Obits Archives for 2019-02

Alpha Leroy Blakeman

Alpha Leroy Blakeman, 90, of Decatur, formerly of Stonington, passed away at 9:36 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur. He was born on March 23, 1928 in rural Nokomis, the son of Wilbur and Mabel (Moomey) Blakeman. He married Shirley Ann Myers on March 4, 1950 in Blue Mound. She preceded him in death on October 4, 1999. Leroy served as a Sergeant in the Medical Corps of the Army Air Corps. He worked as a carpenter for several years and served as the Chief of Police in Stonington for over 20 years as well as with the Stonington Fire Department where he volunteered for 20 years and served as Fire Chief. Leroy also worked for the Stonington Coop Grain Elevator for several years. He was a member of the Stonington American Legion for 45 years where he served in many roles including Commander and was also active in the state level. For over 20 years Leroy coached and umpired summer baseball for the Stonington Park District.

He is survived by his children: Karen Ann Howard of Smithboro, David L. Blakeman (Molly) of Stonington, and Jim D. Blakeman (Marsha) of Kincaid; grandchildren: Michelle Rogers (Nathan), Erinne Blakeman, Heather Taylor, Eric Blakeman (Jodi), Jason Blakeman (Tanya), Holly Bradshaw, Robert Howard (Alissa), Alan Howard (Lindsay), Heidi Click, Jon Howard (Alicia), Russell Stockon (Twilla); 18 great-grandchildren; brother: Donnie Blakeman (Mary) of Taylorville; sister: Marilyn Wattelet of Stonington; several nieces and nephews; and companion: Loretta Umfleet of Decatur. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter: Katherine Gail Stockon, son-in-law: Robert Howard; and 7 siblings.

A funeral mass for Leroy will be held at 10:00a.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Stonington with Fr. Joe Molloy officiating. Burial will be in the Old Stonington Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7p.m. on Thursday, February 14 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville, and from 9 until 10a.m. on Friday in the church.

Memorials may be left to the Stonington Fire Department or the Shriner’s Hosptial for Children in honor of his granddaughter Sabrina Taylor.

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

Memories of Leroy, or condolences to his family, may be left online at


Ada Vidmar

Ada O. Vidmar, 105 of Taylorville, passed away at 8:36a.m. on Monday, February 11, 2019 in Taylorville Care Center. She was born on May 31, 1913 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Domenic and Mary (Costa) Pacioni. She married Edward Vidmar on September 23, 1944 in Taylorville. He preceded her in death on February 27, 1996. Ada retired from the Sangamon Card Company where she worked for many years. She also previously worked at the old St. Vincent Memorial Hospital located on south Walnut St. She was a member of the St. Vincent Hospital Auxiliary and St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She was also a member of the VFW and Moose Lodge and enjoyed playing Bingo and cards with her friends.

She is survived by her daughter: Mary F. Duckworth (Michael) of Tovey; granddaughter: Suzi Gay (Todd) of Springfield; great-grandchildren: Jett Gay of Springfield and Zoey Gay of Denver, Colorado; and sister-in-law: Laura Pacioni of Taylorville. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brothers: Attilio Pacioni and Nello Pacioni.

A funeral mass for Ada will be held at 1p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville with Monsignor David Lantz officiating. There will be no visitation. Burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Ada, or condolences to her family, may be left online at


Dean Compton

Dean Allen Compton, 65, of Nokomis died Sunday, February 10, 2019, 1:50 p.m., at Hillsboro Area Hospital. Dean was born August 15, 1953, in Hillsboro, a son of Lawrence “Bus” and Marjorie Compton. He married Brenda L. Miller on November 17, 1979, in St. Louis Catholic Church, Nokomis, and she survives.

Mr. Compton graduated with the Nokomis High School Class of 1971 and attended Kaskaskia College in the automotive technology program. After working for his dad and uncle at C&W Garage for 22 years, he owned and operated Compton’s Garage until 2000. Dean then went to Wright Automotive and worked as a parts technician until March 2018. He was a lifelong member of Nokomis Masonic Lodge #456, former member of the Nokomis Lions Club, Nokomis Sportsmen’s Club, serving as secretary for many years, and Nokomis Fire Department, serving for 21 years and held both fire chief and assistant fire chief positions.

He loved doing activities with his family, camping, trap shooting, and motorcycle riding.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, April (husband Jeffrey) Drake of Sullivan and Laura Compton of Springfield; one granddaughter, Emma Drake of Sullivan; one brother, Loren (wife Christine) Compton of Nokomis; one sister, Carol (husband James) Beeler of Nokomis; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis with Masonic rites being performed by Nokomis Masonic Lodge #456 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis with Father Albert Allen officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded. 

Memorials may be directed to donor’s choice in honor of his name.

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

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Lillian Hoover

Lillian C. Pierson Hoover, 92, of Huntsville, passed away at 7:27 AM, on Friday, February 8, 2019, in St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.
She was born on August 9, 1926 at Camp Point. She was the daughter of Ray W. and I. Marie (Whitehead) Pierson.  On October 9, 1947, in Sciota, she was united in marriage to Neil E. Hoover. He preceded her in death on November 12, 1985.
Lillian graduated from Augusta Community High School, Augusta, in 1943 and Gem City Business College in Quincy.

She worked as a teller for Augusta State Bank and Marine Bank in Carthage.  She also worked at Globe Products, in the library of Western Illinois University both in Macomb and as a teacher’s assistant at Brown County High School.  She was active with the family farm raising registered Angus cattle, through the Black Gem Angus Farm and as President of Colonel’s Pride Seed Company.
Lillian was an active member of the Camden United Methodist Church in Camden, where she was a faithful ticket taker at the church dinners and chaired the church board. She sang at many funerals.  She was active with the United Methodist Women.  She was a member of Be-Kik-A-Nin-Ee Chapter National Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a past regent of the chapter. She was an avid genealogist and devoted many hours helping people search their family tree.  She published several genealogical materials. For many years, she was the chairman of the Schuyler Jail Museum in Rushville.  She also served as a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader.  She was also a member of the Macomb Eastern Star. She enjoyed cooking.
She is survived by one son, Neil J. Hoover and wife Rhonda of Taylorville and one daughter, Cynthia Diane Rigsbee and husband David of Mendon, 4 grandchildren, Neil Jason Hoover, Justin Hoover and wife Venus, Karen Lee and husband Ben and Nancy Geissler and husband Mark, 4 great-grandchildren Marcus and Nathan Lee and Claire and Lee Geissler, sister-in-law Joan Woodworth several nieces and nephews and her beloved cat Garfield. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and an infant brother William Maurice Pierson.

Services will held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at the Camden United Methodist Church, with Dan Wise and Reverend George Bucks officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Horeb Cemetery, near Golden, Illinois.  Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Schuyler Jail Museum or Camden United Methodist Church.  You are invited to share your memories of Lillian, leave condolences and view her memorial video at 


Raymond Joseph Collingwood

Raymond Joseph Collingwood, 82, or Taylorville passed away at 9:15a.m. on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Decatur Memorial Hospital. He was born on December 8, 1936 in Taylorville, the son of Ray and Mary Collingwood. He married Dorothy Marie Faulhaber on July 23, 1955 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville and she preceded him in death on August 3, 2015. Raymond retired from Commonwealth Edison where he worked as an instrument mechanic. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and was devoted to caring for his family.

He is survived by his sons: Mike Collingwood (Mindy) of Taylorville and Doug Collingwood (Kathy) of Edinburg; daughter: Deborah Steele (Dave) of Springfield; and grandchildren: Tyler Collingwood (Kate), Allison Collingwood, and Ryan Collingwood (Ashley). He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Mr. Collingwood will be cremated, and a memorial mass will be held at 1p.m. on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Monsignor David Lantz officiating. Inurnment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. No visitation will be held.

Memorials may be left to the American Cancer Society.

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

Memories of Raymond, or condolences to his family, may be left online at


Jerry Dean Williams

Jerry Dean Williams, 75, of Stonington, IL, passed away at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at his residence.

Jerry was born May 24, 1943 in Grayville, IL, the son of Royal and Viola Marie (VanSchoyck) Williams. He married Linda Lou Majors on June 9, 1962 in Calvin, IL.

Jerry worked for Firestone in Decatur for many years, and then went on to drive semi-trucks for Go Forth Trucking, Triple A Farms Trucking Co., and then Byron & Robert Brown Trucking, from where he retired. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, mowing, tinkering on cars, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Jerry was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Stonington.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandsons, Michael Williams, Jr. and Sheldon Snyder; brothers, Paul, Donald, Vernon, and Gale Williams; and sisters, LaVeta Marse, Betty Sanders, and Wilma Ann Williams.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Linda Williams of Stonington, IL; children, Timothy Dean Williams of Stonington, IL, Kimberly Kay (Leroy) Snyder of Kenney, IL, Michael Todd (Jennifer) Williams, Sr., of Stonington, IL, Deborah Ann (Greg) Tungate of Lincoln, IL, and Crystal Diane (Kenny) Holt of Clinton, IL; 11 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; sisters, Gladene Seigle of Carmi, IL, and Reba Jo (John) Guinn of Crossville, IL; sister-in-law, Ruth Ann Williams of Crossville, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

Cremation will be accorded, and no public services will be held.

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

Please visit to offer condolences to the family.


Melvin Duane Gregg

Melvin Duane Gregg, 76, of Cowden, Illinois passed away at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, February 1, 2019 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois with his family by his side.  

Melvin was born November 17, 1942, in Cowden, the son of Lester and Eileen (Miller) Gregg.  He was a 1960 graduate of Cowden High School and a veteran of the United States Airforce.  Melvin and Wanda Litz were united in marriage on September 3, 1965 and celebrated 53 joyous years together.  He was retired from Caterpillar and he also farmed in the Cowden area for many years.  Melvin was a Past Master of Oconee Masonic Lodge #392, Greenland Masonic Lodge #665 of Beecher City and Clover Leaf Masonic Lodge #990 of Herrick.  He was a plural member of Altamont Masonic Lodge #533 and was raised in the Joppa Masonic Lodge #706 of Cowden.  Melvin was a Past District Deputy Grand Master, a Certified Lodge Instructor and 32nd Degree Mason.  He was a 37-year member of the Masonic Fraternity.  Melvin was an avid tractor pulling enthusiast, enjoyed traveling the back-country roads taking in the countryside, eagle watching and eating fish on the Mississippi river.  

Surviving are his lovely wife, Wanda of Cowden; children:  Cindy (Clint) Hovde of Eden Prairie, MN and Darrin Gregg of Clarksville, TN; grandchildren:  Jessica Hovde of Eden Prairie, MN and Alexander Gregg of Clarksville, TN; sister, Shirley (David) Hall of Cowden; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law:  Rosalee Kaiser of Pana, Janice (Jim) Trosper of Pana, Christina (Ron) Morris of Nokomis, Connie Litz of Arcola, Dennis Litz of Shelbyville and Gail (Lawrence) Beck of Urbana and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.  

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Cowden with Reverend Darrell Hinkle officiating.  Burial will take place in Bob Doan Cemetery in rural Beecher City with military rites by the Shelby County Honor Guard.  Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Cowden.  Masonic rites will be held at 7:30 p.m. by the Greenland Masonic Lodge #665 of Beecher City.  Memorials may be made in Melvin’s name to the American Cancer Association, American Heart Association or the Shriners Hospital for Children.  

Family and friends are invited to light a candle or share a story in Melvin’s honor at

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Donald Robert Hurelbrink

Donald Robert Hurelbrink, 78 of Edinburg passed away at 7:41p.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2019 in his home.  He was born on July 5, 1940 in Taylorville, the son of Arthur and Cleta (Chandler) Hurelbrink.  He married Margaret “Peggy” Thomas on May 25, 1963 in Taylorville and was a follower of the Lutheran faith.  Mr. Hurelbrink retired from Peabody Mine #10 after 29 years of work.  Before he worked in the mine, he became a trained master carpenter, a trade he continued following his retirement from mining.  He was extremely talented craftsman, skilled in all aspects of carpentry.  Donald was a fan of all sports, especially NASCAR.  

He is survived by his wife: Peggy Hurelbrink of Edinburg; daughter: Anna Hurelbrink-Nick of Minneapolis, Minnesota; grandchildren: Katie Nick and James R. Tousignant; brothers: Mel Hurelbrink (Sandy) of Edinburg, Paul Hurelbrink (Sue) of Mt. Auburn and Richard Hurelbrink (Amy) of Colorado.  He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson: Matthew Nick.

Mr. Hurelbrink will be cremated, and a celebration of life will be planned at a later date on the family farm in rural Edinburg.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Donald, or condolences to his family, may be left online at


Joseph "Joe" L. Pellinghelli

Mr. Joseph “Joe” L. Pellinghelli, 57, of Kincaid, IL passed away Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL.

He was born in Springfield, IL March 13, 1961 the son of Giuseppe “Joe” and Florence (Mose) Pellinghelli, Sr.

He married Lucia Lancaster November 10, 1990 in Taylorville, IL.

Joe attended Lanphier High School, Springfield, IL while working at St. John’s Coffee Shop. He moved with his family to Tovey, IL in 1980 and worked at the Italian Store J & M Grocery owned by his father and step mother, where he met his wife Lucia. He and Lucia dated for 10 years before they married. Joe worked at the Kincaid IGA in the 80’s and worked at Cardinal Products for several years. He owned and operated the DJ service “Spectrum” for many years with his helper Marvin Kemmerling, Jr. Joe worked for Bunn-O-Matic from 1997 to the present. He had a great love for camping with his family and was an avid mushroom hunter on their land at Lake Shelbyville. He took great pride in his brush clearing job on that land with the help of his children and his best friend Kent Rule.

Surviving are his wife Lucia Pellinghelli daughter Paige Ann Pellinghelli and son Joel Don Pellinghelli all of Kincaid, IL his mother Florence and her husband Glen Fox of Texas, step mother Martha Pellinghelli of Tovey, IL 3 sisters Maryanna Pellinghelli and Tiffany Brooks both of Tovey, IL Pam Beitel of Pawnee, IL 2 brothers John and Jim Pellinghelli both of Texas along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother Jeff Pellinghelli and his father Giuseppe “Joe” Pellinghelli Sr.

Funeral services will be held at 12 noon, Monday, February 4, 2019 at Masterson Funeral Home, Kincaid, IL. Burial will follow near Lake Shelbyville at Wright Cemetery, rural Findlay, IL. Visitation for Mr. Joseph “Joe” L. Pellinghelli, Jr. will be held from 11:00 a.m. to noon at Masterson Funeral Home, Kincaid on Monday.

Memorials may be made to Lucia and will be designated at a later date.



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