Martha Louise Brown of LeRoy

Martha Louise Brown, 69, of LeRoy, died at 9:10 p.m. Monday (Aug. 10, 2015) at Heritage Health, El Paso.

Service: Cremation rites have been accorded. Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, is handling arrangements.

Memorials: to her family.

Survivors: one daughter, Gwen Altshue, Bloomington; one son, Guy Brown, Florida; eight grandchildren; and one sister, Margaret Taggart, Slippery Rock, Pa.


Judith C. Burke of Monticello

Judith C. Burke, 75, of Monticello, passed away at 9:40 a.m., on August 8, 2015 at Carle Hospital, Urbana.

Judith was born on October 10, 1939 in Piatt County, IL the daughter of Urius and Ruby (Purcell) Vinson. She married Dale Burke on August 2, 1954 in Jonesboro, IL.

Surviving is her daughter; Kim Burke of White Heath, 4 grandsons, 1 step-grandchild, 1 step-great grandchild, sisters; Betty Hayes of Monticello, Iris Burgin of Monticello, Audrey Reynolds of White Heath, and a very special nephew; Jim Vinson of White Heath. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter (Dianna), and son (Clayton).

Judith retired from Viobin in Monticello. She enjoyed reading and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Funeral services will be held at a later date with Mackey-Wright Funeral Home handling the services.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Margaret Simmons of LeRoy

Margaret Simmons, 81, of Leroy, passed away at 10:45 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 8, 2015) at her residence.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy. Memorial donations may be made to LeRoy Emergency Ambulance Service.

Margaret was born Jan. 27, 1934, to Michael and Margaret Souther Cherry. She married Gene A. Simmons on Oct. 2, 1953, in Key West, Fla. He preceded in death in December 2012.

Surviving are one son, Dennis Simmons, Ellsworth; grandchildren, Bradley W. Simmons, Michael F. (Shannon Weed) Simmons, Crystal J. (Jason Anderson) Simmons and Debbie M. (Bryan) Byrd; great-grandchildren, Bradley, Dalton, Devin, Destiney, Emmitt, Maggie, Danielle, Dawson, Darcy, Anna, Daphnie, Gabi and Rachel; great-great-grandchildren, Talan and Konner; daughter-in-law, Tina M. Simmons; sisters, Mary (Robert) Egan and Annie Cherry; brother, Joseph (Jan Walker) Cherry; nephew and niece who Gene and Margaret raised for several years, Joey (Sara) Cherry and Chrissy (Kevin) Furst.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers and sisters, Michael, James, Irene, Mildred, Harold, Charles, Arthur, William, Ann Marie, Robert, Dorothy, Lawrence and Thomas. 

Margaret worked at Owens Nursery for around 10 years. She loved crafts, doing her own crocheting and knitting.

She was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and devoted friend who will be deeply missed.


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