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.

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.

Frances Ryerson

Frances M. Ryerson, 90, of Graymont, IL passed away at 9 a.m. Friday, September 15, 2017 at Martin Healthcare Center, Bloomington, IL
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Flanagan with Fr. Adam Cesarek officiating. Burial will follow at Rooks Creek Cemetery rural Graymont. Visitation will be 9 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, Flanagan. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Frances was born May 7, 1927 in Adams, MA the daughter of Lawrence and Ella (Kahler) Bradshaw. She married Claire A. Ryerson on January 20, 1954 in Pontiac, IL. He died October 31, 1996.
Surviving are eight children Glen Ryerson of Assumption, Lee Ryerson of Graymont, Mary (Larry) Mester of Bloomington, Carl Ryerson of Pontiac, Jean (Richard) Hubbard of St. Augustine, FL, Ray Ryerson of Homer, Amy Ryerson of Normal, and Sue (Mark) Sterr of Clinton; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers John and Lawrence.
Frances was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Flanagan. She was a retired cook from the Graymont Grade School. Frances was an avid reader, loved to sing, and write poetry.

Heather L. Meister

Heather L. Meister, 34 of Lexington, IL passed away at 9:48 a.m. Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
Cremation rites will be accorded and a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Community Cancer Center, Normal.
Calvert-Johnson & Musselman Memorial Home, Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements.

Heather was born April 4, 1983 in Bloomington, IL the daughter of Carl D. and Connie M. Knudsen Reum. She married Paul A. Meister on November 5, 2011 in Bloomington. He survives along with her parents of Gibson City; one sister Ashley (Jamison) Stalter of Foosland and a niece June Stalter; grandfather Robert J. Knudsen of Bourbonnais; her fur babies her cat Amelie, and her dogs Stella and Diesel; several sister and brother in-laws and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents Lyle and Beatrice Reum and Dorothy Knudsen.

Heather was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomington. She graduated from Illinois State University, Normal with a Bachelor’s Degree. She worked as a Business Analyst at State farm for 8 years and had her CPCU.

Sharon Lindley

Sharon J. Lindley, 81, of Minonk, IL passed away at 9:40 p.m. Monday, October 23, 2017 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.
Cremation rites were accorded and a memorial service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church, Minonk with Rev. Kenneth L. Harris officiating. Visitation will be 11 a.m. until time of service at the church on Thursday. Memorials may be made to the Minonk United Methodist Church.
Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk is assisting the family with arrangements.
Sharon was born September 15, 1936 in La Crosse, WI the daughter of H.E. and Vada Yeoman Deyo.
She married Kenneth D. Lindley on August 28, 1954 in La Crosse, WI. He survives along with six children
Zoe Small of Wadsworth, OH, Jeffery (Cheryl) Lindley of Phelan, CA, Kevin Lindley of Minonk, Renee (John) Harris of Mattoon, Denise (Mike) Robinson of Akron, OH, and Neal (Shannon) Lindley of Vallejo, CA; two sisters Dixie Fewell and Lorna (David) Schildman both of La Crosse, WI. Twenty-two grandchildren and thirty-seven great grandchildren
She was preceded in death by her parents, one son Michael, one son-in-law Ricky Small, and one brother-in-law Carl Fewell.
Sharon was a member of the Minonk United Methodist Church. She had worked at Heritage Health in El Paso for 20 years retiring in 2001. Sharon was a loving wife, mom, sister, grandma, and great-grandma who enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Clark W. Roemer

Clark W. Roemer, 87, of Lexington, IL passed away at 9:32 p.m. Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at his home, where he had been ill with heart problems since August.

His family has honored his wish for cremation. A graveside service will be held at a later date. Calvert-Johnson & Musselman Memorial Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Clark was born February 26, 1930 in Alton, IL the son of Arthur B. and Alma V. Leeder Roemer. He came from a large family of seven sisters and five brothers who preceded him in death along with his parents.

He married Vivian C. Roberds on May 9, 1975 in Lexington. She survives along with one son Kenneth Roemer of Rantoul; five step children Danny (Gina) Roberds, Jackie (Mike) Rever, Linda (Steve) Anderson, Greg (Sian) Roberds all of Lexington, and Chuck (Becky) Roberds of Downs. Two grandchildren and nine step-grandchildren.

Clark grew up on a farm and went on to have his own farm in the Saybrook area for many years. He was a man of many talents and occupations during his lifetime. In 1984 he sold his farm and moved to Florida where he worked as head of maintenance at the Naples Beach Resort. In 1993 they moved back to Lexington where he made many friends and went on to use his many skills in the community as a handyman. His love of electrical work kept him busy until he retired in 2016 to take care of his wife who has Alzheimer’s.

He loved the community and many friends he made in Lexington. Memorials may be made to the Lexington Genealogical and Historic Society (The Fort).

Russell Klendworth

Russell G. Klendworth, 89 of Flanagan passed away at 3:49 AM Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at OSF St. James John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac.

Cremation rites have been accorded and inurnment will be in Dana Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Flanagan – Graymont Fire Department.

Calvert – Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, Flanagan is assisting the family with arrangements.

Russell was born July 11, 1928 in Dana, the son of Lee and Elsie Powell Klendworth. He married Lorna M. Robertson on March 26, 1949 in Minonk. She survives.

Also surviving is a son, Ronald (Laura) Klendworth of Greensboro, NC; a brother, Carl (Madonna) Klendworth of Dana; extended family, Judy and Stephen Herron; several nieces and nephews; and many good friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Danny and Rusty; a sister, Maxine Moritz; and three brothers, Burdette, Roy and Don.

Russell was of the Methodist faith. He was a lifelong farmer and a mechanic for Richard Engle.

Vivian E. Long

Vivian E. Long, 98, of Lexington, IL passed away at 10:34 p.m. Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center Normal, IL.

Visitation will be 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Calvert-Johnson & Musselman Memorial Home, Lexington. A graveside service will follow at Lexington Cemetery with Pastor Tyler Klein officiating. Memorials may be made to Peace Meals in Lexington.

Vivian was born May 21, 1919 in Lexington, IL the daughter of George C. and Ella Keister Siron. She married Charles H. Long Sr. on June 19, 1937 in Lexington. He died April 16, 1973.

Surviving are four sons Charles (Rose) Long Jr. of Bloomington, William Long of Bloomington, Dennis (Nancy) Long of Woodland, CA and Kevin Long of Normal; fifteen grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; one sister Audrey Pirot of San Jacinto, CA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, seven sisters, three brothers, and two grandchildren.

She was a member of the Lexington Community Church and the VFW Auxiliary. She worked at the Eureka Company for 18 years retiring in 1986. She was a longtime Cub fan. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed birds, flowers, plants and her cat. She was always very active and had a great sense of humor.

Charles K. Engel

Charles K. Engel, 91, of Hudson, IL passed away at 2:05 p.m. Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Hertiage Health, El Paso, IL with his wife by his side.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, El Paso, IL with Rev. Ralph Wingate officiating. Burial with military rites will follow at Hinthorn Cemetery, Lake Bloomington. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service on Friday at the memorial home. Memorials may be made to the Hudson Fire Department.
Charles was born May 1, 1926 in Chenoa, IL the son of Jacob and Katharina Carstens Engel. He married Norma Farrell in 1945 in Bloomington. She died September 21, 1983. He then married Juanita Kessinger on July 28, 1984 in Lexington they have been married for 33 years. She survives along with Three sons Allen Engel of El Paso, Tom (Tyke) Engel of Hudson, and Galen Engel of Normal; two step children Ron (Debra) Kessinger of Wellington, CO and Lanette (Al) Wallace of Bloomington; one brother John (Marlene) Engel of Kappa; two grandchildren, five great grandchildren, six step grandchildren, four step great grandchildren and one step great-great grandson; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, one step son, and one step grandson.
Charles attended Lexington Community Church. He farmed in rural Hudson for more than 40 years. After retiring he drove a school bus for unit 5 for 14 years. Charles was a Sargent in the Army Air Corps from November 2, 1945 to January 22, 1947. He spent a year in occupied Japan as a photographer. He was a volunteer with the Hudson Fire Department for 40 years starting as a firefighter in 1972 and retired as president of the board of trustees in 2012. Charles was an avid woodworker for as long as he was able, making quilting frames and other items for quilters. He enjoyed reading, watching TV, and watching birds.

Ellen Prakel

I. Ellen (Backlund) Prakel, 65 of Minonk passed away at 3:26 AM Saturday, October 7, 2017 at her residence.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Thursday, October 12, 2017 at South Haven Community Center, Minonk. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial contributions may be made to the family for funeral expenses.

Calvert – Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk is assisting the family with arrangements.

Ellen was born January 3, 1952 in Bloomington, a daughter of Charles M. Sr. and Betty J. Terven Backlund. She married Guy Groves and later married Allen Tyson.

She is survived by her children, Deanna Fields of Roanoke, Carrie (Austin) Luce of Rhinelander, WI and her dog, Sylvia Jewel; and seven grandchildren, Charles, Damon and Tristian Groves, Jacob Tyson, Jeremiah Celis, Jayden Darm and Caleb Luce. Also surviving are six brothers and sisters, Charles “Mike” Backlund Jr. of Heyworth, Dennis (Julie) Backlund of Bloomington, Connie (Larry) Hunt of Rapidan, VA, Brenda Hany and Teresa (Jeff Alexander) Backlund both of Lexington, and Randy (Pat) Backlund.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Sharon Terven; and a son, Lance Edward Groves.

Ellen worked in nursing homes as an LPN. She enjoyed her career and helping comfort others at the toughest times in their lives. She also enjoyed bowling and playing Yahtzee.