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Tuesday, November 7, 1939 - Sunday, January 29, 2017

Alma J. (Brand) Hines, 77, of Chatsworth, IL., passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 5:51AM at St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, IL.

According to her wishes, cremation rites will be accorded and there will be no services. Inurnment will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorials in her honor may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth is in charge of the arrangements.

Alma was born on November 7, 1939 in Chatsworth, IL., a daughter of Charlie and Alma G. (Dellinger) Brock. She married Thomas Brand in 1985 and they later divorced and he survives. She then married Walter J. Hines in 1986. He passed away in 1997.

Surviving are sons: Mike (Ava) Brand of Chatsworth, David (Brenda) Brand of Elkville, IL; 5 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Joey Brand; brothers, Bobby Brock, Delbert Brock and sisters, Monnie Kirk and Carol Fellers.

Alma worked for Nichols Homeshield in Chatsworth for more than 25 years.

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Saturday, April 17, 1937 - Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Barbara Lee Kuntz,79, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Prince William Hospital in Manassas, Virginia.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth, Illinois. A private burial service will follow at the Chatsworth-Charlotte Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mrs. Kuntz’s name may be made to the Alzheimer's foundation.

Mrs. Kuntz was born in Princeton, Illinois on April 17, 1937. She was the daughter of the late Phillip and Hazel Kopp. Mrs. Kuntz married her husband, Arlen R. Kuntz of Strawn, Illinois on November 12, 1955.

Survivors include three children, Scott A. Kuntz and his wife Vicky of Elk River, MN, Kari K. Smith and her husband Tom of Beckley, WV and Brian D. Kuntz and his wife Dana of Oak Hill, Va; Grandchildren Tara M. White, Amy N. Noland, Eric M. Ferguson, Brittany M. Tutem, Stephanie M. Kuntz and Jacob A. Kuntz; and Great-Grandson Ethan Shiloh White. Also, a brother Jack Kopp, and two sisters Joann Tucker and Jeri Link. She was preceded in death by her husband and two infant twin daughters, Kathleen and Ann Marie Kuntz.

After moving to Virginia with her family, Mrs. Kuntz served as a budget analysis in the Pentagon for fifteen years. She achieved a US Civil Service rank of GS-13 during her exceptional career. When she retired, she and her husband operated a home improvement and remodeling business in Springfield, Virginia.

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Friday, June 20, 1919 - Saturday, January 28, 2017

Mary Alice Haag 97 of Cullom, IL. passed away Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 11:00AM at Evenglow Inn in Pontiac, IL.
Her funeral will be held on Saturday, February 4,2017 at 11:00AM at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Cullom, IL. A visitation will be held on Friday from 4:00-7:00PM at the church in Cullom. Burial will be in Westlawn Cemetery, Cullom, IL. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Cullom is in charge of the arrangements.
Mary Alice was born on June 20, 1919 in Chatsworth, IL., a daughter of Clinton and Minnie (Lighty) Serene. She married Marlin Edward Haag on February 19, 1937 in Cullom, IL. He passed away September 21, 1989.
Surviving are sons: Dewaine “Dewey” (Marie) Haag of Emington, IL and David (Marsha) Haag of Kempton; sister-in-law, Jackie Serene of Clifton; 6 grandchildren and 13 greatgrandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Gerald Serene.
Mary Alice was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cullom, WELCA and served as their president for a time, served as a leader of the Happy Helper 4-H Club, was a member of the Home Bureau and the American Legion Auxiliary.
She enjoyed singing in the church choir, was an avid Cubs and Bulls fan. She always made time to follow all her grandchildren in their activities. She enjoyed dancing with her friends and her trips to Naples, FL.

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Tuesday, June 2, 1925 - Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Lyle D. “Ike” Dehm, 91, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 2:45 pm on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Chatsworth United Methodist Church with Rev. Roosevelt Smith officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Burial will follow services at Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth is handling arrangements for the family.

Ike was born June 2, 1925 in Piper City, Illinois a son of William and Harriet (DeBoor) Dehm. He married Wilma Ferguson on September 15, 1945 in Chatsworth, Illinois. She passed on February 2, 2015.

He is survived by his children: Angela (Tom) Melody of Chatsworth, IL and Jeffrey (Floral) Dehm of Chatsworth, IL; three grandchildren: Brad Dehm, Ashley Talleur, and Nicole Graham; and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son: Eric Dehm, and four brothers: Weldon, Lloyd, Glen, and Leland Dehm.

Ike attended Piper City Schools. Wilma and Ike owned and operated Westside Drive-in in Chatsworth, for five years prior to them having children. After that, Ike and Wilma owned and operated Dehm Bus Service for 63 years.  Ike was a member of Chatsworth United Methodist Church.

He was an avid collector of tractors, always buying, fixing, and driving them. Ike loved going to parades in the area and listening to music, especially the old time “jams” in the surrounding towns. He was known for his quick wit and storytelling.

Ike was a loving dad, grandpa, great grandpa, uncle, and friend who will be greatly missed.

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Tuesday, June 1, 1943 - Thursday, January 19, 2017

Karolyn M. “Dodie” Rinn, 73 of Odell, IL. died Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 5:44AM at her residence.

Her funeral will be held on Tuesday  January 24, 2017 at 11:00AM at St. Mary’s Church, Pontiac, IL., with Fr. David Sabel officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded after the funeral and a private inurnment will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Pontiac, IL.  A visitation will be held on Monday from 4:00-7:00 PM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac with the rosary being recited at 3:30PM. Memorials in Dodie’s name may be made to St. Mary’s School, St. Paul School or Livingston County Humane Society.

Dodie was born on June 1, 1943 in Pontiac, IL., a daughter of Ivan and Bernadine (Gschwendtner) Bruce. She married John Martin on  November 24, 1962 in Pontiac, IL. She later married Charles Rinn on December 30, 1984 in Pontiac, IL. at their home and their marriage was convalidated later at St. Mary’s Church.   He survives in Odell, IL.  Also surviving are three daughters: Kristene Ryan of Anchorage, AK, Lyn (Tom) Tucker of Odell, IL. and Megan (Steve) Bennett of Pontiac, IL.; six grandchildren: Liana Wesselhoff, Makani Zaima, Parker Bennett, Alaska Bennett, Lucas Tucker and Claire Tucker; three brothers: Dick Compton of Seattle, WA, Gary Bruce of Pontiac, IL. and Arthur Bruce of Streator, IL.; one sister: Shari LeVack of Seattle WA.; one aunt: Alzina “Cug” Porter of Pontiac, IL. and one uncle: John “Buck” Gschwendtner of Pontiac, IL.  Dodie was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and two sisters.

Dodie was raised by her grandparents Bernard (who she affectionately called Daddy) and Gertrude Gschwendtner on the family farm south of Pontiac. Dodie was educated at St. Mary’s School and Pontiac Township High School.  Dodie had been employed at St. James Hospital, Cargill and APL Logistics.   She was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Pontiac, IL.

Dodie was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

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Tuesday, August 22, 1922 - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Grace Mae Schieler, 94 of Pontiac, IL., died Wednesday January 18, 2017 at 3:45PM at Meadows Mennonite Home, rural Chenoa, IL.

Her funeral will be held on Saturday January 21, 2017 at 11:00AM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, IL., with Dr. Rev. Richard Riley of the First Lutheran Church officiating.  Burial will be in Rooks Creek Cemetery, rural Pontiac, IL.  A visitation will be held on Saturday from 10:00AM until the hour of services.  Memorials in Grace’s name may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Grace was born on August 22, 1922 in Livingston County, IL., a daughter of Roy Nelson and Nina Mae (Hahn) Howland.  She married Charles William Schieler in 1942.  He preceded her in death on February 27, 1976.  Survivors include: one son: Charles William (Beverly) Schieler Jr. of Chenoa, IL. and one daughter: Carol (Kerry) Foster of Pontiac, IL.; seven grandchildren: Jeff (Pam) Foster, Jay (Jill) Foster, Jodie DeBartoli, Jackie Huxtable, Brian (Wendy) Schieler, Chris (Karen) Schieler and Joe (Brandy) Foster; seventeen grandchildren and six great grandchildren including Memory Grace Toppel, who was named after her; one brother: William Howland of Gardner, IL.  Grace was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother.

Grace was a 1940 graduate of Joliet Township High School.  She had been employed as a secretary for several offices in Pontiac, IL.; Ada Fabricator, Evenglow Lodge, was a matron for Livingston County Sheriff’s Department and her last employment was at Mid Central Community Action in Pontiac for six years.  Grace was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Pontiac, IL.

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

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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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