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Sunday, January 10, 1943 - Thursday, January 5, 2017

James J. Franklin, 73, of Pontiac, IL passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac with Rev. James O. Wolfe III officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at the funeral home. Burial will follow services on Wednesday at Memorial Park Cemetery in rural Pontiac where military rites will be accorded, Illinois. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pontiac VFW.

James was born January 10, 1943 in Rockford, Illinois a son of Edwin S. and Elles S. (Close) Franklin. He attended the Pontiac schools, graduating in 1961 from Pontiac Township High School. He then served our country in the United States Navy for four years during the Vietnam War. He was an ASW Air crewman (E3) in P3 Orion patrol planes. He was honorably discharged. He continued to serve when he returned through the Pontiac VFW for many years, namely District 7 Commander for two years and the Pontiac American Legion.

He came back to Pontiac after his service and worked at Motorola-Pontiac in quality control until it closed. At that point he went to Seibert, Inc. in Chenoa, IL as a machinist for twenty-four years, retiring in 2002.

James married C. Joy Hendershot on January 8, 1993. They spent thirty wonderful years together. She passed away on December 13, 2012.

He is survived by his son: James J. “Joe” (Kim) Franklin of Evans, GA and his two children: Paul and Victor Franklin; his mother: Ellen Fitzgerald of Pontiac, IL; one half-brother: Richard Soule of Graymont, IL; one half-sister: Kathy Kelly of Pontiac, IL; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife and father.

James was a detail-oriented guy who was a great father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend who will be greatly missed.

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Friday, December 1, 1922 - Thursday, January 5, 2017

Mary F. Dalton, 94 of Pontiac, IL., died Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 8:49AM at Pontiac Healthcare & Rehab Center, Pontiac, IL.

 

A private graveside service will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery, rural Pontiac, IL. There will be no visitation. Memorials in Mary’s name may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, IL. is handling the arrangements.

 

Mary was born on December 1, 1922 in Odell, IL., a daughter of Robert and Helen (Cundy) Kennedy. She married Dean E. Dalton on November 20, 1945 in Pontiac, IL. He preceded her in death on June 21, 1997. Survivors include: one son: James (Joanne) Dalton of Normal, IL.; one daughter: Marcy (Wayne) Carstens of Long Point, IL.; eleven grandchildren, twenty- two great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren; two sisters. Mary was preceded in death by two sons: Joseph Dalton and Roger Dalton; one brother: Robert Kennedy and one sister: Agnes Speaks.

 

Mary was educated in Odell Schools and was a homemaker.

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Wednesday, March 3, 1915 - Sunday, January 1, 2017

Verla L. Tauber, 101, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 6:30 pm on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at Piper City Rehab and Living Center. 

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, January 5, 2016 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth with Father Richard Brunskill officiating. Visitation will be held two hours prior to services at the church. Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Kouts, IN at 4:00 pm on Thursday afternoon. Memorial contributions in Verla’s name may be made to H.O.P.E. Church, Futures Unlimited, or Chatsworth Fire and EMS. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth is handling arrangements for the family. 

 

Verla was born March 3, 1915 in Kouts, IN a daughter of Joseph and Gertie (Downey) Craig. She married Sam Tauber on October 9, 1953 in Valparaiso, IN. He passed away on November 24, 1979. 

 

She is survived by her daughter: Kay (Mark) Grizzle of Chatsworth, IL; one son: Samuel (Bobbi) Tauber of Greeley, CO; two grandchildren: Heather Grizzle and Nicole (Mike) Scott; three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter: Jane, two brothers, and two sisters. 

 

Verla grew up in Kouts, IN. She was a nurses' aide. She was a lifelong Catholic being baptized at St. Mary's Catholic Church in

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Thursday, September 4, 1947 - Sunday, January 1, 2017
Ellen “Kay” Fred, 69, of Pontiac, IL passed away at 7:22 am on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at her home in Pontiac. A visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac. According to the family’s wishes, cremation rites will follow visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Kay was born September 4, 1947 in Pontiac, IL a daughter of Burdette Orlo and Ellen Jo (Wolter) Skipton. She married Eugene Earl Fred on September 9, 1981 in Pontiac, IL. He passed away on May 31, 2008. She is survived by her children: Jeff Lewis (Cris Cool), Shelley Lewis-Barton, Angela (Michael) Huffman, and Daniel Fred all of Pontiac, Illinois; nine grandchildren: Alisha Lewis (Josh Bryant), Alexis Lewis, Brandon and Brock Barton, Jesse, Nathan, and Alison Huffman, Devin and Calvin Fred; and two great grandchildren: Khloe and Kylee. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. Kay was raised and educated in the Odell area. She worked for Coils Inc. in Dwight for 17 years and then she worked at Mosaic until she retired in 2013. Kay especially enjoyed her time spent there helping others. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and family. Kay was an avid TV watcher and wordsearch player. Kay was a loving mom, grandma, great grandma and friend who will be greatly missed.
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Friday, March 14, 1947 - Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Daniel L. Fienhold, 69 of Pontiac, IL., died Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 2:17AM at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL.

His funeral will be held on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 12:00Noon at the First Lutheran Church, Pontiac, IL., with Rev. Heidi Punt officiating. A visitation will be held from 10:00AM until Noon at the church. Cremation rites will be accorded after services and inurnment will be held at a later date at South Side Cemetery, Pontiac, IL. Memorials in Dan’s name may be made to First Lutheran Church, Pontiac Public Library or a charity of the donor’s choice. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, IL. is handling the arrangements.

Dan was born on March 14, 1947 in Pontiac, IL., a son of Charles F. and Dorothy J. (McCoy) Fienhold. He married Nancy Baker on June 25, 1967 in Pontiac, IL. She survives in Pontiac, IL. also surviving is one daughter: Nicole (Mason) Hall of Pontiac, IL. and one son: Brian Fienhold of Houston, TX.; three grandchildren: Alexis, Keagan and Ethan Hall. Dan was preceded in death by his parents and one brother: Jerry Fienhold.

Dan was educated in Graymont Grade School and Pontiac High School. He worked for the Livingston County Sheriff’s office, owned and operated Fienhold Quality Carpentry and for twenty -five years was Director of Support Services at OSF St. James Hospital, before retiring in 2006. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church-Pontiac, IL.

Dan enjoyed spending time with his family, his grandkids ,the guys at the coffee shop and could always be counted in on a good card game. He enjoyed taking his family and friends on vacation, hunting trips, fishing in Canada and boating in the Ozarks. In more recent years, Dan took great joy in taking his grandkids to St. Joseph, MI. for time on the beach.

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Friday, February 28, 1936 - Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Nancy Ellen Cole Vial, 80, of Pontiac, died at 3:55 a.m. on Dec. 20, 2016 at Evenglow Lodge, Pontiac. She was born at home on Feb. 28, 1936 in Greene County Illinois to George Allen and Mabel Kinser Cole. Visitation will be December 26, 2016 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 27 at First United Methodist Church, Pontiac.

She resided in rural Blackstone most of her adult life. She married Richard E. Vial on July 8, 1956. He died on Jan. 25, 2000. She later married Robert St. John, March 3, 2001 and he died on Sept. 10, 2010.

She is survived by two children, Daniel R. (Julie) Vial of Blackstone and Laurie B. (Michael Ball) Vial of Champaign. She is also survived by four grandchildren Jacob D. (Kelly) Vial of Chicago, Molly D. (Brandon) Laue of Altamont, Neal R. Benjamin of Carthage and Claire E. Benjamin of Champaign as well as a great-grandson, Wyatt Laue. Also surviving are three brothers David (Shirley) Cole of Danville, Gale (Joy) Cole of Palmyra and Kendall (Charlot) Cole of Virden. She is also survived by two stepdaughters Joni (Tak Cheung) St. John of Manville and Lori (Jay) Wittrig of Hopedale and step grandchildren Emily (Aaron) Petri of Bloomington, Edward (Haley) Wittrig of St. Louis, MO, Elizabeth Wittrig of Hopedale and Ray St. John of Peoria and one step great-granddaughter Olivia Petri.

Nancy was also preceded in death by an infant son, Jonathan and her parents.

Nancy attended Illinois College and graduated from Passavant Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, both in Jacksonville and was a registered nurse. She worked at St. James Hospital, Pontiac and later worked for the Livingston County Public Health Department from 1968-1990 where she worked at the Chest Clinic and made home visits. She was active in the Illinois Heart and Lung Association and the Illinois Conference on Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.

Nancy was a 4-H leader for many years and started the Sunbury Shamrocks 4-H Club. She was a member of the Blackstone United Methodist Church and served as organist for over 40 years. She was active in United Methodist Women at the local and district levels. And she was also active in the Livingston County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee and volunteered at Evenglow Lodge doing nail care for many years.

Nancy loved to sew in the winter and made hundreds of beautiful items, among them several wedding gowns including those for Laurie, Julie and Molly.

In the summer Nancy spent her time outdoors in her vegetable garden, flower beds and caring for the lawn and acreage. She was passionate about picking black raspberries and froze them to make “Gramma Jamma” year-round. She loved identifying and feeding birds and participating in the Audubon Society’s bird counts.

Memorials are suggested to Evenglow Lodge or the First United Methodist Church, Pontiac, where she was a member.

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Wednesday, March 27, 1929 - Sunday, December 18, 2016

Rosemarie Petree, 87 of Pontiac, IL., formerly of Cullom, IL., died Sunday December 18, 2016 at 3:40PM at Evenglow Lodge, Pontiac, IL.

Her funeral will be held on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 11:00AM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, IL. A visitation will be held from 9:00 AM until the hour of services at the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded after services. Inurnment will follow at a later date in Sullivan Center Cemetery, rural Cullom, IL. Memorials in Rosemarie’s name may be made to Cullom United Methodist Church or Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation.

Rosemarie was born on March 27, 1929 in Chicago, IL., a daughter of Arthur and Elbia (Saner) Lamie. She married Robert Petree on September 20, 1947 in Kankakee, IL. He preceded her in death on May 15, 2010. Rosemarie is survived by: two sons: Robert (Barbara) Petree Jr. of Plainfield, IL. and David (Cindy) Petree of McMinnville, OR.; two daughters: Janet McDevitt of Normal, IL. and Sandra Mattingly of Pontiac, IL.; seven grandchildren: Christopher Petree, Nicholas Petree, Lindsey McDevitt, Erin McDevitt, Matthew Mattingly, Nathan Petree and Jordanne Petree.; twelve great grandchildren. Rosemarie was preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters.

Rosemarie helped her husband on the farm her entire life. She was a member of the Cullom United Methodist Church and the Women’s Club of the church.

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Monday, November 16, 1925 - Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Mary Louise Dohman Teel, 91, of Pontiac, formerly of Chatsworth, IL. passed away at 6:00 am on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Evenglow Lodge, Pontiac, IL.

Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, December 23, 2016 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Cullom with Father William Keebler officiating. A visitation will be held from 3:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth. Burial will follow services on Friday at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Cullom. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Catholic Church in Cullom.

Mary Lou was born November 16, 1925 on a farm near Saunemin, Illinois, the daughter of the late Frank and Anna (Drenkelfuss) Dohman who emigrated from Germany in 1910. Mary Lou attended Oatmiller Country School for 8 years and was a 1943 graduate of Cullom High School. In the early 1960’s she graduated from auctioneer school. At the young age of 62, Mary Lou attended William Raney Harper College and earned an Associate’s degree in Art. She was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, the Altar and Rosary Society, and Vice President of the Charlotte Home Extension. She also was a member of Livingston County Senior Advisory Board, served on the board of directors for the Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging, and served on the Chatsworth Town Board for 8 years.

Mary Lou loved to crochet and sew. She made quilts for each daughter and crocheted baby Afghans for every baby born in her family. She held art classes in her basement studio. She loved playing pinochle, scrabble, solving crossword puzzles and painting pictures. She decorated cakes for all occasions and was known for her baking and cooking skills. She was an avid Cubs fan.

She was proud of her heritage and compiled a cookbook of family recipes and history. Twice she visited cousins in Germany.

Mary Lou is survived by her daughters: Diane (Ulf) Olsen, Linda Arquette, Beth Ann May, Mary Jo (Mark) See; one son: Larry Zeller; fifteen grandchildren, thirty-five great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren; and one sister-in-law: Jackie Dohman. She is also survived by her stepchildren: Paul Teel, Laura Kracker, and Jo Ellen (John) Shoenbrun. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband: John Teel; son: David Zeller, two grandsons: Marco DeAngeles and David Eric Zeller; three sisters: Elizabeth Wallrich, Anna Deany, and Charlene Dohman (who died at birth); five brothers: Francis “Frankie” Dohman, William “Bill” Dohman, Richard Dohman, George Dohman, and Gary Dohman.

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Saturday, May 22, 1948 - Thursday, December 15, 2016

Lawrence B. “Larry” Krippel, 68, of Pontiac, passed away at 10:22 pm on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Cremation rites will be accorded and a Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday December 20, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac with Rev. David Sabel Officiating, burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Loretto, IL. Memorials in his name may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or to Childrens Hospital of Illinois. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac is handling the arrangements.

Larry was born on May 22, 1948 in Streator, IL, a son of Bernard H. and Lucille (Englert) Krippel. He is survived by his Mother Lucille Krippel of Pontiac, one son: Todd (Tressa) Krippel of Rochester; one daughter: Mandi (Grant) Polkoszek of St. Charles, IL; six grandchildren; four Brothers: Mike (Toni) Krippel of Normal, Il, Pat (Paulette) Krippel of Pontiac, IL, Denny (Cassandra) Krippel of Pontiac, IL, Kevin (Phyllis) Krippel of Fairbury, IL; two sisters Mary Kay (Bob) Gualandi of Pontiac, IL, Elaine (Kim) Earing of Kempton, IL. He was preceded in death by his father.

Larry served our Country in the US Army during the Vietnam war. Larry was a member of St. Mary’s Church.

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Thursday, September 9, 1915 - Thursday, December 15, 2016

Elery Perkins, 101, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 1:35 pm on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, December 19, 2016 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth with Pastor Brian King officiating. Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at the funeral home. Burial will follow services on Monday at Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Elery’s name may be made to Chatsworth Sesquicentennial Celebration in care of Dawn Hobart.

Elery was born September 9, 1915 in rural Chatsworth, IL a son of Elisha and Ida (Deck) Perkins. He married Margery Eleanor Hoff on March 29, 1941 in St. Louis, MO. She passed away on March 11, 2007.

He is survived by his son: Ronald (Regino Dizon) Perkins of Chatsworth, IL; four grandchildren: Rhonda (Mike) McComas, Michele (Thomas) McComas, Jon (Tracy) Perkins, and Becky (Tim) McGreal; seven great grandchildren: Michele McComas, Michael McComas, TJ McComas, Andrew Perkins, Justin Perkins, Rachel McGreal, and Patrick McGreal; and two great-great grandchildren. Elery was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one daughter: Judith Green; one sister: Verna Hoxworth; and one brother: Archie Perkins.

Elery was born and raised in Chatsworth attending school there. He farmed all his life, until his retirement in 1981. He continued working- driving a truck, school buses, and being a crossing guard at Chatsworth Elementary where he officially retired in 2011 at the age of 95.

He enjoyed camping and spending time with his family. Elery was a loving dad, grandpa, great grandpa, great-great grandpa and friend who will be greatly missed.

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