Rita Foster Jostes

Rita Foster Jostes, 87 of Monticello, IL formerly of Argenta, IL passed away 3:48 A.M. November 21, 2017 at Piatt County Nursing Home, Monticello, IL.

Services will be 11 A.M. Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL with Rev. Andrew Maxwell officiating. Burial will follow at Harristown Cemetery, Harristown, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 A.M. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed the Roman Family Foundation, 737 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 1520, Chicago, IL, 60611.

Rita was born April 30, 1930, in Normal, IL, the daughter of James and Opal Crowe Foster. She was raised in Niantic, IL in a loving home by her Aunt Erma and Uncle Bryan Spencer. She married Dick E. Jostes on December 11, 1949 in Niantic, IL. He preceded her in death on September 4, 2014, having been married for 65 wonderful years.

Survivors include herson, Dave (Cheri) Jostes of Argenta, IL; a daughter, Deborah (John) Crow of Vinton, IA; five granddaughters: Laura (Jaiman) Fisher of Orlando, FL; Kristin (Scott) Craig of Clinton, IN; Abby (Aaron) Siek of Blairstown, IA; Kari Jostes of Shelbyville, KY; and Danielle (Doug) Spalding of Shelbyville, KY; and six great-grandchildren: Adelaide and Everett Fisher, Owen Siek and Amelia, Lily and Kate Craig.

She was preceded in death by both her parents, an infant son, Rodney, 3 brothers and two sisters. She was a member of Forsyth United Methodist Church.

Rita was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, and loved to entertain. She was well-known for her delicious meals, cookies and cakes, and her ability to put together a meal quickly for the unexpected guests her late husband would often bring home. Although she will be missed greatly , the family takes great comfort  in knowing that Rita has left this earthly place to be with her beloved husband and family members she lost at too young of an age.

Monte Earl Jenkins

Monte Earl Jenkins, 74, of Bloomington, Illinois, passed away at 2:20 A.M., Sunday, November 19, 2017, at LeRoy Manor, LeRoy, Illinois.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Monte was born April 24, 1943, in Bloomington, Illinois the son of Earl and Mabel Fern Montgomery Jenkins. He married Pamela Sue Moore on October 24, 2003, in Bloomington, Illinois. She survives in Bloomington, Illinois.
He is also survived by his daughter, Julie Ann Jenkins of Bloomington, Illinois, one niece and
one nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Sandra Doty.
Monte was a sports enthusiast who enjoyed the Cubs and the Bears. He also enjoyed his

Leona J. Grossman

Leona J. Grossman age 84 formally of Dixon, IL died Sunday November 19, 2017 in Princeton, IL while under the care of Hospice Compassus of LaSalle, IL. Her son Keith A. Grossman and son-in-law, Mike Strauch were at her side. Leona was born on June 5, 1933 in Rock Falls, IL to Byron and Marie Gerringer .  She married the love of her life, Vernon E. Grossman on June 5th, 1959 at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Dixon. He preceded her in death on September 26, 2000.

Visitation will be Monday November 27, 2017 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Dixon. Funeral services will follow at 12:00 noon. Pastor David Shweppe will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon.

Memorials may be made to a scholarship fund to be established for nursing students.  Calvert & Johnson Memorial Homes, Henry, by Mike Strauch is in charge of arrangements.

Leona is survived by her children; Keith A. (Michael D. Strauch), Grossman, of Henry, IL, Mark E. (Veronica Hayes) Grossman, of Amboy and their children – Melissa (Wes), Michelle, Mandy, Mark and Marilynn, Byron E. (Brenda Contreras) Grossman, of Stewartstown, PA and their children – Brandon and Ben, and Kevin D. (Katherine Woessner) Grossman, of Dixon, and their children Katie (Vince), Kyler and Keaton. She also has six great-grandchildren.

Leona graduated from Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital’s nursing school and earned her Masters of Nursing Degree from Northern Illinois University of DeKalb, Illinois in 1985. She was Coordinator of the Licensed Practical Nursing Program at Sauk Valley Community College for nearly 30 years prior to her retirement. Leona was a faithful and active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Dixon. Following her retirement, Leona was a pioneer in initiating the Ecumenical Parish Nursing Program that remains active today in several congregations in the Dixon and Sterling communities.  Leona and her husband Vernon enjoyed hunting for antiques in their travels, and operating More Than a Memory Antiques. Leona especially enjoyed time helping others through her nursing talents and Faith in God. She encouraged the best from her students, frequently saying – “We have to teach them to be the best because they’ll be the ones taking care of us when we are old!

Calvert & Johnson Memorial Homes, Henry, by Mike Strauch is in charge of arrangements.

Vivian C. Roemer

Vivian C. Roemer, 91 of Lexington passed away Friday, November 17, 2017 at Sugar Creek Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, Normal where she had been since August.  Her family has honored her wish for cremation.  A grave side service will be at a later date.

Calvert – Johnson & Musselman Memorial Home, Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements.

Vivian was born November 4, 1926 in Mansfield, IL, the daughter of Garfield and Thelma Warren May.  She married Edward A. Roberds on October 5, 1945.  He died on October 17, 1972.  She later married Clark W. Roemer on May 9, 1975.  He died October 17, 2017.

She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Daniel E. Roberds, 5 sisters and 3 brothers.

She is survived by 5 children, Danny (Gina) Roberds, Jackie (Mike) Rever, Linda (Steve) Anderson and Greg (Sian) Roberds, all of Lexington, and Chuck (Becky) Roberds of Downs; 8 grandchildren, Justin, Lisa, Quincy, Ian, and Christopher Roberds, Todd and Jenny Anderson, and Michelle Rever Henderson; 7 great grandchildren; and a step-son, Kenneth Roemer.  Also, surviving are three brothers, Jim May of Dewey, Bob May of Ogden and Terry (Peggy) May of Farmer City.

Vivian was a loving wife, mother and sister.  She was the third child and oldest girl in a family of 12 children.  She helped raise her siblings in the small town of Lotus, IL before she married.  She lived in Normal for several years working for the Eureka Company, was a nurse’s aide at Brokaw Hospital and worked for General Electric.

Vivian and Clark lived in Naples, Florida from 1984 to 1993, when they returned to live out their lives with their children.  They both loved being in Lexington with friends and family.

Special thanks go out to Sugar Creek Alzheimer’s Special Care Center.  Vivian was given love, attention and great care by all the staff there.  They really are special.

Memorials may be made to the Lexington Genealogical and Historical Society (The Fort) or the Lexington Food Pantry.

Jean Avis Quigley

Jean Avis Quigley, 96, of rural Saunemin, Illinois, passed away on November 16, 2017, in the home in which she was born on March 6, 1921.  She was the first child of Henry Clay and Helen Lucille Heylin Quigley.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 25, 2017, at the Saunemin United Methodist Church with Rev. Jane Bradford officiating. Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Sunny Slope Cemetery in Saunemin. Memorials may be made to the Saunemin United Methodist Church or other charity of the donor’s choice. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Cullom is handling arrangements for the family.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; siblings James M. Quigley, Mary Lou Harmon Myers, and H. Patricia Frantz; brothers-in-law Ed Harmon, Max Myers, and Keith Frantz; nephews David Frantz, John Galli, Terry Quigley, and Russell Roe; nieces Susan Harmon, Marilee Harmon Galli Roe, and Carole Quigley; and her one love, Bicket.

Jean is survived by four generations of her siblings’ descendants; nephews Gary Quigley of Dwight, Thomas (Sandy) Harmon of Pontiac, Bryan Frantz of Saunemin, and Bruce (Penny) Frantz of Navarre, FL; and nieces Kay (Lindsey) Chew of Lafayette, NJ, Carol (Dan) Cozby of San Antonio, TX, and Barbara Frantz of Saunemin.

Jean was educated in Maple Grove and Saunemin schools, graduating in 1938.  She then attended secretarial classes in Pontiac. Jean worked in Springfield in the office of the Secretary of State before moving to Chicago.  She was employed most of her professional life by Prairie Farmer magazine, retiring as a copy editor.  Throughout Jean maintained her residence in Livingston County, returning home on the weekends, traveling by train for many years. Jean had been a member of the Saunemin United Methodist Women and the Saunemin Woman’s Club.  Jean educated herself on many subjects and was a prolific reader of non-fiction. She was an exacting seamstress, tailoring clothes for herself and relatives, and Jean had sewn wedding dresses for her friends.

Verna Louise Ahearn

Verna Louise Ahearn, 106, of Dwight, IL passed away at 7:18 am on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Heritage Health in Dwight, IL.


Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am on Friday, November 17, 2017 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Dwight, IL with Father Chris Haake officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 until the time of services on Friday at the church. Burial will follow services at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Odell, IL. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Grade School or the charity of the donor’s choice.  Hager Memorial Home in Dwight is in charge of arrangements.


Verna was born October 5, 1911 in Odell, IL a daughter of Joseph H. and Louise (Verdun) Legner. She married Lawrence P. Ahearn on June 24, 1943 in Odell, IL. He passed away on March 31, 1994.


She is survived by sons: Lawrence V. (Judy) Ahearn of Gardner, IL, Donald P. (Joy) Ahearn of Dwight, IL; daughters, Elaine Louise (Dennis) Mathison of Phillips, WI, Anne R. (Mark) Hill of Verona, IL; 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, brother, Joseph Legner and a sister in infancy.


She was educated locally and graduated from Illinois State University in Normal with a degree in teaching. She began her career in a one room school house in Odell and also later taught in Ransom, IL and Braceville, IL. She was also a part of many organizations over the years including the Altar and Rosary Society, Illinois Retired Teachers Association and the Livingston County Home Bureau.


Special Thank you to the Kankakee Valley Hospice, Heritage Health Therapy & Senior Care of Dwight, Heritage Woods of Dwight and Livingston County Health Department for their care and compassion.


Judith Ann McNamara

Judith Ann McNamara, 61, of Minonk, passed away Wednesday November 15, 2017, 9:20 pm at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.

Celebration of Judy’s life will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 pm Sunday November 19, 2017 at the Fieldcrest High School Gymnasium, Minonk. A time for sharing will be held at 7:00 pm. All are invited to share.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Monday 10:00 am at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Minonk. Fr. Patrick Greenough will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Judy McNamara Memorial Scholarship Fund for women’s athletics at Fieldcrest High School.

Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk is assisting the family with arrangements.
Judy was born May 14, 1956 in Streator, IL to Joseph “Bud” and Vernalee M. “Susie” (Norton) McNamara.
Surviving are her mother, Susie, of Minonk; her sisters, Susan McNamara, Bedford, TX, Mary Joette Koziol, East Greenwich, RI, Connie (Curtis) Ketchmark, Minonk; two nieces, Katie (Marcus) Dittmer, Beth (Christopher) Brosnahan. Her father preceded her in death.

She was a member of St. Patrick’s Church, Minonk.

Judy graduated from Minonk-Dana-Rutland High School and Illinois State University. She played on ISU’s softball and basketball teams and played semi-professional softball for many years. After graduation she started teaching at Minonk-Dana-Rutland, now Fieldcrest High School. She was there from 1978 to 2011. After retirement she still coached girl’s golf and drove a school bus for Fieldcrest. Judy also refereed basketball for many years.
She was a member of the ISU Alumni Association, Tall Oaks Country Club and bowled on the Scatter Pins Tuesday Ladies League, Minonk.

Dr. Donald Reed Jensen

Dr. Donald Reed Jensen, 86, of Bloomington, Illinois, died at 10:00 A.M., Monday, November 13, 2017.
His visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M., Friday, November 17, 2017, at Calvert-
Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home in Le Roy, Illinois. His funeral service will follow at 3:00 P.M.
Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Le Roy, Illinois. Military rites provided by Ruel Neal
Post 79 American Legion LeRoy, Illinois. Memorial donations may be made to the Dept. of
Biological Sciences at Illinois State University or Donor’s Choice.
Reed was born May 4, 1931 in Pocatello, Idaho, the third of four sons, to Joseph Golden and Myrtle Lillie Reddish. He married Brigitte E. Becker in Heuchelheim, Kreis Giessen/Lahn, Germany November 2, 1956. She survives.
Surviving are two daughters, Linda C. (Chad) Covert and Donna M. (Mark) Brent Hicks; son, David R. (Kaori) Jensen; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Mr. Jensen attended Pocatello public schools, Idaho State University (BS, Chemistry, 1953),
University of Washington, Seattle (BA, Zoology, 1954). He served in the United States Army
Medical Corp from 1954-1957. Upon release from the military, he attended Utah State
University where he earned advanced degrees in Physiology (MS, 1961; Ph. D. 1964). He was
awarded a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship and conducted research in
Germany at the Institute of Physiological Chemistry at the University from 1964 to 1966. Dr.
Jensen then accepted a position in the Department of Biological Sciences at Illinois State.
During his tenure at ISU he was known for his great love for teaching and for the unselfish
dedication of his time to students. He served as Assistant to the Department Chairman for 10
years directing affairs of the Undergraduate Program, Inventory and Space allocation, advising
students in the Academic Advisement Office, and Chairman of the Physiology and Anatomy
Section of the Department for many years. He was elected to status of Fellow in the American
Association of Sciences in 1959. Mr. Jensen retired in September 1994.
At home, “Reed” was known for his great devotion to family,friends, neighbors, and gardening.
Passers-by were always pleased to see his flowers. The raspberries, gooseberries, currents, and
apples he grew were always a delight to his children and grandchildren. Reed was loved and
adored by all that knew him and he truly will be missed. Reed Jensen (Papa) had a strong Faith
in Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. God’s comfort and promises bring peace to his loved ones.
“To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord.” Amen.

Anthony J. “Tony” Hable and Karen S. Hable

Anthony J. “Tony” Hable 57 and Karen S. Hable 57 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 5:58 PM November 11, 2017 from injuries sustained in a two vehicle accident at the intersection of  Rt. 51 North and Autumn Rd., Clinton, IL.

Mass Of Christian Burial will be 10 AM, Friday, November 17, 2017 St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, IL with Rev. Fr. James Henning Celebrant. Burial will be  St. Joseph Cemetery, Farmer City, IL. Visitation will be 4 – 7 PM, Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the church with Rosary at 3:30.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, Masses or donations may be directed to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Clinton, St. Paul’s Catholic School in Bloomer, Wisconsin, or another organization of your choosing.

Tony was born March 24, 1960 in Chippewa Falls, WI, in his early years was a resident of Bloomer, WI, the son of William and Marcella (Grill) Hable. Karen was born June 19, 1960 in Evansville, IN the daughter of Albert W. and Ruth (Ahlering) Schoettlin, Jr. Tony and Karen were married on June 16, 1984 in Evansville, IN.

Survivors include their children, Alan (Ashley) Hable, Champaign, IL and Emily Hable, Indianapolis, IN; granddaughter, Ava Hable, Champaign, IL and one grandchild on the way;

Also surviving are his siblings:  Monica (Michael) Dimino, Watertown, MA; Patricia Zastrow, Sun Prairie, WI; Jean (Kirby) Bischel, Cincinnati, OH; William (Judy) Hable, Bloomer, WI; Peter Michael “Mike” (Sally) Hable, Bloomer, WI; David (Nancy) Hable, Beraby, British Columbia, Canada.

Tony was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Thomas Hable; sister-in-law, Gloria Hable; and brother-in-law, Milfred Zastrow.

Also surviving are Karen’s siblings: Ruthanne (Thomas) Otto, Baltimore, MD; and Mary Kaye Mooney, St. Louis, MO.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents; and brother-in-law, Timothy Mooney.

They were dearly loved as a brother and a sister, as parents, as grandparents, as an uncle and aunt, as in-laws, as cousins, and as friends.

Tony worked his entire post-college career for the Clinton Power Station as a Professional Engineer and spent many hours in his garden in his free time. Karen raised their two children and volunteered her time and energy in caring for many people in the Clinton community and doting on her granddaughter.

Their lives will be marked not by themselves or their careers, but rather, by those that they affected. They often chose to serve others rather than living for themselves. They were both members of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Clinton, IL where they served as lectors, extraordinary ministers of holy communion, singers in the choir, Sunday school teachers, parish council members, and general servants of all. Along with their parish, they participated in the Cursillo community and their generosity was known by many.

They often remarked that they loved being with their family. Whether it be around table for a nice meal or on a trip to somewhere new, they loved being with their kids and especially loved being together.

John R. “Bob” Deffenbaugh

John R. “Bob” Deffenbaugh, 89, of Pontiac, IL passed away at 4:25 pm on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Good Samaritan Home in Pontiac.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at St. Mary’s Church, Pontiac with Father Adam Cesarek officiating. According to Bob’s wishes there will be no visitation. A Rosary will be recited at 1:30 pm on Thursday prior to mass at the church. Burial will follow services at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Pontiac, where military rites will be accorded. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac is handling arrangements for the family.

Bob was born June 6, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois a son of Michael and Lois (Tarrant) Deffenbaugh. He married H. Darlene Falk on December 26, 1951 in Odell, IL. She passed away on August 29, 2007.

He is survived by his children: Debra (Bud) Ramseyer of Pontiac and Patricia (Tom) Pieper of Germantown Hills, IL; five grandchildren: Melissa Severson, Eric Pieper, Jason Pieper, Amanda Ramseyer and Rob Ramseyer; one great granddaughter: Catherine Severson; two great grandsons: Wyatt and Emmett Ramseyer; two sisters: Mary Joanne LeDoux and Ellen Louro; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother: Michael Deffenbaugh.

Bob was a graduate of Odell High School and attended the University of Illinois for a short time. He joined the United States Air Force, where he served his country for 20 years during WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Pontiac VFW and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac.

Upon retiring from the military, Bob opened up the Donut King. He then was the manager for a number of years at the Palamar Restaurant and Motel. He also owned and operated the restaurant- The Corner and another restaurant in Odell. Finally, he continued to stay busy delivering papers and being the bank courier.

Bob was a tough, organized, military-minded man who was stubborn and in charge. He also loved to talk and listen and always wanting to play with kids and have fun.

He was a loving dad, grandpa, great grandpa, brother, uncle and friend who will be greatly missed.