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Tuesday, February 24, 1942 - Friday, March 15, 2013

Carol A. Fellers, 71 of Chatsworth died Friday,  March 15, 2013 at 3:02 AM at her residence.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A visitation will be held on Monday, March 18, 2013 from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth. A prayer service will be held at 7:00PM. Memorials in Carol’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

Carol was born on February 24, 1942 in Fairbury, IL. a daughter of Charles and Alma (Dillinger) Brock. She married Larry A. Fellers. He survives in Chatsworth. Also surviving is one son: Kevin (Susana) Fellers of Cropsey, IL: two daughters: Donna (Randy) Butcher of Farmersville , TX and Trudy (Curt) Byrne of Pontiac, IL: 12 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. One sister: Joyce Hines of Chatsworth, IL. Carol was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

 

Carol was educated in Chatsworth schools and was employed at Nicols Homeshield in Chatsworth for 36 years.

 

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Wednesday, January 4, 1922 - Friday, March 8, 2013

Keith Ellis Cox, 91, of Pontiac, IL passed away at 5:40 pm on Friday, March 8, 2013 at Evenglow Tjardes Health Care Center in Pontiac.

There will be no services. Keith’s wishes were to donate his body to science. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac is handling arrangements for the family.

Keith was born January 4, 1922 in Louisville, KY oldest son of Zeno and Adeline Cox. He married Jean A. Dulling on May 27, 1949. She passed away on October 14, 2009.

He is survived by two daughters, Deborah Cox of Des Moines, IA and Donna Cox of Fishers, IN and one granddaughter, Brandewyn Crabill of West Des Moines, IA.

Keith served his country in the United States Army during WWII as a Technical Sergeant of the 367th Field Artillery Battalion. He worked for the Boy Scouts of America as a District  Executive for over thirty years. Once retired, he worked with the Tom Merrick Dance Studio and the Vermillion Players.

He was a loving father and grandfather who will be greatly missed.       

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Saturday, November 16, 1929 - Saturday, March 9, 2013

 

Donna Jean George, 83 of Pontiac, IL and formerly of Saunemin, IL, died on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 9:11 AM at the Evenglow Tjardes Health Care Center in Pontiac.

 

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Saunemin United Methodist Church with Rev. David Mixon and Pastor Jane Bradford officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac. Burial will be held at Sunny Slope Cemetery in Saunemin. In Lieu of Flowers, Memorials in Donna’s name

may be left to the Saunemin United Methodist Church.

 

Donna was born on November 16, 1929 in Buffalo, IL a daughter of Harry and Treva (Hill) Cantrall. She married John R. George on September 7, 1947 in Springfield, IL. He preceded her in death on

February 13, 1997.

 

She is survived by her five daughters: Sandra Mercer of Mt. Pulaski, IL, Glenna (Kenneth) Klepp of Saunemin, IL, Sue Lynn George of Springfield, IL, Cindy (Gary) Denzer of Mahomet, IL and Kimberly (Steve) Verdun of Odell, IL; seven grandchildren: Michael (Krissy) Mercer, Kimberly (Ben Schleider) Mercer, Chris (Emily) Klepp, Kara Klepp, Andrew Denzer, Margaret Verdun and Molly George Verdun; three great grandchildren: Ethan, Mason and Eli Mercer; one brother: Harry (Carol) Cantrall of Saunemin, IL and several cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one brother: Robert Cantrall; one sister: Janice Ruyle and one granddaughter: Emily Denzer.

 

Mrs. George graduated from Tri-City High School in 1947. She was a homemaker and drove a school bus for the Saunemin School District for over 25 years. She was a member of the Saunemin United Methodist Church, where she belonged to the Women’s Society. She was also a member of the Saunemin American Legion Auxiliary and the Saunemin Women’s Club. Donna collected Santas and enjoyed puzzles and sewing, and was proud of the fact that she had made all of her daughter’s wedding dresses.

 

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Tuesday, April 17, 1979 - Thursday, March 7, 2013

Shawn L. Smith, 33, of Normal, formerly of Pontiac and Chatsworth, passed away at 9:22 pm on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at his residence.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatsworth. Jerry Gentes, Minister of Pastoral Care will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 pm on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth. Burial will follow services at the Germanville Township Cemetery in Rural Chatsworth. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

 

Shawn was born April 17, 1979 in Pontiac, IL a son of Steven L. Smith and Roberta L. Hill. He grew up in the Pontiac area.

 

He is survived by his mother: Roberta (John) Reinitz of Chatsworth; his father: Steven L. Smith of Fairfield, IL; his paternal grandmother: Phyllis Smith of Fairfield; his maternal grandmother: Margaret Hill of Pontiac; one daughter: Cameron Jean Smith; two sisters: Rebecca Smith of Chatsworth and Lisa Smith of Pontiac; three step brothers: Joshua, Kraig, and Kent Reinitz; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister: Crystal Lynn Smith; his step brother: Justin Reinitz; his maternal grandfather: Robert Hill, Sr.; his maternal step grandfather: Allen Divley; and his paternal grandfather: Thomas Smith.

 

Shawn was passionate about many things. He was very athletic and enjoyed basketball, fishing, golfing, football, and bocce ball. He especially liked bowling, and competed at the statewide and national level. He had a passion for music of all different genres. Shawn also took classes for the Culinary Arts and was a chef in West Virginia.

 

He attended the Grace Church in Normal. Shawn donated a lot of his time to the Home Sweet Home Mission as a volunteer in the kitchen.

 

Shawn worked for State Farm as a Call Service Representative.

 

He was a loving son, brother, uncle, and friend who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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Saturday, March 17, 1917 - Thursday, February 28, 2013

Beatrice L. Dobbs, 95, of Pontiac, IL passed away at 10:37 pm on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Asta Care Center of Pontiac.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, March 4, 2013 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac. Rev. Heidi Punt will officiate. There will be no visitation. Burial will follow services in the South Side Cemetery in Pontiac. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Lutheran Church in Pontiac.

Beatrice was born March 17, 1917 in Lamoure County, ND a daughter of Harry and Henrietta (Smedley) Studebaker. When she was two years old the family moved to Illinois. She married Emmett D. Dobbs on January 19, 1946 in Joliet. He passed away on July 13, 1972.

She is survived by her son: Dennis E. Dobbs of Pontiac; one daughter: Mary Sue Patterson of Pontiac; and two grandsons: Jordon and Justin Patterson. She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers and two sisters.

Beatrice was educated in the Pontiac Schools. She was employed by School District 429 as the crossing guard at Ladd Scholl and later as custodian. She retired in 1986. She was a dressmaker.

She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Pontiac and a lifetime member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

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Tuesday, November 23, 1948 - Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Patricia Ann " Patsy" Frame 64 of Kempton, died AT 4:12 pm on Wednesday February 27, 2013 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

 

There will be a graveside service on Monday March 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Kempton Hill Cemetery, Kempton, Illinois. A visitation will be held on Sunday March 3, 2013 from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM at St. John's Lutheran Church in Cullom. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Cullom is handling the arrangements.

 

She was born in Pontiac, Illinois on November 23, 1948 a daughter of Cecil and Jannett (Johnson) Blundy. She married Michael Frame on August 10, 1968, in Emington, Illinois, he survives. She is also survived by her mother: Jannett Blundy of Forrest. Two sons: Chad Frame of Kempton and Jeff (Rachel) Frame of Hunter Army Airfield, GA. Two daughters: Tammy (Phil) Line of Kankakee and Brenda (Kim) Miller of Cullom. Brother: Randy Blundy of Wilton, IA. Sister: Colleen Blundy of Forrest. seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father and her sister Annette Blundy.

 

Patsy was retired from RR Donnelly in Dwight and recently worked as a cook for the Tri Point School District, she loved attending her grandchildren's sporting events, and was an avid NASCAR fan and loved to travel.

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Thursday, October 7, 1948 - Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Jimmie R. Franklin, 64 of Pontiac, Il. died Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:12 PM at Flanagan Rehab and Health Center, Flanagan, IL.

 

His funeral will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 11:00 am at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac with Rev. Heidi Punt of the First Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be held in Union Cemetery at Odell where full military rites will be accorded. A visitation will be held on Saturday from 10:00 AM until the hour of services at the funeral home. Memorials in Jimmie’s name may be made to Flanagan Rehab Center or a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

Jimmie was born on October 7, 1948 in Campbellsville, KY., a son of Albert M. & Nancy J. (Shipp) Franklin. Survivors include: two daughters: Jari Lynn (Jim) Albertson of Graymont, IL. and Wonda Lynn Blanton of Linton, IN.: four Grandchildren: Jennifer, Jacob, Cassidy and Zach, three Brothers: Albert Franklin of Bradley, IL, Minford Franklin of Chatsworth, IL. and Richard Franklin of Cornell, IL.: two sisters: Joanne McDonald and Joyce Rhodes both of Pontiac, IL. His former wife: Mary Ellen Franklin of Colfax, IL. and Mike Simpsen of Collfax, Il. who Jimmie thought of as a son. Jimmie was preceded in death by one sister: Judy Trost and one brother and one sister in infancy

 

Jimmie was employed as a truck driver and had co-owned J & J Trucking in Colfax, IL. Jimmie served his country in the United States Marine Corp from 1968-1972 serving in Vietnam, Korea and Japan. Jimmie was a member of the Pontiac VFW Post # 886. 

 

The family would like to thank the employees and residents of the Flanagan Rehab Center for their loving support and care.

 

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Monday, March 30, 1959 - Friday, February 22, 2013

 

Mark David Garretson, 53 of Towanda, IL, was pronounced dead at 6:30 AM on Friday, February 22, 2013 in rural Cornell, IL.

 

Cremation Rites have been accorded. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church of Pontiac, with Rev. Dr. Ray Owens officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church of Pontiac. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac is assisting the family with arrangements. In Lieu of Flowers, memorials in Mark’s name may be left to the Midwest Food Bank or

the Livingston County Food Pantry.

 

Mark was born on March 30, 1959 in Streator, Illinois, a son of James and Rosalie (Cashmer) Garretson. He married Cindy Peabody on July 25, 1981 in Pontiac, IL.

 

He is survived by his wife: Cindy Garretson of Towanda, IL; two children: Kyle Garretson and Stacey Garretson both of Normal, IL; his parents: James and Rosalie Garretson of rural Pontiac, IL; his sister: Julie Garretson of Graymont, IL and her son: Nathan Stewart of Detroit, MI and his mother in law: Mary Ellen Peabody of Pontiac, IL. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents: Howard and Doris Garretson; maternal grandparents: Claud and Mabel Cashmer and his father in law: Reverend Gordon Peabody.

 

Mark attended Cornell Grade School and graduated from Cornell High School in 1977. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in 1981. Following graduation, Mark farmed with his father and was actively involved in the Livingston County Pork Producers Association and had been a board member of the Cornell Grade School. He was of the Methodist Faith and was confirmed at the Nigh Chapel United Methodist Church. Upon relocating to Towanda, Mark was employed with NuWay Transportation and later, Midland Paper. Mark was actively involved in many school and sports activities and rarely missed an event that his children participated in.

 

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Friday, March 17, 1961 - Friday, February 22, 2013

 

William T. Hucker Jr., 51 of rural Saunemin, IL died on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 9:10 am at his residence following a 6 ½ year illness.

 

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, February 26, 2012 at 1:30 PM at Five Mile Cemetery, rural Saunemin, IL. A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday from 11:00-1:00 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac, IL. Memorials in William’s name may be left to the Saunemin Food Pantry or the Saunemin Fire Department. The family requests those attending wear casual attire.

 

William was born on March 17, 1961 in Waukegan, IL a son of William T. and Ruth K. (Kroll) Hucker Sr. He married Helen K. Brown at St. Charles, IL. She survives of rural Saunemin, IL. He is also survived by his father: William T. Hucker Sr. of Lake Villa, IL and his brother: Kevin P. Hucker of Antioch, IL. He was also a loving uncle to many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother: Ruth Hucker.

 

Mr. Hucker graduated from Eastern Illinois University. He was a Systems Analyst for the FAA.

 

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Monday, September 5, 1921 - Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Emma Clara Malone Stevenson, age 91, a lifelong resident of Saunemin, IL died February 19, 2013 in Schaumburg, IL.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac, with Father David Sabel officiating.   Visitation will be Friday, February 22, 2013 from 4:00-7:00 PM at the Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Loretto.  Memorials in Emma’s name may be made to St. Mary’s Church in Pontiac or OSF St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation, Bloomington.>

 She was born September 5, 1921, the daughter of Balthas and Mary Louis Fox in Saunemin. She married Leo J. Malone on August 13, 1943. He was killed in action in the Pacific on January 22, 1944 during World War II. After the war she married William (Steve) Stevenson on June 10, 1946 in St. Mary’s Church, Loretto, he preceded her in death on December 10, 2002.


She is survived by her children: Mary (Vince) Wroblewski of Schaumburg, IL, Joseph (Cheri) Stevenson of Martinsville, IN, Martha Krutke of Normal, IL, Rita (Eugene) Schlomer of El Paso, IL, Mark (Laurie) Stevenson of Sugar Grove, IL and William (Lilliana) Stevenson of Saunemin, IL; seventeen grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husbands, her parents, three sisters, and five brothers.


Emma graduated for Saunemin High School and University Beauty School in Bloomington.  She was a licensed beautician for over 70 years.


She was a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the VFW Auxiliary, Women of the Moose, and Saunemin Women’s Club. She served on the Saunemin Grade School Board for 7 years.  She was a dedicated mother and loving grandmother and great-grandmother.  She was a life- long bridge player. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, crocheting and reading.

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