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Saturday, March 20, 1954 - Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Stephen H. “Hillbilly” Mercer, 63, of Kempton passed away at 8:50 PM on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at University of Chicago Hospital in Chicago.

 

His Funeral will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Cullom, Pastor Evan Sherar will officiate, burial will follow in Broughton Cemetery, Rural Kempton. Visitation will be held on Wednesday evening from 4-8:00 pm at the funeral home. Memorials in his name may be left to his family. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Cullom is handling the arrangements.

 

Steve was born on March 20, 1954 in St. Charles, MO, a son of Hayden James and Dorothy Joy (Decker) Mercer, he married Sarah Canham on June 5, 1982 in Cabery, IL, she survives. Also surviving are his children: Joshua (Samantha) Mercer of Wilmington, IL and Jessica (Chris Stewart) Mercer of Wilmington, IL,; Grandson: Charlie Mercer; one brother: Mitch (Lea) Mercer of Pontiac, IL; four sisters Cheryl (Don) Komnick of Plainfield, IL, Lucille (Joanne) Miller of Pontiac, IL, Nancy Doherty of Tampa, FL and Michelle (Kim) Mercer of Tampa, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Dave, Jim, Michael and Robert.

 

Steve loved spend time with his family, he enjoyed going to the South Wilmington Sportsman Club, trap shooting, throwing horse shoes, fishing and shooting pool.

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Monday, December 2, 1929 - Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Helen Patricia Frantz, 87, of rural Saunemin, Illinois, passed away at 9:50 a.m. on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at her childhood home.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at the Saunemin United Methodist Church with Rev. Jane Bradford officiating. Visitation will be held at the church two hours prior to the service. Burial will follow the services at Sunny Slope Cemetery in Saunemin. Memorials may be made to the Saunemin United Methodist Church. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Cullom is handling arrangements for the family.

Patricia was born in a snowstorm on December 2. 1929, in Pontiac, Illinois, a daughter of Henry Clay and Helen Lucille (Heylin) Quigley. She married Keith D. Frantz on October 23, 1948, in Saunemin. He passed away on May 16, 2000.

She is survived by her children, Kay (Lindsey) Chew of Lafayette, NJ, Carol (Dan) Cozby of San Antonio, TX, Barbara Frantz and Bryan Frantz of Saunemin, and Bruce (Penny) Frantz of Navarre, FL; her grandchildren, Ellen (Sean) Hodgson, Keith (Jen) Chew, Rebbecca (Tom) Zorn, David Chew, Elizabeth Chew, Dana (Chris) Solomon, Sarah Cozby, Monica (Greg) Kennedy, Chelsea (Dr. Samer Alshurieki) Frantz, and Richard Frantz; her great-grandchildren, Riley and Erin Solomon, Michael, Parker and Jacob Chew, Samantha Hodgson, and Zane and Noor Alshurieki; and her sister, Jean Quigley of Saunemin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, oldest son David L. Frantz, brother James M. Quigley, and sister Mary Lou Harmon Myers.

Patricia was educated in Maple Grove and Saunemin schools, graduating in 1948. As a teenager, she was a nurse's aide in the summers in Kankakee and Streator hospitals and worked at the TB Sanitarium in Pontiac prior to her marriage. She was a homemaker, farmed with her husband, and they mowed cemeteries in Saunemin Township and Cullom. At an age when most people are planning their retirement, Patricia became a licensed CNA and returned to nursing at the Tjardes Healthcare Center, and later was a dietary worker at Evenglow Lodge. She had been a member of the Saunemin United Methodist Women, Saunemin Woman's Club, and Saunemin American Legion Auxiliary. Patricia and Keith were avid ballroom dancers.

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Friday, May 4, 1934 - Thursday, September 28, 2017

Elizabeth “Beth” Farney, 83, of Pontiac, formerly of Cullom, IL passed away at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Cullom. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will follow services at West Lawn Cemetery in Cullom. Memorial contributions will be made to Livingston County Humane Society or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Beth was born May 4, 1934 in Clifty, Kentucky a daughter of Holbert and Opal (Van Houser) Long. She first married Melvin Moore. She then married Leroy Harms. He passed away in 1958. She later married Raymond Farney. He passed away in 1992.

She is survived by her daughters: Brenda (Gerald) Mills of Pontiac, IL and Kathy Gragson of Cornell, IL; five grandchildren: Robert (Melanie) Mills, David Mills, Jeremy Gragson, Jacquelyn Gragson, and Justin Gragson; seven great grandchildren: Jacob, Nathan, Lance, Brione, Clayton, Kaylynn, and Garrett; and one sister: Jane (Wendell) Crow of Virginia Beach, VA. She was preceded in death by her parents; four siblings: Lola Bell Satterfield, Lonell Borders, Howard and Bob Long; and one son-in-law: Dale Gragson.

Beth was a homemaker, who always helped her husband on the farm and did whatever was needed always staying busy. She was involved in home extension. Beth was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dwight where she taught Sunday school.

She was a loving mom, grandma, great grandma, sister, aunt, and friend who will be greatly missed.

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Monday, October 13, 1924 - Friday, September 22, 2017

Elizabeth L. “Betty” Kempen, 92, of Joliet, formerly of Clifton, passed away at 9:25 pm on Friday September 22, 2017 at Heritage Health in El Paso.

Cremation rites will be accorded and a Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday September 28, 2017 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Cullom, Rev David Sabel will officiate. Inurnment will follow in St. John’s Cemetery in Cullom. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Memorial contributions in Betty’s name may be made to OSF Eastern Region Hospice or Illinois State University Horticulture Center. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Cullom is handling the arrangements.

Betty was born on October 13, 1924 in Cabery, IL a daughter of William M. and Carrie (Weber) Koerner. She married William D. Kempen in 1951, they later divorced. Surviving are her children: Shirley Murphy of Normal, IL, Roger (MaryAnn) Kempen of Rutledge, TN, Linda Spivey of Dwight, IL and John (Carol) Kempen of Mahomet, IL; grandchildren: Beth Murphy, Melissa (Armando Alegre) Murphy, Sara (Erich Hall) Murphy, Janet (James) Cunning, John (Tracie) Kempen, Jeffrey Kempen, Jarrett (Jackie) Kempen, Jenna (Nick Gordon) Kempen, Jace Kempen, Larry (Amber) Barton, LeAnn (Charles) Hill; great grandchildren: Zia Kelly, Molly Kelly, Paolo Alegre-Murphy, Graham Murphy-Hall, Adele Murphy-Hall, Barry Murphy-Hall, Jordyn (Brianna) Cunning, Jessica Cunning, Emily Kempen, Abby Kempen, Cannon Hill, Colin Hill, Bella Barton and Tucker; one brother: John (Sheila) Koerner of Cabery, IL. she was preceded in death by her parents, sisters: Mary Margaret Koerner, Rosella Knittel and Dorine Weigel; brothers Merlin and Donald Koerner.

Betty was a graduate of Cabery High School and spent many years managing the family electrical contracting business. She was also a retired telephone operator and a member of Telephone Pioneers of America. Through her love of golf, Betty developed many lasting friendships in the Joliet area. Betty kept a daily journal for more than 25 years, and her family looks forward to reading about about the details of her life and the history of their family. Her greatest love was for her family and she cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Betty's family is grateful to the staff of Heritage Health El Paso and OSF Hospice - Eastern Region for the excellent care she received during the final weeks of her life.

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Tuesday, February 17, 1920 - Sunday, January 29, 2017


A CELEBRATION OF LIFE / OPEN HOUSE

 

FOR

 

BERNICE HAAG

 

WILL BE HELD AT THE FAMILY HOME

117 JEFFREY STREET, CULLOM, ILLINOIS 60929

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017

2:00 PM TO 6:00 PM

 

* A GRAVESIDE SERVICE WILL PRECEDE AT 1:00 PM

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Monday, June 28, 1926 - Friday, July 21, 2017

LeRoy James Haag, 91, of Cullom, IL passed away at 8:58 am on Friday, July 21, 2017 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal, IL.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cullom, IL with Reverends Mauricio Vieira and Gabriel Baumgardner officiating. According to his wishes, his body has been donated to science with cremation rites to follow.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cullom or Cullom Fire Department.  

LeRoy was born on June 28, 1926 in Cullom on the family farm, a son of Walter and Minnie (Farber) Haag. He married Constance Mae Saathoff on December 14, 1944 in Cullom,

He is survived by his loving wife of 72 years;  their children: Patricia (John) Platz of Cullom, IL, Richard (Kristine) Haag of Cullom, IL, Lauri (Dexter) Smith of Baileys Harbor, WI, Marla (Gregory) Holloway of Trivoli, IL and Audrey (David) Lowe of Saunemin, IL; his grandchildren: Leann Shaw, Todd (Dana) Platz, Angela (Jason) Eggenberger, Adam Haag, Sara Haag (Patrick Wood), Stacey (Corey) Sharp, Ryan Willis, Chad (Kelly) Holloway, Rebecca Holloway, Megan Lowe, Kyle Lowe, and Tyler Lowe; great grandchildren: Chelsey, Stazee, Jaclyn, Dylan, Garret, Braden, Addison, Emma, Gabrielle and Cassius, Colt, and Nathan; two step grandchildren:  Justin (Missy Smith), Ashly Smith; three step-great grandchildren: Cameron, Landon, and Aspen; one sister: Mary Walsh of Onarga, IL; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father: Walter (Arleen) Haag; Mother: Minnie (Charles) Kingdon; his brothers: Herbert (Margery) Haag, Vernon (Bernice) Haag; his sisters: Delores (Bruno) Jasin, Helen Bartell, and Fern Haag in infancy; and one brother-in-law: Arthur Walsh.

LeRoy was born and raised on the family farm in rural Cullom, going to grade school and high school there, graduating in 1944. He loved farming with Connie and son (Rick) for many years. LeRoy enjoyed traveling with Connie and family in the RV, especially during the winter.  The family has so many special memories of the camping trips taken, as well as the skiing trips that included the grandchildren. 

He was very involved with the community as a volunteer firefighter, and serving on the Cullom Grade School Board. LeRoy was a member of the Farm Bureau having served previously on the board. He also was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cullom where he had served on the Church Council.

LeRoy was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, great grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend who will be greatly missed. We will always remember the smile on his face.

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Sunday, October 6, 1940 - Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Sharon K. Turner,76, of Cullom passed away at 12:10 pm Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

Cremation rites will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday July 15, 2017 at the Cullom United Methodist Church, with Pastor Evan Sherar officiating. Inurnment will follow in West Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9-11:00 am Saturday at the church. Memorials in Sharon’s name may be left to the Cullom United Methodist Church, Cullom Beckman Memorial Library, or to Cullom Fire & EMS. Calvert & Martin Funeral home in Cullom is handling the arrangements.

Sharon was born in Pontiac, IL on October 6, 1940 a daughter of Neal and Kate (Magee)Hamilton, she married Richard K Turner on June 14, 1958, he survives. Also surviving are her four children: Becky (Gary) Moritz of Roberts, IL, Shelly Turner of Cullom, IL, Tracy (Alan) Deany of Cullom, IL and Corey (Angie) Turner of Cullom, IL; eight grandchildren: Krista (Stan) Watson, Cade Moritz, Ashley (Mark) Stephens, Kelsey Mettille, Torin (Lacey) Mettille, Emily Frechette, Tessa Deany and Tiera Turner; six great-grandchildren; Six siblings, Jean (Gerald) Jacobs, Tempe, AZ, Joan (Samuel) Terrell of Hoopeston, IL, Gary (Barbara) Hamilton of Kempton, IL, Kathy Dyrby of Cabery, IL, Mark (Jane) Hamilton of Houston, TX, Cindy Hamilton of Colorado Springs, CO. She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Richard K. Turner Jr.

Sharon was a member of the Cullom United Methodist Church and Skinner-Trost American Legion Post 122 Auxiliary. She Loved spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren and her siblings, she enjoyed going to the races and traveling.

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Thursday, January 25, 1923 - Thursday, June 22, 2017

Shirley R. Green, 94, of Saunemin, IL, passed away at 6:10 pm on June 22, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cullom with Pastor Mauricio Vieira officiating. The family requests casual attire. Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on Saturday prior to the funeral service. According to the family’s wishes, cremation rites will be accorded following the service. Burial of ashes will be held at West Lawn Cemetery at a later date. The family asks that memorial contributions be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cullom or Evenglow Lodge instead of sending flowers. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Cullom is handling arrangements for the family.

Shirley was born January 25, 1923, a daughter of Carl C. and Georgianna (Foesterling) Sancken. She married Donald J. Green on November 25, 1943. He preceded her in death on May 13, 2010.

She is survived by one son: Ronald (Marcia) E. Green of Cullom, IL; one daughter: Cheryl (Larry- deceased August 3, 2011) L. Lowery of Munster, IN; two grandchildren: Kimberly (Michael) Lowery Walker of Cheverly, Maryland and Kristin Lowery of Pahoa, HI; two great grandchildren: Eila Walker and Lucy Walker of Cheverly, Maryland; one step-grandson: Christopher Fraher of Rantoul; two step-great grandsons: John and Weston Fraher of Rantoul, IL; four nieces and six nephews; and one sister: Marian Chapman of Pontiac, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one infant daughter: Judy Ann.

Shirley was educated in Saunemin schools graduating in 1940 and Bowling Green Business School.

She was an avid collector and loved to collect Fenton glassware, Lowell Davis figurines, and just about anything. She loved going to garage sales and auctions. She was an early exhibitor at the Threshermen’s Reunion in Pontiac for over 45 years and the Gladiola Festival in Momence. She loved square dancing, playing cards, going to Branson, MO, and visiting friends. In addition to being a homemaker and working on the farm, she worked at H & R Block for many years. She was a Cub Scout den leader for many years.

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Monday, February 14, 1966 - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Dateline: Cullom

Kim B. Harms, 51, of Cullom, passed away at 10:04 am on Tuesday June 13, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Her funeral will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday June 17, 2017 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Cullom, Pastor Mauricio Vieira will officiate, burial will follow in West Lawn Cemetery in Cullom.  Visitation will be from 10:00-12:00 Noon at the church on Saturday. Memorials in her name may be left to the Ronald McDonald House or Skinner Trost American Legion Post 122. Calvert & Martin Funeral home in Cullom is handling the arrangements.  

Kim was born in Havana, Illinois on February 14, 1966, a daughter of Judy McWhorter, and later adopted by her grandparents Irrie and Ruby McWhorter. she married John Harms on May 8, 1993, He survives. other survivors include two sons: Shane (Carrie Greenly) McWhorter of Bourbonnais, IL, Devin McWhorter of Cullom, IL; one daughter: Nikki (Kevin) Briggs of Mahomet IL; three grandchildren Kayden Elaine McWhorter, Logan Wesley Briggs and Adelynn Greenly; several step brothers and sisters. Kim was preceded in death by her mother Judy McWhorter, her grandparents Irrie and Ruby McWhorter, step grandmother Peggy McWhorter, and step father John Jacobs, her uncle: Paul McWhorter.

Kim loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, she enjoyed camping and was a member of Skinner Trost American Legion Post 122 Auxillary.

This obituary may be viewed and guestbook signed at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Saturday, September 12, 1936 - Sunday, February 26, 2017

Rolland D. “Rollie” Read, 80, of Cullom, IL passed away at 9:36 pm on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at Flanagan Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Cullom with Rev. Jonathan Brashear officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home on Wednesday. Burial will follow services in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Cullom, IL. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Rollie was born September 12, 1936 in Danforth, Illinois a son of Donald and Margaret (Nightengale) Read. He married Elizabeth A. Edman on June 22, 1963 in Cullom, IL. She passed away on March 25, 2016.

He is survived by two sons: Thomas (Rebecca) Read of Cullom, IL. and Gerald (Krissandra) Read of Saunemin, IL.; three grandchildren: Dylan, Courtney and Kaitlyn (Jacob Mynatt) Read; one great grandson: Jason Mynatt; his siblings: Denny (Sandy) Read of Pontiac, Illinois and Doug Read of Morris, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and siblings: Carolyn (Stan) McCulloh and Richard and (Ethel) Read.

Rollie graduated from Cullom High School. He served his country in the United States Army, being stationed in Germany just prior to the Vietnam War. Upon returning home, he worked for Roper Stove Plant for twenty years in Kankakee, IL. He then worked for the Pontiac Correctional Center for twenty years until his retirement.

He enjoyed watching sports, namely, basketball, baseball, football, and racing.

Rollie, affectionately known as “Boppy” by his grandkids loved spending time and being around them. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

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