Category Archives: Obituaries

Obituary: Alta Jenkins

Obituary: Alta Jenkins

  BLOOMINGTON- Alta M. Jenkins, 90, of Bloomington, passed away at 7:58p.m., Sunday, June7, 2020 at her home. A private memorial service and burial will be held at a later date. Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials may be directed to OSF Hospice. Alta was born March 15, 1930 in Ottawa,…MORE

Obituary: Joseph Sutter

Obituary: Joseph Sutter

Joseph L. Sutter, 94, of Bloomington, passed away at 7:34 am, Friday, April 3, 2020 at McLean County Nursing Home, Normal.   MORE

Obituary: Patricia Greenwald

Obituary: Patricia Greenwald

Patricia Eileen Greenwald, 73, of Bloomington, passed away at 2:29 p.m., Friday, April 3, 2020 at her home with her family by her side.MORE

Obituary: Illa Mae Paternoster

Obituary: Illa Mae Paternoster

Illa Mae Paternoster, 86 of Bloomington, passed away at 11:08 a.m., Friday, March 20, 2020 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, BloomingtonMORE

Obituary: Evelyn Riebe

Obituary: Evelyn Riebe

  CULLOM- Evelyn J. Riebe, 85, of Cullom, IL passed away at 5:54 am on Monday, February 24, 2020 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cullom with Rev. Gabe Baumgardner officiating. Visitation will be…MORE

Obituary: Stephen Anderson

Obituary: Stephen Anderson

  Forrest – Stephen Douglas Anderson, 70 of Forrest; passed away peacefully, with loved ones by his side at 2:03 am, Saturday, February 22, 2020.  Steve lost his nearly six-year battle with cancer, without complaining. Steve was born on July 15, 1949 in Fairbury; a son to Francis and Adele (Shaddle) Anderson.  His parents and…MORE

Obituary: Millicent Grinnell

Obituary: Millicent Grinnell

  CHENOA– Millicent Jane Grinnell, 87 of Chenoa, formerly of Evanston, died at 9:15 am, Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal. The family will have a private graveside service in Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie at a later date.  Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Chenoa is in charge of services. Visitation will be 5…MORE

Obituary: Dorothy Penn

Obituary: Dorothy Penn

  BLOOMINGTON– Dorothy “June” Penn, 91, of Bloomington, passed away at 6:41 a.m., Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the McLean County Nursing Home, Normal. Her funeral will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington with Monsignor Eric Powell officiating.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bloomington.  Visitation will be…MORE

Obituary: Mary Lou BesGrove

Obituary: Mary Lou BesGrove

  FAIRBURY- Mary Lou BesGrove, 88, Fairbury, died at 12:35 pm Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal. Visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 pm Tuesday, February 18, 2020 and 10:00 to 10:45 am Wednesday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury.  Her funeral will be at 11:00 am Wednesday, February 19, 2020 also…MORE

Obituary: Leo Shaffer

  Leo F. “Lee” Shaffer, Jr, 77 of Bloomington, passed away at 8:35 p.m., Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Good Samaritan in Pontiac.  His memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m, Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at Welbrook at Bloomington with Rev. Dustin Schultz officiating.  Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Normal. Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington…MORE

Blogs

Is federal mobilization the answer?

By Mike Matejka As President Donald Trump threatens to send federal marshals into Chicago, over the objections of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, recall another Illinois Governor who protested the incursion of armed federal personnel into the city.   Those federal troops, rather than calming, escalated the situation, leading to deaths and violence. Illinois poet Vachel Lindsay…

In these troubled times, to my fellow white Americans

By Mike Matejka Our nation is at a unique watershed in human relations. African-Americans have been killed too many times in the past before George Floyd, but the response to this man’s death is international and all-encompassing. I was a grade-schooler during the Civil Rights 1960s. I watched Birmingham demonstrators hosed and the Selma – Montgomery…

Workers’ Memorial Day – Remember those whose job took their life

Looking around our community, when we say employer, most will respond to State Farm, Country, or Illinois State University.   We too often forget those who are building our roads, serving our food, or our public employees. COVID-19 has made us more aware of the risk.  Going to work every day for some people means…

Everyone counts and you could make the difference

By Mike Matejka How many federal dollars will there be for road repairs?  To feed hungry families?  How many Illinois representatives will there be in Congress?  Are Illinois communities going to get their fair share? There’s only one way to ensure our community gets treated properly – answer the census. The every ten year U.S. census,…