Dewitt Obits Archives for 2023-08

Marilyn Louise (Hadsall) Gentle

Marilyn Louise (Hadsall) Gentle, 84, of Maroa, IL passed away peacefully at 12:38 PM August 29, 2023 at her home surrounded by her family.


Services will be 10:30 AM, Saturday, September 2, 2023 at the Maroa Christian Church, Maroa, IL with Scott Marsh officiating. Burial will follow at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL. Visitation will be 9:30-10:30 AM, Saturday at the church.


Marilyn was born March 22, 1939 in Springfield, IL the daughter of Howard H. and Martha (Peters) Hadsall. She attended Witt High School and Lincoln Bible College. She met her husband Robert Gentle while working at Caterpillar and became a full time mother of five children all the while remaining active within the community and church. She was a loyal member of Christian Church of Witt and Maroa Christian Church. After her children were grown her life of activity included work at The Brass Basket, The Country Knitting Basket and Librarian of the Maroa Library where she was instrumental in the dedication of their new building in 1998. She was passionate about wood working, home decorating, baking, knitting, gardening, reading and quilting which she loved sharing with her children and grandchildren.


Survivors include her husband, Robert Gentle, Maroa, IL; children: Brenda Zombro, Maroa, IL; Debbie (Rick) McKirahan, Decatur IL; Jim (Grace) Gentle, El Segundo, CA; Rita (Bob) Koonce, Maroa, IL; and Mike (Sara) Gentle, Maroa, IL; grandchildren: Jeremy Zombro, Chelsea (Jason) Bruns, Sydney (Chris) Plane, Christy Koonce, Jim Koonce, Rob Gentle, Charlie Gentle, Jack Gentle, and Will Gentle; great-grandchildren: Baylee, Luke, Max, August, and Harrison; and sisters: Margaret (Bill) Ettling, Jackson, MO and Sharon Reynolds, Decatur, IL.


She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother, sister, Linda Lowe, and brothers-in-law, Rick Lowe and Don Reynolds.


In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorials to the Maroa Library or the Maroa-Forsyth School Archives, 610 West Washington St., Maroa, IL 61756.


The family welcomes friends and family to attend a casual celebration for Marilyn September 2, 6:30pm at the Maroa Public Library Gardens, 305 E. Garfield St, Maroa.


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Betty Ann Johnson

Betty Ann Johnson, 90, of Le Roy, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, August 26, 2023, surrounded by family.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 29, 2023, from 1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M. at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy, Illinois. Her funeral service will follow at 2:00 P.M. also at the funeral home with Josh Gorrie officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Le Roy, Illinois.  Memorial donations may be made to the American Legion Ruel Neal Post 79, Le Roy, or the Wapella Christian Church.

Betty was born April 27, 1933, in Farmer City, Illinois, a daughter of Morton and Goldie (Bateson) Riggs. She married Robert “R.D.” Johnson on June 15, 1974, in Le Roy, Illinois. He passed away February 22, 2022.

She is survived by her daughters, Donna (Vic) Riddle of Wapella, Illinois, and Melinda (Jeff) Davis of Punta Gorda, Florida; son, David (Tina) Garland of Grand Rapids, Michigan; twelve grandchildren; and nineteen great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her two sisters, Helen and Shirley; four brothers, Chuck, Morton Jr., Vernell, and Bob; and infant son, Donald.

Betty retired after 30 years at Revere Copper and Brass in Clinton, Illinois. She loved Diet Coke, reading and crafting.

Betty was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and devoted friend who will be deeply missed.

Calvin V. Mazander

Calvin V. Mazander 76 of Maroa, IL passed away 12:35 A.M. August 24, 2023 at Holy Family Hospital, Greenville, IL.

Services will be 12 noon, Sunday, August 27, 2023 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL with his son-in-law, Bill Martin officiating and Military Honors following the service. Visitation will be 11AM – 12 noon, Sunday at the Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL.

Memorials may be directed to the Clinton Military Honor Guard.

Calvin was born August 7, 1947 in Belleville, IL the son of Clarence and Loretta (Grob) Mazander. He married Pamela Riggs December 7, 1982 in Decatur, IL. She passed away June 2, 2019.

Survivors include his children, Annette (Bill) Martin, Herrick, IL; Stacey (Dean) Soule, Maroa, IL; Kimberly Mazander, Arrowsmith, IL; Sheri (Jason) Hardman, Gridley, IL; Kenneth Gregory, Maroa, IL; and William (Amanda) Mazander, Maroa, IL; 23 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Wayne Mazander, Maroa, IL.

Calvin was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, Rodney Griffin, and brother, Butch Mazander.

Calvin served in the Army during the Vietnam Conflict from 1967 – 1969. He was a pipefitter out of Local #65, Decatur, IL for over 45 years.  Calvin was very hardworking and an entrepreneur.  He enjoyed watching wrestling and going on road trips.  Most of all, Calvin loved spending time on his farm with his family.  He never met a stranger.

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Robert E. Oakes

Robert E. Oakes, 99, of Maroa, IL passed away 1:22 PM August 21, 2023, at Decatur Memorial Hospital Decatur, IL.


Funeral services will be held at Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL at 11:00 AM Wednesday, August 30, 2023 officiated by Rev. Mary Alice Cunningham.  Burial will follow at the Maroa Cemetery with lunch served for family and friends at the Maroa United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until the time of service Wednesday in the funeral home.


Bob was born May 4, 1924, the son of Edward Walter and Ada Elizabeth (Morris) Oakes.  On July 11, 1946, Bob and Mary Lucille (Millhorn) were married in Decatur, IL.


Survivors include his son Robert Lynn Oakes, Doylestown, PA; grandchildren Rebekah Cunningham (Oakes), Nathanael Oakes, Jonathan Oakes, Andrew Oakes and four great grandchildren, Liliah, Dashel, and Sylvie Cunningham and Natalie Oakes.


Bob was preceded in death by his wife Mary, his parents, and siblings Beverly Lanter (Oakes) and Donald Oakes and special friend Mrs. Ruth Hundley.


 Bob and Mary enjoyed square dancing, camping, wintering in Florida and visiting their family in New York and Pennsylvania.  Bob first worked as a “hired man”, farming near Maroa to support his siblings as they completed Maroa High School following the death of his mother in 1943.  In 1955, he found employment for the next 32-years at Caterpillar Tractor in Decatur working as a skilled machinist proudly producing road graders for the world.  In retirement, Bob enjoyed accompanying wife Mary to art shows, woodworking, and avidly following Chicago Cubs baseball.  Bob’s sharp memory, sense of humor, warm smile and humble demeanor will be missed by all who knew him.  Today and for eternity, he stands in the presence of his Savior.


Memorials may be directed to the Maroa United Methodist Church.

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Donna D. Stanwood

Donna D. Stanwood, 95 of Clinton, IL passed away 7:04 AM August 23, 2023 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.

Services will be 2 PM Saturday, September 2, 2023 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. and Mike Cahill officiating. Burial will follow at Oakview Cemetery, Armington, IL. Visitation will be 1 – 2 PM Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to the Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University or Little Galilee Christian Camp.

Donna was born July 24, 1928 in Bloomington, IL the daughter of Karle M. and Edna E. (Kistler) Hickey. She married Ivan B. Stanwood October 1, 1949 in Armington, IL. He passed away February 2, 2023.

Survivors include her children, Ivanna Lynn (Richard) Koritz, Clinton, IL and Timothy Lee (Beth) Stanwood, Des Moines, IA; grandchildren:  Scott, Karle, Kristy Jo, Kelly, Merci, Micah, Amy, Kristy Leigh, Brittany, and Maggie; 17 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Michael G. (Barbara S.) Hickey, Springfield, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, Eric Wayne Stanwood and Christopher Dean Stanwood, and brother, Myron J. “Bud” Hickey.

Donna was a longtime nurse retiring from the American Red Cross. She was a past member of Creve Coeur Christian Church and current member of the Clinton First Christian Church. Donna enjoyed needle work.

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Denise May Whitted

Denise May Whitted, 64, of Clinton, IL went to Heaven to be with Jesus and all her loving family gone before at 2:45 A.M. August 21, 2023 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.


Services will be 4 PM, Thursday, August 24, 2023 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 3-4 PM Thursday at the funeral home.


Memorials may be directed to Little Galilee Christian Camp.


Denise was born March 19, 1959 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Howard D. and Bernice May (Thorp) Whitted.


Survivors include her brother, Mark (Vicki) Whitted, Clinton, IL; nephews:  Damon, Jansen (Rachael), Marcus (Joanne), and Evan (Alexandra); great-nephews and great-nieces, cousins and extended family and friends also survive.


She was preceded in death by her parents.


Denise worked at power plants in Illinois and Arizona, Mitsubishi, Bloomington, IL, and at Heartland Community College in the transcripts department.  She loved horses and her dog, Apollo.

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James H. North

James H. North 89 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 5:09 P.M. August 20, 2023 at the Warner Hospital and Health Services, Clinton, IL.


Services will be 11 AM, Thursday, August 24, 2023 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Pastor Darrell Howard officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 10-11 AM, Thursday at the funeral home.


Memorials may be directed to Second Chance Pet Adoption.


James was born March 11, 1934 in Clinton, IL the son of Erva C. and Dorothy (West) North. He married Martha J. DuPree January 23, 1954 in Streator, Illinois. She passed away May 5, 2021.


Survivors include his children, Vicki (Stephen) Dowzycky, Clinton, Il.; Lea Ann (Charles Mark) Wilson, Clinton, Il.; Grandchildren, Emily Wilson, Clinton, Il. and Nathan Wilson, Clinton, Il.


He was preceded in death by his Parents, and brothers, Donald North and William I. “Bill” North.


James worked at Revere Copper & Brass and at Olin in Bloomington, IL as a Tool and Die maker.  He was a member of the Navy Reserves.  James enjoyed woodworking.  Most of all James enjoyed spending time with his family.

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Wilbur E. Irvin

Wilbur E. Irvin 97 of Kenney, Illinois passed away 7 P.M. August 20, 2023 at Manor Court, Clinton, Il.


Private Graveside services will be Friday August 25, 2023 at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to Kenney Christian Church or the Kenney Civic League.


Wilbur was born March 7, 1926 in Kenney, IL the son of William and Mabel (Sever) Irvin. He married Ramona Joan Ferry December 25, 1951 in Kenney, Illinois. She passed away November 5, 2017.


Survivors include his sons, Robert Irvin, Clinton, Il.; Roger (Paula) Irvin, Kenney, Il.; 5 Grandchildren and 2 Great-Grandchildren.


Wilbur was preceded in death by his Parents, 4 Brothers and 3 Sisters.


Wilbur was a member of the Kenney Christian Church and he farmed in the Kenney area most of his life.

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Teresa L. Prosser

Teresa L. Prosser, 62, of Weldon, IL passed away 8:55 A.M. August 20, 2023 at her family residence, Weldon, IL.


Services will be 11:00 AM Saturday, August 26, 2023 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL. with Scott Marsh officiating. Burial will follow at Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta, IL. Visitation will be 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Saturday at the funeral home.


Memorials may be directed to the Teresa L. Prosser Memorial Fund.


Teresa was born December 19, 1960 in Decatur, IL the daughter of Norman R. and Linda M. (Pope) Grider.


Survivors include her longtime companion Jeff L. Nelson, Weldon, IL; children Richard (Heather) Grider, Decatur, IL, and Jeremy (Sarah) Stoneburner Plymouth, IN; eight grandchildren; and siblings Terry L. (Debbie) Grider, Oreana, IL, and Betty (Jim) Lane, Oreana, IL.


She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Billy Dean Grider, and one grandson Wyatt Stoneburner.


Teresa worked at Heinkels Packaging Co. in Decatur, IL for 30 years. Teresa enjoyed being in the country, listening to country music, but most importantly she loved spending time with her family.

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Gaylord Neil Madden

Gaylord Neil Madden, known to most people as “Neil”, 98, of San Diego, CA, former longtime resident of DeLand, IL, passed away 10:45 PM, August 8, 2023 at Poway Gardens, Poway, CA.


Visitation will be 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Friday, August 25, 2023 at Calvert Funeral Home, DeLand, IL. Graveside services will follow at 11:00 AM at DeLand Cemetery with Rev. Anne Ferguson officiating.


Memorial gifts may be directed to the Monticello United Methodist Church, 2020 E. Washington St., Monticello, IL 61856


Neil was born October 31, 1924 in DeLand, IL, the son of Gaylord Ralph and Sallie Minerva (Stone) Madden. He married Sally Ann Harris on May 15, 1949 in DeLand, IL. She passed away September 22, 2019.


Survivors include his daughter, Sherri Johnson (Jack), San Diego, CA; and two grandchildren, Kyle Johnson (Ashley), San Diego, CA and Connor Johnson (Meredith), Oklahoma City, OK; and sister, Joyce Madden Anderson, Normal, IL.


He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Mary Mikos (Bruce); and his wife.


Neil served in the United States Army during World War II.  He worked for the DeLand State Bank for many years, serving for a time as President.  He was a member of the Monticello United Methodist Church and a past member of the DeLand United Methodist Church where he was very active.  He was a frequent volunteer, serving as treasurer for many community organizations such as the DeLand Fire Department, the Village of Deland, the DeLand-Weldon School District, and the DeLand Masonic Lodge.


Neil enjoyed volunteering as a crew member on the P-51H Mustang Restoration Project at the Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum.


Neil’s favorite pastime was playing the trumpet.  He played with several community bands.  A favorite was the “Has Beens”, a 16 piece dance orchestra. Neil also enjoyed ballroom dancing. He and Sally spent many evenings on the dance floor at the University Club, Stardusters, and other dance clubs in the area. Throughout his long life, Neil enjoyed listening to big band music from the WWII era.

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Rev. George William Brady, Jr.

George Wm Brady entered the presence of his Savior at Farmer City Rehab and Healthcare Center on August 17, 2023. He was born in Chicago on June 1, 1928 to George Wm Brady Sr. and Mary Willie McCullom. He married Jean Royce on June 22, 1957 in Hillsburgh, Ontario Canada.


He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Timothy Colin, and sisters Shirley Caruso and Alice Davidson. He is survived by his wife, Jean, sons John Kevin (Tina) of Virginia, Mark Lance (Joan) of Texas, and daughter Kathy (Todd) Falkenstein of Colorado. Also surviving are grandchildren Karen, Timothy, Patrick, and Seth Brady, Andrew and Bradley Falkenstein and Sarah (William) Ash as well as great-grandsons Theodore and James. Also surviving are his brother Charles, sisters Virginia Domenic, Margaret Schoen, and brother-in-law Robert Davidson. 


He was a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Elmhurst College, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He was a printer by trade. He pastored two churches, the Japanese Church of Jesus Christ in Chicago and Bethel Church of rural Farmer City. He also taught at Durban Bible College, South Africa for four years. He was a member of the DeLand Christian Church.


Services will be at the DeLand Christian Church on Tuesday, August 22, Visitation at 10 a.m. and service 11 a.m. Pastor David Ashby presiding. Memorials may be made to Deland Christian Church or to Missionary Aviation Fellowship. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Deland, IL with arrangements.


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Allen Lee Brewer

Allen Lee Brewer 83 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 7:56 A.M. August 18, 2023 at his family residence, Clinton, Il.


Services will be 11 AM, Monday, August 21, 2023 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Pastor Nick Blacklidge officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 10-11 AM, Monday at the funeral home.


Memorials may be directed to the Allen Brewer Memorial Fund.


Allen was born June 23, 1940 in Heyworth, Illinois the son of William Howard and Lela Marie (Lovell) Brewer. He married Marilyn J. Moody October 9, 1960 in Clinton, IL.


Survivors include his wife, Marilyn J. Brewer, Clinton, IL; children:  Bobby (Marsha) Brewer, Clinton, IL; Duane Brewer, Clinton, IL; Tammy Brewer, Bloomington, IL; Eddie Brewer, Clinton, IL; and Jon Brewer, Clinton, IL; four grandchildren; and sister, Shirley (Dick) Coppenbarger, Decatur, IL.


Allen was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, and one brother.


Allen worked for Thrall Car Company in the Sand Blasting Dept. He enjoyed fishing and especially loved spending time with his family and adored his grandchildren.

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Jeffrey "Jeff" L. Krall

Jeffrey “Jeff” L. Krall, 61 of Argenta, IL, passed away 8:30 PM August 13, 2023 at his home in Argenta, IL.


Services will be 2:00 PM Thursday August 17, 2023 at Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL with Pastor Bob Baker officiating. Burial will follow at Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta, IL. Visitation will be 12:00 PM-2:00 PM Thursday at the funeral home.


In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Jeffrey L. Krall Memorial Fund.


Jeff was born February 27, 1962 in Decatur, IL the son of George and Joanne (Higgins) Krall.


Survivors include his daughter, Heather (Jason) Black, Fort Mills, SC; three grandchildren Jaydon Black, Jazlynn Black, and Jaxson Black; mother Joanne Krall, Argenta, IL; siblings Brenda (Don) Bray, Decatur, IL, Melinda (Bob) Frantz, Bethany, IL, Justin (Sherry Epley) Krall, Bloomington, IL, Lee Krall, Las Vegas, NV, David (Casey) Krall, Argenta, IL, and Diane (Nick) Barno, Olive Branch, MS.


He was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents.


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Benne J. Buchanan

Benne J. Buchanan, 84, of Farmer City, passed away Friday, August 11, 2023, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois at 7:43 P.M.


A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, August 15, 2023, in Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, Illinois, with Pastor Jim Kilson officiating. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to Little Galilee Christian Camp, Clinton, Illinois.  Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home of Farmer City, is assisting the family with arrangements.


Benne was born on February 2, 1939, in De Land, Illinois, a son of George and Margaret White Buchanan. He married Virginia L. Jenkins May 29, 1965, at the First Christian Church, Clinton, Illinois. She passed away January 22, 2021.


Benne is survived by his daughter, Karen Buchanan of Grayslake, Illinois; son, Brian Buchanan of Tolono, Illinois; grandson, Bowen Buchanan of Tolono, Illinois; and brother, Keith (Loretta) Buchanan of DeWitt, Illinois.


He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia L. Buchanan; parents; four brothers; and two sisters.


Benne was a retired carpenter. He was an Army Veteran and a member of the Lane Christian Church.

Violet Eileen "Dolly" Tesnow

Jesus welcomed Violet Eileen “Dolly” (Pagnoni) Tesnow, 93, of Lincoln, IL, into His heavenly kingdom on August 5, 2023.  She was being cared for and visited by loved ones at her daughter’s home. 


Violet, affectionately called Dolly by her siblings, was born May 9, 1930, in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Joseph and Adeline (Skwarczewski) Pagnoni.  Her childhood was marked by the early death of her young mother and her placement at the St. Mary’s Training School, an orphanage in Des Plaines, IL. Dolly spoke highly of the care she received and the Christian faith that was imparted to her by the nuns, the pristine housekeeping skills she learned, and the strong bond this formed with each of her nine siblings.  


After graduating from Proviso High School in 1949 and while working as a secretary at Oak Park Trust and Savings Bank, Dolly met her beloved Fred. Meeting Fred meant marrying her friend, lover, companion, and provider. Together they enjoyed square dancing, crafting, traveling to see their children, visits to Camp Arcadia, hosting family gatherings, and caring for one another. Although 22 years in age separated them, they defied all odds and enjoyed 54 years of life as husband and wife, married on March 28, 1953, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wheaton, IL. 


Fred’s adult children, Nancy and Bob, welcomed sisters to the family when Fred and Dolly had two daughters, Patricia (Klemm) and Jeannette (Berger).  Motherhood included instilling in her children the values of hard work and lots of play.


Dolly’s zest for life kept her the star of the show at any family gathering.  She was a champion for the Pagnoni Family Picnic, shuffleboard winner, competitive card player, and sometimes the exaggerated storyteller, but all this made her the endearing grandma, mom, aunt, cousin, and friend who was adored.  Dolly’s spunk drew you in. To know Dolly was to know that you were welcome in her home with open arms.  You would be fed a delicious meal and a sweet treat, a cup of coffee would certainly be available at all hours, you would hear about Jesus’s abundant love for you and how “God has been so good to me,” especially through her marriage to her beloved Fred. 


After Fred preceded her in death in 2007, Dolly moved from her home in Addison to a retirement village in Lincoln, where family were closer companions and caregivers. Dolly spent the last ten years enjoying almost daily visits from family, attending birthday parties and family gatherings, watching her great-grandchildren after school, spending time with Patty at her family farm, or with Jeannette at their lake house in Indiana.  Age didn’t prevent Dolly from playing cards at the senior center, participating in church activities, and treating any visitor with an ice cream cone. 


Dolly is survived by children Patty (Robert) Klemm (Waynesville, IL), Jeannette (Jeff) Berger (Monticello, IN), Fred “Bob” Tesnow (Tujunga, CA), and Nancy Anson (Castle Rock, CO); twelve grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; numerous great-great grandchildren; and countless cherished loved ones.  She loved that the family kept growing and so did the love we shared.


She is preceded in death by her husband, Frederick; her parents; and her siblings, Lillian Molinari, Eugene, Antoinette Klotter, Roman, Joseph, Richard, Russell, Raymond, and Pearl Pagnoni and her stepsister, Jeannette Rodriguez.

Funeral services for Violet will be held on Friday, August 18 at Zion Lutheran Church, 205 Pulaski Street, Lincoln, IL.  Visitation will take place from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. with a service at 4:00 p.m.  Graveside burial will be on Monday, August 21 at 12:00 noon at Chapel Hill Gardens, 17W201 Roosevelt Rd, Oakbrook Terrace, IL with fellowship following at Calvary Lutheran Church, Wooddale, IL.  Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.


Memorials to Maryville Foundation (the orphanage where Dolly was raised), Zion Lutheran Church or Camp Arcadia would honor Dolly’s life. But so would reaching out to a family member to tell them, “I love you right back,” or reminding friends and family of Jesus’ great love for them.  For many months, Dolly has been sharing boldly that she is “ready to go be with Jesus.”  We rejoice that this is her (and our) promised hope!



Jeff Frinfrock

Jeff Frinfrock

March 14, 1958 - August 9, 2023

Celebration of Life

Kenney Civic Center, Kenney IL

1pm to 3pm

Sunday Aug 13

Rita Eunice Nelson (Heiberg)

Rita Eunice Nelson (Heiberg), 73, of Waynesville, IL, passed away 4:15 PM, August 1, 2023 in Bloomington, IL.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Waynesville Christian Church on August 26, 2023 from 1 – 4pm with Skeet Stribling officiating. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with cremation rites.

Memorials may be directed to OSF Hospice or the Waynesville Christian Church.

Rita was born January 10, 1950 in Bloomington, IL the daughter of Gerald and Ina (Wampler) Nelson.

Survivors include her daughters, Rhonda (Richard) Thornton, Bloomington, IL and Holly (Andy) Murphy, Waynesville, IL; grandchildren:  Jessica, Mason, Brandon, Daisha, Richie, Ian, Ellie, Audrey, and Izzy; seven great-grandchildren; and sister, Shirley Langhoff, Bloomington, IL, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and beloved friends.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Jerry Nelson and Jeanette Forman; and brother-in-law, Bill Langhoff.  

Rita worked at OSF Hospital for 18 years and attended the Waynesville Christian Church.  She took care of her parents and brother in their final days.  Rita loved to spoil her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Rita enjoyed crocheting, reading, drinking coffee, and collecting pig figurines.  She loved her dog, Marty Ken Pickle.  Rita did not know a stranger and made everyone laugh.  She was ornery, sarcastic, and a joy to all who knew her.  She will be greatly missed.    

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Mary Ann Ryan

Mary Ann (Grady) Ryan, 86 of Birmingham, Alabama, passed away peacefully at 9:00 a.m. on July 16, 2023, at University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, surrounded by family.


Born August 26, 1936, in Decatur, Illinois, Mary Ann was raised on her family’s farm in Dewitt County. From a young age, she was active in school clubs, performing in plays and attending dances with her friends. She was involved in community organizations like FHA and 4-H where she tried her hand at everything from baking to sewing. Mary Ann loved being around people and was always eager to contribute her talents to the causes she believed in.


She graduated from Illinois State University in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in education. Later, she earned a master’s degree, also from Illinois State, specializing in reading. All her life, Mary Ann was a vociferous reader who thought that every child should be introduced to the pleasure of books.


Mary Ann married Gerald “Jerry” Francis Ryan on August 1, 1959, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Wapella, IL. In her wedded life, she juggled responsibilities as a farm wife with a career in teaching.


Mary Ann was a talented musician who served as the organist and pianist for many years at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. At St. John’s, she was active in Altar and Rosary, occupying multiple officer positions.


She served on the board of directors for Vespasian Warner Public Library and helped to facilitate the expansion of the building. A longtime member of Alpha Delta Kappa Teacher’s Sorority, Mary Ann was committed to excellence in education. She took books to the homebound and tutored children after school for many years after retiring from teaching.  


Mary Ann’s hobbies and interests included reading, embroidery, puzzles, theatre and travel. She loved musicals, and in her later years, enjoyed the occasional Bollywood film with her daughter. Reluctantly, she also performed in a TikTok video or two with her granddaughters. Mary Ann will be remembered as someone who always had a smile on her face and an open heart. She brought much love and compassion to the world.


Survivors include her daughter, Cynthia Ryan (Bruce) McComiskey, Birmingham, AL, and a son; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; in-laws Thomas and Rosemary Ryan of Orland Park, IL; and nine nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband; parents Joseph and Lucille Grady; parents-in-law James Vincent “JV” and Helen Ryan; brothers-in-law Leo Ryan and Raymond “Buddy” Ryan; sister-in-law Mary “Sharon” Ryan; and nephew/godson Kevin Michael Ryan.   


Mary Ann’s life will be celebrated at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on August 11, 2023. Visitation at the church begins at 10:00 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. with   Fr. Thomas R. Szydlik, Celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Wapella and lunch after at the church.


In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes memorials to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church or Vespasian Warner Public Library, both in Clinton.

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Kenneth Orman Dyer

Kenneth Orman Dyer of Clinton, Illinois passed away July 30, 2023 at his residence surrounded by his family. He was born February 10, 1944 in Clinton, IL to Orman Ray “Doc” Dyer and Edna (Bray) Dyer.


On May 16, 1987, he married Yvonne Woolf, now of Clinton, IL, she survives. Kenneth is also survived by Jennifer Benson (Ryan) of Clinton, IL; Chad Bray  (Bobbi) of Lincoln, IL; Melissa Hovis (Jimmy) of Kenney, IL, twelve grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his parents “Doc” and Edna Dyer, his sister, Joyce Diane Whittington, and his son, Phillip Orman Dyer.


He was an active member of LifeBridges Church, serving as the Clerk/Treasurer for nine years until his death, and was also loved and known as “Grandpa Orman” to the students at the LifeBridges Home School. He also owned Dyer Chemicals in DeWitt, IL, and served as the Mayor of DeWitt, IL. He was employed at Baum Chevrolet for sixteen years in sales and was a Sherriff’s Deputy for DeWitt County. He retired from Rinker in Lebanon, IN. He loved Gardening, St. Louis Cardinals and camping. He loved God, his family, church, and never knew a stranger. He was over the moon with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.


Celebration of Life will be 11 AM, Saturday, August 5, 2023 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Pastor Jonathan Taylor, Pastor Dana Taylor, and Rev. Greg Woolf officiating. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM, Saturday at the funeral home.


Memorials may be directed to LifeBridges Church of Clinton.



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George Allen Goddard

George Allen Goddard, 76, of Clinton, IL passed away at 8:50 AM July 31, 2023 at his residence, Clinton, IL.


Services will be 11 AM, Friday, August 4, 2023 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Allison Hitchings officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 10-11 AM, Friday at the funeral home.


Memorials may be directed to the Diabetes Association.


George was born January 25, 1947 in Clinton, IL the son of George L. and Mabel (Wooldridge) Goddard.


Survivors include his children: John Robert Goddard, Tomah, WI; Kirt Anthony (Glenda) Goddard, Goodfield, IL; Paul Aaron (Amy) Goddard, Hudson, IL; Jeremy Allen (Susan Jones) Goddard, Hartsburg, IL; Kathryn Ann (Jeff) Malkamaki, Decatur, IL; and Matthew Stephen Goddard, Sanford, FL; 15 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; and brother, Tommy Goddard, Bloomington, IL.


He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Charles Kraft.



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Stephen Atchason

Stephen Lynn Atchason, 76, of Decatur, IL passed away 9:12 AM July 29, 2023 at his home.

Services will be 10:00 AM Monday, August 7, 2023 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Jim Kilson officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 3:00 - 5:00 PM Sunday, August 6, 2023 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to the Parkinson’s Foundation or Tunnels to Towers Foundation.

Stephen was born October 9, 1946 in Decatur, IL the son of Lloyd O. “Dutch” and Lucille B. (Cohea) Atchason. After Lucille’s passing, Stephen was raised by Dutch and Martha E. “Marty” (Lane) Atchason. He was married to Anne Losing and later married Lynda K. (Miller) Rottler June 18, 1993 in Decatur, IL.

Survivors include his wife, Lynda K. Atchason, Decatur, IL; children Mark (Javonna) Atchason, Melissa, TX, Adam (Kara) Atchason, Elgin, IL, and Elizabeth (Matt) Willey, Chatham, IL; stepchildren, Scott (Michele) Rottler, Vale, AZ, and Shelby (John) Falk, Decatur, IL; 10 grandchildren; and one sibling, Greg (Kimi) Atchason, San Antonio, TX.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his stepmother. 

Stephen worked at Caterpillar for 36 years. After retirement he worked at Brinks armored car division for seven years and as a Macon County court security officer for three years. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam Conflict. He was a private investigator for different companies and was a Mt. Zion Police Auxillary Sargent. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing and gun collecting.

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