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Bloomington, Illinois
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Friday, April 11, 2008
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D6 '.The Pantagraph Friday, April 11, 2008 OBITUARIES L 1 CENTRAL ILLINOIS Dorothea E. Berta STREATOR Dorothea E. Berta, 88, a resident of Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk, and formerly of Streator, died Wednesday morning (April 9, 2008) at St. Mary's Hospital, Streator. Service: 11 a.m. today at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Streator, with the Rev. John Gutz officiating. Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery, Streator. Visitation: 9 to 10:45 a.m. today at Hagi Funeral Home, Streator. Memorials: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Survivors: three daughters, Gloria (Frank) Sass, Streator; Carol (Charles) Smith, Winter Haven Fla.; and Michele (John) Rossetti, Cheyenne, Wyo.; four grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren. Funerals today Delmer G. Kelley Sr. Dorothea Berta Mary Ann Buhrmaster Leora Chambers PAXTON Mary Ann Buhrmaster, 73, Paxton, passed away at 8:45 a.m. Thursday (April 10, 2008) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Service: 2 p.m. Sunday at FiJ-st Lutheran Church, 301 S. College St., Paxton. The Rev. Jeff Cottingham will officiate. Burial: Pine Ridge Cemetery, Loda. Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, and one hour before the service Sunday at the church. Memorials: First Lutheran Church of Paxton or a charity of; the donor's choice. Survivors: four daughters and one son, Kathy (Randy) Haack, Paxton; Jane Buhrmaster, Gifford; Steve (Evelyn) Buhrmaster, Rankin; Sue (John) Bahney, Rantoul; and Carrie (David) Adkisson, Philo; lft grandchildren; four greatgrandchildren; one brother, Ray Horton, St. Charles; one sister, Pat Roach, Scarborough, Maine; and a sister-in-law, Betty Kingren, Paxton. Leora J. Chambers MANSFIELD Leora Jean Chambers, 47, rural Mansfield, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 5:40 a.m. Wednesday (April 9, 2008) at home. A celebration of Leora's life will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Victory Christian Center, Farmer City, with the Rev. Scott Millis officiating. Burial will be in Blug Ridge Cemetery, Mansfield. A visita-tiorCwill be 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the-yictory Christian Center. Memorials may be made to the Leora J. Chambers Memorial Fund, co Victory Christian Center, P.O. Box 108, Farmer City, IL 61842. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Mansfield, is in charge of arrangements. Leora was born Sept. 13, 1960, at Gibson City, daughter of Willard E. and Marilyn A. Clarkson Shields, Foosland. They survive. She married the love of her life, Robert W. Chambers, on Aug. 18, 1984, in Foosland. He survives, as well as her two sons, David and William, both at home. She leaves behind three sisters, Terri (John) Lesnak, Joliet; Kathy Thompson, East Peoria; and Beth (Mark) Goslin of the Fisher area; five nieces, Traci (Greg) Armstrong, East Peoria; Leah Helpingstine, Champaign; Kel-lie Helpingstine, Natalie Goslin and Stephanie Goslin, all of Fisher; and three nephews, Eric Thompson, Bloomington; and Zane Daniel and Jeff Daniel, Guthrie, Texas; one great-niece, Willow Armstrong, East Peoria. She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents. She graduated from Gibson City High School in 1978, and she graduated from tJ of I in 1982 with a degree in agricultural economics. Leora was employed by the Soil Conservation Service at the Paxton Field Office and the SCS State Office in Champaign, from 1983 to 1988. Her passion was serving the Lord through her church, Victory .Christian Center, Farmer CitjC She was involved with the Praise and Worship Team, Women's Ministry and Vacation Baker, Shirley Jean, 10 a.m. at Mount Pulaski Zion Lutheran Church, Mount Pulaski. Berta, Dorothea E., 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Streator. Blacker, Phyllis, 10 a.m. at Mansfield United . Methodist Church, Mansfield. Hofmann, Floyd R. "Shorty" Sr., 10 a.m. at Goodfield Apostolic Christian Church, Goodfield. Hoppler, Gertrude, 2 p.m. at United Methodist Church, Piper City. Jones, Byrl B., 10:30 a.m. at East Lawn Funeral Home, Blooming-ton. Powell, Charles A., 6 p.m. at Cooksville Union Church. Funerals pending Beyer, Freemond, 90, of Bloomington, died Thursday (April 10, 2008) at his home. Kibler-Smith Memorial Home. Bible School. Her God-given talents included home schooling her boys, helping Bob as a farm wife, making homemade yeast rolls for 800 guests at the annual Thanksgiving dinner in Farmer City; and being a vocalist, interior designer and master gardener. She loved horses. Duane II. Clark DOWNS Duane H. Clark, 81, Monticello, father of a Downs man, passed away at 4:33 a.m. Thursday (April 10, 2008) at his residence. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello, with the Rev. Michael Eischen officiating. Interment will be in Be-ment Township Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Memorials may be made to the Bement Veterans Memorial. Duane was born Oct. 6, 1926, in Bement, the son of George L. and Ora Haynes Clark. He married Belva Jean Slagle on Sept. 26, 1948, in Bement. She survives. Also surviving are his sons, Edward D. (Donna) Clark, Downs; James D. (Dianna) Clark, Monticello; and Daniel L. Clark, Bement; four grandchildren, Christina L. (Brent) Ladage, Kelly R. Clark, Kevin J. Clark and Dylan T. Clark; two stepgrandchUdren, Michelle D. (Kevin) Kutchman, Hudson, and Bradley L. (Alicia) Stout, Heyworth; and brothers, Ralph F. (Virginia) Clark and Robert D. (Ann) Clark, both of Bement. He was preceded in death by his parents. Duane worked for and retired from Sterling Drug Co. in Monticello (1947-1979), then worked for and retired from Viobin (1979-1989), and later worked parttime at the Horizon Home Center. He graduated from Bement High School in 1944, and he served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Monticello United Methodist Church, the Bement Masonic Lodge 365 AF&AM and the Monticello VFW Post 5346. He enjoyed billiards, fishing, working and spending time with his grandchildren. Condolences may be sent to the family at Sarah T. Karrick ATLANTA Sarah T. Karrick, 83, Atlanta, passed away at 4:41 p.m. Wednesday (April 9, 2008) at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church of Atlanta. The Rev. Rob Roy will officiate. Burial will be in Roaches Chapel Cemetery, rural McLean. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate and the Ronald McDonald House. Final arrangements are entrusted to Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta. Surviving Mrs. Karrick are one daughter, Trish Horner, Bloomington; two sons, Tommy Joe "T.K." (Charm), Atlanta, and Jason of Vandalia, Ohio; five grandchildren, Shelley (Rod) Walters, Chad Horner, Jennie (Mitch) Smith, and Lane and Tanner Karrick; two greatgrandchildren, Reed Walters and Brady Smith; one brother, Joe Tygrest, Apple Valley, Calif.; two sisters, Catherine Leuschn-er, Stuart, Fla., and Ann Shif-flet, Waynesville; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and five brothers. Mrs. Karrick was born March 8, 1925, in Grenada, Miss., the daughter of Hugh C. and May Wells Tygrest. Delmer Kelley Sr. y SECOR Delmer G. Kelley Sr., 79, of 2099 CR 550 N, Secor, formerly of El Paso, passed away at 8:55 a.m. Wednesday (April 9, 2008) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, El Paso. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Ruest-man-Harris Funeral Home, El Paso, with the Rev. Tim Smith officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, El Paso. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to a charity of the donor's choice. He was born Feb. 19, 1929, in Lexington, a son of William L. and Mae Gibson Kelley He married Barbara L. Edwards on Dec. 14, 1962. She passed away May 23, 1999. Surviving are five sons, Mike (Sue) Kelley, El Paso; Rick (Gra-ciela) Kelley, Secor; Gene Kelley Jr., Bloomington; Tom Kelley of Indiana; and Robert Kelley, Bloomington; one sister, Dorthy Owens, Lexington; one sister-in-law, Edith Kelley, Lexington; 14 grandchildren, and 15 greatgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife; one daughter, Hazel Chapman; one sister, Lucille Sutter; and one brother, Leonard Kelley. Delmer was the owner of a local service station in El Paso. He also worked as the transportation director for the El Paso school system. He was most recently enjoying his retirement. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Bloomington. Online condolences may be sent to his family at Russell R. Klein GRIDLEY Russell R. Klein, 85, Gridley, passed away peacefully at 10 a.m. Wednesday (April 9, 2008) at Heritage Manor in El Paso. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvert & Froelich Funeral Home, Grid-ley. The Rev. Casey O'Dell will officiate. Burial will follow at Gridley Cemetery. Russell's family will receive friends one hour prior to the service Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests those wishing to make an expression of sympathy consider a memorial to the Gridley Emergency Medical Service. Russell was born Oct. 18, 1922, in Gridley, a son of Charles J. and Emma Pfeffinger Klein. He married Louise Schneider at her parents' home in Lexington on Nov. 10, 1946. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Jill Self, LeRoy, and Kathy McNiff, Normal; two granddaughters, Jenna Self, Bloomington, and Courtney (Brandon) Kessinger, Normal; two sisters, Ruth (William) Freed, Lexington, and Mary (Ted) Bowe, Columbia, S.C.; a brother, Charles E. Klein, Gridley; and several nieces and nephews. Russell was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Robert Patrick "Pat" McNiff; a sister, Dorothy (Al) Larsen; and a brother, Earl (Keiko) Klein. Russell was a member of the First United Church, Gridley. He and Louise taught Sunday school together for a number of years when their daughters were young. Russell and Louise loved working together at whatever they were doing. Russell farmed nearly all of his life. He grew up in rural Gridley where he helped his dad farm. After he married, Russell farmed acreage in Gridley and Chenoa. Russell retired from farming in 1995. Russell also worked at the former Hart-Carter plant in Grid-ley, and later at Caterpillar Inc. in Pontiac. He retired from Caterpillar in 1991 at the age of 69. Russell missed working at Caterpillar and his association with co-workers. During his busy lifetime, Russell had also done some carpentry work. He helped build or remodel a number of houses in his hometown of Gridley. Russell dismantled the big old Gibbs' barn at the edge of town and used the materials to build a great four-car garage on his home property at 112 W. Fifth St. "That garage is really built of sturdy materials," he said. In his spare time and during retirement, Russell enjoyed buDding woodworking pieces such as dollhouses, picture frames and furniture for his family Russell Klein Russell dearly loved traveling. He and Louise enjoyed simple, wonderful places like Branson, Mo., and Nashville, Ind. During their life together, Russell and Louise also enjoyed attending the Illinois State Fair, the Lexington homecomings and the Gridley town auction. Russell especially enjoyed the time he spent at the former Stan's restaurant in Gridley, where he went for many years for "morning coffee with the old boys in town." Russell's kindness and gentle grace will be remembered by all those whose life he touched. Russell felt his greatest blessing was his family. He loved family gatherings and cherished every moment he spent with his wife, daughters, granddaughters and their families. The grandchildren loved visiting Grandma and Grandpa's. The Kleins were often told they were "the ideal grandparents." Russell adored his life, his family, his farm work, his factory work and his friends. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and father-in-law deeply loved by his family. He was and forever will be "the wind beneath his family's wings." "Goodnight dear one. We love you. See you tomorrow." Louise, Jill, Kathy, Jenna and Courtney Glenn E. Williams ATLANTA Glenn E. Williams, 86, At lanta, passed away at 8:40 a.m. Wednesday (April 9, 2008) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloom ington. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Quiram Peasley Funeral Home, Atlanta, with Mr. Maurice Strib-ling officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be in McLean Cemetery, rural McLean, with military rites accorded. He was born Sept. 25, 1921, in Bloomington, the son of Carl and Tressie E. Bustle Williams. He married Lucy D. Gordon on June 22, 1942, in St. Charles, Mo. Surviving Mr. Williams are his wife of 65 years, Lucy; one sister, Betty Haughawout, Springfield, Ohio; five brothers, Danny (Ilene) Williams, Clinton; Tommy (Ada) Williams, El Paso; James (Betty) Williams, Florida; Charles (Mary) Williams, Gridley; and Jerry (Sharon) Williams, Normal. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Vernon, Gordon, Kenneth and Denzel. Mr. Williams served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked for C.W. Frey Chrysler, Barker Motors, Johnnie Martin Chevrolet and Lawrence Rust Cadillac as a mechanic. He also was a salesman for Saturn Tire in Bloomington. He was a member of the Burger-Benedict American Legion Post in McLean and was a life member of the VFW Post 454 in Bloomington. Memorials may be made to either the Atlanta Rescue Squad or to the Alzheimer's Foundation. BL00MINGT0N-N0RMAL Mary M. Claxton BLOOMINGTON Mary M. Claxton, 78, Bloomington, died at 1:15 a.m. Monday (April 7, 2008) at BroMenn Re gional Medical Center, Normal. Her funeral will be at 9:30 Glenn Williams J1 Mary Claxton a.m. Tuesday at Williamsburg Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, Bloomington, with Monsignor Douglas Hennessy officiating. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Normal with military rites accorded. Visitation, will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, with the rosary recited at 6:30 p.m. Mary was born Oct. 25, 1929, in Bloomington, a daughter of i HEARING CENTER i ! 309-664-6200 I I Call Today for a FREE I I Hearing Evaluation I 1 1 Leo and Marguerite Leslie Sheehan. She married John W. Claxton on March 4, 1950, in Covington, Ind. He preceded her in death Sept. 13, 1995. Survivors include two sons, Jeffery W. (Lane) Claxton, Colorado, and Dr. Patrick L. (Madeline) Claxton, PharmD. of Texas; five grandchildren, Joshua Claxton, Oregon; Christina and Jonathan, Colorado; and Jessica and Monica, Texas; one brother, James (Mary) Sheehan; three sisters, Rose Schenk, Phyllis (Charles) Wilburn and Patty Taylor; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, 10 daughters and four sons. Mary graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1947, and worked at State Farm Insurance Cos. for five years. She joined the W.A.F., where she attended weather school at Chanute Air Force Base and was stationed as a weather observer at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado until she was honorably discharged. She also worked with her husband, John, as co-owner of Claxton Real Estate until she became disabled. Mary was a member of Holy Trinity Church, VFW Post 454 Auxiliary, Reserve Officers Auxiliary and AMVETS. She enjoyed oil painting, crafting and writing poetry Mary was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister and will be dearly missed. Dorothy Foran BLOOMINGTON Dorothy Woods Foran, 63, of Wilson, Kan., mother of Bloomington residents, died Thursday (April 10, 2008). Service: 2 p.m. Saturday memorial Mass at St. Wences-laus Catholic Church, Wilson, Kan., with the rosary recited at 1:30 prior to the Mass. Burial: Church cemetery Visitation: None. Foster Mortuary, Wilson, Kan., is handling arrangements. Memorials: American Society of Autism, co Foster Mortuary, 610 24th St., Box 533, Wilson, KS 67490. Survivors: husband, Kevin Foran, Wilson, Kan.; son, William Foran, Jacksonville; four daughters, Tamera French, Maura Crittenden, Brenna Foran and Sarah Masters, all of Bloomington; brother, Robert Woods, Indiana, Pa.; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Mary R. Glasscock BLOOMINGTON Mary B. Glasscock, 89, Bloomington, died at 2 a.m. Wednesday (April 9, 2008) at home. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington, with the Rev. Dennis Powers officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Gar- Jay Orcutt I A Dorothy Foran Mary Glasscock dens, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to OSF Hospice. She was born March 22, 1919, in Leitchfield, Ky, the daughter of James R. and Lela Hoskins Quiggins. She married Ernst W. Glasscock in Leitchfield, Ky. He died March 22, 1981. She is survived by two daughters, Mary Hamilton, with whom Mrs. Glasscock lived in Bloomington, and Norma (Elmer) Well, Lincoln; three granddaughters, Nena Hamilton, Pontiac; Anita (John) Williamson, Normal; and Bren-da Stubblefield, Downs; one grandson, Gary (Lorraine) Stubblefield, New Mexico; nine great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, husband, seven brothers and six sisters. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed playing bingo and spending time with her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, many of whom she raised. She was a member of the Eagles. Mary was a loving mother, grandma, great-grandma and great-great-grandma who will be sadly missed. Home now in heaven free of pain and suffering, she is sitting at her table playing bingo. Jay S. Orcutt BLOOOMINGTON Jay S. Orcutt, 57, of 19632 Malling- ham Way, Bloomington, died at 1:26 p.m. Wednesday (April 9, 2008) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. A Masonic service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday with a memorial service to follow at the Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington. Military rites also will be accorded. The Rev. Dave Ash-by will officiate. Private inurnment will be at a later date. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the memorial home. Memorials may be made to his family. He was born Nov. 30, 1950, in Sterling, Colo., the son of Dean H. and Charlene McFall Orcutt. He married Janet S. Cherry on Sept. 1, 1979, in Alton. She survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Jennifer S. Orcutt, Cooksville; one sister, Linda (Rick) Davey, Missouri Valley, Iowa; and one brother, Russell (Glenda) Hann, Clinton, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents and stepmother, Doris Orcutt. He was a member of Trinity Community Fellowship, Farmer City. He was a member of the U.S.G.S. Golf Association; Alton VFW Post, Alton; Normal Lodge 673 AF&AM; and the Bloomington Moose Lodge. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War where he obtained the rank of sergeant. Jay had worked in the banking security industry as a technology consultant. He had subcontracted for NASA. He was a member of the Homeland Security Board. Jay was working in New York City in the banking and securities field during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the area now known as Ground Zero. He was a dedicated soulmate and loving husband to his wife, and loving father to his daughter. He was also a great brother and will be missed by all who knew him. Obituary policy The Pantagraph publishes obituary information submitted from funeral homes; there is no charge for notices of pending funerals or notices of services. There is a $10 handling fee for standard obituaries, which include the deceased's name, age, city of residence, survivors and details about visitation, services, burial and memorials. Families who want to personalize their loved one's obituary by including more information may use an extended obituary for an additional fee . Extended obituaries are subject to editing for accuracy and style. For more information, please talk to your funeral director. PANTAGRAPH.COM) Kid Calvert Clinton Earning Your Trust, Creating Friendships Alex A. Calvert, Director Sranii AH faiths i.

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