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JoAnn Parker

JoAnn Parker, 79, of Chatham, IL, formerly of Taylorville, IL, passed away at 8:04 a.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.

JoAnn was born September 14, 1939 in Nokomis, IL, the daughter of William Eugene and Sarah Kathryn (Caulk) Mayberry. She married John Haldon Parker on February 25, 1992 in Las Vegas, NV.

JoAnn graduated from Morrisonville High School in 1959, and then graduated from George’s Beauty School in Springfield, IL. She owned JoAnn’s Beauty Salon for over 30 years, and was a part-time realtor for Craggs Realtors for many years. She was a long-time member of Davis Memorial Christian Church, and a current member of Rochester Christian Church. In her younger years, JoAnn was an avid golfer, and she always enjoyed her trips to Las Vegas, but her greatest enjoyment came from spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and daughter-in-law, Korby Herzog.

JoAnn is survived by her husband, John H. Parker of Chatham, IL; children, James Bradley Herzog of Pawnee, IL, Brett Allen (wife, Darci) Herzog of Morris, IL, and Bridgett Elise (husband, Aaron) Wake of Springfield, IL; grandchildren, Brittney (husband, Rick) Keafer of Kincaid, IL, Kira (fiancé, Derek Samson) Herzog of Edinburg, IL, Karlee (fiancé, Joshua McCollum) Herzog of Paris, IL, Hunter Herzog of Pawnee, IL, Zachary Bonnell of North Aurora, IL, and Lauren and Brianna Wake of Springfield, IL; 8 great grandchildren; siblings, Sandy (husband, Paul) Miles of Springfield, IL, Karen (husband, Joe) Spurgeon of Morrisonville, IL, and Billy (wife, Linda) Mayberry of Decatur, IL; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation & Funeral Ceremony: The family will receive guests from 10:00 a.m. until the time of ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 21, 2019 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568, with Pastor Brad Ferris officiating.

Interment will follow at Morrisonville Cemetery in Morrisonville, IL.

Memorial Contributions may be made to: Gift of Hope, 425 Spring Lake Dr., Itasca, IL 60143, or Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 5005 LBJ Freeway Suite 526, Dallas, TX 75244.

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to offer condolences to the family.

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Victoria Carolyn Graham

Victoria Carolyn Graham, 70 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 8:45 p.m. at her home in Taylorville, IL. She was born on October 18, 1948 in Taylorville, IL the daughter of Duane and Jacqueline (Knott) Tolliver. She married John Graham on January 13, 1968 in Stonington, IL. Vicky retired from ADM as a lab tech in Taylorville, IL. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. She also loved going to the races every weekend.

She is survived by her Husband: John Graham of Taylorville, IL; Son: John Graham Jr. of Pontiac, IL; Daughter: Jacqueline Graham of Herrick, IL; Grandchildren: Danielle Graham, Brittney Carlock and James Carlock all of Herrick, IL and Shelby Graham of Lubbock, Texas; Great-Grandchildren: Wyatt and Alayna Dixon, Ayden, Easton and Stetson Carlock; Brother: David Tolliver of Wisconsin Rapids, WI; Sister: Christine Newberry of Ocala, FL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Sister: Anita Conlee.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 11:00-1:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 1:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Don Bettis officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter 2309 W. White Oaks Dr. Suite E. Springfield, IL 62704.

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com.

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Paul Randolph Kriener

Paul Randolph Kriener, 73 of Taylorville passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 1:57 p.m. at his home in Taylorville, IL. He was born on April 17, 1945 in Springfield, IL the son of Harold Willard and Gwendolyn Lorraine (Betcher) Kriener. Paul was a carpenter for local 16 for 18 years and he was later a self-employed carpenter.
He is survived by his Sons: Michael (Kim) Kriener of Dawson, IL; Richard (Breclyn) Kriener of Jacksonville, FL; Brian (Melissa) Kriener of Taylorville, IL; Cory (Barbara) Kriener of Panama City Beach, FL; Daughter: Tawny (Joshua) Massey of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Sebastian, Samantha, Mikalaney, Dominic, Ricky, Rylee, Landon, Andrew, Abigail, Samuel, Arthur, Nicole, Makenzie, Natalie, Paxton, Parkur and 2 more granddaughters due in June; Brother: Bill Kriener of Springfield, IL; Sister: Carol Hurley of Springfield, IL; his beloved dog Burrito and  Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Brothers: Samuel, Jon and Harold “Speedy” Kriener.
Visitation will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Dan Armstrong officiating. Burial will be held in Roselawn Memorial Park in Springfield. 
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital P.O. Box 1000 Dept 142 Memphis, TN 38101.
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 
Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com. 

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Thomas Barton

Thomas “Tom” Barton, 65 of Taylorville passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at Taylorville Memorial Hospital in Taylorville, IL. He was born on January 3, 1954 in Springfield, IL the son of Floyd and Lorene (Reed) Barton. He married Melinda Ryan on October 7, 1978 in Springfield. Tom retired as a mechanic from Springfield Mass Transit.
He is survived by his Wife: Melinda Barton of Taylorville, IL; Sons: Ryan Barton of Taylorville, IL; Tyler Barton of Springfield, IL; Kyle (Kari) Barton of Kincaid, IL; Bryce Barton of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Ocean Barton, Kohl Barton, LaRaylyn Barton; Brother: Ron Barton of Springfield, IL; Several Nieces and Nephews. He was preceded in death by his Parents.  
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Deacon Ray Roth officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Walnut Hill Cemetery in rural Sharpsburg, IL. 
Memorials may be made to Kids are Kids P.O. Box 116 Taylorville, IL 62568.
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 
Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com. 

 

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Martha "June" Miller Sullivan Crockett

Martha “June” Miller Sullivan Crockett, 99, of Shelbyville, Illinois, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and sister passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, January 12, 2019.  

June was born June 15, 1919, in Sullivan, the daughter of Roy and Nonia (Adams) Miller.  June and John L. Sullivan were married on March 24, 1940 in Shelbyville and he preceded her in death on September 25, 1996.  She then married John “Junior” Crockett on June 7, 2000 in Shelbyville and he preceded her in death on June 16, 2002.  

June worked as an LPN at various heath care facilities through the years.  She did not let her age slow her down, she was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Shelbyville, volunteered at the Shelby County Senior Center, played music with various local groups, never missed an election, was active on all the current affairs and was proud to still be driving at 99 years of age.  She was honored to have been chosen as the Shelby County Volunteer of the Year in 2006.  She also enjoyed bowling, knitting and crocheting.  

Surviving are daughters: Nona (Richard) Sullivan Jones of Downers Grove and Cathy Thomas of Shelbyville; daughter-in-law, Lila Sullivan of Shelbyville; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  

Preceding her in death were her parents, five brothers, one sister, two husbands and son, John Sullivan.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Shelbyville with Father Marianna Sathuluri officiating.  Burial will take place in Glenwood Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church.  Memorials may be made in her name to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or Camp New Hope, 1364 County Road 100 East, Neoga, Illinois, 62447.  Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Shelbyville is assisting the family.

Family and friends are invited to light a candle or share a story in her honor at www.lockartgreenfuneralhome.com.

 

 


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Stephanie Lynn Whitehead

Stephanie Lynn Whitehead, 37, of Taylorville passed away at 8:25p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She was born on January 26, 1981, the daughter of Scott P. and Debbra S. (McWhorter) Whitehead. Stephanie enjoyed puzzles, babysitting her nieces and nephews, playing games on her phone, watching Disney movies, attending concerts, and was a fan of wrestling, and the St. Louis Cardinals and Green Bay Packers. Above all she cherished time spent with her family.

 

She is survived by her fiancé: Derek A. Skinner of Taylorville; mother: Debbra S. Heckwine of Taylorville; father: Scott Whitehead (Michelle) of Mason City; step-sons: Joseph Skinner, Chance Skinner, and Bently Skinner; grandmothers: Barbara McWhorter of Taylorville and Myrna Whitehead of Mt. Auburn; sister: Stacey Whitehead (James Denton) of Taylorville; brother: Dustin Whitehead (Leann Coley) of Lincoln; half-sister: Avari Purcell (Chris Pullium) of Decatur; nieces and nephews: Chase Denton, Brennan Whitehead, Kyleigh Whitehead, Lexi Whitehead, and Liam Whitehead; and step-brother: Tucker Biesenthal (Hannah Rawls) of Collinsville. She was preceded in death by her grandfathers: Albert McWhorter and Norman Whitehead; aunt: Peggy Habian; and cousin: Rob Wilson.

 

The funeral service for Stephanie will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville. Burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. Visitation will be from 6 until 8p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be left to her family c/o McClure Funeral Home. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Memories of Stephanie, or condolences to the family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com

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Barbara Ann Hayes

Barbara Ann Hayes, 70 of Taylorville passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 2:05 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. She was born on July 28, 1948 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Clarence and Helen (Grosenheider) Hayes. She worked as a secretary at Sangamon Card Company and later as an LPN at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. Barb was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Taylorville, IL.

She is survived by her Son: Kevin (Kristen) Hayes of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Kalee (Alan) Johnstone, Clayton, Kori and Sydnie Hayes; Great-Grandson: Lorenzo Johnstone; Brother: Jim (Geraldine) Hayes of San Bernardino, CA; Mark (Rhonda) Hayes of Greenville, IL; Brian (Kristy) Hayes of Nokomis, IL; Sister: Marilyn (Ron) Garmon of Taylorville, IL; Goddaughter: Shannon (Garmon) Bates; Several Nieces, Nephews and Great-Nieces and Great-Nephews. She was preceded in death by her Parents.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 11, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral will follow visitation at 7:00pm at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, with Pastor Rodney Blomquist officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Elmwood Cemetery in Litchfield, IL.

Memorials may be made to the Wishes of the Family C/O: Sutton Memorial Home 327 N. Clay St. Taylorville, IL 62568.

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com

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James Leo Cassidy

James Leo Cassidy, 90 of Keyesport, IL (formerly of Nokomis, IL) passed away on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.at his residence. He was born on June 29, 1928 in Rountree Township in Nokomis, IL the son of Leo and Pauline (Gearhard) Cassidy. He married Juanita Fern Neisler on November 15, 1947 in Mayfield, KY. James worked as a farmer, was a truck driver for over 45 yrs and was the owner of Jim’s Bike Shop in Nokomis. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Nokomis, as well as the American Farm Heritage Museum and was a proud BMX Team Sponsor for Jim’s Bike Shop. James enjoyed being a vendor for everything from antiques to produce to bicycles and he loved to collect toy tractors and Anheuser-Busch memorabilia.

He is survived by his wife Juanita of Keyesport, IL: Son James Bradley Cassidy of Nokomis, IL. Grandchildren Jacqueline Sue Garvey (husband Mark) of Columbia, MO and Jason Leo Cassidy of St. Louis, MO. Great Grandchildren: August Leo Garvey of Columbia, MO and Autumn Patricia Garvey also of Columbia, MO. Nieces and Nephews: Craig Cassidy, Karen (husband Ivan) Benning, Carol (husband Jim) Hempen and Cathy (husband Dave) Vincent. Sister-in-law: Jeanette Cassidy. James was preceded in death by his parents and brother Lynis Cassidy.

*Funeral Service rescheduled due to Weather*

Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 9:00-11:00 am at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Nokomis. Funeral service will be held immediately following the visitation on Saturday January 19, 2019 at 11:00 am in the church with Pastor Bert Eickhoff officiating and the burial will be in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Nokomis, IL.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church 204 N. Pine St. Nokomis, IL 62075 or The American Farm Heritage Museum 1395 Museum Ave. Greenville, IL 62246

Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis is assisting the family with arrangements.

Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com.


 

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Aurelia "Rhea" Bogusz

Aurelia “Rhea” Bogusz, 63 of Taylorville, IL passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 2:18 p.m. at her daughters’ home in Riverton, IL. She was born on June 29, 1955 in Springfield, IL the daughter of Wayne and Doris (Wilkins) Hendricks. She married Walter Bogusz on September 23, 1977 in Springfield, IL and he preceded her in death on August 31, 2014. She worked as a CNA at St. Vincent Hospital in Taylorville, IL.

She is survived by her Sons: Mike Bogusz of Springfield, IL; Daughters: Staci Coady of Riverton, IL; Grandchildren: Alex, Griffin, and Emma Jean; Sisters: Theresa (John) Throop Springfield, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Brother: John Hendricks.

*Funeral and visitation postponed due to weather*

Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will follow the visitation at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Burial will be held in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com.

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Nicholas R. Ward

Nicholas R. Ward, 71, of Taylorville passed away at 1:52a.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital E.R. He was born on June 12, 1947 in Taylorville, the son of William and Emma (Smuck) Ward. He married Sandra D. Lawyer on November 10, 1972 in Edinburg. Nick was an Air Force Veteran having served during the Vietnam War. He retired from the Taylorville School District where he worked for many years as a custodian. Nick was extremely skilled with his hands, having worked several jobs including welding, steelworker, and maintenance at Georgia Pacific. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and woodworking. Nick enjoyed playing and coaching softball and also served as a coach for baseball and JFL, Boy Scout Leader, and Hunter Safety Instructor. He loved to read and study the bible and also enjoyed watching and reading westerns and listening to Elvis and Johnny Cash. Nick never knew a stranger and always enjoyed visiting with friends near and far. He was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church in Pana where he proudly served as an Ordained Deacon.

Nick is survived by his wife: Sandy Ward of Taylorville; sons: Scott Ward (Bobbi) of Stonington and Jared Ward (Stephanie Buchholz) of Taylorville; grandchildren: Quintin Ward, Allison Bell (Justin), Gabriel Shanks, Sophia Ward, Ashlynn Shanks, Jordan King, Lexie King, Bryce Jones, Izabella Brown, Seth Ward, and Christine Criswell; and brother: Bill Ward (Annette) of Finley. He was preceded in death by his parents, and son: Adam J. Ward.

The funeral service for Nick will be held at 11:00a.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at the Hopewell Baptist Church (South Route 51, Pana) with Pastor John Largent officiating. Burial will take place at the Anderson Cemetery outside of Palmer. Visitation will be held from 5 until 7p.m. Wednesday at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville and from 10a.m. until 11a.m. Thursday in the church.

Memorials in Nicks honor may be left to the Hopewell Baptist Church Building Fund.

McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memories of Nick, or condolences to the family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Donald L. Hooper

Donald L. Hooper, 87 of Edinburg passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 11:32 a.m. at Heritage Health Care Hospice in Springfield, IL. He was born on September 7, 1931 in Buckhart TWP in Christian County, IL the son of Arthur Thomas and Nellie Mae (Reller) Hooper. He married Rosalie Hunsley on May 31, 1952 on the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland and she preceded him in death on February 22, 2004. He then married Loril Woolridge on May 5, 2015 in Bethel Church in Rural Sharpsburg. Don was a lifetime farmer and a member of Bethel Baptist Church, Farm Bureau and Prime Timers. He was a veteran in the United States Army serving from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean Conflict being stationed in Germany where he worked on tanks and 6 bys.

He is survived by his Wife: Loril Woolridge of Edinburg, IL; Son: Larry Hooper of Taylorville; Daughters: Debra Hooper of Taylorville; Beverly Hooper and Companion Scott Campbell of Stonington and Jennifer Hooper-Klotz of Edinburg; Eight Grandchildren; Eight Great-Grandchildren; Five Great-Great-Grandchildren; Five Stepchildren; Seventeen Step Grandchildren; Twenty-one Step Great grandchildren; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Wife, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church in rural Sharpsburg, IL with Pastor Steve Robinson and the Honorable Judge Ron Spears officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery in Rural Sharpsburg with military graveside honors.

Memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church 1919 N. 1000 East Rd. Taylorville, IL 62568

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com.

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Helen Huber

Helen Huber, 86 of Nokomis, IL passed away on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 1:22 p.m. at Life’s Journey Senior Living Center in Taylorville. She was born on January 4, 1933 in Morrisonville, IL the daughter of Edward and Mary (Farley) Clavin. She married Donald Huber on October 15, 1955 in Nokomis, IL. Helen was a homemaker and was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Nokomis, the CCW, Forester’s, Parents Club, Alter Society, St. Louis Catholic Church Quilters. For many years she enjoyed delivering newspapers, running blood drives and transporting people to their doctor’s appointments and to the airport.
Surviving are her Husband: Donald Huber of Nokomis, IL; Daughters: Pat (Steve) Janssen of Fillmore, IL, Diana (Steve) Miller of St. Louis, MO, Charlene Mergler of Nokomis, IL, Brenda Hickey of Park Ridge, IL; Grandchildren: Danielle DeWerff, Aaron (Emily) Janssen, Nicholas (Lindsey) Janssen, Spencer (Alicia) Janssen, Michael Miller, Matthew (Danielle) Miller, Marcus Miller, Adam (Maegan) Hickey, Michaela Mergler and companion Mingo Carter, Arianna Mergler; Great- Grandchildren: Gabrielle, Kennedy, and Maddison DeWerff, Elliot and Camryn Janssen, Reagan Janssen, Keller Janssen, and two on the way; Sister: Rita Mordacq of Carmel, IN; Brother-in-Law: Bob Canfield of Friendswood, TX and Several Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter in infancy: Karen Huber, brothers: Joe, Charles, Lawrence, Tom, and Ralph Clavin, sisters: Agnes Canfield, and Mary Clavin.   
Visitation will be held on Monday, January 7, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Nokomis, IL with rosary service starting at 3:45 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Nokomis, IL with Father Albert Allen officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Nokomis, IL.
Memorials may be made to St. Louis Catholic School 509 E. Union St. Nokomis, IL 62075, or Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter 2309 W. White Oaks Drive, Suite E Springfield, Illinois 62704.
Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis is assisting the family with arrangements. 

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David D. Jones

David D. Jones, age 92, of West Bend, WI, was called home to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at The Cottages at Cedar Run.

David was born on June 10, 1926 in Taylorville, IL to the late William and Mary (nee Dougherty) Jones. He graduated from Taylorville High School in June of 1944 and was part of the first undefeated state basketball championship team. He went on to serve his country honorably during WWII by enlisting in the United States Navy.

Following his discharge, David went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in education from Beloit College and a master’s degree in educational administration from UW Milwaukee. Throughout his career David was an administrator at Shorewood High School, Homestead High School and Platteville High School.

David was united in marriage to Suzanne Helgren on December 20, 1951 at Lake Park Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, WI. Suzanne preceded him in death on April 1, 2010. David enjoyed golf, tennis, basketball, and most of all spending time with his grandchildren.

David is lovingly remembered by his children, Holly (Tom) Stanfield of Lake Geneva, David (Barbara) Jones of Shorewood, Timothy (Pam) Jones of Racine, and Andrew (Susan) Jones of Kiel; grandchildren, Amy Stanfield, David (Jennifer) Jones, Stuart (Emily) Jones, Christopher Jones, Daniel Jones, Jennifer Jones, and Brian Jones; and great-grandchildren, Liam Jones, Cora Jones, Owen Jones, and Trace Jones.

In addition to his wife, David was preceded in death by his brother, William Jones; and his sister, Mary Ann McNamara.

A Memorial Mass in remembrance of David will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 3:00 pm at St. James Episcopal Church (148 S. 8th Ave. West Bend, WI 53095). Friends and relatives are invited to gather at the church on Saturday from 2:30 pm until 3:00 pm for a celebration of life through music.

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Merle-Ree Millburg

Merle-Ree Millburg, 103, of Morrisonville, IL, passed away at 9:45 a.m. on Monday, December 31, 2018 at Taylorville Care Center, in Taylorville, IL.

Merle-Ree was born February 24, 1915 in Farmersville, IL, the daughter of Emil and Della (Green) Beil. She married Bernhard T. “Doc” Millburg on February 14, 1936 in Farmersville, IL. He preceded her in death in 1998.

Merle-Ree graduated from Farmersville High School in 1933. She was a homemaker, and assisted Doc in running the family business, Millburg’s Drug Store, for over 30 years. Merle-Ree was also a very talented seamstress, sewing many wedding dresses, and clothing for her family and the community. She was a member of St. Maurice Catholic Church, and their Altar and Rosary Society since 1948. Her family meant everything to her, and she would do anything for them.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; son, Tom Millburg; 3 grandchildren; and 11 siblings.

Merle-Ree is survived by her children, Joyce (companion, Herb Hawkins) White and Janice Hough both of Morrisonville, IL, Ted (wife, Phyllis) and Terry (wife, Barbara) Millburg both of Taylorville, IL, and Jill Whalen of Jacksonville, FL; 19 grandchildren; 56 great grandchildren; numerous great-great grandchildren, and several on the way; as well as, many nieces and nephews.

Visitation & Prayer Service: The family will receive guests from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 4, 2019 at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, 304 Carlin St., Morrisonville, IL 62546. The visitation will begin with a prayer service.

Funeral Mass: 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at St. Maurice Catholic Church, 706 SE 4th St., Morrisonville, IL 62546 with the Very Rev. Albert Allen, V.F. celebrant.

Interment will follow at St. Maurice Catholic Cemetery in Morrisonville. 

Memorial Contributions may be made to: Morrisonville Ambulance, P.O. Box 641, Morrisonville, IL 62546, or Morrisonville-Palmer Food Pantry, 307 SE 6th St., Morrisonville, IL 62546. Food donations may be brought to the Morrisonville Knights of Columbus Hall on Saturday.

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to offer condolences to the family.

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Catherine Louise Piretto

Catherine Louise Piretto, 95 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, November 5, 2018 at Taylorville Care Center in Taylorville, IL. She was born on April 8, 1923 in Langleyville, IL the daughter of John and Marie (Cerato) Sebben. She married Dominic Piretto on September 28, 1946 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville and he preceded her in death on January 9, 1983. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville and the Taylorville Catholic Daughters of America. 
After being widowed at 59, Catherine focused on her family and her art. Her talent and strength of character flourished. She was an avid collector and talented artist who painted cherished works which will be enjoyed by family for generations to come. Catherine always placed others before herself. She cared.
She is survived by her Daughters: Susan (Mark) Scofield of Atlanta, GA and Sally (Kevin) Boaz of St. Charles, MO; Grandchildren: Matthew (Brandie) Scofield of Atlanta, GA, Nicolas (Megan) Scofield of Los Angeles, CA and Kyle Boaz of Springfield, MO; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Brother: Victor Sebben and Uncles: Angelo and Tony Cerato.   
Visitation will be held on Friday, January 4, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Memorial Service will begin immediately following the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Father Albert Allen officiating. Inurnment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. 
Memorials may be made to Taylorville High school Art Department 815 W. Springfield Rd. Taylorville, IL 62568. 
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 
Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com. 

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Patricia A. "Patsy" Warren

She was born in Kincaid, IL January 10, 1934 the daughter of Emmett and Grace (Clinton) Corbett.  Patricia married Donald E. Warren August 27, 1955 in Kincaid, IL and he preceded her in death Saturday, July 3, 1993.
Mrs. Warren was a member of St. Rita Catholic Church, Kincaid.  She belonged to: the St. Rita Alter and Rosary Society, Royal Neighbors, the Edwin Corpin American Legion Post #905 Ladies Auxiliary of Kincaid and was a former member of the Taylorville Moose Club and the Taylorville V.F.W. Ladies auxiliary.  Patricia was a homemaker and formerly worked as an Avon Lady for many years.  Mrs. Warren's greatest asset was her family.
Surviving are 3 daughters Debra (husband Donald) Pasqueno of Mt. Olive, IL Donna (husband Jim) Basalyga of Kincaid, IL Ann (husband Mark) Kendle of Taylorville, IL a son Donald J. (wife Trisha) Warren of Vandalia, IL 10 grandchildren Angie (wife Tina) Pasqueno, Allison Buzick, Jessica (husband Jimmy) Lennox, Andrea (husband Farron) Brown, Andrew Kendle, Lexi Kendle, Donald J. (wife Brittany) Warren, Jr., Jade Warren, Derek Warren, and Alex Basalyga, great grandchildren: Rhiannon Pasqueno-Razmus and fiancée Kane Kreger, Lily & Cambren Buzick, Cody Walker, Bethany & Aiden Davis, Bella & Tommy Lennox, Carter & Graham Warren, Harper Goldsboro, a great-great granddaughter Adellie Kreger and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and a grandson Jeremie Pasqueno.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, January 5, at St. Rita Catholic Church, Kincaid.  Visitation for Mrs. Patricia A. “Patsy” Warren will be held from 9 to 11:00 A.M. at St. Rita Catholic Church, Kincaid Saturday January 5, 2018.  Burial will take place at a later date.  Masterson Funeral Home, Kincaid is assisting the family with arrangements

 

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Melvin Eugene Dennison

Melvin Eugene Dennison, 82, of Taylorville, IL, passed away at 12:40 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20, 2018 at Meadow Manor Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Melvin was born January 15, 1936 in Virden, IL, the son of Herschel and Gladys “Sallie” (Tucker) Dennison, Sr.  He proudly served our country in the United States Marine Corps.  Melvin owned and operated Mel’s Construction, providing various handyman and HVAC services.  He enjoyed camping and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Herschel, Bill, and Raymond Dennison; and sisters, Eunice January, Dora Dalton, Millie Dennison, and Bonnie Dennison.

Melvin is survived by his children, Bob (Kathy) Dennison of Springfield, IL, Brian (Rachel) Dennison of Decatur, IL, Pam (James Bradburn) Dennison of Litchfield, IL, and Christopher Dennison of Peoria, IL; 12 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; brother, Robert (Pat) Dennison, Sr. of Mechanicsburg, IL; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Melvin donated his body to science, and inurnment will be held at a later date.

Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville, IL has been entrusted with arrangements.

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to offer condolences to the family.

 

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Elizabeth A. "Betty" Moulton

Elizabeth A. “Betty” Moulton, 95, of Taylorville, IL passed away at 9:55 a.m. on Friday, December 28, 2018 at Prairie Rose Health Care Center in Pana, IL.

Betty was born June 15, 1923 in Carrollton, IL, the daughter of Harlan and Dorothea (Mills) Farrow.  She married Harry Willard Moulton on May 15, 1941 in Union, MO.  Harry preceded her in death on May 24, 2000.

Betty attended Taylorville High School, and graduated from Carrollton High School.  She was a homemaker most of her life, and worked for the State of Illinois Veterans Affairs office for 5 years.  Betty enjoyed singing.  She sang for many weddings and funerals, as well as for the Taylorville Municipal Band, and her own band where she met her husband.  She also loved traveling, and visiting Green County where she grew up.  Most all, Betty enjoyed the time she spent with her children and grandchildren. 

She was also preceded in death by her parents; son, Harlan “Lanny” Moulton, MD; and sister, Jean Jones.

Betty is survived by her son, Harry A. (Barbara) Moulton of St. Genevieve, MO; daughter-in-law, Judy Moulton of Taylorville, IL; grandchildren, Harry W. (Anne), David, James, Jeff (Stephanie), Ken (Aimee), and Scott Moulton, and Melissa (Kevin) Ozment; 10 great grandchildren; half-sister, Jacque (Bruce) Hansen; one niece; and caregiver and dear friend, Susan Gensler.

Inurnment will be held at a later date at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.

Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568 has been entrusted with ceremonies.

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to offer condolences to the family.

 

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James Louis Colonius

James Louis Colonius, 90, of Morrisonville passed away at 8:20pm on Monday, December 24, 2018. He was born on September 11, 1928 in Hillsboro, the son of Louis and Mary (Carriker) Colonius. Jim graduated from Nokomis Township High School in 1946 and was a veteran of the Air Force, having served with the 170th Fighter Squadron. He married Cornelia Mae Klinefelter on June 20, 1953 in the Buckeye United Methodist Church. She preceded him on death on February 22, 2016. Mr. & Mrs. Colonius owned and operated a farm south of Taylorville and he also worked as a Driver’s License Examiner for the Illinois Secretary of State office in Taylorville. Jim was an active member of the Buckeye United Methodist Church and the Locust Masonic Lodge in Owaneco as well as the Ansar Shrine and 3 Wheelers.

Jim is survived by his children: Neal Colonius (Marcia) of Rock Hill, South Carolina, Brenda Colonius of Denver, Colorado, Mark Colonius of Shelbyville, Illinois, and Jay Colonius (Nenen) of Denver, Colorado; grandchildren: Mackinzey Colonius, Tristan Colonius, and Casey Colonius; great grandchildren: Norrell & Laney Mae; brothers: Darrell Colonius (Sharon) of Edinburg and Phil Colonius (Bev) of Springfield; sisters: Martha Atkinson of Oklahoma, and Lynda Hutchens of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brother: Lamar Colonius, sisters: Ruth Bowers and Mary Lou Huber and son-in-law: Craig Norrell.

The funeral service will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, December 29 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Rev. Tami Werschey-Kessinger officiating. Burial will follow at the Buckeye Cemetery in rural Owaneco. Visitation will be held from 5 until 7pm Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Buckeye United Methodist Church.

McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memories of Jim, or condolences to his family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Delores F. Lucas

Delores F Lucas, 85, of Jeisyville, IL passed away Thursday 8:25 pm December 20, 2018 in her home.  

She was born on November 26, 1933 in Clinton, IN, the daughter of Oscar and Geneva Thompson.  She married John R. “JR” Lucas in Clinton IN on June 25, 1950.  He preceded her in death in 1993.  Delores was a home maker who loved her family especially spending time with her grandkids.    She was a member of the former Nazarene Church in Kincaid and later attended Midland United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her children Linda (Byron) Bell of Kincaid, IL, Juanita (Eddie) Pucino of Rhode Island, Betty Karaianis of Taylorville, IL, Joseph Lucas of Montana, Jennifer (Nick) Verardi of Taylorville, IL, Ashley Lucas and Sara Ibarra both of Taylorville, IL, 15 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband JR, daughter Delia, and three brothers John, Neal, and Robert Thompson. 

Funeral Services will be held 10:00 am Thursday December 27th, 2018 at Masterson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Kincaid with burial to follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Riverton, IL.  Pastor Steve Smith to officiate. Visitation will be held 5:00 to 7:00 pm December 26th, 2018 at Masterson Funeral Home.  

 

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Emily Jane Nesvacil

Emily Jane Nesvacil, 93, of Mt. Auburn, IL passed away at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at Evergreen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Effingham, IL.

Emily was born April 6, 1925 in Harristown, IL, the daughter of Jesse James and Bertha (McQueen) Heath. She married Edward James Nesvacil in Wisconsin, and he preceded her in death in June of 1965.

Emily attended Taylorville High School. She was a homemaker and a seamstress, and enjoyed sewing, baking, and oil painting. Emily was a long-time member of the Mt. Auburn Church of Christ

She was also preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Thomas A. Hurelbrink; sisters, May Babbs, Dovie Blankenship, Alice Andersen, and Ruth Hjort; and brothers, Clarence and Fredrick Heath.

Emily is survived by her children, Gary (wife, Linda) Nesvacil of Wisconsin Dells, WI, and Susan (husband, Paul) Hurelbrink of Mt. Auburn, IL; grandchildren, Gary Nesvacil II, Ed Nesvacil, Krista Nesvacil, Melinda Morgan, and Jesse Pettis; 6 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial Ceremony: 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 28, 2018 at the Mt. Auburn Church of Christ, 128 W. Church St., Mt. Auburn, IL 62547 with Pastor Dan Armstrong officiating.

Inurnment will be accorded at a later date at Fowler Cemetery, in Elroy, WI.

Memorial Contributions may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568 has been entrusted with ceremonies.

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to offer condolences to the family.

 

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Mary Janiece Durham

Mary Janiece Durham, 87 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 5:13 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. She was born on May 20, 1931 in Kincaid, IL the daughter of William and Alberta (Avery) Mosley. She married Russell “Rusty” Eugene Durham on April 16, 1949 in Kincaid, IL and he preceded her in death on June 13, 2018. Janiece played the church organ for many years and was a member of Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville. She loved knitting, crocheting, sewing, playing the piano and spending time with family.

She is survived by her Sons: William Durham of Taylorville; Robert Durham of Texas; James Durham of Arizona; Daughters: Mary and Donna Durham both of Taylorville and Brenda Durham of Pana, IL; Grandchildren: Jason Durham of Taylorville; Jennifer Durham of Wapella, IL; Seth Durham of Texas; Michael and Misty Durham of Arizona; Joseph Kilhoffer and Hamilton Norris of Alaska; Caleb Sexson of Decatur, IL and Jacob Sexson of Texas; Ten Great-Grandchildren; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, husband, Brother: James Mosley, Sister: Sandra McArdle.

Visitation will be held on Friday, December 21, 2018 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Bill Kerns officiating. Burial will be held in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

Memorials may be made to Davis Memorial Christian Church 1500 W. Franklin St. Taylorville, IL 62568.

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com.

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Gary Kuntzman

Gary Kuntzman, 68 of Taylorville, died peacefully at 11:07 a.m., Thursday, December 13, 2018 in his residence surrounded by his loving family. 


Gary was born on March 18, 1950 in Taylorville, the son of Lester “Bud” and Nanette (Flanders) Kuntzman. He married JoAnn Masulis on March 7, 1969 in Nokomis, and she survives. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, the VFW, the American Legion, and the Moose Lodge. Gary was also a dedicated Scout Leader for the Boy Scouts and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Gary worked as a Civil Engineer, and in his spare time he enjoyed fishing and woodworking. Above all, Gary adored spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved his family as much as they loved him, and he will be dearly missed. 


Along with his loving wife JoAnn, Gary is survived by their children: Steve Kuntzman of Mt. Auburn; James (fiancée Brandi Bess) Kuntzman of Mt. Auburn; Chris (Karen) Kuntzman of Taylorville; Kelly (Zach) Green of Cape Girardeau, MO; eleven grandchildren: Cody, Lacey, Quentin, JT, Kyle, Karlee, Liam, Nolan, Harper, Morgan, and Tommie; and two great grandchildren: Parker and Ellie; his father: Bud Kuntzman; three siblings: Dave (Linda) Kuntzman of Springfield; Kathy Kuntzman of Taylorville; Scott (Beth) Kuntzman of Stonington; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Nanette Kuntzman; his father-in-law and mother-in-law: James & Josephine Masulis; one niece: Jennifer Harrison; and one cousin: David Miles.


A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 17, 2018 at McClure Funeral Home with Pastor Becky Lembke officiating. Burial will take place in Fraley Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 5 - 7:00 p.m., also at the funeral home.

 

Memorial may be made in his honor to: The First United Methodist Church Building Fund or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

 

McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.  

 

Memories of Gary, or condolences to his family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Jesse Michael Franklin

Jesse Michael Franklin, 46 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, December 10, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at Heritage Health Care Center in Pana, IL. He was born on September 30, 1972 in Grand Forks, ND the son of Jesse Thomas and Carole (Hoffland) Franklin. Jesse worked as a welder for several different companies through the years.


He is survived by his Sons: Jesse Eric Franklin of Grand Forks, ND two Grandchildren; Father: Jesse Thomas (Lucille) Franklin of Taylorville, IL; half-Sisters: Christine and Terri Jo; step-sisters: Vickie (Jerry) Williams of Rochester, IL; Kim (Pat) McGriff of Murphysboro, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and aunts. He was preceded in death by his Mother, grandparents: Jess and Grace Franklin, Stanley and Lou Hoffland, Uncles: Gillis, Bill and Mike Franklin, Step-Brother: Mark Loreth.


Jesse will be cremated and the family will have graveside a graveside service at a later date.


Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 


Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com

 

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Lucia Jean Baietto

Lucia Jean Baietto, 86, of Forsyth, IL and Ft. Myers, FL passed away on Monday December 10, 2018 at 8:50 a.m. in her home in Forsyth. Lucia was born November 6, 1932 in Kincaid, IL, the daughter of Dominic and Mary Calcaterra.   She then married Joseph D. Baietto on June 21, 2002 in Brookfield, IL. Lucia went on to obtain a teaching degree and was an elementary school teacher.  She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Decatur, IL.


She is survived by her husband Joseph of Forsyth, IL, a daughter Julie Jeffress and friend Dave Van Stedum of Mt. Zion, IL, Step-son Joe T. (Lori) Baietto and two step-daughters Debbie (Jim) Wiley, and Janette (Doug) Taylor all of Mt. Zion, IL, 3 nieces Kathleen (husband Dennis) Foli of Kincaid, IL., Shelia Zajac MI and Michelle Kogler of OR. She was preceded in death by her parents and a son Charles Jeffress, a sister Louise Paso, and 2 brothers John and Jacob V. Calcaterra.


Funeral Services for Lucia will be held at St. Rita Catholic Church in Kincaid, IL on Friday, December 14 at 11:00 am with Father John Burnette officiating.  Visitation for Mrs. Baietto will be held from 10 am to 11 am at St. Rita Catholic Church in Kincaid.

 

Masterson Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Kincaid, IL are assisting the family.

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