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.

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.

Harlan Wayne Ehrhardt

indexAugust 20, 1930 – September 23, 2017


Harlan Wayne Ehrhardt, 87, of Pontiac, IL passed away at 2:49 pm on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

Visitation will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, September 29, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac.  A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Daryl Evans officiating with military rites to follow. Burial will be at a later date at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pontiac VFW.  A celebration will be held at the VFW following the services.

Wayne was born August 20, 1930 in Lexington, IL a son of Frank and Mary (Pirtle) Ehrhardt. He married Joan Eliza Cole on January 26, 1952 in Pontiac, Illinois. She passed away on September 24, 1986.

He is survived by his children: Robert Wayne Ehrhardt of Honolulu, HI, Mark Joseph Ehrhardt and Jill Marie Legner both of Pontiac, IL; four grandchildren: Cole, Jonathan (Sarah), Elizabeth, and Abigail Legner; great grandchildren: Beckett Harlan Legner, Emma Marjorie Legner and a granddaughter on the way; siblings: Earl Ehrhardt, Mildred Carner, David Ehrhardt, Myra (Chuck) Brill, and Frank (Edie) Ehrhardt. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and two brothers: Henry and Lyle Ehrhardt.

Wayne served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War achieving the rank of Corporal.

He worked for 52 years as a pressman at Morton Printing retiring from RR Donnelley in Pontiac, IL.

Wayne was a member of the Pontiac VFW. He liked playing poker machines at the VFW and going to Las Vegas. He enjoyed watching the Cubs and Bears play and liked to fish.

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.

Lavinia Trimble


October 27, 1921 – September 11, 2017

Lavinia W. Trimble, (nickname Vin), 95, of Pontiac, IL, passed away at 11:40 am on Monday, September 11, 2017 at Tjardes Health Center of Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac, IL.

According to her wishes, cremation rites will be accorded and no services will be held.

Lavinia was born on October 27, 1921 in Hardin, MO, a daughter of Wilmuth H. (Watts) Morris and Barry Morris.  She married Arthur Trimble on December 12, 1941 in Palmyra, MO, divorced in 1953.

After retiring from a career as a legal administrative secretary in Oak Lawn, IL, Vin followed her passion for reading as a library assistant at the Naperville Public Library.

Lavinia was an extraordinary woman, like a breath of fresh air, always smiling and full of life! Dedicated to her four children, she single-handedly raised them in a home full of love. Best described as “quite the character”, Vin was thoughtful and compassionate, always wanting to make others smile.

She is survived by her children: Richard Trimble of Lexington, KY and Carole Benson of Bremerton, WA and one brother, David Morris of Tinley Park, IL.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Raymond Morris and daughter Patricia Hart.