Dewitt Obits Archives for 2013-04

Howard W. Zook of Lincoln

Howard W. Zook, 92, Lincoln, died at 7:54 a.m. Saturday (April 27, 2013) at his home.

Service: 10 a.m. Friday,  memorial service at Christian Village Congregate building, 1500 Seventh St., Lincoln. He was cremated. Services were entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

Burial: Harmony Cemetery, Beason.

Memorials: Christian Village, Lincoln.

Survivors: two daughters, Amy L. Zook, Urbana, and Sheri R. Zook, Snohomish, Wash.; one stepdaughter, KaRin Varner, Mesa, Ariz.; one grandchild; and two stepgrandchildren.

Lynn Franklin of Farmer City

Lynn P. Franklin, 71, of Farmer City passed away Wednesday April, 24, 2013 at 8:50 am at Presence Covenant Medical Center Urbana, IL. Visitation will be Saturday April 27, 2013 from 10-12:00 pm at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home Farmer City. Funeral service will follow at 12:00 pm also at the funeral home. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery Champaign, IL. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital as Lynn was thankful to have a grandson that is a Leukemia survivor.

Lynn was born Oct. 25, 1941 a son of Paul & Elsie (Tarter) Franklin in Bloomington, IL. He married Mary Jane Franklin (Cox) on March 13, 1973 and enjoyed 40 years together. She survives

Surviving are three sons Greg (Laurie) Franklin – Farmer City, Chris (Kelly) Franklin – Farmer City, and Donnie (Laura) Clark – Bloomington; Ten grandchildren; Twin Brother Leslie Franklin – Champaign; Two Sisters Ranella Wills – Bloomington & Elaine Duffner – Jonesboro, AR; several brothers and sisters-in-law, several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Lynn began farming with his father in 1965 and farmed for 45 years before retiring. He enjoyed flying and was once an amateur airplane pilot. He was a member of the Weedman United Methodist Church, Farmer City Fairboard Association, NRA, American Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever. His hobbies included trap shooting and he was considered an expert marksman. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, NASCAR, and playing cards.

Lynn was a devoted husband, loving father and friend to everyone he knew. Lynn will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Marjorie Esther Wilson of Heyworth

Marjorie Esther Wilson, 95, Heyworth, retired secretary, died Tuesday (April 23, 2013). Private graveside services: Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville. Visitation: 12:30 to 1:40 p.m. Saturday, Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Memorials: Weldon Springs Foundation. Send condolences:

Wanda L. Cohoon of Farmer City

Wanda L. Cohoon, 88, Bellflower, formerly of Farmer City, passed away at 3:55 p.m. Monday (April 22, 2013) at her daughter’s home in Bellflower.

A graveside memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Greenleaf Cemetery, Farmer City. The Rev. Tony Crouch will officiate.

Memorials may be made to Carle Hospice, 206 A.W. Anthony Drive, Urbana, IL 61822 or to United Methodist Church of Farmer City.

Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Cohoon was born Feb. 24, 1925, in Champaign County, the daughter of John Wesley and Cecil Marlowe Fisher of St. Joseph. She married Lloyd E. “Bud” Cohoon Sr. on Sept. 13, 1947, in Chicago.

Survivors include five children, Paula (Mike) Gilbert, Mahomet; Rolan (Carolee Perring) Cohoon, Farmer City; Rebecca (Bob) Albin, Bellflower; Lloyd “Buddy” (Linda) Cohoon, Dewey; and Michael (Theresa) Cohoon, Farmer City; 13 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, three brothers and one grandson. 

She was a member of the United Methodist Church and a 56-year member of Joe Williams American Legion Post 55 Auxiliary, Farmer City. She was a recreation teacher at a state school in Lincoln and worked at J.M. Jones, Urbana, but most of her life she was a homemaker. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, canning, crossword and Sudoku puzzles. She enjoyed watching Illini basketball.

Greg A Fritcher Sr. of Wapella

Greg A. Fritcher Sr., 57, Wapella, died at 2:59 p.m. Monday (April 22, 2013) at his home.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington, where visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington. Memorials may be made to Westminster Village, Bloomington.

He was born March 25, 1956, in Effingham, son of Marilyn Fritcher and Harold Smith. He first married Cathie Veselack, then married Shelly Miller and lastly married Bonnie Elliott Lind.

Surviving are his wife, Bonnie Fritcher, Atlanta; his partner, Heather Mulder, Wapella; his mother, Marilyn Smith, Normal; two daughters, Melinda “Mindy” (Allen) Martin, Corinth, Miss., and Shay (Rich) Burke, Wapella; two sons, Greg Fritcher Jr., East St. Louis, and Eddie (Kathy) Fritcher, New Burnside; 17 grandchildren; five stepchildren, Jeff (Jaime) Flack, Atlanta; Jason (Nichole) Flack, Panama City, Fla.; Suzi (Ryan) Hayes, Berrien Springs, Mich.; Matthew Lind, Utah; and Danny Lind, Normal; three sisters, Diane (Dale) Snyder, Beaver Dam, Ky.; Debbie (JR) Quinn, Bloomington; and Jodi Smith, Normal; and one brother, Jeff Roberts, Dwight. 

Greg first worked for more than 10 years with Johnson Transfer, Bloomington. He later was a self-employed carpenter for more than 20 years and for the past six years worked in maintenance at Westminster Village, Bloomington. 

He was a very talented billiards player for most of his life and was an enthusiastic NASCAR racing fan. Greg was also an avid bowler and was in many bowling leagues. 

Nova Hale of Kenney

Nova Hale, 82, Kenney, died Sunday (April 21, 2013).

Graveside services: 3 p.m. Wednesday, Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney. Visitation: private, Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Memorials: Christ Lutheran Church Pre-School. Send condolences:

William O. Lane of Clinton

William “Bill” O. Lane, 76, Gering, Neb., formerly of Clinton, died Sunday (April 21, 2013) at Regional West Medical Center, Scottsbluff, Neb.

Service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Gering Memorial Chapel, with the Rev. Don Mathis officiating.

Burial: Creighton Valley, south of Melbeta, Neb.

Visitation: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the chapel.

Memorials: may be given to the family.

Survivors: his wife, Mae; daughters, Louise Rounds and Margaret (Melvin) Mehling; two grandsons; one great-grandson; three stepgrandchildren; numerous stepgreat-grandchildren; and brothers, James (Mary) Lane and Kenneth Lane.

William Edward Lahr of Lincoln

William Edward Lahr, 90, Lincoln, retired Wal-Mart greeter, died Sunday (April 21, 2013). Memorial services: 2 p.m. Monday, Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Visitation: one hour before services. Body was cremated. Burial: Irish Grove Cemetery, Middletown. Memorials: First United Methodist Church, Lincoln, or Lincoln Oasis Senior Center.

Mary Ellen Bruns of Lincoln

Mary Ellen Bruns, 81, Lincoln, retired Logan County Treasurer employee, died Sunday (April 21, 2013).

Services: 10 a.m. Friday, First United Methodist Church of Lincoln. Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Burial: Hartsburg Union Cemetery. Memorials: Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, First United Methodist Church of Lincoln, or Memorial Home Hospice.

Jac D. Ashton of Argenta

Jac D. Ashton, 82, of Argenta died 3:45 p.m. Saturday (April 20, 2013) in Fair Havens Christian Home.

No services are planned at this time. No visitation. No burial. Arrangements by: Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta. Memorials: Jac D. Ashton Memorial Fund. Send

Mr. Ashton was born Aug. 16, 1930, in Argenta, the son of Ed and Ruby Patterson Ashton. Jac worked at Caterpillar as a security guard for 35 years. He was a member of the Illinois Basketball Association Hall of Fame and Masonic Lodge AF & AM. He married Patricia Crain on Aug. 23, 1965, in Argenta. She preceded him in death Nov. 14, 2012.

Surviving are son, Jon Ashton of Palmetto, Fla.; daughters, Debra and Becky Ashton, both of Decatur; two grandchildren, Tonya Bogle and husband Tom of Clinton; Dane Myers of Argenta. Three great-grandchildren, William, Kaitlynn and James Bogle. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Thelma Karr of Clinton

Thelma M. Karr, 93, Clinton, retired Bottle Cap/Champion Package employee, died Friday (April 19, 2013).

Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Visitation: 10 a.m. Wednesday. Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton. Memorials: Agrace Hospice Care or American Cancer Society. Send condolences:

Alice Taylor of Lincoln

Alice Taylor, 49, Aurora, Neb., formerly of Lincoln, died April 18, 2013. No services. Body was cremated. Burial: at a later date. Arrangements by: Higby-McQuinston Mortuary, Aurora. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association.

Ida (Mahler) Stabbe of Lincoln

Ida (Mahler) Stabbe, 103, of Lincoln, died at her home, Friendship Manor, on April 18, 2013. She lived joyfully and courageously. She entered her new life triumphantly.

Services for Ida will be Monday, April 22, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln with Rev. Robert Baker officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, April 21 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the funeral Home. Memorials may be given to the Friendship Manor. Cremation rites will be accorded.

Ruth Walker Peverly of Clinton

RUTH WALKER PEVERLY ,90 , of Clinton, Illinois died at Dr. John Warner Hospital at 4:28 PM on April 18, 2013.

Celebration of Life Services will be at the Clinton Presbyterian Church at a later date. Interment will be at Illini Cemetery in Warrensburg, Illinois. Visitation will be at Calvert Funeral Home in Clinton, Illinois is in charge of arrangements. Memorials can be mae to  theAssociated Country Women Of The World or Clinton Presbyterian Church.

Clint Ferguson of Heyworth

Clint Ferguson Jr., 84, Heyworth, died at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday (April 16, 2013) at LeRoy Manor, LeRoy.

Service: 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, with the Rev. Kurt Flora officiating.

Burial: East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington.

Visitation: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials: may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Survivors: his wife, Dorothy M. Ferguson, Heyworth; two sons, Steve (Patty) Ferguson, Heyworth, and Terry (Margie) Ferguson, Springfield; daughter, Kelly (Harold) Smith, Apple Valley, Calif.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Ramona S. Dowdy of Monticello

Ramona S. Dowdy, 50, of Monticello, passed away at 12:58 a.m., April 14, 2013 at Carle Hospital, Urbana.

Ramona was born on March 8, 1963 in Dallas, TX, the daughter of Coy and Polly (Abernathy) Hinton.

Survivors include her parents; Coy and Polly Hinton of Avinger, TX, children; Candice Retmier of CA, Alicia Thompson and Toby Williams both of TX, grandfather; Wesley Abernathy of TX, 8 grandchildren and 4 step-grandchildren, sisters; Norma Brock and Cindy Peterson both of TX, and the love of her life Darrell Dick of Monticello.

Ramona was a waitress and house cleaner. She loved watching Darrell race and bowling. She also enjoyed her jobs and working. Ramona was very kind hearted and had a special way of making everyone she met feel welcomed and loved.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 19, 2013 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home with Pastor Keith Warner officiating. Visitation will be private family only. Interment will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home to assist the family.

Daniel L. Dewitt of Mt. Pulaski

Daniel L. Dewitt, 45, of Mt. Pulaski passed away on April 13, 2013 at his home. Cremation rites were accorded. A private burial will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the family, to the American Cancer Society, or to the Logan County Humane Society. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski.

Eugenia Juhl Merry of Lincoln

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Eugenia Juhl Merry will be on Saturday, June 8, at 10:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lincoln. Mrs. Merry, formerly of Lincoln, died April 12, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas, at age 92. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Western Illinois University Foundation, One University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455 for the benefit of the Kara Leigh Broughton Memorial Scholarship Fund, or to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lincoln.

Frances Lamar of Clinton

Frances K. Lamar, 90, Clinton, died at 5 p.m. Friday (April 12, 2013) at Manor Court, Clinton.

A private service will be Monday at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, with Deacon Scott Tamburini officiating. There will be no visitation. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Lupus Foundation of America or American Heart Association.

Frances was born June 1, 1922, in Momence, the daughter of Francis and Agnes O’Dea Payne. She married Irvin Lamar on Nov. 21, 1940, in St. Louis, Mo. He died Aug. 31, 1977.

She is survived by her three children, Mary Young, Elliott; Bernadine Yates, Wapella; and Frank (Peggy) Lamar, Wapella; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister.

Frances lived on the family farm and was a commissioner of Prairie Center Drainage District. She retired from Dr. John Warner Hospital, working in housekeeping. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Clinton.

Helen Elizabeth Clark of Monticello

Helen Elizabeth Clark, 96, of Monticello, passed away at 7:42 a.m., April 11, 2013 at the Kirby Medical Center, Monticello.

Helen was born on November 26, 1916 in Bondville, IL, the daughter of Lawrence B. and Stella (Jones) Mulligan. She married Kenneth Clark on February 26, 1938 in Seymour, IL. He passed away in 1963.

Survivors include 32 nieces and nephews, 48 great nieces and nephews, and a sister-in-law, Blume Mulligan of Champaign. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers (Bob and John William) and 2 sisters (Marie and Margaret).

Helen farmed in Champaign Township for 25 years and then moved to Dania, FL where she owned and operated Blossom Basket Flower Shop for 20 years. Helen was a member of St. Philomena Catholic Church and the Kirby Medical Center Auxiliary. She was a volunteer at Lincoln School, known as “Grandma” for 11 years. She attended schools at St. Boniface Boarding School, Bondville Grade School, and Champaign High School. Helen moved to Tatman Village in 2007.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at the St. Philomena Catholic Church 1301 N. Market St. Monticello with Fr. Bruce Lopez officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, April 15, 2013 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home with a Rosary service at 4:45 PM. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Champaign.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the St. Philomena Catholic Church or Tatman Village.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Shirley Jean Purden of Farmer City

Shirley Jean Purden, 77, Farmer City, died at 12:35 a.m. Thursday (April 11, 2013) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Funeral: Memorial service at 11 a.m. Monday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, with the Rev. Steve Barrow officiating.

Mary Francis Pankau of Monticello

Mary Francis (Quinn) Pankau, 79, of Monticello died at 2:51 p.m., Wednesday (April 10, 2013) at Carle Hospital.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 15, 2013 at St. Philomena Catholic Church, 1301 N. Market St, Monticello with Fr. Bruce Lopez officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2013 at Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, 215 E. Washington St., Monticello, with a Rosary service at 1:45 p.m. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Champaign.

Mary was born December 11, 1933 in Longview, Illinois a daughter of Paul J. and Inez Wade Quinn. She married Dr. Joseph W. Pankau on December 28, 1957 in Bongard, IL. He preceded her in death in 2005.

Survivors include Joseph M. Pankau of Monticello, IL, Theresa (Bob) Durbin of Hopkinsville, KY, Christina (Scott) Bailey of Monticello, IL, Paula (Eric) Westburg of Monticello, IL, and David S. (Jennifer) Pankau of Columbia, S.C., grandchildren Jessica Durbin, Jackie Durbin, Michael (Tara) Bailey, Patrick Bailey, Nicholas Bailey, Andrew Bailey, Matthew Westburg, Colleen Westburg, Cameron Pankau, and Devin Pankau, and great-grandchildren JD, Jax, and Leena Bailey. Also surviving are a sister Betty (Julius) Pankau of Savoy and a sister-in-law Doris Quinn of Tuscola. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and a nephew.

Mrs. Pankau graduated from Longview High School in 1951 and Parkland College, Champaign with honors and an Associate Degree in 1983. She was a member of the ETA Sigma Gamma Scholastic Honor Society.

Her working career was focused in finance. She was employed 18 years at Mercy Hospital (Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana). She was also employed by Advanced Wayne Cain and Sons Roofing and Sheet Metal Co., Inc. for over 20 years.

Her main hobbies included attending the sports activities of her grandchildren. She was a lifelong fan of the University of Illinois football and basketball teams and the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. She cherished spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of the St. Philomena Catholic Church in Monticello.

Memorials may be made to the St. Philomena Catholic Church, Monticello or the Monticello High School Athletic Boosters.

Marsha L Gelsthorpe of Waynesville

Marsha L. Gelsthorpe, 76, Waynesville, died at 4:40 a.m. Tuesday (April 9, 2013) at her home.

Her funeral will be at   noon Thursday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with David Taylor officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home. Memorial gifts may be made to United Cerebral Palsy.

She was born Jan. 12, 1927, in Appleton, Mo., a daughter of Delbert Wright and Helen Ferguson. She married James E. Gelsthorpe on Dec. 16, 1961, in Clinton.

She is survived by her husband, Jim E. Gelsthorpe, Waynesville; children, Rita Byrd, Russellville, Ky., and Randall Gelsthorpe and Rick Gelsthorpe, both of Waynesville; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Marsha was a beautician for 40 years and sold Avon for 30 years. She enjoyed fishing, loved to decorate and was a member of Waynesville American Legion Auxiliary.

Tony L. Emmerson of Farmer City

Tony L. Emmerson, 51, Farmer City, died at 12:29 p.m. Tuesday (April 9, 2013) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City. Burial will be in McCord Cemetery, rural Farmer City. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Tony Emmerson Memorial Fund in care of Heartland Bank and Trust Co., Farmer City.

Tony was born Aug. 9, 1961, at Bloomington, a son of Norman L. and Ruby K. Priest Emmerson. He married Lidia Navarra. He later married Lisa M. Hodges on Oct. 20, 2012, in Dewitt.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa M. Emmerson, Farmer City; mother, Ruby Keller, Mansfield; son, Jesse (Anissa) Emmerson, Farmer City; daughter, Joanna Emmerson, LeRoy; stepson, Stephen Hardesty, Farmer City; stepdaughter, Tiffany Hodges, Farmer City; grandson, Jesse R. Emmerson; a soon-to-be granddaughter; stepgrandson, Rylan Hardesty; a brother, Terry (Teri) Emmerson, Farmer City; and two sisters, Penny Coit, Mansfield, and Peggy Kemplin, Urbana.

He was preceded in death by his father, Norman L. Emmerson; a brother; and a sister, Pamela Wisegarver.

Robert T. Lenhardt of Lincoln

Robert T. Lenhardt Sr., 83, Lincoln, died at 7:55 p.m. Tuesday (April 9, 2013) at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Saturday at St. John United Church of Christ, Lincoln, with the Revs. Jan Johnson and Robert Long officiating. Memorials may be given to St. John United Church of Christ. Services were entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

Burial: New Union Cemetery, Lincoln, with full military rites by Lincoln American Legion Post 263.

Visitation: One hour prior to the service at the church.

Survivors: his wife, Marcella (Moore) Lenhardt; his son, Robert E. Lenhardt, Lincoln; daughter, Laurie (Paul) Libman, Atlanta, Ga.; and two grandchildren.

Verne Brockrogge of Lincoln

Verne Brockrogge, 83, of Lincoln formerly of the Moline area passed away on Monday, April 8, 2013 at Symphony of Lincoln Nursing Home.

Cremation rites have been accorded.
Burial will be at a later date at Roselawn Memorial Estates Cemetery in Coal Valley, Illinois.

Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to the Peasley Funeral Home in Lincoln.

William T. Blakenship of Clinton

William T. “Bill” Blankenship Jr., 80, Clinton, died at 1:16 a.m. April 7, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Weldon United Methodist Church, with the Revs. C. Don Ferrill and Dennis Smith officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Weldon Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Weldon United Methodist Church or Weldon Fire Department.

He was born Nov. 30, 1932, in Canebrake, W.Va., a son of William T. Blankenship Sr. and Blanche Marrs Blankenship. He married Dicksie R. Smaller on April 16, 1955, at Williams Air Force Base, Ariz.

He is survived by his wife of Clinton; children, Elizabeth Baker, Clinton, and Donald L. (Melody) Blankenship, McLoud, Okla.; four grandchildren, Timothy (Meghan) Baker, Surena Saiter, Shannon (Frank) Sevick and Sydney Young; one brother, David O. (Jinny) Blankenship, Ardmore, Okla.; six great-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Mary Ellen Snyder.

He was a member of Weldon United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge AF&AM 812 of DeLand and Weldon American Legion Post 1049.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, retiring after 21 years of service to his country. Bill and his wife were past owners of B&D Market, Weldon.

Robert M. Flaherty of Sullivan

 Robert M. Flaherty, 82, of Sullivan, passed away at 3:40 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

A Graveside Service for family and friends honoring his life will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Monday April 8, 2013 at Dodge Grove Cemetery with Reverend Britton Myers officiating.

Marie Hudson of Wapella

Marie Hudson, 92, Afton, Iowa, mother of a Wapella woman, died Friday (April 5, 2013) at Afton Care Center.

Funeral: Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Edwards Catholic Church, Afton, with the Rev. Ken Halbur officiating. Memorial gifts are to be established.

Burial: St. Edwards Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation: 2 to 8 p.m. today at Powers Funeral Home, Afton, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. and a 6 p.m. Christian wake service.

Survivors: three sons, Mark (Donna) Hudson and Clark Hudson, both of Afton; and Brian (Janet) Hudson, Orient, Iowa; two daughters, Rosemarie (Robert) Harrold, Wapella, and Kathryn “Kitty” (Russell) Cowling, Orient; one brother, Robert (Marilyn) Fluckey, Murray, Iowa; two sisters, Evelyn Mathes, Afton, and Helen (Darrell) Kingery, Creston, Iowa; 17 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandsons.

Franklin L. Bartelmay of Lincoln

Franklin L. “Jack” Bartelmay Sr., 80, Lincoln, died at 5:26 p.m. Friday (April 5, 2013) at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital emergency room, Lincoln.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln, with the Rev. Larry Maffett officiating. Memorials may be made to Lincoln Kiwanis Club.

Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Burial: Zion Cemetery, Lincoln.

Survivors: his wife, Shirley R., Lincoln; son, Franklin L. Bartelmay Jr., Lincoln; two stepdaughters, Tamera (Brian) Burwell-Klink and Toni Burwell-Gibbs, Groveland; one sister, Della Scroggin, Lexington, Ky.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Lucille R. Wendell of Lincoln

Lucille R. Wendell, 101, of Lincoln passed away at 9:20 P.M. Friday April 5, 2013 at the Christian Nursing Home in Lincoln.

Lucille was born on December 24, 1911 at the family home in New Holland, IL to Louis and Emma Halstead Duginger. She married George William Wendell on June 26, 1930 in New Holland, IL. He preceded her in death on April 20, 1987.

Surviving are two daughters, Joy (Jim) Smoots of Wilmington, NC and Kaye (Fred) Troppe of Akron, OH, three grandchildren, Anthony (Jill) Troppe of Akron, OH, Nathan (Laura) Smoots of Wilmington, NC, Colin Smoots of Leland, NC and two great grandchildren, Michael and Gabe Troppe. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother Glen Duginger.

Lucille was a member of the Lincoln Christian Church, and in addition to being a homemaker, she was the manager of Playhouse Dare Care Center. She was also a member of the New Holland Women’s Club.

Services will be at 10:30 A.M. Saturday April 13, 2013 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln with Ryan Edgecomb officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be at Richmond Grove Cemetery in New Holland. Memorials may be made to Lincoln Christian Nursing Home.

Franklin Chick Przykopanski of Lincoln

Franklin "Chick" Przykopanski, 79, of Lincoln, IL died at 10:00 a.m. on April 4, 2013 at his home. His wishes were to be cremated and a private family service will be at a later date. Memorials may be given to the family. Services were entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

Shirley Louise Veirs of Clinton

Shirley Louise Veirs, 82, Clinton, registered nurse, died Thursday (April 4, 2013). Private services. Arrangements by: Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Memorials: Dove Inc. Domestic Violence, Clinton, or Central Illinois Cancer Care Center. Send condolences

Larry Keith Higginbotham of Lincoln

Larry Keith Higginbotham, 71, of Lincoln, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at St. John's Hospice in Springfield, IL. Visitation will be from 12:00 Noon until 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home in Lincoln. Funeral services will be at 1PM on Saturday also at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery, San Jose, IL. Memorials may be made to Parkinson's Disease Research and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Foung Hoko Simmons of Clinton

Foung “Hoko” Simmons, 71, Clinton, died Tuesday (April 2, 2013).

Services: 11 a.m. Friday, Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Visitation: one hour before services. Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton. Memorials: American Legion Post 103. Send condolences:

Lois Evelyn Beck of Monticello

Lois Evelyn Beck, 89, of Monticello, passed away at 5:54 a.m., April 1, 2013 at Carle Hospital, Urbana.

Lois was born on February 7, 1924 in Lawrence County, IL, the daughter of Lee D. and Mary Evelyn (Bell) Webber. She married Ralph E. Beck on December 30, 1951 in Olney, IL.

Survivors include her husband; Ralph Beck of Monticello and son; Don (Marian) Beck of Springfield, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers (Robert and John Webber), sister (Viola Tracy), and an infant sister (Hazel Lucille Webber).

Lois worked at Kaiser Department Store in Monticello was a housewife. She was a charter member of Crist Lutheran Church of Monticello and a Den Mother for Boys Scouts of America in Olney.

A funeral service will at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Christ Lutheran Church of Monticello with Pastor Micah Garnett officiating. Visitation will be held from 6:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, April 5, 2013 at the church. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Haven Hill Cemetery in Olney, IL. Mackey-Wright Funeral Home is handling the services.

Memorials may be made to the Christ Lutheran Church of Monticello.


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