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Beverly Ray

Beverly Lynn Ray, 68, of Palmer passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, at 3:25a.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2018 in her daughter’s home in Tovey. She was born on October 4, 1950 in Herrin, the daughter of Morris and Myrtle “Sis” (Wise) Upton.

She is survived by her children: Rebecca Cleeton (Ed), Billy Mink (Lisa Bland), and John Mink all of Tovey; grandchildren: Jessica Skinner, Tabitha Kelley, Brooke Burney, Harlie Rice, D.J. Rice, Billy Mink Jr., Autumn Mink, Kyler Mink, Millenia Mink, Keeley Mink, J.J. Mink, Ivy Mink, and Mackenzie Cleeton; 10 great grandchildren with 2 more expected soon; a brother and a sister. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother.

Mrs. Ray will be cremated, and no services are planned at this time. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.

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

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Marcella Large

Marcella Marie Large, 92, of Owaneco, Illinois passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. She was born on May 27, 1926, near Stonington, the daughter of Ira and Ethel (Sloan) High. She married Donald Large on August 17, 1947 at Old Stonington Baptist Church. Donald preceded her in death in June 2016.

 

Marcella graduated from Stonington High School in 1944. Through the years Marcella had an active life. She worked at the War Plant in Illiopolis, Joe Ward Contractor, and Gene Kennedy Supply Company. She was a member of the Buckeye Methodist Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher and as treasurer for the church. Marcella was actively involved in Christian County Home Extension. She served as President of Christian County Rural Youth and was elected to the State Rural Youth Committee, President of Rosamond Women’s Club, Owaneco PTA, Taylorville High School PTA, Taylorville School District PTA, and Buckeye HCEA. She served as Worthy Matron of Rosalind Chapter of Order of Eastern Star, as well as secretary, treasurer, and other offices. In 1991, she was selected as Grand Sentinel of the Order of Eastern Star Grand Chapter of Illinois. Marcella enjoyed traveling with her husband with the Ansar Three Wheelers, as well as assisting him in the years when he was a leader of the Buckeye 3Bs 4H Club.

 

Marcella is survived by three children: Donna (Richard) Douglas of Kankakee, David (Barbara) Large of Owaneco, and Janet (Ronald) Roglis of Glenarm; six grandchildren: Erin Douglas, Matt Douglas, Jeffery (Kate) Large, Jennifer (Brad) Nobbe, Brian (Kristin) Roglis, and Abbey (Michael) Dirksen; nine great-grandchildren: David, Alice, Rosemary, Clare, Charlie, Gianna, Sam, Dakota, and Clint. Marcella was preceded in death by her parents, husband Donald, brother Ray High, and sister Fae Hodges.

 

The funeral service for Marcella will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Rev. Tami Werschey-Kessinger officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 until 7p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital or Buckeye United Methodist Church.

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

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

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Gay D. Snow

Gay D. (Hendricks) Snow 86, of Taylorville, Illinois passed away on Tuesday October 16, 2018 at 9:25 p.m. at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois. She was born on May 17, 1932 in Findlay, Illinois the daughter of William Ed and Guyneth (Tinnea) Hendricks. She married F. Lane Snow Jr. on November 24, 1951 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and later preceded her in death on December 20, 1967. They farmed in Christian and Shelby counties and were the parents of two children: Andrea and Michael Snow. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Assumption, IL, and later of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Taylorville. Also a former member of Lioness Club of Taylorville, the Christian County Historical Society, and Catholic Daughters of America. Gay was a resident of Taylorville from 1968 to the time of her death. She was employed in Taylorville in farm related businesses; was a licensed realtor from 1974 to 1999; she was also owner operator of an antique store on north Washington street in Taylorville. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brother: Norris G. Hendricks and nephew: Jason Hendricks

She is survived by her son: Michael Snow (Wife April Sievert) of Bloomington, IN; daughter: Andrea (David) Livingston of Clinton, IL; granddaughters: Megan Livingston of Madison, WI, Lisa (Chad) Olson of Bloomington, IL; one niece and one nephew, and multiple great nieces and nephews of Indiana.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 11:30 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Deacon Jim Baxter officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Assumption, IL.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church 108 W. Adams St. Taylorville, IL 62568 or St. Mary’s Catholic School 422 S. Washington 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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Alfred W. Mundhenke

Alfred W. Mundhenke, 90 of Taylorville passed away on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 3:57 p.m. at his home in Taylorville surrounded by loved ones. He was born on October 28, 1927 in Morrisonville, IL the son of Alfred D. and Ada (Waddle) Mundhenke. He married Betty D. Taylor on February 5, 1951 and she preceded him in death on February 9, 1990, he then married Alta Bates on February 26, 1994 and she survives. Alfred proudly served two tours in the U.S Navy and worked as a coal miner at Peabody Mine #10 and retired in January 1990.

He is survived by his Wife: Alta Mundhenke of Taylorville, IL; Sons: Bruce (Mary) Mundhenke, Randy (Shari) Mundhenke, Brian J. Mundhenke all of Taylorville, Ray Mundhenke, and Rodney Mundhenke both of Springfield, IL; Daughters: Joy (Steve) Reller, Gina (Jimmie) Rogers both of Taylorville; Step Children: Deborah (Denny) Held of Raymond, IL, Pam Bates, Deb Kinsey, and David (Ronda) Bates all of Springfield, IL; Grandchildren: Todd, Lela, Jacob, and Joshua Mundhenke, Craig and Christie Reller, Heather and Trevor Smith, Taylor Sparling, Cody and Kristen Harrison; Step-granddaughter: Alexa Bates of Springfield, IL; Cousin: Duane “Biggins” Steele of Palmer, IL; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Wife, Daughter: Patty Smith; Brothers: James Mundhenke and John Mundhenke; Sisters: Phyllis Davis, Ione Prose, and Frances Hill; Grandsons: Ronnie J. Mundhenke, and Chad Matthew Cunningham.

Alfred’s wishes were to be cremated and there will be a celebration of his life 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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Bill Eugene Izatt, Jr.

Bill Eugene Izatt, Jr., 65 of Taylorville, died at 3:23 p.m. Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Champaign-Urbana Rehab & Nursing in Savoy, with all four of his children by his side. Bill was born on September 7, 1953 in Taylorville, the son of Bill Eugene and Katherine Earline (Jeffers) Izatt. He earned his bachelor’s degree, nearly completing his masters, and worked in Hospital Administration. He enjoyed education and learning, was a devoted reader, and an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

He is survived by his children: Chris (Rachel) Izatt of Divernon; Marissa (Chris) Lewis of Homer; Kelly Withers of Paxton; Brad Izatt of Bloomington; 5 grandchildren: Anderson, Henry, Levi, Cole, and Timber; his mother: Katherine Earline Drew. He was preceded in death by his father, Bill Sr., and one brother: Mark Izatt.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 18, 2018 at Oak Hill Cemetery.

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

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

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Patricia J. Stone

Patricia J. Stone, 63 of Taylorville passed away at 7:03a.m. on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 in her residence. She was born on August 26, 1955 in Decatur, the daughter of Ralph Horn and Dorothy (Roll) Gordon. Patricia loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She also enjoyed her faithful companion, Ziva.

 

She is survived by her children: James Stone and Erin Emmett, both of Taylorville; grandchildren: Madison Wiseman (companion, Blake Carmean) of Taylorville and Dylan Stone (Jordan) of Taylorville; brother: Michael Horn of Decatur; and sister: Doris Moomey of Taylorville. She was preceded in death by her parents and daughter: Leslie Ann Stone.

 

A private family graveside memorial service will be held at 10am on Friday, October 12, 2018 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville with Monsignor David Lantz officiating.

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

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

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Jerry West

Jerry Bert West, 54 of Nokomis passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 6:38 a.m. at his residence in Nokomis. He was born on January 7, 1964 in Hillsboro, IL the son of Ray Eugene and Betty Ruth (Nicholes) West. He married Rita Cushing on February 10, 1990 in Assumption, IL. Jerry worked as the superintendent of the Nokomis quarry. He was a scout master for ten years for cub scouts and boy scout troop 99 of Nokomis. He also loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting, and his purple martins. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.

Surviving are his Wife: Rita West of Nokomis, IL; Son: Cody (Shawnee) West of Fillmore, IL; Mother: Betty West of Pana IL; Brothers: John (Cheryl) West of Morrisonville, IL, Richard (Debbie) West of Irving, IL, Steve (Gail) West of Coalton, IL, Randy West of Nokomis, IL; Mother and Father in law: Clarence Jr. Cushing and Brenda Litz Cushing of Assumption, IL; Sister-in-Law: Virginia (Todd) Cushing-Hegardt of Pana, IL; Brother-in-Law: Clarence Edward (Chris) Cushing of Witt, IL and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, sister Sheila West in infancy, and niece Heather West

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis, IL. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis, IL with Rev. Randy West officiating. Burial will be in Nokomis Cemetery in Nokomis, IL.

Memorials may be made to Montgomery County Cancer Association 19 Circle Dr. Litchfield, IL 62056.

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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Lolita McConnell

Lolita McConnell, 64 of Taylorville passed away on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 1:10 a.m. at her residence in Taylorville, IL. She was born on November 17, 1953 in Pana, IL the daughter of Don and Shirley (Pastor) Griffiths. She married Dennis McConnell on August 1, 1969 in Union City, TN and they later divorced. Lolita worked at Bob Ridings in Taylorville doing licensing and title work.

She is survived by her Daughters: Denean (Companion Chris Orange) Etchison of Pana, IL; Amanda (Shawn) Keathley of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Kaitlyn Cook, Kelsey and Brett Etchison, Derek and Logan McConnell, Emma and Gwyn Keathley, Jason Cook; Great-Granddaughter: Ellie Cook; Sisters: Harriet (Larry) Morrissey of Taylorville, IL; Beth Griffiths of Taylorville, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Brother: Donnie Griffiths, Nephews: Joseph Peden and Gary Morrissey.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Memorial service will follow the visitation starting at 8:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Msgr. David Lantz officiating. Inurnment will be held 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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John Robert "Bob" Danko

John Robert “Bob” Danko, 75, died on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at St. Vincent Memorial Hospital, Evansville, Indiana. Born on August 20, 1943 in Taylorville, Bob was the son of John and Wanda (Allison) Danko. He graduated from Taylorville High School and married his sweetheart, Helen Corene Smith, on November 29, 1963 at the First United Methodist church in Taylorville, and she preceded him in death on August 9, 2013. After their marriage, Bob attended SIU and received his bachelor’s degree. He enjoyed a lifelong career of over 30 years with Peabody Coal Company. He began at age 18 at Mine #10, working as a 3rd shift maintenance repairman and eventually advanced his career to the level of General Superintendent. After retiring from Peabody Coal, he began a career with HR Solutions in Evansville, IN as a VP of Executive Recruiting. Bob was a life member of the NRA, a member of the Taylorville Underwater Search & Rescue, President and acting board member of the National Mine Rescue Association, and he was a founding board member for the Taylorville YMCA. Bob was also a member of the United Methodist Church in Newburgh, Indiana.

Bob is survived by his two sons: Kirk (wife, Beth) Danko of Maryville, MO, Troy (wife, Julie) Danko of Parker, TX; four grandchildren: Logan Danko of Johnstown, PA, Morgan (husband, Jason) Crall of Albia, Iowa, Justin (fiancée, Kourtney Krumm) Danko of Oshkosh, WI; Megan Danko of Parker, TX; one great grandson: Jack Michael Crall; sister: Linda (Rev. Tom) Bellegante of Taylorville; sister-in-law: Joanne (husband, Chuck) Garner of Taylorville; sister-in-law: Betty (husband,Dave) Smith of Huntsville,AL; and dear friend Sandy Kramer of Newburgh, IN.

Along with his loving wife, Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law: David Smith of Hutsville, AL.

Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 8, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church, Taylorville, with Reverend Bob Cook & Reverend Tom Bellegante officiating. Interment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, at McClure Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made in his honor to the Taylorville YMCA or the First United Methodist Church. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.

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

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Natalie H. Upchurch

Natalie H. Upchurch, 87 of Taylorville passed away on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 11:12 a.m. at Taylorville Memorial Hospital in Taylorville, IL. She was born on February 25, 1931 in Taylorville, IL the Daughter of Homer and Helen (Hunter) Martin. She married George Upchurch on July 3, 1952 in Taylorville, IL and he preceded her in death on April 20, 2014. Natalie worked as a Catalog manager at JC Penny’s. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Taylorville, IL, United Methodist Women and Order of the Eastern Star. She was the past president of the VFW Post #4495 Ladies Auxiliary, and one of the first South School PTA Co-Presidents. Natalie also loved going to lunch and playing cards with her friends. Natalie’s wishes were for everyone to take a friend to lunch in her honor instead of sending her flowers.

She is survived by her Daughter: Jane Hunsche of Taylorville, IL; Sons: Michael Upchurch of Taylorville, IL and Jim (Bonnie) Upchurch of New Iberia, LA; Eleven Grandchildren; Thirteen Great-Grandchildren; One Great-Great Granddaughter; Son-in-Law: Nelson Gulso of Kincaid, IL; Brother-in-Law: Charles Drake of Naples, FL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Daughter: Julie Gulso, Mother and Father-in-Law: Paul and Edna Upchurch, Sisters: Marcia Wham, Patricia Hart and LouCinda Drake.

Visitation will be held on Friday, October 5, 2018 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Taylorville. Memorial service will follow the visitation starting at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Taylorville. Inurnment will be held in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.

Memorials may be made to The First United Methodist Church 200 S. Walnut 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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Eulalia Imogene (Jean) Ohl

Eulalia Imogene (Jean) Ohl, 89, of Assumption, died October 1, 2018 at 2:16 p.m. in Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Funeral Mass will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 5, 2018 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Assumption, IL, with Father Marianna Sathuluri and Father Angel Sierra officiating. Visitation will be from 5- 8 p.m., with an 8p.m. Rosary Service, Thursday, October 4, 2018, in Seitz Funeral Home, Assumption. Memorials may be made to Decatur Memorial Hospital Heart & Lung Institute, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, or to the family. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Assumption.

Eulalia was born in her home on December 25, 1928 in Assumption, IL, the daughter of Charles and Myrtle (Holman) DuBeck. She married Raymond Edward Ohl on October 14, 1950 in Assumption, IL. He preceded her in death January 2, 2010.

Eulalia cherished deeply her life as a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She was a lifetime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Assumption. Eulalia was a beautiful historian, original member of the Assumption Historical Society and member of St. Mary’s Altar Society. She loved writing stories, published a family cookbook, loved to read, shared her love of reading by taking many to the library, loved the holidays and writing cards.

Eulalia attended Browns Business College for two years after graduating from the Assumption High School class of 1946. She organized her 1946 class reunions until 2015. Eulalia worked at Swain and Meyers, Decatur, IL for 4 ½ years after graduating from Browns Business College, and volunteered for 10 years as a library aide at St. Mary’s Catholic School.

Eulalila was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, even traveling to Florida with her sister to spring training! She had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening, working beside her best friend, Ray in the rose garden, canning, freezing, making pickles and baking cobblers, pies, her all time favorite Pumpkin Pie and award winning German Chocolate Cake and Angel Food Cake with mile high icing…winning many Best of Show ribbons at the Christian County and Pana Tri County fairs. She loved the State Fair and attended annually! She enjoyed picking strawberries and making jelly & jam. Nearest to her heart was family gatherings and taking family to activities such as swimming and dance. Eulalia helped for years with the Assumption Fest pageants and the Christian County Fair queen Pageants. She enjoyed listening to Merle Haggard and loved Starbucks Coffee and Columbian Coffee; it was always near her side!

Jean was the true essence of life and her motto was to live each moment to the fullest with family & friends and participate in all you can, to the best of your ability. Eulalias’ beautiful spirit and zest for life was dynamic.

Surviving are her son, Kenny (Karen) Ohl of Assumption; daughters: Nancy (Gary) Nave, Mary Hebert, Becky Fringer, Lisa (Billy) Blades, Angela Ohl-Marsters (John Brackett), all of Assumption, Teresa (Edward) Nelson of Taylorville, IL; fourteen grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; seven great great-grandchildren, sister, Jacqueline Hughes of Rochester, IL, two nieces and one nephew.

Eulalia fondly also leaves behind her beloved dog, Juliette and her cats, Mia and Raymond.

Preceding her in death are her husband, Raymond E. Ohl; parents, Charles and Myrtle DuBeck; brothers: Elmer, Eddie and Vincent DuBeck and sister, Helen Fishel.

Seitz Funeral Home, Assumption has been entrusted with the care and service arrangements.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.seitzfh.com

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Elsie McKittrick

Elsie Brookens McKittrick, 97, passed away at Heritage Health in Normal, IL on September 16.
She was born at home near Owaneco, IL on April 19, 1921, the daughter of John A. Brookens and Beulah (Masters) Brookens.  A graduate of Taylorville High School, Elsie attended Eastern Illinois University and Brown's Business College. She worked at a dress shop in Decatur until she married Robert McKittrick on December 11, 1941. Elsie was a homemaker who raised five children until the youngest was in high school when she began working as a teller at the First National Bank in Taylorville. She was a devoted member of (Buckeye United Methodist Church and participated in Christian County Home Extension. She enjoyed playing piano, the outdoors and taking walks on the family farm. After retirement, she enjoyed trips with Bob to visit relatives and to the Grand Canyon and Alaska.

She is survived by her children: Linda McElroy, Columbia, MO; Donna (Jerome) Pleshe, Kincaid, IL; John (Sally) McKittrick, Orlando, FL; Dale (Gloria) McKittrick, Baltimore, MD; Karen (Larry)Spiegler, Ravenna, OH; 10 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and 19 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Bob and her brother Harold Brookens.

A memorial service will be held on October 6, 2018 at 1:00 pm. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Tami Werschy-Kessinger officiating.

Memorials may be made to Buckeye United Methodist Church 101 South Church Street Owaneco, Illinois 62555.

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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Billie Johnson

Billie Earlene Beard-Johnson (affectionately known as "Auntie Beans"), 71, of Sherman, Illinois formerly of Corcoran, California, passed away on September 28, 2018 at 5:42 p.m. at The Villas Senior Care Center surrounded by family. Billie was born on July 28, 1947 in Chicago to Bill and Marcella Beard. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Business from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Billie was the owner and operator of Oak Tree Press Publishing Company based in Corcoran, California. While Billie was born in Illinois, she was a California girl at heart and loved the west coast. Her love of reading fueled her desire to travel.  A huge fan of Jeopardy aided Billie as she enthusiastically challenged every member in her family to Trivial Pursuit and remained undefeated. Billie loved watching CNN and MSNBC.  It was on her television day and night. Mystery novels were her favorite and she was known to read the same book over and over.  You would also have a hard time finding her without a pack of Extra Spearment gum on or near her.

Billie is survived by her daughter, Kirsten Legere of Portland, Oregon; sisters Bev (Ted) Durham, Trisha (Doug) Hancock, and Tarra (Kevin) Norris, all of Taylorville; and brothers Ty (Pam) Beard of Utopia, Texas, Michael (Gena) Beard of Springfield, Missouri, and David (Gail) Beard of Memphis, Tennessee. "Auntie Beans" also leaves behind several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A private celebration of life is planned.

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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Anna Marie McVey

Anna Marie McVey, 91 of Taylorville passed away on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 10:50 p.m. at Meadow Manor Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Taylorville, IL. She was born on September 13, 1927 in Blue Mound, IL the Daughter of Joseph and Jane (Rigsby) Nolen. She married Joseph McVey on March 7, 1944 and he preceded her in death on February 13, 1991. Anna worked as a waitress in her younger days and later she helped her husband on the farm.

She is survived by her Daughters: Charlotte (Denny) Schum of Decatur, IL; Mary Jane McVey of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Brad (Sherry) McVey of Bridgeport, IL; John Foor Jr. of Dallas, TX; Six Great-Grandchildren; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Son: Donald McVey, Brothers and Sisters.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Burial will be held in Berea Cemetery in rural Niantic, IL.

Memorials may be made to Taylorville Christian Church 1124 N. Webster St. Taylorville, IL or the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or to the Donors Choice.

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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Myrtle Marie McCaslin

Myrtle Marie McCaslin, 105 of Nokomis passed away on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 2:10 p.m. at Nokomis Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Nokomis. She was born on July 8, 1913 in Montgomery County, IL the daughter of Sherman Henry and Ida Bell (Revis) Sanders. She married Earnie McCaslin on October 12, 1930 and he preceded her in death on August 17, 1972.

 

Surviving are her Son: Randy McCaslin of Nokomis, IL; Daughters: Connie (Ronald) Hughes of Sheridan, IL; Vivian Eileen Hill of Nokomis, IL; 15 Grandchildren; 47 Great-Grandchildren; 31 Great-Great-Grandchildren; Nieces: Marcia Alexander, Lois McCaslin and several other nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Son: Leroy McCaslin, Daughter Shirley Hartman, Grandson: Michael Dale Hill, Brothers: Luther Sanders, Harold Sanders, Carl, Vester and Gene Sanders, Sisters: Pearl, Genevieve and Margaret, Daughter-in-Law: Josephine McCaslin Son-in-Laws: Dale Hill, Larry Hartman, Prosper Guyot.

 

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis, IL. Funeral Service will follow the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis, IL with Pastor Ryan Follis officiating. Burial will be in Nokomis Cemetery in Nokomis.

 

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church 211 E. South St. Nokomis, IL 62075.

 

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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Martha Jane Haerr

Martha Jane Haerr, 89 of Taylorville, died at 5:39 a.m., Friday, September 28, 2018 at Taylorville Care Center.

Martha was born on July 3, 1929, in Noble, Illinois, the daughter of William an Ethel (Atkins) Lagle. She graduated from Noble High School and went on to marry Harold Eugene Haerr on February 25, 1950 in Streator. Just shy of their 65th wedding anniversary, Harold passed away on February 12, 2015. Martha enjoyed needlepoint, knitting, tatting, embroidery, and anything to do with thread. She will be dearly missed.

Martha is survived by her two children: Otis (Marlis) Haerr of Taylorville, and Sylvia Geiling of Needville, Texas; five grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; and her sisters-in-law: Marge Haerr and Mary Haerr, both of Olney. Along with her husband Harold, Martha was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and one sister.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.

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

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Ronnie L. Watkins

Ronnie L. Watkins, 67 of Taylorville (formerly of Pleasant Plains), lost his battle against cancer at 7:32 a.m. Thursday, September 27, 2018. Ron was born on June 1, 1951, in Springfield, the son of William and Marcella (Willis) Watkins. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army Military Police, retiring in 1992 after 20 years. He then worked for the State of Illinois, retiring a second time in 2014. Ron married Shelia Gipson on March 28, 2008 in Taylorville, and she survives. Ron truly enjoyed life, whether riding his Harley, camping, or fishing, he always enjoyed the time he spent with his family and friends. He had a big heart that will be sorely missed.

Along with his loving wife, Shelia Watkins, Ron is survived by his daughters: Sarah (Jay) Vercilotti of Chandler, IN; Susi (Brett) Lopez of San Antonio, TX; Laura Calvert of Nokomis; Sons: Scott Watkins of Springfield; Robert Watkins of Bamburg, Germany; Erick Watkins of Bamburg, Germany; Brian Calvert of Shelbyville; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brother: David (Connie) Watkins of New Berlin; sisters: Sandy (Ray) Barton of Springfield; Becky (Rod) Raps of Kansas City, MO; and Beth (Bob) Withers of Cantrall.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, William and Marcella Watkins; grandparents: Henry & Lettie Willis and Elmer & Frances Watkins; several aunts, uncles, and one niece.

It was Ronnie’s request to be cremated. A committal service will be held at a later date at Camp Butler National Cemetery, with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to: the Alzheimer’s Association.

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

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

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Shirley Dunkirk

Shirley Dunkirk, 78 of Taylorville passed away on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 1:15 p.m. at her home in Taylorville, IL. She was born on February 16, 1940 in Taylorville, IL the daughter of Chester and Zelma (Peacher) Basil. She married Donald Dunkirk on February 16m 1957 in Kincaid, IL.

 

She is survived by her Husband of 61 years Donald Dunkirk of Taylorville, IL; Sons: Mike (Renee) Dunkirk of Edinburg, IL; Jim (Terra) Dunkirk of Springfield, IL; Daughters: Debbie (Leonard) Gesell of Taylorville, IL; Lori Lederbrand of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Leanne (Todd) Unger of Altoona, IA; Brandon (Brittani) Dunkirk of Troy, IL; Cody Dunkrik of Pontoon Beach, IL; Larry and Fiancé PJ Dunkirk of Niantic, IL; Jessica (David) Durbin of Hinesville, Ga; Matthew Dunkirk of Edinburg, IL; Justin (Jen) Dunkirk of Williamsville, IL; Kami (Bralynn) Benning of Springfield, IL; Austin Dunkirk of Springfield, IL; Kailey (Teresa) Correa of Carpentersville, IL; Allison Lederbrand of Taylorville, IL; Gracie Lederbrand of Taylorville, IL; Great-Grandchildren: Marissa Dunkirk of Niantic, IL; Olivia Unger of Altoona, IA; Brother: Ronnie (MaryAnn) Basil of Decatur, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Son: Donald E Dunkirk, Brothers: Darrell Basil, Robert Basil, Bill Basil and Charles Basil.

 

Visitation will be held on Friday, September 28, 2018 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 Gerald McPhillips officiating. Burial will be held in Morrisonville Cemetery in Morrisonville, IL.

 

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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Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis, 66 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, September 24, 2018 at 5:17 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. He was born on July 25, 1952 in Lincoln, IL the son of Jack and Mary Helen (Lee) Ellis. He married Sandy Johnson and she preceded him in death. Robert worked as a bricklayer in the Bricklayers Union Local #8 in Springfield, IL. The world has lost a good, kind, gentle man.  His friends called him Cowboy. Although he had many endearing qualities, the one that stands out for many was his incredible wit. Cowboy would deliver a hilarious one line zinger when you least expected it.

 

He is survived by his Companion: Veronica Tex of Taylorville, IL; Brothers: Jerry (Brenda) Ellis of Canton, IL; Sisters: Rosanne Unser of Bloomington, IL; Colleen Harvey of Mt. Zion, IL; Nieces: Keri Ellis, Shanel Snyders, Destany Martin, Leigh Anne and Jamie Unser, Brittany Ellis, Nephews: Todd Ellis, Stephen and Ryan Ellis, Jeff Martin, Karl Krotz; Great-Nieces: Taylor, Erika and Olivia Ellis, Avery and Emery Ellis, Morgan Martin, Ragan and Paige Snyders; Great- Nephews: Jacob Ellis, Ben Muncy and Levi Bounds, Clayton, Dylan and Parker Snyders, Eli Ellis and several Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Wife, Brother: Steve Ellis, Sister Marlene Krotz, Brother-in-Law: Keith Krotz, Nephew: Jayson Ellis, Great- Nephews: Kyle and Doug Muncy.

 

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery with Pastor Tiney Walker officiating.

 

Memorials may be made to his Nephew and Nieces college fund 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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Justin Craig

Justin Craig, 32 of Springfield, IL passed away on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 11:19 a.m. at his home in Springfield, IL after a long and brave battle against Ewing Sarcoma. He was born on March 9, 1986 in Taylorville, IL the son of Lori (Bill) Buschon and John (Marlene) Craig. He married his long-time fiancé Vanessa Martin on November 9, 2016 in Seattle, WA. He was the Senior Systems Engineer for Epic Games. Justin was an exceptional human being, who achieved far beyond the expectations of most his age. He was an incredibly giving, loving, and loyal husband and best friend to his wife. He was a very dedicated, understanding, and patient father to his special needs stepson and sons. He was a caring, respectful, and wonderful son and grandson. Family, honesty, and success were very important to Justin.  He was insightful and determined to leave his mark on this world, and he did.  He was so proud of his career with Epic Games, and so thankful to have been part of the world phenomenon that is Fortnite.  Justin was a rare soul indeed. He was humble, yet playful. He cherished family outings to the woods in Washington, and to the Cardinal games in St. Louis. Justin Craig will be forever missed, loved, and remembered.

 

He is survived by his Wife: Vanessa Craig of Springfield, IL; Sons: Jaxen, Bodhi and Matthew all of Springfield, IL; Parents: Lori (Bill) Buschon and John (Marlene) Craig; Grandparents: Jim and Janet Roach of Taylorville, and Virginia Craig of Hewittville, IL; Mother-in-Law: Susan Martin of Springfield, IL; Father-in-Law: Fred (Diana) Martin of Clarksdale, AZ; Brother-in Law: Brian Sheppard of Girard, IL; Aunts and Uncles: Kristie (Paul) Jaeger, Anita (Dennis) Bluhm, Eric (Raina) Roach, Lori (Mike) Walter and Ed (Cheryl) Craig. He was preceded in death by his Grandfather: Ora Craig and his Cousin: William Walter.

 

Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at Taylorville Christian Church in Taylorville. Memorial service will follow the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at Taylorville Christian Church in Taylorville. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.

 

Memorials may be made to his children’s college fund 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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Jeanne F. Boerio

Jeanne F. Boerio, 85 of Taylorville passed away at 9:57p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2018 at Taylorville Care Center. She was born on November 12, 1932 in Taylorville, the daughter of Michael T. and Rita L. (Falk) Trojcak. Jeanne attended St. Mary’s School and graduated from Taylorville Township High School in 1950. She was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the CD of A. Jeanie worked many jobs throughout her life including at Myers Brothers in Springfield, various stores around the square in Taylorville, Sangamon Card Company, Georgia Pacific, Caterpillar, waitressed at many restaurants, and many years as a housekeeper. She has also been a member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority for 20 years, was a member of the Women of the Moose, and volunteered at the Christian County Historical Society, and with the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She was an active volunteer for the Illinois Heart Association for over 20 years where she previously served as a County and City Chairman and organized many special events. When her boys were younger, she spent several years as a Cub Scout Den Mother. Jeanne enjoyed dancing, skating, reading, needle work, and word puzzles.

 

Jeanne is survived by her sister: Doris Trojcak of St. Louis, Missouri; daughter-in-law: Gloria Boerio of Castle Rock, Colorado; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, sons: Mark Boerio and Joseph Boerio, and on April 4, 2018 her brother: Fr. Ronald Trojcak.

 

A memorial mass for Jeanne will be held at 11:00a.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville with Monsignor David Lantz officiating. Visitation will be from 10 until 11a.m. on Saturday in the church. Inurnment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

 

Memorials may be made to the Christian County Historical Society, Taylorville Public Library, or St. Mary’s School.

 

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

 

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

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Joseph Robert Brown

Joseph Robert Brown, 31 of Des Moines, IA, passed away of natural causes on Sept. 18, 2018 at his home in Des Moines, Iowa. He was born on March 11, 1987 in Concord, Calif. He is a graduate of Walnut Creek High School in Des Moines and was working in the food services industry. Joe had a passion and talent for music from a very young age. He played bass guitar and loved playing music with his family. He cherished being a big brother to his younger sisters and he devoted much of his life to his loving partner Michelle and his many close friends. He loved watching movies, playing vintage video games, camping, being outdoors, and he always enjoyed a good Midwestern thunderstorm. He was devoted to his pets and will be terribly missed by his three loving cats: Leon, Juniper, and Gonzo. He will always be remembered for his kindness, his compassionate heart, and his amazing sense of humor. Although he left this Earth far too early, he will be kept alive in the hearts and memories of all the people whose lives he touched.

Joe is survived by his parents, Mary (Burton) Brown of Taylorville, and William and Tara Brown of Irvine, Calif. He also is survived by his brother Michael of Des Moines, lowa; sisters Victoria and Rachael Brown of Irvine, Calif; Grandmother: Rosemary Brown, uncle Robert and aunt Julie Brown of Taylorville, aunts Rita Werner, Kathleen (David) Driskell of Taylorville, Mary Anne (Jeffery) Oller of Houston, Texas, Donna (David) Hardin of Taylorville, Dorothy (Clete) Davis of Taylorville, and Nancy (Raymond) of Des Moines, Iowa and his partner Michelle McCullough. Joe also leaves behind many cousins, friends and extended family. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Walter and Gladys Burton, his paternal grandfather William J. Brown and his uncle Stephen L. Brown.

A "Celebration Of Life" service was held in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday Sept. 22, 2018 for friends to share their memories and love for Joey.

Local services will be at Sutton Memorial Home on Wednesday Sept. 26, 2018 with a visitation starting at 2:00 p.m. and the funeral service beginning at 3:00 p.m. with Sr. Rose McKeown officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.

 

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

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James Hal Phillips

James Hal “Red” Phillips, 82 of Taylorville passed away at 5:00am on Monday, September 17, 2018 at Pana Community Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born on November 24, 1935 in Broughton, Illinois, the son of Hal and Iva Lucille (Pyle) Phillips. He married Sue Ellen Millman on August 31, 1984 in Taylorville. James graduated from Eldorado High School and was a Union Boilermaker by trade. He was a member of the American Legion, attended the First United Methodist Church, and enjoyed being outside on his tractor. Red was a talented, life-long horseman, an interest that he shared with his wife Sue. James had an incredible love for his family, and cherished the time spent with them, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

He is survived by his wife: Sue Phillips of Taylorville; son: Russell Phillips (Carmen) of Paducah, Kentucky; step-children: Brent Morgan (Lori Trelz) of Taylorville and Danita Drake (Greg Miller) of Shelbyville; grandchildren: Max Phillips and Ashley Clark; step-grandchildren: Hunter Smith and Seth Morgan; great grandchildren: Draxton Aud, Owen Clark, and Davyn Aud; son-in-law: Robbie Crouse of Eldorado; brother: Edward Phillips (Bonnie) of McLeansboro; sister: Dana Gaines of Hominy, Oklahoma; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter: Vicki Crouse; siblings: Don Phillips (Juanita), Dena Ruth Phillips, Sara Jane Phillips, and Max Glenn Phillips.

 

A memorial service for James will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Barry Wright officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 until 11am Thursday at the funeral home. Inurnment will take place at Fraley Cemetery in Taylorville at a later date.

 

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Red, or condolences to his family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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John R. Weaver

John R. Weaver, 70, of Taylorville, IL, passed away at 5:27 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at his residence.

 

John was born January 24, 1948 in Taylorville, IL the son of Verne and Vera (Roberts) Weaver. Following high school, he proudly served our country in the United States Army. John went on to work for Norfolk Southern as a car man for 16 years, and then retired from Olin’s in Alton, IL. He enjoyed playing lap and pedal steel guitar, and was a long-time member of the VFW Post 4495 in Taylorville. John was also a CB radio enthusiast, using the handle “Red Dragon”.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Larry Weaver.

 

John is survived by his brother, Patrick V. Weaver of Taylorville, IL; and many life-long friends.

 

Graveside Ceremony: 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, IL, with military honors being provided by the Department of Defense and Interveterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County. Inurnment will follow the ceremony.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to: The family of John R. Weaver, c/o Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568.

 

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

 

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

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Marian "Ruth" Puccetti

Mrs. Marian “Ruth” Puccetti, 84, of Kincaid passed away Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at her daughters home.

She was born January 6,1934 in Taylorville IL, the daughter of Gordon and Wilma (Davis) Alexander. She married Geno Puccetti in 1990 in Las Vegas and he preceded her in death in September 1992.

 

Marian was a member of Midland United Methodist Church in Kincaid. She first worked as a cook at South Fork Elementary School and retired in 1993 after 20 years with Midland Community bank. She was a member of the Red Hats and the South Fork Senior Citizens.She enjoyed sewing, quilting, gardening, fishing and entertaining friends.  She had a special place in her heart for her grandchildren. 

 

Surviving are daughter Cynthia (Ed) Salter of Chatham, IL, two sons Gordon Crawford of Kincaid, and Douglas (Brigette) Crawford of Taylorville, and a daughter Jamie Springman and her companion Douglas Wright of Kincaid, six grandchildren, Jason Grauer, Ryan Grauer, Brittny Brewer, Rachael Crawford, Christian Springman, Logan Crawford, two great-grandchildren, Daniel and Jacob Grauer,  along with two sisters Marie Ziegler of Seattle WA, and Judy Pond of Bowman, ND and several nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Geno, one brother Russell Alexander and two sisters Betty Holzmer and JoAnn Alexander.

 

Funeral Services will be held Saturday September 15th at 11:30 am at Midland United Methodist Church in Kincaid. Pastor Steve Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. Visitation for Mrs. Marian “Ruth” Puccetti will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 at the Midland United Methodist Church.

 

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

 

Memorials in loving memory of Mrs. Marian “Ruth” Puccetti are suggested to Midland United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 530, Kincaid IL 62540.

 

To share a memory or light a candle please visit www.mastersonfh.com.

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Therese Anne Clarke

Therese “Tee Tee” Anne (Crivello) Clarke, of Taylorville, IL, passed away at 5:32 p.m. on Monday,

September 10, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.

 

Tee Tee was born August 23, 1929 in Taylorville, IL, the daughter of Anthony Bernard “Joe” and Thelma Agnes (Brooks) Crivello. She graduated from Taylorville High School in 1947, and went on to attend Michigan State University, and eventually obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Sangamon State University. Tee Tee retired from Memorial School in Taylorville, where she was a Title 1 Reading Instructor for over 20 years.

 

Tee Tee was a long-time member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville, where she ran concessions for all school events for years. She had a passion for writing, authoring multiple books, authoring a column for the Carlinville paper for many years, and submitting editorials to the Breeze-Courier. She also took great pride in her “Empty Nest” newsletter, that she would send out monthly to her family and friends. She will be remembered not only for being patriotic and the St. Louis Cardinals #1 Fan, but for being the original loving, independent woman.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, and son, Kevin James Clarke.

 

Tee Tee is survived by her children, Ric Clarke of Nashville, TN, Anne Marie (husband, Albert) Lotter of Dallas, GA, Terry (wife, JoAnn) Clarke of Elmhurst, IL, Tracy Mahan of Taylorville, IL, and Mark Anthony (wife, Fran) Clarke of Nashville, TN; grandchildren, D.W. Clarke, Douglas William (Honor) Taft, Allison Vaughn (Kasey) Learned, Anthony (Emma) Clarke, Daniel Mahan, Kelly (Aaron) Johnston, Karri (C.J.) Mathis, Jazmine Clarke, Michele Clarke, Taylor Lynn Clarke, and Patrick Ryan Clarke; great grandchildren, Devon, Jackson, Gwyneth, Wyatt, Tage, Leni, Layne, Landry, Maylin, Paxton, and Tesley; and siblings, Mary Crivello of Taylorville, IL, and J.B. Crivello of Monticello, IN.

 

Cremation will be accorded prior to ceremonies.

 

Visitation & Memorial Mass: The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the

memorial mass at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 108 W.

Adams St., Taylorville, IL 62568, with Rev. Msgr. David S. Lantz, celebrant.

 

In lieu of flowers, and in Therese’s honor memorial contributions may be made to: Christian County Senior Citizens Center, 701 W. Adams St., Taylorville, IL 62568.

 

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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Betty Jean Durham

Betty Jean Durham, 90 of Taylorville passed away on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 11:55 p.m. at The Villa Health Care Center in Sherman, IL. She was born on March 28, 1928 in Newport, IN the daughter of William and Luceal (Blagrave) Ward. She married Clay Durham on September 27, 1946 in Taylorville, IL. Betty was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Taylorville.

 

She is survived by her Husband: Clay Durham of Taylorville, IL; Son: Ted (Bev) Durham of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Anji Durham of Springfield, IL; Lisa Sims of Taylorville, IL; Aaron Durham of Livonia, MI; Christopher Durham of Pana; Kenton Durham of Ohlman, IL; Fifteen Great-Grandchildren; One Great-Great Grandson; Brothers: Norman Ward of Taylorville, IL; Sisters: Judy Catlin of Decatur, IL; Sister-in-Law: Janiece Durham of Taylorville, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Son: Thomas R. Durham, sisters: Shirley Roseberry, Thelma Hauk and Brother Bill Ward.

 

Visitation will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 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. Burial will be held in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville.

 

Memorials may be made to The First United Methodist Church 200 S. Walnut 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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Patricia Ganey

Patricia Ganey left the world as she arrived on September 8, 2018 on her 92nd birthday. Born and raised in Taylorville, she attended high school at Ursuline Academy in Springfield, and Brown’s Business College in Springfield. As a matriarch of a large family, she prospered in delight of their lives, their children’s lives, and their children’s lives. This interest in family was only matched by her enthusiasm for sports – sports that bridged youth through professional. As a fixture at the Red Bland Little League Manner’s Park in the 1960’s, her interests evolved as those of her family. She was integral to St Mary’s Midgets Basketball concessions to support the team, and as a fan was unrivaled in her support for the Taylorville home side. Patricia Jane Kennedy was born September 8, 1926 in Taylorville to Malachy Leo Kennedy and Florence Ann Keiser who were born in Stonington, Illinois. The youngest of four children, 3 brothers Wayne, Robert, and John preceded her in death. Patricia was married to Michael (Mick) Ganey in 1949 and he preceded her in death in 1994. Mick and Patricia relocated to Moultrie, Georgia in 1977 with Sangamon company, and both worked in Moultrie until Mick’s death. Patricia remained an active asset to the Moultrie community as a parishioner of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, and as stalwart fan of Colquitt County Packer sports. Patricia was known for not only being genuine but for her generosity with others. She gave and supported and expected optimism and integrity as assets that were never qualified. Quick with the aphorism and short of accepting excuses, she leaves 7 children, 17 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren who each appreciate the spark of life she has shared with them. Each has offered remembrance that they felt like they were the special person in her life, and in fact that case can be made without exception of all she touched in every walk.

 

Her family remains respectful and appreciative; children Tim (Tish) Ganey, Tampa, Florida; William (Barbara) Ganey, LaGrange, Illinois; Michelle (Tim) Maurer, Bloomington, Illinois; Denis Ganey, Gautier, Mississippi; Barbara (Larry Kupferschmid) Schaad, Bloomington, Illinois; Kathleen (Long term friend Judy Teague) Ganey, Huntsville, Alabama; Mary Ann (Ed) Creech, Moultrie, Georgia. Grandchildren Nova Belote, Milisa Ganey, Margaret Ganey, Camille Ganey (Tim); Samantha (Brent) Sordyl, Colleen (Brian) Keilers (William), Crissy (Bryan) Strand, Michael (Chelsea) Ganey; Lucas, Hannah, Claire Mauer (Michelle); Annarose Schaad, Natalie (Felipe) Schaad de Bessa, Peter (Maggie Beneke) Schaad (Barbara); Kacey, Matthew, and Nate Creech (Mary Ann) will miss her recognition of each of their birthdays with a card and note. Great Grandchildren include Shannon Ganey-Stevenson (Milisa); Will, Oliver, Emmett, Lucas, and Harrison Sordyl (Samantha); Gerald, Noah. and Maddock Keilers (Colleen); Greta and Sarah Strand (Crissy); Nora and Clark Ganey (Michael); Sophie and Heidi Schaad (Annarose); Lua de Bessa (Natalie); and Oscar Schaad (Peter). They too have been given the inertia of pride in what you can do for others. In addition to Patricia’s immediate family, sister—in-law, Mrs. Mary Alice Schafer, and nieces and nephews all will miss her life in theirs.

 

Services will be held Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at the Cobb Funeral Home, Moultrie, Georgia. Family will receive friends from 6-8PM at 2441 Georgia Highway 37 West, Moultrie, Georgia.

 

A funeral mass and burial will be held in Taylorville, Illinois at St. Mary’s Church. Patricia was an active parishioner there for more than 50 years before moving to Moultrie, Georgia. A mass will be held at 10AM on Saturday, September 15, and the Reverend Robert (Father Bob) Porter celebrating. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, Illinois. Family will receive friends at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville on Friday evening, September 14 from 4-7PM.

 

Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic School 422 S. Washington St. Taylorville, IL 62568.

 

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

 

Please sign our online guestbook at www.suttonmemorialhome.com.

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Caroline V. Curl-Johnson

Caroline “Carolyn” V. Curl-Johnson, 94 of Taylorville, died ay 11:54 a.m., Thursday, September 6, 2018 in her home.

Mrs. Johnson was born on January 22, 1924, in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of Clarence and Carrie Louise (Tibbie) Campbell. She graduated from Manteno High School and attended the University of Illinois where she studied home economics. She married Glenn W. Curl on June 28, 1947 in Kankakee, and he preceded her in death on October 22, 1979. She later married Harland M. Johnson on March 27, 1995 in Alabama and he preceded her in death on October 15, 1999. Mrs. Johnson was an active member of the Methodist churches in Manteno and Rochelle. She was a home maker most of her life, as well as an in-home caregiver. She also worked at a munitions plant during World War II. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, animals, art, sewing, and spending time outdoors.

 

Mrs. Johnson is survived by her three daughters: Rita (Tyrone) Curl-Langager of Minot, ND, Norma (David) Oldham of Taylorville, and Mary Ann Carter of Red Lion, PA. In addition to her two husbands, Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her parents, her sister: Mary Drazy and husband Elbert, and her brother: Clarence Campbell and wife Evelyn.

 

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at Manteno Methodist Church, 255 W. 2nd Street, in Manteno with Rev. Joy Schlesselman officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior, also in the church. Burial will take place in Elmwood Cemetery, Manteno.

 

Memorials may be made in her memory to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, PO Box 97007, Washington DC, 20090-7007 .

 

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

 

Memories of Mrs. Johnson, or condolences to her family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com

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Clyde Ray Jett Jr.

Clyde Ray “Bug” Jett Jr., 51 of Taylorville passed away at 8:45a.m. on Thursday, September 6, 2018 in his mother’s home surrounded by his family and friends. Clyde was born on January 10, 1967 in Taylorville, the son of Clyde R. and Joyce A. (Fecho) Jett Sr. He enjoyed working on construction projects. He also enjoyed fishing, was an avid pool player, and loved spending time with his friends.

 

He is survived by his mother: Joyce Jett of Taylorville; sister: Tanya Jett of Taylorville; nieces: Kendall Beck and Sierra Beck; several aunts, uncles, and cousins, companion: Michelle Hott, and his faithful furry friend, Bella. He was preceded in death by his father.

 

A funeral service for Clyde will be held at 5p.m. on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Chaplain Ricky Reed officiating. Visitation will be held from 3 until 5 on Sunday in the funeral home. Following services, Clyde will be cremated, and inurnment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery at a later date.

 

Memorials may be left to the Christian County Animal Control.

 

McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is handling arrangements.

 

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

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Geraldine Thompson

Geraldine Thompson, 75 of Palmer, died peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at 7:56 p.m., Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Taylorville Care Center.

 

Born in Taylorville on April 6, 1943, Geraldine, a twin, was the last of 9 children born to Cordell and Ollie (Fuqua) Huffines. She married William Thompson on February 18, 1967 in Shawnee Town, IL, and he survives. Geraldine was a home maker and loved her family dearly. In addition to her family, she was also happily crazy about Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and NASCAR. She enjoyed playing Bingo. Geraldine also played rummy fiercely with her grandchildren, and she was very serious about her card games, never letting her grandchildren win. Above all, she was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother, and her presence will be deeply missed by her family.

 

In addition to her husband of over 51 years, Geraldine is survived by her children: Kathy ( Shawn) McQuire of Moweaqua, Kyle Miller of Brownstown, Rhonda (Donnie) Martin of Taylorville, Susan (Robert) Taylor of Morrisonville; grandchildren: Carissa McQuire, Veronica McQuire, Ashley (Chris) Snow, Amanda McQuire, Maria (Paul) Parkin, Kenny Martin, Jakob McQuire, Kinley Miller; great grandchildren: Talan, Cameron, Hayden, Liam, Avalynn, Reese, Grayson, Myles; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Geraldine was preceded in death by her parents, and her siblings: Lucille Harp, Louise Zake, Joanne Swinger, Juanita Orr, Rommie Huffines, Darlene Blevins, her twin: Terry Huffines, Diane Harter, and son-in-law: Gareld Belsher.

 

Per her wishes, Geraldine will be cremated, and a private family service will be held at a later date. Her family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of Taylorville Care Center for their kindness and dedication.

 

Memorial donations may be made to the Taylorville Care Center.

 

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

 

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

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Donald R. Adams

Donald R. Adams, 83, of Taylorville, died September 4, 2018 in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL. Donald was born October 9, 1934 in Shelbyville, IL, the son of Fred and Verna (Bryson) Morris. He married Connie Lewellyn in Assumption, IL, August 4, 1961. She survives.

 

Donald worked as a Mechanic for the US Postal Service and proudly served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.

 

Surviving are his wife, Connie; son, Lane (Amy) Adams of Olivette, MO; daughter, Angie (Steve) Swiney of Woodstock, IL; grandchildren: Aden and Cerys Adams; and sisters: Sue (Claire) Adams of Owaneco, IL and Jane Ann Travis of Pana, IL.

 

Preceding him in death are his parents.

 

Graveside service will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 7, 2018 in Pleasant View Cemetery, Assumption, IL.

 

Memorials may be made to Christian County Animal Shelter.

 

Seitz Funeral Home, Assumption has been entrusted with the care and service arrangements. Condolences for the family may be left at www.seitzfh.com .

 

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Willard Paul Reber

Willard Paul “Popeye” Reber, 82 of Palmer passed away on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 7:33 a.m. at his residence in Palmer, IL. He was born on December 23, 1935 in Taylorville, IL the son of Clyde F. and Stella P. (Walker) Reber. He married Ottilie E. Wolfe on September 7, 1960 in Mainz, West Germany and she preceded him in death on September 14, 2010. Willard was a retired 1st Sargent Vietnam Veteran of the United States Army and served 2 tours in Germany, 2 tours in Vietnam and 1 tour in Korea. He was a paratrooper with the 82nd airborne division and a drill Sargent in Ft. Ord, CA. After his retirement from the military he worked for Smith Bus Company for 10 years and Bob Ridings in Taylorville for 5 years.

 

He is survived by his Sister-in-Law: Debbie Reber of Taylorville, IL and several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

 

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 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 Chad Foster officiating. Burial will be held in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville with military graveside honors.

 

Memorials may be made to VFW Post #4495 515 N. West Ave 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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Betty Jane Waterman

Betty Jane Waterman, 91, of Carmichaels, PA, died at 3:35 P.M. on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital.

 

Mrs. Waterman was born October 11, 1926 in Taylorville, IL, the daughter of the late Rudolph and Marie Anna (Hielscher) Melzer. She was a graduate of Taylorville High School and resided in Carmichaels, PA since 1958. On March 30, 1947 she married William E. Waterman, and he preceded her in death on June 8, 1986. She was a member of the Greene Valley Presbyterian Church in Carmichaels, where she was a member of the Woman in the Church, taught Sunday school and vacation bible school for over 50 years, and was the director of Christian education. Mrs. Waterman was instrumental in leading many children to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. She was a Past Worthy Matron of the former Ideal Chapter No. 213, O. E. S., Masontown, PA, and a current member of Uniontown Chapter No. 263, O. E. S. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

 

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Oscar Melzer, Monroe Melzer, Gus Melzer and Rudolph Melzer; and sister, Ramona Leitschuh.
 

Mrs. Waterman is survived by her son, Carl W. (wife, Linda) Waterman of Stockbridge, GA; three grandchildren, Malichi (wife, Krista) Waterman, Erik (wife, Sandra) Waterman, and Brendan (wife, Leybel) Waterman; five great grandchildren, Jackson, John, Jacob, Christopher and William; sister, Rudolphine Pranske of Las Vegas, NV; three sisters-in-law, LaVerne Melzer, Helen Melzer and Marian Melzer; several nieces and nephews and a precious friend, Jessica Frederick Nicklow of Hopwood, PA.

Graveside Ceremony: 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL with Rev. Jim Ferrill officiating.
 

Memorial contributions be made to the Greene Valley Presbyterian Church, PO Box 363, Carmichaels, PA 15320.

 

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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Muriel Constance "Connie" Carlyle

Muriel Constance “Connie” Carlyle, 91 of Bethany, passed away at 9a.m. on Monday, September 3, 2018 in her home. She was born on September 19, 1926 in Oswestry, England, the daughter of Richard E. and Mariam E. Davies. Connie was proud to be a “war bride”, having met her husband James while he was serving the United States during World War II in England. They married on July 21, 1945 in Oswestry, England. James E. Carlyle passed away on December 27, 1983.

 

Connie worked as a cook for 25 years in the Bethany Schools as well as other local restaurants. She was a very active member of the Bethany community serving on the town board, cleaning the post office, and helping with countless community meals. She was an active and dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church in Bethany for many years. Above all she loved her family and spending time with them.

 

Connie is survived by her children: Mary Beth Carlyle of Bethany, Jim Carlyle (Connie) of Taylorville, and Betty Jo Emel (Gary) of Sullivan; grandchildren: Brenda Robinson (Kevin) of Greenwood, Indiana, Brad Emel (Fayanne) of Sullivan, Sarah Melvin (Dave) of Sullivan, and Molli Carlyle of Taylorville; 7 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son: Clyde Carlyle, and 9 brothers and sisters.

 

A funeral service for Connie will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, September 8, 2018 in the Bethany United Methodist Church with Rev. Ted Hartley and Rev. Marge Overlot officiating. Visitation will be held from 10am until noon on Saturday in the church. Burial will take place in the Marrowbone Township Cemetery in Bethany.

 

Memorials may be left to the Bethany First United Methodist Church or the Marrowbone Township Library.

 

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

 

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

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Shirley Conaway

Shirley Conaway, 80 of Taylorville passed away on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 3:20 p.m. at her daughters’ home in Taylorville, IL. She was born on July 16, 1938 in Taylorville, IL the daughter of W.A. and Margaret (Young) Scott. She married Gary Lee Conaway on December 24, 1958 in Taylorville and he preceded her in death on October 24, 1967 while serving in Vietnam. Shirley worked as a homemaker and she enjoyed baking, watching her grandchildren play sports, Gardening and holidays with her family. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville, IL and former member of the Catholic Daughters of America.

 

She is survived by her Son: William (Tonya) Conaway of Mt. Zion, IL; Daughter: Tina (Tom) Link of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Carey (Tyler) Carter of Clinton, IL; Corey (Lauren) Conaway of Taylorville, IL; Taylor Link of Taylorville, IL; Tarryn Link of Taylorville, IL; Taryssa Link of Taylorville, IL; Caden Conaway of Mt. Zion, IL; Great-Grandchildren: Jaidah Strocher, Ethan Carter and Dominik Carter; Granddog: Tumbleweed; Brothers: Donald Scott of Taylorville, IL; Russell (Nancy) Scott of Irvine, CA, Leon (Beverly) Scott of Taylorville, IL; Sisters: Mary Lou Clayton of Mt. Auburn, IL; Anita Grundy of Morrisonville, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Brother: Bernard Scott and Sister: Catherine Bailey.

 

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville with Monsignor David Lantz officiating. Burial will be held in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.

 

Memorials may be made to Taylorville Highschool Athletics 815 W. Springfield Rd. Taylorville, IL 62568 or 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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Marilyn Ann Minder

Marilyn Ann Minder, 70, of Pawnee died Tuesday August 28, 2018 at home with family. Marilyn was born December 22, 1947 in South Holland, Illinois, the daughter of Arch and Alice Mlinek McLaughlan. She married Walter Laverne Minder on Nov. 1, 1969. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Mike McLaughlan.

 

Marilyn attended the Pawnee Christian and Rochester Christian Churches. Marilyn started her career in teaching before devoting her time to her children as a full-time homemaker where she was active in Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. She enjoyed gardening, reading, fellowship at the YMCA of Taylorville, and helping her husband on the farm.

 

Marilyn is survived by her husband of 49 years, Walter Laverne Minder, of Pawnee; one son, Wes (wife, Jody) Minder, of Kansas City, Missouri; two daughters Maureen Minder, of Richmond, Virginia and Ellie Minder of Madison, Wisconsin; one brother John (wife, Susan) McLaughlan, of Fisher, Indiana; eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

 

Marilyn’s family will meet friends from 1 p.m. until the time of a funeral service at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, at the Pawnee Christian Church with Rev. Kevin Wolfe officiating. Burial will follow at Horse Creek Cemetery in Pawnee.

 

Memorials honoring Marilyn may be made to the American Cancer Society, 675 East Linton Ave., Springfield, IL 62703.

 

Curry Funeral Home in Pawnee is serving the family of Marilyn Minder.

 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.curryfh.com.

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Mary L. Fudge

Mary L. Fudge, 82, of Taylorville, IL, passed away at 9:34 p.m. on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Taylorville Care Center.

 

Mary was born April 13, 1936 in Van Burensburg, IL, the daughter of John Wesley and Marguerite Sarah (Thacker) Flannigan. She married Glen P. Fudge on April 27, 1970 at Taylorville Baptist Church. He preceded her in death on February 13, 2017.

 

Mary was a devoted homemaker, and enjoyed spending time surrounded by her family and friends. She loved word search books, playing BINGO, and going on trips to the state fair and the Apple Barn.

 

She was also preceded in death by her parents; twin brothers, Earl and Pearl Flannigan; and sister, Betty Hawk.

 

Mary is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and loving friends.

 

Visitation & Funeral Ceremony: Friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of ceremony at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568, with Rev. Dayle Badman, officiating.

 

Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the charity of donor’s choice.

 

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

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William Lyle "Bill" Sims

William Lyle “Bill” Sims, 75, of Taylorville passed away at 12:43p.m. on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Meadow Manor in Taylorville. He was born on August 19, 1943 in Taylorville, the son of William Earl and Gladys (Jacobs) Sims. Bill retired from Caterpillar where he worked for over 40 years. He was a veteran of the US Marine Corps. Bill had a love for the outdoors where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and mushroom hunting. He liked to surprise his daughters by bringing home large turtles that he would find. He was a proud member of the NRA, was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Bears, enjoyed bowling, and was a member of the Methodist faith. More than anything he loved his family and spending time with them.

 

Bill is survived by his daughters: Melinie (Derek) Richards of Rochester, Kathy (David) Jostes of Rochester, Crystal (Chris) Rora of Taylorville, Laura (Sam) Hughes of Taylorville, Karla (Shawn) Watkins of Taylorville, and Casandra (Bryce) Pinnell of Morrisonville; 15 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; siblings: Richard Sims and Larry (Linda) Sims all of Texas, and Earlene (Jack) Beaman of Taylorville; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister: Rita Maschke; brother: Robert Sims; sisters-in-law: Lois Sims and Pat Sims.

 

In keeping with his wishes, Bill will be cremated and a memorial service for Bill will be held at 11:00a.m. on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Bill’s nephew, Jimmy Jones officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 until 11:00a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Inurnment with military graveside rites will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

 

Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors, the NRA, or Illinois Sheriff’s Association.

 

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

 

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

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Alice Petro

Alice Petro, 90 of Taylorville passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 2:48 p.m. at her home in Taylorville, IL. She was born on July 9, 1928 in Richey, MT the Daughter of John and Ruth Madora (Carroll) Conley. Alice was a retired teacher.

 

She is survived by her Sons: Richard Smith of Taylorville, IL and Larry Pruitt- Smith of Mexico, NY; Grandchildren: Andrea (John) Coers, Tami (Randy) Grigg, Jason Wilham, Sandra (Fred) Delahunt, Benjamin Smith, Holly Farrell, Aaron Smith, Laura Smith, Alicyne (Josh) Schafer, Ryan Smith; Several Great-Grandchildren; Sisters: Martha Theil of Santa Fe, NM; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband Allen Wayne Smith Sr., Daughter: Joyce Wilham, Sons: Gary Smith, Allen Wayne Smith Jr.

 

There will be no services and Inurnment will be held at a later date.

 

Memorials may be made to the Oasis Senior Center 2810 Woodlawn Rd, Lincoln, IL 62656

 

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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Carolyn Sue (Nolen) Burch

Carolyn Sue (Nolen) Burch, 69 of Taylorville passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 11:58 a.m. at Meadow Manor Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Taylorville, IL. She was born on November 21, 1948 in Taylorville, IL the Daughter of Joseph and Agnes (Godbey) Nolen. She married Bob Schalk on February 14, 1975 and they were later divorced. Carolyn worked as a caregiver at Christian County Mental Health.

 

She is survived by her Sons: Bret Nolen and wife Angel of Taylorville, IL; Kevin Schalk of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Brandon Schalk and Will Nolen; Brother: Dale Nolen and wife Marie of Taylorville, IL; Sisters: Candy Johnson and Husband Bill of Taylorville, IL and Nephew: Jeremy Johnson and family of Chicago, IL. She was preceded in death by her Parents.

 

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Bilyeu Cemetery in Moweaqua, IL.

 

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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Kevin Stich

Kevin Stich, 71 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, August 20, 2018 at 3:33 a.m. at his residence in Taylorville, IL. He was born on August 9, 1947 in Lancaster, WI the son of Elden and Helen Virginia (Johnsrud) Stich. He was the President/Treasurer of Taylorville Community Credit Union for 37 years and he was recognized for his service on the Fire and Police Commission Board for over 28 years. Kevin was involved in many charitable organizations including Relay for Life, the Corvette Club and he was known to bring donuts to the volunteers on Election Day for his township. Kevin loved corvettes and boating at Lake Shelbyville.
He is survived by his Daughter: Andrea L. Frank of Reedsburg, WI; Grandsons: Colin and Joshua Frank of Reedsburg, WI; Brothers: Spencer and Lyndell Stich and Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents and his Brother Kent Stich. 
Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held on Friday, August 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Rev. Tom Bellegante officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL. 
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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Rosanne (Hicks) Loesch

Rosanne (Hicks) Loesch, 80, of North Captiva Island, FL, formerly of Taylorville, IL, passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, MO. Rosanne was born March 28, 1938 in Taylorville, IL, the daughter of John “Jack” and Rose (Kastelic) Hicks.

 

Rosanne graduated from Taylorville High School, and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in nursing from St. Louis University where she met her future husband. She told her college roommate, after her first date with John, that he was the man she was going to marry. She married Dr. J. John Loesch on July 17, 1960 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville, IL. They were happily married for 58 years. She worked as a registered nurse for a period of time, then had a most successful career raising her five children and supporting her husband in his private anesthesia practice. Rosanne was dedicated to John and her children, ensuring their future success. She would joke that when her husband asked her what she had been doing all day, she would reply, “Drinking gin and eating bonbons!” She enjoyed organizing family and social events, always making sure everyone was taken care of and had a great time. Her favorite place was the beach on North Captiva Island, where she enjoyed listening to the ocean, watching many amazing sunsets, and occasionally seeing the “green flash” with a glass of wine and family at her side. Rosanne was an active member of P.E.O., a past member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville, IL, and a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Joplin, MO.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Joseph “Joey" Hicks.

 

Rosanne is survived by her husband, J. John Loesch, M.D. of North Captiva Island, FL; son, John Loesch, DDS; daughters, Michelle Dunne of Waterford, VA, Susanne ( David) Hopkins, MD of Monroe, WA, Heather Loesch, MD of Wilmington, NC, and Holly (Ray) Tantillo, MD of Roswell, GA; grandchildren, John, Ken, and Peter Dunne, Emma and Phoebe Hopkins, and Devin, Elizabeth, and Joel Tantillo; siblings, Susan (John) Jones Bloomington, IL; Bill (Cheryl) Hicks of Normal, IL. She also leaves behind nieces Alison, Courtney, and Bridget plus many loving friends.

 

Visitation & Funeral Mass: The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the

funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 108 W.

Adams St., Taylorville, IL, with Rev. Msgr. David S. Lantz, celebrant. Inurnment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.

 

In lieu of flowers or memorial contributions, please include Rosanne and her family in your prayers.

 

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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Randy D. Samson

Randy D. Samson, 64, of Taylorville, IL died peacefully, on Monday, August 20, 2018, at Lake Taylorville, the place he loved best. Randy was born July 23, 1954 in Taylorville, IL, the son of Bobby H. and the late Marjorie L. (Southard) Samson.  He married Ellen M. Brown on December 21, 1974, and have been happily married for over 43 years.
Randy was a self-employed, over the road semi-truck driver for forty-two years.  The companies he drove for referred to him as “Top Dog”, for his reliability and excellence in his field.  He logged over one million miles on two different occasions.  Randy was a loyal member of the Taylorville Moose Lodge #1516.  He enjoyed fishing, camping, and playing volleyball.  


He was also preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Lynn and Lena (Luttrell) Samson; maternal grandparents, Charles and Nellie (Richardson) Southard; sister, Roberta L. (Samson) Dillon; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Randy is survived by his wife, Ellen M. Samson of Taylorville, IL; daughter, Tammy (husband, Kevin) Kater of Stonington, IL; granddaughter, Kourtney (husband, Alex) Kater of Stonington; great grandson, Myles Kater of Stonington, IL; father, Bobby H. Samson of Taylorville, IL; siblings, Rick (wife, Debbie) Samson, Steve (wife, Tammy) Samson, Janet (husband, Stanley) Gordon, and Sandy (husband, Gary) Rexroad all of Taylorville, IL, and Danny (wife, Olivia) Samson of Pueblo, CO; and several nieces and nephews.


Visitation: The family will receive friends from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568. Funeral Ceremony: 10:00 a.m., on Friday, August 24, 2018 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville, with Pastor James Jones officiating. Interment will follow the ceremony at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.


Memorial contributions may be made to: Taylorville Moose Lodge #1516, 720 McAdam Dr., Taylorville, IL 62568.


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

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Kevin Stich

Kevin Stich, 71 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, August 20, 2018 at 3:33 a.m. at his residence in Taylorville, IL. He was born on August 9, 1947 in Lancaster, WI the son of Elden and Helen Virginia (Johnsrud) Stich. He was the President/Treasurer of Taylorville Community Credit Union for 37 years and he was recognized for his service on the Fire and Police Commission Board for over 28 years. Kevin was involved in many charitable organizations including Relay for Life, the Corvette Club and he was known to bring donuts to the volunteers on Election Day for his township. Kevin loved corvettes and boating at Lake Shelbyville.


He is survived by his Daughter: Andrea L. Frank of Reedsburg, WI; Grandsons: Colin and Joshua Frank of Reedsburg, WI; Brothers: Spencer and Lyndell Stich and Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents and his Brother Kent Stich.


Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held on Friday, August 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Rev. Tom Bellegante officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.


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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Dorothy A. Folkers

Dorothy A. Folkers, 86, of Taylorville passed away at 12:14p.m. On Tuesday, August 14, 2018 in her home.  She was born on June 20, 1932 in Coffeen, the daughter of Vourse and Jessie (Smith) White.  She married Dwight Folkers on June 20, 1953 in Coffeen.  Dorothy worked for the State of Illinois, Secretary of State's office and also taught piano lessons for many years. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Taylorville. Dorothy had a great love for music which she passed on to her son, Michael.  She greatly enjoyed attending concerts in which he and his wife, Daniela performed.  Dorothy also loved trees and enjoyed planting and caring for a variety of species in her backyard.  She was a voracious reader and had a special interest in history that led to her taking many college courses to learn all she could about world history. Dorothy's greatest passion was reading and studying the Bible.

She is survived by her husband: Dwight Folkers of Taylorville; son: Michael Folker (Daniela) of Arlington Heights; grandson: Christopher Folker of Arlington Heights; sister: Nadine Roe of Plano, Texas and Richard White (Mary) of Stillwater, Oklahoma; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial service for Dorothy will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, August 24, 2018 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville.  Following the service, inurnment will take place at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Riverton.  A visitation will be held from 10:30 until 11:30 on Friday in the funeral home.

 

McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Dorothy, or condolences to her family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com

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Glenn Edwin Pruett

Glenn Edwin Pruett, 66, of Taylorville passed away at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.

Glenn was born on March 4, 1952 in Vandalia, IL the son of Donald L. and Betty L. Lansford Pruett.

Glenn, also known as “Ole Dad” or “Pops” to those who knew him best, graduated from Brownstown High School in 1970, and went on to proudly serve our country in the United States Army.  Following his service, he went to work as a telephone lineman, and then later as a plumber.  Glenn moved back to Taylorville, from Aberdeen, NC where he lived for 20 years, following his retirement.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, but most all he enjoyed making everyone he met smile.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Donald L. "Bud" Pruett and Oscar I. "Ike" Pruett; sisters, Linda Kay Pruett and Nancy Jo Pruett; and brother-in-law, Paul Boulanger.

Glenn is survived by his son, Billy (wife, Julie) Pruett of Ft. Worth, TX; grandsons, Connor and Evan Pruett; sisters, Nella (husband, Donald) Vandenbergh of Taylorville, IL, Teena (fiancé, Bob Shivley) Boulanger of Jeisyville, IL, and Sherrie Barnes of KY; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins

Visitation & Funeral Ceremony: the family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the time of ceremony at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568, with Rev. Dayle Badman officiating.

Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL, with military honors provided by the United States Department of Defense, V.F.W. Post 4495, and American Legion Post 73.

Glenn's family has requested that casual attire be worn.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Glenn’s family.

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Robert Edward Jacobs

Robert Edward Jacobs, 71 of Jacksonville, IL formerly of Pawnee passed away on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 2:05 a.m. at Aperion Care Center in Jacksonville, IL. He was born on May 28, 1947 in Taylorville, IL the son of Robert and Delores M. (Moore) Jacobs. Robert worked as an Electrician at Commonwealth Edison and he served in the United States Navy.


He is survived by his Son Ryan Jacobs of Decatur, IL; Brother: Richard Jacobs of Taylorville, IL; Sister: Debbie Jacobs of Decatur, IL and several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Daughter Erica and Brother David.


Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 19, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Graveside service will be held on Monday, August 20, 2018 at 12:00 Noon at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.


Memorials may be made to VFW Post #4495 515 N. West Ave. 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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Tyler Inman

Tyler Inman, 22 of Ohlman passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 11:41 p.m. as the result of an ATV accident. He was born on April 19, 1996 in Springfield, IL the Son of Jim and Gina (Smith) Inman. He worked as an operator at Pana Limestone and was a member of local 965 operating engineers and south fork church.
 
Surviving are his Parents: Jim and Gina Inman of Ohlman; Sister: Taylor Inman of Mattoon; Grandparents: Donna Inman of Pana; Jane and Wendell Smith of Ohlman; Great-Grandmother: Bernice Dixon of Pana; Several Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Grandfather: Jim Inman and Uncle Dan Smith. 
 
Visitation will be held on Friday, August 10, 2018 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis, IL. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at South Fork United Methodist Church in rural Nokomis. Burial will be in Rosemond Grove Cemetery in Rosamond, IL.
 
Memorials may be made to the Ohlman Park Fund P.O. Box 43 Ohlman, IL 62076.
 
Sutton Memorial Home in Nokomis is assisting the family with arrangements. 
 
Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com
 

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Walter Gerald Hughes

Walter Gerald Hughes, 87, of Taylorville passed away at 7:54p.m. on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Taylorville Care Center.  He was born on May 13, 1931 in Edinburg, the son of John E. and Leah Fern (Rhodes) Hughes.  Mr. Hughes retired from the Hughes Insurance Agency and previously worked at Caterpillar. He was a former member of Davis Memorial Christian Church.  He was a 50 year member of Mound Lodge #122 A.F. & A.M., and was also a member of the Ansar Shrine and Consistory, White Shrine, and Arcana Chapter #493 O.E.S.  He was a life member of Moose Lodge #2210 in Taylorville where he has been very active including serving as Governor and was also a member of the Eagles.  He was a veteran of the Navy and in his free time enjoyed fishing, camping, cooking, gardening, and garage sales.

He is survived by his son: Gary Allan Hughes of Springfield; daughter: Beth Grubaugh of Taylorville; grandchildren: Heather Taylor (Dustin) of Clay City, Brittany Grubaugh, and Nicholas Grubaugh both of Taylorville, and great grandson Mason Taylor Clay City; brothers: Ronald Hughes of Taylorville, Edward Hughes (Doris Ann) of Taylorville, and Marvin Hughes (Judy) of Mt. Zion; 5 nieces, 5 nephews, and several great nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, former wife: Dolores Hughes-Baker and sister-in-law: Patricia Hughes.

Funeral services for Mr. Hughes will be held at 2p.m. on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Rev. Tiney Walker officiating.  A Masonic Service will take place at the start of the funeral.  Visitation will be from 1 until 2pm on Tuesday.  Burial with military honors will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.  Memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is handling arrangements.  Memories of Walter, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com

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Ruben Franklin Harty

 

Ruben Franklin Harty, 82 of Taylorville formerly of Mt. Auburn, passed away on Friday, August 3, 2018 at 4:03 a.m. at his residence in Taylorville, IL. He was born on March 20, 1936 in Bloomfield, MO the son of Ruben Franklin and Miriam Cecelia (Cowgar) Harty. He married Phyllis Prior on September 4, 1954 in Nahunta, GA and she preceded him in death on January 9, 2018. Ruben worked as a plant services manager at Dekalb Ag Research in Illiopolis, IL. He was a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps serving from 1954-1958. He enjoyed attending auctions and wintering in Texas with family and friends.
He is survived by his Daughter: Kelly Jo (Scott) Goodman of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Cody Long of Taylorville and Stacy Alfredson of Pekin, IL; Great-Grandchildren: Dalton Long of Taylorville, Amelia and Isabella Alfredson of Pekin, IL; Sister: Peggy Ayers of Virginia, IL; Brother-in-Law: Lloyd Prior of Taylorville, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Wife, Son Lyle Harty, Brother-in-Law Irvin Ealey, Sister-in-Law: Elaine Prior and Nephew Roger Prior. 
There will be a private family service with an inurnment at a later date in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Mt. Auburn, IL.
Memorials may be made to VFW Post #4495 515 N West Ave, Taylorville, IL 62568 or DaVita Dialysis 901 W Spresser 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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David E. Johnson

David E. Johnson, 62 of Taylorville, died at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 1, 2018. One of 10 children, Dave was born in Springfield on November 26, 1955, to Leonard and Allene (McClelland) Johnson. He graduated from Griffin High School and worked at Fiat Allis in Springfield for ten years. He married his best friend and soulmate, Debbie Porter, on April 15, 1978, and together they shared over 40 beautiful years of life. Dave enjoyed working in many capacities, including his family farm, managing Aldi Foods in Taylorville for 12 years, and for the last 20 years as a Retail Manager for Walmart. Dave was incredibly resourceful and enjoyed working with his hands. Mostly woodworking, Dave carefully, immaculately crafted nearly all the woodwork and furniture within his home.  Dave would have done anything for anybody, and truly lived for others. He treasured tending to his garden. Dave was a proud member of the NRA.  Anything extracurricular his children did, Dave was there including boy scouts and girls softball. His selfless zest for life and his happy spirit will live on in those he left behind, and he will be deeply missed.


Along with his beloved wife, Dave leaves behind their two children: Jason (Kathy High) Johnson of Portland, OR, and Jamie (John) Jeffers, of Sparta, IL; siblings: Sally Prewitt, Robert (Connie) Johnson, Rose Johnson, Patricia Duknowski, Ed (Ann) Johnson, all of Springfield; his mother-in-law, Norma Porter; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Along with his parents, Dave was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Paul Porter; and four siblings: John Johnson, James Johnson, Tom Johnson, and Beth Prather.


A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 6 at McClure Funeral Home, with Pastor Dr. Ryan Follis officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, also at the funeral home.

 

Private inurnment will take place at a later date. 

 

Memorials may be made to Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

 

McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is handling arrangements. 

 

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

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Mary A. Cambruzzi

Mary A. Cambruzzi, 94, of Taylorville, passed away at 2:06 a.m., Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at Taylorville Care Center. She was born in Taylorville on June 30, 1924, the daughter of John and Mary (Mazzotti) Servi. She married Relio “Red” Cambruzzi on September 25, 1949 in Taylorville, and he preceded her in death on August 3, 2016. Mary worked for Sangamon Paper Company, Taylorville Jr. High School Cafeteria, and in dietary at St. Vincent’s Hospital, where she finally retired. She enjoyed her work so much, she continued on at St. Vincent’s part time well into her 70’s. She was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary, the Catholic Daughters of America, the VFW Post 4495 Auxiliary, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.


Mary is survived by her son: Mike (Lorene) Cambruzzi of Taylorville; grandchildren: Jenelle (Myron) Stine of Dallas Center, IA; Kris (Stacie) Hancock of Carlinville; Vincent (Kelsey) Cambruzzi of Forsyth; Nikolas (Nicole) Cambruzzi of Tacoma, WA; great grandchildren: Hailie Hancock, Keira Stine, Addilyn Stine, Owen Hancock, Hollie Hancock, Dominic Hancock; one sister: Annetta Calandro of Taylorville; sister-in-law: Shirley Servi; and many nieces and nephews. Along with her husband Red, Mary was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: John “Pete” Servi, Nathanial “Babe” Servi, Andrew Servi; brother-in-law: Sam Calandro, and sister-in-law: Helen Servi.


Visitation for Mary will be held Thursday, August 2, from 5 – 7:00 p.m. at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville.  Funeral mass will take place at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 3, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with Fr. Al Allen officiating.  Burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society Patient Programs, 675 East Linton Avenue, Springfield, IL 62703. 

 

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

 

Memories of Mary, or condolences to her family, may be left online at www.mcclurefunerahome.com.

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Guy R. Hunt

Guy R. Hunt, 55, of Petersburg, IL, formerly of Auburn, IL, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on Thursday, July 19, 2018 in Siberia, Russia, while there on business.


Guy was born January 31, 1963 in Taylorville, IL, the son of Clarence R. and Paula C. Richards Hunt.  He married Laura A. Keefe on July 26, 1986 at the First Congregational Church in Springfield, IL. Guy graduated from Auburn High School in 1981.  He then completed his bachelor’s degree at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Mining Engineering and later obtained his Professional Engineering certificate.  He started working at the Turris Coal Company in Elkhart, IL in 1988.  Following his time there, Guy became the Director of Engineering at MaRyan Mining in Carlinville.  He was currently a project manager, reporting directly to the president, for SUEK in Siberia, Russia.  Guy was an active alumnus with the Delta Chi fraternal organization.  His passions were flying his airplane and collecting Ford Mustangs. Guy also enjoyed golf, hunting, fishing, and raising turkeys. His most valued love was spending time with family and friends.


He was preceded in death by his mother, Paula C. Hunt; and his mother-in-law, Elizabeth “Betsy” (Brown) Keefe. Guy is survived by his wife, Laura A. Hunt of Petersburg, IL; children, Ky L (wife, Katie) Hunt of Plantation, FL, and Kara Elizabeth (fiancé, Paul Jarusevicius) Hunt of Roselle, IL; father, Clarence R. Hunt of Auburn, IL; siblings, Ty C (wife, Jan) Hunt of Athens, IL, Hy H (wife, Karen) Hunt of Auburn, and Tara (husband, Tim) Kaeding of Mechanicsburg, IL; in-laws, Harvard and Betty Keefe of Springfield, IL; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Visitation: The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568. Funeral Ceremony: 11:00 a.m., on Friday, August 3, 2018 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville, with Tim Kaeding officiating.


Interment will follow the ceremony at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.


Memorial contributions may be made to: The Animal Protective League, 1001 Taintor Road, Springfield, IL 62702.


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

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Nancy Mae Smart

Nancy Mae Smart, 75, of Pana, passed away peacefully at 7:07 a.m., Friday, July 27, 2018.  Born on November 2, 1942 in Pana, Nancy was the daughter of Robert and Mae (Milligan) Goethuys. She graduated from Pana High School and went on to earn her Associates Gegree in Child Care from Lakeland College in Matton. She married Hubert “Frank” Smart on August 3, 1960, and he survives.


Nancy truly enjoyed her work as a Teacher’s Aide and treated every child as though they were her own. Her love for children was made stronger when her grandchildren came into the world, and she cherished every moment with them. In her spare time away from school, she enjoyed traveling and camping, and riding motorcycles with her husband.
In addition to her husband of almost 58 years, Nancy is survived by their children: Julie (John) Kaufman, Franklin (Amanda) Smart, daughter-in-law: Carla Smart; grandchildren: Kyle (Karey) Smart, Matthew Kaufman, Cassidy, Michael (Whittney) Smart, Jessica Smart, Elizabeth Smart; great grandchildren: Adalee and Charlotte Smart; three sisters: Roberta, Mary, and Sharron. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, one son: Robert Smart, and one great grandson: Liam Smart.


Nancy’s husband would like to extend a special thank you to the Staff at Heritage Health in Pana for the dedication and care they showed her.

 

Per her wishes, Nancy will be cremated, and a private family service will be held at a later date.

 

Memorial donations may be made to the American Legion Post 0168 in Pana. 

 

McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Nancy, or condolences to her family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Joseph C Large II

Joseph C Large II, 89 of Owaneco passed away on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 4:30 a.m. at home in rural Owaneco IL. He was born on April 28, 1929 in Pana, IL the son of Clarence and Harriet (Wilcox) Large. Joe worked as a farmer and lived his entire life on the home place.  He loved the St. Louis Cardinals, fishing, water skiing, eating out at Chick-Fil-A, his John Deere farm toys and being with family and friends. Joe was a Past Master of Masonic Locust Lodge #623 in Owaneco and a member since 1953. He was a member of the Ansar Shrine, the Christian County Zoning Board, Christian County Farm Bureau Board, and Taylorville United Methodist Church Board. He served as a Christian County Republican Committeeman, a chairman for the Land of Lincoln farm toy show, and served on the Buckeye Cemetery Board.

Joe married Nita Joyce Ryan on October 3, 1948 in Morrisonville, IL.  She survives along with sons: J.C. (Connie) Large of Owaneco, IL, Douglas Large of Owaneco, IL, Tim (Cheryl Bursa) Large of Springfield, IL; daughters: Rebecca (Ron) Boddie of Katy, TX, Deborah (David) Keith of Fisher, IL; grandchildren: Kellie (Mike Austin) Large-Cass of Springfield, IL, Brandon (Lori) Large of Taylorville, IL, Brian (Mary) Keith of Bloomington, IL, Robert (Nicole) Keith of Carol Stream, IL, Lindsay Boddie of San Marcos, TX, Bryce Boddie of Katy, TX; great-grandchildren: Paige Large of Taylorville, IL, Brody Large of Taylorville, IL, and baby boy Keith due in November; sister: Ruth Large Allen of Galesburg, IL; and several nieces and nephews.  Joe was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, with masonic services starting at 8:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday August 1, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, with Pastor Becky Lembke and Pastor Bob Cook officiating. Burial will be held in Buckeye Cemetery in Rural Owaneco.  
Memorials may be made to Taylorville First United Methodist Church 200 S. Walnut St. Taylorville, Illinois 62568 or Shriners Hospital for Children 4400 Clayton Ave. St. Louis, MO 63110.
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 L. "Jimmy" Jones

James L. “Jimmy” Jones, 55, of Taylorville, passed away at 7:50 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.

Jimmy was born August 3, 1962 in Taylorville, IL, the son of James G. and Rita (Durbin) Jones.  He married Robin Robinson on August 26, 2017 at the Church of the Nazarene in Taylorville, after over 18 years of companionship.

Jimmy graduated from Taylorville High School in 1980, and proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps.  He went on to work for J.E. Merritt in Decatur for several years, before being employed by Stephen Coy Construction, Inc., as a roofer, for many years.

Jimmy was a member of the Church of the Nazarene, and actively worked to bring new members into the church.  He had a forgiving heart and would help anyone in need.  Jimmy lived his life for the Lord and was beloved by his family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Tom and Edith Jones; maternal grandmother, Agnes Durbin; uncles, Paul, Herman, and Francis Durbin, and Tommy Jones; aunts, Theresa Murray and Eldora McDonald; and cousins, Bart Rickman and Crystal Cox.

Jimmy is survived by his wife, Robin Jones of Taylorville, IL; sons, Josh Hill of Kincaid, IL, Matthew and Shane Jones, both of Taylorville, IL, and Brandon Jones of Kincaid, IL; daughter, Rachel Jones of Taylorville, IL; step-daughters, Melissa Orstead of Tennessee and Rebecca Orstead of Pontiac, IL; 14 grandchildren; parents, James G. and Rita Durbin of Ludington, MI; siblings, Michael Jones of Florida, Julie (fiancé, Mike Prosser) Jones Gilmore of Herrick, IL, and Kristi Jones of Ludington, MI; uncles, Joseph Durbin of Taylorville, IL, Sam Jones of Parhump, NV, and Earl Jones of Springfield, IL; aunt, Margaret Crowder of Tovey, IL; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Cremation will be accorded prior to ceremonies.

 

Visitation & Memorial Ceremony: The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until the time of ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on, Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at the Church of the Nazarene, 300 S. Shumway St., Taylorville, IL 62568, with Pastor Bob Turner, celebrant.  Dinner will follow the ceremony at the church.

Memorial Contributions may be made to: The Church of the Nazarene, 300 S. Shumway St., Taylorville, IL 62568 or to the family of Jimmy Jones, c/o Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Homes, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568.

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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Ira Thomas "Tom" Halsey

 Ira Thomas "Tom" Halsey passed away on Monday, July 23, 2018, at his home in Normal. 
 
 
 
Graveside services for Mr. Halsey will be held at a later time at Evergreen Cemetery in Waynesville with full Military Rites.  Mr. Dave Taylor will officiate.  Cremation Rites have been accorded.
 
 
 
Tom and his forever sweetheart Virginia Duvall married in Clinton on Dec. 17, 1965..  She survives.  One son, Brett (Casey) Halsey; one grandson Gavin; one granddaughter Harper; special friend Rita Beyer; and loving dog Turk also sadly survive.
 
 
 
With his passing, Tom was reunited with his parents Carl B. Halsey and Anna Ruble Halsey, along with all his sisters: Carmen Mearida, Mary Rich, and Melva Neaville; brothers Joseph, Carlyle, Oozie, and Glenn Halsey; friends before him; and his dogs Scooter, Jordan, We and Flakey.
 
 
 
Tom graduated from Waynesville Academy, then joined the United States Navy where he served on the USS Tarawa and crossed the equator.  Tom retired from Deluxe check printers.  He was a member of the Waynesville American Legion Post #1189 and served as Vice Commander and Commander.
 
 
 
He was a loving uncle to 17 nieces and nephews and a good man who would help anyone in need.  Tom always loved Waynesville and the people there.  As a Times Past Inn breakfast and Denny's Donuts afternoon coffee regular he made lasting friendships that are a treasure to us.  Loved to dance and always had a full dance card.
 
 
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tom's family who will in part donate to American Legion Post #1189 for the new roof fund.
 
 
 
Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta.

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Wayne Leo Huber

Wayne Leo Huber, 73, of Nokomis passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 3:40 p.m. at Nokomis Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Nokomis. He was born on August 27, 1944 to Leo and Rosa (Linderman) Huber. Wayne worked the past few years at Fay Co. in Hillsboro, IL. He enjoyed visiting with family and friends particularly his nieces and nephews.

 

Wayne is survived by his Siblings: Melvin (Evelyn) Huber of Vandalia; Donald (Helen) Huber of Nokomis; Dorothy Archibald of Nokomis; Clement (Doris) Huber of Nokomis, Charlie (Wib) Huber of Tolono, IL, Barb Duncan of Taylorville several nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his Parents, nephew Seth Marquess, brother-in-law Stanley Archibald and niece Karen Huber.


Rosary will be held at 9:15 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Nokomis, IL. Visitation will be held on Friday, July 27, 2018 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Nokomis. Funeral mass will follow the visitation starting at 10:30 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Nokomis with Father Albert Allen officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Nokomis, IL.


Memorials may be made to St. Louis Catholic School 509 East Union Street Nokomis, IL 62075 or to an organization of the donor’s choice.


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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Michael L. Mollohan

Michael L. Mollohan, 55, of Lincoln, a goodhearted, old fashioned and honest member of the community, passed away at 5:46 p.m. on July 21, 2018, at his home.

 

Michael Lawrence Mollohan was born February 18, 1963, in Taylorville, the son of Lawrence W. and Patty I. Engeling Mollohan. He first married Geraldine "Geri" Mayernick. He later married Dana Janell King.

Mike is survived by his wife, Dana; five children: Madison Mollohan, Casey Mollohan, Morgan Mollohan, Courtney Mollohan, and Jacob Fleener; and his parents: Larry and Patty Mollohan.

He was preceded in death by one infant son: Patrick Michael Mollohan.

Mike was a 1981 graduate of Taylorville High School, Illinois State University in 1985, and Southern Illinois University Dental School in 1989.  He purchased the Atlanta Dental Center in 1991.  He was a member of Atlanta Rotary, Lincoln Knights of Columbus #1250, and the Illinois State Dental Association.  He is also a member of George's Cub Cadet and Kenny's Tractor Clubs.  He loved working on Cub Cadets and Yamaha Big Wheels, riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, and his wildflowers fields, evergreen trees, and feeding the birds.

Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at 2:00 p..m. at the Atlanta Cemetery. Rev. Jeffrey G. Laible will officiate.

A time of visitation with his family will be held at Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta Il, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.  

Cremation Rites have been accorded.  Burial will be at the Atlanta Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to an education fund for his children in care of the Atlanta National Bank.

Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta

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Tedd Allen Behrends

Tedd Allen Behrends, 65, of Lincoln, Illinois passed away at 3:01p.m. on Monday, July 16, 2018 in his home.  He was born on September 9, 1952 in Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, the son of Henry Edward and Mary Jane (Stauthammer) Behrends. 

 

Tedd graduated from Taylorville High School in 1970 and earned his Associates Degree from Lincoln Land Community College.  He married Mary Kay Greive in 1974 and they later divorced.  In 2002 he married Tina Hawkes, and she preceded him in death in 2008.  He worked in maintenance at the Eaton Corporation in Lincoln.  Tedd was a member of the NRA and the Lincoln Sportsman Club.  He enjoyed riding motorcycles, air rifle target shooting, reading science fiction books, and watching college basketball, especially the Illini.  More than all he loved his daughters and grandchildren.


He is survived by his daughters: Heather Whetsell (Aaron) and Holly Orr (Jeremy) both of Taylorville; mother: Mary Jane Behrends of Kincaid; grandchildren: Mallory Westrick, Macey Westrick, Dominic Orr, and Isaac Orr all of Taylorville; siblings: Nancy McKinney (Dana) of Taylorville and Dennis Behrends (Barb) of Kincaid; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father Henry and wife Tina.


Mr. Behrends will be cremated, and a private family graveside service will be held at a later date. 

 

McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Tedd, or condolences to the family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com

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Eva May Gagne

Eva May (Cyr) Gagne, 96, of Taylorville, IL, passed away peacefully at 3:05 p.m on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.

Eva May was born November 6,1921 in Rumford, Maine, the daughter of Louis P. and Theresa T. (Fecteau) Cyr. She married Stephen J. Gagne on May 23, 1941 in Lewiston, Maine. He preceded her in death on February 7, 2007. She was also preceded in death by her parents; son, Michael Gagne; daughter-in-law Catherine Gagne; and brother Maurice Cyr.

Eva May is survived by her six loving children, Lorraine (husband, David) Judy of Ocala, FL;James (wife, Linda) Gagne of Edwardsville, IL; Elaine (husband, Frank) Mussich of Danville, PA;Robert (wife, Pat) Gagne of Johnston, IA; Paul (fiancée, Betty Asmussen) Gagne of Taylorville, IL; Lisa (husband, Bill) of Mt. Holly, NC; grandchildren, Laurie Gagne of Irving, TX; Julie Gagne of Glen Carbon, IL; Stephen and Daniel Judy of Ocala, FL; Gregory Mussich of Tannersville, PA; Kim Mussich of Danville, PA; Cory Monnens and Monica Gagne of Minneapolis, MN;Patrick Gagne of Taylorville, IL; Brittany Tinkham of Henderson, IL; Brandon Asmussen and Kayla Asmussen of Edwardsville, IL; Matthew and Tim Owens of Maryland; and great grandchildren,Collette Judy, Kaylee Mussich, Beckett Judy, Greer Judy, Paige Johnson, and Colten Gagne.

Eva May retired from Bates Mill Factory in Lewiston, Maine where she was a seamstress. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville, a long-time member of the Catholic Daughters of America, and a past member of the St. Vincent Memorial Hospital Auxiliary where she volunteered her time.

Eva May was passionate about her Catholic faith, belief in God and love for her family. She was an incredibly strong woman and fiercely loyal to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She enjoyed reading, praying the rosary, shopping, and beautiful flowers. Eva May will be missed by many as her loving spirit was contagious and her laughter infectious.

Visitation & Funeral Mass: The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 23, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 108 W. Adams St., Taylorville, IL 62568, with Rev. Msgr. David S. Lantz, celebrant.

Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.

Memorial Contributions may be made to: St. Mary School, 422 S. Washington St., Taylorville, IL 62568.

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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Katrina Marie Davis

Katrina Marie Davis, 30, of Taylorville, passed away unexpectedly at 3:08 p.m. Saturday, July 15, 2018 in Blue Mound. Katrina was born on August 23, 1987 in Springfield to Jim and Wendy Davis. She graduated from Pawnee High School. Nine years ago, Katrina became a mother to Jadyn, who became the love of her life. She was a talented photographer who truly enjoyed seeing the world through her lens, and she adored having Jadyn as her muse and inspiration. She loved being a mother more than anything, and she will be dearly missed.  


Katrina leaves behind her daughter, Jadyn Chronister; one sister: Kayla Davis; her paternal grandmother: Janet Davis; aunts and uncles: Beth (Bob) Todd; Michael (Jennie) Davis; Susan (Chad) Wilkins; David Artis; Richard Dinger; Jadyn’s dad: Jason (Amanda Austin) Chronister; and many cousins. Katrina was preceded in death by her parents: Jim Davis and Wendy Davis, and her paternal grandfather: James J. Davis.


A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. 

 

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

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Pamela Barnes

Pamela Barnes, 59 of Owaneco passed away on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 3:50 p.m. at Taylorville Memorial Hospital in Taylorville, IL. She was born on February 9, 1959 in Colorado Springs, CO the Daughter of Donald Eugene and Iona Darlene (Sampson) Moffitt. She married Charles E. Barnes on May 3, 2003 in Palmer, IL and she worked as a homemaker.
She is survived by her Husband: Charles Barnes of Owaneco, IL; Sons: Daniel (Gerry) Barnes of Boyertown, PA; Samuel Joseph Foote of Springfield, IL; Christopher Wayne Barnes of Taylorville, IL; Daughters: Dawnsule (Matthew) Stephens of Moore, OK, Danielle Moffitt of Taylorville, IL, Darci Moffitt of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Myrical Moffitt, Kyrie Moffitt, Ryland Stephens, Raedyn Stephens, Myka Moffitt, Kynci Moffitt; Mother: Iona Moffitt of Springfield, IL; Brothers: Steve (Jenna) Sampson of Greely, CO; Jim (Charlotte) Moffitt of Midland, TX; Sisters: Brenda Grossner of Nacogdoches, TX; Patti (Dave) Decatiore of Rochester, IL; Renee Moffitt of Springfield, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Father, Brother: Donald Moffitt Jr., Brother-in-Law: Brad Grossner, Nieces Neala Rogers and Julia Galluzzio.  
Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Community of Christ church in Taylorville with Pastor Ellis Sills officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date.
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 
 

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Hilda Wallace

Hilda Wallace, 81 of Taylorville passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 8:20 p.m. at her residence in Taylorville, IL. She was born on April 6, 1937 in Bumpus Mills, TN the Daughter of Alec and Cora (Wallace) Lawrence. She married Allen Wallace on April 23, 1966 in Taylorville, IL and he later preceded her in death. Hilda worked as a homemaker

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She is survived by her Sons: Ronald Barrett of Dover, TN; Ricky Lashbrook of Springfield, IL; Daughters: Linda Boyd of Vienna, IL; Nancy Wallace (Jim Sigler) of Taylorville, IL; Lisa Longden (Randy Hall) of Taylorville and Susan (Jeff) Daugherty of Kincaid, IL; Grandchildren: Ed (Amelia) Shoemaker, Autumn (Michael) Carter, Krystal Longden (Jim Baker), T.J. (Kayla) Shoemaker, Cicily (Mitch) Daigh, Zachary (Thien) Longden, Brian Shoemaker, Nicole Daugherty (Judson Conn), Kurt (Stephanie) Longden, Leanne Rice, Brandon Rice; Great-Grandchildren: Scarlett, Mabel, Lydia, Emmylou, Lilly, Alyssa, Jordan; Half Sister: Janette (Eric) Maxwell, Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Brothers: Carley Lawrence, Frazier Lawrence, Sidney Lawrence, George Lawrence; Sisters: Sarah Earhart, Willie Maude Mansfield, Edith Murphy.


Visitation will be held on Monday, July 16, 2018 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Memorial service will follow the visitation starting at 7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Burial will be held in Jackson Cemetery in Dover, TN on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.


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

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Robert L. "Bob" Brockelsby

Robert L. “Bob” Brockelsby, 66 of Taylorville passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at his home in rural Taylorville. He was born on February 3, 1952 in Springfield, IL the son of Carl and Norma (Nave) Brockelsby. He married Hattie Mae Reed on December 21, 1991 in Edinburg, IL. He enjoyed working as a farmer and field tileing for Carl Michel, he loved gardening and having coffee with his friends. He also enjoyed family get togethers and he loved food. Bob was a member of Moose Lodge #1516, and he had years of service on the Edinburg Park Board.


He is survived by his wife: Hattie Brockelsby of Taylorville, IL; Son: Aaron Robert Brockelsby of Taylorville, IL; Daughters: Shelly (Joe) Wade, Kelly (Steven) Brown, and Heather (Eric) Adams all of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: BreAnna and Mikel Adams of Taylorville; six step-Grandchildren, seven step great-grandchildren; brother Lee (Karen) Brockelsby of Edinburg, IL; sisters: Cathy Padget of Rochester, IL, Sue (Ralph) Mateer of Blue Mound, IL; seven nieces and nephews, eight great nieces and nephews and several cousins He was preceded in death by his Parents, Brother Daniel Brockelsby and Brother-in-Law: Donald Padget.


Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 15, 2018 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held on Monday July 16, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Sr. Rose McKeown officiating. Burial will be held at Edinburg Cemetery Edinburg, IL.


Memorials may be made to Memorial Home Services Hospice 720 N. Bond St. Springfield, IL 62702


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


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Ronald R. Large

Ronald R. Large, 80, of Owaneco passed away peacefully at 3:30p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 in his home with his family by his side.  He was born on August 20, 1937 to Rodell and M. Hazel (Still) Large.  Ron graduated from Taylorville High School in 1956 and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Millikin University in 1960.  He married K. Maxine Campbell in 1958 at the First Baptist Church in Taylorville.  


Ron worked as an accountant for Gene Kennedy Construction for 22 years.  In addition, he farmed for over 50 years until retiring in 2012.  He loved farming, old Western TV shows, and sports, especially St. Louis Cardinals baseball.  He was known for his dry-wit and sense of humor.  Ron served as treasurer, Deacon, and taught Sunday school classes at First Baptist Church in Taylorville for many years.  In 2013 he became a member of 1st Baptist Church in Pana.


He is survived by his wife of 60 years: Maxine Large of Owaneco; sons: Michael Large (Kiersten) of Riverton, and Mark Large (Carol) of Tinley Park; daughter: Julie Blue of Owaneco; sister: Charlotte Manfredo of Springfield; grandchildren: Mallory Hall (Tom) of Orland Park, Brian Large of Tinley Park, MacKenzie Large of Tinley Park, Isaac Blue (Jenna) of LaPorte, Indiana, Matt Blue (Melynda) of Normal; great grandchild: Jordan Ronald Hall of Orland Park; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; sister: Geraldine Heberling; and a baby brother: Meredith Lynn.


Visitation for Ron will be held on Sunday, July 15, 2018 from 2 until 4p.m. at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville.  The funeral service will take place at 10:00a.m. on Monday at McClure Funeral Home with Rev. Nat Kealen officiating.  Burial will take place at the Owaneco Cemetery. 

 

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Pana. 

 

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

 

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

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Brian M. Bergschneider

Brian M. Bergschneider, 47, of Taylorville passed away at 3:43p.m. on Monday, July 9, 2018 in his home.  He was born on May 19, 1971 in Hillsboro, Illinois.  Brian graduated from the Witt High School in 1989 and went on to serve in the U.S. Army.  He was very proud of his time in the service and was active during the Desert Storm period and was stationed in Berlin, Germany, Afghanistan, and Kuwait.  Brian worked as a manager at GSI in both Taylorville and Assumption.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding his motorcycle, and couldn’t start a day without his cup of Casey’s coffee.  More than anything, Brian adored his children.  He was always eager to talk about them any chance he had.  


Brian is survived by his sons: Jacob M. Bergschneider and Alex S. Bergschneider both of Taylorville; daughter: Lauren T. Hendrix (Lucy) of Alton; mother: Teena Durbin (Marlin) of Kincaid; grandmother: Adelia “Dee” Bale of Kincaid; brother: Todd A. Bergschneider of Petersburg; sister: Jaime Silva (Christopher) of Kincaid; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.


In accordance with Brian’s wishes, he will be cremated, and a private inurnment will take place at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Riverton. 

 

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

 

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

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Ashley Kay Anselm

Ashley Kay Anselm, 36 of Taylorville, died in her residence on July 7, 2018 at 7:01a.m. surrounded by family, both in person and in spirit.  She was born on July 14, 1981 in Decatur, the daughter of Aaron and Angela (Engeling) Anselm.  Even in birth, Ashley decided to do her own thing, presenting herself as breach. She attended St. Mary’s pre-school and grade school and graduated from Taylorville Senior High School with the class of 2000.


Despite her autism, and “supposed” lack of social skills, Ashley touched many lives in her short lifespan.  She loved the years she spent babysitting Tucker Long in the backroom of Little Luxuries and hours spent visiting with clients at her sister’s salon, Hello Beautiful.  Never having obtained a driver’s license, she loved to walk to Dana’s Book Store, Family Video, and Cottage Rose.  She spent many Saturdays picking up lunch for the “Jensen Furniture Store Ladies”.

 

In 2013 Ashley was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, which she and her family referred to as “Fred”.  Despite Fred’s unwanted appearance in her life, she remained her positive, smiling, upbeat self up to the very end.  Not once during her fight with cancer did she ever complain.  She was an inspiration to all those she touched.  


Ashley will be forever celebrated by her parents: Aaron and Angela Anselm of Taylorville; brothers: Andrew (Julie) Anselm of Sugar Grove and Alex (Meghan) Anselm of Glenarm; sister: Aimee “Sweetie” Anselm of Taylorville; grandparents: Charles and Janet Engeling of Morrisonville and George and Donna Anselm of Taylorville; nieces: Peyton and McKenna; nephews: Dallas, Charlie, and Baby Anselm, who’s pending arrival any day; and a close extended family of uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.  


A funeral mass for Ashley will take place at 11:00a.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville with Monsignor David Lantz officiating.  Burial will take place at Old Stonington Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 5 until 7p.m. on Friday at McClure Funeral Home and from 10 until 11a.m. Saturday at the church.  A celebration was being planned for her 37th birthday on July 14, and her family requests that her service be a celebration of her life.  Instead of normal funeral attire, please wear something representing the things she loved: #fightingwithAshley t-shirts, her beloved Chicago Cubs, crosses, books, NCIS, Gilmore Girls, and Vera Bradley.  In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made through McClure Funeral Home to help with medical expenses of two other families whose children are fighting serious illness: Drake Lucas and Christian Evans.


Fly High Angel!


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

 

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

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Mary Louise Johnson

Mary Louise Johnson, lifelong resident of Taylorville, died on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at Taylorville Care Center in Taylorville, IL. Mary was born on July 5, 1930 in Taylorville, IL the Daughter of Lewis and Lula (Tex) Wright. She graduated from Taylorville High school. Mary married Wayne K. Johnson of Nokomis in Austin, TX on June 17, 1951. Mary was a homemaker and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Mary met and made many friends through art classes, antique shopping, and she loved going to art shows, Mary had a knack for decorating and she and Wayne definitely enjoyed their flower garden and sweet home at 604 E. Main Cross. After Wayne retired the traveled abroad many times. Mary and Wayne were always quick to offer up trips to friends to the covered Bridge Festivals and other fun spots. Mary was a lively person with a contagious laugh and friends, nurses, aides loved her “spunk”.
Mary was survived by her brother-in-law, Robert Brown of Taylorville, several nieces, nephews and very close friends. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, infant brother Francis, and sisters Helen Mae Brown and Agnes who was in the Benedictine Order (Sister Mary Regina).
Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 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 Msgr. David Lantz officiating. Burial will be held in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. 
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church 108 W. Adams St. Taylorville, IL 62568 or St. Mary’s Catholic School 422 S. Washington 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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Benny Alan Baran Sr.

Benny Alan Baran, Sr., 77 of Taylorville passed away on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 11:56 am at Taylorville Memorial Hospital in Taylorville, IL. He was born on December 25, 1940 in Georgetown, IL the son of Ben and Pansy (Burch) Baran. Benny was a military veteran as he proudly served his country in the United States Navy.  He later worked as a coal miner for the Peabody Coal Company for over 30 years at Mine #10 in Pawnee/Kincaid IL.  He retired from Peabody as a Mine Manager in 1994. Benny married Edith Duquenne on February 23, 1963.  They enjoyed traveling the country together in their RV, watching television, and playing cards with his friends and family members.  Benny was well known for his polite manner and good-natured sense of humor.   
 
He is survived by his wife of 55 years: Edith Baran of Taylorville, IL; Sons: Benny Jr. (Sue) of Springfield, IL; Tim (Jody) of Las Vegas, NV; and Bruce (Brenda) Pearson of Jackson, MO; Grandchildren: Bryan, Bridget, Matthew, Ariel, and Mason; Great-Grandson: Andrew; Brothers: Richard Baran of Burlington, WA and Jim (Sandra) Baran of Springboro, OH; and several other nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
Visitation will be on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 am at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. The Funeral Service will follow the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Burial will be held in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville with military graveside honors. 
 
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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Shirley Young

Shirley Young, 83 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, July 2, 2018 at 2:08 a.m. at Taylorville Care Center in Taylorville, IL. She was born on April 30, 1935 in Morrisonville, IL the Daughter of Clyde G and Myrtle (McKee) Thacker. Shirley retired as a registered nurse after 52 years at St. Vincent Hospital in Taylorville and Memorial Medical Center in Springfield in OB and NICU. She was a member of Taylorville Christian Church in Taylorville. She married John Young on March 5, 1955 in Palmer, IL


She is survived by her husband: John Young of Taylorville; sons: David (Linda) Young of Fredericksburg, VA, Mark Young of Taylorville, and Scott (Jamie) Young of Taylorville; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; brother: Dr. Robert (Margaret) Thacker of St. Petersburg, FL; sisters: Lorrie Nation of Taylorville, Sandra (Jim) Gibson of Taylorville; sister-in-law: Cleo Thacker of Taylorville; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother: Richard Thacker; and sister: Donna Watkins


Visitation will be held on Monday, July 9, 2018 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at Taylorville Christian Church in Taylorville. Memorial service will follow the visitation starting at 3:00 p.m. at Taylorville Christian Church in Taylorville with pastor James Jones and pastor Dick Wamsley officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date.


Memorials may be made to Vision Way Christian School 1124 N Webster St. Taylorville, IL 62568 or Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center 500 N Walnut 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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Norma Jean Smith

Norma Jean Smith, 84, of Venice, Florida, formerly of Kincaid, passed away at 6:10p.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Tidewell Hospice in Venice, Florida.  She was born on September 18, 1933 in Kincaid, the daughter of Cletus “Buster” and Dema (Guidotti) Foster.  Norma graduated from South Fork High School in 1951.  She married Norman Glenwood Smith on August 19, 1951 and he preceded her in death on September 21, 2011.  Mr. and Mrs. Smith lived on a farm west of Tovey for 60 years.  She was a member of St. Rita Catholic Church in Kincaid.  Norma worked for the State of Illinois for 12 years, retiring in 1992.  Taking care of the farmstead was her life’s joy.  She spent many hours manicuring the yard and house.  They loved to travel the country, first in a pickup truck camper, and then the “RV” that they truly cherished, retiring it to “the lot” in Silver Lakes R.V. resort in Naples, Florida for winters in 2005.  The summers spent at Estes Park, Colorado were some of the most cherished memories.


More than anything, Norma loved her family by whom she will be greatly missed.  She is survived by her children: Cleta (Vic) Menossi of Taylorville, Cinda (Dave) Johnson of Rochester, David (Gloria) Smith of Port Charlotte, Florida, and Julie (Paul) Moody of West Palm Beach, Florida; grandchildren: Shannon German, Ryan Menossi, Kevin German, Adam Menossi, Michael Smith, and Sarah Smith; 8 great grandchildren; sister: Donna Wilson of Dectur; and her great dog Lola.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and grandchild: Jamie German.  


Private family services will be held at St. Rita Catholic Church in Kincaid with interment at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Riverton, Illinois. 

 

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Alzheimer’s Association. 

 

McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is handling arrangements. 

 

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

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Eugenia Roxelyn Wells

Eugenia Roxelyn “Genie” Wells, 66 of Taylorville passed away on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 7:50 a.m. at Taylorville Care Center in Taylorville. She was born on August 3, 1951 the daughter of Wm. H. and Ida Evelyn Wells at St. Vincent Hospital, Taylorville, Il.  She was at Lincoln State School from September 1957 until 1967.  She lived in Springfield and worked for Goodwill Industries.  She moved to Taylorville, Il. and worked for Christian County Mental Health Association until her retirement in 2017.  She moved to Taylorville Care in 2017. Genie loved music, dancing, hand crafts, and socializing with her many friends as well as many shopping trips around the Taylorville square.  She was an active member of First United Methodist Church participating in their many classes and community activities and also enjoyed the group activities at Taylorville Care Center.

She is survived by her sister Dorothy McHenry, nephews Sean McHenry, Steve (Rhonda) Conover, great nephew Billie Conover, great niece Bailey (Tim) Danneman and great grandniece Lilelia Danneman, Aunts Fran Michael, Judy Sparlin, and many cousins. Eugenia was preceded in death by her father Wm.  H. Wells, mother Ida Evelyn Wells, sister Delia Selvy, brother-in-law Jack McHenry and nephew Terry McHenry.


Visitation will be held on Monday, July 9, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at The First United Methodist Church in Taylorville the funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Taylorville with Pastor Becky Lembke officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.


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


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Martin David Ayers

Martin David Ayers, 55 of Taylorville passed away on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 4:23 a.m. at Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur, IL. He was born on November 19, 1962 in Taylorville, IL the son of Burbin and Virgina (Rhodes) Ayers. He worked as an LPN for several area Nursing homes and later at the Decatur VA Clinic. Martin loved his son Colin, The Beatles and his dog Beatles.


He is survived by his Son: Colin Ayers of Taylorville, IL; Companion: Cheryl Robinson of Taylorville, IL; Brothers: Mike (Joe) Ayers of Taylorville, IL; Neil Ayers of Margate, FL; several nieces, great nieces, great nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Sister: Patti Lou Sides, Brother: Mark Ayers.


Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 5, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Ellen Moma officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date.


Memorials may be made to Colin Ayers Memorial Fund C/O Taylorville Community Credit Union 422 W Main Cross St. Taylorville, Illinois 62568


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


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