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Calvin J. Flavel



STREATOR — Calvin J. Flavel, 86, of Streator, passed away Friday, April 27, at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Care, Streator.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, at St. Michael the Archangel Church. Monsignor Philip Halfacre will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Solon-Telford Funeral Home. Additional visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Solon-Telford Funeral Home. The rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Stephen's Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be grandchildren, Jeremy Flahaven, Adam Manypenny, Andrew “Ryan” Manypenny and Jalen Flavel; Patrick Stephens, Joe Behlke, Bill Scarratt and Mike Kerestes. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Lebo, Don Kerestes, Ray Creamean, Doug Doermann and Dick Sabol. Third Degree members of the Msgr. George A. Dzuryo Knights of Columbus Council 790 also will serve as honorary pallbearers. Full military rites will be accorded by members of the Leslie G. Woods American Legion Post 217 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1492.

Born Jan. 23, 1932, in Waukesha, Wis., he was the son of Calvin and Laura (Italiano) Flavel Sr. He married Patricia J. Lebo on Nov. 22, 1951, in Pensacola, Fla. 

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Flavel, of Streator; daughters, Pamela (Joseph) Furlan, of Peru, Catherine Flahaven, of Streator, and Debra (Harry) Manypenny, of Streator; a son, Daniel (Tricia) Flavel, of Ottawa; grandchildren, Jeremy (Heidi) Flahaven, Kelli (Patrick) Stephens, Adam Manypenny, Andrew “Ryan” Manypenny, Ashley Manypenny, Alexis Manypenny, Aurora Flavel and Jalen Flavel; and great-grandchildren, Rowan and Arlo Flahaven.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son-in-law, Patrick Flahaven.

He served in the United States Navy from 1951 to 1955.

He graduated from Streator High School in 1949 and La Salle-Peru-Oglesby Junior College in 1957. He graduated from Illinois State University in 1959.

He worked at Anthony Company from 1950 to 1951 and part-time from 1955 to 1956. He later worked for Northern Illinois Gas Company from 1959 to 1964. He was a foreman on the grass mowing crew for the La Salle County Maintenance Department for 22 years from 1964 to 1983.

He was a teacher at Marquette High School from 1964 to 1998 and served as a substitute teacher for 16 years after that for a total of 50 years at Marquette. While at Marquette, Cal was a very active volunteer. He served as the head scorekeeper for 29 years. He was inducted into the Marquette High School Hall of Fame and the Illinois High School Hall of Fame. He was a faculty representative to the Marquette High School Parish Council as well as the St. Stephen’s Parish Council.

He was a member of the former St. Stephen’s Church and currently belonged to St. Michael the Archangel Church, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister. He also was a member of the Msgr. George A. Dzuryo Knights of Columbus Council 790 and a former member of the United Commercial Travelers, Streator Kiwanis Club and the Lions Club.

Calvin was very devoted to his family, faith and the Marquette community. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. In his free time, he enjoyed playing cards, fishing and working crossword puzzles.

Memorials may be directed to Marquette Academy, St. Michael the Archangel Church or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be left for the family at

Solon-Telford Funeral Home

301 S. Park St., Streator, IL 61364


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