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6 Mt. Pulaski Times July 16, 2011 By Phil Bertoni - Allen Schaal Photos Mt. Pulaski's 17Y h Anniversary Celebration Community Service was one of the highlights of the entire weekend--bringing together members of local churches--their pastors, their choir and band members and a congre- gation of over 400. A Highlight of 175 th Celebration Pastor Chris Decker of Mt. Pulaski Zion Lutheran Church gave a "Prayer of Dedica- tion". Pastor Mark Weber of the Mt. Pulaski ..... First Christian made introductory remarks with a "Statement of Purpose". ReJeffreyLaible of St. ThomasAqumas gavetheInvocafion. Pastor Rachel Stockle of Mt. Pulaski United Methodist Church read a passage from Scripture. Pastor David Hofer of St. John's Lutheran Church provided the closing prayer and Bene- diction. A delicious pot-luck was enjoyed in the other A/C tent on the south side, with golf- cart shuttle service being provided for the elderly. Pastor VVeber's Statement of Purpose Good afternoon and welcome to our Heri- tage Celebration. We are here to remember the 175 years passed down to us, and those who have made this moment possible. The concept of remembering is huge in Bible. Israel was told to remember the Lord their God, and to remember his commands. Jesus tells us to remember our Lord's death when we commune around the Lord's Supper. Remembering is how we know our identity, who we are, and it also provides the platform for the future. Today we come to remember our heritage, to honor those who have gone before us as we look forward to the next 175 years. Elizabeth Ann Simkins, 72, of Lakewood, Colorado formerly of Chestnut died at 6:00 A.M, Thursday June 16, 2011 in Colorado. Mrs. Simkim was born on April 25, 1939 in Chicago to Elmer Matthew and Florence Agnes Richner Roos. She married E. Leland Simkins on September 3, 1960 in Chestnut. He preceded her in death on August 29, 2004. Surviving are sons, Mat- thew A. (Audrey) Simkins of Denver, H. Leland (Jan) Sim- kins of Denver, brother, Alan Walter C. "Wally" Wisniewski, of Grafton, passed away Friday, July 1, 2011, at the age of 91 years. A memorial service was held Saturday, July 9 at Community United Meth- odist Church, Cedarburg WI. Rev. David Blackmer officiated. Wally was born in Mil- waukee WI on March 14, 1920, a son of Frank and Blanche (nee Wozniak) Wisniewski. He married Eilene Belcher, and they had three daughters. After Eilene died, he married Dorothy Zelle in Milwaukee WI on April 15, 1961. Wally was a passive volunteer fire fighter with the Cedarburg Fire Depart- ment. He enjoyed the outdoors, was an avid reader and could always be seen with a camera around his neck. (Margie) Roos of Chestnut, Retired Mt. Pulaski Grade and High School Today, this wonderfifl ecumenical gathering of and grandchildren of Denver, N4-a6,-.--t --- )X6 .. .insrumfntM: and cal.msrmctor, Claus Tanner, 25-30% of Mt. Pulaskian s under one roof was Simkins. = .... "' " "  d Ms:ndPre a6 ornmun):!hoiff "tO dou er indication of the ir0pact that our Her parents, husband and and band with "God of Our Fathers", "Amazing founding town's fathers had with their welcoming Grace", and "Battle Hymn of the Republic". Each and embracing of all faiths into our newly formed rendition received an enthusiastic applause, with a community 175 years ago. rousing standing ovation at the end of the service. one daughter Cathy preceded her in death. Graveside services were at Laenna Cemetery Thursday July 7. Rev. Mark Peters officiated. Memorials: National Jewish Hospital. Fricke - Calvert - Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski was entrusted with arrange- ments. Wally is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dorothy; daughters Donna Hoff- mann of Sheboygan WI, JoAnne Hadler of Cedar- burg WI and Eileen Wis- niewski of St. Paul MN; grandchildren Kim (Chris) Chronister of Gainsville FL, Michael Hadter of Minneapolis MN, Brad (Debbie) Hoffmann of Cleveland WI and Carrie (Jeff) Engebose of Roch- ester MN; great-grand- children Katie Chronister, Jackie Chronister, Kelsey Engebose, Madison Engebose and Brady Engebose; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Eilene Belcher Wisniewski; brothers Ray Wis- niewski and Chet Wisniewski; sister Sylvia (Rich) Krajewski; and father-m- law Fred ZeUe of Illinois. M00kNLEY ONUMENTS We guarantee the lowest price the highest quality monuments & craftsmanship milies since 1945 713 HICKOX DR. - LINCOLN 735 -4939 Mon - Fri 9-5 Sat 9-Noon After Hours by Appt. manleymonuments@yahoo.eom Kevin Rupert Milligan The Family of Kevin Rupert Milligan wishes. to thank all who have expressed their concern and empathy regarding Kevin over the past sev- eral days. The particulars of Kevin's service will be announced at a later date. Mary K. Milh'gan and Sons Thank You for the memorials given In Memory of Janice Denton Mt. Pulaski EMS Herbert (Herb) Ayers, 91, of Hemet, CA, died June 10, 2011 at his daughter's home. He was married for 65 years to Virginia (Ginny) Ayers (Underhill) and she preceded him in death in October 2006. Private funeral services were held. Crawford Mor- tuary of Northridge, CA handled the arrangements. Mr. Ayers was born in Illinois, and moved to Hemet, CA in 1980. He graduated from Lincoln College, and retired from the State of Illi- nois. He was a volunteer.fire- man in Mt. Pulaski. He was a member of Grace Chapel Four Square Church in Hemet. Robin Van Hoorn, 69, of Beason, passed away at 1: 30 p.m. June 29, 2011 at, Memorial Medical Center, Springfield. Robin was born on November 20, 1941 in McLean County, the daugh- ter of Ralph and Normadel Tavener Alexander. She mar- fled Marvin Van Hoorn April 2, 1961 at Funks Grove. He survives in Beason. Robin is also survived by son Marvin D. (Tara) Van Hoorn of McLean: daughters: Lori (Tom) Johnson of Kenney; Shelley (Curt) Heery of Lake Villa; and son Scott (Chrissy) Van Hoorn of Kenney; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He is survived by his daughters, Sally Morgan of Reseda, CA and Susan Hopkins of Naperville, four grandchildren, and six great- grandchildren. He was the brother of Erma Ayers Phillips. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Elberfie and Violet Ayers, his older sister Mary Olive Ayers Herrin; as well as his older brother, Elbert (Willie) Ayers; and his younger sister, Erma Ayers Phillips. He and his wife of many years lived in Mr. Pulaski all their lives until moving to California in 1980. Many relatives and long-time friends in Mt. Pulaski and the area will miss him. Her parents and one sister Jane Goodwin preceded her in death. Mrs. Van Hoorn was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She attended MacMurray College, worked at the Baby Fold, and was also a homemaker. She was a member of Beason United Methodist Church; Beason card club; United Methodist Women's Club and an elec- tion judge in Oran Township. Services were Saturday, July 2 at Fricke-Calvert- Schrader Funeral Home, Lin- coln. Burial was in McLean Cemetery, McLean. 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