Dewitt Obits Archives for 2016-09

Denise Ann (Sites) Fitzpatrick

Denise Ann (Sites) Fitzpatrick of Spring, Texas, (formerly of Cerro Gordo, IL) passed away at 10:34 a.m. Monday, September 19, 2016 at Woodlands Healthcare Center with her loving daughters at her side.

Denise was born March 23, 1952, in Decatur, IL to Kenneth and Jeanette (Heitz) Sites. She attended Cerro Gordo High School and became a cosmetologist working at Sue’s Hair Design in her early adult years. She loved life regardless of the hardships she endured, grateful for each day she was given and longed to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. She was such a strong woman who had a kind and generous nature and was loved by everyone who met her.


Denise leaves behind her daughters Shannon Goodwater (Chris) of Willis, Texas; Lisa Fitzpatrick (Greg Bailey) of Willis,Texas; step children Jennifer Whiteford (Dan) of Goreville, IL; Eric Goodey of Chatham, IL; grandchildren, Krystopher Gray, Natasha Goodwater; Lucas Bailey, Eric Jr. and Emmett and Ashlynn Whiteford; Sisters Vicki Binkley; Pamela Volk (Butch); Tammy Wright (John); brothers Tim Sites (Susan) and Sid Sites; her Ex-husband and father of her daughters Michael Nietupski and lots of nieces and nephews and lifelong friends.

Denise was preceded in death by her grandparents and parents.


Ronna Nicole “Niki” Yoakum

 Ronna Nicole “Niki” Yoakum, 31, of Clinton, passed away 6:20 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 20, 2016) at her home.

Private services were held at the Assembly of God Church, Clinton, with Pastor Dan Bell officiating. Private burial followed at Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, was in charge of arrangements. 


Memorials may be directed to the education fund for her children.

Niki was born Sept. 5, 1985, in Bloomington, the daughter of Ricky L. Burden and Laurie L. Johnson. She married Bruce James Yoakum in Bloomington.


Survivors include her husband, Bruce James Yoakum, Clinton; children, Isaiah Yoakum, Elijah Yoakum and Marley Yoakum, all of Clinton; father, Ricky L. Burden, Clinton; mother, Laurie L. Green, Clinton; stepfather, Glenn R. Conard, Clinton, who, along with Laurie, raised Niki; maternal grandparents, Jacob (Ruth) Johnson, Clinton; paternal grandparents, Ronnie (Jill) Burden, Waynesville; siblings, Joshua Baker, Chicago; Jacalyn Destiny Green, Clinton; Cameron Green, Clinton; and several cousins.

Niki was a stay-at-home mom. Her children’s hobbies were her hobbies and she loved spending time with them.


Rosemary Heise

Rosemary Heise, 73, of Bloomington, Illinois, formery of Waynesville,  died at home surrounded by her loving family on Thursday evening, September 22, 2016.
Rosemary was born in Dayton, Ohio, February 3, 1943, the daughter of Giuseppe Gaccetta, who immigrated from Montesoro, Calabria, Italy, and Catherine Frangione Gaccetta of Erie, Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by her parents and all of her siblings. On December 18, 1961, she married Al Wimmers with whom she had four children: David Wimmers (fiancée Bonnie Privette) Hamilton, Ohio; Christopher Wimmers, Heyworth, Illinois; Cathy (Rod) Wimmers Raunig in Washougal, Washington, and Julie (John) Wimmers Hesse, Bloomington. She adored four grandchildren—Gabrielle, Nicholas and Jackson Hesse and Jesse Raunig. She married Joris Heise on January 5, 1980, with whom she has happily spent the last 36 years.

Rosemary grew up in Dayton, Ohio, where she became a teacher of special education—a career she loved because she cared so much for persons who become "excluded." A defining moment in her life happened when she was just starting school. The teacher asked the children to say what their father did for a living; her father having died, she was mortified, and ever after showed sensitivity for people who were "different." She was especially welcoming to people in need, opening her home as much as possible for such people.

She wrote an e-novel, Benign Intent, about the Holocaust and the consequences of such exclusions. For more than 20 years she taught children with special needs in the Dayton area, in dedication to persons challenged mentally and physically. Her creativity also included designing two houses, one in Bellbrook, Ohio, and one in rural Waynesville, IL. A Master Gardener, she designed landscaping for them; the Bellbrook house won Beautification Awards twice. Rosemary learned from her mother to be masterful in needlepoint, crocheting, and sewing, using these talents to bestow gifts upon others, including often repairing a stuffed turtle for a grandchild.  

She raised four children diverse and honest, two of whom have followed her into careers in education. She was a friend to all, providing finely cooked Italian food, finding and sharing laughter and personal charm wherever she lived. She cherished her grandchildren and loved spending time listening to their exploits. She was always looking for people and animals to help and care for, and passed that trait onto her family.

The family has much appreciated the help of Advocate at Home Hospice and the CNAs who have done so much. She asked for cremation and that a Celebration of Life be held to remember her beautiful life. This memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday morning, September 30, at Wesley Methodist Church 502 E Front Street, Bloomington, Illinois 61701 (, with a reception at the church immediately following.

Merlin Billington Jr.

Merlin Gene “Butch” Billington Jr., 57, of Beulaville, N.C., formerly of Atlanta, passed away Saturday (Sept. 17, 2016) at Greenville, N.C.

Butch was born Oct. 25, 1958, in Lincoln.


A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Butch loved NASCAR, especially Dale Jr., and when he wasn’t fishing, he enjoyed watching the National Football League.


He is survived by wife, Monica K. Billington of the home; sons, Jeremy Billington and Lazlo Billington, both of Lincoln; daughter, Kayla Jackson, Lincoln; brother, Stephen (Penny) Billington, Hubert, N.C.; sisters, Theresa (David) Miley, Fort Worth, Texas; Sherrilyn (Lawrence) Foss, Lincoln; and Donna (Gary) Knight, Rogersville, Mo.; parents, Merlin and Delores M. Billington, Atlanta; seven grandchildren; and one stepgranddaughter.

Arrangements are by Jones Funeral Home of Swansboro, N.C. Condolences may be made


Wavalette Bagby

Wavalette K. Bagby, 73, of Lincoln, passed away at 1:52 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 18, 2016) at her home. 

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Peasley Funeral Home, Lincoln.

Wavalette Katherine Reynolds was born on July 31, 1943, in Wenatchee, Wash., the daughter of Raymond Buck and Thelma Yancy Reynolds. She was united in marriage with Jim Bagby. He preceded her in death in 2001.


She is survived by one son, Eric (Nikki) Roach; one daughter, Michelle (Truman) Shute; four stepchildren, Tina Hammer, Denise Anderson, Shayne (Kim) Bagby and Daniel (Linda) Bagby; one brother, Marvis (Tammy) Reynolds; one sister, Dianna (Ronald) Satterwhite; 15 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Wavalette was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

She had worked at Hieser Insurance in Armington.


Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Final arrangements are entrusted with Peasley Funeral Home.


Paul Blythe

Paul Dean Blythe, 55, of De Land, IL, passed away at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, September 8, 2016 at his residence.


Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, September 12, 2016 at the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 66 East US Highway 36, Atwood, IL. A private family burial will be held at a later date.

Bonnie Campbell

Bonnie Marie Campbell, 87, of Heyworth passed away at 9:34 a.m. Thursday (Sept. 8, 2016) at her home in Heyworth.


Private family services will be held at a later date.


She was born July 9, 1929, in Clinton, to Richard William and Pearl Elizabeth Thayer. She married Thomas W. Campbell in 1951 in Pekin. He preceded her in death.


Survivors include three sons, William Steven Primmer, Logan, Utah; Thomas W. Campbell Jr., LeRoy; and James H. Campbell, Heyworth; three daughters, Alisa Ann Montgomery, Georgia; Diana Marie Campbell, Safford, Ariz.; and Cheryl Jean Campbell, Bloomington; 26 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and one sister, Betty (Marvin) Carr, Clinton.


She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and two sisters.


Bonnie graduated from Wapella High School in 1948 and worked at General Telephone in the drafting department.


She was a member of Heyworth Christian Church.

Alice Powers

Alice Lucile Kaufman Powers, 81, of Owasso, Okla., went to be with the Lord on Sept. 6, 2016, in Tulsa, Okla.

She was born Feb. 12, 1935, in Heyworth, to Homer and Elsie Margaret Lander Kaufman.


She married John M. Powers in 1958, and they were happily married for 58 years.

Alice is survived by her husband, John; their two children, daughter, Gay (Mark) Adams, Prairieville, La., and son, Brent (Charmin) Powers, Altoona, Kan.; grandchildren, Kaila (Josh) Martin, Jared Adams and Karali Powers; sister, Lois (Kaufman) Evans; and brothers, Earl Kaufman and Ralph Kaufman. Alice was eagerly anticipating her first great-granddaughter, expected in January 2017.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Moore’s Southlawn, 9350 E. 51st St., Tulsa, Okla.; phone 918-663-2233. A celebration service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Church, 10100 N. Garnett Road, Owasso, Okla. A graveside service will be at 4 p.m. at Thayer Cemetery, Thayer, Kan.

Memorial contributions may be made to Restoration House Ministries, 1300 Wellington Road, Manchester, NH 03104, or Share memories


Alice M. Jodlowski

Alice M. Jodlowski, 72, of Atlanta, passed away at 8:20 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 6, 2016) at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, after a brief illness.

Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Atlanta. A rosary service will be at 3:30 p.m.

A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Atlanta. Private burial will be at a later date.


A celebration of life service will be in her hometown of Alma, Kan., over Thanksgiving weekend.

Alice Marie Berroth was born Feb. 21, 1944, in Wamego, Kan., to Osborne "Obbie" and Evelyn Moege Berroth of Alma, Kan. Both her parents preceded her in death.

Alice married Byron Jodlowski on July 15, 1967, in Alma, Kan. He survives.

Also surviving are one son, Ed (Colleen) Jodlowski; four grandsons, Cameron, Evan, Kenyon and Griffen Jodlowski; one special "adopted" son, Greg (Melodye) Crabtree; and special "granddaughter," Cassie Crabtree. Alice is also survived by two brothers, Jim Berroth and Bruce (Mary) Berroth, and two sisters, Ruth Messer and Janet (Donald) Hafenstine, all of Alma, Kan.; and two sisters-in-law, Mary Bischoff, Hibbing, Minn., and Teresa Berroth, Alma, Kan.

Alice was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Atlanta, and the Altar and Rosary Society. She went to school at St. John's Lutheran School and graduated from Alma High School. She worked for the state of Kansas Highway Department, followed by the state of Illinois at Soldiers and Sailor's Children's Home in Normal, and then the Logan Correctional Center until her retirement.


Alice enjoyed attending her grandchildren's many events. They were her pride and joy.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Logan County 4-H Foundation.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home, Atlanta.


Walter Behm

Walter E. Behm, 81, of Lincoln, died Friday (Sept. 9, 2016), at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield.

Service: 11 a.m. Monday at Zion Lutheran Church, Lincoln, with the Rev. Mark Thompson officiating. Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln, is handling arrangements.


Burial: Zion Cemetery, Lincoln.

Visitation: 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church.


Memorials: Zion Lutheran Church or Zion Lutheran School.

Survivors: children, Cynthia (David) Haseley, Castle Rock, Colo., and Beth (Roy) Seaney, Tallula; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Treva Torbert

Treva Webb Torbert, 97, of Clinton, passed away at 11:05 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 8, 2016) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

Her service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to First Christian Church, Clinton.


Treva was born March 5, 1919, in DeWitt County, the daughter of John and Maude Walters Webb. She married Floyd W. Torbert on Feb. 21, 1940, in Clinton. He passed away on March 25, 2009.

Survivors include her son, Roger (Donna) Torbert, Kenney; daughter-in-law, Mary Ellen Torbert, Clinton; sister, Veva Watson, Paris, Ky.; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Jerry L. Torbert; five brothers; and four sisters.


Treva worked alongside her husband on the family farm and was a beautician for many years.

She was loved by all who knew her and she will be greatly missed.

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Richard Harold Johnson

Richard Harold Johnson, 95, of Maroa, passed away 10:05 a.m. Wednesday (Aug. 31, 2016) at Decatur Memorial Hospital.

His service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with Pastor Nic Showalter officiating. Burial will follow at Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton, with military honors. Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to Maroa United Methodist Church.


Harold was born Sept. 19, 1920, in Birkbeck, the son of William and Nora (Brighton) Johnson. He married Ada Lorine Jenkins on Aug. 11, 1946, in Clinton. She passed away Oct. 22, 2002.

Survivors include his children, Stephen R. (Patricia) Johnson, Maroa; Margo Ann Mosley, Taylorsville, N.C.; Louis I. (Theresa E.) Johnson, Sullivan; six grandchildren, Christina (Brian) Wehmeier, Katie (Erick) Mosley-Wilfong, Megan Mosley, Eric (Sally) Johnson, and Travis and Cody Johnson; four great-grandsons, Justin Mosley, Ethan and Henry Johnson, and Liam Wehmeier; one great-granddaughter, McKinley Wehmeier; two stepgrandchildren, Georgia Shultz and Charles Halstead II; two stepgreat-grandchildren, Robert and Rebecca Shultz; three stepgreat-great-grandchildren, Rebella Lessen and Logan and Cameron Shultz; sister, Betty Church, Peoria; nieces, Susan Singer and Louise Ditty; and nephews, Zach Church and Tom Lacy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Patrick Clay Johnson; one stepgrandson, Scott Patrick Halstead, and sister, Marion Lacy.

Harold was a member of Maroa United Methodist Church, Lions Club, American Legion, VFW, Masonic Lodge 464 and Macon County Farm Bureau.

He graduated from Maroa Community High School and the University of Illinois. Because of his ROTC training, he was ordered to active duty at Fort Knox, Ky. Harold became part of the World War II invasion of Europe and served in a tank unit under Gen. George Patton.


After the war was over, he taught vocational agriculture at Sidney for three years. In 1949, Harold began farming in central Illinois, raising grain and Angus cattle, retiring in 1991.

While teaching and farming, he served in the Army Reserves. Harold served as commander of the artillery unit in Decatur from 1955 to 1965. He retired from military service as a colonel in 1974. Harold went on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., in 2010.

The family would like to thank the staff at Keystone Meadows for the past five years and the DMH staff during his recent stay.

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