Mildred R. “Millie” Bateman

Mildred R. “Millie” Bateman, 94, Normal, IL, died Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Heartland Health Care, Normal, IL. Her graveside service will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington with Rev. Kathy King-Nobles officiating. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington is in charge of arrangements.

Millie was the daughter of Bliss and Etta Mae Lester Faber. She married Robert P. Bateman on February 25, 1944 in Clinton, IL. He died November 8, 2000.

Survivors include a sister, Bonnie (Rex) Souders, Huntingdon, TN and 5 great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, (her mother lived with Bob and Millie for several years) and a niece.

After graduation from high school, Millie was secretary to the Maroa High School principal and school board for five years. She then went on to graduate from Dickinson Secretarial School, Decatur, IL. Millie completed 44 years, at State Farms corporate headquarters in Bloomington, retiring as Senior Actuarial Specialist.

Millie was a member of First United Methodist Church, Normal and its Vesper Circle. She was also a member of the Bloomington Emblem Club, Eastern Star, Bloomington Woman’s Club and Home Sweet Home Mission Auxiliary. She was also a volunteer for Neighborhood Watch and a 12 year volunteer at OSF Medical Center, Bloomington. In retirement Millie and Bob traveled extensively in Europe and as avid Cub fans, often wintered in Mesa, AZ for Cubs preseason practice.

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Barbara F. “Barb” Dorward

Barbara F. “’Barb” Dorward age 73 of Bloomington IL passed away at 9:24 PM on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL. Her memorial service will be 2:00 PM Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 18884 E US Route 150, Bloomington, IL. Jon Feeny will be officiating. Private inurnment will be at a later date. There will be no visitation. The family suggests memorials be made to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 18884 E US Route 150, Bloomington, IL 61705. Cremation services provided by Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL.

Barb was born August 8, 1944 in Galesburg, IL the daughter of George W. and Lorraine E. Ekstrom Hanson. She married Theodore L. “Ted” Dorward on August 26, 1978 in Bloomington, IL. He survives.

Also surviving are 3 children, Todd (Debra) Dorward, Holiday, Florida, Alysia McCulloch, Bloomington, IL, Alan (Shiela) Dorward, Poway, California, 6 grandchildren, Aaron and Evan Dorward, Holiday, Florida, Brynn (Mason) Ullrich Yorktown, Virginia, David, Andrew and Chelsie Dorward, Poway, California, 3 brothers, Dean (Silvana) Hanson, Hampton, Virginia, Ronald (Dianne) Hanson, Marysville, Washington, Kenneth (Nancy) Hanson, Wallkill,New York, 1 sister, Shirley (David) Guiter, Colchester, IL, sister in-law, Mary (William) Harrison, Durham, North, Carolina, and 1 aunt, Eileen Hanson, Knoxville, IL.

Barb is preceded in death by her parents.

Barb worked for Progressive Impressions, Bloomington, IL for the past 19 years.
She was a member of the East Bloomington Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She loved to share her faith to all and any who would listen. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She will be missed by all who knew her.

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Viola M. “Tootie” Bayles

indexJuly 10, 1923 – September 8, 2017

Viola M. “Tootie” Bayles, 94, of Bloomington, died at 11:20 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 in her home at Luther Oaks. Her funeral is at 11 a.m. Thursday, at Trinity Lutheran Church, the Rev. Thomas Wirsing officiating. Burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington next to her beloved husband Darrel. Visitation is from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington and at the church one hour before Thursday’s service.

Mrs. Bayles, daughter of William and Clara Schwandt Wellenreiter, was born July 10, 1923, in Dry Grove Township. When she was 18, she saw a photo of Darrel Bayles in the newspaper and told her aunt that he was the man she planned to marry. She met him for the first time at the McLean County Fair in 1939.
Her prophecy came true when she married Darrel in a simple ceremony on Jan. 15, 1944, in Montgomery, Ala. as he was being deployed to Europe during WW II. After Darrel returned, their love expanded to include Greg and Connie, and the life they built was Tootie’s greatest treasure.

Her hardwork and housekeeping skills were legendary. Her windows sparkled, her lawn was manicured and she dusted every day. Tootie lived in the house Darrel built for 57 years. Her kids say she was one-of-a-kind; a devoted mother who warmly welcomed every friend they brought home. Homemade cookies were her specialty, and everyone who came to her house went to the cookie jar first. Whatever Tootie did, she did it 100 percent. She taught her family how to love, laugh and care deeply. She was a fun, athletic grandma, sledding and playing ball and card games like Old Maid with the grandkids and great grandkids. They described her as loving, loyal, disciplined, funny, caring and sometimes brutally honest. Tootie was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and an ISU Redbird basketball season ticket holder for over 30 years. She left her mark on her community too serving as a 4H leader, Sunday school treasurer, PTO member, and BroMenn volunteer and retired from Growmark. Tootie was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her son, Gregory R. Bayles, Normal and granddaughter Christine Fleming, her husband Aaron and their children Hillary, Cameron and Wyatt all of Gurnee, Ill; granddaughter Carrie Bayles and her son, Alister Reasbeck of Columbus, Ohio; and grandson Brandon Bayles and wife Falyn of Bradenton, Fla.
Mrs. Bayles is also survived by daughter Connie B. Cozzolino Smith, her husband Kelly of Hartland, Wis. and granddaughters Callie Cozzolino and husband Louis Greenebaum and their son Coz Greenebaum; and Layne Cozzolino and her husband Josh Stolzenburg and their son Penn Stolzenburg. Survivors also include one sister Lorene Wick, Verona, Mo; sister-in-law Eleanor Wellenreiter, Danvers; and brother-in-law Floyd Haag, Cullom.

The family wishes to thank Renee Payne for her loving care for Grandma as well as the staff of Luther Oaks and Compassus Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund. Please view the obituary and share your condolences and memories online at

Richard Charles Funk

Richard Charles Funk, 90, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away at home at 2:40 a.m. PDT on September 6, 2017 after a short illness. His beloved wife, Ann, and two sons, William and John, were by his side. Richard was born July 1, 1927 to Lafayette and Cleda Funk in Shirley, Illinois. He attended Ben Funk School, Normal Community High School, Illinois State University and graduated from University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Business. He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at UC Boulder. Richard served in the United States Navy from 1945-1946.

Richard married Joanne Fletcher in 1953 and later divorced in 1980. They had three sons – Douglas, William Ross, and John Lafayette (Susan Hitner). He married Ann Armstrong in 1987 and gained two step-children John (Madeline) Morrill and Terri Ann Klein. Together, he and Ann have ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was a past member of many organizations including the Belle Plain, Iowa Rotary Club; Bloomington, Illinois Rotary Club; Masonic Lodges of Shirley and Heyworth, Illinois; Bloomington Consistory; Board of Directors, BroMenn Health Care; John M. Scott Health Care Commission; Board member of Friends of the University Museums (Illinois State University); Trustee of Funk Farms; Board member of Funk’s Grove Cemetery Association; Board of Directors, Funk Seeds. Richard was a former member of the First United Methodist Church, Normal, Illinois; and current member of Valley Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was employed by Funk Seeds International from 1946-1986 when he retired.
Richard and Ann loved to travel the world and displayed a map in their kitchen with pushpins indicating all the places they’d been. His last trip was to the Funk family reunion in Illinois in early August. They also loved to gather the family for birthday milestone celebrations. We were fortunate to gather 25 of us – children and spouses, grandchildren and spouses, and great-grandchild – in Maui for a week at the end of June to celebrate Richard’s 90 birthday. It was great fun singing to him every day and all being together to celebrate this wonderful man.

Richard was blessed by many friendships at Sagewood Senior Independent Living where he and Ann have lived for the past 7 years. His sweet, happy disposition will be greatly missed by so many.
A heartfelt thanks to Travis Mason for his loving care of Richard over the past ten months. He was a constant companion and caregiver to Richard, and support to Ann. The family is forever grateful.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, his son Douglas, and brother, Lafayette, Jr.

A service will be held Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 East McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, Arizona. Visitation will be Friday September 15, 2017 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, 1115 East Washington Street, Bloomington, Illinois and there will also be a visitation at the Church from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Saturday before the service. Funeral services will be Saturday September 16, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 211 North School Street, Normal, Illinois. The Rev. Dr. Kent-King-Nobles will be officiating. Interment immediately following the service at Funk’s Grove Cemetery, McLean, Illinois. Casket bearers will be Bill Funk, John Funk, John Morrill, Matt Funk, Tyler Klein, and Parker Klein. Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix, Arizona (; Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 East McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, Arizona 85253; or Sugar Grove Nature Center at Funk’s Grove, McLean, Illinois (

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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.

Mary Jane Darnall

Mary Jane Darnall age 82 of Normal IL passed away at 5:46 PM on Thursday, August 31, 2017
at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, IL. Her funeral service will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at the Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. Rev. Dr. Ed Taylor will be officiating. Burial will be at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, IL. Visitation will be 9:30 AM-11:00 AM Wednesday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to Alzheimer’s Research or to the American Passion Play, Bloomington, IL.

Mary was born June 19, 1935 in Effingham, IL the daughter of Virgil and Emma Pemberton Wines. She married Darrell Jual Darnall Sr. on December 20, 1955 in Lincoln, IL. He passed away January 4, 2017.

Surviving are her 3 children, D. Jean (JoAnn) Darnall, Bloomington, IL, Carolyn (Doug) Crane, Bloomington, IL, Don (Penny) Darnall, McLean, IL, 6 grandsons, David (Jenny) Darnall, Geneseo, IL, Bryan Darnall, Bloomington, IL, Derek and Chase Crane, Bloomington, IL, Drew and Zach Darnall, McLean, IL, 2 great-grandchildren, Matthew and Alex Darnall, Geneseo, IL,1 brother, John Wines, Armington, IL and several nieces and nephews.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Clara Mae.

Mary had retired from the Eureka Company after 38 years of service. She had been very active in the “Passion Play” for 20 years and played the role of Herodias. Mary enjoyed collecting fine collectables. Mary and her husband Darrell enjoyed going to Hawaii. She enjoyed visiting with her neighbors and helping them in many ways. The family wants to thank the staff at Bickford House, Sugar Creek Alzheimer Special Care Center and Advocate BroMenn Medical Center for their care and compassion shown to Mary. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She will be missed by all who knew her.

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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.

Donald “Bullet” Robare

Donald “Bullet” Robare age 89 of Bloomington IL formerly Malone, New York passed away peacefully at his residence with his family by his side at 4:45 PM on Friday, August 25, 2017. Services are pending at Bruso-Desnoyers Funeral Service, Malone, New York. Cremation services provided by Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. Inurnment will be at Notre Dame Cemetery, Malone, New York. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to Dale Township Fire & Rescue Department.

Donald was born March 3, 1928 in Malone, New York the son of George and Louva Gibbo Robare. He married Renata Aurora Degano on May 15, 1949 in Trieste, Italy. She precedes him in death.

Surviving are close family and friends.Donald is preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers, George, Kenneth, Robert and Paul Robare, 5 sisters, Vivian Beehler, Veronica Stone, Audrey Dumont, Janice Robare and Barbara Ann Robare.

Bullet was a career US Army Veteran in aviation, serving in both in WWII and Vietnam.
Donald received two Purple Hearts. He cared for his wife Renata upon retiring until her death. He was a member of the Elks Lodge Malone, New York. Donald was an avid, hunter and fisherman and golfer and was a member of the Malone Golf Course. He will be missed by all who knew him.

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