grandma and friend who will be greatly missed.
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Friday, March 14, 1947 - Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Daniel L. Fienhold, 69 of Pontiac, IL., died Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 2:17AM at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL.

His funeral will be held on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 12:00Noon at the First Lutheran Church, Pontiac, IL., with Rev. Heidi Punt officiating. A visitation will be held from 10:00AM until Noon at the church. Cremation rites will be accorded after services and inurnment will be held at a later date at South Side Cemetery, Pontiac, IL. Memorials in Dan’s name may be made to First Lutheran Church, Pontiac Public Library or a charity of the donor’s choice. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, IL. is handling the arrangements.

Dan was born on March 14, 1947 in Pontiac, IL., a son of Charles F. and Dorothy J. (McCoy) Fienhold. He married Nancy Baker on June 25, 1967 in Pontiac, IL. She survives in Pontiac, IL. also surviving is one daughter: Nicole (Mason) Hall of Pontiac, IL. and one son: Brian Fienhold of Houston, TX.; three grandchildren: Alexis, Keagan and Ethan Hall. Dan was preceded in death by his parents and one brother: Jerry Fienhold.

Dan was educated in Graymont Grade School and Pontiac High School. He worked for the Livingston County Sheriff’s office, owned and operated Fienhold Quality Carpentry and for twenty -five years was Director of Support Services at OSF St. James Hospital, before retiring in 2006. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church-Pontiac, IL.

Dan enjoyed spending time with his family, his grandkids ,the guys at the coffee shop and could always be counted in on a good card game. He enjoyed taking his family and friends on vacation, hunting trips, fishing in Canada and boating in the Ozarks. In more recent years, Dan took great joy in taking his grandkids to St. Joseph, MI. for time on the beach.

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Friday, February 28, 1936 - Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Nancy Ellen Cole Vial, 80, of Pontiac, died at 3:55 a.m. on Dec. 20, 2016 at Evenglow Lodge, Pontiac. She was born at home on Feb. 28, 1936 in Greene County Illinois to George Allen and Mabel Kinser Cole. Visitation will be December 26, 2016 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 27 at First United Methodist Church, Pontiac.

She resided in rural Blackstone most of her adult life. She married Richard E. Vial on July 8, 1956. He died on Jan. 25, 2000. She later married Robert St. John, March 3, 2001 and he died on Sept. 10, 2010.

She is survived by two children, Daniel R. (Julie) Vial of Blackstone and Laurie B. (Michael Ball) Vial of Champaign. She is also survived by four grandchildren Jacob D. (Kelly) Vial of Chicago, Molly D. (Brandon) Laue of Altamont, Neal R. Benjamin of Carthage and Claire E. Benjamin of Champaign as well as a great-grandson, Wyatt Laue. Also surviving are three brothers David (Shirley) Cole of Danville, Gale (Joy) Cole of Palmyra and Kendall (Charlot) Cole of Virden. She is also survived by two stepdaughters Joni (Tak Cheung) St. John of Manville and Lori (Jay) Wittrig of Hopedale and step grandchildren Emily (Aaron) Petri of Bloomington, Edward (Haley) Wittrig of St. Louis, MO, Elizabeth Wittrig of Hopedale and Ray St. John of Peoria and one step great-granddaughter Olivia Petri.

Nancy was also preceded in death by an infant son, Jonathan and her parents.

Nancy attended Illinois College and graduated from Passavant Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, both in Jacksonville and was a registered nurse. She worked at St. James Hospital, Pontiac and later worked for the Livingston County Public Health Department from 1968-1990 where she worked at the Chest Clinic and made home visits. She was active in the Illinois Heart and Lung Association and the Illinois Conference on Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.

Nancy was a 4-H leader for many years and started the Sunbury Shamrocks 4-H Club. She was a member of the Blackstone United Methodist Church and served as organist for over 40 years. She was active in United Methodist Women at the local and district levels. And she was also active in the Livingston County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee and volunteered at Evenglow Lodge doing nail care for many years.

Nancy loved to sew in the winter and made hundreds of beautiful items, among them several wedding gowns including those for Laurie, Julie and Molly.

In the summer Nancy spent her time outdoors in her vegetable garden, flower beds and caring for the lawn and acreage. She was passionate about picking black raspberries and froze them to make “Gramma Jamma” year-round. She loved identifying and feeding birds and participating in the Audubon Society’s bird counts.

Memorials are suggested to Evenglow Lodge or the First United Methodist Church, Pontiac, where she was a member.

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