OBITUARY – Bertha Saltzman

August 15th, 2017

Bertha Saltzman, 80, of Princeton died on Friday, August 11, at Liberty Village in Princeton.

She was born on January 6, 1937 in DePue to Raymond and Charlotte Hedges. She married Kerry Saltzman on June 17, 1961 in Ohio, IL. She worked at Harper Wyman, was a homemaker and also babysat her grandchildren, Shawn Moats and Rachel Biagioni.

She is survived by her children, Mike (Janet) Moats and Ken (Michelle) Moats both of Princeton; and sisters, Judy Anderson, JoAnne Tornow, Joan Estes, and Phyllis Brown.

She was preceded by her parents; her husband; 2 sisters, Pearl Hand and Mildred Byczynski, and by her step-father, Phillip Byczynski.

The family will receive friends on Friday from 10:00-11:00 at Norberg Memorial home in Princeton.

Funeral Services will follow the visitation at 11:00 am. Burial will take place at Elm Lawn Memorial Park in Princeton.

Memorials may be directed to the Princeton Food Pantry.

Online condolences may be left at

OBITUARY – Robert Dabler

August 15th, 2017

Robert W. Dabler, 92, of LaSalle, IL. passed away on August 12, 2017 at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley, IL.
Robert was born on May 8, 1925 in Wyanet, IL. to Earl K. and Clara (Stonewall) Dabler. He was a 1942 graduate of Wyanet High School. Robert married Caroline Kares in Manlius on September 30, 1943. He served in the United States Marine Corps in Iwo Jima and Okinawa battles. He farmed in the Manlius area for many years and was a sales person and installer for Sears in Princeton for 25 years. He was a member of Manlius Sportsman Club and the Princeton American Legion. Robert also enjoyed fishing, playing Bingo, spending with family and friends as well as spending 25 winters in Arizona.
Robert is survived by two sons, Gary (Kathryn) Dabler of Highland, CA.; Dennis (Janice) Dabler of Princeton, IL.; five grandchildren, Michael (Becky) Dabler of Chesterton, IN., Gary (Diana) Wood of Huntington Beach, CA., Gregory (Paula) Wood of Dunkirk, MD., Glen (Michelle) Wood of Schwenksville, PA., and Karen (Peter) Demerick of Silverdale, WA. Also surviving are 11 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
He is preceded in death by his parents and wife, Caroline.
The services will be private.
Online condolences may be left

OBITUARY – George Duffield

August 14th, 2017

George David Duffield

Age: 56

City: Princeton, Illinois

Time of Death: 4:45 a.m.

Date of Death: Monday, August 14, 2017

Place of Death: Heritage Health Manor in Walnut, Illinois

Services: Cremation rites will be accorded and a private memorial will be held at a later.

Date/ Place of Birth: Dave was born March 18, 1961 in Kewanee, Illinois the son of George and Helen (Carter) Duffield.

Survivors: His mother, Helen Duffield of Florida; Wife, Theresa Duffield of Virginia: two children: Justin (Yolanda) Duffield of Texas and Stephanie Duffield of Illinois; 5 grandchildren: Anthony, Kevin, Kalai, Isabella, and Camille; one brother: Kevin (Cindy) Duffield of Pennsylvania and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death: his father and grandparents.

Education: He graduated from Princeton High School with the Class of 1979.

Employment: Dave shared his various trade experiences around the area for many years in the field of residential construction.

Memberships/Hobbies: He loved golf, watching NASCAR, and his grandkids.

Memorials: Memorials may be directed to a charity of your choice in Dave’s name.

Grant- Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton

OBITUARY – Jason Brokaw

August 8th, 2017



Jason Alan Brokaw, 43, of Peru, formerly of Cherry, passed away on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel of The Fiocchi Funeral Home, Cherry. Interment will follow in the Granville Cemetery. His family will receive friends Friday from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. and again from 9 a.m. until the time of services Saturday in the funeral home. Private online condolences may be left for the family at

Jason was born on November 28, 1973 in Spring Valley to Calvin and Barbara (Bland) Brokaw. He was a graduate of Putnam County High School, Illinois Valley Community College, and ISU. He had served as a police officer for Granville, the Bureau County Sherriff’s Department, the Village of Ladd, DePue, City of Spring Valley and ended his career serving the City of Peru following his promotion to Sergeant. He had also been a security officer at St. Margaret’s Hospital, Spring Valley.

He is survived by: his wife, Deborah Brokaw of Cherry; his mother Barbara (George) Robinson of Granville; his maternal grandmother, Marion Bland of Lostant; his children, Hayleigh and Calvin Brokaw of Cherry; and his brother, Eric Robinson of LaSalle.

He was preceded in death by: his father, Calvin Brokaw; and his sister, Brooke Robinson.

Obituary – John “Jack” Keleher

August 4th, 2017

Captain Jack Keleher (Ret.)

John “Jack” William Keleher, of Rock Falls, was born in Sublette, IL on November 12, 1930 to John R. Keleher and Evelyn (Babe) Keleher, and grew up in Walnut, IL with sisters, Mary Ann (Gaunt-Rockford) and Linda (Carr-Walnut). He passed away at Morningside of Sterling on August 3rd, 2017 at the age of 86. He attended Walnut Schools and swerved in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War as a Flight Engineer and Mechanic on B-29 and B-47 bombers as a Technical Sergeant. Following his military service, Jack joined the Illinois State Police and served with distinction for 35 years-one of only two ISP troopers to serve for that length of time. He started as a road Trooper and worked his way up through the ranks in District 7 (Rock Island) and District 1 (Sterling), and finished as a Captain and District Commander in Rock Island. Following his retirement from the State Police in 1990, Jack served a number of years with the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office in Court Security. Jack was married to Delora (Beaber) Keleher of  Rock Falls, for nearly 58 years, with two sons, Michael (Micheale) Keleher of Grayslake, IL and Daniel (Carole) Keleher of Somersworth, NH; grandchildren, Jackie Keleher of Galveston, TX, John Hein of Grayslake, IL and Jennifer Hein of Grayslake, IL and great grandson, Kearin Hein of Grayslake, IL.

Jack was an avid hunter and loved kids and dogs with equal vigor and held the coveted status of “Neighborhood Grandpa” of the Breezy Acres Subdivision through several generations of kids and neighbors. He could always be counted upon to lend a hand, pass out a kind word, a butter cookie or Milk Bone and pump up a bike tire to those in need. He served many years as a volunteer fireman with the Walnut Fire Department and was a life member of the Walnut First Christian Church.

Visitation will be Sunday, August 6, 2017 from 3:00-6:00 P.M. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, 14733 IL RT 92. Funeral service will be Monday, August 7, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. at the funeral home in Walnut with Reverend Brian Moore officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Walnut Cemetery in Walnut.

In lieu of flowers a memorial is established. For online condolences, please