Mary Jane Knapp, 92 of Bloomington and formerly of Cissna Park passed away on Wednesday April 20, 2022 at Fairview Haven Nursing Home in Fairbury. She was born on April 24, 1929 in Hoopeston, IL a daughter of John Vernon and Helen Aletha (Thornburg) Gholson. Mary married Earl E. Knapp in Peoria on November 27, 1947 and he preceded her in death on January 28, 2001. She was also preceded in death by five brothers, two sisters, and one daughter-Cathy Knapp. Surviving are two daughters- Barbara Knapp of Bloomington and Sue Knapp (Jamison Shefts) of Dunlap; two sons- Ronald (Darleen) Knapp of Bloomington and Rick Knapp (Caron Boland) of Daphne, AL; five grandchildren- Daniel (Shelley) Knapp, Tyler (Kristy) Knapp, Erin (Tyler) Sands, Clayton Vazis, and Carly (Luke) Chitwood; five great grandchildren- Taylor Knapp, Simone Knapp, Graham Knapp, Theo Sands, and Tanner Sands; two sisters-Alice Butts of Danville and Shirley Sondgerath of Ambia, IN.
Mary was a member of the Bloomington Apostolic Christian Church.
Visitation will be from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on Monday April 25, 2022 at the Bloomington Apostolic Christian Church. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am at the church with ministers of the church officiating.
Graveside services will be held at 2:30 pm on Monday April 25, 2022 at the Cissna Park Apostolic Christian Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action network (pancan.org) or Robert H. Lurie of Northwestern University (Breast Cancer fund).
Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.
Nancy Kay Honegger, 81, Forrest, passed to her heavenly home on April 7, 2022.
Her funeral will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Forrest. Pastor Paul Lellelid and Deacon Lyn A’Hearn will officiate. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, and from 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, both at the church. Burial will be at Forrest Twp. Cemetery. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is assisting with arrangements.
The family suggests memorials be given to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Forrest or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Nancy was born May 24, 1940, in Fairbury, the daughter of Hugh and Leona Metz Wallace. She married Jerry L. Honegger in Forrest on August 30, 1959. He preceded her in death on December 5, 2020.
Survivors also include her children: her daughter Marci (Randy) Rich of Bloomington and their children, Alex (Ellie) Rich, Tyler (Alyssa) Rich and Kaleigh (Chris) Curran; her daughter Dara (Derrick) Surratt of Alexandria, Virginia, and their daughters, Caroline and Emily; and her son Brent (Kelly) Honegger of Fairbury, and their children, Luke (Taylor) Honegger, Brock, Megan, and Sam. One great-grandchild, Lochlan Honegger.
Nancy was a 1958 graduate of Forrest-Strawn-Wing High School and was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Forrest, where she loved to sing. She especially loved meeting friends at coffee and hosting pizza nights with family. Nancy loved being a mom and grandma. She always said it was the only job she ever wanted, and she was good at it! She will be remembered for her beautiful smile and memorable laugh.
A special thanks to Fairview Haven and OSF Hospice for their compassion, care and support.
Fairbury - James E. Steidinger, 90 of Fairbury passed away at 6:44 am, Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Jim was born October 11, 1931 in Fairbury, the son of Aaron and Arlene (Entwistle) Steidinger. He married Fern Wilkins on September 6, 1953 and later married Joan Hostetter on March 3, 1968. She survives in Fairbury.
Also surviving are his children, Deanna (Kamran) Khadem of Georgetown, TX; Eric Steidinger Ward (Jim Robbins) of Willets, CA; Cathy Coleman of St. George, Utah; Christopher (Cindy) Coleman of Fisher, IL; Paul (Jodi) Coleman of Navarre, FL; eleven grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Gregory Steidinger; one grandson, Justin Steidinger; one brother, Richard A. Steidinger; and one sister, Lorene “Bunny” VanSickle.
Jim was a 1949 graduate of Fairbury High School and served in the US Navy from 1951 to 1955. He was a life-long resident of Fairbury and held various public service roles, including Precinct Committeeman, Zoning Commissioner, and Alderman. He also served as Mayor from 1981 through 1985. Jim spent his career as an owner/operator of Steidinger Tires, Inc. After his retirement, he launched a local home repair business.
Jim was a life-long learner and believed anyone could accomplish anything they set their mind to. He was a photographer and built his own development studio. He loved astronomy and built his own telescope. He enjoyed airplanes and flew a private plane for many years. He also built and flew an ultralight and served as a judge for the Experimental Aircrafts Association in Oshkosh. When Jim decided that he wanted to learn blacksmithing, he enrolled in classes to learn the trade, built his own equipment, and scoured railroad tracks for spikes to create beautiful hand-crafted objects. Jim also was a lover of classical music. He sang in a Barbershop Quartet, played classical guitar, and even took up piano in his 80s. Jim was an avid reader who enjoyed anything from a good mystery to quantum physics. He was also a master gardener and a devoted animal advocate.
Cremation rites have been accorded with Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury, in charge of arrangements.
A Zoom memorial service is being planned. To participate, please leave your name and email address in the condolences and tributes section at www.duffypilsmemorialhome.com and the family will send you an invitation. An in-person celebration of life is also being planned for a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Patricia Perkins, 79, Fairbury, died at 12:00 pm Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Her funeral will be at 10:30 am Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at the 1st United Methodist Church, Fairbury with Pastor Paul Wier officiating. Burial will be in South Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 pm Monday, March 14, 2022 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury and 9:30 to 10:15 am Tuesday at the church. The family suggests memorials be given to the Livingston County Humane Society or Fairview Haven Retirement Community.
Pat was born January 27, 1943 in Ottawa, IL the daughter of Clarence and Wanetta Doty Wilson. She married Donald Perkins on February 17, 1962 in Jacksonville, IL. He survives in Fairbury.
Other survivors include their children, Jeff Perkins, Durham, NC, Carol (Eric) Vaughan, Fairbury, two granddaughters, Morgan and Macy Vaughan, Fairbury, one sister, Linda (Dennis) Fosen, Odell, and one brother, Sam (Deb) Wilson, Leroy.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
Pat was a 1961 graduate of Chenoa High School. After high school she worked in the cafeteria at the Lexington Schools. Later they moved to Durham, NC where she worked at Duke University until Donald’s job relocated them to Florida. Pat then worked as a secretary at Big Bend United Methodist Church in Riverview, FL retiring in 1998. After retirement Pat and Don moved back to Fairbury to be close to family. Pat was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Fairbury.
In retirement Pat enjoyed her time with family, especially her two granddaughters and wintering in Florida. She was a Duke basketball and Chicago Whitesox fan.
Roger Carl Bachtold, 82, Fairbury, died at 4:02 am Monday, February 21, 2022 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
His funeral will be at 11:00 am Saturday, February 26, 2022 at the Living Word Church, Roberts with Pastor Douglas Lee officiating. Burial will be in the South Apostolic Christian Cemetery, Fairbury with full military rites accorded by the Fairbury VFW and American Legion posts.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00 pm Friday, February 25, 2022 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury and 10:00 to 10:45 am Saturday at the church. The family suggests memorials be directed to Be Missional Inc., 20810 South Barker Road, Springhill, KS 66083.
Mr. Bachtold was born April 2, 1939 in Forrest, IL the son of Carl S. and Dorothy L. Ramseyer Bachtold. He married Shirlene McCarter on September 23, 1962 in Purvis, MS. She preceded him in death on March 23, 2021.
Survivors include their children, Dorothy (Dennis) Goodman, Sabetha, KS; Lorraine (Joseph) Bider, North Richland Hills, TX; Sarah Bachtold, Fairbury; Roger (Debbie) Bachtold, Fairbury; Jon (Melinda) Bachtold, Foley, AL; Joseph (Cathy) Bachtold, Fairbury; Mathew (Jill) Bachtold, Springhill, KS; twenty grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren; five brothers and sisters, Miriam (Ben) Metz, Francesville, IN; Herbert (Jan) Bachtold; Roberta (Wayne) Broquard; Gloria (Wayne) Drayer, all of Fairbury; Sam (Betty) Bachtold, Roscoe, IL.
Mr. Bachtold was a successful businessman in Fairbury for many years and was member of the Living Word Church, Roberts. He served in the United States Airforce.
Online condolences may be made at www.duffypilsmemorialhome.com
Belen Gabat Secoquian MD, 88, Fairbury, died at 12:15 pm Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at Fairview Haven Nursing Home, Fairbury.
Her funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 am Saturday, February 19, 2022, at St. Andrew Catholic Parish, Fairbury with Fr. Scott Archer officiating. Burial will be in South Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury.
All are invited to attend the recitation of the holy rosary followed by a family eulogy at 4:30 pm on Friday, February 18, 2022, at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury. If you choose to only attend the visitation, the public is also welcome between 5:30 and 8:00 pm at the memorial home. In consideration of the more vulnerable members of the family, please wear masks while indoors.
Memorials can be given to St. Andrew Catholic Parish, Fairbury and the Alzheimer’s Association.
Belen was born July 11, 1933, in Manila, Philippines the daughter of Col. Felix and Victoria DeGuzman Gabat. She married Dr. Cesar Movida Secoquian on March 24, 1962, in Quezon City, Philippines. He survives in Fairbury.
Other survivors include one son, Ivan Secoquian, Fairbury, two daughters, Tanya (Reginald) Williams, Tracy, CA, Natasha (Daniel) Lauer, Chicago, three grandchildren, Jordan, Andrea and Samantha Williams, and one sister, Imelda (Lucio) Abad, Toronto, Canada. She is preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters.
Belen received her medical degree from Manila Central University in 1961. She and Dr. Secoquian moved to the United States in 1966 with their two children. They initially resided in New Brunswick, NJ, where she enjoyed working at Middlesex General Hospital. They moved to Charleston, WV in 1967, followed by Weston, WV, Pontiac, IL and finally residing in Fairbury in 1975. While taking time to focus on raising her family, Belen remained active with the Women’s Auxiliary at Fairbury Hospital. Belen assisted her husband in his medical practice at his office in Fairbury from 1985 until retiring in 2005.
Mrs. Secoquian was a devout Catholic, a member of St. Andrew Parish (St. John the Baptist Church), Fairbury. Her hobbies included sewing and gardening. She was especially skilled in golf and won several awards while a member of Indian Creek Golf & Country Club.
To those that knew her, she was well known for her cooking, baking and warm hospitality. She enjoyed playing and teaching piano, traveling the world, and spending time with her family and friends.
Fairbury – Larry Neil Lancaster, 84, of Fairbury, passed away at 9:36am, on January 22, 2022, at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Larry was born October 28, 1937, in Sumner, the son of George and Jessie (Likens) Lancaster.
Upon graduation from Sumner High School, Larry enlisted in the Air Force where he served for four years. After his tour of duty, he attended Eastern Illinois University from which he graduated in 1962.
He met his future wife, Jan, at Eastern and they married in December, 1962.
After graduation Larry began a long career teaching English to high school students in Fairbury.
Larry is survived by his wife; brothers-in-law, Pete and Dave Pasero and his sisters-in-Law, Chris and Stephanie Pasero and Joyce Dutton. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews as well as special friends, Phil and Danielle Bane and their children, Emily, Becca and Nile.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, LaRita Palmer and her husband Richard.
Larry enjoyed (most of the time) playing golf with his buddies and gardening with the next-door neighbor children, Emily, Becca and Nile, with whom he shared a special bond.
At Larry’s request there will be no funeral or visitation. Larry will be laid to rest next to Jan’s mother at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Paris, IL.
Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to SELCAS or Fairview Haven Retirement Community, or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Kenneth R. Ashman, 79, of Chatsworth, passed away Monday, January 17, 2022, at Fairview Haven in Fairbury.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 21, 2022, at 10:00 AM at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chatsworth, Illinois. A visitation will be held on Thursday, January 20, 2022, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Calvert and Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth. Burial will be at Chatsworth Cemetery in Chatsworth, Illinois, following the service. Memorials in Kenneth’s memory may be made to Chatsworth American Legion Post 613 or the Chatsworth Fire Department. Calvert and Martin Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Kenneth was born December 30, 1942, in Fairbury, Illinois, to Arnold and Cassie (Johnson) Ashman. They preceded him in death. He married Joy Schlemmer on October 20, 1968, in Chatsworth, Illinois. She preceded him death on September 7, 2021. Surviving is his daughter, Jolea (John) Kalvin of Hampshire, IL.; and his grandchildren, John (Jak) Kalvin and Joryn Kalvin.
Kenneth attended and graduated from Chatsworth High School. After school, he pursued a career as a carpenter by love and trade. He was a long time Chatsworth Town Board Member. He loved stock car racing, woodworking, and feeding the birds.
Kenneth was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Lola I. Steffen, 75, Fairbury, died at 6:40 pm Saturday, December 25, 2021 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Her funeral service will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at the Apostolic Christian Church, Fairbury with ministers of the church officiating. Burial will be in the South Apostolic Christian Cemetery, rural Fairbury.
Visitation will be 4:00 to 8:00 pm Monday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury and 9:00 to 9:45 am Tuesday at the church. The family suggests memorials be given to Fairview Haven Retirement Community or SELCAS, both in Fairbury.
Mrs. Steffen was born June 6, 1946 in Fairbury the daughter of Clayton and Margaret Huber Ott. She married Henry A. Steffen on August 16, 1964 in Danvers. He survives in Fairbury.
Also surviving are their children, Tami (Neil) Bahler, Tricia Steffen and Troy (Rebecca) Steffen, all of Fairbury; eight grandchildren; three great grandchildren; one sister, Mary Lou Ott, Eureka and one brother, Glenn (Mardell) Ott, Sarasota, FL
She is preceded in death by two great granddaughters, two brothers and one sister.
Mrs. Steffen was a 1964 graduate of Danvers High School and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church, Fairbury.
Fairbury – Robert Perkins, 89, of Fairbury passed away at 2:40am, December 21, 2021, at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
His funeral will be held at 10:30, Friday, December 31, 2021, at First United Methodist Church, Fairbury. Pastor Paul Wier will be officiating. Burial will be in Avoca Township Cemetery, Fairbury.
Visitation will be held from 9:30-10:30, Friday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fairview Haven Retirement Community, First United Methodist Church, Fairbury, or donor’s choice of charity.
Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is in charge of arrangements,
Robert was born December 31, 1931, in Piper City the son of Lester and Myrtle Thorndyke Perkins. He married Alene F. Zimmerman. She died January 15, 2016.
Surviving are her daughters, Linda Beckhoff of Farmer City, Patty (Gary) Hofmann and Bobbi Jo (Charlie) McKeon both of Fairbury; grandchildren, Andrew Medendorp, Sara Krzyzaniak, Kathryn Medendorp, Amy Drobny, Daniel Beckhoff, Amber Werts, Jennifer Whitfill, Janelle Henkel, Eric Hofmann, Chris McKeon, and Kendra Smith; and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Debra Perkins; and one sister.
Robert was a member of First United Methodist Church, Fairbury.
He farmed in the Livingston County area.
Kenneth L. Helmers, 84, of Anchor, IL passed away on December 16, 2021 at Fairview Haven Nursing Home, in Fairbury. He was born on June 3, 1937 to W. Floyd and Lila Sweet Helmers and married the love of his life, Anna Phillips, on September 30, 1956.
Visitation for Kenny will be at held East Lawn Funeral Home on Monday, December 20, 2021 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. A funeral service will be held at Grace Church of the Nazarene, 610 IAA Drive, Bloomington on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 10:30 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Home Sweet Home Ministries or Grace Church of the Nazarene.
Kenny is survived by his loving wife of 65 years: Anna Helmers; 4 children: Kenneth Jr. (Regina) Helmers, Kay (Martin) Williams, John (Delores) Helmers, Amy (Lars) Pedereson; 9 grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and siblings: Doris Payne and Gene Helmers.
Kenny was a life-long farmer in the Anchor area. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He loved the Lord and was ready to go home.
Condolences and memories may be left with the family at: eastlawnmemorial.com
Fairbury – Bernice Cox, 103, of Fairbury, passed away at 1:55am, November 27, 2021, at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Her funeral will be held at 10:00am, Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at Forrest Apostolic Christian Church. Ministers of the Church will be officiating.
Burial will be in South Apostolic Christian Cemetery.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fairview Haven Retirement Community or SELCAS.
Mrs. Cox was born June 4, 1918, in Strawn the daughter of Andrew and Martha (Zimmerman) Koehl. She married Wayne Cox on February 20, 1941. He died August 20, 1991.
Surviving are her daughters, Gloria (Lyle) Ebach and Gail (Kenneth) Kafer both of Fairbury; grandchildren, Jennifer (Doug) Dierkes of Bloomington, Gretchen (Jim) Sitman of Carol Stream, Kent (Amy) Kafer, Kevin (April) Kafer, and Courtney (Mark) Farrell all of Fairbury; 11 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandson; sister, Velda Huette of Fairbury; sisters-in-law, Gladys Koehl of Fairbury and Janita Koehl of OH.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and two sisters.
Mrs. Cox was a cook at Fairbury Cropsey School for 19 years.
She was a member of the Forrest Apostolic Christian Church and the Forrest Sewing Circle.
The family would like thank the caregivers and staff at Fairview Haven Retirement Community for wonderful care given to Bernice.
Good Neighbors of Fairview Haven Update:
We wanted to send some love and encouragement (and snacks! ) to the team at St. James Medical Center. From one healthcare team to another ... we understand how stressful and disheartening the past couple years have been. Love and prayers to you all and THANK YOU for caring for our communities!
Marcella "Sal" Markwalder, 92, of Cissna Park passed away on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at Fairview Haven Nursing Home in Fairbury. She was born on April 23, 1929 in Cissna Park, the daughter of Albert A. and Bertha (Feller) Kaufmann.
Surviving are two daughters, Marcia (Ron) Yergler of Cissna Park and Sara (Terry) Reutter of Pittsboro, IN; one brother, Don Kaufmann of Bloomington; six grandchildren, Abby (John) Faber, Mitchell (Megan) Yergler, Marcus (Pamela) Yergler, Joanna Yergler, Jessica (Wade) Danforth, Christopher (Steffany) Reutter; and eight great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; seven brothers, Robert, Clyde, Wilmer, Ben, Arch, Cal, and Albert; and five sisters, Lydia Rocke, LaVerne Kaufmann, Emily Eisenmann, Martha Rinkenberger, Bertha Sinn Stoller.
Marcella was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park.
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:30 a.m. funeral service on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park. Ministers of the Church will officiate. Burial will follow at the Apostolic Christian Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Fairview Haven in Fairbury or donor's choice.
Marilyn D. Knapp, 85, of Cissna Park passed away on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at Fairview Haven Nursing Home in Fairbury. She was born on June 4, 1936 in Cissna Park, a daughter of Clarence and Naomi (Young) Knapp.
Survivors include one sister, Lucille Knapp of Cissna Park; two brothers, Wesley Knapp of Cissna Park and Aaron Knapp of Rankin. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Norman Knapp; and three sisters, Marguerite Beckman, Sylvia Knapp and Arlene Knapp.
Marilyn was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park and worked at Read’s auto dealership in accounting for 37 years. Marilyn enjoyed collecting strawberries.
Private funeral services will be held with burial in the Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Cissna Park.
Memorials may be made to the Apostolic Christian Church, World Relief, or Fairview Haven Nursing Home in Fairbury.
Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.
Colfax – Marilyn Kellar, 86, of Colfax, passed away at 9:10pm, November 7, 2021, at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Her visitation will be held from 4-7:00pm, Friday, November 12, 2021, at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Colfax.
A private family service will be held. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery, Colfax.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Colfax Restoration Project.
Marilyn was born November 20, 1934, in Pontiac the daughter of Rudolph and Mary (DeGroodt) Westermeyer.
She married Leon Kennedy Kellar on December 5, 1954, in Eppards Point Twp. He passed away March 11, 2015.
Surviving are her daughters, Kim Streenz of Colfax and Lea Ann (Larry) Watson of Lexington and sons, Rodney (Teri) Kellar of Colfax and Todd (Cheryl) Kellar of East Peoria; grandchildren, Kara (Chad) Ritchie, Brooke (Dave Wiltz) Hermanowicz, Michael (Lindsey) Kellar, and Lauren (Dustin McCarty) Kellar; great-grandchildren, Addison and Jackson Ritchie, Mia Trudo, and Graceyn and Hadley Kellar.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and two sisters.
Marilyn was secretary for Octavia School District from 1967-1989 and Ridgeview High School from 1989-1996.
Marilyn was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Colfax. Going to church and her church family meant a lot to Marilyn.
She enjoyed many family vacations and especially traveling to Williamsburg, Galena, New York, and Colorado.
Marilyn truly loved and shared a special bond with her siblings and her nieces and nephews.
Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren held a very special place in her heart. She loved them dearly and was very proud of them.
The family would like to give their deepest appreciation for the wonderful care that their Mother received during her stay at Fairview Haven.
Alvin Raymond “Ray” Mishler 99, of Fairbury passed away at 2 pm, Friday, October 29, 2021 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Cremation rites have been accorded with private family services. The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury or First United Methodist Church of Fairbury or SELCAS, Fairbury. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Mishler was born on May 6, 1922 in Brokaw Hospital, Normal; a son to Israel and Hattie (Metzger) Mishler. He married Marjorie E. Lewis on November 25, 1944 in Bloomington. His wife, Marge survives in Fairbury.
Also surviving are his children, Linda (John) Gathman of Longmont, CO; Roger (Nancy) Mishler of El Paso; Robert Mishler of Champaign; two grandchildren, Christopher Gathman of Greeley, CO and Ryan Mishler of Bloomington.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, two sisters and one grandson Dannon Mishler.
Ray lost his father at an early age and began farming. As the youngest son of the family, he managed his mother’s farm near Carlock until it was sold in 1943. He served as a Sergeant in the US Army Air Force from 1944 to 1946 as a radio operator.
After the service, Ray farmed for a family friend in Carlock before moving to Fairbury in 1951. There he farmed for forty years. Ray retired from farming in 1991 and moved into Fairbury. He worked various jobs, finally retiring from the City of Fairbury Water Department in 2012 at age 90. Ray was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Fairbury and a Mason.
John W. Stork, 84, Roberts, passed away at 10:50 am Sunday, October 17, 2021 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
John was born June 14, 1937 in Fairbury, IL the son of Henry and Ida Hanni Stork. He married Eunice Fehr on July 25, 1964 in Pontiac, IL. She survives in Roberts.
Other survivors include their children, Ann Stork, Bill (Shay) Stork, Barbara Stork, Lorrie (Rex) Shambrook, all of Roberts; Michael (Marie) Stork, Bloomington; Karie (Mark) Edelman, Fairbury; ten grandchildren, Chance Edelman, Tori Edelman, Kyler Stork, Michaela Stork, Rachel Stork, Kaden Stork, Shayla Stork, Gracie Edelman, Jolyn Stork, Elle Stork; Siblings, Elmer (Darlene) Stork, Chatsworth; Harvey Stork, Fairbury; Lena Jones, Forrest; Henry (Susan) Stork, Forrest; Wayne Stork, Fairbury; Helen Voeste, Forrest; Wilma (David) Kieser, Bloomington; 2 sisters-in-law, Susie Stork, Chatsworth, and Gwen Stork, Fairbury.
He is preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and one infant sister.
John served in the United States Army, was a lifelong farmer and a member of the Apostolic Christian Church, Fairbury.
John’s funeral service will be held at 10:00 am Thursday, October 21, 2021 at the Apostolic Christian Church, Fairbury with ministers of the church officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairbury Apostolic Christian Cemetery with military rites accorded by the Fairbury VFW and American Legion posts.
Visitation will be 3:00 to 7:00 pm Wednesday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury and 9:00 to 9:45 am Thursday at the church. The family suggests memorials be given to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Research Foundation or to the charity of your choice.
John’s faith, family and friends were very important to him and he will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
Leona B. Nussbaum, 91, of Fairbury, went home to heaven at 12:53 am Friday, October 15, 2021 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at the Apostolic Christian Church of Bloomington-Normal, with the ministers of the church officiating. Burial will be in Graceland, Apostolic Christian Cemetery, Fairbury.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 pm Monday, October 18, 2021, at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury and 9:00 to 9:45 am Monday at the church in Bloomington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Leona’s name may be made to the Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Leona was born February 8, 1930, in Forrest Township; a daughter to Ira and Leona (Abersoll) Nussbaum.
She is survived by her three sisters, Janice and Carol Nussbaum of Fairbury; and Doris Huber of Bloomington; one sister-in-law, Janice E. Nussbaum; 23 nieces and nephews, namely, Connie (Les, dec.) Woodcock, Cara Nussbaum, Cheryl (Rod) Heimer, Candace (Dave) Huber, Brent (Cheryl)Nussbaum, Kirk Nussbaum, Tianne Overmyer, Terry (Debbie) Nussbaum, Luann (Jerry) Endress, Jay (Ann) Nussbaum. Elaine (Lynn) Stoller, Alan (Laura) Nussbaum, Jill (John) Schlipf, Jan Nussbaum, Rollin Nussbaum, Devon (Ken) Rinkenberger, Kevin (Bertha) Nussbaum, Dana (Eddie) Meister, Kim Nussbaum, Mark (Mary) Huber, David (Debbie) Huber, Ryan (Terri) Huber, and Laurie (Terry) Steffen. Also surviving are many great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, Alden, Willis, Dean, Wayne, infant brother, Glen Robert, and Byron; five sisters-in-law, Elna, Betty, Marion, Neola and Tillie Nussbaum; and one brother-in-law, Robert Huber.
Leona graduated from Forrest Township high school as Valedictorian of her class. She was employed at National Bank of Fairbury for many years and later worked in Bloomington, retiring from State Farm Insurance Co. She was an avid photographer and traveled extensively in the States and Canada with her two sisters, Janice and Carol.
Leona was a member of the Bloomington-Normal Apostolic Christian Church and appreciated the fellowship of her church. She loved to add her beautiful soprano voice in song and worship of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She enjoyed the love and closeness shared by her family who will deeply miss her. We rejoice knowing Leona is full of joy and in the presence of her Lord.
Dorothy D. Householder, 103, of Fairbury, passed away at 8:30pm, Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Funeral will be held at 2:00pm, Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at the First Presbyterian Church, Fairbury. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service also at the church. Burial will take place at South Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Fairview Haven Retirement Community or the First Presbyterian Church, both of Fairbury.
Dorothy was born December 28, 1917 in Belle Prairie Twp., IL, the daughter of Nelson Travis and Ada Wilborn Hieronymus. She married John L. Householder on December 21, 1930 in Fairbury. He preceded her in death on September 30, 2010.
Survivors include her daughter, Nancy (John) Fry of Scottsdale, AZ; granddaughter, Nicole (Mark) Borgman; and two great-grand-children, Harrison and Emma Borgman all of Mesa, AZ.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; triplet sons, Dean and Duane who died at birth and John N. Householder who died on March 28, 2017.
Dorothy attended schools in Belle Prairie Twp. and Cropsey, IL. She lived most of her life on the farm. She was previously a member of the Eastern Star, Fairbury Golf Course and Country Domestic Science Club where she was a past president. Dorothy always enjoyed a game of golf and bridge. She loved her home, family and friends.
The family would like to thank the staff at Fairview Haven for their love and support of their mother and grandmother.
Mary A. Beckley, 97, of Fairbury, passed away at 6:45am, Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Graveside service will be held at 10:30am, Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Graceland Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Fairbury Fire Dept. or the Livingston County Humane Society.
Mary was born on August 5, 1924 in Fairbury, the only child of Reuben and Madge Opperman Fuller. She married N. Warren Beckley on June 19, 1943 in Fairbury. He preceded her in death on June 26, 1989. Her parents also preceded her in death.
Survivors include her sister-in-law, Martha Beckley of Fairbury and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mary and her husband, Warren, owned and operated Beckley Floor Coverings in Fairbury, where she was the bookkeeper. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Fairbury.
She loved to play cards and belonged to many local bridge clubs.
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