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Friday, April 7, 1961 - Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Allan Eugene Ness, 52 of Pontiac, died on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 1:05 AM at the ASTA Care Center of Pontiac surrounded by his family and friends.

Cremation Rites have been accorded. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac is assisting the family with arrangements. There will be a gathering for family and friends on Saturday, August 3, 2013 from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm at the gazebo on the back side of Humiston Woods. He is loved and will be missed by many. All are welcome. All donations may be made to his family.

Allan was born on April 7, 1961 in Morris, IL a son of Elden Gene and Harriet (Hann) Ness. He married Tina Dennison in 1979 and had three children: Dianne Stephenson of Morrison, IL, Danniel Allan Ness and Elden Gene Ness of Pontiac, IL. He married Jachie Wheaton in 1993 and had one daughter: Kristal Rose Ness of Crystal River, FL. He has two step children: Kenny Wheaton Jr. of Pontiac and Dusty Wheaton of Daytona, FL. He had five grandchildren; four sisters: Marcia of Anchorage, AK, Candy Raby of Pontiac, Joanne Ness of Pontiac and Julie Ness of Pontiac; two brothers: Ken Ness of Pontiac and Hank Ness of Pontiac and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother: Harriet Ness and an infant son: Danniel Allan Ness.

Allan attended Morris and Pontiac Schools. He worked for many local businesses over the years. He also did volunteer and charity work around the area. He attended the Pontiac Church of God. 

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Monday, June 22, 1942 - Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Kenneth Clarence Schulz, 71 of Pontiac, passed away Tuesday July 30, 2013 at his home following a long illness.

 

His funeral will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 10:00 AM at the First Lutheran Church, Pontiac with Rev. Dieter Punt officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded after services. A visitation will be held on Friday from 4:00-7:00 at Calvert & Martin funeral Home, Pontiac. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the El Paso Critical Care Transport.

 

Kenneth was born on June 22, 1942 in Pontiac, Il., a son of William Herman and Marie Theresa (Schoop) Schulz. He married Sharon A. Bornder on February 19, 1966. They were later divorced. Surviving are two Daughters: Theresa “Terri” Williams of Lexington, IL. and Tami (Bill) Wright of Normal, IL. Also surviving is his long time companion Holly Smith of Flanagan IL.: two stepsons: John (Kristy) Smith of Cornell, IL. and Jeff (Chris) Smith of Durand, IL.: one stepdaughter: Jerri (Brian) Hemenover of Wilmore, KY.; seven lucky grandchildren: Jarrett Wright, Donovan Wright, Haley Smith, Eli Smith, Lauren Hemenover, Will Hemenover and Isaac Smith. Ken is also survived by one sister: Dorothy Jobst of Pontiac, IL. and one extremely loved cat: Pugs. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son: Jeffrey, two sisters, Peg and Louise and five brothers: Jim, Marshall, Don, Butch and Jerry.

 

Kenneth attended Graymont Elementary school and Pontiac High School. He worked at Pontiac Stone and then later worked at H.J. Eppel Company as a heavy machine operator for 30 years. Later he celebrated 45 years in the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150. He was very proud of that honor. He was also a member of the First Lutheran Church-Pontiac.

 

Kenneth served his country in the Army National Guard. He loved fishing, Pickin’ with John, gardening, riding around on his golf cart, watching the western channel and NASCAR racing. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and many friends, especially the Vermillion River Basketball Team.

 

A special thanks to his wonderful doctors Holt, Novak and Migas; OSF Hospice and Trinity Medical (Katie and Pat) and great neighbors, Steve and Gary for watching out for him. We will miss his stories, his smile, his laughter and his love. Looking forward to seeing him again in heaven where George Jones is always playing and the beer is always cold.

 

 

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Tuesday, August 14, 1934 - Saturday, July 27, 2013

JoAnn Stalter

Pontiac- JoAnn Stalter, 78, of Pontiac passed away at 2:25 pm on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Asta Care Center of Pontiac.

 

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Waldo Township Cemetery in Flanagan with Rev. Ray Owens of the First United Methodist Church in Pontiac officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 pm on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac. Memorial contributions may be made to the Livingston County Relay for Life or a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

JoAnn was born August 14, 1934 in Pontiac, Illinois a daughter of Delbert and Ida (Johnson) Jones. She married Lester D. “Don” Stalter on June 24, 1956 in Pontiac, Illinois. He passed away on August 21, 2007.

 

She is survived by one son: Michael Stalter of Pontiac; two grandchildren: Tom Stalter of Bloomington and Sarah Stalter at home in Pontiac; three sisters: Betty Blankenbeckler, Joyce Johnson, and Donna Ifft; and several nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one sister: Barbara Finckenbinder; and her daughter-in-law: Mary Stalter.

 

JoAnn was educated in the Pontiac schools. She stayed home and took care of their son, Michael. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Pontiac. She was active in the Methodist Church Circle, Pontiac Women’s Club, and the Republican Women.

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Tuesday, February 7, 1978 - Thursday, July 25, 2013

 

Kelly R. Spaniol, 35 of Pontiac, died on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 4:15 pm in the emergency room of OSF St. James/John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac.

 

Cremation Rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac, with Deacon George Wagner from St. Mary’s Church and President Ray Mitchell from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints officiating. Visitation will be held from 12:00 pm until the hour of service, Thursday at the funeral home. A rosary will be recited at 11:30 am. Inurnment will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Pontiac. Memorials in Kelly’s name may be left to a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

Kelly was born on February 7, 1978 in Pontiac, IL a daughter of William E. and Mary Lee (Metroz) Spaniol. She is survived by her mother: Mary Lee Spaniol of Pontiac; two sisters: Kristine (Randy) Wertz and Amy Spaniol of Pontiac; one brother: William E. Spaniol II of Pontiac; her grandmother: Margaret Spaniol of Pontiac; two nieces; one nephew; one great niece and three very close best friends: Suzanne Collins-Venaas, Morgan Collins and Richard Collins all of Pontiac. She was preceded in death by her father and an infant sister.

 

Kelly attended St. Mary’s School and graduated from Pontiac Township High School in 1996. She received her associate’s degree from Heartland Community College with honors on August 19, 2012. She was a member of the National Honor Society. Kelly was a member of St Mary’s Catholic Church and later on in life a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, where she was a counselor to young women.

 

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Monday, April 14, 1919 - Wednesday, July 17, 2013

 

Gertrude M. Kennedy, 94 of Granite City, IL, formerly of Pontiac, IL died on Wednesday, July, 17, 2013 at 6:55 AM at the Stearns Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Granite City.

 

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac, with Rev. Scott Vandenheuvel officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 am until the hour of service, Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be held at South Side Cemetery in Pontiac. Memorials in Gertrude’s name may be left to the First Presbyterian Church of Pontiac or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

Gertrude was born on April 14, 1919 in Livingston County, IL a daughter of Peter N. and Frances M. (Patten) Diemer. She married Donald F. Kennedy on March 26, 1946 in Pontiac, IL. He preceded her in death on March 13, 1966.

 

She is survived by her sons: Paul (Alice) Kennedy of Granite City, IL and Gary (Victoria) Kennedy of Forest Lake, MN; six grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; one brother; Kenneth Diemer of Montgomery, IL and two sisters: Vera Ehnen of Avon, CT and Irene Crandall of Piper City, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; and four brothers: Marion, George, Donald and Ewald Diemer.

 

Mrs. Kennedy graduated from Saunemin Township High School. She had worked as a seamstress at Lehmans Men’s Store in Pontiac for 17 years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Pontiac.

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Wednesday, December 21, 1932 - Saturday, July 6, 2013

Mildred S. “Millie” Johnson, 80, of Pontiac, passed away, Saturday, July 6, 2013 at her daughter’s house in Champaign, Illinois.

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 am, Wednesday July 10, 2013 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Pontiac, with Fr. Peter Zorjan officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Memorials in Millie’s name may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Mary’s School or to Carle Hospice. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home-Pontiac is handling the arrangements.

 

Millie was born on December 21, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Stephen and Josephine (Fojtik) Sitar. She married Charles R. Johnson on October 2, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois, He preceded her in death.

 

Surviving are her children, Judy (Bruce) Hamilton of Silver Spring, MD., Dr. Gail (John) Kennedy of Champaign, IL., Russell Johnson of California, MD.; three grandchildren, Michael and Katharine Hamilton and Corinne Kennedy. She was preceded in death by her Parents and her Brother Ivan Sitar.

 

Millie was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Clionians Society in Pontiac, and the Elks Club of Pontiac. She loved to play duplicate bridge and also played in the women’s golf league for many years.

 

 

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Thursday, January 1, 1920 - Friday, July 5, 2013

Pauline R. Bond, 93, of Pontiac, Illinois, died on July 5, 2013 at Asta Care Center, Pontiac, IL. Cremation rights have been accorded. A private graveside gathering will take place at a later date. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac will coordinate funeral arrangements.

 

Pauline was born in Straw, Kentucky on January 1, 1920 to parents George Thomas Powell and mother Elizabeth Delia (Smith) Powell. She was one of 12 children. Pauline married John Bond at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pontiac on June 28, 1941. They were married until his death in 1999. Also, she was predeceased by her son, Ken Bond, who died in 1997 and by 10 of her brothers and sisters.

 

Pauline was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the local Ladies Auxiliary VFW. She worked many jobs during her life including the role of floor manager in the egg department of the past A&P supermarket, a position at the General Electric Company, and assistant to her husband in the Bond Aluminum business. She also worked at the Seneca Shipyards during her husband's service in the Army, and her memories of that era were recently captured in a related Daily Leader article.

 

Pauline is survived by her granddaughter Dr. Jennifer Bond (Rick Brugge), and her great-grandchildren Payson and Anna Brugge, all of Tampa, FL. She is also survived by her sister Orel Bounds, her niece Susie Johnson (Chuck), and many other beloved family members and friends.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Livingston County Humane Society in honor of her favorite dog, "Princess." Pauline was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

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Monday, November 24, 1919 - Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Helen W. Erschen, 93 of Pontiac, IL. died Tuesday July 2, 2013 at 1:55 PM at Good Samaritan Home, Flanagan, IL.

 

Cremation rites will be accorded and a private family graveside will be held at a later date at Memorial Park Cemetery, rural Pontiac, IL. with Rev, Ray Owens officiating.  There will be no visitation.  Memorials in Helen’s name may be made to OSF Hospice or Good Samaritan home, Flanagan, IL. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home-Pontiac is handling the arrangements.

 

Helen was born on November 24, 1919 at Kankakee, IL., a daughter of Tom and Ella Smith.  She married James W. Erschen in Kankakee, IL. He preceded her in death in September of 1977.  Helen is survived by: one son: Donald (Evelyn) Erschen of Pontiac, IL. and one daughter: Sandra Huege of Pontiac, IL.  Also surviving are nine grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.  Helen was preceded in death by one son: Ray Erschen.

 

Helen was educated in Kankakee schools and had worked at Pontiac Chair Factory.  Helen attended the First United Methodist Church in Pontiac.

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Thursday, August 11, 1932 - Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Ronald K. Harris, 80, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 5:40 am on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at Rivedrside Hospital in Kankakee following a long illness.

 

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 pm on Friday, July 5, 2013 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow services at Onarga Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family or the American Cancer Society.

 

He was born August 11, 1932 in Elmwood Park, Chicago, Illinois. He married Mary Joanne McBride on March 31, 1978.

 

Surviving is his wife, Mary Joanne Harris of thirty-five years; one son: Joseph (Kasey) Harris; one daughter: Carol Harris; three brother-in-laws: Richard McBride, Roger McBride, and Wayne (Janice) McBride; two sister-in-laws: Ellen (Tom) Hanlon and Marie McBride; three granddaughters: Kassidy and Josie Harris, and Mariah Turner; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son: Ronald L. Harris.

 

Ronald loved fishing and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He will be laid to rest next to his son, Ronald L. Harris and his mother-in-law, Piney McBride.

 

He was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, and friend who will be greatly missed.

 

The family would like to express their heartfelt thank you to his family physician and friend, Dr. Benjamin Brewer and his staff at Prairie Family Medicine in Forrest for all the love and care that he received for many years and also to all the doctors, nurses, and staff at Piper City Rehab and Riverside Hospital for the excellent care that he received in his last days there.

 

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Thursday, August 20, 1936 - Thursday, June 20, 2013

Mary Lee Teal, 76 of Pontiac, IL. died Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 8:30PM at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.


Cremation rites have been accorded and a memorial service will be held on Saturday June 29, 2013 at 2:00PM at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Pontiac, IL. with Rev. Mary Kay Henson officiating. There will be no visitation. Memorials in Mary Lee's name may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church.


Mary Lee was born August 20, 1936 at Pontiac, Il., a daughter of Edward J. and Virginia Lee (Strawn) Shepard. She had been married to Donald Raube and then later married Charles Teal on April 19, 1977 at Pontiac. He survives in Pontiac, Il. Also surviving is one son: Stephen (Denien) Teal of Roanoke, IN., two daughters: Lori (Mark) Miller of Janesville, WI. and Carole Lee Raube of Pontiac, IL.; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Also surviving is one brother: Gerald F. (Marilyn) Shepard of Pontiac, Il. and one sister; Jean Ann (Jim) Hinshaw of Pontiac, IL. Mary Lee was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.


Mary Lee was educated at St. Mary's School and Pontiac Township High School. She was employed by Drs. Deterding and Manabat & Bello. She was also employed at Pontiac Public Library. Her and her husband owned & operated Teals Rite-Way Cab Company. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Pontiac, IL. Mary Lee was an avid reader and seamstress and volunteered for Meals on Wheels for over 25 years.

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