BLOOMINGTON — Talma Mae “Tam” Luallen, 79, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., formerly of Bloomington, passed away March 2, 2020.
She was born July 20, 1940, in Decatur, to Joseph Skelton and Juanita Krekel Malone. She married Gary Luallen on June 18, 1960, in Normal. Tam was a classy lady with a lovely smile, a great sense of humor, and a glint in her eyes that made her a delight to be with.
A loving and devoted daughter, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Tam is survived by her daughter, Donna (Hari) Natarajan, Seattle, Wash.; her son, John (Kim) Luallen, Niceville, Fla.; her mother, Juanita Malone, West Palm Beach, Fla., her brother, Joseph (Carol) Skelton, Bremen, Ind.; and four grandchildren, Tyler Fulks, Seattle, Wash.; Casey Fulks, Bloomington; Zachary and Noah Luallen, Niceville, Fla.
Tam graduated from Thornton Fractional North High School, Calumet City, and received a bachelor's from Illinois State University. Tam retired in 2003 from State Farm Insurance after 20 years as a business analyst. Tam was an active member of the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A funeral Mass will be held on a later date. Please consider donating to the Cathedral of St. Ignatius, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., in memory of Tam Luallen.
BLOOMINGTON — Illa Mae Paternoster, 86, of Bloomington, passed away at 11:08 a.m. Friday (March 20, 2020) at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
The family wishes to thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Due to the COVID-19 virus, all services will be private. Burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery. Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to American Cancer Society.
Illa was born May 23, 1933, in Pontiac, the daughter of Lloyd and Velma Stults Blackmore. She married Floyd Paternoster on July 12, 1952, in Pontiac. He preceded her in death on Sept. 1, 1970.
Survivors include a son, Michael (Kathy) Paternoster of Bloomington; two daughters, Donna Paternoster Collings of Sacramento, Calif., and Rebecca (John) Flynn of Moline; four grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Lois Stehle.
Illa graduated from Kempton High School. She worked at Kmart Foods and Peoples Bank (now Commerce Bank).
NORMAL — Mary A. Rozum of Normal, passed away March 15, 2020, in Normal.
Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home, Bloomington, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Mary was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., and grew up in the Chicago area. She received her B.S. degree at Illinois State University (Illinois State Normal University) and her master's degree at the University of Illinois. A champion of lifelong learning, Mary completed various graduate study courses at universities around the country.
Mary's passion for teaching is evident in her long career with Illinois State University's Metcalf School, where she held the rank of assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. For many years, she taught fifth grade as well as taking an active role in many other aspects of the ISU academic community. She served as a member of University Council and College of Education, planning and coordinating a series of Artist-in-Residence programs. She also worked with others on the Metcalf Reading Comprehension Project and participated in teaching process projects with the Illinois superintendent of public instruction. She retired in 1988 after 38 years with ISU.
In retirement, Mary continued to champion learning and teaching. She was active in ISU English as a Second Language programs, mentoring ISU students and families from around the world. She was an active member in ISU's Delta Kappa Gamma society for educators. She also was a founding volunteer of Crossroad Handicrafts in Bloomington, a nonprofit fair-trade gift and goods shop supporting crafts people from emerging countries. Along with her brother, Fred Rozum, she co-authored “The History of Street Railways in Bloomington-Normal Illinois” which tells the story of how trolleys helped influence the development of these communities.
Mary was preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Joyce Rozum. Mary is survived by her four nephews and nieces, David Rozum (Karla), Phoenix, Ariz.; Mary Rozum-Pratto, Gilbert, Ariz.; Jane Rozum (Tim Hutchison), Loveland, Colo.; and John Rozum (Wendy Goodfriend), Oakland, Calif. She is also fondly remembered by her friends and neighbors on Manchester Road, Normal, and numerous friends and former students worldwide.
At Mary's request, there will be no memorial service. Donations in Mary's memory may be made to ISU's Metcalf School, www.giving.Illinoisstate.edu.
BLOOMINGTON — David Stanley Anderson of Jonesboro, Ark., formerly of Bloomington, passed away on Wednesday (March 18, 2020) at the age of 82. After several months of declining health, David died peacefully with his children at his side in the home.
Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington is assisting the family with arrangements.
David was born Sept. 26, 1937, in Fertile, Iowa, to the late Stanley and Mildred Tenold Anderson. He grew up in Joice, Iowa, on the family farm, where he cultivated a lifelong love of animals. A graduate of the University of Iowa in 1961, he worked in the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department before moving his family to Normal, in the same position in 1965.
In 1970, David was hired by the town of Normal to become its first city manager, a position he held for 29 years before retiring in 1998. Among his many accomplishments in this role were the new City Hall offices and fire stations. He was instrumental in the completion of the Constitution Trail, the Ironwood Golf Course and Subdivision, the College Hills Mall, the redevelopment of 1 Normal Plaza and the moving of Amtrak’s station from Bloomington to Normal. He was also proud to have been involved in securing the Mitsubishi automotive plant to Normal and was honored when the Ash City Park was renamed Anderson Park upon his retirement.
He was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bloomington and the First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro. During his retirement, David was active with the ICMA as a Range Rider, helping other towns find city administrators. He was an active volunteer with Mended Hearts, the United Way, Safe Harbor and as an NEA Baptist Hospital “Pink Lady” volunteer.
David was preceded in death by his former wives, Sandra J. Anderson and BJ Anderson.
He is survived by his four children, Greg (Glenda) Anderson of Midlothian, Texas; Shari (Steve) Mientus of Chicago; Todd (Tammy) Anderson of Normal; and Joni (Mark) McNabb of Jonesboro; 19 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; and was known as Grandpa Dave to many more.
A celebration of life service is being planned for a later date.
PIPER CITY — Donald Fortna of Urbana, died Tuesday (March 17, 2020) in Urbana.
He was born June 30, 1929, in Piper City, the first-born son of Edward E. Fortna and Grace Culbertson Fortna. He married Phyllis J. Stephens Jan. 31, 1954, in Forrest. Phyllis was his pride and joy, and she preceded him in death on Oct. 27, 2013. He is survived by one sister, Barbara Ann Foltz, Mukilteo, Wash., and one brother, Paul E. Fortna, Urbana. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth V. and Eldon Joe Fortna, and one sister, Wilma Jean Mitchell.
He was a graduate of Forrest High School and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He had a full and varied working career. His career included work at Caterpillar Tractor Co., Joliet; the trucking business, grain elevator business and ready-mix concrete business. He also worked as an electrician and policeman. With the help of his wife, he started college at the age of 34. He received his bachelor's degree and his master's degree from Illinois State University. He taught in the Forrest-Strawn-Wing school district for six years. It was during this time that he became a lay preacher in the Methodist Church and a seasonal income tax preparer. He ended his career working for Champion Federal Savings and Loan as vice president and regional manager in Aurora.
He was a collector and aficionado of war bird models (World War II fighter planes). His one-of-a-kind collection valued at $10,000 can be seen at the Livingston County War Museum, Pontiac. He was a volunteer at the museum and loved to tell visitors the amazing stories about his collection. Golf was another one of his passions, and he thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie of his golfing buddies.
He was an avid reader and a philomath with a special interest in the major religions of the world. He had over 400 books in his personal library, and he believed that a library was not a luxury, but one of the necessities of life. He was also blessed with a curiosity that is the hallmark of mental freedom. It was not only diverse, it was epistemic.
He found peace and contentment in human contact, in friendship, in love, in music, in reading, and indeed, in understanding. One of the supreme joys in life is to be given the esoteric privilege of understanding. Science gave him that privilege, and he understood. He was also aware that the joy of understanding is a sad joy. But, once you've experienced it, you wouldn't exchange it for all the frivolous gaiety and empty hopes of the vulgar herd. Although he left no bodily offspring, he left a multitude of mental offspring.
Death has this much to be said for it, you don't have to get out of bed for it. And wherever you happen to be, they bring It to you free. The sure road to extinction that we all travel towards and shall be lost in always, not to be here, not to there, not to be anywhere. And soon, nothing more terrible, nothing more true. He wouldn't want anyone to be sad because his life is over; he would want you to be glad that his life happened.
His inurnment will be at a later date in the Forrest Township Cemetery, with no services accorded.
TOWANDA — Richard Thomas Walden Sr., 83, of Towanda passed away at 2:06 a.m. Wednesday (March 18, 2020) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.
Due to concerns with the COVID-19 situation and for the safety of everyone involved the family has chosen to have a private funeral service for Richard at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington. The Rev. Chuck Bahn will officiate. Entombment will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.
Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home in Bloomington is handling arrangements.
Richard was born Nov. 20, 1936, in Bloomington to Thomas and Betty Albertson Walden. He married Patricia Cremeens in 1959. She preceded him in death in 1998. He later married Sandra “Jo” McBurney on May 17, 2003. She survives.
He is also survived by his six children, Richard Thomas Walden “Rick” Jr. of Mount Vernon; Lori Mills of Richardson, Texas; Chris (Tami) Walden of Towanda; Nancy McBurney Mays of Bloomington; Charles (Bev) McBurney of Phoenix, Ariz.; David (Jennifer) McBurney of St. Louis, Mo.; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; his siblings, George (Mary) Walden of Normal; Jimmy Walden of Bloomington; Kenny Walden of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; brother-in-law, Vernon (Becky) Kashner of McLean; sister-in-law, Michaeline (Victor) Jurgelas of Heyworth; and many nieces and nephews.
Along with his first wife, Patricia, he was preceded in death by one stepson, Larry McBurney; one stepgranddaughter, Morgan Mays; his sisters, Barbara Terven, Mary Klink, Patty Loughary, Dorothy Walden, Katherine Walden; and his brothers, Wayne Walden, Billy Walden, Calvin Walden, Mike Walden, Bob Walden and Jonathan Walden.
Richard was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington. He worked over 34 years as a tire builder for Bridgestone-Firestone in Normal and was the treasurer for over 20 years for Local United Tire and Rubber Workers Union. Richard loved camping, was an avid woodworker and especially loved building wishing wells. He was an ISU basketball and Chicago Bears fan and a dirt late-model fan. Richard loved the Christmas season and decorating his home and loved to collect Christmas villages. He was a family man and was blessed to have two families.
The family would like to thank Dr. Hakki, his associates and the entire ICU nursing staff at Advocate BroMenn for their love and wonderful care they gave our husband, father and grandfather.
Memorial contributions may be made to Special Olympics or to Kidney Foundation.