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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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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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