Pontiac Area


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Thursday, January 12, 1933 - Sunday, February 12, 2017

Richard "Dick" Ralph, 84, of Odell, passed away at 1:18 a.m. Sunday (Feb. 12, 2017) at St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. 

Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul Catholic Church in Odell with the rosary being recited at 3:30PM. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s Church with Rev. Adam Cesarek officiating.  Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Odell, IL.  Memorials in Dick’s name may be made to St. Paul School in Odell.  Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, IL. is handling the arrangements.

Dick was born January 12, 1933, in Pontiac, the son of George and Mary (Delpoas) Ralph. He married Ruth Harrington on May 31, 1959, in Odell. She survives in Odell. 

Also surviving are sons Mike (Julie Harner) Pontiac; John (Sarah Streck) Riverside, IL.; and daughter Nicole (Roy) Rickert, Bismark, ND; sister Carol Strobbe, Pontiac; 10 grandchildren, Rachael, Jake and Jackie Ralph; Luke, Will, Emma and Owen Ralph; Molly, Paul and Elliot Rickert; and two great grandchildren, Ryder and Todd Hollander. 

He was preceded in death by a daughter Jamie, three brothers and two sisters. 

Dick was a graduate of St. Paul High School in Odell where he was a guard on the historic 1951 Sweet Sixteen basketball team. He served in the Army during the Korean War. In a career that spanned 50 years, he was a director for the Illinois Farmer's Union in Springfield where he oversaw a job training program for under privileged youth.  He relished in a second career as a car salesman, where his love for people and good conversation led to many friendships.

A beloved family man who cherished his time with his grandchildren, Dick also loved sports, playing cards, jigsaw puzzles and politics, and he never met a stranger. His homemade fudge and caramel corn were legendary.

Dick was a lifelong member of St. Paul Catholic Church.

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Monday, September 19, 1927 - Friday, February 10, 2017

Pauline Wiegand 89 of Pontiac, IL., passed away Friday, February 10, 2017 at 9:55PM at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday February 15, 2017 at 10:00AM at the Apostolic Church of Forrest in Forrest, IL. with church ministers officiating. Burial will be in North Apostolic Christian Cemetery, Forrest, IL. A Visitation will be held Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from 5-7PM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Forrest, IL. There will be an additional visitation on Wednesday morning from 9:00-9:45AM at the Church. Memorials in Pauline’s name may be made to Fairview Haven Retirement Community.  Calvert & Martin Funeral Home Forrest, IL. is handling the arrangements.

Pauline was born on September 19, 1927 in Quincy, IL., a daughter of Dorman and Catherine (Greaver) Hall. She married Joseph R. Wiegand Sr. on July 14, 1945 in Quincy, IL. He passed away March 31, 1991.

She is survived by daughters: Dinah (Jim) Leenders, Alice (Charles) Crego, Sandra (Mark) Lewis, Elizabeth (William) Tolbert all of Pontiac, IL.; sons, Joseph R. (Barbara) Wiegand Jr. of Conroe, TX, William (Darlene) Wiegand of Cookeville, TN.; 18 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers and 6 sisters.

Pauline was a member of the Forrest Apostolic Church and farmed alongside her husband for many years. She also was a furniture seamstress. She enjoyed being with her family and friends. Loved doing puzzles and put dozens together over the years.

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Tuesday, August 26, 1986 - Thursday, February 9, 2017

Kyle Scott Rients, 30 of rural Pontiac, IL., died Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 11:15 PM at his residence.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, February 18thfrom 2:00-5:00 PM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac.  Cremation rites will be accorded after the visitation.  Memorials in Kyle’s name may be made to his son’s, Tyson education fund at the State Bank of Graymont, Pontiac, IL.

Kyle was born on August 26, 1986 in Pontiac, IL., a son of James A. and Robin (Pagel) Rients.  Survivors include his parents Jim and Robin Rients of rural Pontiac, IL.; one son: Tyson Rients of Pontiac, Il.; three brothers: Chad Long of Brimfield, CO., Rick Rients of Saunemin, IL. and Adam Rients of Frankfurt, KY.; maternal grandfather: Fritz Pagel of Pontiac, IL. and his long time friend: Mandy DuVall of Pontiac, IL. Kyle was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and maternal grandmother and one brother: Joshua Long.

Kyle was educated in Pontiac schools and had been employed at Giovanini Metals and lastly at Technical Metals in Fairbury.

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Tuesday, March 28, 1933 - Thursday, February 9, 2017

James A. Nelson, 83 of Normal, IL., formerly of Pontiac, IL. and Stuart, FL. died Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 1:20AM at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.

Cremation rites will be accorded and a celebration of Life will be held on Sunday March 19, 2017 at 2:00PM at the Pontiac Elks Lodge, Pontiac, IL.  Memorials in Jim’s name may be made to Drake University Bulldog Club, % Drake University Athletics 2507 University Ave. Des Moines, IA. 50311, Boys and Girls Club of Pontiac or a charity of the donor’s choice.  Calvert & Martin Funeral Home Pontiac, IL. is handling the arrangements.

Jim was born on March 28, 1933 in Galesburg, IL., a son of Arthur and Gladys (Corbin) Nelson.  He married Gail Anderson on October 20, 1973 in Galesburg, IL.  She survives in Normal, IL.  Also surviving is one son: David (Juliana Duncan) Nelson of Bloomington, IL.; step-children:  Lisa (Ed) Schaibley of Bloomington, IL., Laura (Robert) Reardon of Bloomington, IL. and Paul (Nenna) Bailey of Issaquah, WA.; grandchildren: Courtney Nelson, Kendall Kobler, Kyle Schaibley, Connor Schaibley, Lee Reardon, West Reardon, Samuel Bailey and Cecilia Bailey; great grandchildren: Ellyington and Everett Kobler, Dillon and Abby Schaibley; two sisters: Ethel Hendricks and Carol Jean Oakes both of Independence, MO.  Jim was preceded in death by four brothers and sisters.

Jim was educated at Graceland College, Drake University and received his dental degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Jim opened his private dental practice in 1960 in Pontiac, IL. and later founded Associated Dentists in Pontiac, IL. in 1973. He was a pioneer clinician in the field of dental implants. Jim was past president of Local Dental Society, past delegate to the American Dental Association, executive councilman in the Illinois Dental Society and past president and board member of Delta Dental.  He was a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the International College of Dentists, and Academy of Implants and Transplants.  He was named to the Wall of Fame at Graceland University for basketball and was the DD award winner at Drake University.  Jim was a member of the Pontiac Elks Club and a life sponsor of Ducks Unlimited.  He was an avid fisherman, hunter and golfer.  Jim could hit every note of the song Danny Boy.

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Thursday, January 14, 1937 - Saturday, February 4, 2017

Lorena Mae Metz, 80, of Cullom, Illinois passed away at 4:59 pm on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Evenglow Lodege in Pontiac, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Life Church, 1411 Crescent Street (Rt. 45 S), Gilman, IL 60938 with Jim Harkins officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church Parish Hall and a half hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church. Graveside services will be at 3:00 pm on Wednesday at West Lawn Cemetery in Cullom, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac, or Cullom Beckham Memorial Library.

Lorena was born on January 14, 1937 in rural Cullom, IL, a daughter of Lon and Susie (Detwiler) Wickham. She was educated in the Cullom schools. She married Donald Metz on October 28, 1956 at Cullom United Methodist Church. He survives.

Also surviving are their children: Kevin (Donna) Metz of Cullom, IL, Doug (Tina) Metz of Carpentersville, IL, Alan (Bev) Metz of Cullom, IL, and Janice (John) Engelman of Kankakee, IL; twelve grandchildren: Aaron and Daniel Metz, Morgan Metz, Kelsey (Andy) Laboy, Andrew (Holly) Metz, Rachel (Josh) Steidinger, Leah and Grace Metz, Alicia (Dan) Sobodas, Spike, Anthony and Luke Engelman; three great grandchildren: Cora Laboy, Landon Sobodas, and Paisley Steidinger; one special cousin: Nita Moser; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings: Henry Wickham, Evelyn Morris, Paul Wickham, and Harold Wickham.

Lorena was a lifelong beautician, she also worked at St. James in Pontiac, Piper City Rehab and Living Center (formerly Greenbrier), Fox Developmental Center, then Tri-Point School.

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Skinner Trost Unit 122 serving as past president as well as every other position there. Lorena did serve at the state level as Department Chaplan and various other positions and committees throughout the years. She was also a member of the Life Church in Gilman, IL.

Most of all, Lorena’s love for her family always took priority. As an avid sports fan, she enjoyed going to her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. She took her position as the Matriarch of the family very seriously and would to anything for them. Lorena loved to sing, dance, and play cards.

She was a loving wife, mom, grandma, great grandma, aunt, and friend who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

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Saturday, August 6, 1927 - Friday, February 3, 2017

Leona Louise Stow, 89, of Piper City, IL formerly of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 3:00 am on Friday, February 3, 2017 at Piper City Rehab and Living Center.

A graveside service will be held at 2:30 pm on Monday, February 6, 2017 at Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chatsworth Sesquicentennial Fund. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth is handling arrangements for the family.

Leona was born August 6, 1927 in Martinton, IL a daughter of Randalph and Eva (Dusenberry) Lade. She married Hiram “Stubby) Stow on April 6, 1947. He passed away on October 17, 1982.

She is survived by her siblings: Thelma Mason and Donald (Carolyn) Lade both of Chatsworth, Betty White of Sheldon, IL, and Charles Lade of Pontiac, IL; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and siblings: Merle Lade, Dorothy Lee, Louise York, and Gerald Lade.

Leona worked at Nichols Homeshield for many years until her retirement.

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Thursday, March 30, 1944 - Thursday, February 2, 2017

Diana Sue Taylor, 72, of Cullom, IL passed away at 5:30 am on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, February 6, 2017 at Cullom United Methodist Church with Pastor Jonathan Brashear officiating. A visitation will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Cullom. Burial will follow services at West Lawn Cemetery in Cullom, IL. Memorial contributions may be made to Cullom United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Diana was born on March 30, 1944 in Streator, Illinois, the eldest of five children to Orville and Helen (Wonders) Fulkerson. She was raised in the Manville area attending Woodland Schools. She married J Orin Taylor on June 10, 1962 in Streator, Illinois. He survives in Cullom, IL.

She is also survived by her two sons: Douglas (Christel) Taylor of Waukesha, WI and Keith (Angela) Taylor of Cullom, IL; six grandchildren: Matthew, Rebecca, Benjamin, Zachery, Dani, and Alexis Taylor; and three siblings: James Fulkerson of Amsterdam, Holland, Linda Fulkerson of Chicago, IL, and David Fulkerson of Streator, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother: Jack Fulkerson.

Diana and J Orin owned and operated their farm together, alternating between driving the combine and hauling in. She was a farm wife doing what ever was necessary for her family and the farm. They farmed for 45 years together.

She was active in many clubs and organizations including: Women’s Farm Bureau serving at the county and state level for a number of years; Cullom United Methodist Church also serving on several different committees and capacities; the American Legion Auxiliary- Skinner Trost Post 122 of Cullom where she was past president, treasurer, and committee member; a member of the Citizens for Cullom; and the Illinois Soy Bean Association. Diana was also very involved in the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC). She served as the Central IL Regional President and Treasurer of District 17. Diana also served at the State level on many committees. She was dedicated to the Livingston County Home Extension serving on that board and various committees.

Diana most of all, loved her family and spending time with them was her top priority. She was a loving wife, mom, grandma, sister, aunt, and friend who will be greatly missed.

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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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