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Susan L. Fitzwater of Monticello

Susan L. Fitzwater, 62, of Monticello, passed away at 2:10 p.m., on March 31, 2012 at the Bement Health Care Center. Funeral service will be held at a later date. Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello is handling the arrangements. Susan was born July 13, 1949, in Gainesville, FL the daughter of Robert and Kathryn A. (Probus) Fitzwater. Surviving is her father; Robert Fitzwater of Monticello and brother; Robert Fitzwater, Jr. of Monticello. She was preceded in death by her mother. Susan graduated from Kokomo High School in Kokomo, IN with High Honors. She attended New Mexico State University on a scholarship, graduated with High Honors, and was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi. Susan retired early from the Social Security Office in Marion, IN. due to health issues. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com

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Carol DeAnne Minott of Clinton

Carol DeAnne Minott, 52, of Clinton, IL, passed away at 7:43 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2012, at Decatur Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 5, at Brintlinger & Earl Funeral Home, Decatur, with visitation 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Westside Cemetery, Moweaqua, IL. Memorials may be made to Hawthorne Inn Activity Fund. Carol was born December 21, 1959, in Decatur, the daughter of Robert and Fern Joan (Gillespey) Minott.  Carol was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Decatur. She worked as a CNA for St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur for 25 years then at Hawthorne Inn in Clinton for 2 years, and was very caring of the elderly. Carol also had a love for animals. Surviving are her mother Fern; sisters Janet (Larry) Alred, and Cheryl Slifer; brother R. Brian (Joanni) Minott, all of Decatur; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved cat "Walter". Carol was preceded in death by her father Robert and brother John D. Minott. Carol dedicated her life to caring for others as a CNA for hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  Condolences may be left to the family at www.brintlingerandearl.com

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Gene R. Ferguson of Heyworth

Gene R. Ferguson, 78, of Heyworth, died at 8:50 p.m. Saturday (March 31, 2012) at Manor Court, Clinton.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the United Church of Heyworth, Heyworth. The Rev. Amanda Richards will officiate. The family requests that those attending wear casual clothes. Burial will be in Heyworth Cemetery, Heyworth with military rites accorded. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Heyworth Ambulance, the Heyworth Fire Department or the United Church of Heyworth.

He was born May 3, 1933, in McLean, to Clint and Loueva Evans Ferguson. He married Ella Louise Lee April 28, 1954, in Clinton. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Gary R. (Shawne) Ferguson, Heyworth; one daughter, Eva B. (David) Shepherd, Heyworth; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one brother, Clint (Dorothy) Ferguson Jr., Heyworth.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Danny and Jerry Ferguson; and one daughter, Ellen Ferguson.

Gene was a U.S. Army veteran and was a self-employed contractor. He also was a custodian at Heyworth High School.

He was a member of the United Church of Heyworth and the Carl E. Miller American Legion Post 624.

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Marjorie E. Fitzsimmons of Lincoln

Marjorie E. Fitzsimmons, 90, died at 10:50 a.m. Saturday (March 31, 2012) at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln.

Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Peasley Funeral Home, Lincoln.

Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery, Lincoln.

Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Survivors: Children, Diana K (Richard) Jacobs of LaPorte, Ind.; and James (Wanda) Fitzsimmons, Peggy (Joe) Fitzpatrick, Patrick Fitzsimmons, Tim Fitzsimmons and Laurie Ballard, all of Lincoln; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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Hazel L. Lutrell of Clinton

Hazel L. Luttrell, 90, Tyler, Texas, formerly of Clinton, died Friday (March 30, 2012). Arrangements incomplete: Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton.

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Thomas A. Mullens of Warrensburg

Thomas A. Mullens, 80, Warrensburg, Navy veteran and retired Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs Administrator, died Friday (March 30, 2012). Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Peoples Church of God. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, in the church. Burial: 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo. Arrangements by: Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes, Decatur. Memorials: donor's choice.

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Thomas A. Mullens of Warrensburg

Thomas A. Mullens, 80, Warrensburg, Navy veteran and retired Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs administrator, died Friday (March 30, 2012). Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Peoples Church of God. Visitation was Monday. Burial: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo. Arrangements by: Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes, Decatur. Memorials: donor's choice.

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David L. Herzog of Clinton

DAVID  LEE  HERZOG

Age:

62

Usual Residence:

Of Clinton, Illinois

Where Died:

His family Residence

Clinton, Il.

Hour:

8:55 AM

Date:

March 30, 2012

Services:

11 A.M. Wednesday at the First Christian Church, Clinton, Il.

Clergyman:

J. Kent Hickerson

Interment:

Oak Park Cemetery     Clinton, Illinois

Visitation:

4 - 8   P.M. Tuesday at the First Christian Church, Clinton, Illinois

CALVERT FUNERAL HOME, CLINTON, ILLINOIS IS IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS

Memorials:

First Christian Church, Clinton, Il.;  Weldon Springs Foundation;  Local Veterans Association

Of Donor’s Choice;  Little Galilee Christian Assembly

Birthplace:

Belleville, Illinois

Date:

April 23, 1949

Father’s Name:

Lee L. Herzog

Mother’s Name:

Mae M. (Weber) “Dolly” Herzog

Marriage:

Janis “Jan” Howell

Date:

12-03-1971

Place:

Arthur, Il.

Subsequent Marriage:

 

Survivors, Spouse:

Wife:  Janis “Jan” Herzog – Clinton, Il.

Parents:

 

Children:

Chad David (Kelly) Herzog – Norwalk, Connecticut

Andrea (Wesley) Graves – Clinton, Il.

Lindsey (Chris) Moody – Clinton, Il.

                       5 Granchildren:  Dawson and Keaton Graves; Ryland & Kenley Herzog; McCoy Moody and

                                                   1 Grandchild on the way

 

Brothers & Sisters:

Sandy Furlich – California

Rick (Judi) Herzog – Belleville, Il.

                                     He was preceded in death by his Parents.

Grandchildren:

   5

Great-Grand:

 

Great-Great-Grand:

 

Church Affiliation:

First Christian Church, Clinton, Il.

Veteran:

NO

Memberships:

Dave was the Site Superintendent, Weldon Springs State Park for 35 years.

He was instrumental in the vision and construction of Veterans Point, Weldon Springs State Park.  He was a member of the Clinton Rotary Club; Elks Lodge, Weldon Springs Foundation Member, Member of DeWitt County Restoration Assoc. He was Grand Marshall at the Clinton Christmas Parade. Past board member of the Inner City Mission Board of Springfield. He was a Chairperson for Building For Our Future Community;

He enjoyed running and had completed the Pikes Peak Marathon. He enjoyed hunting, Fishing, boating, mushroom hunting but most of all he loved spending time with his family and Grandchildren.

 

Online condolences may be e-mailed to www.calvertmemorial.com

                                                     

 


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William H. Barney Mason of Lincoln

William H. "Barney" Mason, 90, Lincoln, World War II Army veteran and retired farmer, died Thursday (March 29, 2012). Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Visitation: one hour before services. Burial: Mount Pulaski Cemetery. Memorials: Zion Lutheran Church of Lincoln or Logan County Auxiliary Police.

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Edward J. Blair of Mt. Pulaski

Edward J. Blair, 75, Mount Pulaski, farmer, died Thursday (March 29, 2012). Graveside services: 10 a.m. Thursday, Calvary Cemetery, Illiopolis. Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mount Pulaski, with 3 p.m. Masonic rites. Memorials: Mount Pulaski EMS or Logan County Humane Society.

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Lillian Ester of Farmer City

Lillian Ester, 86, Springfield, formerly of Farmer City, passed away at 5:40 p.m. Tuesday (March 27, 2012) at Heritage Health Care, Springfield. 

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Heyworth Christian Church.

Lillian was born May 9, 1925, daughter of John and Eva Simpson Milton in Farmer City. She married Vernon Harris in 1943. She later married Virgil Ester in 1952. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Virgil Ester.

She is survived by one daughter, Diana (David) Whitson, West Melbourne, Fla.; one son, Allen (Barbara) Harris, Wilmington; stepson, Ron (Marti) Ester, Broken Arrow, Okla.; two grandchildren, Deb Whitson and Dan (Sondra) Whitson; numerous stepgrandchildren; three brothers, Keith, Kenneth and Gerald Milton, all of Heyworth; and two great-grandchildren, Taylor and Paige Whitson.

Lillian was a florist for many years in Cissna Park and eventually retired from management in Stanley Home Products. She enjoyed camping, fishing and driving in the powder puff stock car races. Later in life, she enjoyed crafting, volunteering, traveling and visiting friends and family. 

Lillian will be deeply missed by her loving family and friends.

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Andrew Keith Andy Neathery of DeLand

Andrew Keith "Andy" Neathery, 29, DeLand, died Wednesday (March 28, 2012). Services: 10 a.m. Monday, Trigg & Calvert DeLand Chapel. Visitation: 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Burial: Deland Cemetery. Memorials: to the family.

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Randall L. Dupin of Waynesville

Randall L. Dupin, 58, Waynesville, died at 8:50 a.m. Wednesday (March 28, 2012), in rural Waynesville.

Service: 1 p.m. Friday at Quiram Peasley Funeral Home, Atlanta. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Visitation: from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials: may be made to the family

Survivors: wife, Diane Davis; father, Willard Dupin, Kentucky; children, Michelle (Chris) Morrow, Lincoln; and Michael Dupin and Bobbie Joe Dupin, both of Atlanta; and five grandchildren.

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Alan L. Craig of Waynesville

Alan L. Craig, 61, Waynesville, passed away at 7:37 p.m. Wednesday (March 28, 2012) at his home.

The funeral for Mr. Craig will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home, Atlanta, with the Rev. Andrew Maxwell officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville, at a later date. Memorials may be made to OSF Hospice at 211 N. Landmark, Suite D, Normal, 61761; the American Cancer Society; or an organization of the donor’s choice.

Surviving Mr. Craig are his wife of 42 years, Marjorie Mardelle; daughter Michel (Tim) Emrick, Mount Pulaski; and son, Russel (Jennifer) Craig, Lincoln; three grandchildren, Zachary and Julianna Craig and Andrew Emrick; one sister, Carol (Steve) LaDew, Waynesville; and three brothers, Wayne (Judy) Craig, California; Kenny Craig, McLean; and Russel (Roseanne) Craig, Waynesville.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Craig was born Dec. 13, 1950, in Lincoln, the son of Fred A. and Hazel I. Pleines Craig. He married Marjorie Mardelle Woosley on Jan. 2, 1970. She survives.

Alan was a member of Waynesville Methodist Church. He worked for 42 years for Ralston Purina and then Cargill. He was a member of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union local in Bloomington and the National Rifle Association. Alan enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.

Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home, Atlanta.



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Orville E. Speed Compton of Atlanta

Orville E. “Speed” Compton, 82, Atlanta, passed away at 3:40 p.m. Sunday (March 25, 2012) at his home.

The funeral for Mr. Compton will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Atlanta Christian Church, Atlanta. Maurice Stribling and Andy Johnson will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in Atlanta Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Memorial Hospice Services, Atlanta Rescue Squad or the Atlanta Library. Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home, Atlanta.

Orville E. “Speed” Compton was born Aug. 12, 1929, in Eminence Township, Atlanta, the son of Claude and Rena Weatherholt Compton. He married Joyce Johnson in Atlanta on July 10, 1954. She survives.

Also surviving Mr. Compton are his daughters, Peggy (Ron) Aper and Susan (Dean) Benedict, both of Atlanta; and son Matthew (Nancy) Compton, Colorado Springs, Colo.; six grandchildren, Angie Neville, Atlanta; Elizabeth (Darrell) Miller, Danvers; Elaina (R.J.) Romani, Eureka; Lyndi (Kory) Leesman, Hartsburg; and Meghan and Rachel Compton, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and two great-grandchildren, Kolton Neville and Raelyn Romani. 

Speed was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Wayne Compton; and one sister, Lois Compton. 

Speed was a 1947 graduate of Atlanta High School and served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He was a member of Atlanta Christian Church. Speed was a 58-year member of American Legion Post 341 and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Affairs. He retired from Hopkins Chemical Plant and farming. 

He enjoyed gardening, fishing, reading, Cubs baseball and his grandchildren.

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Wayne R. Kaufman of Argenta

Wayne R. Kaufman 81 of Argenta, Illinois passed away on March 25, 2012. Mr. Kaufman was born in Argenta, the son of Jesse H. and Esther Hiser Kaufman on October 24, 1930. He was employed as a brick mason and was a Life Member of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers with more then 50 years of service. He was also a retired farmer. He spent much of his life as a volunteer serving on the Argenta Volunteer Fire Department as a fireman and later serving as board member until his death. He was a member of the Jaycees and the Argenta Civic Club volunteering numerous hours toward making improvements throughout the community of Argenta. He and his wife Evelyn were members of the Boots and Bows Square Dance Club and he also enjoyed attending auctions. Visitation will be at Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, Wednesday, March 28, 2012 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Services will be at Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 2 p.m. Casual dress is requested. Memorials may be directed to The Argenta Fire Department or The Wayne R. Kaufman Memorial Fund. He married Ruth Evelyn Edgecombe on October 7, 1956 in Argenta, Illinois. He is survived by his wife, his son Doug Kaufman of Argenta, daughter Karen Kaufman of Argenta, son Dan Kaufman of Springfield, and son Brad (Falisha) Kaufman of Argenta. Also surviving are a sister, Betty Hilbrandt of Lexington, Kentucky, sister Wanda Lewis of Forsyth, Illinois, brother Larry (Maureen) Kaufman of Argenta, Illinois grandson Jesse Kaufman, granddaughter Myra Kaufman, granddaughter Danielle Chick, granddaughter Evelyn Jewell Kaufman, ex-daughter-in-law Teresa Kaufman, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Dale and Kenneth.

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Edith B. Pope of Atlanta

Edith B. Pope, 93, of Atlanta passed away at 1:45 p.m. Friday (March 23, 2012) at The Christian Village Nursing Home, Lincoln.

The funeral for Mrs. Pope will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Atlanta Christian Church, with Mr. Maurice Stribling and Mr. Ryan Edgecombe officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Quiram Peasley Funeral Home, Atlanta.  Burial will be in the Atlanta Cemetery, Atlanta. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or the Atlanta Christian Church.

Edith B. Wilcoxson was born Jan. 30, 1919, in Eminence Township, Atlanta, the daughter of Roscoe and Irene Shifflet Wilcoxson. She married Keith Pope on March 2, 1937. They were married for 75 years. He survives in Lincoln.

Also surviving are one daughter, Julie (Leroy) Osborn, Atlanta; one sister, Rosemary Satterfield, Davenport, Fla.; six grandchildren, Keith Craig, Mark Craig, Jim Craig, Libby Robison, Daniel Osborn and Kristopher Osborn; 19 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Donna Craig; one sister, Lorietta Murphy; one brother, John Wilcoxson; one granddaughter, Barbara Craig; and one great-grandson, Jared Osborn.

Edith graduated from Atlanta High School in 1936. She was a lifetime member of the Atlanta Christian Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher and a member of the Sisters in Service. She was a member of the Atlanta Eminence Home Extension and numerous card clubs. She and her husband farmed in rural Atlanta their entire lives. She also owned and operated The Villager in Atlanta for nine years.

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Anna Carolyn Moore-Lasmett of Winchester

Anna Carolyn Moore-Lashmett, 78, Winchester, passed away Friday afternoon (March 23, 2012) at Dr. John Warner Hospital, Clinton.

Her funeral will be at 3 p.m. today at Coonrod Funeral Home, Winchester. Burial will be in Winchester City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family.

She was born May 8, 1933, the daughter of Luther and Bess Welch Moore, and Clement and Lois Welch Thomas in whose home she was raised. Her parents preceded her in death.

Surviving are her children, Myra (Bob) Munds, Clinton; Jeffery (Wendy) Lashmett, Manchester; Dana Lashmett-Smith, Terry (Terrisa) Lashmett, Julie Lashmett and Amy Lashmett Davidson, all of Winchester; and Lisa (Mark) Hatton, Bloomington; a sister, Shirley Thomas Evans, Largo, Fla.; several cousins, nieces and nephews; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Carolyn was a member of Royal Neighbors of America and First Baptist Church in Winchester. She was a charter member of the Scott County Art Association. She enjoyed participating in community events. She loved her family, friends, music, gardening, art, local sports, and sunrises and sunsets.

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Michael W. Hyde of Monticello

Michael W. Hyde, 39, of Monticello, passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2012. Mike was born on December 12, 1972 in Urbana, the son of Dale Walter and Mary Belle (Schoonover) Hyde. He married Tonya Rigney on November 7, 2005 in Monticello. Mike is survived by his wife; Tonya Hyde of Monticello, son; Austin Allen Michael Hyde of Monticello, step-daughters; Lindsey Gail Franklin and Lauren Paige Franklin both of Monticello, stepson; Tyler Stephen Corell of Florida, parents; Dale Hyde of Champaign and Mary Hyde of Urbana, grandmother; Jean Hyde of Rantoul, sisters; Lorrie J. (Sean) Eckstein of Tolono and Paula M. (David) Gaddis of Pesotum. Mike worked as an electrician for the City of Monticello. He was a member of the Monticello Masonic Lodge #58 AF&AM, a volunteer on the Monticello Fire Department, and a Monticello Kids Club Wrestling Coach. Mike graduated from Parkland College with an Associate in Applied Science Electronic Control System Technology degree on December 20, 2003. He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying fishing, hunting, and golfing. Mike never met a stranger and he loved spending time with his family. A celebration of life service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 31, 2012, at Grandview Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Champaign with Masonic Rites and Cody Gentry officiating. No visitation. Mackey-Wright Funeral Home in Monticello is handling the arrangements. The family will welcome friends back to a site to be announced at the conclusion of the graveside service for a luncheon. Memorials may be made to the Austin Hyde Education Fund in care of the First State Bank of Monticello 201 W. Main St. Monticello, IL 61856.

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Janet Irene Van Bibber of Lincoln

Janet Irene Van Bibber, 70, Lincoln, died Thursday (March 22, 2012). Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Burial: Zion Cemetery, Lincoln. Memorials: Faith Assembly of God Church of Lincoln.

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Sage Elaine Phillips of Clinton

Sage Elaine Phillips, infant daughter of Abby Lynn Hammer and Morgan John Phillips of Clinton, died 11:36 a.m. Thursday (March 22, 2012) in OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday in Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Visitation will be one hour before services. Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery, Wapella. Send condolences: www.calvertmemorail.com. Sage was born Thursday in Peoria. Surviving are her parents; maternal grandmother, Brandy (Rodney) Brown of Clinton; maternal grandfather, Jeff (Michelle) Hammer of Clinton; maternal great-grandparents, Russ (Diana) Brown of Clinton; maternal great-grandfather, Terry Hammer of Clinton; maternal great-great-grandparents, Earl (Norma) Woollen of Clinton; maternal great-great-grandfather, Clyde Leggett, Jr. of Wapella; paternal grandmother, Susan (Tim) Phillips, Peoria; paternal great-grandmother, Chalene Brondyke, Clinton, Iowa; paternal grandparents, Gene (Denise) Hostetler, El Paso; paternal great-great-grandmother, Lydia Toureen Naughton; Clinton, Iowa; siblings, Scarlet and Stella of Clinton.

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Clifford Eldo Nelson of Monticello

Clifford Eldo Nelson, 94, of Monticello, passed away at 2:15 p.m., March 21, 2012. There will be a graveside service only with no visitation. The service will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 24, 2012, at the Mackville Cemetery in Atwood conducted by Dan Powell, along with Military graveside rites. Mackey-Wright Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Memorials van be made to the Piatt County Nursing Home.

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Vernette E. Miller of Monticello

Vernette E. Miller, 97, of Monticello, passed away at 4:51 p.m., Thursday, March 21, 2012 at Carle Hospital, Urbana. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the Monticello United Methodist Church with Rev. Dan Seibert officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home. Interment will be in Croninger Cemetery, Cisco. Vernette was born September 14, 1914, in Edwards County, IL, the daughter of Thomas and Lena (Ellen) Mitchell. She married Gerald E. "Jerry" Miller on August 15, 1939 in Fairfax, VA. He passed away on May 17, 1971. Surviving are her children; Janice (James) Olson of Crown Point, IN, Susan (Charles) Maltese of Elmhurst, and Dennis (Suzanne) Miller of Greendale, WI, daughter-in-law; Kandra Miller of Urbana, 8 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and 2 step great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son (Walter T. Miller), 2 brothers, and 2 sisters. Vernette graduated from Albion High School in 1932 and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1936. She attended graduate school at Columbia University, NYC during the summers of 1938 and 1939. She received a Masters degree from UIUC in 1965. Vernette taught high school Home Economics in Superior, WI, Argenta-Oreana, and Maroa-Forsyth High Schools. Vernette was a member of the Monticello United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School for many years and was active in the United Methodist Women, Ruth Circle. She attended exercise class there until she was 95. She was also active in the Monticello Women's Club and the Piatt County Association for Home and Community Education. She volunteered at the Piatt County Nursing Home for 30 years. She traveled extensively both within the United States and abroad and went on 27 Elderhostel (Road Scholar) Tours. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Monticello United Methodist Church or the Piatt County Nursing Home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com Obituary written by family members.

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Wayne Bruce Wisegarver of Cisco

Wayne Bruce Wisegarver, 52, of Cisco, passed away at 2:30 p.m., March 21, 2012. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 24, 2012, at the Croninger Cemetery in Cisco with Rev. James Leischner officiating. Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello is handling the arrangements. Memorial may be made to the Wayne Wisegarver Memorial.

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Sophie Gwen Phillips of Clinton

Sophie Gwen Phillips, infant daughter of Abby Lynn Hammer and Morgan John Phillips of Clinton, died 10:02 p.m. Wednesday (March 21, 2012) in OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday in Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Visitation will be one hour before services. Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery, Wapella. Send condolences: www.calvertmemorail.com. Sophie was born Wednesday, in Peoria. Surviving are her parents; maternal grandmother, Brandy (Rodney) Brown of Clinton; maternal grandfather, Jeff (Michelle) Hammer of Clinton; maternal great-grandparents, Russ (Diana) Brown of Clinton; maternal great-grandfather, Terry Hammer of Clinton; maternal great-great-grandparents, Earl (Norma) Woollen of Clinton; maternal great-great-grandfather, Clyde Leggett, Jr. of Wapella; paternal grandmother, Susan (Tim) Phillips, Peoria; paternal great-grandmother, Chalene Brondyke, Clinton, Iowa; paternal grandparents, Gene (Denise) Hostetler, El Paso; paternal great-great-grandmother, Lydia Toureen Naughton; Clinton, Iowa; siblings, Scarlet and Stella of Clinton.

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Ivah Melba Couch Baum of Latham

Ivah Melba Couch Baum Passed away March 20, 2012, formerly of Latham, in Sacramento, California. Services will be March 27th at Sacramento Memorial Lawn, 6100 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA. She is survived by daughter Patricia (Don) Whaley, grandson Brian (Lyndee) Whaley, great grandsons Brandon Parker and Trent Alexander Whaley all of Fair Oaks, CA. along with numerous nieces and nephews. Remembrances may be made in her name to a local hospice program of your choice.

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Jeffrety Gene Ekiss of Weldon

Jeffrey Gene Ekiss, 51, Weldon, died Tuesday (March 20, 2012). Service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Burial: Greenhill Cemetery, Sullivan. Memorials: American Diabetes Association

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Robert H. Kershaw of Heyworth

Robert H. Kershaw, 68, Heyworth, died at 8:35 p.m. Saturday (March 17, 2012) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

A celebration of life will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. The Rev. Travis Bodden will officiate. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the Robert H. Kershaw Memorial Fund.

He was born July 4, 1943, in Massillon, Ohio, son of Horace Kershaw and Geneva Moyer.

He is survived by three children, Tara Cupp, Indianapolis, Ind.; Laura (Josh) Miller, Maroa; and Michael (Susan) Kershaw, Lawrenceville, Ga.; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and siblings, Roberta Kershaw, South Carolina; Sandra (James) Nunnally, California; and Roy (Dee) Kershaw, Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

He was a loving father and grandfather.

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Lowell C. Schaffenacker of Lincoln

Lowell C. Schaffenacker, 80, Lincoln, died Friday (March 16, 2012). Services: 1:30 p.m. Monday, Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Visitation: one hour before services. Burial: Zion Cemetery, Lincoln.

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Roberta Josephine Landgraf Amdor of Heyworth

Roberta Josephine Landgraf Amdor, 86, of Heyworth died at 12:31 a.m. Friday (March 16, 2012) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, with the Rev. Louella Pence officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial gifts may be made to Weedman United Methodist Church, Farmer City; First Responders, Heyworth; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Elsie Moefield Baker of Monticello

Elsie Moefield Baker, 96 of Milmine passed away on 6:45 am Friday, March 16, 2012 at the Piatt County Nursing Home in Monticello, Illinois. She was born August 3, 1915 in Pulaski County, Kentucky, the daughter of Walter and Bannie (Dye) Dye. Elsie survivors include one son, Glenn and( Marilyn) Dick of Hammond; eight grandchildren, Mike (Peg) Jenkins of Homer, Sandy (Joe) Kline of Monticello, Lee (Julie) Jenkins of Gibson City, Scott (Lori) Dick of Monticello, Kim (Perry) Sills of Oakley, Rob (Lyn) Dick of Ivesdale, Julie (Scott) Jean of Ivesdale, and John (Leah) Jenkins of Charleston; 21 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Aline Loveless of Kentucky; She was preceded in death by her parents 3 husbands, 4 sisters , 5 brothers, one daughter Bobbie Jenkins and son-in-law, Harvey Jenkins. Funeral service for Elise will be Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Mackey-Wright Funeral in Monticello, with Rev. Carlos Lonberger Officiating. Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with interment at the Cerro Gordo Township Cemetery.

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Charles Oren Dunn of Waynesville

Charles Oren Dunn, 67, Waynesville, died Sunday (March 11, 2012). No services. Body will be cremated. Arrangements by: Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Memorials: Charles Dunn Memorial Fund or donor's choice.

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Marc E. Manuel of Mansfield

Marc E. Manuel, 56, Mansfield, died Sunday (March 11, 2012). Memorial services: 11 a.m. Thursday, Mansfield United Methodist Church. Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the church. Burial: at a later date, Mansfield Cemetery. Arrangements by: Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Mansfield. Memorials: Northern Piatt Fire Protection District, Mansfield Library or donor's choice.

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John S. Pelc of Lincoln

John S. Pelc Jr., 90, of Lincoln passed away at 1:50 a.m. Saturday (March 10, 2012) at St. Clara’s Manor, Lincoln.

A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Family Catholic Church, Lincoln, with the Rev. Glenn Fontana officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church.

Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Lincoln.

Peasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

John Stanley Pelc Jr. was born Nov. 3, 1921, in Lincoln, the son of John Stanley Pelc Sr. and Antonia Rudzienski Pelc. He married Mineva Henning of Elkader, Iowa, on Feb. 5, 1946. She survives.

Also surviving are his two daughters, Diana (Ward) McDonald of Mahomet and Paulette (Robert) Vandercook of Phoenix; four grandsons, John Pelc Vanderhook, and Aron, Joel and Brent McDonald; three stepgrandsons; three great-granddaughters; and one brother, Joseph Pelc of Lincoln.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward Pelc and Henry Pelc.

John attended St. Mary’s parochial school and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1940. He served in the Quartermaster Corps of the U.S. Air Force during World War II and was stationed at Goose Bay, Labrador, at the time of his discharge in 1943.

He opened the Lincoln Cycle Center in 1944 at 202 S. Chicago St., and in 1959, he moved the business to 225 Clinton St. In 1996 he sold the business and entered retirement at the age of 75 after having been in business for 56 years.

He was a member of Holy Family Church and was a lifetime member of Lincoln Elks Lodge 914.

Memorials may be made to Carroll Catholic School.

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Judith Ann (Benson) McGarrigle of Cerro Gordo

Judith Ann (Benson) McGarrigle, Age 70, Passed away on Friday March 9, 2012 at the Home and Hospice Care of R.I. with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of the late Joseph P. McGarrigle. Born in Milan, Tennessee, daughter of the late Ivan and Alma Jean (Crisman) Benson. She worked in Food Service for RIARC for 18 years, prior to retiring. Judith enjoyed spending time with her family. She often stated "Her contribution to life was raising her children right, to make their contributions to the world." Judith was a firm believer in the Guardian Angel, and several times called upon her to help others in their time of need. She is survived by five children, Antoinette "Tony" McGarrigle, of Woonsocket, Angela S. McGarrigle and her companion Andrew Orr, of Maine, Joseph P. McGarrigle and wife Lisa of Pennsylvania, Mary Jean and husband Scott Fenner, of Florida, William I. McGarrigle and his wife Gina, of Massachusetts, One brother, Dean Benson, of Illinois, two sisters, Patricia Gross, of Illinois and Donna Flenner, of Illinois. Thirteen Grandchildren and six Great-Grandchildren. She is also survived by her canine companion Chloe. She was also the mother of the late Chad M. McGarrigle and sister of the late Norma Martin. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday March 31, 2012 at 12 Noon in the S. DiPardo Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1583 Diamond Hill Rd. Woonsocket, R.I. Relatives and friends are invited. Obituary written by family members.

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Rowena June Sago of Monticello

Rowena June Sago, 100, of Tatman Retirement Home, Monticello, formerly of Cisco, died at 12:51 a.m. Thursday (March 8, 2012) at Piatt County Nursing Home, Monticello.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Cisco United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dennis Beedy officiating. Interment will be at Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello. Memorials may be made to Cisco United Methodist Church, Tatman Village or a charity of the donor’s choice.

June was born June 22, 1911, in Argenta, the daughter of Conrad and Emma (Heinz) Hiser. She married Orville K. Sago on Dec. 4, 1930, in Argenta. He died Dec. 24, 1990.

June is survived by her son, William (Marilyn) Sago, Cisco; daughters, Doris (John) Hulett, Normal, and Janet (Joe) Felts, Rome, Ga.; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; sister, Eileen Clarkson, Decatur; and several nieces and nephews.

June was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers, one sister, one son and one grandchild.

June was a cook at Cisco Grade School and worked at 4-H Memorial Camp, Monticello.

She was a member of Cisco United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Clinton Order of the Eastern Star and was a past worthy matron of Cisco OES. She was also a member of  Piatt County Home Extension.

She enjoyed quilting for the American Legion, playing games, family gatherings and birthday parties, and was proud of making the Smuckers List with Willard Scott in honor of her 100th birthday.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com

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Shirley Price of Waynesville

Shirley Price, 76, Waynesville, died Thursday (March 8, 2012). Arrangements incomplete: Quiram Peasley Funeral Home, Atlanta.

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David A. Clemons of Monticello

David A. Clemons, 48, of Monticello, passed away at 8:29 a.m., March 8, 2012 at Kirby Medical Center, Monticello. A visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, March 12, 2012, at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello. A funeral service will immediately follow at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Danny Roberts officiating. Memorial may be made to the American Heart Association or the Freedom for Dachshund Fund. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com.

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Burke Miller of Lincoln

Burke Miller, 88, Lincoln, died at 11:10 a.m. Thursday (March 8, 2012) at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln.

A funeral Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Holy Family Church, Lincoln. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln, is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln.

Burke was born Oct. 5, 1923, in Lincoln, the son of Leland and Catherine Burke Miller.

He is survived by two children, Stephen Miller, Lincoln, and Rebecca (Peter) Pirmann, Carbondale.

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Joseph Wardell Ruyle of Kenney

Joseph Wardell Ruyle, 80, Kenney, died at 12:34 p.m. Wednesday (March 7, 2012) at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.

His funeral will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with the Rev. C. Don Ferrill officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney, with military honors. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association or Second Chance Adoption.

He was born Sept. 5, 1931, in Bellview, son of Joseph E. and Pauline F. Stearns Ruyle. He married Janet Ann Pfeffer Schanafelt on Oct. 21, 1983, in Heyworth.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Ann Ruyle, Kenney; children, Jeffrey W. Ruyle, Clinton, and Kimberly Jo (Brian) Vinson, Camdenton, Mo.; stepchildren, Denise (Rick) Johnson, Kenney; Bryan (Robyn) Schanafelt, Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Sheila (Steve) Taylor, Weldon; 10 grandchildren, Jennifer (Wade) Benenhaley, Disputanta, Va.; Russell Berning, Camdenton, Mo.; Lindsay Johnson, Farley, Iowa; Lacy (Jesse) Carter, Hallsville; Lance Johnson, Decatur; Josh Taylor, U.S. Marine Corps; Ashley Taylor, Weldon; Olivia Schanafelt, Katherine Schanafelt and Samuel Schanafelt, all of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and three great-grandchildren, Taylor Harding, Logan Cole and Kamden Carter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.

He served in the U.S. Air Force.

He had worked for Illinois Central Railroad, retiring after 43 years of service. He loved gardening and flowers and his dogs.

Online condolences may be emailed at www.calvertmemorial.com.

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Gary W. Scott of Clinton

Gary W. “Yogi” Scott, 66, Clinton, died at 5:15 a.m. Wednesday (March 7, 2012) at his family residence, Clinton.

A graveside service will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, with the Rev. Tim Clagg officiating. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Farmer City Church of God.

He was born Jan. 30, 1946, in Clinton, son of Loren and Grace Riddle Scott. He married Kathy Richards on Aug. 6, 1994.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Scott, Clinton; sister, Judy Scott (Dick) Webb; nephew, Scott (Christy) Webb; and great-nephews, Chris, Jordan, Isaac and Jack Webb.

He worked at Illinois Power for 24 years before he retired. He was a member of the Masonic lodge for 30 years and was a member of Eagle Lodge 593.

He loved all of his friends and coffee buddies. He never met a stranger. He was a great husband and best friend.

Online condolences may be emailed at www.calvertmemorial.com.

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Tommy Lee Tom Kier of Cerro Gordo

Tommy Lee "Tom" Kier, 60, Cerro Gordo, retired A.E. Staley Mfg. Co. employee, died Wednesday (March 7, 2012). Services: 10 a.m. Saturday, One Hope Wesleyan Church. Visitation was Friday. Burial: Point Pleasant Cemetery. Arrangements by: Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes, Decatur. Memorials: One Hope Wesleyan Church. Send condolences: www.brintlinger andearl.com.

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Lois E. Hayes Kavelman of Lincoln

Lois E. Hayes Kavelman, 94, of Lincoln passed away on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 4:15 a.m. at Imboden Creek Living Center in Decatur. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Lincoln with Rev. Glenn Fontana officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Peasley Funeral Home in Lincoln. A Rosary Service will be held at 5:45 p.m. prior to the visitation. Burial will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Lincoln. Lois E. Hayes Kavelman was born on January 5, 1918 in Atlanta the daughter of Edward P. and Goldie Thompson Gehlbach. She married Richard W. Hayes on August 5, 1939 at St. Patricks Catholic Church in Lincoln. He preceded her in death on September 14, 1978. She later married Fred Kavelman in 1981. He preceded her in death in November, 1999. She is survived by one son R. Michael (Pamela K.) Hayes of Decatur, one daughter Patricia (Steve) French of Lincoln, Four Grandchildren: Amy Hayes, Angela Cook, Aaron French, Amanda Vaini, Six great grandchildren Xavier, Myah, Avery, Sullivan, Gavin, and Atton, one brother: Robert Gehlbach of Lincoln, one sister: Virginia Splain of Morris. She was preceded in death by both husbands, two brothers: Art Gehlbach and John Gehlbach and an infant daughter. She graduated from Lincoln Community High School. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Churchs in both Lincoln and Decatur. American Legion Auxilery 263 in Lincoln, Knights of Columbus Auxilery. She retired from the Lincoln Development Center as a Dental Assistant. Lois enjoyed her family, shopping and going out to eat. In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Carroll Catholic School in Lincoln or Imboden Creek Living Center in Decatur.

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Richard R. Thrasher of DeWitt

Richard R. Thrasher, 72, DeWitt, Army veteran and retired Wallace Computer Services pressman, died Tuesday (March 6, 2012). Services: 1 p.m. Saturday, Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, with military rites. Memorials: Richard R. Thrasher Memorial Fund.

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Robert Dean Carter of Cerro Gordo

Robert Dean Carter, 79, of Cerro Gordo, IL, passed away at 5:45 p.m. Monday, March 5, 2012 at Aspen Ridge Care Center, Decatur. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 8, at Brintlinger and Earl Cerro Gordo Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be at La Place Cemetery, La Place, IL. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Robert was born September 27, 1932, in Oakley, IL, the son of Charlie and Mamie Lee (Lawson) Carter. He married Patsy Ann Gillespie on March 5, 1957, in Decatur. Robert was a member of Lakeview Southern Baptist Church. He retired from Norfolk & Southern Railroad in 1994 after 37 years of service and was a union member of Brotherhood Railway Carmen of America. Robert loved spending time on the farm with family and enjoyed watching baseball. Surviving are his children Larry Carter of Milmine, IL, Carolyn Stoddard and husband Bruce of Monticello, IL, Bob Carter of Decatur, IL, Adrian Allen Carter and wife Vickie of Monticello, IL; grandchildren Kaylin, Charity, Sarah, Luke, Janina, Reece, Avery, and Hannah; great-grandson Angel Ryleigh; brothers Ben Carter of Decatur, IL, Roy Carter and wife Dawna of Cerro Gordo, IL, and Leslie Carter of Cerro Gordo, IL; sister Ruby Walters and husband Dick of Oakley, IL; and several nieces and nephews. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, son David Carter, and sister Nettie Finn. Condolences may be left to the family at www.brintlinger andearl.com.

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Betty J. Granny Meyer of Maroa

Betty J. "Granny" Meyer, 89, of Maroa died 9:40 a.m. Monday (March 5, 2012) in her residence. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, with Ron Rector officiating. Visitation will be one hour before services. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Thursday in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Wrights. Memorials: Maroa Christian Church. Send condolences: www.calvertmemorial.com. Betty was born March 23, 1922, in Alma, Neb., the daughter of Frank and Blanch Boatman Davis. She was a member of Maroa Christian Church. She married Loyd E. Meyer on Aug. 15, 1948, in Smith Center, Kan. He preceded her in death Dec. 21, 1989. Surviving are her children, Katherine "Kathy" (David) Damm of Carlinville; Royal "Tom" (Nancy) Woodard of Dix; Letisha "Tish" (Larry) Larsen of Maroa; Barbara (Larry) Gillenwater of Louisville, Ky.; Linda (Rick) Bielski of Maroa; Loyd Madolyn) Meyer of Shepherdsville, Ky.; sister, Helen Swanson of Holdrege, Neb.; brother, Sherman (Cathy) Davis of Las Vegas, Nev. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Wanda Moore; sisters, Bonnie, Eloise and Naomi; beloved son-in-law, Morris Roeder.

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Charles D. Schroth of Latham

Charles D. Schroth, 78, of Latham, IL died at 11:25 A.M. Sunday March 4, 2012 at Decatur Memorial Hospital. Mr. Schroth was born March 9, 1933 at the Deaconess Hospital in Decatur to Irvin Earl and Wardie Roselda Coates Schroth. He married Mary K. Drabing on June 2, 1956 in Mt. Pulaski. She survives. He is also survived by seven children, Kathryn Jean Aughenbaugh of Chestnut, IL, Marcia Lynn (Carl) Harlow of Laurie, MO, Cheryl Ann (Robert Jr.) Shaw of London, OH, Douglas Charles Schroth of Riverton, IL, Rebecca Diane (Mark) Mullins of Bushnell, FL, Carol Susanne (Raymond) Way of Riverton, IL, and Bradley Dale Schroth of Bushnell, FL. He is also survived by three sisters, Norma Shehorn of Mt. Pulaski, IL, Carol (Larry) Alsup of Beason, IL, and Sonia (Paul) Heft of Kenney, IL, as well as twelve grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Elizabeth Hawk, brother Dean Schroth, son in law Dennis Aughenbaugh, great granddaughter Jule Russo and great grandson Jacob Green. Charles was a retired farm laborer, a member and past Commander of the Sons of the American Legion Post #447 of Mt. Pulaski, a Mt. Pulaski and Chestnut baseball little league coach, he was the last surviving member of the Board of Directors who had the foresight and who purchased the ground for the Warrensburg Sportsman Club, Past President of the Chestnut Men's Club, and a diehard Chicago Cubs fan and never missed a game. There will be a celebration of life held from 4-8:00 P.M. on Friday March 9, 2012 at the Mt. Pulaski American Legion. Memorials may be made to the Charles Schroth family. Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski will be conducting services.

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Caralee Alice Thomas of Clinton

Caralee Alice Thomas, 72, Clinton, formerly of Lincoln, died at 7:40 p.m. March 3, 2012, at Manor Court, Clinton.

A celebration of life service will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with Mark Angel officiating. Friends may call from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial gifts may be made to the Caralee Alice Thomas Memorial Fund.

Caralee was born Sept. 11, 1939, in Lincoln, the daughter of Arthur Ferguson and Lena Maybelle (Foster) Grigsby. She married Theodore Thomas on May 3, 1973, in Lincoln. He died Sept. 7, 1991.

Survivors include daughters, Tamira Smith-Ryan, Victorville, Calif., and Holly Thomas (Eric Young), Clinton; grandchildren, Jailee and Race Young, and Jack and Patrick Ryan. Also surviving is her beloved cat, Jasper.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents, Leonard Earl and Lena Golden Foster; and one son, Toby Jed Thomas.

Caralee was retired from Wallace Computer Co., Clinton.

“I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one,

I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.

I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,

Of Happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.

I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun

Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.”

Condolences may be e-mailed to www.calvertmemorial.com.

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Edna Alma Lydia Yagow of Mt. Pulaski

Edna Alma Lydia Yagow, 90, Mount Pulaski, died Thursday (March 1, 2012). Services: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Zion Lutheran Church, Mount Pulaski. Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mount Pulaski. Burial: Mount Pulaski Cemetery. Memorials: Zion Lutheran Church Building Fund.

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Leland D. Lee Massey of Farmer City

Leland D. “Lee” Massey, 76, Farmer City, passed away at 12:30 p.m. Thursday (March 1, 2012) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. A private family graveside service will be Tuesday at Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City, with a family friend, the Rev. C. Don Ferrill, officiating. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church, Farmer City. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, is in charge of arrangements.

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