Kathleen D. Webster

Kathleen D. Webster, 65 of Bloomington passed away on Friday September 22, 2017 at 7:13 PM at BroMenn Medical Center in Normal. There will be a funeral for Kathleen on Saturday September 30, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington at 11 AM. Reverend Tom Wirsing
will officiate. There will be a visitation from 5-7 PM Friday September 29, 2017 at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home in Bloomington as well as from 10-11 AM Saturday at the church. Interment will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Bloomington. Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home in Bloomington is handling arrangements. Kathleen was born December 17, 1951 in Milwaukee, WI to Byron and Marilyn
Hills Webster. Her mother preceded her in death. She is survived by her father of Goodman, Wisconsin and her sister Judith Webster of Bloomington. Kathleen first worked as a Bill Clerk for Milwaukee Railroad for 16 years. After relocating to Bloomington, she received her Bachelor’s and
Master’s degrees in Communications from Illinois State University. She has worked in the Financial Aid Department for Illinois State University since 1995. Kathleen was also the Co-owner and Teacher for Footsteppes on the Horizon Jazz Studio in Bloomington. She loved working with children both at her
dance studio and teaching Sunday School. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Streamwood, IL and locally attended St. John’s Lutheran Church, Northside Church of Christ, and Trinity Lutheran Church. She loved dogs and was a trained professional groomer, a volunteered at Humane Society of Central Illinois, and pet parent to five Shih Tzus. She also had a deep
love of the performing arts – theatre, music, and dance. Kathleen had been trained in opera and was an
accomplished singer. As proud Wisconsin native, Kathleen loved her Green Bay Packers.

Memorial contributions may be made the Humane Society of Central Illinois or to the Music Department at Illinois State University.

Madalynne McReynolds

Bloomington – Madalynne McReynolds, 95 of Bloomington formerly of Towanda, passed away at 6:45 PM on Sunday September 17, 2017 at Martin Health Center in Bloomington. There will be a funeral service for Madalynne on Wednesday September 20, 2017 at 10:30 AM at Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington located at 209 East Grove Street. Reverend Jack Moody will officiate. There will be a
visitation from 9:30 -10:30 AM Wednesday prior to the funeral at Beck Memorial Home. Interment will be in Zion Bishop Cemetery in Towanda. Madalynne was born January 8, 1922 in rural Normal to James
and Delia Staples McReynolds. They preceded her in death. She is also preceded in death by her six siblings, James McReynolds, Frank Rudisill, Earline Carnahan, Margarite Williams, Erma Brown and Helen Sutter as well as her very special friend William Hirst. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. Madalynne retired in 1987 after 44 years of service at State Farm Insurance Company in Bloomington. She was an accountant. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Towanda.

Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Bishop Cemetery in Towanda.

John Thomas Gum

John Thomas Gum, 78, of Bloomington, passed away on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 10:19 pm at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal. John’s service will be held on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at 11:00 am at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington. Following the service burial will take place at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements. John was born on March 23, 1939 in Sorento, Illinois, the son of Elvin and Nellie Bernice (West) Gum. He married Joan House on February 8, 1959 in Auburn, Illinois.

John is survived by his wife Joan of Bloomington, their children; Becky (Alan) Look of Bloomington and Deborah Gum of Peoria. Also surviving is one grandson; John Look of Chicago, a sister; Mary Ann Birutas of Terre Haute, In and a brother; Roger Gum of Troy, Il. He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother; Earl Gum. John was a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and worked for State Farm Insurance Company as a System Analyst for 32 years. He enjoyed playing golf, working in the yard, playing and repairing pinball machines and taking his dog Tuffy on scooter rides.

Eunice Lenora Schupbach

Eunice Lenora Schupbach, 96, of Bloomington, left this earth in the arms of the angels on Sunday, September 03, 2017 at 3:45am at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Eunice’s celebration of life will be held on Friday, September 8, 2017 at 10am at the Evangelical Free Church, Bloomington with her son, Edwin, officiating. Following the service burial will take place at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Visitation will be held
at the church on Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 5-7pm and an hour prior to the service on Friday. Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements.

Eunice was born on July 7, 1921 in Morton, Illinois the daughter of John Christian and Alice Otilda (Steffen) Funk. She married Edwin Fred Schupbach on April 21, 1946 in Roanoke, Illinois.

He preceded her to Heaven on March 7, 2009. She is survived by her adoring children; Kay (Robert) Ulrich of Washington, IL, Edwin (Leslie) Schupbach of Littleton, CO, Marjorie (Tom) Hansen of Normal, IL, Beth (Bryan) Caldwell of Bloomington, IL, her grandchildren; Jeremy, Jordan, and Jonah Schupbach, Joanna Wang, Hannah and Josiah Hansen, Leah Rauch, Katie and Jake Caldwell, 13 great grandchildren and 2 sisters-In-law; Frieda Schupbach and Rosella Bauer. She was preceded in death by her parents, 4 brothers and 4 sisters. Eunice was the ultimate hostess and great cook. No one left her home without being well fed; serving others was a tremendous joy for her. A die-hard Cubs fan, Eunice also never gave up on anyone. She was a prolifically creative soul who enjoyed gardening, quilting, knitting, and playing a masterful game of Scrabble. Eunice worked with her husband as a partner at Schupbach Builders, putting the finishing touches on the homes he built. Her family was everything to Eunice. Her legacy of constant, gentle love was one that could never be outdone. She was the very expression of God’s love being poured out onto those around her. A prayer warrior, she longed for others to know the love of Jesus. She lived her life with grace, kindness, generosity and selfless service. Her infectious joy and optimistic spirit were an inspiration to all who knew her. She will be terribly missed.

Carolyn Marie Gordon

Carolyn Marie Gordon, 75, of Bloomington died at 10:14 AM Wednesday August 30, 2017 at her residence. There will be a funeral service for Carolyn on Wednesday September 6, 2017 at 11 AM Centennial Christian Church in Bloomington. There will be a visitation from 9 – 11 AM Wednesday at the church. Pastor Neal Kentch will officiate. Interment will be in Park Lawn Cemetery in Danvers.

Carolyn was born May 12, 1942 in Danvers to John and Marie Mitchell Gordon Sr. They preceded her in death. She is also preceded in death by eleven siblings, John Jr, Charles, Nancy Whitecotton, Ron, Marilyn Gordon, Ada Louise Gordon, Don, Robert, Bill, Sue Gordon and an infant sister. She is survived by one brother Larry (Kathy) Gordon of Heyworth, one sister Anna (Butch) Perring of Clinton and several nieces and nephews. Carolyn last worked for Kids Club in Bloomington in Food Service in 2006 after twenty years of service. She ran the Peace Meal Program at Lincoln Towers for many years. She was also very involved in Walk to Emmaus for over twenty years. Carolyn was a member of Centennial Christian Church. Her two greatest joys in life were God and her family. She especially loved her nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Foundation or to Centennial Christian Church.

Marjorie Ann Smith

Marjorie Ann Smith, 84 of Stanford, passed away on Monday, August 28, 2017 at 9:12am at Heartland Health Care, Normal. Her services will be held on Friday, September 1, 2017 at 10am at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home with Pastor Steve Evans officiating. Following the service burial will be held at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Stanford. Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 4-7pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Heartland Health Care. Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements. Marge was born on June 9, 1933 in Bondville, KY, the daughter of Sydney and Jean Morgan Norton. She married Harold D. Smith on May 13, 1951 in Harrodsburg, KY. He passed away on January 15, 1995. Marge is survived by her children; Gary Smith, Kevin Smith, Michael Smith, Steven (Kimberley) Smith and Pamela (Robert M.) Boitnott all of Stanford, grandchildren; Chad (Sarah Evans) Boitnott, Robert D. Boitnott, Amanda Allen, Stephanie (Bobby Kisner) Smith and Megan (Adam) Reener and 9 great grandchildren and her sister Shirley Claunch of Harrodsburg, KY. She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother Vernelle Norton. Marge worked for the Admiral Co. and later for Eureka Williams for over 30 years. She belonged to the Machinists Lodge 1000. Marge loved to go to Kentucky to visit family and traveled throughout the Western States. She grew African Violets and Roses and was a doll collector. Most of all she loved and spoiled her grandchildren. Marge will be dearly missed by all her family and friends.

Mary E. Ohmart

Mary E. Ohmart, 95 of Normal passed away at 5:07 PM Wednesday August 23, 2017 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal. There will be a private graveside service at Graceland Cemetery in Fairbury at a later date. Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home in Bloomington is handling arrangements. Mary was born April 1, 1922 in Findley, IL to Arthur and Sula Swartz Melcher. She married Donald A. Ohmart November 19, 1942 in St. Louis. They were married for 39 years. He preceded her in death on December 3, 1981 in Fairbury. She was also preceded in death by her son Ray Ohmart in Austin, TX in October 2005. She is survived by four children, Linda Ohmart of Atlanta, GA, Don (Sally) Ohmart of Normal, Craig (Karen) Ohmart of Danvers, and Jeff Ohmart of Bloomington, eight grandchildren Ronnie (Erin) Yabroudy, Danny Yabroudy, Matthew (Kathleen) Yabroudy, Joshua (Dawn) Ohmart, Jeremy (Emily) Ohmart, Daniel Ohmart, Ruth Ohmart, Jennifer (Eric) Immke and seven great-grandchildren, Olivia Yabroudy, Sarah Grace Yabroudy, Thomas Yabroudy, Lucy Yabroudy, Sophia Phillips Ohmart and Willa Phillips Ohmart and Weston Immke. Mary had a strong faith in God. She was a longtime member of the Saunemin United Methodist Church where she was past president of the United Methodist Woman’s Club and also was in the Parent Teacher Association. She was a homemaker and enjoyed reading, oil painting and gardening. She will be remembered for her smile and positive attitude. With great gratitude the family wishes to thank the staff at Meadows of Mercy Creek and Advocate BroMenn Medical Center for their personal care. Memorial contributions may be made to Saunemin United
Methodist Church.

Harry Lyle Mehl

Harry Lyle Mehl, 92 of Stanford passed away at 3:29 PM on Tuesday August 22, 2017 at Sugar Creek Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Bloomington. There will be a funeral service for Harry on Monday August 28, 2017 at 10 AM at Ebenezer United Methodist Church in rural McLean. Pastor Mike Abel will officiate. There will be a visitation Sunday August 27, 2017 at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home in Bloomington from 2-4 PM. Interment will be in Park Lawn Cemetery in Danvers. Military rites will be conducted by both active duty Marines and the Bloomington – Normal American Legion Honor Guard.

Reception immediately to follow graveside services at the Covell Town Hall. All are welcome:
8017 E 1100 North Rd, Bloomington, IL  61705. Otto-Argo-Calvert Funeral Home in Danvers is handling arrangements.

 

Harry was born January 25, 1925 in Normal to Harry Bryan and Elsie Elizabeth Skinner Mehl. He married Orva “Jean” Hunziker on March 16, 1953 in Bryan, TX. She survives.

 

He is also survived by his children Renee’ (Dennis) Rousey of Tacoma, WA, Anna Mehl (Mark Althouse) of Champaign, and four grandchildren Benjamin Mehl, Lena Mehl, Eli Mehl Rousey and Dara Mehl Althouse.

 

He was preceded in death by his son, Magnus Richard, his parents, one brother Donald Jean, a step-brother Donald Evans and step-sisters Ina Smiley and Patricia Weidner.

 

Harry grew up on a farm near Danvers, Illinois. When he was 12, his mother Elsie died of breast cancer. Later, Harry’s father married Vena Evans. Her three children; Donald, Ina and Patricia joined the family. Harry skipped high school graduation to join the USMC. He became a sea-going Marine despite being told he was “too short” to serve at sea. He was stationed aboard the USS Tennessee. While serving as a gunner, he was hit by a Kamikaze on 4/12/45. He suffered life threatening burns over a large percentage of his body and was hospitalized in Oakland California for 18 months. While in Oakland he attended the University of California. Upon returning home he attended Illinois Wesleyan University where he met life-long friends: “Big John” Long Bonds, “Little John” Mosser & Jack Tuschoff. Harry stopped school to return to the farm and work with his Dad. During this time, Harry’s younger Brother Donald Jean died of leukemia. This was a great sorrow of Harry’s life.

 

Harry took a job at Caterpillar Tractor Co. While working there, he saw a “stunning” woman running the cafeteria; and, that woman was Jean Hunziker. This began one of the true love stories of all-time. Harry and Jean were crazy about each other to the last day of his life. At 52, Harry graduated with a BS in Sociology from ISU. He was a founder of the Parklands Foundation. He and Jean donated land to the Foundation as a nature preserve. Now known as “Mehl’s Bluff”, it is the highest bluff along the Mackinaw River. Harry was a long-time member of the Great Books Society and a dedicated life-long Democrat. He was a member of First Christian Church in Stanford. When his children were young the family travelled the US to almost every battlefield. Later, he and Jean traveled the Silk Road from China to Pakistan and other places around the world. They trekked to Patagonia in their 80’s. Just last year, they traveled to the Puyallup Fair in Washington State to ride the wooden roller coaster-seated in the front car. He loved the outdoors and never missed a chance to swim on a hot day. After a day of bailing hay or walking beans, he drove the crew to the Stanford Pool. Later at home with a beer and a cigar, he would declare the day as “good.” Many summer nights the family slept in the yard to watch the stars.

 

Harry loved life and filled every day to the brim. He worked hard. He played hard. And, he loved hard.

His life was shared with many. All of us who knew him have a part of “Harry” with us.

Harry served his country in the United States Marines during World War II in campaigns in Si Pan, Guam, Palau, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. The USS Tennessee battleship received a Navy
Unit Commendation. Harry received nine Battle Stars and the Purple Heart. Memorial contributions may be made to Parklands Foundation http://www.parklandsfoundation.org/</a> and the Southern Poverty Law Center <a href=”https://www.splcenter.org/”>https://www.splcenter.org/.

Jean Elaine Radcliff

Jean Elaine Radcliff, 78 of Danvers, passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 6am at her home. Jean’s service will be held on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 2pm at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington with Rev. Jason Collins officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Danvers TWP Fire Department or Covell Community Church. Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jean was born on May 24, 1939 in El Paso, Illinois the daughter of Carl William and Freda Marie (Schroeder) Ferrenburg. She married Richard Steven Radcliff on February 18, 1983 in Bloomington. Jean is survived by her husband Ricahrd of Danvers, her children; Kurt Kaufman of Mackinaw, Kelly Kaufman of Mackinaw and Kent (Suzy) Kaufman of East Peoria.
Also surviving are 8 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and her brother; Paul
(Joann) Ferrenburg of Danvers. Jean was an avid Coca Cola collector and enjoyed Antiquing. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Robert R. Goff

Robert R. Goff, age 96, longtime resident of Wheaton, IL, Muncie, IN and Bloomington, IL, passed away Thursday, August 17, 2017. He is survived by his daughters: Susan (Steve) Minihan and Barbara (Brad) Bright; grandchildren and great grandchildren: Greg Minihan, Carrie (Matt) Girman (Anna, Katie and Michael), Allyson Bright; nephew Mark (Pat) Stuckey and niece Denise (Alan) Janssen.

Bob was an employee of the J.C. Penney Company throughout his entire working career.

Services and interment will be in Bloomington, IL where he will be laid to rest alongside his beloved wife Wilma Phoebe. Visitation will be 12-1 p.m. with the funeral service to follow at 1 p.m., Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Calvert & Metzler Funeral Home 1115 East Washington St., Bloomington, IL 61701. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to the YWCA, 310 E. Charles St., Muncie, IN 47305.