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Thursday, December 29, 1955 - Saturday, March 12, 2016

Susan Kaye Mackinson, 60 of Pontiac, IL., died Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 3:30AM at her residence.


Cremation rites will be accorded.  A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 18, 2016 at  10:00AM at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Pontiac, IL., with Rev Mary Kay Henson officiating.  A visitation will be held on Thursday from 4:00-700PM at the church.  Inurnment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, rural Pontiac.  Memorials in Susan’s name may be made to her Relay for Life team-Suzie’s Brainstormers or OSF Hospice.  Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac is handling the arrangements.


Susan was born on December 29, 1955 in Wabash, IN., a daughter of Ray and Donna (Martin) Fingerle.  She married Mark E. Mackinson on April 3, 1982 in Bloomington, IL.  He survives: Pontiac, IL.  Also surviving are two sons: Jacob (Tammy) Prescher of Gridley, IL. and Brian (Pam) Mackinson of Iowa City, IA; one brother: Todd Fingerle of North Ft. Myers, FL.; two grandchildren: Skylar and Isaac Prescher. Susan was preceded in death by her parents.


Susan was educated in Bloomington, IL.  Before becoming a hair stylist, Susan was employed at Good Samaritan Home, Flanagan, IL. as an assistant activities director.  Susan was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church-Pontiac, IL. 

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Wednesday, November 4, 1936 - Friday, March 11, 2016

Stanley K. “Red” Lorrance Sr., 79 of Chenoa, IL., died Friday, March 11, 2016 at 7:30PM at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL


A visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 from 4:00-7:00PM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac.  Cremation rites will be accorded after the visitation. Memorials in Stanley’s name may be made a charity of the Donor’s choice.

Stanley was born on November 4, 1936 in Saybrook, IL., a son of Dolpha and Gertrude (McIntyre) Lorrance.  He married Joyce Mehrkens Snow on March 29, 1969.  She survives in Chenoa, IL.  Also surviving is: one daughter: Brenda (Mike) Keene of Pontiac, IL.; one son: Stanley (Sandy) Lorrance of Pontiac, IL.; one step-daughter: Jolene (Mike) Moss of Chenoa, IL.; two stepsons: John (Diana Nanninga) Snow of Pontiac, IL.; Jerry (Sandy) Snow of Pontiac, IL.; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; four sisters; one brother and several nieces and nephews.  Stanley was preceded in death by one step-daughter, five sisters and two brothers.


Stanley was educated in Saunemin schools.  He served our country in the US Army for four years.  He was employed as an iron worker for Local #386 out of LaSalle, IL. for 35 years. Stanley enjoyed watching NASCAR races and was an avid fan of the Chicago White Sox and Miami Dolphins.

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Saturday, October 25, 1980 - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Brandon James Hinshaw, 35 of Pontiac, IL., died Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 7:52AM at OSF St. Hames-John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac.


Cremation rites will be accorded and a visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 5:00-7:00PM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac. Memorials in Brandon’s name may be made to his children.


Brandon was born on October 25, 1980 in Pontiac, Il., a son of Doug and Carolyn (Richey) Hinshaw. Survivors include: four children: Carson Rathbun, Kylie Hinshaw, Ashleigh Hinshaw and Taylor Hinshaw all at home; significant other: Michelle Rathbun of Pontiac, IL.; his Parents: Doug and Carolyn Hinshaw of Gibson City; one brother: Chad Hinshaw of Gibson City, IL.; paternal grandmother: Shirley English of Benton, KY.; paternal great grandmother: Ada Raby of Chenoa, IL. Brandon was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, paternal grandfather and one brother: Brian Hinshaw.


Brandon was educated in Pontiac Schools

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Monday, September 24, 1923 - Monday, February 29, 2016

Yvonne V. Enger, 92 of Pontiac, IL., died Monday, February 29, 2016 at 11:30PM at Tjardes Health Care Center at Evenglow Lodge.


Her graveside service will be held on Monday, March 7, 2016 at 11:00AM at Sunnyslope Cemetery, Saunemin, IL. with Dr. Rev. Richard Riley of the First Lutheran Church officiating. Following the graveside service there will be a luncheon at the church. There will be no visitation. Memorials in Yvonne’s name may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, IL. is handling the arrangements.


Yvonne was born in Livingston County, IL., a daughter of I. Cephas and Luella B. (Ayers) Headley. She married Lloyd V. Enger. He preceded her in death. Survivors include: one daughter; Karen Enger of Salem, VA. Yvonne was preceded in death by one daughter: Diane Enger, one sister: Deloris and one brother: Eugene “Red”.


Yvonne was employed at Johnson Press as office manager retiring in 1989. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church, Pontiac.

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Monday, October 19, 1925 - Tuesday, March 1, 2016

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Elinor J. Munson, 90 of Cornell, IL., passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 3:34AM at OSF St. James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac, IL.


Her funeral will be held on Friday, March 4, 2016 at 11:00AM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, IL. with Rev. Tom Goodell of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Cornell Cemetery, Cornell, IL. A visitation will be held from 10:00AM until the hour of services at the funeral home on Friday. Memorials in Elinor’s name may be made to the First United Methodist Church-Pontiac,  Alzheimer’s Association or Good Samaritan Home in Flanagan.


Elinor was born on October 19, 1925 in Danville, IL., a daughter of Clint and Ella (McGinnis) Cowan. She married William Harrison and he preceded her in death in 1958. She later married Kenneth Munson on January 6, 1963. He preceded her in death April 2, 2014. Survivors include: one daughter: Linda L. Kahila of Germantown Hills, IL.; one son: William D. Harrison of Creve Coeur, IL.; fourteen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren; one sister: Berdina Martin of Wisconsin. Elinor was preceded in death by one sister and one brother.


Elinor was educated in Villa Grove Schools and was a homemaker. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church-Pontiac, IL. She loved making crafts and selling them at craft shows. She also loved puzzles and Bingo.


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Friday, February 10, 1989 - Thursday, February 25, 2016

Matthew Aaron Weaver, 27, of Newton, IL formerly of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 10:05 pm on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at his residence.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth. Cremation rites will follow the visitation. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made towards funeral expenses.

Matt was born February 10, 1989 in Pontiac, IL a son of Robert and Tamela Weaver.

He is survived by his father Robert (Bobbie) Weaver of Gardner, KS; his daughter: Alaina and her mother, Katie Davenport of Forrest, IL; his siblings: Melissa (John) Edwards of Chatsworth, IL, JD Ellerbrook of Gardner, KS, Rebecca Weaver (Eduardo Pozos) of Chatsworth, IL, Brittany Ellerbrook of Gardner, KS, and Garin Weaver of Gardner, KS; his nieces and nephews: Lauren and Kaleb Edwards of Chatsworth, IL, Khloe Saverino of Chatsworth, IL, Atticus Pozos of Chatsworth, IL, and Ryder Skillett of Gardner, KS; his aunts and uncles: Daniel (Janet) Roberts, Lynette Roberts, Glenn Weaver, Tony Duay, Traci Osorto, Debbie (Chuck) Garrett, Amy Bishop, Robert Karnes (Tamara McKinsey), Corey Karnes, and Tina (Scott) Emsweller; and his maternal grandmother: Pamela Willis of Chatsworth, IL. Matt was preceded in death by his maternal grandpa: Loren Wilkins; both paternal grandparents: Roberta (Daniel) Roberts;  and Leola Weaver; his mother: Tamela Weaver; and one brother: Michael Weaver.

Matt was very strong and determined. If he loved you it was with his whole heart. His daughter was the apple of his eye. Being Alaina’s dad was his greatest accomplishment. They had such a great bond.

He was a loving father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend who will be greatly missed. 

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Sunday, February 3, 1935 - Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Phyllis J. “Toot” Asper, 81 of Normal, IL., formerly of Pontiac, IL., died Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 3:46PM at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, IL.


Cremation rites will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at a later date.  Private inurnment will be in South Side Cemetery, Pontiac, IL.  Memorial’s in Phyllis’s name may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, is handling the arrangements.


Phyllis was born on February 3, 1935 in Eppards Point Twsp, IL., a daughter of Omar L. “Jack” and Margaret P. (Reed) Asper.  Survivors include: one sister: Doris King of Flanagan, IL.; one brother: John (Marilyn) Asper of Flanagan, IL.; one brother in law: John (Leona) Allison of Pontiac, IL.;  nieces and nephews; Connie (Bob) Harkless, Margaret “”Maggie” (Bob) Janssen, Barb (Tom) Dixon, Janet (Steve) Tronc, Jim (Julie) Allison, Debbie (Dan) Harrison, Jeanne(Don) Masching,  Joe (JoAnn) King, Gloria (Steve) Larson and Mary Jo (Terry) Brewer;  Phyllis was preceded in death by one brother: Keith Asper, one sister: Joy Allison and one nephew: Larry Asper.


Phyllis was a graduate of Saunemin High School and had been employed at IAA and Farm Bureau, both in Bloomington, IL.  After her retirement, Phyllis worked at Highland Golf Course in Bloomington, IL. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church-Normal, IL.

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Sunday, September 27, 1925 - Tuesday, February 23, 2016

John Plesko, 90, former General Manager of the Daily Leader  died on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at Evenglow Lodge, 215 East Washington, Pontiac  surrounded by his wife and children.


 Cremation rites will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00AM on  Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church at 209 W. Livingston St. Pontiac, IL. with Rev. Gretchen Stinebaugh officiating.  A visitation will be held from 10:00Am until the hour of services at the church.  Full military rites will be accorded in the church yard following services. Memorials in Johns name may be made to National Alliance on Mental Illness of Livingston and McLean Counties. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac is handling the arrangements.


Mr. Plesko was born on September 7, 1925 in Streator, Illinois, son of John J. Plesko and Anna (Novotney) Plesko who were the longtime owners of Plesko’s Tavern on 12th Street.  He married Vera Yvonne (Bonnie) Ray in Streator, Illinois on August 6, 1949.


Survivors include his wife; Bonnie of Pontiac, IL.; one son, Todd (Patty) Plesko of Dallas Texas, two daughters; Jalie (Alan) Zvibleman of Chesterfield, Missouri and Kim (Mike) McGraw of Pontiac, six grandchildren Christopher and Nicholas Plesko, Jessica Strang, Sam and Charlie Zvibleman, Kaitlin Bailey,  and four great grandchildren. His parents and one brother Manley preceded him in death.


Mr. Plesko graduated from Streator High School in 1943, immediately enlisted in the US Army Air Force , completed active duty in 1946, and was honorably discharged as a Captain in the US Air Force Reserves in 1966.


Mr. Plesko graduated from the University of Missouri in 1949 in Journalism. He began a career in the newspaper and printing industry joining the Pontiac Daily Leader as the Advertising Manager in 1957. Mr. Plesko was promoted to Vice President and General Manager of the Daily Leader in 1965 where he continued until his retirement in 1985.  As General Manager, Mr. Plesko also completed advanced studies at both Columbia University and the University of Chicago.

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Friday, August 30, 1946 - Sunday, February 21, 2016

Carol Jean Shubert, 69, of Gibson City, formerly of Pontiac, passed away at 9:10 am on February 21, 2016 at her home.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac with Rev. James O. Wolfe III officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Livingston County Humane Society.

Carol was born August 30, 1946 in Pontiac, IL a daughter of Oscar Ray and Henrietta H. (Harmon) Gorbet, Sr. She married Lawrence Hershe, Sr. He passed away. She also married A.B. Shubert. He survives.

She is survived by her four children: Tonya (Kirt) Rogers of Georgetown, IL, Dee (Brandon) Bressner , Kim Denk (Jerry Mathia), and Larry Hershe, Jr. (Larissa Hackney) all of Pontiac, IL; thirteen grandchildren: Josh (Morgan) Meiss, Britney Allonge, Kelsey Rogers, Ryan Hornsby, Kara Wilson (Jake Anglin), Hailee, Maddie, and Brayden Bressner, Jason Denk, Jr., Jasmine Denk, Jaden Hershe, Seth Hershe, and Carlie Hackney; six great grandchildren; one brother: Oscar Ray (Laura) Gorbet, Jr. of Pontiac, IL; one sister: Tammy Burgess of Decatur, IL; her nephew: Jason H. Gorbet; and her beloved dog: Sophie. Carol was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters: Loretta Craver and Mary Payton; and one great grandson: Jordan Beam.

Carol enjoyed cooking, couponing and her dogs. Most of all, her family was the most important thing to her. She would do anything for them. Carol was a loving mom, grandma, great grandma, sister, aunt, and friend who will be greatly missed.

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Monday, January 26, 1925 - Sunday, February 14, 2016

John C. Rich, 91 of Pontiac, IL, formerly of Saunemin, IL, died Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 12:02PM at his residence.

His funeral will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 11:00AM at the First United Methodist Church, Pontiac, IL, with Rev. Tom Goodell officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded after services. A visitation will be held on Wednesday from 3:00-6:00PM at the First United Methodist Church, Pontiac and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Sunnyslope Cemetery, Saunemin, IL. Memorials in John’s name may be made to First United Methodist Church-Pontiac or Saunemin United Methodist Church.

John was born on January 26, 1925 in Normal, IL, a son of Merrill J. and Ruth Huffman Rich. He married Shirley J. Warbinton on September 21, 1946 in Baltimore, MD. She preceded him in death on July 6, 2000. He later married Nancy Espy on April 11, 2004 in Marco Island, FL. She survives in Pontiac, IL. Also surviving are three children Debby (Keith) Raftree of Ft. Wayne, IN.; Jane (Bob) Bradford of Saunemin, IL, and John (Margaret) Rich, Jr. of Bettendorf, IA.; two step-children: Sherrie (Lamar) Rieves of Wildwood, MO. and Michael (Sherri) Klingshirn of Covington, GA.; three grandchildren: Mariah Raftree, L. Keith (Vicki) Raftree III and Diana (Dan) Pelzer; three step-grandchildren: Kathi (Sam) Arnould, Stephanie Ghinazzi and Joel Bradford; one great grandchild: L. Keith Raftree IV; one sister Ann (Bob) Gaston of Saunemin, IL; and one brother: William M. Rich of Saunemin. John was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: Arnold and Bob.

John was a member of the First United Methodist Church-Pontiac, IL, Pontiac Elks Lodge and Pine Lakes Country Club in North Ft. Myers, FL. John farmed in the Saunemin area for over 25 years and retired as a Capt. from the Pontiac Correctional Center. John served our country in the US Army during WWII from 1946-1947.

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