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.

John Franklin “Frank” Roberts

index.jpgApril 14, 1934 – October 09, 2017

John Franklin “Frank” Roberts, 83, of Pontiac, IL passed away at 3:10 pm on Monday, October 9, 2017 at Accolade Healthcare Center in Pontiac, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 pm on Friday, October 13, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac. Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:30 pm prior to the funeral at the funeral home. Entombment will follow services at Memorial Park Cemetery in rural Pontiac, IL where military rites will be accorded. Memorial contributions may be made to the Livingston County Cancer Fund.

Frank was born April 14, 1934 and raised in Pontiac, IL a son of Edwin and Mattie (Rich) Roberts. He married Jacqulyn “Jackie” Roberts on June 17, 1956 at the First Presbyterian Church of Pontiac, IL. She passed away on October 1, 2012. He is survived by two sons: Ricky Joe (Joyce) Roberts of Texas, and Ronald Allen (Tami) Roberts of Pontiac; one daughter-in-law: Kathy Roberts of Pontiac; eight grandsons: Bradley, Brian, Kevin, Ryan, John, Jake, Chris, and Craig Roberts; one great granddaughter: Katie Lynn; two great grandsons: Jackson Lee and Spencer Jackson; one sister: Deloris Wiechmann of Flanagan, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one son: Randy Lee Roberts; and his siblings: Gene Roberts, Dick Roberts, and Mary Lou Hedrick.

Frank served our country in the United States Army stationed over in Europe in the 1950’s. He was a member of the Pontiac American Legion and the VFW. He also was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Pontiac.

He liked to keep people on their toes, always having something clever to say. Frank was a loving dad, grandpa, great grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend who will be greatly missed. His ornery smile will not be forgotten.

Edmund D. Harston

index.jpgAugust 31, 1937 – October 05, 2017

Edmund D. Harston, 80, of Pontiac, passed away at 8:49am, Thursday, October 5, 2017, at his home in Pontiac.

All services will be private. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

He was born August 31, 1937 in Witt, Illinois, the son of Herbert and Leah (Dobson) Harston. He married Barbara Stamps on May 7, 1965 in Pontiac. She preceded him in death on July 22, 2017.

He was educated in Witt schools, then joined the Army. He served from 1955-1958, completing basic training with the 13th Infantry Regiment at Ft. Carson, Colorado and spending part of his service on Baffin Island, Canada. After his discharge from the Army he worked at Allis-Chalmers in Springfield, then moved to Pontiac to pursue a career at the Pontiac Correctional Center. He worked as a guard and a food supervisor and retired after 28 years of service.

Ed enjoyed restoring and showing vintage cars, fishing, hunting, and visiting with friends.

He is survived by three children, Peggy (Dale) Graham of Harper Woods, Michigan, Brian (Mary) Harston of Midland, Michigan, Chris (Philene) Harston of Plainfield; seven grandchildren, Sarah, Mikayla, Kevin, Maggie, Madison, Lauren and Jason; one brother, Billy of Creve Coeur.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Emery, Jimmy, Herbie, Harry “Abe”, John Charles “Chuck”; five sisters, Emily Mayfield, Rosie Cargle, Miriam Harston Craig, Anna Harston, and Hilda Harston.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Pontiac Public Library.

Stephen H. “Hillbilly” Mercer

index.jpgMarch 20, 1954 – October 04, 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.

Margaret “Jane” Cashmer

index.jpgSeptember 27, 1944 – September 29, 2017

Margaret “Jane” Cashmer, 73, of Cornell, IL passed away at 10:51 pm on Friday, September 29, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac with Pastor Dan Leonard and Jessica Ulrich officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at the funeral home. Burial will follow services at Memorial Park Cemetery in rural Pontiac, Illinois. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to the family.

Jane was born September 27, 1944 in Batavia, IL a daughter of Kenneth and Thelma (Holmes) Barry. She married Clifford Cashmer, Jr. on June 16, 1962 in Streator, IL. He passed away on July 24, 1997.

She is survived by her children: David (Angie) Cashmer of Minonk, IL, Susan (Tim) Ulrich of Flanagan, IL, Jennifer Cashmer of Pontiac, IL, and Patricia Eden of Cornell, IL; her grandchildren: Chelsey Cashmer, Malorie Cashmer, Chad Ulrich, Brandon (Crystal) Ulrich, Joshua (Kayla) Ulrich, Jessica Ulrich, and Julia Cashmer; great grandchildren: Haidyn, Spencer, Gracie, Gunner is on-the-way, and Shane; her siblings: Kenneth (Nancy) Barry, Mike Barry, Charol (John) Hall, Charlotte Wheeler, Shelly Wade, Colleen (Jim) Poulaki, Nancy Barry, and Donald Barry. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and two sisters: Evelyn Robinson and Eileen Hickenbottom.

Jane grew up in the Streator area. She was a member of the Streator Moose. She enjoyed playing cards every week with her siblings, tending to her flowers, decorating for every occasion or holiday, and going to garage sales as she called it “junking”, always looking for a good bargain for someone. She loved spending time with her family they were the most important thing to her. She will be greatly missed.