Betty Bianucci, of Tucson, AZ formerly of Clinton, IL passed away May 3, 2016 in Tucson, AZ.


Graveside services will be held at a later date at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to Betty Bianucci memorial fund c/o Calvert Funeral Home, 201 S. Center St.. Clinton, IL 61727


Betty was born in Illinois and married George Bianucci, former owner, and founder of the restaurant “The Shack" formerly "George's Shack”.


Survivors include her son: Michael Bianucci and his wife Lana; and her daughter: Christina Morgan; grandson: Kieran Morgan and his wife Cydney and great-granddaughter: Soleil.


She was preceded in death by her husband George Bianucci.


Betty Bianucci was one of Jehovah's Witnesses for over 66 years in the Clinton, Illinois and Tucson, Arizona  areas, having served many of those years as a Full Time Pioneer Minister, active in community service helping many in learning about the Bible, and those choosing to become one of Jehovah's Witnesses; along with her son Michael Bianucci, who also Pioneered with her  8 of those years while also serving as an elder for over 40 years consecutively in the local Clinton and Bloomington areas, now residing between Bloomington, Illinois and New Jersey areas.


At the end, Betty was being cared for by her daughter Christina Morgan, who she had been living with in Tucson, AZ. for many years till her recent passing.


Charlotte Marie Fredrick, 66, of Monticello, passed away at 7:05 a.m., April 27, 2016 at the Kirby Medical Center.

Charlotte was born May 11, 1949 in San Diego, CA the daughter of John Richard Hanson, Jr. and Harriett Louise (Warden) Hanson. She married David O. Fredrick on January 11, 1973 in San Diego, CA. He passed away on February 13, 2014.

She is survived by her son, David W. Fredrick (Debbie) of Quincy; daughter, Angela K. Gadbury (Steve) of Mahomet; grandchildren, Jacob Gadbury (Michelle) of Alaska and Jared Gadbury of Mahomet; step-grandchildren, Dakota, Dezaree and Dustin Guthrie; brothers, Richard Hanson of San Diego, CA and John Hanson of Las Vegas, NV; and sister-in-law, Kay Carnes (Dave) of Monticello. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sister, Peggy Gallup.

Charlotte was a homemaker and a member of the American Legion Post #24 and the Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed sewing, crafts, and loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and close friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday, May 6, 2016 at the Christ Lutheran Church, Monticello with Pastor Micah Garnett officiating. A graveside service will follow and be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 6, 2016 at the Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield.

Memorials may be made to the family or Faith in Action of Piatt County.

Condolences may be sent to the family at



Darby Brackenhoff, 71, of Farmer City died at 10:45 p.m. April 15, 2016, in Urbana after a brief but fierce battle with a very virulent form of pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by loving family members. 

Visitation will be at 11 a.m. Saturday with a celebration of life to follow at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity Community Fellowship Church, Farmer City, with Pastor Dave Ashby officiating. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, is in charge of arrangements. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery immediately following the service for family and close friends.

Darby was born Sept. 26, 1944, in Farmer City, the daughter of Joseph and Barbara Eubank, who preceded her in death. She married Don M. Brackenhoff on Feb. 12, 1966.

She is survived by her husband, Don, and their children, Mark J. (Kari) Brackenhoff, Mahomet, and Morgan B. (Jennifer) Brackenhoff, Mansfield, as well as four granddaughters and two grandsons. She also is survived by her sister, Shari Eubank, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

She attended Moore Township High School in Farmer City and Drake University and graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a degree in English and speech. Her true passion was teaching high school English, speech and debate.

Her husband, Don, was a career officer and pilot in the U.S. Air Force, and they lived in many different places, including Enid and Oklahoma City, Okla.; Sacramento, Calif.; Boston, Mass.; Little Rock, Ark.; Montgomery, Ala.; and Honolulu, Hawaii. She spent nearly two years in Farmer City while Don was in Vietnam in the 1960s and early 1970s. When he retired from the Air Force in 1986 they moved back to Farmer City and she became a farmer’s wife.

Darby taught high school English, speech and debate at Southeast High School in Oklahoma City for three years, and later taught English and debate at Blue Ridge High School in Farmer City for five years until she grudgingly had to retire because of the effects of severe rheumatoid arthritis. She left a legacy of successful students who remained in contact with her, many of them saying that she was the best teacher that they had in their academic career.

When they retired from farming, they bought a motor home and saw a lot of the U.S. in their travels with their faithful West Highland white terrier, Braveheart. She particularly loved the two months that they spent in Florida each winter.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, her most favored charity for the thousands of service members who suffered grievous wounds and post-traumatic stress disorder.



Donald Lee Rousey, 84, of Heyworth, passed away at 5:15 p.m. April 20, 2016, at his home.


Cremation has been accorded. His inurnment will be at a later date in Funks Grove Cemetery, Funks Grove. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home, Bloomington, is assisting the family with arrangements.


He was born June 23, 1931, in Bloomington, a son of Vernon G. and Elizabeth Phoman Rousey. He married Nelva L. Anderson on Oct. 24, 1964, in Wapella. She preceded him in death in 2015.


Surviving are a son, Joey Rousey; stepson, Tom Anderson; six grandchildren, Michelle Doage, Veronica Smiley, Leisa Anderson, Greg Anderson, Emily Rousey and Linda Rousey; many great-grandchildren; three sisters, Myra Linden, Bessie Swearingen and Carol Sue Spring; and two brothers, Paul and David Rousey.


He was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Lola Smiley; two brothers, Steven and Raymond; and a sister, Audrey Mae.


Don served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a private first class. He retired in 1989 after working several years as a union carpenter.


Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice.


Condolences and memories of Donald may be directed to his family at


Linda J. Bell, 69, of Atlanta, passed away on Monday, April 25, 2016, at 6:20 p.m., surrounded by her loved ones, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Quiram Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the funeral home.  Pastor Clarence Mankin will officiate.

Cremation Rites will be accorded.  Burial will be in the Atlanta Cemetery at a later date.

Linda Jean Bell was born September 16, 1946, in Lincoln, the daughter of Russell F. and Edna E. Winkel Noble.  She married Gideon Patrick Bell on October 29, 1983.  He survives.

Linda is survived by her husband, Pat; children: Cindy (Mark) Leesman of Atlanta, Chris Jackson of Atlanta, and Christine (Joe) Delahunt of Atlanta; one brother: Ernie Brown of Lincoln; and five grandchildren: Jessica Bihl, Dustin Leesman, and Tyler, Riley, and Payton Delahunt.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister: Dianne Provance.

Linda had worked in the ASCS government offices in Lincoln and Bloomington.  Following her retirement, Linda volunteered at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.  She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lincoln and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Memorials may be made to Atlanta Rescue Squad, American Cancer Society or the Atlanta Fire Department.

Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta.


Donald L. Askins Sr. 80 of Litchfield IL (formally from Latham IL). Don was born May 10 1935. He passed peacefully at St Francis Hospital, Litchfield, Illinois - Saturday April 23, 2016 with his family surrounding him with love.


Donald was a proud Son, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, U.S. Marine and long time over the road truck driver. He was preceded in death by his Father Nolen, Mother Gladys, Wife Imo and Brother Ben.


Don leaves behind brother Jim Askins Michigan, sister Clara Shivley Florida, daughters Karen (Garrett) Litchfield Il, Virginia (Estes) Litchfield IL, Vickie (Halfacre) Hillsboro IL, sons, Donald L Askins, Jr. of Decatur and Keith Askins of Decatur, IL - 8 Grand children, 12 Great Grand Children.


Please direct all memorials to Homeward Bound Pet Shelter, Decatur, Illinois.


 Wanda J. Myers 87 of Maroa, Illinois passed away 8:43 PM April 23, 2016 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, Illinois.


Services will be 11 A.M. Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Maroa United Methodist Church, Maroa, IL with Pastor Nic Showalter officiating. Burial will follow at the Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL. Visitation will be 9 – 11 A.M. Saturday at the church. Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL is in charge of arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to the Wanda Myers Scholarship Fund (Maroa-Forsyth School District).


Wanda was born August 21, 1928 in Maroa, IL the daughter of George and Effie (Katt) Rodgers. She married Bernard L. Myers March 20, 1949 in Maroa, IL.


Survivors include her husband: Bernard L. Myers, Forsyth, IL; children: Kathy Sharp, Maroa, IL, Kirk (Julie) Myers, Decatur, IL, Lisa (Jim) Peck, Forsyth, IL and Kim (Rich) Fox, Bloomington, IL; 9 grandchildren: Michael Blanco, Chase Myers, Savannah Myers, Jimmy (Stephanie) Peck, Jordan (Samantha) Peck, Kelly Peck, Caroline Fox, Jack Fox and Griffin Fox; 1 great granddaughter: Stevie Peck and 1 great grandchild on the way.


Wanda was a member of the Maroa United Methodist Church. She was a former employee of the Maroa-Forsyth School District and Linville Hardware Store in Maroa. Along with being an avid Maroa-Forsyth Trojans fan, Wanda loved reading and especially loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren.


 Robert Dale Meade, 89, of Clinton, IL passed away at 12:02 PM, April 24, 2016 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.


Funeral services will be 11 A.M. Thursday, April 28, 2016 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Greg Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 10 – 11 A.M. Thursday at the funeral home.


Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association.


Robert was born September 21, 1926 in Mackinaw, IL the son of Claude Leo and Lillian Marie (Maps) Meade. He married Ruth A. Ballenger November 15, 1947 in Clinton, IL. She passed away July 10, 2011.


Survivors include his daughter: Beverly Jean (Robert) Bowlby, Houston, TX; twin granddaughters: Tamara (Kurt) Bellows, Slidell, LA and Tara (Chad) Brown, Humble, TX; four great grandsons: Joshua Marshall, Michael Marshall, Chase Brown and Carson Brown; one great granddaughter: Audrey Bellows; brother: Sam Meade, Clinton, IL and sister: Yvetta Harold, Plant City, FL.


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


Robert was a veteran of the US Navy.  He was a member for over 50 years of the Laborer’s Local 159, Decatur, IL and member of the American Legion.


 Shirley A. Lanter 78 of Decatur, IL formerly of Maroa, IL passed away 6:30 AM April 21, 2016 at Fair Haven Christian Home, Decatur, Il.


A private family burial will be held at a later date. Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, Illinois assisted the family with cremation rites.


Memorials may be directed to Shirley A. Lanter Memorial Fund.


Shirley was born August 19, 1937 on the family farm in Texas Township, IL the daughter of Roy and Christina (Smith) Lanter.


Survivors include her children: Randy (Debbie) Lanter, Champaign, IL; George (Karryn) Calfas, East Peoria, IL; Rex (Lorie) Calfas, Waynesville, IL; special cousin: Bev Brewner, Decatur, IL; 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother and 1 sister.


Shirley was a beautician for many years in Decatur, IL.


Charles W. Cutright, 77, of Kenney, passed away 12:41 a.m. Tuesday (April 19, 2016) at his home surrounded by family.



His service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with Ernie Harvey Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.


Memorials may be directed to Little Galilee Christian Assembly or Safe Haven Hospice.


Charles was born Dec. 4, 1938, in Latham, the son of Orville and Hazel Pauline Centers Cutright. On Aug. 13, 1966, Charles married Darla Mae Havelka. They remained husband and wife for nearly 50 years.


Survivors include his wife, Darla Cutright, Kenney; children, Amy (Steve) Law, Heyworth; Angela (Brad) Ellison, Monticello; Brent (Heather) Cutright, Glenmoore, Pa.; and Bradley (Elizabeth) Cutright, Downers Grove; seven grandchildren, Madisen Law, Colby Law, Jackson Law, Andrew Ellison, Aliyah Ellison, Katelyn Cutright and Edward Cutright; siblings, Lois Summers, Clinton; Mary Rohrscheib, Kenney; Barbara (Dick) Johnson, Sharon Greenslate, Roberta Jaspers, Paula (Randy) Kelly and Orville H. (Linda) Cutright, all of Kenney.


He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Betty Cutright.


Charles was a member of the Kenney Christian Church. He graduated from Illinois State University, Normal. He was a teacher and administrator at Sparland High School for 11 years. In 1973, he moved his family to Kenney and started working at Revere Copper and Brass Inc., Clinton, retiring after 27 years of service. Charles enjoyed woodworking, fishing and bird watching.


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Nola Hunter 67 of Monticello, Illinois passed away 8:55 AM April 17, 2016 at Piatt County Nursing Home, Monticello, Il.


Services will be 11 AM, Thursday, April 21, 2016 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Deland, Il. with Rev. Lee Ann Thais officiating. Burial will follow at DeLand Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 Hour prior to the services on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at the funeral home.


Memorials may be directed to Nola Hunter Memorial Fund


Nola was born January 2, 1949 in Monticello, Il., the daughter of George and Margaret (White) Buchanan. She married Frank Hunter March 3, 1967 in DeLand, Il.


Survivors include her Husband, Frank Hunter, Monticello, Il., Children, Tim Hunter, Tilton, Il., Jack Hunter, Monticello, Il., Donna Hunter, White Heath, Il., Heather Hunter, Monticello, Il., 1 Grandson, Delsen Hunter, White Heath, Il., Brothers and Sister, Keith (Loretta) Buchanan, DeWitt, Il., Benne (Virginia) Buchanan, Farmer City, Il., Nancy (David) Brown, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.


She was preceded in death by her Parents and 5 Brothers.


Nola was a homemaker enjoying crafts, gardening and baking. Most of all she loved spending time with her family.


Rita Mickey, 78, of Rantoul, mother of a Clinton woman, went to be with the Lord on the morning of Thursday (April 14, 2016) at Heartland Health Care Center, Paxton.


She was born Oct. 21, 1937, in Rawlins, Wyo., a daughter of William and Julia Flynn Waldron. She married Tom Mickey on Feb. 27, 1954, in Cheyenne, Wyo. He preceded her in death on Jan. 8, 2010.

She is survived by three daughters, Lynn Carter, Rantoul; Terri Mickey, Rantoul; and Patty (Jeff) Welch, Clinton; a brother, Bob Waldron, Lancaster, Calif.; eight grandchildren, Mike (Ericka) Carter, Shannon Carter, Kari (Darren) Pratt, Jimmy (Louie Barrios) Youngblood, Cory Hinners, Cody Hinners, Kyle Welch and Ryne Welch; and four great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by a daughter, Julie, and a granddaughter, Kristy Carter.


Rita worked in civil service, retiring from Chanute Air Force Base in 1993. She was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church and was a Dominican associate. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority for over 50 years. She played bunco and bridge and was an avid bowler.


Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Rantoul. Father Joseph Donton will officiate. Burial will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Rantoul.


Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday evening at Lux Memorial Chapel, 1551 E. Grove Ave., Rantoul.


Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or the Henry J. Smith Trust Fund.


 Verna J. Brown 83 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 1:58 PM April 13, 2016 at her residence surrounded by her family.


Services will be 11 AM, Monday, April 18, 2016 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il. with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Private family burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, Il. Visitation will be 4 – 6 PM, Sunday, April 17, 2016 at the funeral home.


Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church, Clinton, IL or the Kenney Christian Church, Kenney, IL.


Verna was born September 7, 1932 in Fairbury, Il. the daughter of Lazern C. and Florence (Walker) Crydenwise. She married Richard L. Brown April 6, 1951 in Clinton, Il. He passed away January 8, 2009.


Survivors include her children, William D. (Martha) Brown, Clay City, IL; Roger (Linda) Brown, Tucson, AZ; Nancy (Paul) Wells, Mason City, Il.; 4 grandchildren, Clint Wells, Bill Brown, Kimberly Neideffer, and Rachel Patrick; 5 great-grandchildren, Kiersten, Katie, William, Dominick and Jose and one on the way; sister, Linda George, Medford, Oregon.


She was preceded in death by her parents.


Verna was a member of the First Christian Church, Clinton where she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She loved to garden.


 Rhonda Lynn Roberts 64 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 4:55 AM April 13, 2016 at her family residence, Clinton, Il.


Private services will be Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il. with Phil Yakey and Kim Roberts officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, Il.  The family will receive friends from 12:30 – 2:00 PM, Saturday, April 16, 2016 to celebrate Rhonda’s life at the Wapella Christian Church, Wapella, IL.


Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Rhonda was born January 11, 1952 in Rensselaer, Indiana.  She married Gary Roberts September 18, 1971 in Clinton, Il.


Survivors include her husband, Gary Roberts, Clinton, IL; children, Cassandra (Matt) Benton, DeWitt, IL, and Tony (Brandy Hedrick) Roberts, Wapella, IL, 4 grandchildren, Claire, Olivia and Laura Benton and Tate Roberts.


She was preceded in death by her daughter, Caroline Roberts.


Rhonda attended the Wapella Christian Church.  She worked for the Clinton School District as a crossing guard and in the cafeteria.  Rhonda enjoyed cooking, reading and especially enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.


 Steven Lee Martin, 54, of Springfield, IL, passed away at 7:15 AM, April 9, 2016 at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, IL.


Services will be 2 PM, Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Pat Meeter officiating.  Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Wednesday at the funeral home.


Memorials may be directed to the Unity Church of Springfield, 417 Cordelia, Springfield, IL  62703.


Steven was born March 8, 1962 in Clinton, IL the son of Ronald and Katherine (Schaible) Martin.


Survivors include his parents, Ronald and Katherine Martin, Clinton, IL; sisters, Debra Martin, Clinton, IL and Janice (Richard) Rethorst, Benton, IL; nieces:  Christina Fenton, Weldon, IL; Sheryl Landers, Atwood, Il; Andrea Landers, Weldon, Il; Beth Anne Mitchell, Normal, IL; and Heather Mitchell, Normal, IL; nephew, Anthony Mitchell, Benton, IL; eight great-nieces and four great-nephews; uncles, Henry Martin, Clinton, IL and Charles Martin, Sr., Mapleton, IL; and his beloved cat, O’Talli.


Steven was a 1980 graduate of Clinton Community High School and a 1992 graduate of Illinois State University.  He worked as a computer programmer at the Illinois Department of Revenue until his retirement.  Steven was an Amateur Radio Operator, KA9HFS, and an avid golf player.


Julia Ann Burger 56 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 3:50 PM, April 10, 2016 at her residence, Clinton, IL surrounded by family.


Services will be 10 AM, Friday, April 15, 2016 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. and J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Thursday, April 14, 2016 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il.


Memorials may be directed to the Clinton Community Educational Foundation.


Julia was born June 15, 1959 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Donald E. and Shirley J. (Sronce) Wilson.. She married Jeff Burger June 2, 1984 in Clinton, IL.


Survivors include her husband, Jeff Burger, Clinton, IL, Daughters, Jaclyn (Kyle) Rogowski, Mesa, AZ, Melissa (Zach) Ruemelin, Lake In The Hills, IL, Sisters, Debby (Dave) Coale, Clinton, IL, Nancy (Dave) Jackson, Clinton, IL, Sister-in-Law, Brenda Wilson, Farmer City, IL.


Julia was preceded in death by her Parents and 1 Brother, Mark Wilson.


Julia was a member of the First Christian Church, Clinton, IL. and a former Sunday School Teacher. She was a former elementary teacher in the Clinton School District. She was a member of ADK and the Junior Women’s Club. She enjoyed volunteering for the kindergarten class at the Lincoln Elementary School. She loved the outdoors and camping with family.


Leonard F. Priest, 82, of Farmer City, passed away at 8:03 p.m. Wednesday (April 6, 2016) at his home.



Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. April 16 at Bellflower Christian Church. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m., also at the church. Inurnment will be in Bellflower Township Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Bellflower Christian Church. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Framer City, is in charge of arrangements.


Leonard was born Dec. 21, 1933, to Owen and Edith Smith Priest. He married Janice Golden on July 20, 1958, in Bellflower. She survives.



Surviving are three sons, Kevin Priest, Farmer City; Kenneth (Joni) Priest, Missouri; and Brian (Christopher) Priest, Chicago; two daughters, Jana Priest, Fisher, and Heather Priest, Champaign; granddaughter, Serena (Andrew) Erickson; great-grandchildren, Laura and Jennifer Erickson; and one sister, Ruby Keller, Mansfield.


He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Robert Owen Priest; and one sister, Genevieve Marlatt.


Leonard was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He worked for 33 years at Firestone in Bloomington. He was a member of the Bellflower Christian Church, Senior Citizen Club of Bellflower and the Local 787 United Rubber Workers.


Leonard was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and devoted friend who will be deeply missed. The family would like to express a special thank-you to Carle Hospice workers for all their care and devotion to Leonard.


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