Frederick Harold “Fred” Patterson

Frederick Harold “Fred” Patterson, 65, of Bloomington, IL formerly of Pontiac, IL passed away at 8:00 am on Friday, December 1, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

A visitation will be held from 3:00 to 6:00 pm on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at First Baptist Church of Pontiac. According to the family’s wishes, cremation rites will take place. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac is handling arrangements for the family.

Fred was born January 9, 1952 in Pontiac, IL a son of Frederick Samuel and Mabel Golda (Marker) Patterson. He married Sherrie Watkins on May 14, 1994 in Bloomington, IL. She survives.

Also surviving is his step daughter: Christina (David) Cors of Deer Creek, IL; one sister: Karen Cook of Normal, IL; two granddaughters: Kaeleigh and Mikayla; two great grandsons: Dalton Jr. and Landyn; three nieces and one nephew; and many great and great-great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother: Pastor Robert Patterson.

Fred was born and raised in the Pontiac area. He worked for 18 years for the City of Pontiac in road maintenance before moving to Bloomington and working for GATX for 10 years.

He enjoyed fishing, John Deere and Oliver tractors, very active in Thresherman’s Reunion, and he liked to cook and eat.

Fred was a loving husband, step father, grandpa, great grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend who will be greatly missed.

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Eldon K. Ruff

Eldon K. Ruff, 85 of rural Pontiac, IL died Wednesday November 29, 2017 at 3:15AM at his residence.

His funeral will be held on Saturday December 2, 2017 at 11:00AM at the First United Methodist Church, Pontic with Rev. Gretchen Stinebaugh officiating.  Burial will be at South Side Cemetery, Pontiac.  A visitation will be held on Friday from 5:00-8:00PM at the church.  Memorials in Eldon’s name may be made to the First United Methodist Church or Alzheimer’s Association. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac is handling the arrangements.

Eldon was born on October 7, 1932 in Fairbury, IL a son of Delbert and Josephine (Eaton) Ruff.  He married Jean Bammann on October 17, 1954 in Pontiac, IL. She survives in rural Pontiac; also surviving are four children: Robby (Debbie) Ruff of Odell, IL, Susie (Marty) Mackinson , Peggy Ruff and Nancy (Kent) Woodburn all of Pontiac, IL; one daughter in law: Lauri Ruff of Pontiac, IL; one sister: Betty Jean Voigts of Pontiac, IL; sixteen beloved grandchildren and thirteen beloved great grandchildren; one son Mike Ruff preceded him in death in 2008.

Eldon was educated in Cornell and graduated from Pontiac High School.  He served his country as a Navy Corpsman/Medic during the Korean Conflict from 1952-1955. Eldon lived and worked a grain and livestock farmer in Livingston County for most of his life.  He and Jean lived many years in Hudson enjoying Lake Bloomington with their family and friends.  Later Eldon also worked as a crop adjuster for Country Insurance.

He was a member of the First United Methodist church.  Eldon loved people and the communities in which he and his family lived. Through the years he served as a 4-H leader and as a member of several area boards including the Livingston County Fair Association, the Bank of Pontiac, the first United Methodist church, Pontiac Area of Chamber of Commerce and the Pontiac Township High School for over 25 years. Eldon also served on the Livingston County Board.  He was a member of the Pontiac Elks Lodge and the former Pontiac American Legion and the Pontiac Moose Lodge.  He also participated in Country Couples for many enjoyable years.

Lois Eleanor Payne Heins

Lois Eleanor Payne Heins, 104, of Pontiac, IL passed away at 3:25 pm on Friday, November 24, 2017 at Tjardes Health Center of Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac, IL.

Her celebration of life will be held at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at First Lutheran Church in Pontiac with Rev. Tim Hubert officiating. Friends may visit one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will follow services at Chenoa Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Lois requested memorials be made to First Lutheran Church of Pontiac or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Lois Eleanor was born October 29, 1913 on a farm near Chenoa, Illinois a daughter of Wilbur L. and Matilda (Streid) Payne. She married John Myron Heins on August 11, 1939 in Hermosa Beach, California.

Lois is survived by her two sons: The Reverend Dr. John L. (Connie) Heins of Roscoe, IL, and Dr. Robert E. (Terri) Heins of Pontiac, IL; six grandchildren brought fun and joy to her life: Erika (Mark) Navin of Franklin, WI, Heather Heins of Denver, CO, Jamie Heins of Chula Vista, CA, John Kyle Heins of San Pedro, CA, Roy (Christy) Heins of North Aurora, IL, and Robyn (Zach) Zehr of Estes Park, CO. Her family now includes nine great grandchildren: Harper and Myles Navin, Emmalee and Donovan Heins, Amelia, Evelyn, Lauren Heins, Carsyn and Conrad Zehr.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Myron (2004), and her parents.

A 1930 graduate of Redonda Beach Union High School, Redonda, CA. Loise was a longtime member of First Lutheran Church of Pontiac. She particularly enjoyed being a homemaker and gardening. She loved trimming her bushes, enjoyed her flowers, loved feeding and watching the birds and other animals. This love of nature she passed to her sons. Lois was a humble and caring person who showed her love to family and community. Lois helped to start the Encore Shop in Pontiac; she was particularly proud to begin a store for the community where individuals could purchase repurposed clothing and other items.

Lois loved the arts and showed her creativity through crafts and the stitching of quilts which she lovingly provided to her sons and grandchildren.

The family is gratefully appreciative to the staff at Tjardes Health Center for the compassionate and respectful care given to Lois.

Jerome R. Haberkorn Sr.

Jerome R. Haberkorn Sr., 81, passed away suddenly on November 22, 2017 in Albuquerque, NM.

He was born to William and Helen Koehler Haberkorn, on March 11, 1936 in Chicago, IL.

He married Virginia L. Gouge in Fairbury, IL. (1955). Jerome is survived by three siblings, Alan (Denise) Haberkorn of MO, Wayne (Karen) Haberkorn of IL, and Dolores Wagner of FL; he is also survived by his ex-wife, Virginia; and three children, Cheryl Pashby of CA, Jerry (Patty) of TX, and Steven (Liz) of TX. There are also seven grandchildren, Mark (Natalie) Pashby, Corrie Pashby (Cristian) Ramirez, and Todd Haberkorn of CA, Kelsey (Karson) Lofink, Trevor Haberkorn, Brendan Haberkorn, and Branson Haberkorn of TX. There are also three great grandchildren, Kyan (TX), Nathan, and Amelia (CA).

Preceding him were his parents; and two brothers, William and James. Rest in Peace Jerome (JR, Jerry, Dad)

A Graveside Memorial will be December 9, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Chatsworth, IL with burial following. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth, IL will be coordinating the Graveside Memorial and Burial of Jerome’s cremated remains.

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.

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.

Joanna Delaney

Joanna Delaney, 81, of Forrest, IL passed away at 3:25 pm on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at her home in Forrest, IL with her family by her side.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 am on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at First Baptist Church in Fairbury with Rev. Daryl Evans officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:00 to 11:30 am on Wednesday at church. Burial will follow services at Strawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Compassus Hospice, or Forrest American Legion Auxiliary. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Forrest is handling arrangements for the family.

Joanna was born June 27, 1936 in Mattoon, IL a daughter of Henry and Ruth (Groves) Lawhorn. She married Joseph R. Delaney, Sr. on November 15, 1954 in Norfolk, VA. She and Joseph would have celebrated 63 years of happily married life this Wednesday. He survives.

Also surviving are her children: Joseph R. (Donna) Delaney, Jr. of Fairbury, IL, Debra (David) Artman of Bloomington, IL, and Teresa Lynn (Mark) Bertram of Urbana, IL; seven grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; she was the last surviving sibling of nine children, three of which preceded her in death just this year.

She was educated in the Mattoon schools. Joanna served as a classroom aide and secretary at Strawn Elementary and Prairie Central School District for 30 years. She was a member of the Forrest American Legion Auxiliary.

Joanna loved to play bingo and “visit” the boat periodically. She loved to entertain her family and enjoyed the grandchildren and great grandchildren most of all. She was a good listener and friend to many. Her laughter and her desserts were a joy to the family. She leaves a void in our lives that will be very difficult to fill.

Esther E. Shrewsbury

Esther E. Shrewsbury 86 of Pontiac, IL died Wednesday November 8, 2017 at 4:31AM at Accolade Health Care, Pontiac, IL.

Her funeral will be held on Saturday November 11, 2017 at 11:00AM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home with Pastor Jeremy Latzke officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery rural Pontiac, IL.  A visitation will be held on Saturday from 9:30AM until the hour of services at the funeral home. Memorials in Esther’s name may be made to the St. Paul Lutheran Church-Chenoa Sunday School Program.

Esther was born on December 8, 1930 at Goodfarm, IL., a daughter of August and Lena (Lambert) Denker.  She married John R. Shrewsbury on December 7, 1947 in Pontiac, IL.  He preceded her in death on October 6, 1996.  Survivors include: four sons: John (Linda) Shrewsbury, Michael Shrewsbury and Steven (Stacey) Shrewsbury all of Pontiac, IL; Mark (Debbie) Shrewsbury of Shreve, OH: one daughter: Marcia Wilson of Chenoa, IL; nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren and one great great grandchild: four step grandchildren and ten step great grandchildren.  Esther was preceded in death by one sister and four brothers.

Esther was a nurses aide for over fifty years retiring from Humiston Haven.  She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Chenoa.

Janet Weakman

Forrest- Janet Weakman, 84, of Forrest, IL passed away at 9:20 pm on Monday, November 6, 2017 at Accolade Health Care in Pontiac, IL.

A visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Forrest. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, November 10, 2017 at the funeral home with Rev. Corinne Blissard officiating. Burial will follow services at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in rural Wing, IL. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Janet was born November 7, 1932 in rural Chatsworth, IL the daughter of Lester and Myrtle (Shockey) Elbert. She married Earl Weakman on November 25, 1978. He passed away on May 17, 2007.

She is survived by her children: Teresa “Terry” (Mark) Henry of The Villages, FL, Steve (Kathy) Barnes of Wing, IL, Kris (Dave) Wenger of Bloomington, IL, and Marci (Dino) Monterastelli of Pontiac, IL; her grandchildren: Eric (Kimberly) Henry, Amber (Martin) Brady, Lea (Shane) Voyles, Michael Mann, Johnny, Laura, Al, Jennifer (Craig) Braaten, Bryant (Dolores) Fisher, Andrew Fisher, Faithe Wenger, and McKay Wenger; four step children through Earl: Pat, Johnny, Karen, and Sheila; sixteen great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two sisters: Rosemary Maurer and Lois Nance.

Janet was born, raised and educated in the Forrest Area. She worked at Trainor Grain for many years. She enjoyed gardening, embroidering, and her cats. Janet had a great sense of humor and liked to have fun. Most of all she loved her family and spending time with them.

She was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Forrest, IL.

Betty E. Klein

indexFebruary 01, 1928 – October 15, 2017

Betty E. Klein, 89 of Carrollton, TX formerly of Pontiac, IL died Sunday October 15, 2017 at 8:45AM at the home of her daughter in Carrollton, Tx. Her funeral will be held on Monday October 23, 2017 at 11:00AM at the First Presbyterian Church, Pontiac with Rev. Canessa Lagan officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, rural Pontiac, IL. A visitation will be held on Sunday from 4:00-6:00PM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac. Memorials in Betty’s name may be made to the First Presbyterian Church-Pontiac. Betty was born on February 1, 1928 in Nokomis, IL. a daughter of John and Mary (Lanahan) Bevill. She married Vernon Klein on April 6, 1947 and he preceded her in death on October 3, 1988. Survivors include: one daughter: Deborah Rainier of Carrollton, TX; one grandson: Michael Rainier of Carrollton, Tx; three great grandsons; three sisters: Margaret Langhoff of Streator, IL., Janet Washburn of Houston, TX and Mary Bigger of Pontiac, IL.; one brother: John Bevill; two -sisters- in law: Marilyn McGregor of Pontiac, IL. and Beverly Grace of Fairbury, IL. Betty was preceded in death by one daughter: Betty Ann Klein, one grandson: Jonathan Rainier, three sisters and two brothers. Betty was a member of the First Presbyterian Church-Pontiac, IL. She had been employed at St. James Hospital and Raleigh J. Harris Funeral Home for several years.