Dewitt Obits Archives for 2013-03

Beulah Marie Evans of Monticello

Beulah Marie Evans, 88, passed away at home on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013. There will be a visitation for family and friends at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home in Monticello from 1:30-2:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, 2013. The funeral service will follow at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Katie Hopper officiating. Interment will be held in Monticello Township Cemetery. Beulah was born October 6, 1924 in Argenta, the daughter of Earnest Gilbert and Pearl Irene (White) Williams, one of eight children; 3 girls and 5 boys. She married the love of her life, Ben Evans on June 27, 1946. He preceded her in death on June 6, 2006 after 59 years of marriage. Beulah is survived by one sister, Mary Beals of Iowa; one sister-in-law, Marie Williams of Champaign; one brother-in-law, Carl Herring of Decatur; 2 children, John (Donna) Evans of Monticello and Karen Evans Foran of White Heath; 5 grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Beulah worked as a waitress at Bill and Pete’s Café in Monticello in her early twenties, then as a bookkeeper at J.R. Heath and Sons. She left that job to become a stay home mom and homemaker, also volunteering at the Piatt County Nursing Home for 25 years bringing treats and smiles to many residents over those years. Her love of the outdoors and tending to her flower beds found her outside in all seasons from dawn to dusk. Well into her eighties, after living in her home for 60 years, she was known as the “little lady that swept Kratz Road”. Beulah was a generous and loving soul that always ended a conversation with “Have a great day!” She will be greatly missed by many, but her strong and loving spirit will be with us always. Memorials may be made to Piatt County Nursing Home or the Diabetes Foundation.

William E Cox of Beason

William E. Cox, 74, of Leesburg, Fla., and formerly of Kokomo, Ind., and Beason, died from cancer March 31, 2013, at his home.

Service: A private vigil for immediate family will be Sunday in Kokomo. Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Leesburg, Fla., was in charge of arrangements.

Burial: April 20 in Bloomington.

Donnabelle Pech of Lincoln

Donnabelle Pech, 87, of Lincoln died at 11:40 a.m. Saturday (March 30, 2013) at Christian Village Nursing Home, Lincoln.

Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John United Church of Christ, Lincoln, with the Rev. Jan Johnson and the Rev. Wallace Reifsteck officiating.

Burial: New Union Cemetery, Lincoln.

Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Memorials: St. John United Church of Christ, Lincoln. Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln, is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors: Her son, Randy (Betsy) Pech, Lincoln; daughter, Carolyn Pech, Lincoln; sisters, Emma Lou Lemon, Kankakee; and Jewell (George) Zook, Jacksonville; sister-in-law, Ruth Opperman, Lincoln; two granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren. 

Nola May Karr of Clinton

Nola May Karr, 89 of Clinton, IL passed away at 5:00 A.M. March 30, 2013 at Hickory Point Christian Living Center, Forsyth, IL.

Mass of Christian Burial service will be 10 A.M. Thursday, April 4, 2013 at St. John’s Catholic Church with Father Peter Pilon officiating. Interment will follow at Long Point Cemetery, Wapella, IL. Visitation will be 5-7 P.M. Wednesday April 3, 2013 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL. Memorials may be made to the DeWitt Clinton Chapter of D.A.R.

Miss Karr was born on July 9, 1923 on a farm near Wapella, IL the daughter of Frank and Dottie (Muirheid) Karr. She attended Mooreville Grade School and graduated from Wapella High School in 1941. She attended Illinois State University, Normal, IL while employed at State Farm Insurance Company, Bloomington, IL. In 1945 she accepted a civil service appointment with the War Dept. in Washington D.C. She transferred to the Post Office Dept. in 1946 and remained there for 32 years. She lived in Washington D.C. area until moving back to DeWitt County in 2005.

Nola belonged to the DeWitt Clinton Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, General Society of Mayflower Descendants and many genealogical societies. She was the family genealogist publishing family history books on the Baker, Cunningham, Karr and Muirheid families and one of all known ancestors. She also published the family newsletter on a quarterly basis. She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church. She had many hobbies over the years including swimming, beachcombing, bowling, sewing, indoor gar-dening, reading, knitting, crocheting, fishing, boating, outdoor gardening and foremost genealogy.

Survivors include one brother: Thomas Marion Karr and over 250 nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Frank and Dottie (Muirheid) Karr, 11 brothers: William Shirley, Charles Herbert, Wilbur Edwin, Floyd Franklin, Raymond Willis, Robert Emmett, John Mayo, Henry, Frank, Calvin Baker and Francis Eugene Karr and 2 sisters: Alice Louise Summers and Nell Karr.

Margie Elizabeth Hoke of Clinton

Margie Elizabeth Hoke, 89 of Clinton, IL passed away 8:10 P.M. March 30, 2013 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.

Celebration Of Life services will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at the Lane Christian Church, Lane, IL with Keith Warner officiating. Burial will be at a later date. There will be no visitation. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites. Memorials may be made to the Lane Christian Church.

Margie was born January 23, 1924 in Randolph, IL the daughter of John D. and Ella (Campbell) Johnson. She married C. “Bud” Hoke December 19, 1943 in Decatur, IL. He passed away October 30, 1996.

Survivors include her children: Larry (Jane) Hoke, Clinton, IL, Ed (Sonna) Hoke, Clinton, IL, Fred (Sharline) Hoke, Clinton, IL, Gary (Alma) Hoke, Clinton, IL, Karen (Jim) Powers, Wapella, IL, Randy Hoke, Clinton, IL; 13 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; siblings: Esther Covey, Clinton, IL, Lila Andrews, Clinton, IL and Ralph Johnson, Clinton, IL. She was preceded in death by her 6 sisters.

She was a member of the Lane Christian Church.

David Ekiss of Argenta

David Ekiss, 72, Argenta, IL, passed away at 4:46 AM Friday, March 29, 2013 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL. Services are pending at Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL.

Charles H. Newman of Clinton

CHARLES H. NEWMAN,  82, of Clinton, Illinois died at  his family residence in Clinton, IL at 12:15 AM on March 29, 2013.

Services will be at 1:30 P.M. Tuesday at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL. J. Kent Hickerson will be officitating.

Interment will take place at Memorial Park Cemetery Clinton, IL. Visitation will be from 5 – 7 P.M. Monday at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, Clinton, Il. of Clinton FFA Chapter .

Online condolences may be made at

Eva I. Hayter of Lincoln

Eva I. Hayter, 89, of Lincoln, formerly of Beason, passed away Friday (March 29, 2013) at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln.

No funeral is scheduled. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial will be at a later date in Keyes Cemetery, rural Beason. Peasley Funeral Home, Lincoln, is in charge of arrangements.

Eva I. Howen was born July 28, 1923, in North Dakota, the daughter of John and Olive Howen. She married Robert Hayter on Aug. 15, 1942. He preceded her in death in November 2003.

She is survived by three daughters, Joyce Gleason, Lincoln; Jacquelyn (Michael Craig) Zaffiri, Bloomington; and Peggy (Mike) Tackett, Lincoln. Many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild also survive.

She was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.

Eva was the owner of Bob and Eva’s Café in Beason from 1957 until 1967. Later, Eva’s love of painting became a career as well as a pastime.

She was a loving mother and grandmother.

Eva’s family would like to thank the staff of Christian Village Nursing Home for the care and love that was shown to Eva during her stay at the home.

Memorials may be made to the Logan County Paramedics Association, the Lupus Foundation or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Clarence F. Benedict of Lincoln

Clarence F. “Fred” Benedict, 91, of Lincoln passed away Friday (March 29, 2013) at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln.

The funeral for Mr. Benedict will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Peasley Funeral Home, Lincoln.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in New Union Cemetery, Lincoln. Military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 263, Lincoln.

Clarence Frederick Benedict was born Sept. 19, 1921, in McLean, the son of James Adam and Mary Ellen Wilson Benedict. He married Ada Mae Kinney. He later married Alzada Davenport on June 6, 1970. She preceded him in death.

Fred is survived by three sons, Gene Benedict, Wheeling; Dean Benedict, California; and Robert (Dorothy) Benedict, Lincoln; one daughter, Theresa (Charles) Funk, McLean; three stepsons, Darrell (Pat) Robertson, Mason City; Johnny Robertson, Santa Fe, N.M.; and Kenny (Alice) Robertson, Lincoln; two stepdaughters, Hazel Root, Lincoln, and Marjorie Gardner, Bradenton, Fla.; two sisters, Nora Emmons and Alice Comstock, both of Lincoln; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Carl Benedict; four sisters; nine brothers; one stepdaughter; and one stepson.

Fred served in the U.S. Navy during World War II with the rank of seaman first class. He then worked as a journeyman union carpenter for 44 years, retiring in 1985.

 He was of the Christian faith. He was a member of American Legion Post 263 and Carpenters Union 568.

Memorials may be made to The Christian Village Activity Department or the Leukemia Foundation.

Bette Lou Grant of DeLand

Bette Lou Grant, 89, of Green Valley, formerly of DeLand, passed away at 7:13 a.m. Thursday (March 28, 2013) at Mardell Manor of Green Valley.

Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at DeLand Cemetery, DeLand, with Jeff Leeman officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Monday at Trigg & Calvert Chapel, DeLand.

Memorials may be made to the Bette Grant Memorial Fund.

Bette was born Dec. 8, 1923, in Pueblo, Colo., the daughter of Carl and Mary Mays. She married Charles William “Bill” Grant on March 19, 1948, in Monticello. He passed away Sept. 10, 2001.

Survivors include two sons, Bill (Julie) Grant, Manito; and Bruce Grant, Austin, Texas. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Ryan Grant, Wendy Schweigert and Melanie Cunningham; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Jerry Lee Mays, Merced, Calif.; and one sister, Jeannie Brandeis, Merced, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, one daughter and five brothers and sisters.

Bette was a member of the DeLand United Methodist Church and the DeLand Rebekah Lodge.

Online condolences may be made at

Lyle Max Rolofson of Argenta

Lyle Max Rolofson, 57 of Argenta, IL passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Symphony of Decatur.

Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL with Rev. Don Pritchard officiating. Burial will follow at Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta, IL. Friends may call from 4 – 8 P.M. Monday, April 1, 2013 at Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL. Please dress casual, Lyle will be wearing bibs. Memorials may be made to the Lyle M. Rolofson memorial fund.

Friends may visit Lyle Rolofson’s Memorial Page on facebook and also leave condolences online at

Shirley Marie Lamb of Bement

Shirley Marie Lamb, native of Bement, Illinois entered into rest early evening on March 27, 2013. She was born in the family farm house just west of Bement on May 31, 1930. She was preceded in death by Mother, Lelah Lamb, Father, Harry Lamb and a sister who was lost at a very young age. She grew up and went onto Illinois State University and gained a Bachelor’s in Accounting with a minor in Physical Education. After college, she went on to work for Attorney Arnold Sievers as a Secretary until retirement. In her final years Shirl lived in Florida, The Sunshine State, as it could never be too warm for her. She leaves behind a family and several cousins who loved her very much. Instead of flowers, please make donations to Hospice Foundation in Shirley’s name as they gave both Shirley and our family much care, we believe they were truly God sent. HPH Hospice Foundation Donation Department, 12107 Majestic Blvd., Hudson, FL 34667.

Wallace K . Ashby of Clinton

Wallace K. Ashby, 95, of Clinton died at 1:59 p.m. Wednesday (March 27, 2013) at Lincoln Christian Village, Lincoln.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville. Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home, 201 S. Center St., Clinton.

Wayne Ace Williams of Farmer City

Wayne “Ace” Williams, 76, of Farmer City passed away at 4:34 p.m. March 26, 2013, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Farmer City American Legion, Farmer City. There will be no visitation. Inurnment will be in Bellflower Township Cemetery following the memorial service, with military rites accorded.

Memorials may be made to the Wayne “Ace” Williams Memorial Fund for his grandchildren’s education in care of Heartland Bank and Trust Company, Farmer City. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Roberta Luckhart Whiteside of Lincoln

Roberta Luckhart Whiteside, 96, of Lincoln, IL died at her home on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 5:20 p.m.

Memorial Services for Roberta will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30, 2013 at the Christian Homes Congregate Building, Lincoln with Ryan Edgecombe officiating. Burial will be in Zion Cemetery, Lincoln at a later date. Memorials may be given to Lincoln Christian Congregate building.

Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln is handling arrangements.

Beverly J Crowley of Bement

Beverly J Crowley was called home to her lord March 25,2013. Funeral Services are scheduled for Thursday March 28, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Shiloh Methodist Church Mahomet IL with graveside services at riverside cemetery Mahomet. Visitation will be held Wednesday March 27 from 5-7 at Owens Funeral home in Mahomet.

Beverly was born May 2, 1936 in Bement IL to Linzy and Nellie Pierce Corum. She married the love of her life Clifford Crowley on April 17, 1970 in Bement he preceded her in death on August 6, 1987.

She is survived by a Son Dale (Julie) Crowley Mahomet and their two sons Hunter and Colton Crowley also surviving a daughter Carolyn (Mike) Jent Fisher and their daughter Emma Jent, 3 brothers Gene Corum Bement, Jack (Sharon) Corum Arthur, and William (Mary Anne) Corum Oklahoma City. She was preceded in death by her parents, older brother Robert and his wife Nancy Corum Bement and granddaughter Megan Jent Fisher.

Beverly retired from Patterson Dental in Champaign in 2006 and was able to travel and spend time with her family and friends. A sports fan all her life she loved the illini and could always be found in front of the TV on game day. She was able to live out her dream in 2008 when she was able to travel to the Rose Bowl to cheer on the Illini football team. Travel was something else that she got to experience in her retirement going a once in a life time trip to Hawaii with her oldest brother and yearly trips to Branson MO with her brother jack and his wife Sharon. She loved to spend time with her family and always loved to have people around her. She will be missed.

Obituary written by family members.

James Donald Moreland of Argenta

James Donald Moreland, 85, of Argenta died 5:47 p.m. Monday (March 25, 2013) in Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Services will be noon Saturday in Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, with the Rev. Kevin Treptow officiating. Visitation will be two hours before services. Burial will be in Friends Creek Cemetery Argenta, with military rites. Memorials: Argenta United Methodist Church or donor’s choice. Send condolences:

James was born Oct. 23, 1927, in Hillsboro, the son of Melvin and Mabel Irene Curry Moreland. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran. He was a member of Argenta United Methodist Church. He retired from Phillips Pipeline after 29 years of service. After his retirement, he was a part-time realtor and held several other part-time jobs. He was an avid fisherman. He married Dorothy Irene Sanders on Aug. 6, 1950, in Hillsboro.

Surviving are his wife; children, David (Mary) Moreland of Chatham; Karon Moreland (Neal Primm) of Colmesneil, Texas; Sharon (Denny) Moore of Latham; Suzie (Mike) Bruels of Charleston; brothers and sisters, Betty Adden of Nokomis; Bill (Nancy) Moreland of Copperas Cove, Texas; Jerry (Donna) Moreland of Taylorville; sisters-in-law, Pat Moreland of Taylorville; Kathleen Moreland of Oklahoma; Lois Moreland of Florissant, Mo.; brother-in-law, Melvert Cordani of Pana; five grandchildren; one stepgrandson; two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two grandchildren; brothers, Carl, Richard “Bud,” and Jack; sisters: Lavell and Mable.

Peggy E. Houdeshell of Monticello

Peggy E. Houdeshell, age 59, of Monticello, Illinois passed away at 10:21 A.M. Sunday, March 24, 2013 at Decatur Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, March 30, 2013 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Dalrymple officiating. Visitation will be Friday, March 29, 2013 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home in Monticello, Illinois. Interment will be at the Monticello Township Cemetery in Monticello. Peggy was born May 2, 1953 in Sheldon, Missouri the daughter of James Hubert and Mary Elizabeth (Malcom) Thomas. She married Robert Houdeshell on April 8, 1971 in Sheldon, Missouri. He survives. Also surviving are her children Justin (Joan) Houdeshell of Mahomet, IL; Lorie (Joe) Frantz of Mattoon, IL; and Kami (Jeremy) Benson of Bement, IL. She also is survived by 9 grandchildren, sisters, Louise Olgren of Independence, MO; Freda Eliason of Brookfield, WI; Irene Barnhart of Raymore, MO; Betty Stoner of Pleasant Valley, MO; June Dobbins of Carthage, MO; and a brother, Jim Thomas of Stockton, MO. Peggy was preceded in death by her parents and Brother Charles Thomas. She loved her family and grandchildren very much. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Mary Virginia Foster of Clinton

Mary Virginia Foster, 98, lifelong resident of the Clinton area, died at 4:53 a.m. Sunday (March 24, 2013) at Manor Court, Clinton.

Her funeral will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton. Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Little Galilee Christian Assembly Camp.

She was born April 24, 1914, in Bellflower, daughter of Louis and Hattie Sprau Hiither. She married Grover Delmar Foster on Sept. 3, 1941, in Bellflower. He passed away Dec. 29, 2012.  

She is survived by one son, Glenn D. (Barbara) Foster, Crawfordsville, Ind.; two grandsons, Troy L. (Stacy) Mohr, Greenfield, Ind., and David (Cheryl) Foster, Tupelo, Miss.; one granddaughter,  Stacey Foster, Lake Mary, Fla.; six great-grandchildren, Gage Foster, Taylor Jones, Trysten and Emily Mohr, and Courtney and Colten Smith; two great-great-granddaughters, Mikyla and Madalyn Coffman; sister, Marguerite Rude, Bradley; brother, Louis Hiither Jr., Oracle, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Bernice Pauley, Gibson City; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Henry Hiither; brother-in-law, Wilbur Rude; brother- and sister-in-law, Chester and Lena Foster; brother- and sister-in-law, Bradley and Esther Campbell; and special niece, Barbara Rude.

She was a member of First Christian Church, Clinton.

She was a 67-year member of the Order of Eastern Star, and she and Delmar were worthy matron and patron of the Bloomington Chapter 50.

Mary loved her friends and family dearly! She had a big heart and welcomed all! The more the merrier! She farmed in partnership with her husband for many years in the LeRoy, Armington and Wapella areas. They moved to Clinton when they retired in 1976.

Online condolences may be made at

Robert Lee Shannon of Heyworth

Robert Lee Shannon, Heyworth, 70, passed away peacefully March 24, 2013, in Tucson, Ariz.

He is survived by his daughter, Sherri Shannon; granddaughter, Michelle Alvey; and his sister, Nanci Shannon Dyer.

He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Robert Shannon; parents, Porter and Alte Mae Dryer Shannon; his wife, Sandra Shannon; and his sister, Sharon Shannon Reynolds.

Robert was a graduate of Ellsworth High School and served in the U.S. Air Force at Whiteman Air Force Base, Warrensburg, Mo.

After his discharge, he became a tool and die maker, working at both General Electric and Caterpillar from which he received many patents for his work.

He was an avid sports fan, especially football. He loved being a grandfather as well as traveling, which is where he met and married Sandra. While married they resided in Melbourne, Australia.

He and his “Aussie” wife lived happily “down under” for 10 years traveling to several countries where he made lots of friends.

A private service will be planned to celebrate his life.

Please visit the online guestbook at

Arrangements made under the care of Vistoso Funeral Home, Oro Valley, Ariz.

Wilma Lucille Drobisch of Argenta

Wilma Lucille Drobisch died on March 24, 2013, in Frisco, Texas, where she has lived since 2011. Lucille was born on December 21, 1918, the daughter of Walter & Nancy Wright Heinle. She was a graduate of Argenta & Decatur public schools. Lucille received her degree of registered nursing at St. Johns School in Springfield, IL.

She married Edward C. Drobisch on August 24, 1940. She is a past president of the former Mound School PTA and life member of Illinois Congress of PTA; past president of Lamda Tau Delta sorority, PEO Chapter IF, Decatur, IL; past member of Junior Welfare Associate, and former board member of TB Association. She was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church in Decatur.

Surviving are her son David and his wife Sue of Decatur; daughter Nancy Ruegge and husband Ron of Frisco, Texas; grandchildren Douglas Drobisch and wife Alice of Maryville, IL; Tim Drobisch of Decatur; Heather Ruegge Chen and husband Kaiyan of Frisco, Texas; and grandson Marcus Ruegge of Frisco. She is also survived by great grandchildren: Lauren, Hannah & Kate Chen and Nathan Drobisch.

Lucille & Ed enjoyed hiking during their winter months in Arizona. She enjoyed genealogy, history and had a great love of gardening. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Ed.

The family thanks all the caregivers who gave her such great care at Prairie Estates in Frisco. Memorial services will be announced at a later date. Burial in Friends Creek Cemetery in Argenta. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 201 W. North St, Decatur, IL 62522; Department of Conservation, 3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur, IL 62521; or Habitat for Humanity, 151 N. Main Street, Decatur, IL 62523.

Lucille was a caring mother and friend and will be missed.

Obituary written by family members.

Inez Ellison Leslie of Maroa

Inez Ellison Leslie peacefully past away Saturday, March 23, 2013. Funeral services will be Friday, March 29 at 1:00 pm at Harvest Christian Center (2199 N. Water St., Decatur, IL). The family will receive friends for a time of visitation beginning at 12:00 noon until service time. Burial will be in the Maroa Cemetery. Tanzyus Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge of arrangements. Send condolences to

Inez was born August 24, 1929, in Warrick Country, the daughter of Lloyd and Martha Ellison. She married her high school sweetheart Garrell A. Leslie on April 19, 1947, in Boonville, Indiana. He preceded her in death on December 23, 2008.

Inez was a beautician for over 40 years in Maroa, Tuscola and Atwood. We are so thankful for the Christian love, kindness and giving mother than made her so precious to us. She was known for being such a wonderful cook and baker. Those who knew her knew there would always be a place at her table.

Surviving are her children: Rick (Cathy) Leslie of Glenarm, IL., Cynthia (Larry) Day of Decatur, IL., Donna (Steve) Fisher of Omaha, Nebraska, and Kathy Leslie of Indianapolis, IN; 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Her sister June (Robert) Scales of Chandler, IN also survives.

Our family would like to thank those who cared for mom in her final years of life: Dr. Pabalate, Dr. Telle and Harbor Light Hospice staff. We would also like to thank Imboden Creek Gardens and Living Center for not only taking excellent care of our mother but for all of the tenderness, kindness and love that was given to our whole family. All of you will have a special place in our hearts.

Obituary written by family members.

Taylor Christian Tippet of Clinton

Taylor Christian Tippet, son of Mark and Debbie Tippet of Clinton, was stillborn at 10:42 p.m. Saturday (March 23, 2013) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Baby Haven Cemetery, Clinton. The Rev. John Roberson will officiate. The family has entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Taylor Christian Tippet Memorial Fund. Survivors include his parents, Mark and Deborah Guimond Tippet, Clinton; maternal grandmother, Margaret Guimond, Clinton; maternal grandfather, Gerard Guimond, Seekonk, Mass.; paternal grandparents, Armand and Linda Tippet, Taylorville; paternal great-grandparents, Don and Rosa Tippet, Moreno Valley, Calif.; brothers and sisters, Tyler, Samantha, Jenna, Jeremy, Alex, Katerina, Josiah, Seraphina and Zechariah, all of Clinton. Online condolences may be made at

Ronald Stanley Runyen of Maroa

Ronald Stanley Runyen, 64, Maroa, died at 11:28 a.m. Saturday (March 23, 2013) at his family home, Maroa.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, with Ron Rector officiating. Burial will be at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Ronald Runyen Memorial Fund.

He was born Oct. 11, 1948, in Decatur, son of Elmer S. “Fat” and Betty Ellen Vantries Runyen. He married Joyce Marie Good on Oct. 20, 1967, in Decatur. She passed away Aug. 10, 2005.

He is survived by one son, Tony Good, Maroa; one daughter, Ronda (Bill) Bradley, Joy; one sister, Betty Jane (Russ) Copher, Maroa; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He was affiliated with Maroa Christian Church.

Ronald was an ASA softball umpire, past city council alderman and worked at Revere Copper & Brass Inc. in Clinton for 35 years. He also worked at the M&M Cafe in Maroa.  

Walter Ray Richner of Mt. Pulaski

Walter Ray Richner, 79, of Mt. Pulaski passed away on Saturday, April 20, 213 at home with his family at his bedside. He was born to Walter and Josephine Gardner Richner on October 25, 1933.

Ray graduated from the University of Illinois in 1955 then served two years in the United States Marines Corp.

He then returned to Chestnut to work the family farm until his retirement.

Ray is survived by his wife, Jo, of 58 years; son: Michael (Jennifer) of Mt. Pulaski, daughter: Leigh Ann (Mark) Whitson of Arcola; grandsons: Adam (Michelle) Whitson of Cibolo, Texas, Joshua (Jaimee) Whitson of Tuscola; Justin (Michelle) Richner of St. Louis, Mo.; great grandchildren: Ava and Beau Whitson and Lauren Whitson. his brother: Francis Neil (Maggie) Richner of Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: Darrell and Marvin, infant sister Betty Jo, ond one grandson Jason Richner.

A Memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Chestnut.

Following the service the family is asking friends to join them for a fellowship meal at the Chesnut family Restaurant at 5:00 p.m.

No Visitation is scheduled.

Private family burial will take place at a later date.

Peasley Funeral Home in Lincoln is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to Memorial Home Services Hospice, Pastor Joel Dietrich, and our good friends for their help in getting through this very difficult time.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Memorial Home Services Hospice, the Chestnut Zion Lutheran Church, or donor’s choice.

Obituary written by family members.

Maria Guadalupe Orozco of Heyworth

Maria Guadalupe Orozco, 67, Heyworth, died at 5:13 a.m. Tuesday (March 19, 2013) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Her funeral Mass will be at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bloomington, with the Rev. Gregg Petri officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded after the service. Inurnment will be at Heyworth Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Community Cancer Center, Normal.

Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born June 26, 1945, in Momax, Zacatecas, Mexico, daughter of Alberto and Margarita M. Del Real Miramontes. She married Jose “Candelario” Orozco on Dec. 23, 1961, in Mexico.

Surviving are her husband of Heyworth; her father of Mexico; two sons, Jabier (Brooke) Orozco, Normal, and Eufemio (Dori) Orozco, Bloomington; six daughters, Martina Herrera, Delia (James) Fisk and Silbia (Richard) Miramontes, all of Heyworth; Rocio (Randy) Windle, Bloomington; Marisela Roof, Towanda; and Leticia Orozco, Bloomington; 21 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Juan Antonio (Josefina) Miramontes, Mexico, and Adalberto (Lupe) Miramontes, Texas; and five sisters, Mercedes (Juan) Martinez, Texas; Elvira Estrada, Mexico; Candelaria (Jose) Correa, Bloomington; Elidia Miramontes, Texas; and Margarita (Gonzalo) Delgado, Bloomington.

She was preceded in death by her mother; two sons, Juan Ignacio Orozco and Felipe Orozco; two brothers, Rafael del Rosario and Juan Antonio Miramontes; one sister, Cuca Miramontes; and one brother-in-law, Juan Ramon Estrada.

Maria was a homemaker and also enjoyed crafting needlepoint.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to her grandchildren, Hugo and Amanda Herrera, for their special care for Maria during her time of illness.

Thomas F. Cooper of Clinton

Thomas F. Cooper, 84, Clinton, died at 4:24 p.m. Tuesday (March 19, 2013) at Dr. John Warner Hospital, Clinton.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Christian Church, Clinton, with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will be at Sugar Grove Cemetery, Wapella. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to First Christian Church, Clinton.

He was born May 11, 1928, in Decatur, a son of Roy Cooper and Margaret (Johnson) Cooper. He married Della M. Bray on Feb. 19, 1950, in Wapella.

He is survived by his wife, Della M. Cooper, Clinton; children, Debra (Randy) Waks, Deane E. Cooper, Donna L. (Rich) Parker, Tom D. (Connie) Cooper and John A. (Marcia) Cooper, all of Clinton; nine grandchildren, Ryan Holt, Drew Duggins, Nick Massey, Ashton Duggins, Tyler Baker, Cassie Baker, Colton Cooper, Wyatt Cooper and Conor Cooper; half sisters, Sandy Priola, Naples, Fla., and Joanne (Grant) DeYoung, Sunset Beach, N.C.; half brother, Leroy (Joyce) Reif, Ocala, Fla.; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one granddaughter, Crystal Massey; and one great-granddaughter, Sydney Holt.

He was a member of First Christian Church, Clinton. Tom farmed all of his life. He was director and later an associate director for the DeWitt County Soil Conservation Office and DeWitt County Farm Bureau.

His family and farming were his life and he will be missed greatly.

Joseph L. Wilson of Clinton

Joseph L. Wilson, 93, Clinton, died at 5:15 a.m. Monday (March 18, 2013) at his home.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with the Rev. Benjamin Keller officiating. Interment will be at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, with military honors. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Clinton Country Club Junior Golf Program, Clinton YMCA or Clinton Presbyterian Church.

He was born June 22, 1919, in Merna, a son of Channing Wilson and Mary Alice Marshall. He married Lois VanDyke  on Feb. 17, 1938, in Bloomington. She died Jan. 23, 2009.

He is survived by two sons, David (Jane) Wilson, Kingsland, Ga., and Steve (Karol) Wilson, Clinton; six grandchildren, Jim (Tonya) Wilson, Hartville, Mo.; Kristine (Scott) Stamp, Reed Springs, Mo.; Brody Wilson, Clinton; Brock Wilson, Clinton; Hunter Austin, Springfield, Mo.; and Amanda DeGuair, Kona, Hawaii; and eight great-grandchildren.

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

He was a member of Clinton Presbyterian Church  and a veteran of World War II.

After the war, Joe started working at the Shell gas station, which he owned and operated. He later opened Wilson’s Chrysler-Jeep in Clinton in 1953, which is celebrating its 60th year of business. Joe never retired.

He was a member of Clinton Country Club, Clinton Masonic Lodge, Clinton Elks Lodge and the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

Joe was an avid golfer until 1992. He loved playing poker every Thursday night with his poker buddies, was a Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed reading.

Joe especially loved his family and spending time with them. His grandchildren lit up his life. 

Joe was the 2011 grand marshal of the Clinton Christmas Parade.

The family would like to send a special thank-you to Joe’s home helper, Linda Moore.

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Darrell J. Semple of Heyworth

Darrell J. Semple, 82, Heyworth, died at 12:40 p.m. Monday (March 18, 2013) at his home.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, with the Revs. Richard Gray and Steve Barrow officiating. Burial will be at Randolph Township Memorial Cemetery, Heyworth, with military rites. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Heyworth Library or Alzheimer’s Association.

Darrell was born Sept. 6, 1930, at New Holland, a son of John T. and Lorene K. Langenbahn Semple. He married Katherine L. Colson on Oct. 15, 1949, in Lincoln. She died Dec. 29, 2006.

He is survived by two sons, David (Ann) Semple, Metamora, and Troy (Kelly) Semple, Heyworth; one daughter, Debra Nohl, Heyworth; three grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; two brothers, Wayne Semple, Decatur, and Donald E. (Barbara) Semple, New Holland; and one sister, Doris M. Kelly, Farmer City.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Katherine L. Semple.

Darrell had been manager of Alexander Lumber Co., Normal, for 46 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict.

Darrell was a life member of Carl E. Miller American Legion Post 624, Heyworth, and life member of Little Embry Rainey VFW Post 1559, Heyworth.

He enjoyed gardening and fishing trips to Red Lake, Ontario, Canada.

Fern Virginia Fisher of Monticello

Fern Virginia Fisher, 94, of Monticello, formerly of Deland, passed away at 12:54 p.m., March 17, 2013 at Carle Hospital, Urbana. Fern was born on July 12, 1918 in Findlay, IL, the daughter of Luther and Olive (Kirby) Reedy. She married Thomas Warren Fisher on March 27, 1937 in Monticello. He passed away on September 15, 1975. Survivors include her son; Edward (Shirley) Fisher of Monticello, daughter; Charylene (John) Taylor of Monticello, grandchildren; Alan (Bernice) Fisher of Deland, Kim (Greg) Johnson of Monticello, great grandchildren; Matthew Fisher, Brittany Fisher, Megan Johnson, and great-great grandson; Auston Fisher. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 1 great granddaughter (Sarah Fisher), 4 brothers and 6 sisters. Fern retired from the Deland-Weldon School District in 1992 after working 37 years as a cook and a custo-dian. Fern also worked with her husband for several years at the Deland Tribune. Fern was a member of the Deland Christian Church, the Residence Council at Tatman Village where she had resided since 2007, and has been a member of the Rebekah Lodge since 1948. She served several years as a dispatcher for the Piatt County Senior Citizens Transportation Program and she loved to sew and quilt. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 21, 2013, at the Deland Christian Church with Phil Hansen officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Goose Creek Township Cemetery, Deland. Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello is handling the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Tatman Village or the Deland Christian Church.

Gerald Wesley of Clinton

Gerald Wesley, 64 of Clinton, IL went home to be with our Lord Sunday, March 17, 2013 at Decatur Memorial Hospital after complications from a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends.

Mass of Christian burial will be 11 A.M. Thursday, March 21, 2013 at Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, Gillespie, IL with Monsignor Larry Auda officiating. Burial will follow Cahokia Holy Cross Cemetery, Gillespie, IL with military honors at the graveside. Visitation will be 5 -7 P.M. Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with a rosary service at 4:30 P.M. Memorials may be made to the scholarship fund for the Clinton Maroon’s baseball and softball programs.

        Gerald is survived by his wife: Susan (Klinkert) Wesley of Clinton, IL and 3 children: Shae (fiancé Aaron Whitener) of Boone, NC, Andrew of Dumas, TX and Adam of South Bend, IN; mother: Kathryn of Alton; sister: Wanda Halliday (John) of Bellevue, NE; brother: Tom (Linda) of Alton and sister: Melanie Strowmatt (David) of Alton as well as 10 nieces and nephews, 13 grandnieces and nephews and many more. He was preceded in death by his father: Gerald Joseph Wesley and sister: Nancy Jo.

        He was born January 7, 1949 in Litchfield, IL. He lived in Gillespie, IL until 1959 when the family moved to Alton, IL. Jerry was a 1967 graduate of Marquette High School and a Veteran of the United States Air Force. He graduated from Gem City Community College in 1973. On September 2, 1979, he married Susan Klinkert, daughter of the late Hal and Lucille Klinkert, at their family home. The remained there for the almost 34 years of marriage, raising their children; allowing them to run, romp and play – just be kids. He loved golf, cooking – specializing in spaghetti and barbeque sauce as well as country style breakfasts – all enjoyed by many over the years, coaching and watching softball and baseball and spending time with his family and loyal dog, Hal.

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Myron J Sudduth of Maroa

Myron J. Sudduth, 82, Maroa, Marine Corps veteran and retired from Plumber and Pipefitter’s Local 149, died Saturday (March 16, 2013).

Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, First Freewill Baptist Church. Visitation: one hour before services. Burial: Camp Butler National Cemetery, Riverton, with military rites. Arrangements by: Moran & Goebel Funeral Home. Memorials: First Freewill Baptist Church. Send

Daniel L. Powless of Clinton

Daniel L. Powless, 64, of Clinton died 3:45 p.m. Thursday (March 14, 2013) in OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

There will be no services. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, is in charge of cremation. Memorials: American Heart Association or Clinton American Legion. Send condolences:

Mr. Powless was born Dec. 27, 1948, in Clinton, the son of Vernon L. “CY” and Dorothy Jean Adams Powless. He worked as a plumber for more than 37 years. His last marriage was to Elizabeth Marie Kelley on Feb. 5, 1999.

Surviving are his wife; daughters, Tammy Sue (Mike) Rogers of St. Louis, Mo.; Amy Jo Robinson of Clinton; stepdaughter, Jennifer Shaw (Jeffery) of Decatur; stepson, Benjamen Lee Nave; grandchildren, James Daniel Drone, Jonathan Rogers, Jennifer Rogers, Jessica Rogers, River Robinson, Cole Robinson; stepgrandchildren, Nickolas Shaw, Alexis Shaw and Destiny Mulvany; cousins, Karen Steele of Clinton; Berle Powless of McKinney, Texas; three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Marilyn J. Hoinacki of Lincoln

Marilyn J. Hoinacki, 75, of Lincoln went to meet her Savior on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 6:50 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

A Mass of Christian Burial Service will be held on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church.

Visitation will be held on Sunday evening from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Peasley Funeral Home.

Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Lincoln. Memorials may be made to Carroll Catholic School or the Pregnancy Crisis Center.

William B. Bill Wyles of Lincoln

 William B. “Bill” Wyles, 89, Lincoln, World War II Navy veteran and owner of Logan County Rental Center, died Wednesday (March 13, 2013).

Services: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Visitation: one hour before services. Burial: Zion Cemetery, Lincoln, with military rites. Memorials: Jefferson Street Christian Church or Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Leland B Kingsboro of Monticello

Leland B. Kingsboro, 97, of Monticello, formerly of Deland, passed away at 4:12 p.m., March 13, 2013 at the Piatt County Nursing Home, Monticello.

Leland was born on April 27, 1915 in Deland, IL, the son of Newton B. and Fern B. (Borton) Kingsboro. He married Yvonne M. “Bonnie” Valentine on January 27, 1937 in Covington, IN. She passed away February 22, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, 3 brothers (Merwyn, Karl, and Gail) and 1 sister (Esther).

Leland was a retired farmer. For many years Leland enjoyed keeping in touch with his friends through his CB radio connections. He will be missed dearly by family and friends.

A visitation for Bonnie and Leland will be held from 2:00-3:00 p.m., Sunday March 17, 2013 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home. Interment will be in Monticello Township Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Piatt County Nursing Home.

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Brock Ryan Endres of Lincoln

Brock Ryan Endres, 19, of Lincoln passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 10:11 p.m. in rural Lincoln.

A Mass of Christian Burial Service will be held on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church with Rev. Jeffrey G. Laible officiating.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 17, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church. A Rosary Service will be held at 2:45 p.m. prior to the visitation.

Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery in Lincoln.

Memorials may be made to Carroll Catholic School.

Peasley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Carolyn A. Painter of Monticello

Carolyn A. Painter, 70, Monticello, retired from General Cable, died Tuesday (March 12, 2013).

Private services. Burial: Monticello Township Cemetery. Arrangements by: Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello. Memorials: American Cancer Society. Send condolences:

William Eugene Pontious of Monticello

William Eugene Pontious, age 56, Monticello, passed away March 11, 2013 at 4:55 a.m. at Carle Hospital, surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be Friday, March 15th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m . at Mackey-Wright Funeral Home in Monticello. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 16th, at 10:30 a.m. at The United Methodist Church of Monticello. Interment will immediately follow at the Monticello Township Cemetery.

Bill was born April 2, 1956 in Urbana, one of four children, to Richard William Pontious and Imogene (Jones).

Surviving are his mother Imogene (Al) Gustafson of Monticello; wife Melissa (Sawlaw) of Monticello; children Melissa (Travis) Waller, Elise, and William of Monticello; grandchildren Ethan and Caden Waller of Monticello; brother Richard (Nancee) Pontious of White Heath; sister Diana (Victor) Orberson of White Heath; and brother Dennis Pontious of White Heath.

Bill was preceded in death by his father, beloved son Richard, and Shania, his treasured four-legged companion of many years.

Bill was a lifelong resident of central Illinois and an enthusiastic promoter of the Monticello area as an owner of the Pontious U-PIK Farm and a real estate and construction site developer.

Bill always put his family first and recently spent countless weekends travelling the country to his children’s sporting events.

Bill was also dedicated to his employees, young people, people in need, and animals. He gave second and third chances to people who wanted to work. He and his family hosted numerous foreign exchange students. He helped organize and deliver truckloads of supplies to victims of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana. And, as friends smilingly recall, was rarely seen on a job site without his devoted dogs.

Memorial donations may be made to a children’s college fund, in care of Melissa Pontious, at Central Illinois Bank in Monticello.

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Barbara Jean Kindred Rubenking of Clinton

Barbara Jean Kindred Rubenking, 91, Clinton, teacher, died Monday (March 11, 2013).

Services: 2 p.m. Friday, Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Visitation: one hour before services. Burial: McCliman’s Cemetery, Hallsville. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association, Carle Development Foundation Palliative Care Program or Fisher United Methodist Church. Send

Ruth A. Hafley of Heyworth

Ruth A. Hafley, 79, Heyworth, passed away at 8:08 p.m. Monday (March 11, 2013) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

A graveside service for Mrs. Hafley will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at McLean Cemetery, with the Revs. Spencer McPheron, Richard Grey and George A. Hafley officiating. No visitation is scheduled. Quiram Peasley Funeral Home, Atlanta, is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth Ann Coon was born Nov. 14, 1933, in Tribby, Okla., the daughter of Arnold and Ann Derryberry Coon. She married James Hafley on Nov. 18, 1951. He preceded her in death.

She is survived by her children, Wayne A. Hafley, George A. Hafley, Sylvia M. Kindelberger, John W. Hafley, Rose M. Van Dyke, Docia M. Schrepfer, Marilyn G. Schrepfer and Carolyn J. Hafley; one sister, Darlene Driskill; 16 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Gary Coon and David Coon.

Ruth was a member of the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church, Heyworth. She worked for the State of Oklahoma for 20 years.

Memorials may be made to the Heyworth Fire and Rescue Department or her church.

Ruth will be dearly missed by all who loved her.

Minnie Lea Stiverson of Monticello

Minnie Lea Stiverson, age 86 of Monticello, passed away at 9:32 A.M. Saturday, March 10, 2013 at Kirby Medical Center in Monticello, Illinois. Funeral service will be March 13, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at Mackey-Wright Funeral Home in Monticello with Rev. Jim Dalrymple officiating. Visitation will be 5 to 7 Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Monticello Township Cemetery. Mackey- Wright Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Minnie was born August 20, 1926 in Wayne City, Illinois the daughter of William and Julia (Cameron) Helm. She married Richard Stiverson September 2, 1944 in Junction City, Kansas. Surviving is her 2 daughters Paula Sue Ainsworth of Los Angeles, California; Julia Ferguson of Covington, Kentucky; and son Ron Stiverson, of Urbana, Illinois 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Minnie was preceded by her parents, husband and 5 brothers. Minnie was the owner of Mini’s Card Shop for many years. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Monticello and was a member of the Piatt County Home Extension. Minnie loved spending time with her family friends. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Monticello. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Lulu Vivian Copenhaver of Monticello

Lulu Vivian Copenhaver passed away at the Piatt County Nursing Home in Monticello, Illinois on March 8, 2013. She was 100 years of age.

Lulu was born on May 17, 1912 in a farmhouse just east of Galesville, Illinois where her parents, Walter Eugene and Florence (Pryke) Copenhaver, operated a large farm for 50 Years. They preceded her in passing. After her father’s retirement from farming in 1957, she moved with him to a house in Galesville, where she lived and cared for her father until his death in 1987. She remained in Galesville until June 2002 when she moved to Tatman Village in Monticello. In September 2009, Lulu moved to the Maple Point Supportive Living facility in Monticello. In January 2013, after a brief hospital stay, Lulu moved to the Nursing Home

Lulu graduated from Mansfield High School in the Class of 1930. She never married but was very close to her three nephews. Lulu learned to play the piano as a youth and, later in life, taught piano lessons to numerous young people. Lulu was also a Girl Scout leader for many years and is a cancer survivor. During the 1960’s, Lulu worked at Oehmke’s Grocery Store on the Square in Monticello until it closed. She was a life-long member of the Galesville United Methodist Church (formerly Evangelical United Brethren) until it closed. Lulu attended the Church at Bethel just northwest of Galesville until she moved to Monticello in 2002. Lulu held several church positions and was a leader in Summer Bible School.

Lulu is survived by her sister, Atha Vera Tabor of Mt. Clemens, Michigan and three nephews: Robert Paul Tabor (and wife Emma) also of Mt. Clemens, Michigan; Rodney Steven Tabor ( and wife Sharon) of Emmett, Michigan; and Michael Eugene Tabor (and wife Candy) of Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Lulu loved life and loved people in general. She was an upbeat individual and was always willing to lend a hand to any who needed it. She brought joy, companionship and comfort to those who were fortunate to know her.

Funeral services for Lulu will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2013 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home in Monticello with Pastor George Brady officiating. Viewing will be held one hour before the service. Interment will be in the Mansfield Cemetery immediately after the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith in Action of Monticello.

Mildred Edgecombe Baldwin of Warrensburg

Mildred Edgecombe Baldwin, 90, of Warrensburg, passed away at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at Hickory Point Christian Village.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March II, 2012 with visitation one hour prior to service at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Decatur, IL. Pastor Wray Offermann will officiate.

Visitation will be held Sunday, March 10th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Brintlinger & Earl Funeral Home, Decatur. Burial will be in Boiling Springs Cemetery, Decatur.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the Warrensburg/Latham Education Foundation.

Mildred Eileen Bollhorst, a life-long resident of Macon County, IL was born on October 22, 1922 to John and Edna Bollhorst. She was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Decatur.

She married Samuel Edgecombe on September 16, 1945 in Decatur, IL who preceded her in death in April 1983. She married Howard Baldwin on March 31, 1990 in Decatur. He preceded her in death in December 2000.

Millie was an L.P.N. for Dr. Sam Holtzman in Warrensburg. She volunteered for the American Red Cross at many local blood drives and also volunteered at Lincoln Manor. She was a member of the Harmony Home Extension Unit of Macon County and served as a 4-H Leader for several years.

She is survived by her children: John (Ann) Edgecombe of Jacksonville, FL, Roger (Karen) Edgecombe of Maroa, and, Diane (Robert) Daggett of Maroa; six grandchildren: Jason (Kathryn) Edgecombe of Atlanta, GA, Adam (Laura) Edgecombe of Jacksonville, FL, Katherine (Clay) Sellmeyer of Maroa, Amy Edgecombe of Decatur, Lindsey (Curtis) Wise of Decatur, Elizabeth (Matt) Goldman of Maroa; nine greatgrandchildren: Jay, Mills and Madelyn Edgecombe of Atlanta, Holden Edgecombe of Jacksonville, Benjamin, Jack and Luke Sellmeyer of Maroa, and Cooper and Levi Wise of Decatur. She leaves her brothers: Paul (Shirley) Bollhorst of Moweaqua, Earl (Wanda) Bollhost of Decatur, Jim (Ruth, deceased) Bollhorst of Clinton, and Kenny, deceased, (Betty) Bollhorst of Decatur and sister-in-law Lillian Edgecombe of Argenta along with many nieces and nephews.

Millie enjoyed time with her family, sewing, gardening, baking and traveling with friends and family.

The family wishes to express a sincere thank you to the staff at Keystone Gardens, the staff at Haven House in Hickory Point Christian Village, Dr. Khan and especially Dawn, Tracy and Beth of Safe Haven Hospice.

Condolences may be left to the family at www.brintlinger

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Virginia Alline Wickenhauser of Clinton

Virginia Alline Wickenhauser, 90 of Clinton, IL passed away 5:30 A.M. March 4, 2013 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL. She waits for us with our maker.

  Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Thursday, March 7, 2013 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Friends may call from 1 – 2 P.M. Thursday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL. Memorials may be made to St. Labre Indian School.

  Virginia was born July 12, 1922 in LeRoy, IL the daughter of John and Lillie Maud (Walls) Yocum, she was one of ten siblings, her brother: Sylvester Abraham Yocum survives. She married Charles Wickenhauser December 24, 1961, in Clinton, IL, he passed away in 2001. Other survivors include her children: Patricia Bradley, Clinton, IL, Ann (Jeff) Taylor, Hallsville, IL, David (Debbie) Peavler, Lane, IL and Stan (Gayle) Peavler, Clinton, IL. Also she leaves behind 16 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 sons and 2 grandchildren.

  Virginia retired from Revere Copper and Brass Company in Clinton, IL after many years of service. She was an avid gardener, enjoyed canning and preparing food and was always active with her numerous family members. For the past 20 years she was a member of The Challenging Times crossword puzzle company. She donated items and money to the St. Labre Indian School in Montana.

  Everyone who knew her could always rely on her caring nature and helpful ways. Her spunk and softness will always be remembered.

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