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 – Donna Ratliff

July 28th, 2017

Donna J. (Hartz) Ratliff, 90, of Quincy, formerly of Sheffield, Illinois died July 23, 2017 at the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Quincy, Illinois.

She was born December 10, 1926 in Manlius Township to James W. and Stella (Lowderman) Hartz. She married Harold W. Ratliff June 21, 1945 at her home in Manlius Township. He preceded her in death January 9, 2010.

She was a 1944 graduate of Manlius Township High School and had worked at Kraft Foods and Barcol Overdoors of Sheffield.

She was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Manlius, having served on the Altar Guild. She also served as a trustee of Gold Township for several years.

Survivors include one daughter, Cynthia (Thomas) Foes of Annawan; 3 granddaughters; 3 grandsons and 13 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and 1 son, Jim, 2 sisters and 1 nephew.

A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Manlius, with Pastor Dan Stalker, officiating. Inurnment will take place in Manlius Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Manlius, or the Manlius Cemetery Association. Online condolences may be sent to