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Saturday, May 24, 1919 - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Alta May Bockman, 96, of Pontiac, IL passed away at 10:30 pm on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at Good Samaritan Home in Flanagan, IL.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, April 22, 2016 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac with Rev. Tom Goodell officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will follow services at Memorial Park Cemetery in rural Pontiac. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Pontiac Nursery Fund or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Alta was born May 24, 1919 in Johnson City, TN a daughter of Milt and Theodocia (Bratt) Dempsey. She married Lee Bockman on June 14, 1941 in Palmyra, MO. He passed away on March 18, 2011.

She is survived by her daughter: Pat (Robert) Jacobs of Pontiac, IL; three grandchildren: Kim (Chris) Taluc of Morton, IL, Todd (Julie) Jacobs of Pontiac, IL, and Matt (Sarah) Jacobs of Graymont, IL; and 9 great grandchildren: Shelby, Sam, and Olivia Taluc all of Morton, IL, Alex, Madison, and Carter Jacobs all of Pontiac, IL, and Abby, Emma, and Adam Jacobs all of Graymont, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers, six sisters, and one daughter: Kathy Lynn Bockman.

Alta was a homemaker, cake decorator, and in later years a hairdresser. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who will be greatly missed.

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Wednesday, December 10, 1947 - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Paul A. Studnicki, 68 of Pontiac, IL passed away peacefully on April 13th in his home surrounded by family after a strong & courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer.  Paul was born December 10, 1947 in Streator, IL to Joseph & Catherine (Locascio) Studnicki.  He married his high school sweetheart Sally Fellows on April 17, 1971.

His funeral will be held on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 11:00AM at St. Mary’s Church, Pontiac with Father Adam Cesarek officiating.  Burial will be in South Side Cemetery, Pontiac, with military rites accorded by American Legion Post #78.  Visitation will be from 1:00-4:00PM on Sunday at St. Mary’s Church, and from 9:30-10:30 am on Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pontiac Grade School District #429 Education Foundation, Chief City Shooters, % Jerry Rapp Secretary 705 S. Mill Pontiac, or St. Mary’s Church. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac is handling the arrangements.

Paul attended St. Stephens’s grade school (Streator) and graduated from Streator Township High School in 1966.  He attended Illinois State University where he received both his Bachelor’s (1971) and Master’s degrees.  He also obtained numerous Education Administration certificates throughout his journey of life-long learning.

His professional career started as a teacher at Lincoln grade school (Pontiac) and ended 34 years later as the Superintendent for Pontiac School District #429 from 1995 to 2004.  Paul also taught in the Prairie Central District, was Assistant Regional Superintendent of Schools (1980-88), was elected Regional Superintendent of Schools for Livingston County (1991-94), and Superintendent of Graymont Grade School (1994-95).

Paul was a proud and passionate American who loved his country deeply!  He served in the U.S. Army Reserves (Field Artillery) from 1971-77.

He is survived by his wife Sally of 44 years and his two sons Matthew and Jason.  His sister JoAnn Petri of Flanagan, brother Stephen (Debbie) Studnicki of Pontiac, sister-in-law Karen (John) Corder of Streator, and step mother in law Hazel Fellows of Streator.  Also four nephews and one niece.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Catherine Studnicki, step mother Esther Hassinger Studnicki, and father & mother in laws Gordon and June Fellows.

He presently was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Pontiac Elks Lodge #1019, Chief City Shooters, American Legion Post #78, and Retired Teachers & Administrators.  Past member of Pontiac Rotary and Pontiac Sportsman Club.  He served on the Livingston County Mental Health Board from 2004-2012.

Paul loved the great outdoors and was a very avid hunter and fisherman.  In his retired years, he enjoyed competitive target shooting; spending time at the club with his friends and always tinkering with his guns, scope’s, and gear “aiming” for perfection.  Paul also loved traveling both in and out of the country, and spending the winter months with friends in Arizona.

As a servant of Christ, Paul was a selfless individual who was full of life, always putting his family and friends first.  We are going to miss him dearly, but we take great comfort knowing he is now with our Lord and Savior Jesus.  We love you Paul (Dad)!!

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Thursday, March 29, 1945 - Monday, April 11, 2016

Karen Kubiak, 71, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 7:25 am on Monday, April 11, 2016 at her home in Chatsworth. A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth. Burial will be held at 12:00 pm on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Karen was born March 29, 1945 in Chicago, IL a daughter of Frank and Harriett Szezpaniak. She married Richard Kubiak on March 17, 1972 in Chicago, IL. He survives. Also surviving two daughters: Donna Miller and Gina (Chuck) Iglinski; two sons: Frank Miller and Richard (Robin) Kubiak, Jr.; grandchildren: Mario (Shana) Melendez, Chris (Amber) Miller, David (Brittany) Melendez, Rudy (Amanda) Cabral, Eric Cabral, Danny Kubiak, Walter Kubiak, and Nicole (Chris) Cabral, Rachel Kubiak, Lizzy Miller, and Jacob; and great grandchildren: Nevaeh, Noelani, Neven, Anthony, Carter, Liam, Alex, Issacc, Jacob, Keegan, Kazlyn, and Kailya.

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Friday, December 10, 1948 - Monday, April 11, 2016

Pamela Willis, 67, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 6:55 am on Monday, April 11, 2016 at her son’s home in Chatsworth.

A visitation will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth, IL. According to the family’s wishes, cremation rites will follow services. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Pamela was born December 10, 1948 in Kankakee, IL a daughter of Wayne and Rosetta (Cote) Ehrich, Sr.

She is survived by two sons: Robert (Tamara) Karnes and Corey Karnes; one step-daughter: Tina; her grandchildren: Melissa (John), Becky, Joey, Jaccob, Jeremy, Jesse, Jazmen, Josilynn, Eric, Kelly, Alyssa, David and Johnathan; great grandchildren: Lauren, Kaleb, Alaina, Khloe, Atticus, Peyton, and Jayson; one sister: Sandra; nieces and nephews: Melody, Deanna, Trish, and Tracy; great nieces and nephews: Brady, George and Penny. Pam was preceded in death by her parents; daughter: Tammy; son: Billy; husband: Jim Willis; grandchildren: Michael and Matt; brother: Wayne (Debbie); brother-in-law: Tom; and nieces: Crystal and Dawn.

Pam worked at Homeshield for 27 years as a machine operator. She loved to shop, be outdoors, and spend time with her kids and grandkids. Pam had a huge heart and would do anything for anybody. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend who will be greatly missed.

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Sunday, November 15, 1925 - Thursday, March 31, 2016

Veronica M. Flynn, 90, of Flanagan, formerly of Cullom, passed away at 8:28 am, Thursday, March 31, 2016 at OSF St. James -John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac, IL. 

A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Cullom, with Rev. William Keebler officiating. Memorials to be given as masses. Burial will follow in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Cullom. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Cullom is Handling the arrangements.

Veronica was born in Chatsworth, Illinois on November 15, 1925 a daughter of James and Veronica (Hallum) Flynn. She is survived by two sisters: Evelyn (Tom) Ford of Cullom and Francena Sleconich of Crystal Lake, Illinois. She was preceded in death by her parents, Brothers: Francis, Leo, Vince and Ambrose, and one sister Agnes.

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Wednesday, June 12, 1968 - Thursday, March 31, 2016

Richard “Rick” D. Dunham, 47 of rural Pontiac, IL, died Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 12:06 AM at his residence.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 4, 2016 at 10:30AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac, IL with Rev. David Sabel officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Pontiac, IL. A visitation will be held on Sunday from 3:00-7:00PM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac with the rosary being recited at 2:45PM. Memorials in Rick’s name may be made to American Cancer Society, Pontiac FFA or PTHS Music Boosters.

Rick was born June 12, 1968 in Pontiac, IL a son of John and Frances (Craddock) Dunham. He married Beth Allen on October 9, 1993 in Pontiac, IL. She survives in rural Pontiac, IL.

Also surviving is one son: Zac Dunham at home; one daughter: Sara Dunham at home; two sisters: Ann (Al) Narretto of Odell, IL and Becky Dunham (Travis Simmons) of Pontiac, IL; five brothers: Tom (Laurie) Dunham, Bill (Julie) Dunham, Tim (Kathy) Dunham all of Pontiac, IL; Bob Dunham of Bloomington, IL and Joe (Mary) Dunham of Cornell, IL; three sisters-in-law: Shari Dunham of Pontiac, IL, Kathy Dunham of Odell, IL and Chris (Brian) Wallace of Elwood, IL; and his father and mother-in-law: Kim and Kaye Allen of Pontiac, IL. Rick was preceded in death by his Parents; one brother: Mike Dunham and one sister: Sue Bennington.

Rick was educated in Pontiac schools and a 1986 graduate of Pontiac Township High School. He had been employed at Graymont Co-op and farmed. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and the Pontiac FFA Alumni.

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Tuesday, January 29, 1957 - Monday, March 28, 2016

Dwight E. Slade, 59 of Pontiac, IL, died Monday March 28, 2016 at 12:55PM at his residence,

Cremation rites will be accorded. A Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 PM Thursday March 31, 2016 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Memorials in Dwight’s name may be made to the family or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Dwight was born on January 29, 1957 in Pontiac, Michigan, a son of Artie and Ruby (Hubble) Slade Jr. He married Jessica Campbell on October 9, 1984 in Pontiac, IL. She survives in Pontiac, IL. Also surviving is one son: Joshua Slade of Pontiac, IL; one daughter: Nicole (Dan) Grinderslev of Pontiac, IL, four grandchildren: Daniel, Sierra, Derrick and Chance; three siblings: Allen (Karen) Slade of Gladwin, MI., Gary (Deb) Slade of Michigan and Sheila (Dwayne) Iseminger of Bloomington, IL. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. Dwight was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.

Dwight was educated in Michigan schools and had been employed at the Filling Station in Pontiac, IL.

Special thanks to Kay Pfleeger for her love, care and support.

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Wednesday, March 5, 1975 - Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Aaron G. Slager, 41, died on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at his home in NJ. Aaron was born March 5, 1975 in Pontiac, IL and subsequently lived most of his childhood in McFarland, WI. He is preceded in death by: his mother, Gayle H. Slager; son, Ethan Smith; maternal grandparents, Evelyn Myers, and Max and Mary Lou Myers; and paternal grandparents, Wilson and Gretchen Slager. He is survived by: his children, Morgan and Madison Slager and Jonathan, Alex and Mason Smith of IL; brother and best friend, Jeffery (Colleen) Gorman; niece and nephew, Max and Sailor Gorman, all of NJ; his former wife, Theresa Slager of IL; aunt, Paula (Joseph) Cleary of IL; uncle, Curtis (Shari) Myers of IL; and cousins, Andy Myers, Jason Myers, Amy Myers, Kristi Cleary and Joseph Cleary Jr.

Aaron was incredibly artistic, creative, and hilarious. He could bring others to tears and a belly laugh with an opening one-liner. He could light up the room with his piercing blue eyes. He loved the water and boating and most recently worked as a merchant mariner. Aaron was a warmhearted father and loved his children deeply. He enjoyed father-daughter dances, being a chaperone on school trips and leading Cub Scouts. Being a husband and dad brought out the best in Aaron.

A celebration of Aaron’s life will be held on Friday, April 1 at 10:30 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Chenoa, IL. with Rev. Carl LoPresti officiating. A private graveside service will follow. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the children in their names.  Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, IL., is handling the arrangements.

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Sunday, January 10, 1965 - Thursday, March 24, 2016

John H. “Huey” Barton, 51, of Chatsworth, IL passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2016 in Ford County, Illinois.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 30, 2015 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth. Following visitation, cremation rites will be accorded. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the funeral home to help the family with final expenses. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Forrest is handling the arrangements for the family.

Huey was born January 10, 1965 in St. Louis, MO, a son of Charles and Jean (Click) Barton, Sr. His father survives in Waterloo, IL. Also surviving are his four sisters: Jeanne (Gerald) Taubershmidt of Forrest, IL, Angie McClure (Edward Hathaway) of Forrest, IL, Kathy (Steve) Gibbs of Mascoutah, IL, and Kim (Ed) Bequette of Springhill, FL; three brothers: Joe Hicks of Florida, Duane Hicks of Cahokia, IL, and Keith Barton of Waterloo, IL; he was loved by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother; two brothers: Charles Barton, Jr. and Poncho Garza; and one niece: Amanda Hawkins.

He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. Huey built palettes for Stork Enterprises for ten years.

Huey enjoyed life and was a loving brother, uncle, great uncle, and friend who will be greatly missed.

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Monday, June 29, 1942 - Friday, March 25, 2016

Elizabeth A. Read, 73 of Cullom, IL., died Friday, March 25, 2016 at 10:30AM at Flanagan Rehab and Health Care Center, Flanagan, IL.


Her funeral will be held on Monday, March 28, 2016 at 11:00AM at St. John’s Catholic Church, Cullom with Rev. William Keebler officiating.  Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery, Cullom, IL.  A visitation will be held on Monday from 10:00AM until the hour of services at the church.  Memorials in Betty’s name may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Cullom is handling the arrangements.


Betty was born on June 29, 1942 in Cabery, IL., a daughter of Ivan and Emma (Jacobs) Edman.  She married Rolland Read on June 22, 1963 in Cullom, IL.  He survives in Flangan, Il.  Also surviving are two sons: Thomas (Rebecca) Read of Cullom, IL. and Gerald (Krissandra) Read of Saunemin, IL.; three grandchildren: Dylan, Courtney and Kaitlyn; one great grandson: Jason Mynatt.


Betty was educated in Cullom schools and was employed at Fox Center in Dwight, IL. until her retirement in 1996. After her retirement, Grandma Dee’s number one priority was taking care of her grandchildren. She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church.

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