J. Dalen Shellhammer, 90, of Mount Pulaski died at 3:59 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 30, 2013) at Vonderlieth Living Center, Mount Pulaski.
Masonic service: 6 p.m. Monday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mount Pulaski. Military service will immediately follow
Memorials: Vonderlieth Living Center or Land of Lincoln Honor Flight.
John M. Zelhart, 89, Warrensburg, IL, passed away at 3:35 PM Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL. Funeral Services will be 11 AM Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 at Maroa United Methodist Church, Maroa, IL with Pastor Nic Showalter officiating. Burial will follow at Maroa Cemetery. Visitation will Saturday morning from 9-11 AM at the church. Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the Maroa United Methodist Church or the Salvation Army.
John was born in a farm house in rural Atlanta, Logan County, IL on June 14, 1924, the son of Walter H. and Nellie B. (Carlton) Zelhart. He married Imogene F. Worner on Sept. 3, 1955 in Green Valley, IL.
Survivors include his wife, Imogene F. Zelhart of Warrensburg, IL; sons, John A. (Jill) Zelhart, David E. (Cindie) Zelhart and James D. (Andrea) Zelhart all of Maroa, IL and 6 grandchildren: Corey (Emily) Zelhart of Warrensburg, IL; Ryan Zelhart of Maroa, IL; Matthew Zelhart of New Orleans, LA; Marie K. Zelhart of West Lafayette, IN; Jordan Zelhart and Brandon Zelhart both of Nasville, TN.
John was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Paul.
John was a lifelong farmer. He was a member of the Maroa United Methodist Church and the Macon County Farm Bureau. He was especially proud to be an Austin Twp resident. John also had served on numerous boards and committees.
The family would like express sincere thanks to the entire staff at Manor Court in Clinton for their wonderful care and support, especially Mary Kay.
Rosalie Smith Bertoni, 88, of Mount Pulaski, died at 1:35 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 30, 2013) at Vonderlieth Living Center, Mount Pulaski.
Service: 3 p.m. Sunday at Fricke-Calvert–Schrader Funeral Home, Mount Pulaski. The Rev. Rachel Stockle will officiate.
Visitation: one hour prior to the service.
Burial: 10 a.m. Monday at Mount Pulaski Cemetery, with the Rev. Rachel Stockle officiating.
Memorials: Chestnut United Methodist Church or Mount Pulaski Township Historical Society.
Survivors: nephew, Gregory Martin, Chestnut.
Velma E. Edwards, 92, of Argenta died 9:50 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 29, 2013) in Imboden Creek.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday in Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, with Pastor Tim Lourash officiating. Visitation will be two hours before services. Burial will be in Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta. Memorials: First Church of the Nazarene. Send condolences: www.calvertmemorial.com.
Velma was born Jan. 15, 1921, in Argenta, the daughter of James Raymond and Phobie F. Ferris VanFossan. She was a member of First Church of the Nazarene. She enjoyed gardening, canning, and flowers. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and babysitting her grandchildren. She married John Minor Edwards in 1939, in Decatur. He passed away Dec. 19, 1979.
Surviving are her daughter, Donna Kaye McNelly of St. Louis, Mo.; son, John R. (Lisa G.) Edwards of Ar-genta; brother, Howard (Connie) VanFossan of Mims, Fla.; sisters, Betty J. (Dean) Buck of Bonita, Calif.; Grace (Norman) Arnett of Palm Springs, Calif.; Alice Elsea of Argenta; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren with one great-great-grandchild on the way.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, James Raymond Edwards; and siblings, Mildred Turner, Mary Driscoll and Buddy VanFossan.
Richard Earl Funk, 93, Lincoln, died at 7:50 a.m. Monday (Oct. 28, 2013) at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln.
Service: 10 a.m. Thursday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln, with Ryan Edgecombe officiating.
Burial: 2 p.m. Thursday at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, with military rites accorded by Lincoln American Legion Post 263 Honor Guard.
Memorials: American Legion Post 263 or Lincoln Christian Church.
Survivors: two sons, Thomas (Karrie) Funk, Lincoln, and Kevin (Doris) Funk, Red Wing, Minn.; one brother, Larry Funk, Lincoln; one sister, Alice Taylor, Morton; and five grandchildren.
Dawn Elaine Smith, 51, Heyworth, passed away at 3 a.m. Monday (Oct. 28, 2013) at her residence.
Dawn is the daughter of Sam and Martha McKee of Decatur; wife of Rodney Smith; mother of Megan and Austin; sister of Steve McKee and Sheryl DeBarr; sister-in-law to Sue and Joe; friend and co-worker to so many who will miss her.
In high school, Dawn went to the state finals in tennis, played the violin, played piano and was on the winning bowling team. She also played softball as a pitcher and second baseman. She was very competitive and was good at everything she tried, including golf.
Dawn was also a team player off the field. She started work early as a secretary in Decatur while she went to Richland Community College. Dawn worked at the Clinton Power Plant as an administrative secretary, but quickly moved into IT. She transferred to Decatur where she continued her IT career. She was very proud of her certifications that she voluntarily did to stay on the cutting edge of technology. She later joined the Health Alliance team in Urbana as a HIPAA security officer.
Dawn was actively involved in Eastview Christian Church in Normal, and drew much of her strength from her involvement there. She especially enjoyed volunteering at Cafe 19.
Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with Jason Sniff officiating. Burial will follow at Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Community Cancer Center, 407 E. Vernon Ave., Normal, IL 61761.
Lonnie Paul Smith, 89 of Monticello, IL passed away 1:28 P.M. October 28, 2013 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.
Private graveside services will be Monday, November 4, 2013 at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, IL with Military Honors. There will be no visitation. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Greater IL Chapter, in honor of his son: Russell, 8430 W. Bryan Mawr Ave. Suite 800 Chicago, IL 60631-3473.
Mr. Smith was born March 26, 1924 in Lintner, IL the son of Paul Benedict Smith and Letha Susan Marker. He was a World War II Army veteran. He married Imogene Martin, June 2, 1946 in Monticello, IL.
Survivors include his wife Imogene Smith, Monticello, IL; children: Connie (Richard) Blazier, Urbana, IL, Michael Smith, Sullivan, IL, Martha Vigneri, Decatur, IL and Russell (Barb) Smith, Monticello, IL; 5 grandchildren: Todd (Jen) Smith, Humboldt, IL, Kristin (Chris) Greer, Ivesdale, IL, Craig Wilson, Decatur, IL, Emily Vigneri, Normal, IL and Tim Smith, Sullivan, IL; 4 great-great grandchildren: Ashlyn, Raygen, Will and Macie. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 sister.
Lonnie was a member of the DeLand United Methodist Church and the Monticello Masonic Lodge AF & AM. He was a farmer his entire life and enjoyed roller skating, water skiing, fishing and most importantly, spending time with his family.
Jean Elaine Huston, 93, of Monticello, died at 2:20 a.m. Sunday (October 27, 2013) at Piatt County Nursing Home, Monticello.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 2, 2013 at Monticello Township Cemetery with the Rev. Matt Stump officiating. Mrs. Huston She was born May 21, 1920, at Springfield, to William Allan and Iona Clare Foster Brittin. She first married John Raymond Heitz, who preceded her in death on March 21, 1973. She later married William Henry Huston, who preceded her in death on June 9, 1988. Survivors include a nephew Allan (Valerie) Brittin of Carpentersville, great-nieces Sarah (Cameron Brunner) Brittin and Bailey (Anthony) Budka, great-nephew John Hardaker and numerous cousins. Mrs. Huston was also a “surrogate aunt” to the children of her best friend Marian Young, all of whom knew her as Aunt Jean. In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents, a brother William Brittin, and a niece Barbara Hardaker. Mrs. Huston was a member of the Monticello United Methodist Church, American Legion Auxiliary, AARP, Kirby Hospital Auxiliary and the Piatt County Museum. She was a member of the Monticello High School class of 1938 and worked at the National Bank of Monticello for 35 years, retiring in 1983, and enjoyed traveling, ballroom dancing and working jigsaw puzzles. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Piatt County Animal Shelter, Cravens Spay/Neuter Fund, Piatt County Nursing Home or an organization of the donor’s choice.
Kristine “Kris” Elaine Sulzberger, 48, of Heyworth passed away Sunday (Oct. 27, 2013) at her residence.
Her memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Luke Union Church, 2101 E. Washington St., Bloomington. The Rev. Andrew Gifford will officiate. Private inurnment will be at a later date. There will be no visitation.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to METAvivor Research & Support Inc. for metastatic breast cancer research at metavivor.org or St. Luke Union Church, Bloomington.
Arrangements are being handled by Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington.
Kris was born July 13, 1965, in Decatur, the daughter of Paul R. Meredith and C. Elaine Bennett Meredith. She married David Sulzberger on May 23, 2009, in Heyworth. He survives.
Also surviving are her parents, father, Paul R. (Sandra) Meredith Sr., Ormond Beach, Fla., and her adoptive mother, M. Bernice Meredith, Bettendorf, Iowa; two sisters, Tara (David) Inghram, Urbandale, Iowa, and Sharyl (Kevin Stuart) Stein, Bettendorf, Iowa; one stepsister, Erika (Michael) Piper, Sullivan; three brothers, Jeffrey Meredith, Eldridge, Iowa; Stephen Meredith, Key West, Fla.; and Paul Meredith Jr., Eldridge, Iowa; and one stepbrother, Neil Elder, Sullivan.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents and mother.
Kris graduated from University of Illinois, Springfield, with a master’s in English. She taught English at Richland Community College, Decatur, for 11 years.
She was an accomplished flute player. She sang in the Decatur Chorale. She attended St. Luke Union Church, Bloomington. She was a breast cancer survivor for 18 years. She enjoyed her cats Dakota, Davita, Yogi and Kit.
The family would like to thank Dr. James Wade and his staff for his care and compassion shown to Kris. Her family would like to also thank her friends, students and colleagues for their special support shown to Kris.
Andrew J. Skelton, 68, of Lincoln, died Sunday (Oct. 27, 2013) at his home.
Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.
Burial: Irish Grove Cemetery.
Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials: to the family.
Survivors: his wife, Kathy Beccue Skelton; his mother, Mabel Ruth Wilson Skelton, and Bill; children, Kimberly (Carl) Taylor, Bloomington; Kevin (companion, Donna), Middletown; Terry (Frankie) Skelton, Middletown; Gary (Glenda) Skelton, Lincoln; Vicki (Dan) Bree, Lincoln; and Connie White (companion, Steve Sampson), Lincoln; 17 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Gary (Jania) Whitetree; Terry (Angie) Whitetree; and Carrie Follis (companion, Brian Huskins), all of Lincoln; several stepgrandchildren; his siblings, Dick and Deb Skelton, Lincoln; Ruth Ann and Ernie Hoffert, Middletown; Jenny and Harold Stout, Middletown; Jackie Poole, Mason City; Carol Renfro, Middletown; Cheryl Himes, Mason City; Sharon Marcum, Washington state; Deb and Donald Frakes, Middletown; Syb and Joe Liesman, Hartsburg; Billy Skelton, Middletown; Kelly and Rick Hoffert, Middletown; Tim and Judy Skelton, Mason City; and Rusty and Stacey Skelton, Middletown.
Paul Edward Gustav Muchow, 88, Lincoln, died Sunday (Oct. 27, 2013).
Memorial services: 11 a.m. Friday, Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Visitation: one hour before services. Memorials: Oasis Senior Center, Zion Lutheran Church or Logan County Food Pantry.
Army veteran. Survivors: daughter, Debra Juhl, San Antonio, Texas; brothers, Oscar and Victor Muchow, both of Springfield; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Preceded by: parents, one brother and one sister.
Mary E. Martin, 90, Clinton, died Friday (Oct. 25, 2013).
Services: 11 a.m. Monday, Texas Christian Church, Clinton. Visitation: one hour before services in the church. Burial: Texas Township Cemetery, Clinton. Arrangements by: Calvert Funeral home, Clinton.
Holley A. Randolph, 96, of Atlanta passed away at 7:45 p.m. Friday (Oct. 25, 2013) at Heartland Health Care Center, Normal.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Atlanta United Methodist Church. The funeral will follow at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Rob Roy officiating. Burial will be in Randolph Cemetery, rural Kenney.
Holley Adair was born Sept. 14, 1917, in Waynesville, the daughter of Andrew V. and Susan E. Holley Adair. She married Richard Roy Randolph on Feb. 27, 1938, in Waynesville. He preceded her in death April 20, 1995.
She is survived by her children, Laura S. (Charles) Baue, Bloomington; Ruth (Glenn) Gordon, Atlanta; and Sarah (Marty) Shipley, Bloomington; her grandchildren, Steven Gordon, David G. Gordon, Dianna Gordon Laney, Suzanne Gordon Hines, John Cisco, James Cisco and Jennifer Cheek; and nine great-grandchildren. Other survivors include special sisters-in-law, Nellie Randolph Leimbach, Mount Pulaski, and Leona Adair, Florida; plus many cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by an infant son, David L. Randolph; and two brothers, Robert G. Adair and James R. Adair.
Holley graduated from Waynesville High School and attended Illinois State Normal University. She worked with her husband for many years in the Randolph Insurance Agency, Atlanta.
Holley was a member of the Atlanta United Methodist Church, Atlanta United Methodist Women and the Atlanta Women’s Club. She was known as an excellent cook, and enjoyed painting, music, animals and flowers. A sweet and gentle person, Holley was dedicated to her family and always placed others first. She will be missed dearly by those whose lives she touched.
The family would like to thank Dr. Steven Kindred and the nursing staff at Heartland Health Care Center for the care their mother received as their patient for many years.
Memorials may be made to the Atlanta United Methodist Church, the Baby Fold or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Quiram Peasley Funeral Home, Atlanta.
Helen J. Clarkson, 87, Cerro Gordo, died Thursday (Oct. 24, 2013).
Services: 2 p.m. Sunday, Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home, Mount Zion. Visitation: 12:30 p.m. until services. Burial: Ridge Cemetery, Long Creek. Memorials: La Place United Methodist Church or American Heart Association. Send condolences: www.dawson-wikoff.com.
Freda S. Walker, 93, Bloomington, formerly of Elkhart, former State Farm Insurance Cos. bookkeeper, died Thursday (Oct. 24, 2013).
Services: 3 p.m. Friday, Westminster Village, Bloomington. Arrangements by: Bailey & Cox Funeral Home, Plattsburg, Mo. Send condolences: www.baileycox.com.
Shirley Mae Hayes, 73, died Wednesday (Oct. 23, 2013).
Private graveside services: at a later date, United Methodist Church, Mount Pulaski. Memorials: United Methodist Church, Mount Pulaski. Arrangements by: Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mount Pulaski.
Kayleigh Lynne Kaufman-Coppess, infant daughter of Karie Kaufman and Michael Coppess, was placed in the loving arms of Jesus at 11:40 p.m. Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in Decatur Memorial Hospital.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory her parents Karie and Mike, brother Kaygan Coppess, sisters Ansley and Gracie Coppess, grandparents Kevin and Cheryl Kaufman, Mike and Cyndi Hintz, and Don and Evelyn Coppess, great-grandparents Betty Kaufman, Bill and Marilyn Sago, and Patricia Hopwood, aunts Kristy Robson and husband Kurt, Jessica White and husband Jason, and uncle Donnie Coppess and wife Jamie.
Private family services will be held. Burial will be in Friends Creek Cemetery Argenta.
We were going to have a baby, but we had an Angel instead.
The family of Kayleigh Lynne Kaufman-Coppess is being served by the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at www.gracelandfairlawn.com.
Obituary written by family members.
Alan Pegram, 80, died at 2 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 22, 2013) at Vonderlieth Living Center, Mount Pulaski, after battling cancer.
Service: 3 p.m. Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lincoln, with the Rev. Daniel Stalker officiating.
Visitation: 1:30 p.m. until the service at the church.
Memorials: Immanuel Lutheran Church or Lincoln Land Honor Flight.
Kathryn Joan (Polen) Thoms, age 85, of Clinton, Il, passed away at Decatur Memorial Hospital 2:22a.m. on Oct. 21,2013.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. on Friday Oct. 25, 2013 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton Il with Rev. Stephen Killion officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.
Joan was born July 21, 1928 in Clinton, Il, daughter of Carl F. Stoll and Lillian (Johnston) Stoll. She married Harry D. Polen July 19, 1946 in Tacoma, Washington and later married Herbert “Bud” Thoms Dec. 27th, 1975 in Clinton, Il.
Joan is survived by: son Steve (Merlin) Polen, Clinton, Il, son, Scott Polen, Clinton, Il, daughter-in laws Alice Polen, Decatur, Il and Rosa Perez, Costa Rica, one sister Peggy Taylor, Clinton, Il, 6 step-children, 6 grandchildren, Jeff Polen, Jamie Polen, Tisha (Polen) Adams, Chris Landstrom, Chassidy Houser, and Charlie Gironimi, 10 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, and several step grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son, James Polen, one grandson Todd James Polen, and husband Herbert “Bud” Thoms.
Joan was a member of First United Methodist Church in Clinton, Il. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and was well known in the community. She will be deeply missed by all her family who loved her and by all her friends and acquaintances.
Ella Lee Graney, 93, Lincoln, died at 3:28 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 20, 2013) at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.
Service: 10 a.m. Friday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln, with Ron Otto officiating.
Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Burial: New Union Cemetery, Lincoln.
Memorials: Oasis Senior Center of Lincoln.
Survivors: son, David Lee (Lois) Graney, Fayetteville, Ark.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Carl W. “Bud” Miller, 74, Kenney, passed away Sunday (Oct. 20, 2013) at McKinley Court, Decatur.
A private family graveside service will be Wednesday at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney, with the Rev. Dennis Corley officiating and with military honors. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to McKinley Court, 500 W. McKinley Ave. Decatur, IL 62526. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, is in charge of arrangements.
Carl was born in Maroa, the son of Lee W. and Lucille Redman Miller. He married Evelyn Robb Sept. 7, 1963, in Hogensville, Ky.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Miller, Kenney; daughter, Michelle Knight; granddaughter, Sandra Knight, Logansport, Ind.; sisters, Marlyn Dudley, San Jose, Calif, and Linda (Tom) Clevenger, Mount Vernon; and brother-in-law, Ed (Connie) Robb, Buena Vista, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Wanda Moye; brother-in-law, Earl Robb; and father- and mother-in-law, Clyde and Clare Robb.
Carl was a U.S. Army veteran, retired truck driver and farmer. He was a member of Teamsters Local 279, American Legion Post 1133 and VFW Post 4168. He enjoyed camping, boating, water skiing, country music and his Boston terrier dogs.
The family wishes to thank the staff of McKinley Court in Decatur; Dr. Greg Totel and staff for all their support and care. A special thank you to friends, Shirley Morris, Tim and Terrie Daugherty; Joan and Darwin Westen; and Dan and Dona Alexander for their visits and support.
Marion L. “Bud” Sutton, 78, of Lincoln died at 4:41 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 20, 2013) at his home.
Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln, with the Rev. Robert Long officiating.
Burial: Zion Cemetery, Lincoln.
Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials: Logan County Animal Rescue or American Cancer Society.
Survivors: His wife, Janet Sutton; three daughters, Yvonda (Kyle) Sullivan, Rhonda (Rick) Skelton and Donda (John) Freese, all of Lincoln; one sister, Norma Schaffenacker, Lincoln; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Dolores Ruth Maden, 83, Lodge, passed away Sunday (Oct. 20, 2013) at Kirby Medical Center, Monticello.
Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Trigg & Calvert Funeral Home, DeLand, with Chaplain Tony Crouch officiating. Burial will follow at DeLand Cemetery, DeLand. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Piatt County Animal Shelter.
Mrs. Maden was born Nov. 3, 1929, in Decatur, the daughter of Jesse and Grace Lanier Fitzwater. She married Gaylord T. “Gay” Maden on July 13, 1949, in DeLand. He passed away May 20, 2011.
Dolores grew up in Lodge and graduated from DeLand High School as the valedictorian of her class. She then attended Illinois State University, formerly Illinois State Normal University, majoring in history.
Survivors include her son, Jeffery T. (Trudy) Maden, Lodge; daughter, Jennifer (Kenny) Eades, Champaign; granddaughter, Danielle Maden, Urbana; and several beloved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
Combined, Dolores and Gaylord farmed for more than 63 years, along with her being a devoted mother and homemaker. She was a member of the DeLand Lincoln Unit Auxiliary Post 102; American Legion Auxiliary for 60 years; Monticello VFW Auxiliary 5346; Champaign VFW Auxiliary 5550; and a drainage district member of DeLand and Lodge.
She enjoyed sewing and crocheting, gardening, flowers and reading, and she was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. Also, she enjoyed spending time with her family. Dolores was a very caring and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
Hal B. Craig, 88, of Belleville, Ill., born April 15, 1924 in Argenta, Ill., passed away October 19, 2013 at his residence.
Hal was a WW II veteran serving in the United States Army. He was employed by Illinois Power for 30 years and retired in 1984. He played basketball at University of Illinois. He was an avid sports fan, especially the Fighting Illini, Chicago Bears, and StLouis Cardinals, and cherished attending family reunions and activities with grandchildren.
He was a preceded in death by parents Harry and Lena, Querry, Craig, brothers, Harold, Don, Clayton, Max, Gil, and a sister, Lois (Smith).
Surviving are his wife of close to 65 years, Bonnie Craig, nee Dennis; two sons Steve Craig (Debbie) of Belleville, and Doug Craig (Cindy) of Des Moines, Iowa; grandchildren Ryan and Jeffrey Craig of Fairview Heights, Ill., Hannah and Tyler Craig of Des Moines, Iowa; brother Robert Craig of Decatur, Ill.; two great grandchildren, Kadyn and Ramzey Craig, and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Memorials are appreciated to Family Hospice. Memories and expressions of condolences may be made at www.lakeviewfuneralhm.com
Visitation: Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Ill.
Funeral: Services will be held at 12 noon, Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Ill. Interment will be in Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Ill.
Lucille Rosetta (nee House) Belcher, 94, of Monticello, died on October 18, 2013 at Piatt County Nursing Home with her family by her side. Services will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 1:30 P.M. at Mackey-Wright funeral home, Monticello, with visitation from 12:00 P.M. to 1:30 P.M. prior to the service. Burial will be in Mansfield Cemetery, Mansfield, IL.
Mrs. Belcher was born at home near Sadorus, IL on January 19, 1919, to parents Richard A. and Bertha B. (Warren) House. Two brothers, Ray W. and Roy A., predeceased her. She married Lowell Francis Belcher on March 19, 1942 in Houston, TX. He passed away in 1984.
She is survived by two daughters, Mary Lu (Darwin) Bretsch of Belleville, IL and JoAnne Ramirez of Monticello. She also leaves 5 beloved grandchildren: Ryan (Jennifer) Bretsch of Bellvue, WA, Melinda (Salvador) Bernal of Belleville, Kathleen Redden of Belleville, Joanna Bretsch of Belleville, and Ian Ramirez of San Francisco; her pride and joy, 7 great grandchildren: Cooper Bretsch, Jennifer Bernal, Lucas Bernal, Isaiah Bernal, Alexis Bernal, Julia Redden, and Emily Redden; and nieces and nephews: Connie (Ken) Stone, Alan (Donna) House, and Kathleen (Ron) Robbins.
Mrs. Belcher grew up on the family farm near Mansfield, IL. She attended Illinois State Normal University, Normal, IL and graduated from the U of I with a Master’s Degree in Library Science. She was a librarian at DeLand-Weldon High School for 18 years and also served as church librarian for the Monticello United Methodist Church, to which she belonged for 57 years.
During her life, she lived and worked in four different Piatt County towns, including Cerro Gordo. She was very involved in the community as a longtime member of the Women’s Club of Monticello, Piatt County Republican Women, Home and Community Education and 4-H club leader. With a great appreciation for her homeland and heritage, combined with a love of history, she was a staunch supporter of the Piatt County Museum and Piatt County Historical and Genealogical Society, the Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum Foundation, and was a 52-year member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Lucille was always grateful that her parents supported her desire to pursue an education as much as they did for her brothers. She had a lifelong love of books and learning. She belonged to Delta Kappa Gamma educational sorority and the U of I Foundation, and was pleased with the opportunity to be a founding member of the Monticello Area Education Foundation.
During retirement she enjoyed traveling, making new friends through the Order of the Eastern Star and Champaign-Urbana Court of the Order of the Amaranth, and most of all getting to know her grandchildren and great grandchildren and strengthening family ties. She had a strong influence in their lives by encouraging academic pursuits and sharing history through family stories. Her presence and guidance will be greatly missed.
Memorials may be made to the Monticello United Methodist Church, the Piatt County Nursing Home, or the Piatt County Museum. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightrfuneralhome.com.
Robert M. Walden, 30, Clinton, died at 11:55 a.m. Friday (Oct. 18, 20130 at his family residence.
Service: 3:30 p.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton.
Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton.
Visitation: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials: Robert M. Walden II Memorial Fund.
Survivors: father, Robert (Diana) Walden, Clinton; mother, Vicki Lovins, Minier; one son, Isaiah; one daughter, Sharee; and two sisters, Hope Lovins and Maggie Walden.
Donald A. St. Pierre, 42, of Clinton died at 1:50 p.m. Friday (Oct. 18, 2013) at his family residence.
The family has entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with cremation rites. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Second Chance Pet Adoption.
Donald was born Oct. 1, 1971, in Danville, the son of Donald St. Pierre and Cheryl Groff.
Survivors include his mother, Cheryl Thrasher, Clinton; father, Donald (Mary) St. Pierre, Westville; one brother, Paul Cox, Clinton; and four sisters, Madonna (Harsh) Gupta, Champaign; Jessica Bennetti, Westville; Candace St. Pierre, Westville; and Leah St. Pierre, Westville.
Donald earned an associate’s degree in applied sciences from Itawamba Community College, Tupelo, Miss. He enjoyed music festivals and fishing.
Condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com.
Marion L. Schmitz, 84, Farmer City, passed away at 12:20 a.m. Friday (Oct. 18, 2013) at Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, with the Rev. C. Don Ferrill and Bill Walden officiating. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
Marion was born Oct. 20, 1928, in DeLand, a daughter of Dean and Pauline Dressback Oakley. She married Morris Dean Schmitz on Oct. 21, 1946, in Farmer City. He passed away Oct. 16, 1986.
She is survived by two sons, Terry D. (Julie) Schmitz, Buford, Ga., and Jerry L. Schmitz, Farmer City; daughter, Genreva “Skip” Payne, Hillsdale, Mich.; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Richard “Dick” (Carolyn) Oakley, Casa Grande, Ariz.; and sister, Lucretia “Susie” Walden, Bloomington.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, a sister and a son-in-law.
Marion had worked in the housing department at the University of Illinois for 25 years. She was a member of First Christian Church, Farmer City; a life member of the Farmer City VFW Post 6190 Women’s Auxiliary; and a member of the Order of Moose Lodge, Bloomington.
Judith L. Thomas, 74, of Clinton died 11:42 a.m. Friday (Oct. 18, 2013) in Manor Court.
Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday in Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with J. Ken Hickerson officiating. The family requests casual attire. Visitation will be one hour before services. Burial will be in Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton. Memorials: Judith L. Thomas Memorial Fund. Send condolences: www.calvertmemorial.com.
Judith was born Aug. 26, 1939, in DeWitt County, the daughter of Willard Daughtery and Georgia Howerton. She was raised by Georgia and Richard Woolridge. She was affiliated with First Baptist Church, Clinton. She attended Farmer City schools and graduated from Farmer City High School. She retired from Revere Copper & Brass after 31 years of service and was an in-home caregiver. She married Robert D. Thomas on March 15, 1958 in Clinton. He passed away May 13, 2003.
Surviving are her sons, Robert D. Thomas Jr. and Richard A. Thomas, both of Clinton; granddaughters, Heather Thomas and Holly Thomas, both of Clinton; great-grandchildren, Riley, Cody, Annalea, Landen, Leo, Joel and Avalynn; sisters, Janice Campbell of DeLand; Betty (Essel) Burton of Clinton; brothers, William (Beverly) Daughtery of Lincoln, Neb.; Ray (Marilyn) Woolridge of LeRoy.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one infant brother and sister; sister, Rosemary Johnson; and brothers, Paul Woolridge, Bob Woolridge, Bill Woodridge, David Woolridge and Jim Woolridge.
During the morning hours of Tuesday, October 15, 2013, Dorothy Patricia Sims, 77, left her earthly home to join her family that had left before her.
A graveside service will be held 11:30 A.M. Friday, October 18, 2013 at the Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta, Il. with Stu Ellis, Chaplain, officiating. Friends may call from 10-11 A.M. Friday at the Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL. Memorials may be directed to Homeward Bound Pet Shelter, Decatur, Il.
Dorothy was born in a one room log cabin on a cold day, November 24th 1935 in South Mindoka, Ontario to Wanda Wein and Nickoli Supa. She was joined by her sister Margaret Young Boysman 2 years later.
Dorothy spent many of her childhood days exploring the wilderness of her beloved Canada. She attended a one room school house from grades 1-8, walking 2 miles each way; occasionally on snow shoes when the snow flew.
Dorothy met Robert Eugene Sims while working as a telephone operator assisting his calls to his mother while he was stationed in Maine. Dorothy and Robert married August 22, 1953. They were soon blessed with 3 children, Jo Ann, Michael and Melissa.
They purchased a home in Argenta, IL and spent many happy years there with family and friends.
Dorothy worked as a custodian at the Argenta Post Office and as a secretary for Buckley Bros. She enjoyed traveling, music, reading, dancing, knitting and teaching her family all about the wonderment of the universe with her beautiful mind.
Surviving her departure are her children: Jo Ann C. (Sims) Patrick and her husband Ronald D., Michael R. Sims and his wife Kimberly K., and Melissa G. (Sims) Davis; also 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband Robert Sims, and her parents.
Special thanks to Beth and Michelle on 4100 for their outstanding care during this difficult time.
Lawrence A. Bever, 91, formerly of Libertyville, died Monday (Oct. 14, 2013) in Lincoln.
He was born in 1921 in Fairview, Wis., and had been a resident of Libertyville since 1947, where was a member of St. Joseph parish. He was an Army veteran of World War II.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Barbara Hicks of 66 years of marriage; and his loving children, John (Jan), Linda (the late James) Haynes, William, Robert (Karen), Mark (Jeanne), James (Peggy Schultz) and Katherine (Michael) Fulton. He was the proud grandfather of 14; great-grandfather of 12; great-great-grandfather of one; and the dearest brother of Francis, Patrick, Joseph and Shirley George and the late Leonard, Edward, Peter, Roman, Beatrice and Loretta Linder; and was the beloved son of the late Peter and Theresia.
A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Libertyville. Private interment will be at Ascension Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at McMurrough Funeral Chapel, Libertyville.
On the morning of Thursday, October 10, 2013, Elizabeth Ann Bennett’s spirit quietly and unexpectedly passed from her earthly body during her sleep.
Beth married her soulmate and life partner, Matthew A. Bennett, on August 22, 1981 in Monticello, Illinois. Together they shared a lifetime of enjoyment from traveling to exotic locations, making and attending musical experiences, family occasions, holidays and entertaining friends.
Beth’s appreciation of music from the time she learned to play piano shaped many of the important events of her life. From high school marching band championships to singing in the MethodistChurch choir to supporting up and coming young blues artists, music filled her life with happiness.
Beth was a secretary for Miller, Tracy, Braun and Funk for over 26 years.
As a 10-year survivor of breast cancer, Beth spent much of her time promoting awareness. A few short months ago, her cancer came out of remission and spread quickly. With her boundless determination, she tackled the beast again. Through all of her pain, she continued to smile and uplift others with her infectious laughter and positive attitude. Beth lived each day of her life to its fullest, always looking forward to the next.
Beth was born in Champaign, Illinois on May 28, 1960 to Richard A. “Dick” and Judith A. “Judy” Bruhn Harper. Her parents and older brother, Richard W. “Rick” Harper preceded her in death. She leaves behind her beloved husband, their trusted companion Bud, sister Debbie (Greg) Valentine, and brother Steve (Lori) Harper, father-in-law James Bennett, brothers-in-laws J. Michael (Pam), Marty, and Mark (Tina) Bennett, as well as several nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephew.
Matthew will visit with friends and family on Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello.
A celebration and honoring of Beth’s life and spirit will be the following morning, Friday, October 18, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at the same location with Rev. Greg Courtright officiating.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com.
Beth’s wishes were to have her ashes taken to a special place in Oregon.
In lieu of floral arrangements, it is asked that contributions be made to her husband who will distribute the memorial in Beth’s name to central Illinois blues organizations which support young musicians and enable them to follow their passion.
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Gregg A. Winters, 56, of Warrensburg, died at 8:55 a.m., Wednesday, October 9, 2013.
Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m., Friday, October 11, 2013, at Warrensburg United Methodist Church, 185 N. Main St., in Warrensburg. Pastor Kevin Triptow will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m., until the time of services at 7:00 p.m., Friday, also in the church. Burial will be privately held in Illini Cemetery. Tanzyus Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge of arrangements.
Gregg was born on January 18, 1957, the son of William “Tig” and Marjorie J. (Hoaglin) Winters. He graduated from Warrensburg-Latham High School, and worked for most of his life as a carpenter. He was a member of the Warrensburg Gun Club, the American Pool Association, and Ducks Unlimited.
He is survived by his two sisters: Cindy Ellis, and her husband Stu, of Decatur; Nancy McLean, and her husband Dale, of Chatham; one aunt, Jeanine Edwards; six nieces and nephews; his best friend, Connie Henry; and countless friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his twin brother Craig Winters, and his brother Michael Winters.
Gregg was a great brother, son, and friend. He never did meet a stranger. He was an avid sports fan, especially for the St. Louis Cardinal’s.
Please sign the online guestbook at: www.leave memoriesnotdebt.com.
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Rev. Jack W. Kaley, 87 of Bement, IL., passed away at 7:10 A.M. on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at the Piatt County Nursing Home, Monticello, IL.
Visitation will be held on Friday, October 11, 2013 from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Bement United Methodist Church, 249 N. Piatt St., Bement, Illinois. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., on Saturday, October 12, 2013, at the Bement United Methodist Church, 249 N. Piatt St., Bement, IL. Visitation will also be held from 9:30 A.M. until time of services on Saturday at the church. The Rev. E. Paul Unger will officiate. Burial with military graveside rites by the Albert Parker American Legion Post #620 of Bement, will be in the Bement Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Bement United Methodist Church.
Jack was born in rural Robinson, IL., on October 3, 1926 to Charles and Revene Reynolds Kaley. He was the eldest of three boys. After attending a one room school through the 8th grade, he graduated from Robinson High School. He was very athletic, played all sports available and was able to set a few records that held for many years. He entered the U.S. Army serving his country for two years. Accepting a scholarship to Drake University in athletics, he married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Schernekau on January 25, 1948 in Robinson, IL. and then moved to Des Moines, IA., where he graduated with a BA in education. His first teaching position was in Estherville, IA., Junior College, where he also coached football and basketball.
After a couple of years in northern Iowa, they returned to Illinois for a high school coaching opportunity in Vandalia, where daughter Sandra was born. Drake University then offered him a baseball coaching position for three years where he acquired his MA in Education, and a son, Mark entered their household. The next five years were at Eastern Illinois University as baseball coach and assistant football coach. During this time a daughter Luann arrived.
At this important time in Jack’s life the Lord had other plans for him. Because coaching was so enjoyable he struggled with his future direction in life. He entered the ministry in 1961, and began pastoring the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Gibson City, IL. He also entered the Evangelical Theological Seminary for three years in Naperville, pastoring the Gibson City congregation on weekends while acquiring a MA of Divinity. While at Gibson City, Jack was active in organizing a Billy Graham Revival held in the summer for two weeks on the football field. There were many decisions made for Christ and thousands attended the revival. After nine enjoyable years in Gibson City, merging the EUB’s and Methodists into one congregation, the family came to Decatur to pastor Central United Methodist Church.
It was during this time that Jack began his television ministry, supported by a local farmer in Gibson City. CLOSER TO GOD TODAY ran for 14 years on WAND-TV at 6:45 a.m. daily. In 1979 Jack felt led to enter full-time evangelistic work under the banner of CLOSER TO GOD TODAY and held meetings in over 500 churches before retiring in the late 1990’s.
He and Barbara were blessed with three children, Sandra Ann (David) Secrest of Bement, IL., Mark Aaron (Nikki) Kaley of Lincoln, IL., and Luann Marie (Bill) Barnes of Lexington, S.C. They have 5 grandchildren; Meghan (Josh) Sanders of West Columbia, S.C., Nathan (Amy) Kaley of O’Fallon, IL., Brittany (Daniel) Wheeler of Austin, TX., Braghan (Ryan) Mulvaney of Fort Worth, TX and Sheila Barnes of El Paso, TX. They have also been blessed with 7 great-grandchildren; Landon Henson, Ethan Henson, Xander Barnes, Jonah Sanders, Abram Kaley, Quinn Sanders and Elliott Wheeler. Jack also has a brother, Don Kaley in Palm Springs, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother; Vaughn Kaley.
Jack loved to golf, and he just loved all sports in general. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan. The family would like to thank so many of our friends for their prayers, the nursing staff of the Piatt County Nursing Home and the congregation of the Bement United Methodist Church.
Aaron and Susie Hinds of Roux–Hinds Funeral Home, Bement, IL., have the honor to serve and celebrate the life of Rev. Jack W. Kaley.
Donald E. Cain, 68, of Wapella died 10:55 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 8, 2013) in his family residence.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Body will be cremated. Memorials: Wapella Fire Department. Send condolences: www. calvertmemorial.com.
Donald was born March 18, 1945, in Bloomington, the son of Orville and Irene Doss Cain. He was a member of the Wapella Fire Department for 35 years, Wapella road commissioner for 24 years. He farmed and was an avid hunter.
Surviving are his children, Jeff (Christina) Cain of McKinney, Texas; Rob (Cindi) Pollock of Austin, Texas; Ryan Beck and Callan Cain, both of Wapella; Downey Gregory of Decatur; Jared (Amanda) Poole and Megan Poole, all of Clinton; friend, Diane Poole of Wapella; sister, Jane Ann Thomas of Clinton; 16 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Jay Fredric McKinnery, 51, Houston, Texas, and formerly of Clinton, died Tuesday (Oct. 8, 2013) at his home.
Funeral: Visitation at 2 p.m. today, with service immediately following at Niday Funeral Home, Houston, TX 77089, 281-464-7200.
Survivors: his wife, Lynn McKinnery, Houston, Texas; his mother, Janice McKinnery, Clinton; sister, Lisa (Alex) McKinnery, Huntsville Ala.; and brother, Gregory M. (Peggy) McKinnery, New Concord, Ky.
Joshua Michael Wassom, 32, Monticello, Piatt County jail correctional officer, died Monday (Oct. 7, 2013).
Services: 10 a.m. Friday, First Christian Church, Monticello. Visitation: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the church. Burial: Ingram Cemetery, White Heath. Arrangements by: Trigg & Calvert Funeral Home, DeLand. Memorials: Joshua Wassom Memorial Fund. Send condolences: www.calvertmemorial.com.
Faye Manahan, 101, of Heyworth, danced into Heaven at 2:52 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 6, 2013) at LeRoy Manor.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy. Her funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. also at the funeral home. Burial will be in Bellflower Township Cemetery following the service.
Memorials may be made to the New Horizon Christian Church or LeRoy Manor.
Faye was born April 11, 1912, to Fred and Martha Myers Sartain in Foosland. She married Estil P. Manahan on Dec. 5, 1936, in Macomb. He preceded her in death June 23, 1989.
Surviving is one daughter, Martha Jane Bell, Bloomington; two grandsons, Richard Bell and Russell (Karen) Bell, both of Heyworth; great-grandchildren, Heath (Sarah) Bell, Heyworth; Austin Bell, Chicago; Brandon (Julie) Bell, Dalton Hogan and Parker John Bell, all of Heyworth; and great-great-grandchildren, Austin McKinney, Ashley McKinney, Tyler Bell and Mason Bell.
Faye was a member of the New Horizon Christian Church, Heyworth, and was a Sunday school teacher for 30 years. Martha reminisces “Oh, how she could tickle the ivories! I would sing a song and she could play it immediately by ear! Ever since I can remember, Mom and Dad were great ballroom dancers and delighted the crowd anywhere they went.”
“She was the most caring, and giving lady. If someone had a cold, she was there with food, etc. Ever since I can remember, she spoke of Jesus several times a day. Manahan Grocery in Arrowsmith, for several years was a very popular place because Daddy said, ‘The customer is always right,’ and they were treated as if they were.”
This was the way Faye lived her life, always caring and giving. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and devoted friend who will be deeply missed. The family would like to express a special thank you to LeRoy Manor for all their love and care for Faye over the past nine years.
Jean Arline Black, 69, Maroa, retired from Macon Resources Inc., died Friday (Oct. 4, 2013). Services: noon Wednesday, Maroa Christian Church. Visitation: one hour before services in the church. Burial: Maroa Cemetery. Arrangements by: Moran & Goebel Funeral Home. Memorials: Jean Black Memorial Fund.
Sharon Anne Goodwin, 60, Clinton, died Thursday (Oct. 3, 2013).
Funeral Mass: 11 a.m. Monday, St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton. Visitation: one hour before services in the church. Burial: Maroa Cemetery. Arrangements by: Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Memorials: Sharon Anne Goodwin Memorial Fund. Send condolences: www.calvertmemorial.com.
Beverly Jean Walston, 81, Clinton, died at 5:50 a.m. Oct. 2, 2013, at her family residence.
Service: 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, celebration of life at Clinton Library, Clinton, family at 3 p.m.
Memorials: Beverly Jean Walston Memorial Fund. The family has entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with cremation rites.
Survivors: her husband, Robert G. Walston, Clinton; two sons, Mark C. (Linda) Walston and Daniel L. Walston, both of Clinton; and six grandchildren.
Thelma Loretta May Dubson, 81, Monticello, homemaker, died Tuesday (Oct. 1, 2013). Graveside services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Grandview Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Champaign. Arrangements by: Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello. Memorials: Meals on Wheels. Send condolences: www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com
Membership: Jayette’s. Survivors: sons, Rick Dubson and Terry Dubson, both of Monticello; daughter, Trudy Maden, Monticello; brothers, Walter Fowler, Bloomington; Larry Fowler, Peoria; four grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Preceded by: parents; husband, Daniel; and two brothers.