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Thursday, November 6, 1952 - Saturday, March 30, 2013

 

John Michael Walston, 60 of Pontiac, IL died on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 7:27 PM at the ASTA Care Center of Pontiac.

 

Cremation Rites have been accorded. A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 11:00 AM at South Side Cemetery in Pontiac. There will be no visitation. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials in John Michael’s name may be left to the Pontiac Public Library.

 

John Michael was born on November 6, 1952 in Pontiac, IL a son of Olin and Virginia (Colvin) Walston. He is survived by one son: Cory Walston of Minot, ND; two granddaughters: Emily and Ivy Walston; two brothers: Robert (Larenia) Walston of Chicago, IL and William  (Joyce) Walston of South Carolina and two sisters: Jo Anne (Richard) Fosdick of Pontiac and Barbara (Don) Hicks of Pontiac. He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Mr. Walston graduated from Pontiac Township High School. He served our country in the United States Army. He worked in civil service at the Department of Defense for 30 years.

 

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Tuesday, April 18, 1961 - Sunday, March 31, 2013

Tammera “Tammy” J. Riden, 51, of Pontiac, IL passed away at 12:32 pm on Sunday, March 31, 2013 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

A celebration of life service will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church of Pontiac. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at the church prior to the service. According to her wishes cremation rites will be accorded. Private family inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Tammy was born April 18, 1961 in Peoria, IL a daughter of Thomas and Carol (Baggs) Whitten. She is survived by her father: Thomas (Catherine) Whitten of Windemere, FL; her husband: John Rodino; her children: Sara Riden, Danny (Sierra) Riden, John Edward (Natasha) Rodino, and Erin (Shane) Jensen; two grandchildren: Kaydance Riden and Claire Rodino; and two grandchildren on the way; two brothers: Todd (Tammy) Whitten and Tim Whitten; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents, and her mother.

Tammy worked as an EMT in Hopedale for many years. She also worked at Mitsubishi in the security department for ten years and four years in the factory.

She loved to fish, go camping, anything outdoors, and especially spending time with her grandchildren. Tammy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who will be greatly missed.

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Saturday, October 18, 1924 - Sunday, March 31, 2013

 

Dorothy F. Eacret, 88 of Pontiac, IL, died on Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 8:06 AM at the ASTA Care Center of Pontiac.

 

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac, with Rev. Donna Baker of the McDowell Methodist Church officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until the hour of service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be held at South Side Cemetery in Pontiac. Memorials in Dorothy’s name may be left to the ASTA Care Center of Pontiac or the McDowell Methodist Church.

 

Dorothy was born on October 18, 1924 in Emington, IL a daughter of Clifford A. and Hattie M. (Todd) Lopeman. She married Richard S. Eacret on June 20, 1945 in Pontiac, IL. He preceded her in death on April 24, 1981.

 

She is survived by her children: Carol (Mahlon) Simmons of Dickinson, ND, Lynn Swearingen of Cullom, IL and Robert (Marsena) Eacret of Pontiac, IL; nine grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren; her sister: Betty Cook of Pontiac; her sister in law: Juanita Lopeman and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one sister: Ann Baus and one brother: John Lopeman.

 

Mrs. Eacret graduated from Pontiac Township High School in 1942 and attended nurses training in Joliet. She worked as a nurses aide at Humiston Haven in Pontiac for 25 years. She was a member of the McDowell Methodist Church. She enjoyed doing crafts and loved flowers and her garden and always enjoyed girls outings with her sister and sister in law.

 

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Saturday, March 31, 1928 - Thursday, March 28, 2013

Donald J. Daluga, 84 of Pontiac, IL. died Thursday, March 28, 2013 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in West Lafayette, IN. His funeral will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Pontiac at 11:00 am with Fr. David Sabel officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Pontiac where full military rites will be accorded. A visitation will be held on Monday from 4:00-7:00PM at St. Mary’s Church, Pontiac. IL. with the rosary being recited at 3:30. Memorials in Don’s name may be made to Pontiac High School Athletic Department or St. Mary’s Church. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac is handling the arrangements. Don was born on March 31, 1928 in Waukegan, IL., a son of Leo and Marie (Farrell) Daluga. He married Ann Kristan, the light of his life on August 25, 1951 at Waukegan, IL. She preceded him in death on November 21, 2012. Survivors include five sons: James D. Daluga and David (Joyce) Daluga, both of Pontiac, IL.: Daniel J. (Susan) Daluga of West Lafayette, IN.: John M. (Kathi) Daluga of Angola, IN. and Thomas P. (Patti) Daluga of Princeton, IL. fourteen grandchildren: Joy, Justin, Jacob, Danielle, Andrew, Derek, Lindsey, Cailey, Katie, Kelsey, Hannah, Maggie, Timothy and Debbie and three great grandchildren: Carter, Riley and Brynn. Don graduated from Waukegan High School and attended the University of Notre Dame for one year then enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1946 where he reached the rank of Corporal. Upon his discharge from the Marine Corps, he enrolled at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. to play football and study….a little. While attending the Bradley he received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. For eight years, he taught and coached at Chenoa High School in Chenoa, IL. He then, went to Dundee High School for one year to teach and coach. Upon leaving Dundee, Don and Ann moved to Pontiac, where Don began his teaching and coaching career. In 1966, he became athletic director up until his retirement in 1992. While at Pontiac High School, Don began a career in real estate that spanned over 32 years mostly at Lyons Realty in Pontiac until his retirement in 2012. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Pontiac Elks Club. He served on the Advisory Council for PROUD and for the Pontiac Grade School. He had also served as a member of the Police and Fire Commission. He was the State of Illinois Athletic Director of the year in 1986 and was selected to the IHSA Advisory Board in 1988. In 1992, he was selected to the Athletic Director’s Hall of Fame. He was selected to the Pontiac High School Hall of Fame in 1995 and in 1997, he was selected to the Bloomington-Normal Officials Hall of Fame. He was an avid fan of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Bears, and any sporting event at Pontiac High School. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

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Tuesday, August 17, 1943 - Friday, March 22, 2013

James M. Fries, 69 of Pontiac, IL, died on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 3:36 PM at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal.

Cremation Rites have been accorded. There will be no services. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac is handling the arrangements. Memorials in James’ name may be left to St. Mary’s Church or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

James was born on August 17, 1943 in Appleton, WI a son of John and Margaret M. (Grootemont) Fries. He married Mary Arwood, who preceded him in death in May of 2007.

He is survived by one daughter: Mary M (Dave) Stadler of Pontiac, IL; five grandchildren: Chelsea L. Rodgers, Darian V. Stadler, Brie A. Stadler, Camille A. Stadler and Jase Stadler: two great grandchildren: Lucas and Amelia Maier and two sisters: Ruth Ann Fries Gilkey of Appleton, WI and Mary M. Fries Kraus of Mukwonago, WI. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife: Mary Fries and one brother: John M. Fries.

Mr. Fries graduated from Appleton High School in Wisconsin. He served our country in the United States Air Force, retiring after 25 years. James was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Pontiac.

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Tuesday, March 26, 1918 - Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Ruth K. McCabe, 95 of Pontiac died Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 8:40 AM at Tjardes Health Care Center at Evenglow Lodge, Pontiac.

Her funeral will be held on Monday, April 1, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church, Pontiac with Revs. Ray Owens and Gretchen Stinebaugh officiating. Burial will be in South Side Cemetery, Pontiac. A visitation will be held on Monday from 9:00AM until the hour of services at the church. Memorials in Ruth’s name may be left to the First United Methodist Church, Pontiac or Evenglow Lodge. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac is handling the arrangements.

Ruth was born March 26, 1918 in Pontiac, IL., a daughter of Henry W. and Alice (Vercler) Koerner. She married James J. McCabe Jr. in Pontiac on June 7, 1939. He preceded her in death on May 8, 1988. She moved to Evenglow Lodge that same year. She is survived by two sons: James H. (Marleen Harkless) McCabe of Pontiac and Don (Brenda Henkel) of Bonfield, IL. Also surviving are six Grandchildren: Molly (Chris) Andes, Evergreen CO., Steven (Margaret) McCabe, Fairfax, VA., Amber Wilson, Gridley, IL., Michael (Julie) McCabe, Pontiac, Il. Amanda (Steve) Gee, Braidwood, IL. and Amy McCabe of Washington, DC. and eleven Great-Grandchildren: Gavin and Jack Andes: Colin, Matthew and Patrick McCabe: Madelyn and Megan Wilson: Ethan, Logan, and Ashlyn McCabe and Marshall Gee. Ruth was preceded in death by one brother: Merle Koerner.

Ruth attended Jordan Country School and graduated from Pontiac High School in 1935. She received music training at Knox Conservatory of Music at Knox College, Galesburg, IL. with the class of 1939. She was a member of Phi Mu social sorority and Sigma Alpha Iota professional music fraternity at Knox. Ruth was a pianist and assistant organist at First United Methodist Church, Pontiac from 1949 to 2001. She was prominent in area musical activities, piano and organ accompaniments and as a piano teacher for more than 70 years.

She became an honorary member of the Athenia Literary Society in 2007. She was an organizer and first president and life member of the Evenglow Guild in 1972 and active in its volunteer service till 2008. Ruth was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Pontiac, being confirmed in 1926. She held many offices on committees, keeper of the Archives, and member of United Methodist Women (UMW), serving as president for four years. She was Church librarian for 38 years, served on the District UMW board and on the board of Cunningham Children’s Home of Urbana, IL.

Mrs. McCabe was organist at Harris Funeral Home, Pontiac form 1965-2005. She served as a member of Evenglow Lodge Board of Trustees for eight years and ex-officio member of the Board for another eight years. She served 13 years as the pianist for United Methodist School of Christian Mission held each year at Illinois Weslyan University in Bloomington, IL. She was also a life member of the OSF Hospital Auxiliary and the Livingston County Historical Society.

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Monday, April 27, 1931 - Saturday, March 23, 2013

 

William E. “Bill” Mattox Sr., 81 of Pontiac, IL, died on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 12:50 AM at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, IL.

 

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 1:00 PM at the Calvary Baptist Church in Pontiac, with Pastor Mark Staley officiating. Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM until the hour of service, Wednesday at the church. Burial will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery in rural Pontiac. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials in Bill’s name may be left to the Calvary Baptist Church in Pontiac.

 

Bill was born on April 27, 1931 in Saunemin, IL a son of Virgil and Lucille (Musgrave) Mattox Sr. He married Carolyn Foster on June 10, 1950. He later married Carol Franklin on January 31, 1986 in Bloomington, IL.

 

He is survived by his wife: Carol Mattox of Pontiac, IL; eight children: Cathy (Marion) Collins of Orion, IL, Sandy (Dan) Phelps of Stockton, IA, Pam Atkinson of Pontiac, IL, William (Jane) Mattox Jr. of Flanagan, IL, Becky (Gary) Porter of Chenoa, IL, Ron Mattox of Pontiac, IL, Penny (Mark) Hable of Fairbury, IL and Jenny (Mike) Frye of Campbellsburg, KY, twenty three grandchildren and twenty one great grandchildren; two brothers: Melvin (Fern) Mattox of Ottumwa, IA and Terry (Ellen) Mattox of Springfield, IL; one sister: Sharon (John) Ziegler of Pontiac, IL; one step son: Jeff Friedman of Pontiac, IL and two stepdaughters: Karen Friedman and Debbie Bazzell. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother: Virgil Mattox Jr., an infant daughter and three grandchildren.

 

Bill was educated in Saunemin Schools. For over 50 years, he owned and operated Bill’s Upholstery and Antiques in Pontiac. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Pontiac and enjoyed antiquing and horseback riding.

 

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Friday, August 7, 1981 - Monday, March 18, 2013

Benita K. Betts, 31, of Pontiac, IL passed away at 6:40 pm on Monday, March 18, 2013 in Pontiac, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Forrest with Rev. Corinne Blissard officiating. Visitation will be held from 1:00-3:00 pm on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the church. Burial be at 12:00 pm on Sunday, March 24, 2013 in Mulberry Grove Cemetery, Mulberry Grove, Illinois. Memorials may be made to the family. A memory capsule will be placed at Chatsworth Cemetery at a later date.

She was born August 7, 1981 in Bartow, FL a daughter of Lorri (Orndorff) Frechette and Brian Smith. She married Kito Betts on May 22, 2010.

Surviving is her husband: Kito Betts of Pontiac; her children: Estefania, Allyvia, Armando, Jordan, and Kito II; her mother: Lorri (Larry) Frechette of Chatsworth; her father: Brian Smith of Lakeland, FL; her grandfather: Larry (Rachel) Orndorff of Terre Haute, IN; her grandmother: Gerri Cabbage of Sandersville, GA; her great grandmother: Beatrice Bronson of Chatsworth; her siblings: Joseph (Brandi) McDonald of Pontiac, Chelsie Embry of Georgia, Jeremiah Embry (Kayla) of Chatsworth, Richard Garza II of Chatsworth, Alexandra Garza of Chatsworth, and Tamra and Ashley Smith of Lakeland, FL; her mother-in-law: Laura Betts; her father-in-law: Havan Tompkin; many step brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Jaysha Marie “Bug” Betts.

Benita was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, and friend who will be greatly missed.

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Monday, December 3, 1990 - Monday, March 18, 2013

 

Rebecca A. Koltveit, 22 of rural Pontiac, IL, was pronounced dead on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 11:30 AM in Rooks Creek Township in rural Livingston County, IL as result of an automobile accident.

 

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM at the New Life Christian Center in Cornell, with Pastor Don Leonard officiating. A Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at the Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac. Burial will be held at Rowe Cemetery in rural Pontiac, IL. In Lieu of Flowers, Memorials in Rebecca’s name may be left to Rebecca’s Livingston County Relay for Life team: Run for Hope Finish for a Cure or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

Rebecca was born on December 3, 1990 in Pontiac, IL a daughter of John and Norma (Oswald) Koltveit.

 

She is survived by her parents: John and Norma Koltveit of rural Pontiac; one brother: Timothy (Maggie Maksimovich) Koltveit of rural Pontiac; her boyfriend: Derrik Schwartz of Cornell, IL and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandparents.

 

Rebecca graduated from Pontiac Township High School in 2009. She was a senior at Eureka College. She attended the New Life Christian Center in Cornell. She was a past member of 4H and FFA. She was an Illinois State Key Club winner. She was on the cross country team and track and field team in both high school and college. This past year, Rebecca had been an assistant coach for the Pontiac Township High School girl’s track and field team. She was a huge proponent of organ donation, because she was a recipient, and now she is saving others as an organ donor.

 

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Tuesday, July 17, 1917 - Saturday, March 16, 2013

Mary K. Pflager, 95 of Pontiac died Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 4:47 PM at Tjardes Health Care center at Evenglow Lodge.

Her funeral will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 10:30AM at McDowell Methodist Church rural Pontiac, IL. with Rev. Donna Baker officiating. Burial will be in Patty Cemetery, rural Pontiac. A visitation will be held on Wednesday at the church from 9:30 until the hour of services. Memorials in Mary’s name may be made to McDowell Methodist Church. Calvert & Martin funeral Home, Pontiac is handling the arrangements.

Mary was born on July 19, 1917 in Pike Township, IL. a daughter of Wesley and Bertha (Klein) Shaffer. She married Virgil Pflager on December 3, 1939 in Nashua, IA. He preceded her in death on December 10, 1998. Survivors include two sons: J. D. (Deanna) Pflager of Pontiac, IL. and Robert (Jeanette) Pflager of Bella Vista, AR. Also surviving are five grandchildren and numerous great and great great grandchildren. Mary was preceded in death by two sisters.

Mary was educated in Pontiac schools and was a homemaker. She was a member of the McDowell Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school.

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