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Friday, November 26, 1943 - Sunday, October 15, 2017

Francis “Fran” Louis Snell of Cantrall, IL formerly of Henry passed away on October 15, 2017 in Springfield surrounded by his family.

     Fran was born November 26, 1943 in Streator, IL to Stanley Joseph and Nora Mae (Brown) Snell and grew up in the Ottawa area. Fran married Roberta Lou Van Ostrand on March 14, 1970 in Henry, IL where they lived before moving to a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA.

     Fran Proudly served his country in the US Army during the Vietnam War and spent over twelve months in Pleiku, Vietnam. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Expert Sharpshooters Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Army Commendation Medal. Fran was a life member of the VFW.

     Fran is survived by his wife, Roberta; Daughter, Theresa Snell and her husband, Chris Warus of Chicago, IL; his son, Christopher Snell and his wife, Cathy of Durham, NC; and his granddaughters, Sophie and Lillian Snell. Fran is also survived by one brother, Dennis and his wife Lisa of Utica, IL.

     Besides his parents, Fran was also preceded in death by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, and his brothers, Stanley, Gregory and Kenneth.

     Fran will be laid to rest on October 21, 2017 in the Henry City Cemetery, Henry, IL in a private ceremony with military rites. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association, as Fran’s mother and granddaughter, as well as several extended family members, have been impacted by the disease.

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Thursday, December 20, 1934 - Saturday, October 14, 2017

John Ray Myers, 82, of Morton, formerly of Henry, passed away Saturday October 14, 2017, 2:35 am at Morton Terrace HealthCare Centre, Morton.
Visitation will be Tuesday October 24, 2017, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm at the Henry United Methodist Church, Henry. Funeral services will follow at 6:00 pm. The Rev. Will Meachum will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services. Private family inurnment will be held at Lacon Cemetery at a later date.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Henry United Methodist Church.
Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, Henry is in charge of the arrangements.
John was born December 20, 1934 in Danville, IL to the Rev. Selden and Esther (Thompson) Myers. He married Patricia Lynne Hack on December 15, 1959. He later married Dorothy Van Etten Phelps on May 11, 1972. He then married Bronita Remizova on November 11, 2004.
Surviving are his son, Paul (Diane) Myers, of Seminole, FL, grandchildren, Selden Myers, II, Anastasia Myers, and step grandson, Preston Cassell, one brother, Dr. Robert (Alta) Myers, MD, of Peoria, nieces and nephews, Dr. Clifford (Cecilia) Myers, MD, of Peoria, Dr. Kathleen (Dr. Leslie) Johnson, MD, of Brimfield, and Herbert (Audrey) Myers, of Maple Grove, Minnesota, nine grand-nieces and nephews and six great grand-nieces and nephews.
His parents and a grand-nephew, David W. Myers, preceded him in death.
John was Boy Scout in Tremont, Troop 84. He attended Tremont Grade School, and graduated from Hartsburg-Emden High School, class of 1952, graduated from Bradley University in 1956 with a B.A. and from Illinois State University with a Master’s Degree.
He had served his country in the United States Army.
He was an accountant for Illinois Power Company, Decatur, IL, and then taught business Education for 21 years at Tremont, Peoria Limestone and Kewanee Wethersfield. He also was an outside agent for Peoria Ambassador Travel Service for 20 years.
John was a world traveler and prolific travel author. He wrote Around Australia in a Campervan, Spain and Portugal in a Bus and Bradley Basketball Review. He also wrote approximately 500 articles for the Henry News Republican in his column, Traveling with John Myers.
He was a member of the Henry United Methodist Church, where he was a pianist and Summer Music Co-coordinator. He also was a pianist at the Varna Methodist Church, where his grandfather and father had been members in past years.
John loved traveling, photography and his beloved Lake Wildwood. He participated in theater and was active socially while living in Henry.
The family would like to thank the staff of Morton Terrace Health Care Center and Harbor Lights Hospice for all of their care shown to John.

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Sunday, March 3, 1929 - Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Harold John Schlosser, 88, of Lacon, IL passed away at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at St. Joseph Nursing Home, Lacon
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, October 14, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Fr. Michael Schaab officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Henry. Visitation will be 9 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the church. Memorials may be made to Vitas Hospice or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
He was born March 3, 1929 on the Schlosser family farm in rural Lacon to Roy and Emma Stang Schlosser.
Surviving is a nephew Bob (Linda) Anderson and niece Linda Watson both of Lacon; three other nieces Debbie Westbrook, Lori Miller, and Lynn Rush all of Oregon; and several great and great-great nieces and nephews whom he loved spending time with and was affectionately known as “Unkie”.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Agatha Anderson and Marjorie Hageman, and two brothers Leonard and LeRoy Schlosser; two nieces Kathy McCune and Arnetta Meisenbach, and one nephew David Schlosser.
Harold lived and farmed on the family farm his entire life. He worked at Caterpillar in management for 38 years. He was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoyed watching them win the World Series several times during his lifetime. He was a Deputy Grand Knight with the Knight of Columbus, a trustee and later supervisor for Hopewell Township, and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St John XXIII Parish where he took up the collections every Saturday evening up until a few years ago.
The family would like to thank the staff at St. Joseph Nursing Home and Vitas Hospice for their compassionate care over the past several months.

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Wednesday, January 18, 1939 - Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Roger E. Nuske, 78, of Washburn, passed away Wednesday October 11, 2017, 9:35 pm at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.
Visitation will be Sunday October 15, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, Washburn. Funeral services will be Monday 11:00 am at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Toluca, with an hour prior visitation. The Rev. Carla Rush will officiate. Burial will follow at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Toluca. Memorials may be made to Illinois CancerCare Foundation in Peoria or to the Washburn Fire & Ambulance Departments or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Roger was born January 18, 1939 in Coleman, Wisconsin to Edward and Lucile (Hoffman) Nuske.
Surviving are his sisters, Jeanette Nuske and Betty Meister, both of Washburn, two sister-in-law’s, Lois Nuske, of Washburn and Betty Ann Nuske, of Hennepin, Four nieces, Jeanne (Jim) Meister-Logajan, of Dexter, OR, Debbie Nuske, of Peoria, Jayne (Russ) Yount, of Benson, Judy (Marty) Moreno, of Granville, four nephews, Mike (Sharyl) Nuske, of Morton, Ed (Amy) Meister, of St. Louis, MO, Joe (Gina) Nuske, of LaSalle, and Larry Zoss, of Tremont, two great nephews, Andy Yount, of Benson and Colton Nuske, of LaSalle, one great-great nephew, Noah Lewis, of Morton, three great-nieces, Sarah (Doug) Lewis, of Morton, Becky Zoss, of Tremont, Melissa Yount, of Minot, ND, one step great-niece, Jenna (Scott) Buffington, of Morton.
His parents, two brothers, Elmer and Don Nuske, a sister, Doris Nuske, two nieces, Linda (Nuske) Zoss and Maggi Nuske, one nephew, Jerry Nuske, and a great-nephew, Thomas Yount, and one brother-in-law, Raymond Meister, preceded him in death.
Roger graduated from Low-Point-Washburn High School, class of 1958. He had served his country in the United Sates Army, stationed in France. While in the Army he graduated from the mechanical school with the highest honors.
Roger began his working career working with his father as a cheese maker at the Supreme Dairy Cheese factory in Washburn. He later went on to work for Charles Van DeVeer painting and cabinetry. He then owned and operated Nuske Sales & Service in Washburn for many years.
Roger enjoyed woodworking, camping, fishing with his brother Don’s family, traveling in the motorhome to visit family, wintering in Florida, trips to Wisconsin and smelt runs. He especially enjoyed the “office meetings” at Dean’s Repair Shop.

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Sunday, July 26, 1953 - Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Rita M. Smith, 64, of Henry, passed away Tuesday Oct. 10, 2017, 2:34 am at her home in Henry.
Memorial services will be held Saturday October 14, 2017, 10:00 am at the Henry United Methodist Church. The Rev. Will Meachum will officiate. Private family inurnment in the Henry Cemetery will follow at a later date.
A celebration of Life will be held at Shandy’s (The former bowling alley), Henry following the services. All are invited to attend. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, Henry is assisting the family with arrangements.
Rita was born July 26, 1953 in Kewanee, IL to William F. and Marlene (Carlson) Olson. She married Robert Smith on June 17, 1989 in Las Vegas, NV. He survives.
Also surviving are her mother Marlene (Gene) Froland, of Henry, her father, William (Yvonne) Olson, of Mesa, AZ, her children, Erin (Mike) Smith-Wood, of Huntly, Brad (Sibyl) Schrock, of Henry, Eric (Mlinda) Smith, of Ottawa, and Brian (Melissa) Schrock, of Henry, her grandchildren, Hunter, Braden & Harper Schrock, Brian T. Schrock , Angelina Hedrick , Addy & Gavin Wood, Bailey Smith, Alexis Trammel, Caden Smith, Cade Trammel and Connor Andres, her sister, Kristi (Steve) Smith, of Henry, nieces and nephews, Allison Eckberg, Karlie and Kody Olson. Two brothers, Steven and Keith Olson, preceded her in death.
Rita was a member of the Henry United Methodist Church.
She was a hairdresser for over 45 years, owning and operating her own beauty shop.
She was deeply devoted to all of her family.

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Wednesday, June 20, 1928 - Thursday, September 28, 2017

Robert A. Bogner, 89, of Henry, IL, passed away Thursday, September 28, 2017, at his home.
Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Marys Catholic Church in Henry, with Fr. John Bosco officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Henry, with military rites by the Henry American Legion Post #323. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, 513 Carroll Street, Henry, with the Rosary recited at 7 p.m.
Memorials may be made to Vitas Hospice or Henry Ambulance Service.
Robert was born on June 20, 1928, in Henry, IL, the son of Theodore and Clara Bickerman Bogner. He married Marilyn J. Judd on February 27, 1954, in Henry. She died on June 12, 2017.
Surviving are six children, Larry A. (Sarah) Bogner of Lacon, Linda (James) Coleman of Charleston, Gregory G. (Rhonda) Bogner and Jeffery L. (Linda Hurd) Bogner, both of Henry, Kathryn Ann (Tim) Dixon of Chillicothe and Michelle (Bryan) Gibson of Henry; twelve grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Valarie J. Bogner; four brothers, Louie, Eldon, Don and Ray; and one grandson, Christopher Bogner.
Bob was a member of St. John XXIII Parish, St. Mary's Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and the Henry American Legion Post #323 in Henry.
Bob was a lifelong farmer in the Henry area. He had also been Whitefield Township Supervisor and a Board Member of the Henry Grade School. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. He had also served as a Board Member for LaPrairie Mutual Insurance Company.
Bob was a loving dad, grandpa and great-grandpa who enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

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Monday, May 22, 1939 - Thursday, September 28, 2017

Rita M. Swanson, 78, of Peoria, passed away Thursday, September 28, 2017, 10:05 am at Heartland Health Care Center, Henry.

Rita had requested that cremation rites be accorded and no services to held. Memorials may be made to the Lewy Bodies Dementia Association.

Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, Henry is assisting the family with arrangements.

Rita was born May 22, 1939 in Peoria, Illinois to Bernard and Veronica (Cullen) Kemmer. She married Ralph E. Swanson on July 2, 1960 St. Mary’s Cathedral, Peoria, IL. He survives in Peoria.

Also surviving are her children, Timothy (Teresa) Swanson, of Chillicothe, Tammy (Thomas) Meyers, of Peoria and Anthony (Amy) Swanson, of Sparland, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, one brother, William
R. (Norma) Kemmer, of Mossville, two sisters, Roberta Elder, and Elizabeth Kemmer, both of Peoria.

Her parents, one grandchild, four sisters, Mary Buehler, Josephine Rock, Patricia Waibel, and Mildred Kidd, preceded her in death.

Rita graduated from Woodruff High School. She had retired from Lacon Seals Co. She enjoyed being outdoors and fishing.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Heartland Health Care for their care shown to Rita and her family.

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Sunday, August 3, 1930 - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Phillip W. Brown, 87, of Henry, IL, passed away at 7:54 p.m. Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at Heartland Health Care Center in Henry. Mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Henry with Father John Verrier and Father John Bosco officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Henry with Military Rites by the Henry American legion Post #323. There will a prayer service one-half hour prior to visitation. Visitation will be 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary's Catholic Church with a prayer service at 2 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church. Memorials may be made to his church or St. Jude Midwest Affiliate in Peoria. Calvert & Johnson memorial Home, Henry are assisting the family with services. Phillip was born August 3, 1930, in Ludlow, IL, the son of James D. and Alta M. Head Brown. He married Doris E. Hook on November 25, 1954, in Champaign, IL. She survives along with four daughters Michele (Mike) Steele, Marsha (Steve) Klein, Angie (Tim) Smith, and Tricia (Dan) Bogner all of Henry; two brothers James Brown of Grand Ridge, and Gene Brown of Wauwatosa, WI; two sisters Ann (Cal) Miller of Naperville and Judy Franks of Philo; two sisters-in-law Sara Brown of Rantoul and Shirley Brown of St. Petersburg, Florida. He was Papa to eleven grandchildren Lindsay (Alex) Tarmann, Patrick (Shayna) Steele, Abbey Steele, Nick (Tiffany) Klein, Cameron (Christin) Klein, Gabe (Jennie) Smith, Graham Smith, Gavin Smith, Zackary (Erica) Bogner, Brennan Bogner, and Makenzie Bogner; five great grandchildren Landon Steele, Cohyn Klein, Parker Klein, Brecken Klein, and Riley Bogner. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Stephen; two brothers Gerald and Joseph; one sister, Mary Mc Cormick; and two great grandchildren Phillip Tarmann and Emma Tarmann. Phil was a member of St. John XXIII Parish in Henry. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a Master’s Degree. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked as a Guidance Counselor and School Administrator at Henry-Senachwine High School. During his twenty-six year tenure, he impacted many students’ lives. After he retired, he then worked at Hardware Hank in Henry for 10 years where he found a true passion in sharing his knowledge of home repairs. His family was his pride and joy, and his happiest times were when he was surrounded by them. He loved sharing stories with his family of growing up on the farm. He never met a stranger, and he enjoyed visiting with everyone he met. His other interests included home repair projects, gardening, yard work, and volunteering at the Henry Calvary Cemetery. The family would like to thank his wonderful caregivers including Tina Schmitt of Snyder Village Homecare, Heartland Health Care Center, and Compassus Hospice.

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Thursday, August 27, 1931 - Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Anna Mae Kocher, 86, of Henry, passed away Tuesday September 12, 2017, 12:25 AM at Unity Point Methodist Hospital Peoria.
Visitation will be Thursday September 14, 2017, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, 416 Edward St., Henry. Funeral services will be 11:00 am Friday at the Henry Christian Church, with a visitation one hour prior. The Rev. Leslie Thomas will officiate. Burial will follow at Henry Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to her church of to the Marshall-Putnam 4-H and Extension Foundation.
Anna Mae was born August 27, 1931 in Henry, IL to John P. and Clara (Downey) Read. She married Gilbert Forrest Kocher on February 20, 1955 at the Henry Christian Church. He preceded her in death on September 6, 2011.
Surviving are her children, Douglas (Polly) Kocher and David (JoVonna) Kocher, both of Henry and one daughter, Carol (Al) Kocher-Monier, of Sparland. Additionally, she has seven grandchildren, Jay (Randie) Kocher, Tyler (Ali) Kocher, Max (Miranda) Kocher, Brian and Austin Kocher, Celena (Doug) Toepper and Megan (Jed) Swanson. Anna Mae was also a proud great-grandmother of five, Lane Kocher, Paige, Camden, Cora and Kale Swanson. Surviving is one sister, Delores (James) Quinn, of Henry and one sister-in-law, Marjorie Kocher, of Bonita Springs, FL. Her parents, one brother, John C. Read, one brother-in-law, Edward Kocher and a sister-in-law, Helen Serrao, preceded her in death.
Anna Mae graduated from Henry Senachiwne High School, attended Illinois Wesleyan University and graduated from Liberty Beauty, Peoria.
Anna Mae was a homemaker, farm wife and a dedicated mother and grandmother to her family. She had worked as a beautician out of her home for several years along with being a deputy clerk in the Marshall County Clerk’s office for many years.
She was a Leader in the M-P 4-H, a superintendent for the Marshall-Putnam Fair in the culinary department and a member of the Eastern Star. Anna Mae was a member of the Henry Christian Church, where she taught Sunday school and was treasure for CWF.
She will be remembered for her cooking, baking, the love for her family and for making a Christmas stocking for each member and guest.
Her family would like to extend a special Thank You to the staff of Heartland Health Care, Henry for all of their care shown to her and her family, also to Unity Point Methodist for the excellent care this past week.

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Saturday, November 10, 1923 - Monday, September 4, 2017

Frances Lucille Lundholm, 93, of Henry, passed away Monday September 4, 2017, 9:11 am at Heartland Health Care Center, Henry.

Visitation will be Friday September 8, 2017, from 9:00 to 11:00 am at St. Mary’s Church of The St. John’s XXIII Parish, Henry. Mass of Christian burial will follow at 11:00 AM. Fr. John Bosco, will officiate. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Henry. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, Henry is in charge of arrangements.

Frances was born November 10, 1923 in Lacon, IL to Harry E. and Hettie (Howell) Reed. She married William Schlosser on August 9, 1941 in Chillicothe, IL. He preceded her in death on November 3, 1975. She later married John Lundholm, on April 12, 1986 in Lacon, IL. He preceded her in death.

Surviving are her children, Tom (Debra) Schlosser, of Rialto, CA, Greg (Marsha) Schlosser, of Peru, Gary (Cheryl) Schlosser, of Hopewell, Bill (Marcia) Schlosser, of St. Peters, MO, a son-in-law, Gary Duke, of Henry, step-children, Sharon (Ron) Gehrig, of Sparland, and Kevin (Letty) Lundholm, of New Philadelphia, Ohio, eighteen grandchildren, and thirty great-grandchildren.

Her parents, two daughters, Peg Schlosser and Marie Duke, one brother, Eugene Reed, one sister, Helen Hawksworth, a grandson, Chris Duke and a great-granddaughter, Madison, preceded her in death.

Frances was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Lacon, its Alter and Rosary Society, Operation Happiness, Toluca, and the Henry American Legion Auxiliary.

She was a homemaker, worked at Curles Department Store, Lacon, and Watercotes, in Henry.

Frances loved to play cards, play Bunco, being with people and her friends, car rides in the country and most of all shopping. Online condolences may be made to: www.calvertmemorial.com.

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