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Lawrence B. Kalmer
Lawrence B. Kalmer, age 85, of Damiansville, passed away Wednesday, April 2. Funeral mass will be Saturday, April 5 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Damian Catholic Church in Damiansville. Burial will be in St. Damian Cemetery. Friends may call today from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 to 9:15 a.m. at Hempen Funeral Home in New Baden. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Mater Dei High School, the American Heart Association, or for masses.
He was born February 24, 1929 in rural New Baden, son of Joseph H. and Catherine A. (Rensing) Kalmer. He married Virginia R.M. Deiters in Beckemeyer, IL on April 20, 1955 and she preceded him in death on October 15, 2005.
He is survived by his children, Stan (special friend, Donna Emig) Kalmer of Damiansville, IL, Marilyn (Mike) Becker of Bartelso, IL, Joe (Renee) Kalmer of Damiansville, IL, Linda (Rich) Buss of Aviston, IL and Bernice (Doug) Vonder Haar of Breese, IL; 12 grandchildren, Scott Becker, Sarah (Kyle) Albers, Brent Kalmer, Alison Kalmer, Alicia Buss, David Buss, Lynn Buss, Daniel Buss, Amanda Buss, Justin Vonder Haar, Jason Vonder Haar, and Jordan Vonder Haar; brothers-in-law Leo Varel of Carlyle, IL, Jerome Koerkenmeier of Damiansville, IL, Hugo Wilke of St. Rose, IL, Ralph Thole of St. Rose, IL, Bill & Nancy Deiters of Jensen Beach, FL, Joe & Rita Deiters of Beckemeyer, IL and Rosie Hemann of Germantown, IL.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by five sisters, Verena A. Rensing, Marcella Varel, Rita Koerkenmeier, Ruth Wilke and Margaret Thole; brothers-in-law, Emil A. Rensing and Robert Hemann; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Rose Deiters.
Mr. Kalmer was a retired grain & dairy farmer. He was a member of St. Damian Parish and Holy Name Society in Damiansville, IL and the Clinton County Farm Bureau. He attended and graduated from the Kalmer School in Damiansville, IL and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and riding around his farm on a four wheeler with his grandchildren.
Janelle K. Ruth
Janelle K. Ruth, age 63, of Summerfield, passed away Thursday, April 3 at her home. There will be no services. Friends may call Saturday, April 5 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton. Memorials are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Ms. Ruth was born June 3, 1950 in Belleville to LeRoy and Mabel (Ranz) Ruth; they preceded her in death.
She married Alvin Schmitt on August 19, 1983 in Trenton; he preceded her in death on April 22, 2007.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Herbert and Elvera (Holtman) Schmitt; and sisters-in-law, Marlene “Sis” Schmitt and Connie Schmitt.
Surviving are her children, Cheryn (fiancé Ryan Veath) Schmitt of Breese and Roy (Katie Parker) Schmitt of Summerfield; a granddaughter, Brooke Parker; her fiancé, Wally Cychner of Summerfield; sisters, Dolores (Elton) Leppke of Carrington, ND, Gwen (Bernard) Feldt of Trenton, and Gail Ruth of Breese; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Floyd Schmitt of Trenton, Juanita (Dean) Zurliene of Summerfield, Laura Litteken of Trenton, Dee (Jim) Emig of Bartelso, and Bernard (Charity) Schmitt of Highland.
Janelle retired from AT&T as a communications dispatcher.
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Coming up on WGEL’s Public Affairs Program this Sunday, Joselynn McKenna welcomes Karen File and Betsy Mueller from the Bond County Hospice. Bond County Hospice is currently seeking volunteers and Karen and Betsy will talk about how you can get involved and help out, what goes into volunteering, and the positive benefits of being involved in hospice. That’s Public Affairs, this Sunday, right after the 12:05 Bond County Area News on WGEL.
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