Our Obituaries

Harold Lee Booker

March 26, 1930 - January 29, 2018


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Connie Lynn Harden

April 4, 1952 - January 26, 2018

Springfield, IL-Connie Lynn (Sargent) Harden, 65, of Springfield, passed away Friday, January 26, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. A native of Springfield, Connie was born April 4, 1952 the daughter of John and Mary Jane (Bostic) Sargent. She married Larry Harden Sr. in Springfield, October 10, 1969 and he survives. Connie is also survived by her son, Larry (Barb) Harden Jr.,...
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Pamela Sue Jones

June 28, 1961 - January 25, 2018

Pamela Sue "Cakes" Jones, 56, of Springfield, passed away on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at her home.She was born on June 28, 1961 in Springfield, the daughter of Ralph S. and Barbara Ann (Malone) Rodgers. She married Earl Jones in Las Vegas, NV and they've been married for 23 years.She was a member of Community of Christ Church in Springfield.Besides her husband Earl, Pamela is survived by 2...
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Berry W. Warner

October 18, 1945 - January 21, 2018


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Helen M. Abner

March 5, 1923 - January 19, 2018

Helen M. Abner was born on March 5, 1923, and died on January 19, 2018, in Springfield, Illinois. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Flossie Hurt Abner, and five siblings. She is survived by one sister and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Services are entrusted to Bisch and Son Funeral home.
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Winifred Moody Manny

September 28, 1921 - January 18, 2018

Winifred Moody Manny, 96, of Springfield, passed away on January 18, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center. She was born on September 28, 1921 in Kewanee, Illinois to Roy Kyle and Mary Frances Camper Moody. She is survived by three nieces: Joyce (Ed) Bertoni, Sandi (Rick) McGill and Brenda (Tom) Heck, seven great-nieces and nephews, eighteen great-great nieces and nephews, six great-great-great nieces...
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James M. W. Lee

June 3, 2009 - January 15, 2018

James M.W. Lee, 8, of Springfield, passed away on January 15, 2018 at St. John's Hospital. He was born on June 3, 2009 in Springfield to Razal Lee and Kimberly Bell.He is survived by his father Razal Lee and his mother Kimberly Bell and step father Andrew Earl of Springfield, maternal grandparents: Patty and Milo Bell and paternal grandparents: Pat and James Moore both of Springfield, paternal...
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Irving Eugene Dodson

March 14, 1932 - January 8, 2018

Irving Eugene "Gene" Dodson, 85, of Springfield, passed away on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 at his home.Gene was born on March 14, 1932 in Petersburg, IL, the son of the late Harry and Catherine Mae (O'Hara) Dodson. He married Rose Gourley at St. Patrick's Church in Springfield on July 2, 1955 and she preceded him in death on April 6, 2007.Gene graduated from Petersburg High School and attended Lincoln...
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Stella Pier

October 23, 1923 - January 8, 2018

Stella "Pat" Pier, 94, of Springfield passed away on Monday January 8, 2018 at Concordia Village. She was born on October 23, 1923 in Grovertown, Indiana to Nicholi and Eva Kopka Yakimicki. Pat married James C Pier on May 1, 1954 in South Bend, Indiana and he preceded her in death on November 28, 2016.Mrs. Pier is survived by her three sons: Brian Pier of Springfield, Brad Pier of Colorado...
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Florence H. Swierk

May 25, 1925 - January 4, 2018

Florence H. Swierk, 92, of Springfield, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center.She was born on May 25, 1925 in Brookfield, IL, the daughter of the late Arthur and Anna (Palonis) Witt. She married Stanley Swierk in June of 1944 and he preceded her in death on Oct. 19, 1994.She worked as a computer typesetter for Shopper/Sun Newspapers in LaGrange, IL. She was a member...
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Frank Earl Riech

March 30, 1935 - January 4, 2018

Frank Earl Riech, 82, of Springfield, passed away on Thursday January 4, 2018 at his residence. He was born on March 30, 1935 in Springfield to Theodore and Edna Ethridge Riech. Frank married Meretta Bottom in Campbellsville, Kentucky in 1954 and she preceded him in death in 2012.Mr. Riech is survived by his children: Sharlette (Rick) Ryan and Richard Riech both of Springfield, four grandchildren...
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Carol Ann Hudspeth

January 29, 1949 - January 2, 2018

Carol Ann Hudspeth, 68, of Springfield, passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at St. John's Hospital. She was born on January 29, 1949 in Springfield to Fred and Mary Ann Woods Garrison. Mrs. Hudspeth is survived by her long-time companion Christopher Creviston of Springfield. She is also survived by her children: Tina Ealey of Springfield, Michael (Companion Brigette) Hudspeth, Jr. of...
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Ulysses Duhon

January 27, 1925 - December 31, 2017

Springfield, IL-Ulysses "Frenchy" Duhon, 92, passed away at 5:45 pm, Sun, Dec. 31, 2017 at Heritage Health in Carlinville, IL. He was born in Kaplan, LA, January 27, 1925 the son of Jean A. and Aziana (Trahan) Duhon. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during WW II. He married Wilma Stevens and she preceded him in death in 1982. He then married Clelie Meaux and she preceded him in...
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Sidney A. Goldman

May 18, 1922 - December 30, 2017

Early Saturday morning Springfield lost its most ardent community ambassador when Sidney Aaron Goldman passed. Sid was born May 18th, 1922, the oldest son of Saul and Ada [nee Burstein] Goldman. Sid was born in Decatur, Illinois, and lived his full life in Springfield. He graduated from Springfield High with his future wife of 70 years Ruth Eckstein. After Graduating High School Sidney attended...
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Bessie Viola Bohannon

April 2, 1923 - December 20, 2017

Bessie Viola Bohannon, 94, of Ramah, Colorado, formerly of Springfield, passed away on December 20, 2017 at St. John's Hospital. She was born on April 2, 1923 in Plumas, Manitoba Canada to Marion Edward and Mary Jane Jellis Pantier. Bessie married Robert Bohannon in Springfield in 1945 and he preceded her in death in March of 2012.Mrs. Bohannon is survived by one son Kenneth Bohannon of Montana,...
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Everett Harbour

August 29, 1941 - December 16, 2017

Everett Harbour Jr., 76, of Pawnee, passed away on December 16, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born on August 29, 1941 in Springfield to Everett Harbour Sr., and Virginia Ogez.Mr. Harbour is survived by three daughters: Melissa Smith of Springfield, Christine (Steve) Heichen of Fort Lauterdale, FL., and Janet (Wesley) Howard of Pawnee, one brother Kenneth Harbour, one sister Bonnie...
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Diana Keafer

June 29, 1948 - December 15, 2017

Diana Christine Keafer, 69, of Rochester, IL, passed away on Friday, December 15, 2017.She was born on June 29, 1948, in Lincoln, IL, the daughter of the late Forrest E. and Phyllis O. (Schacht) Lanterman. She married Michael M. Keafer in 1970 in Springfield and he preceded her in death on Nov. 5, 2017.Diana worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation for 35 years, and after retirement...
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David C. Grieme

October 19, 1944 - December 9, 2017

Springfield, IL-David C. Grieme, 73, a lifelong resident of Springfield, passed away at 9:05 am Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 at Heritage Health Care in Springfield. He was born Oct. 19, 1944 in Springfield, the son of the late Carroll and Gwendolyn (Walsh) Grieme. David was a graduate of Lanphier High School, Class of 1962. He then attended Southern Illinois University earning an associate's degree. ...
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Robert Eugene Cary

January 25, 1951 - December 5, 2017

Robert E. "Big Daddy Bob" Cary, 66, of Springfield passed away on December 5, 2017 in Bois D'Arc, Missouri. He was born on January 25, 1951 in Springfield to Carrol E. and Mary Negrette Cary. Robert married Linda (Precious) Sharp Whitmore in Springfield in October of 1973 and she survives. Mr. Cary is also survived by his children, Kenneth "Bammer" Whitmore of North Carolina, Missy (Ralph Richno)...
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Adolph E. Nutaut

April 8, 1931 - December 5, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Bisch & Son Funeral Home, Springfield, IL.
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Doris Mae Riecks

October 20, 1923 - December 5, 2017

Doris Mae Riecks, 94, of Springfield, passed away on December 5, 2017 at Heritage Health Hospice. She was born on October 20, 1923 in Springfield to John L. and Frances Jaskolski Taylor. Doris married Fred L. Riecks Sr., in San Diego, California, in June of 1942 and he preceded her in death in May of 1985.Mrs. Riecks is survived by her children: Ron Riecks of Fort Myers, FL., and Roxanne (Kenny)...
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Joseph L. Morrison,

August 9, 1933 - December 5, 2017

Joseph L."Pete" Morrison, Sr., 84, of Springfield, passed away on Tuesday December 5, 2017 at Life's Journey Senior Living in Taylorville. He was born on August 9, 1933 in Tallula, IL., to Oscar Owen and Nellie Bracken Morrison. Pete is survived by his wife Peggy, whom he married on November 23, 1968.Mr. Morrison is also survived by his children: Beverly Morrison of Litchfield, Patti (Donald)...
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Marilyn Maxwell

December 10, 1932 - December 5, 2017

Marilyn Maxwell, 84, of Chatham, passed away on December 5, 2017. Marilyn was born on December 10, 1932 in Springfield, Illinois to Dale and Mamie Saunders Gibbs. Marilyn is survived by her two daughters: Marcia Champion of Chatham, Illinois and Bonnie (Terry) Chevalier of Divernon, one granddaughter Katie (Brandon) Packard, one great granddaughter Quinn Packard, sisters Lori Goodman and Velda...
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Jack L. Ford

November 25, 1929 - December 4, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Bisch & Son Funeral Home, Springfield, IL.
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Virginia L. GEMBERLING

January 15, 1922 - December 1, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Bisch & Son Funeral Home, Springfield, IL.
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Jimmie D. Williams

September 17, 1953 - November 23, 2017

Jimmie D Williams (64) was born on September 17, 1953. He said his good byes and went home on November 23, 2017.Jimmie was preceded in death by his parents Henry Clay and Lillie Mae Williams, a close companion Kathrine Greenwood, and adopted brother Robert Stone.Jimmie attended Berkley High School in Aberdeen, NC and Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines, NC. He worked and traveled with the...
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Marian C. Hopper

September 29, 1945 - November 22, 2017

Marian C. Hopper, 72, of Springfield, passed away on November 22, 2017 at Heritage Health. She was born on September 29, 1945 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Paul and Virginia (Singer) Polechla. Marian married David Hopper in Springfield on June 6, 1970 and he survives.Marian is also survived by two children: Chelsy (Josh) Buffat of Springfield and Matthew (Michelle Gossett) Hopper of North Riverside...
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Donald P. Creel

February 5, 1937 - November 21, 2017

Donald P. Creel, 80, of Chatham, passed away on Tuesday November 21, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born on February 5, 1937 in Ashley, Illinois to Mack and Hazel Gower Creel. Donald married Margie Montgomery on February 2, 1974 in Springfield and she survives.Mr. Creel is also survived by two daughters: Sherry (Tracy) Tyson of Springfield and Sheryl (Scott) Budke of Chatham, one son...
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Robert Lee Carrigan

March 7, 1945 - November 20, 2017

Robert (Bob) L. Carrigan of Rochester, IL passed away peacefully November 20, 2017 at home. He was born March 7, 1945 to Paul and Lavetta (Jones) Carrigan in Carlinville, IL. Bob was raised on farms in the Auburn/Virden area until his father changed careers to home construction and they moved to Virden. Bob graduated from Virden High School in 1964. He held various jobs in the grocery...
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Rita Ann Woods

February 14, 1943 - November 18, 2017

Rita Ann LaBrier Woods, 74, of Springfield, passed away on November 18, 2017 at her home. Rita was born on February 14, 1943 in Springfield, Illinois to Daniel D. and Frances McCormick LaBrier. Rita married Grahame A. "Bud" Woods in October of 1965 and he preceded her in death in 2005. Rita is survived by her two children: Douglas (Michelle) Woods of Sherman, Illinois and Allison (Chris)...
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Vidya Sawhney

September 1, 1923 - November 13, 2017

Springfield, IL- Vidya Sawhney, 94, of Springfield, passed away Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 at Mill Creek Alzheimer's Special Care in Springfield. She was born in India, Sept. 1, 1923. She retired from the State of Illinois Department of Disability Services. She was a member of the AIWO. Surviving are several nieces and nephews. A funeral ceremony will be held at BIsch and Son Funeral Home 505 E....
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Robert Filson,

October 16, 1939 - November 3, 2017

Robert Filson, Jr., 78, of Springfield, passed away on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at St. John's Hospital.He was born on Oct. 16, 1939 in Springfield, the son of the late Robert Sr. and Frieda (Ostermeier) Filson. He married Rita Lewis on April 3, 1958 in Jacksonville, IL and she survives.Robert worked for FS Services for 20 plus years. He then worked for the State of Illinois until his retirement in...
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Quentin S. Engel

October 4, 1918 - October 27, 2017

Quentin S. Engel, 99, of Havana, formerly of Springfield, passed away on Friday October 27, 2017 at Em's Haven of Rest in Havana. He was born on October 4, 1918 in Springfield to Melvin Truman Engel and Louise Marie Seaman. His only sibling was his sister Melba Frederick and she preceded him in death. Mr. Engel married Dorothy Louise Scott on July 11, 1941 and after celebrating sixty three years...
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Carol Lee Robertson-Welch

May 4, 1955 - October 23, 2017

Carol Lee Robertson-Welch, 62, of Rochester and formerly of Springfield, passed away on October 23, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center. She was born on May 4, 1955 in Evansville, Indiana to Henry L. and Mary D. Hanes Rose. Carol married Robert Lee Welch on November 2, 2010 and he survives.Mrs. Robertson-Welch is also survived by three children: Bree (Todd Wood) Robertson of Springfield, Allie (Josh)...
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Lawrence Edward Dobson

October 15, 1955 - October 21, 2017

Lawrence E. "Larry" Dobson, 62, of Springfield, passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Heritage Hospice in Springfield.He was born on October 15, 1955 in Springfield, the son of the late James Dobson and Juanita (Courtwright) Lockhart He married Joyce Roberts on June 11, 1972 in Springfield and she survives.Larry served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He had worked as a police officer, a park...
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Pauline I. Warner

October 31, 1922 - October 21, 2017

Pauline I. Warner, 94, of Springfield, passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at home.She was born on October 31, 1922 the daughter of the late John and Carmel (Berry) Wake. She married Frank Warner and he preceded her in death on April 7, 1984.Pauline owned and operated her own cleaning service, was a member of Lincoln Land Baptist Church, and enjoyed spending time with her family.She is...
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Faye Badger

February 23, 1930 - October 18, 2017

Faye Badger, ("age is just a number and hers was unlisted") peacefully left this earth on October 18, 2017. She was born to William and Hattie (Parris) Beaty on February 23, 1930 in Wilder, Tennessee, the youngest of 14 children. She is also preceded in death by her husbands Carl C. Badger in 1963 and Lonie J. Gough in 2009, and her children Shelly Gough and Steve Badger. She is survived by...
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Wanda June McCarty

April 22, 1926 - October 15, 2017

Wanda June McCarty, 91, of Springfield, passed away on Sunday October 15, 2017 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village. She was born on April 22, 1926 in Waverly to Nicholas and Gracie Burke Hughes. Wanda was married to Everett Huff and J.D. McCarty and both preceded her in death.She is survived by three daughters: Linda (Bob) Zoeller of Murrells Inlet, S.C., Elizabeth (Rich) Daley of Springfield and...
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Sandra Kay Hartman

December 31, 1946 - October 14, 2017

On Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, shortly after noon, the heavens were rejoicing as Sandra Kay Rogers Hartman transitioned from her earthly life to eternal glory with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Sandy was born on Dec. 31, 1946, the daughter of Dorothy (Davis) and Woodrow Rogers. Sandy was a proud northender who attended Ridgley, Edison and Lanphier Schools. At Lanphier, Esther Duncan had a...
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Vera Stanley

February 27, 1940 - October 14, 2017

Springfield, IL- Vera B. Stanley, 77, a lifelong resident of Springfield, passed away at 10:26 pm Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at Memorial Hospice at Heritage in Springfield. Vera was born Feb. 27, 1940 the daughter of Charles Banks and Virginia Louis (Council) Black. She married Harry John "Jack" Stanley in Springfield, July 20, 1973 and he preceded her in death Jan. 2, 1999. She was also preceded...
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Ruth Ann Hildebrand

February 7, 1941 - October 13, 2017

Springfield, IL-Ruth Ann Hildebrand, 76, a lifelong resident of Springfield, passed away Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 at St. John's Hospital. She was born Feb. 7, 1941 the daughter of Rawley V. and Edith Pearson Hogarth. Surviving are her children: Tammy (Marvin) Fenton, Kimberly Hildebrand, both of Springfield, and Danny Hildebrand of Lakeside, CA, two sisters, Sharon Luetzow and Carla (Mike) Angels...
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Kathryn Marie McBride

January 17, 1955 - October 11, 2017

Kathryn Marie McBride, 62, of Springfield, passed away on October 11, 2017 at her residence. She was born on January 17, 1955 in Springfield to Harlan and Mary Lekometros McBride, Sr.Kathryn is survived by one son Jeffrey (Melanie) Smith of Hawaii, two daughters: Ashley (David) Caron of Delaware and Andrea (Justin) Sladek of Rochester, four grandchildren: Eleanor and Oliver Caron, Ella Steskal...
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Alexander Shuby Borisov,

November 10, 1953 - October 10, 2017

.Chatham, IL-Alexander "Alex", "Shuby", Borisov, Jr., 63, of Chatham, passed away at his home, at 1:36 am Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. He was born in Chicago, Nov. 10, 1953 the son of Alexander and Teresa (Liptak) Borisov Sr. His father, and an infant son, Thomas preceded him in death. Alex married Michelle Schmuck in Springfield, June 5, 1982 and she survives. He is also survived by his children:...
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Virginia Violet Michael

April 13, 1936 - October 6, 2017

Virginia Violet Michael, 81, of Springfield, formerly of Florida, passed away on Friday, October 6, 2017 at St. John's Hospital.She was born on April 13, 1936, the daughter of the late Christian and Elizabeth Marie (Blankenberg) Friedli. She married James Joseph Michael on March 5, 1971 and he preceded her in death on Feb 8, 2011.Virginia worked as an RN in Jacksonville FL in a burn unit and...
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Matthew Dylan Meyer

November 29, 1968 - October 2, 2017

Matthew Dylan Meyer, 48, of Springfield, passed away on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 at his home.He was born on November 29, 1968, in Evansville, IN, the son of the late Robert B. Meyer II and Karen (Allison) Zaki. He married Nicole Engel on April 19, 2000 in SpringfieldMatthew had worked as a quality inspector for RMC Richardson Manufacturing Co, was an assistant Den Leader with Boy Scouts, loved...
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Marvin Albert Gubin

December 20, 1926 - October 1, 2017

Marvin A. Gubin, 90, of Springfield, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 at his home.He was born on Dec. 20, 1926 in Chicago, IL, the son of the late Albert and Molly (Polon) Gubin. He married Sylvia Lerman on Jan. 11, 1948 in Chicago, IL and she preceded him in death on Jan. 22, 2011.Mr. Gubin was the owner/co-founder of Benmar Corporation, a home improvement company, for 54 years. He was a...
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Bernadine Aretta Porter

March 31, 1921 - September 30, 2017

Bernadine Aretta Porter, 96, of Springfield, passed away on Saturday September 30, 2017 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village. She was born on March 31, 1921 in Christopher, Illinois to Robert H. and Allia Bell Stowers Lowery. Bernadine married John R. Porter Sr., in 1947 in Christopher and he preceded her in death on May 7, 1996.Mrs. Porter is survived by her son John R. (Mary) Porter Jr., of...
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Paul F. Biesenthal

July 30, 1919 - September 28, 2017

Paul F. Biesenthal, 98, of Quincy, IL, formerly of Springfield, passed away on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, IL.He was born July 30, 1919 in Springfield, the son of the late Fred Joseph and Mamie Anna (Paul) Biesenthal. He married Margaret J. (Bale) Sears in 1946. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Margaret in 1987, his brother Norman in...
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Janet Sue Dickinson

October 27, 1935 - September 26, 2017

Janet Sue Dickinson, 81, of Garfield, Arkansas, formerly of Springfield, passed away on September 26, 2017 in Bentonville, Arkansas. She was born on October 27, 1935 in Springfield to George Bisch Penneman and Gladys Helen Mester. Janet is survived by her husband of 35 years Dorian Dickinson. Janet is also survived by her children: Candace (David) Conrad of Cape Girardeau, MO, Stephen (Catherine...
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Helen Louise Hellner

June 19, 1926 - September 23, 2017

Helen Louise Hellner, 91, of Springfield, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at Villa Healthcare East in Sherman, IL.She was born on June 19, 1926, in Decatur, IL, the daughter of the late Walter Frederick and Grace (Hulcher) Allen. She grew up in Denver, CO, where her family moved when she was young. Helen married Edward F. Hellner on May 14, 1949, in Springfield and he preceded her in...
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Sieglinde M. Ware

June 10, 1942 - September 15, 2017

.Springfield, IL- Sieglinde M. Ware, 75, of Springfield, passed away at her home, at 8:56 am Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 with her husband by her side.She was born June 10, 1942 in Hallstadt, Germany the daughter of Joseph and Barbara (Felser) Kistner. She married George H. Ware August 27, 1962 and he survives. She is also survived by her sister, Hanelore Cegla of Germany, and two grandchildren:...
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Frank X. Groesch

December 4, 1935 - September 14, 2017

Frank X. Groesch, 81, of Springfield, passed away on Thursday September 14, 2017 at St. John's Hospital. He was born on December 4, 1935 in Springfield to Frank H. and Alice R. Murray Groesch.Mr. Groesch is survived by his children: Kevin (Katherine) Groesch, Keith (Kimberley) Groesch, Kathleen Groesch and Kellie (Michael) Gardner all of Springfield, ten grandchildren: Shayna Walker, Cory Walker,...
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Marie Matilda Snow

October 27, 1922 - September 9, 2017

Marie Snow, 94, of Springfield, passed away on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Villa East in Sherman.Marie was born October 27, 1922 in Newton, IL, in Jasper Co., the daughter of the late Epnriam and Monica Ochs. She married Robert Snow, Jr. on September 20, 1947 and he preceded her in death in 1994.She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church for 60 years. She was a conscientious homemaker and...
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Gertrude Hyman

April 22, 1923 - September 6, 2017

Gertrude Hyman (née Weiner), of Mesa, Arizona died in Legacy Retirement Residence of Mesa, surrounded by her family on September 6, 2017. She was 94 years old.Gertrude is survived by her children, Jerry Hyman of Mesa, AZ and Judy Rubenstein of Naperville, IL; nine of her ten grandchildren; and her thirty-one great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Morris Hyman of Sun...
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Michael Angelo Fafoglia

August 22, 1951 - September 5, 2017

Michael Angelo Fafoglia, 66, of Springfield, passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center, after a courageous battle with cancer. Mike was born August 22, 1951 to Angelo and Gloria (Molash) Fafoglia in Springfield. He married Sandra Sims on October 22, 1994 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Chatham, IL.Mike graduated from Glenwood High School and Southern Illinois...
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Michael Charles Whalen

December 12, 1937 - September 3, 2017

Michael Charles Whalen passed away Sunday morning, September 3rd. Born in Springfield, Illinois on December 12th, 1937, the son of Charles and Elinor Whalen (both deceased). He was the husband of Sandie Whalen for 52 years and father of son Timothy M. Whalen, daughter Wendy J. Wise (husband Eric Wise), and daughter Suzanne K. Kell (husband Tim Kell). Proud grandfather of Madilyn Kell, Murphy...
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Frances L. Woodrum

November 3, 1934 - September 2, 2017

Frances L. Woodrum was born on November 3, 1934 in Springfield to Earl C. and Lucille Wiebking Woodrum. She attended the local schools and graduated from the University of Illinois earning a B.A. in English and a M.S. in Library Science. She was employed at Lincoln Library in Springfield as Circulation and Reference Librarian for thirteen years and then became the Head Librarian at the...
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Dorothy J. Nass

October 24, 1921 - September 1, 2017

Dorothy J. Nass, 95, of Auburn, passed away on Friday September 1, 2017 at Auburn Nursing and Rehab. She was born on October 24, 1921 in Springfield to Peter and Lena Woodcock Pemberton. Dorothy married Raymond Nass on December 9, 1945 in Springfield and he preceded her in death on December 20, 1998.Mrs. Nass is survived by two sons: Paul (Yvonne) Nass of Springfield and Ronald (Quita) Nass of...
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Jean Quinn

November 3, 1927 - August 31, 2017

Jean Quinn was born in Shirley, Illinois on November 3, 1929, the adored and only child of Forrest and Ruth Maguire Quinn. She grew up on a dairy farm and was often summoned to "bring the cows in." If time was short, she'd jump on her horse, bareback and head to the pasture. In 1945 she graduated from McLean High School and entered Illinois Wesleyan University where she was a member of Sigma...
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Ralph P. Camp

March 24, 1919 - August 29, 2017

Ralph P. "Red" Camp, 98, of Springfield, passed away on August 29, 2017 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village. He was born on March 24, 1919 in Astoria, Illinois to Rolla and Mae Siders Camp. Red married Mary E. Robertson on March 29, 1942 in Palmyra, Missouri and she preceded him in death on June 1, 1996.Mr. Camp is survived by three sons: Gary Lee (Joetta) Camp of Virginia Beach, VA., David C. ...
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Olga Brouch Baker

January 15, 1917 - August 25, 2017

Olga Brouch Baker passed away on Friday, August 25, 2017 at Villa Health Care East in Sherman, IL. She was 100 years old. Olga was born Jan. 15, 1917 in Koritnica, Slovenia, the daughter of Joseph Brouch and Catherin Mrack Brouch. She and her family emigrated to the U.S. and settled in the country outside of Middletown, IL. They came through Ellis Island and their family name is listed on the...
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Louise E. Beaver

April 12, 1926 - August 25, 2017

Louise E. Beaver, 91, of Springfield, passed away on Friday, August 25, 2017 at Heritage Hospice.She was born on April 12, 1926 in Springfield, the daughter of the late Jesse Blaine and Hallie Mae (Mowry) Benedict. She married Leslie W. Beaver and he preceded her in death on May 20, 1994.Louise retired from the IL Secretary of State's Office in 1991. She had been a member of 1st Christian...
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Genevieve L. Pierceall

May 20, 1923 - August 24, 2017

Genevieve L. Pierceall, 94, of Springfield, passed away on Thursday August 24, 2017 at her residence. She was born on May 20, 1923 in Raymond, Illinois to Dewey and Artie Ray. Genevieve married Joseph C. Pierceall Sr., and he preceded her in death in 1987.Mrs. Pierceall is survived by her three children: Joseph C. (Sandy) Pierceall Jr., of Kansas City, Kansas, Donna Rexroad of Springfield and Van...
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Irvin Dean Brown

August 20, 1961 - August 22, 2017

Irvin D. "Deano" Brown, 56, of Taylorville, was born on August 20, 1961 in Springfield, the son of Charlene and Irvin Brown of Auburn. He went home to his Mother on August 22, 2017 at 3:54pm. He passed peacefully at his home surrounded by family and friends. Deano was employed with Moughan Builders for 13 years. He married Shananne McKavetz on March 6, 2000. The two shared six children and eleven...
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William K. Horin

March 25, 1926 - August 17, 2017

William K. Horin, 91, of Swansea, Massachusetts, passed away on August 17, 2017, surrounded by his loving family, in Fall River, Massachusetts. He was born on March 25, 1926 in Springfield, Illinois to William C. and Margaret Pratt Horin. William married Genevieve Beatrice Rohrer in Springfield on October 16, 1953, and she preceded him in death on April 11, 2006.Mr. Horin is survived by three...
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Charles D. Helfer

March 23, 1971 - August 16, 2017

Springfield, IL-Charles D. "Chuck" Helfer, 46, passed away at 11:09 am Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at St. John's Hospital after a sudden illness. A lifelong resident of Springfield, Chuck was born March 23, 1971 the son of Rueben and Betsy (Stephens) Helfer. His father preceded him in death as well as a sister, Billie Jo Kramzar-Downey. Chuck loved to socialize and be around people. He had a...
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Rosemary Patterson

August 26, 1959 - August 16, 2017

Rosemary Patterson, 58, of Springfield, passed away on Wednesday August 16, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center. She was born on August 26, 1959 in Springfield to Milton and Ruby Hilliard Jones. Mrs. Patterson is survived by four sons: Tim (Tammy) Hupp of Daytona, FL., Josh (Becky) Epperson and Anthony (Savanna Becker) Leyva both of Dawson, and Eddie Leyva of Springfield, five grandchildren: Ruby...
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Carol Ann Scott

December 20, 1939 - August 15, 2017

Springfield, IL-Carol Ann Scott, 77, of Springfield, passed away at 7:15 pm Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village in Springfield. She was born Dec. 20, 1939 in Cornland, IL, the daughter of Lewis and June (Shanle) Ramthun. Carol married Richard B. Scott August 16, 1968, in Cornland and he preceded her in death Feb. 8, 2005. She was also preceded in death by her step-son,...
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Dorothy M. O'Connell

May 3, 1923 - August 15, 2017

Dorothy Mae O'Connell, 94, of Springfield, passed away on Tuesday August 15, 2017 at Heritage Health. She was born on May 3, 1923 in Springfield to Louis and Elizabeth Lucille Durbin Campana. Dorothy married Herbert O'Connell on May 18, 1940 in Springfield and he preceded her in death on August 29, 1971.Mrs. O'Connell is survived by her two sons: Michael and Richard (Mary) O'Connell both of...
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Edna L. Knipp

June 28, 1925 - August 10, 2017

An Ode to my mother EdnaParked in a Studebakeroutside Doc Asbury's houseI was told to be quiet and still as a mouseThe lighter just begged meto give it a trypush it in, make it glownow that's a happy guywhen all of a suddenthe lighter got hotit dropped to the floorand you'll never guess whatyep, smoke started comingfrom the carpet on the floorI didn't know what to doso I opened...
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Adam F. Moss

April 26, 1979 - August 3, 2017

Adam F. Moss, 38, of Springfield, passed away on August 3, 2017 at his residence. He was born on April 26, 1979 in Springfield to Kevin Moss and Carolyn Miller.He is survived by his son Sean Adam Moss, one brother Jeffrey (Jozlyn) Moss and one sister Lesa (Lovelle) moss all of Springfield, his father Kevin (Leslee Randall) Moss of Springfield, his mother Carolyn (Larry) Brooks of Dalton, Georgia...
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Mary Ethel Patti

October 12, 1918 - August 2, 2017

Springfield, IL- Mary E. Patti, 98, of Springfield, passed away Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 6:05 am at Villa East in Sherman, IL. She was born in Summit Lake Wisconsin, October 12, 1918 the daughter of Robert and Amelia (Marquardt) Seering. Her parents, three brothers; Robert, Harvey and Gene, as well as two sisters; Glenn and Blanche preceded her in death. She married Delmar E. Foley in 1943 and...
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Manju Jenveja

December 17, 1950 - August 2, 2017

Manju Jenveja 1950 - 2017Springfield, IL-Springfield-Manju Jenveja 66, of Springfield, passed away Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 5:40 am at Memorial Medical Center. Surviving are her daughter, Priya (Sunil) Harjani of Glenview, IL, her son, Anuj (Orie Berezan) Jenveja of San Diego, CA, her mother, Swarn Bahri-Malhotra of Springfield, two grandchildren and several relatives in India.A funeral...
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Alberta C. Pettus

January 25, 1918 - August 2, 2017

Alberta C. Pettus, 99, of Springfield, passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at St. John's Hospital.She was born on January 25, 1918 in Litchfield, IL, the daughter of the late Orville and Grace (Striplin) McDonald. She married Virgil Pettus and he preceded her in death.Mrs. Pettus was a homemaker and a member of Cornerstone Church on the Rock in Peoria, IL and Abundant Faith Christian Center...
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Albert A. Carver

April 24, 1936 - August 2, 2017

Albert A. Carver, 81, of Springfield, passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at his home.He was born on April 24, 1936 in Springfield, the son of the late John and Dorothy (Robertson) Carver. He married Jo Ann McLaughlin on September 23, 1967 in Springfield and she survives.Al worked as a plumber for 35 years with the Plumber's Union Local 137 in Springfield , retiring in 1998. Prior to that...
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Leona Marie Cavenaile

July 5, 1941 - July 30, 2017

Leona Marie Cavenaile, 76, of Springfield, passed away on July 30, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center. She was born on July 5, 1941 in Springfield to Alex and Vera Cavenaile.Mrs. Cavenaile is survived by her daughter Tina Bryan of Riverton, her son Gene (Lana McCloughan) Heineman of Springfield and two grandchildren: Grace Bryan and Haley Sargeant. She was preceded in death by three brothers.Leona...
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LaKeatha A. Hatchett

June 30, 1975 - July 27, 2017

LaKeatha Armiece DeShawn Hatchett was born on June 30, 1975 to Teretha Hatchett and Arthur "Artie" Harmon III. She passed from her earthly life to her eternal life on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at the age of 42. LaKeatha was a faithful and loving mother to her daughter LaBreah Marsai Hatchett who preceded her in death on March 31, 2016. LaKeatha loved and was loved by so many people far and wide. ...
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Millicent B. Asher

January 29, 1927 - July 21, 2017

Millicent B. Asher(1927-2017)"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life" Pablo Picasso. Millicent (Millie) Asher of Silver Spring, Maryland, passed away Friday July 21, 2017 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Illinois at the age of 90. Millie had art in her soul from the very beginning. Her family introduced her to collectors and artists, including the notable surrealist, Man...
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James Paul Grant

May 4, 1999 - July 20, 2017

James "Bubba" Grant III, 18, of Springfield, lost his courageous battle with brain cancer that he had been fighting since 2013 on Thursday July 20, 2017 at his residence. He was born on May 4, 1999 in Springfield to James Paul and Jessica Goveia Grant Jr.Bubba is survived by his parents of Springfield, one sister Danielle Grant, one brother Carter Grant, maternal grandparents: Jean (Jim) Goble...
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Ethel Marie Butchek

January 28, 1949 - July 12, 2017

Ethel Marie Butchek, 68, of Springfield, passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center.She was born on Jan. 28, 1949, in Springfield, the daughter of D. Ray Smith and the late Betty June (Songster) Smith. She married Robert Michael Butchek and he preceded her in death in 2005.Ethel retired as the Executive Director of the Springfield YWCA in 2002. Prior to that, she served...
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Donald C. Durbin,

August 26, 1925 - July 10, 2017

Dr. Donald Clayton Durbin, Sr. 91, passed away on July 10, 2017 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Illinois.He was born on August 26, 1925, in Springfield, Illinois. He was the son of Helen Clayton Durbin and Leslie H. Durbin. He is survived by daughter, Nancy L. Durbin of Springfield; sons, Richard L. Durbin of Phoenix, Arizona and David S. Durbin of Springfield; one niece and two nephews...
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Wanda J. Babiak

August 23, 1929 - July 8, 2017

Wanda J. Babiak, 87, of Springfield, passed away on Saturday July 8, 2017 at her residence. She was born on August 23, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan to Louie and Gladys Davidson Byrd. Wanda married Robert C. Babiak on May 7, 1949 in Springfield and he preceded her in death on March 6, 2007. Together, Wanda and Bob created a wonderful life and family together. God blessed them mightily. They fought...
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Jojene Janello Sabath

October 3, 1932 - July 7, 2017

Jojene Janello Sabath, 84, of Springfield, passed away on Friday July 7, 2017 at her residence. She was born on October 3, 1932 in Christopher, Illinois to Joseph and Lena Palumbo Janello. Jojean married Morton Sabath on December 31, 1953 in Springfield and he preceded her in death on November 14, 2012.Mrs. Sabath is survived by one daughter Erin (Stephen Seitz) Sabath of Springfield, one son Jud...
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Betty June Owens

August 8, 1923 - July 1, 2017

Betty June (nee Taylor) Owens, 93, a life-long resident of Springfield, passed away Saturday, July 1, 2017, in Corvallis, OR. She was born in Springfield on August 8, 1923, the daughter of Cleave B. and Mabelle C. Taylor. She graduated from Hay-Edwards Elementary and Springfield High School, and attended Brown's Business College and Lincoln Land Community College. She was a civilian employee...
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Annie L. Pulliam

December 11, 1947 - June 20, 2017

Springfield, IL- Annie L. Pulliam, 69, of Springfield, passed away at 6:49 pm Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at St. John's Hospital. Annie was born in Tchula, MS, December 11, 1947 the daughter of Eugene and Julie (Grant) Harris. She married Ben Pulliam Sr. in Springfield, IL, October 11, 1965 and he survives. She also leaves to cherish her memory her children: Jerald Harris and Latanya Mitchell both...
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Margie M. Eddington

February 20, 1931 - June 15, 2017

Margie M. Eddington, 86, of Springfield, passed away on Thursday June 15, 2017 at her residence. She was born on February 20, 1931 in Springfield to James A. and Esther E. Culver Nave Sr. Margie married Alfred W. Eddington on May 1, 1948 in Springfield and he preceded her in death on August 19, 2005.Mrs. Eddington is survived by her children: Steve (Janet) Eddington of Bloomington, Danny (Debbie)...
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Stanley Myron Stern

August 6, 1931 - June 10, 2017

Stanley Myron Stern, 85, of Springfield, passed away on Saturday June 10, 2017 at his residence. He was born on August 6, 1931 in Springfield to Harry and Rose Snyder Stern. Stanley married Cecile Marks on March 20, 1960 and she preceded him in death on January 18, 2012.Mr. Stern is survived by his children: Harry (Wende) Stern and Michael Stern both of Springfield, David (Lynda) Stern of...
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Cory James William Gibson

June 5, 2017 - June 5, 2017

Junior was born at 21 weeks on June 5, 2017 with a strength that many wish they could possess; as he tried to stay with us as long as he could, we all knew that he was needed in heaven. The Lord blessed his parents and attending family with 3 hours of the greatest blessing, his life. He weighed almost a pound, and was almost a foot long; he couldn't open his eyes, but he could see that he was...
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Kenneth Wayne Curry,

May 17, 1932 - June 5, 2017

Kenneth Wayne Curry Sr., 85, of Dawson, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away at 6:15 pm on Monday June 5, 2017 at the Bridge Care Suites. He was born on May 17, 1932 in Springfield to Roy G. and Ena Alpheda Cook Curry. On June 9, 1956 he was joined in marriage to Patricia Ann Barnes at the Fifth Presbyterian Church in Springfield and they celebrated sixty one...
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Phyllis Mae Freeman

April 12, 1933 - May 29, 2017

Phyllis Mae (Doty) Freeman, 84, formerly of Dawson, Illinois passed away on May 29, 2017 at Mount Pleasant Retirement Home in Monroe, Ohio. She was born on April 12, 1933 in Cornland, Illinois to Willis and Dorothy Doty. She married Clell Freeman in Saint Charles, Missouri in 1950 making their home and raising their family in Dawson, Illinois. Clell preceded her in death in 1991.Mrs. Freeman is...
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Stephen L. Dunk

September 12, 1947 - May 24, 2017

.Spaulding, IL- Stephen L. Dunk, 69, of Spaulding, IL passed away at his home, Wednesday, May 24, 2017.He was born in Springfield, September 12, 1947 the son of Donovan and Leah (Dunteman) Dunk. His parents, and a sister, Lesa Meiron preceded him in death. Steve was a professional truck driver for several companies, lastly with Snieder Transportation as an owner/operator. He is survived by his...
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Lola M. Scott

October 28, 1934 - May 23, 2017

Springfield, IL- Lola M. Scott, 82, a lifelong resident of Springfield, passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village. She was born in Springfield, Oct. 28, 1934 the daughter of Olin and Dorothy (Jones) Learned. She married Walter Scott and he preceded her in death in 1986. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, and sisters. Lola worked at St....
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Michael Wayne Bettis

September 22, 1961 - May 15, 2017

.Michael Wayne BettisMichael Wayne Bettis, 55, of Springfield, IL passed away suddenly on Monday, May 15, 2017. Michael was born on September 22, 1961 in Springfield, IL. He is survived by his two sons, Joseph Bettis, 35, Canton IL; Benjamin Bettis, 32, Dacono CO. 5 grandchildren; Landon, Maxim, Brantley, Josephine and Riley. Mother, Nancy Bettis, Springfield IL; Brothers William (Leslie)...
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Howard Marshall Turner

June 4, 1935 - May 14, 2017

Howard Marshall Turner, 81, of Troy, Illinois passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. He was born on June 4, 1935 in Petersburg, Illinois to Lawrence and Marjorie Miller Turner.Howard married Gloria Ankrom and she preceded him in death in 2015. Mr. Turner is survived by his three children; Ken (Deane) Turner and Bruce Turner both of Maryville and Joy (Bob) Edgeworth...
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Andre H. Changnon

March 25, 1940 - May 13, 2017

Andre H. Changnon, 77, of Macomb, IL, passed away on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Countryview Care Center in Macomb, IL.He was born on March 25, 1940 in West Frankfort, IL, the son of the late Stanley and Delphine (Hoobler) Changnon. He married Frances Smith and she preceded him in death in 2011.Mr. Changnon worked as a security guard for the state of Illinois. He was a member of the both the...
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Delbert I. Mathis

November 2, 1925 - May 12, 2017

Delbert Irving Mathis, 91, of Springfield formerly of Mitchell, South Dakota, passed away on Friday May 12, 2017 at his residence. He was born on November 2, 1925 in Mount Vernon, South Dakota to Irving and Jennie Hemminger Mathis. Delbert married Mavis Brown and she preceded him in death on February 7, 1992. He then married Florine Fox and she preceded him in death on September 28, 2016.Mr....
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Ruth N. Hammons

July 4, 1932 - May 11, 2017

Ruth N. Hammons, 84, of Springfield, passed away on Thursday May 11, 2017 at Pleasant Hill Village in Girard. She was born on July 4, 1932 in Springfield to Herbert and Carrie Cook Holman. Ruth married George D. Hammons Jr., on June 25, 1955 in Springfield and he preceded her in death on May 27, 2007.Mrs. Hammons is survived by one son Anthony O. (Terri) Hammons, two daughters: Jennifer (Rev....
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Marietta C. Watt

September 22, 1919 - May 10, 2017

Girard, IL- Marietta C. Watt, 97, a longtime resident of Springfield, passed away at 7:40 pm Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Pleasant Hill Village in Girard, IL.She was born in Mexico, MO the daughter of James U. and Margaret (Clark) Cullen. A resident most of her life, she graduated from Springfield High School, attended Springfield Junior College and then graduated from St. Luke's Hospital School...
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Hazel Marie Douglas

September 30, 1928 - May 8, 2017

Springfield, IL-HAZEL MARIE DOUGLAS, 88, of Springfield, passed away at 1:13 am Monday, May 8, 2017 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. She was born in Springfield, September 30, 1928 the daughter of Fredrick C. and Ruth (Curtis) Douglas. Her parents, six brothers: Fred, Lewis, Earl, Artis, Cyril, and Clifford, and two sisters, Leona Ross and Juanita Douglas, all preceded her in death. She...
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Arlen W. Taylor

February 16, 1945 - May 4, 2017

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