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Sunday, March 1, 1931 - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Jonathan D. ”Jon” Durham, 81, of Pontiac, passed away at 3:30 am on Tuesday March 21, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Home in Pontiac.

 

His Funeral will be at 11:00 am on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac, Rev. Canessa Lagan will officiate, burial will follow in Rooks Creek Cemetery, rural Pontiac. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials in Jon’s name may be left to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The family requests casual attire for the funeral.

 

Jon was born in Pontiac, Illinois on March 1, 1936 a son of David and Clara (Goff) Durham. Survivors include two daughters: Sherry Aldridge of Pontiac, IL, Teresa Grundler of Westchester, IL; seven grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. one brother: Richard “Duke” (Jean) Durham of Pontiac and one brother-in-law John Schopp of Carpentersville, IL and a special friend Marlene Myer of Pontiac. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons: John Earl Durham and John F. Durham; four sisters: Betty Bohm, Barbara Schopp, Rosalie Epperson and Anita Rogers.

 

Jon was educated in the Pontiac Schools and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Pontiac. Jon retired from Pontiac Granite after 30 years and from Markgraf Materials after 15 years. He was a member of Operators local 150 and Teamsters local 179. He served our country in The U.S. Army for 2 years from 1959 until 1961. Jon enjoyed drinking coffee with the guys and was a NASCAR fan and enjoyed old cars and trucks, snowmobiling and camping.

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Wednesday, January 24, 1923 - Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Jane Ellen Johnson, 94 of Rantoul, IL., formerly of Pontiac, Il., died Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 12:45PM at Advocate BroMenn Reginal Medical Center, Normal, IL.

Cremation rites will be accorded and a graveside service will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 2:00PM at South Side Cemetery with Rev. Tom Goodell of the First United Methodist Church officiating.  Memorials in Jane’s name may be made to Livingston County Humane Society.  Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, IL., is handling the arrangements.

Jane was born on January 24, 1923 in Pontiac, Il., a daughter of Forrest and Addie (Martzluff) Herwig.  She married John H. Johnson on November 7, 1945 in Brownsville, TX.  He preceded her in death on January 1, 1988.  Survivors include: two daughters: Ellen Johnson of Bradenton, FL. and Judith Johnson of Sarasota, FL.; one son: John Johnson of Urbana, IL.; three grandchildren: Jim Hoffrichter, Wesley Johnson and Katie Mitrou and one great granddaughter: Lily Hoffrichter.

Jane was educated in Pontiac Schools and was owner-operator with her husband of Johnson Moving and Storage in Rantoul, Il.  She was a member of Illinois Movers and Warehouseman’s Association.

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Thursday, September 15, 1921 - Monday, March 13, 2017

Helen Ophelia Cushing, 95, of Pontiac, IL passed away at 6:04 pm on Monday, March 13, 2017 at Tjardes Health Care Center of Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac, IL.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, March 24, 2017 at First United Methodist Church in Pontiac with Pastor Tom Goodell officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. According to her wishes, cremation rites will be accorded and inurnment will take place at Patty Cemetery in rural Pontiac, IL. Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church of Pontiac, for youth mission trips or to the Livingston County Humane Society.

Helen was born on September 15, 1921 in Rockport, IN to Samuel and Edna (Ostrander) Miller. She graduated from Pontiac Township High School in 1939 and married 2nd Lieutenant George M. Cushing, Jr. on January 6,1943 at Fort Oglethorpe, GA. George and Helen spent their child rearing years in Pontiac, IL and later retired to Port Charlotte, FL. After 52 years of marriage they returned to Pontiac and George died in 1996. On September 25, 1997 Helen married Daryl Hildenbrand.

Helen is survived by her eight children: George L. (Michele) Cushing and Karen (Randy) Wieland of Bloomington, IL: Randal (Barbara) Cushing and Jim (Jane) Cushing of Pontiac; Lyle (Patti) Cushing of Port Charlotte, FL; Paula (Robert) DeFrates of Elliot, IL; John (Angie) Cushing of West DesMoines, and Kelly (Tom) Carey of DeLand, FL; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews; her sister Lois Ward of Peoria, IL; her sister-in-law: Lorraine Cushing of Largo, FL. She is preceded in death by her first husband, George M. Cushing of Pontiac; her second husband, Daryl Hildenbrand, her parents; her three brothers: Eldon Miller; Alden Miller and Maurice Miller; and one son-in-law: Robert Cox.

Helen was a faithful member of the United Methodist Church where she donated much of her time over the years. She was also a member of the Pontiac Women's Club, and the VFW Auxiliary. She was an avid reader and homemaker all her life.

Helen passed away peacefully She will be remembered as a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother always praying for her children. We are comforted knowing that Helen sits at the feet of her Heavenly Father and now walks with her Lord Jesus Christ and knowing one day we will be reunited when our Father calls us home.

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Friday, March 9, 1923 - Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A. Lucille Krippel, 93, of Pontiac, IL passed away at 10:10 pm on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Tjardes Health Care Center of Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac with Father David Sabel officiating. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Burial will follow services at St. Mary’s Cemetery-Loretto. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s School in Pontiac, Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac, or OSF Hospice. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac is handling arrangement for the family.

She was born in March 9, 1923 in rural Dwight, IL a daughter of Edward and Bertha (Welp) Englert. She married Bernard “Bert” Krippel on June 23, 1945 in Dwight, IL. He passed away on August 31, 2005.

Lucille is survived by four sons: Mike (Toni) Krippel of Normal, IL, Pat (Paulette) Krippel Pontiac, IL, Denny (Cassandra) Krippel of Pontiac, IL, and Kevin (Phyllis) Krippel of Fairbury, IL; two daughters: Mary Kay (Bob) Gualandi of Pontiac, IL and Elaine (Kim) Earing of Kempton, IL; fifteen grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren; one sister: Helen Miller of Romeoville, IL; one sister-in-law: Rita Englert of Streator, IL; one brother-in-law: Vince Krippel of New Lenox, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son: Larry Krippel, infant daughter: Darline Krippel; three brothers, and two sisters.

She was educated in the Dwight area. Lucille was a homemaker raising seven children. She also worked at the Fox Developmental Center in Dwight retiring after eighteen years in 1984.

Lucille was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac and the Altar and Rosary Society.

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

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Monday, May 7, 1928 - Tuesday, March 7, 2017

John R. Allison, 88, of Pontiac, IL passed away at 8:30 am on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at his home in rural Pontiac, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at First United Methodist Church in Pontiac with Pastor Tom Goodell officiating. Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday, March 10, 2017 at First United Methodist Church in Pontiac. Burial will follow services at South Side Cemetery in Pontiac, IL. Memorial contributions may be made to Livingston County Relay for Life or First United Methodist Church in Pontiac. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac, is handling arrangements for the family.

John was born May 17, 1928 in Pontiac, Illinois the son of John H. and Louise E. (Scott) Allison. He attended Taylor School in rural Pontiac and graduated from Pontiac Township High School.

He married his high school sweetheart, Joy K. Asper on September 11, 1946. They spent many wonderful years together until cancer took her away. He later married Anna Leona Allen on December 8, 2001 in Hodgenville, Kentucky.

John was a lifetime farmer. He also worked part-time at Wright’s Furniture for many years.

He was one of the founders of the Thresherman’s Blue Grass Festival. John was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church in Pontiac, serving on a multitude of committees. John and Joy ran the Saturday Night Roller Skate at the Methodist Church for many years. Playing the harmonica brought him great joy, as he played on stage at various venues and nursing homes. Most of all, he enjoyed playing his harmonica for his grandchildren and great grandchildren and they loved to hear and watch him play.

John is survived by his wife: Leona Allison of Pontiac, IL; his daughters: Margaret (Bob) Janssen of Pontiac, IL, Barbara (Thomas) Dixon of Barnett, MO, and Janet (Steve) Tronc of Berea, KY; one son: James (Julie) Allison of Cerro Gordo, IL; his stepsons: Eddie (Mitzi) Allen of Hodgenville, KY and Randy Allen of East View, KY; one granddaughter: Theresa Lopeman (Louis) Cortese of Las Vegas, NV; his grandsons: Robert (Jenn) Dixon of Decatur, IL, Richard Todd (Amanda Sabin) Lopeman of Berkeley, CA, Jonathan (Kristi) Tronc of Plainfield, IN, and Joshua (Lillie) Tronc of Richmond, KY; his step granddaughters: Jennifer (Jason) Waldschmidt, and Melissa (Joe) Pina both of Pontiac, IL, Jodi (Eric) Gardner of Midland, MI, Jacki (Travis) Brangers and Tiffany (Patrick) Arnold of Rineville, KY; his step-grandsons: John (Christine) Betts of Milan, OH, Eric (Jenny) Allen of Hodgenville, KY, and Bryan (Emilie Bell) Allen of Buffalo, KY; his great grandkids: Jakob, Justin, Sam, and Emma Grieff, Megan (JJ) Kessberger, Elena, Carmen, Nora, Santi Pina, Ryder and Fiona Lopeman, Chelsea (Shaun) Holt, Carson Cortese, Delaney and Dresden Dixon, Allison and Madeline Tronc, Wesley Wattenberger, Libby and Abby Gardner, Clayton and Connor Betts, Henry and Annie Allen, Cash and Paxton Brangers; one great grandson: Hendrix Holt. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife: Joy; and one step daughter-in-law: Teresa “Charlie” Allen.

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Monday, October 4, 1920 - Monday, February 27, 2017

Rosemary Brady, 96, of Pontiac, IL passed away at 8:45 am on Monday, February 27, 2017 at her home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac with Monsignor Thomas Mack and Father David Sabel officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday, March 3, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac and one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday prior to mass. A Rosary will be recited at 3:30 pm on Friday at the funeral home.  Burial will follow services at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Pontiac, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Parish in Pontiac or St. Mary’s School in Pontiac, IL. 

Rosemary was born October 4, 1920 in El Paso, IL a daughter of Edward and Florence (Hindert) Wendland. She married John “Jack” Brady on December 3, 1942. He passed away on June 15, 2006.

She is survived by her daughters: Mary Walston Hassett of Greenville SC, Rosemary (Tom) Beckman of Newburgh IN, Margaret Perry of Hampshire IL, Joanne Savage (Hal) of Frankfort IL and Bernadette Cleary Timmerman (Doug) of Pontiac IL; one son: Ted Brady (Patti) of Houston TX; seventeen grandchildren: Mike Brady, Kimberly Brady, Lori Trottier, Mary Kelly Walston, Shannon (Walston) Roedel, Morton Walston, Joshua Walston, Colleen Perry, Kathryn (Perry) Romero, John Perry, Mac Perry, Amy Brady, Allison Savage, Bill Savage, Sarah (Savage) Faiola, Jessica (Cleary) Gaydo, and Lee Cleary;  eleven great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and one daughter-in-law: Pam Brady of Fort Myers, FL. She is preceded in death by her parents; one brother: Joe Wendland; one sister: Norma Crawford; husband John; one infant daughter: Mary Catherine Brady; one son: Jack Brady; three sons-in-law: Keith Cleary, John Boyken, Rich Perry; one granddaughter: Angela Marie Brady; and beloved friend and soulmate of thirty years: Joe Trainor.

Rosemary was educated in the El Paso schools. She attended a business school in Peoria. She started at Pfister Hybrids as a secretary. Later on, she got married and moved to Pontiac, where she owned and operated Brady’s Store for Ladies for fifty-two years. Rosemary loved doing her own uniquely creative advertising. An innovator in her field, she was one of the first to use radio for advertising and could be heard on talk shows.

She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac, the Women’s Guild, and the Legion of Mary. She also faithfully attended the adoration service for over 30 years. Through her business she donated socks to St. Mary’s School and clothes to the Sister of the BVM (Blessed Virgin Mother).

Most of all, she loved her family and spending time with them. Rosemary was a loving mom, grandma, great grandma, aunt, and friend who will be greatly missed.

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Saturday, September 12, 1936 - Sunday, February 26, 2017

Rolland D. “Rollie” Read, 80, of Cullom, IL passed away at 9:36 pm on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at Flanagan Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Cullom with Rev. Jonathan Brashear officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home on Wednesday. Burial will follow services in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Cullom, IL. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Rollie was born September 12, 1936 in Danforth, Illinois a son of Donald and Margaret (Nightengale) Read. He married Elizabeth A. Edman on June 22, 1963 in Cullom, IL. She passed away on March 25, 2016.

He is survived by two sons: Thomas (Rebecca) Read of Cullom, IL. and Gerald (Krissandra) Read of Saunemin, IL.; three grandchildren: Dylan, Courtney and Kaitlyn (Jacob Mynatt) Read; one great grandson: Jason Mynatt; his siblings: Denny (Sandy) Read of Pontiac, Illinois and Doug Read of Morris, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and siblings: Carolyn (Stan) McCulloh and Richard and (Ethel) Read.

Rollie graduated from Cullom High School. He served his country in the United States Army, being stationed in Germany just prior to the Vietnam War. Upon returning home, he worked for Roper Stove Plant for twenty years in Kankakee, IL. He then worked for the Pontiac Correctional Center for twenty years until his retirement.

He enjoyed watching sports, namely, basketball, baseball, football, and racing.

Rollie, affectionately known as “Boppy” by his grandkids loved spending time and being around them. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

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Tuesday, September 14, 1937 - Monday, February 20, 2017

Carl E. Clubb, 79, of Chatsworth, IL. died Monday February 20, 2017 at 11:40AM at Piper City Rehab and Living Center, Piper City, IL.

 

His funeral will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 10:00AM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery, Chatsworth, IL. A visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4:00-800PM at the funeral home. Memorials in Carl’s name may be left to the activity fund at Piper City Rehab and Living Center.

 

Carl was born on September 14, 1937 in Carbondale, IL., a son of Charles E. and Leola (Davis) Clubb. He married Mary Lou Mosier on October 12, 1957 in Essex, IL. She preceded him in death on January 29, 2016. Survivors include: three sons: Carl (Theresa) Clubb of Onarga, IL., David (Lori) Clubb of Coal City, IL. and Roger (Ashley) Clubb of Chatsworth, IL.; four daughters: Kathleen (Dave) Wood of Dwight, IL., Susan Loveall of Chatsworth, IL., Debbie (Al) Swiggett of Coal City, IL. and Cindy (Paul) Heern of Hollywood, MD. Seventeen grandchildren: Chuckie Lee, Jazmin, Haleigh, Cullen, Kyle, Shelby, Jacob, Jeremy, Brandon, Nick, Cody, Stephanie, Stephen, Ben,Tim, Matthew and Kayla ; nine great grandchildren: Carl, Marijah, Alonzo, Zach, Damian, Mason, Dakota, Gavin and Chase; two brothers: Donald Clubb of Carbondale, IL. and John Clubb of Forrest, IL.; two special friends: Alice Loveall and Chris Nelson. Carl was preceded in death by: his identical twin brother: Charles; two sisters: Cleta and Bonnie, and twins Larry Ray and Mary Fay.

 

Carl was educated in Carbondale Schools. He was a machine repairman for Caterpillar in the Aurora, IL. plant for thirty years.

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Wednesday, February 15, 1939 - Sunday, February 19, 2017

Arnold E. Carls, 78, of Flanagan, IL passed away at 2:12 am on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Flanagan Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac with Pastor Patrick Embley officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home on Tuesday. Burial will follow services at South Side Cemetery in Pontiac, IL where military rites will be accorded. Memorial contributions may be made to Flanagan Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Flanagan Christian Church, Flanagan American Legion Post 456, or Graymont Baptist Church.

Arnold was born February 15, 1939 a son of Melvin John and Florence Johanna (Fischer) Carls. He married Sandra Meyer on November 25, 1962 in Pontiac, IL. She passed away on April 7, 2011.

He is survived by one son: Kevin (Sharon) Carls of Pontiac; two daughters: Kristyn (Jarred) Durre and Kathleen (Dan) Schopp both of Flanagan; four grandchildren: Amanda Carls, Jarred Durre Jr., Katrina Durre, and Jacob Schopp; two brothers: Dennis Duane Carls and Steven Lynn Carls both of Flanagan; many nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one granddaughter: Kayla Carls; two brothers: Kenneth Leroy Carls and James Melvin Carls; and one sister: Judith Melvada Weber.

Arnold was educated in the Flanagan schools. He served his country in the United States Army.

He worked at Finkenbinder Feed Mill in Cornell, Hatzer’s in Cornell, Pontiac Chair, Skelgas, and he retired from FS as a propane salesman.

Arnold was a member of the Flanagan American Legion Post 456 and the First Baptist Church in Minonk.

He had a great sense of humor and was always giving the grandkids a hard time. Spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren mattered most to Arnold. He enjoyed fishing and always recalled with fondness his trips to Las Vegas.

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Friday, June 3, 1927 - Saturday, February 18, 2017

Marjorie J. Kuntz, 89, a resident of Fairview Haven Retirement Community in Fairbury, IL formerly of Forrest, IL, passed away at 2:14 am on Saturday, February 18, 2017.

She was a member of the Forrest Apostolic Christian Church where funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 with ministers of the church officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:00 to 10:15 am on Wednesday, prior to the service at the church. Burial will take place following services at the South Apostolic Christian Cemetery in rural Fairbury, IL. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Forrest is handling arrangements for the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Fairview Haven Retirement Community in Fairbury.

Marjorie was born June 3, 1927 in rural Forrest, IL a daughter of Sam and Lydia (Sohn) Maier. She married Leland E. Kuntz on November 26, 1949 in Fairbury, IL. He passed away on January 29, 2011.

She is survived by one daughter, Carla (Curtis) Stoller of Gridley; one son, Kevin Kuntz of Forrest; three granddaughters, Carrie (Troy) Blunier of Oakbrook Terrace, IL; Christy Stoller of Croton on Hudson, NY, and Chelli Stoller of Princeton, IL; three great grandsons: Peter, Lincoln and Miles Blunier; her siblings: Thelma Maier of Forrest, IL and Vernon (Beth) Maier of Fairbury, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one infant granddaughter.

Marjorie was a homemaker as well as working at Forrest Savings and Loan until 1986 and being the Forrest Township Clerk for many many years.

She enjoyed seeing and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Marjorie was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend who will be greatly missed.

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