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Obits: Wessels, Stehle, Schroeder


Roger W. Wessels, 77, of Fairbury passed away at 4:00 am, Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Good Samaritan Home, Pontiac.

A graveside service will be at 11 am, Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury; with Pastor Dan Robertson officiating. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to the Good Samaritan Home, 1225 S Ewing Dr.. Pontiac, IL 61764.

Roger was born December 30, 1940 in Fairbury; the only son of Alfred and Bertha (Downs) Wessels. He grew up on the family farm in Fairbury. His parents preceded him in death.

He is survived by many cousins on both sides of the Wessels and Downs families, his caregivers; Dale Wessels, John Haley, Judith Lawless Pulido, Erika Hepner and their families. Roger also leaves behind his unconditionally loving family of 7 years at Good Samaritan Home in Pontiac.

Roger was a lifelong farmer and he had a special ability to engineer and fabricate most anything to suit his needs. He had a passion for steam engines, past farming practices and raising Shire Horses.

Roger was a member of American Shire Horse Association, American Corn Growers Association, The Chicago Farmers Association and Old Threshers of Mt. Pleasant, IA.


Jeffrey L. Stehle, 42, Forrest, died Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the intersection of Route 47 and 1500 North Road, Saunemin Twp., Livingston County.

Jeff was born January 4, 1976 in Fairbury the son of Lloyd and Donna Babbs Stehle.

Survivors include his mother, Donna (Don Colvin) Stehle, Pontiac; one brother, Steven (Misty) Stehle, Chapmansboro, TN; one sister, Connie Friedman, Forrest and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, maternal and paternal grandparents.

Jeff had been employed in the meat department at Dave’s Super Market, Fairbury for 17 years. He was an avid race fan and cat lover.

Funeral will be 11:00 am Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury with Pastor Corrine Blissard officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Twp. Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00 to 8:00 pm Tuesday also at the memorial home. Casual race attire is welcomed. The family suggests memorials be given to the family of Jeffrey Stehle.


Elaine Joerndt Schroeder, 71, of Pontiac, passed away Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 6:50 p.m. at Accolade Health Care of Pontiac, IL.

Her service will be held Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home in Pontiac with Pastor Paul Lellelid. Burial will be at Union Cemetery in Odell, IL.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home, Pontiac, is in charge of arrangements.

Elaine was born February 11, 1947 in Odell, IL to Donald and Ruby (Wolf) Joerndt. She married Victor C. Schroeder on December 22, 1984 at St. Petri Lutheran Church in Windtown, IL. He survives in Pontiac, IL.

Also surviving are her brother, Donald Joerndt of Pontiac, IL; sisters, Donna “Joanie” (William) Ricks of Dallas, TX and Sandra McKinley of Pontiac, IL; brothers-in-law, William Rich of Pontiac, IL and Chaplain Colonel David J. Schroeder of Kemalt, TX; sister-in-law, Lieutenant Colonel “Dolly” Leneva Schroeder of Kemalt, TX; many dear nieces and nephews; and five lifelong friends, Nell Swenson of Pontiac, IL, Nancy Bonelli of Plainfield, IL, Marie Weber of Lockport, IL, Edie Millward of Chicago, IL, and Norman Behrens of Palatine, IL.

Elaine worked at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago for 15 years on the toddler hematology/oncology renal transplant unit. She enjoyed being primary nurse for Gary Coleman, child star of “Different Strokes”, after his kidney transplant at age 5. She also worked at Evenglow Lodge for 15 years and so enjoyed the stories of the yesteryears from her patients. She also volunteered there after her retirement.

In lieu flowers, memorials may be made to Livingston County Humane Society, 21179 E 1358 N Road, Pontiac, IL 61764.

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