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.

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.

Elizabeth “Beth” Farney

index.jpgMay 04, 1934 – 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.

H. Patricia Frantz

index.jpgDecember 02, 1929 – 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.

Elizabeth L. “Betty” Kempen

Betty. Kempen_6087October 13, 1924 – 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.