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CDC AND IDPH Pause Distribution Of Johnson And Johnson Vaccine

Due to some issues with a rare and severe blood clot, the CDC along with the US Food and Drug Administration is pausing the distribution of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. There have been six reported US cases of a rare and severe type blood clot on individuals that have been receiving the vaccine.

 

Memorial Health System has immediately suspended Johnson and Johnson vaccines. The vaccine clinic scheduled for Friday, April 16th at Taylorville Memorial Hospital has been cancelled. IDPH has notified all Illinois COVID-19 providers to stop the use of the J&J vaccine at this time and to continue to distribute the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

 

In Illinois, Moderna and Pfizer make up the majority of vaccines with 483,720 doses for this week with only 5,800 expected to be J&J. If you have received the J&J vaccine, and you develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks of receiving the vaccine, contact your health care provider. 

 

IDPH will continue to monitor the situation and updates will be provided as they become available. 

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Hailey Anne Shoot

Haley Anne Shoot, 19 of Taylorville passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 11:04 p.m. as the result of a motor vehicle accident in Taylorville Township, IL. She was born on September 30, 2001 in Mattoon, IL the daughter of Wade Obanion and Ashley Woods. Hailey worked as an associate at Walmart in Taylorville.

Words cannot describe who Haley was, she was a wonderful daughter, best sibling in the world, and the bestest best friend in the world. She was a force to be reckoned with when she was mad, but she was always the most loveable person ever. Haley was a beautiful soul, she touched everyone in her own way, she helped everyone she could and would do anything for anyone she loved. Haley is a legend, she lived as one, and passed as one but, she will always be there in our hearts, our minds, and right next to us everywhere we go. We never have to say goodbye to her because, we will see her again. She will look over us forever until it’s our time to join her, everyone will forever love you.

She is survived by her Parents: Ashley Woods of Springfield, IL and Wade Obanion of Oakland, IL; Brothers: Christopher Shoot of Taylorville, IL, Jacob Hughes of Kincaid, IL; Grandparents: Patty Phelps and Paul Dague; Robert Obanion; Step-sisters: Jennifer McKinney (Jacob Noren), Heather McKinney, Kayla (Kurt) Parker; Step-Fathers: Neil Hughes of Kincaid, IL and David Shoot of Kansas, IL; Uncles: Jason Stubbs of Springfield, Jason Anders of Springfield, IL, Jim (Margie) Phelps of Charleston, IL; Aunts: Michelle Bryant of Phoenix, AZ, Andrea Woods of Charleston, IL and Marie Seafler of Kansas, IL; Best Friend: Jade Thomas, several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her Grandmother: Jeanne Woods, Deanna Tucker, Great-Grandparents: Delpha and Pete Phelps, Dolores Dague, Uncle: Josh Woods, Aunts: Tamera Jo Obanion, Wilma Cunningham and Maggie White.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. There will be no funeral service. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Sutton Memorial Home to help with funeral expenses 327 N. Clay St. Taylorville, IL 62568.

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

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com


 

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Carolyn S. "Carely" Winn

Carolyn S. "Carely" Winn, 74, of Stonington passed away 3:45 pm, Friday, April 9, 2021, at HSHS St. John's hospital, Springfield, IL.

 

She was born August 4, 1946 in Taylorville, IL the daughter of Ralph and Evelyn (Moore) Young, of Stonington.

Carolyn was a class of 1964 Stonington High School graduate.

She married Stewart (Stu)Winn, October 1, 1975, in Divernon Illinois, and he preceded her in death on March 25, 2012.

Throughout her life, Carolyn was employed with Allis Chalmers, Horace Mann, Stonington Community Bank (later, Illini Bank), People's Bank and Trust, Prairieland Fertilizer, and Blue Mound State Bank. She was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and a member of the Stonington American Legion Auxiliary. Carolyn was the Stonington Village Trustee for a time, volunteered at Summerfest, an election judge, and a lifelong, smiling face in the Stonington community.

Carolyn and Stu enjoyed traveling. Visiting Disney World many times, NASCAR races, Vegas, Branson, New York, Mexico, and many other adventures. Dining out often with her forever best friends, Janet, and the late Zeke Bell. Carolyn was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, attending many ballgames with dear friends, Larry and Janet Morrell. Most recently, Carolyn enjoyed attending Bingo around the area, with her cousin, Sandy Brewer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband. She will be dearly missed by her family, and friends.

 

A funeral service for Carolyn will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Monsignor David Lantz officiating. Burial will take place at Old Stonington Cemetery. Visitation will take place from 5:00 until 7:00pm Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Stonington Fire and Rescue, 1 Fire House Rd, Stonington, IL 62567. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Carolyn, or condolences to her family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Zaydin Jon Dudra

Zaydin Jon Dudra, 20, of Taylorville, passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021 as the result of an automobile accident.

 

Zaydin was born September 25, 2000 in Taylorville, the son of Jessica L. Dudra and Aaron W. Augustine. He graduated from Taylorville High School with the Class of 2019. While in high school, Zaydin worked for Arby’s, and the summer of his graduation he worked for the City of Taylorville Water Department. For the past year, he had been employed at Kroger in Taylorville.

 

Zaydin was goofy, in the best possible way. He was athletic, playing many sports in his youth, but his favorites were always biking and skateboarding. Zaydin was a shoe aficionado, a bookworm, and a fantastic cook. Most of all, he was the best son, brother, grandson, and friend. Zaydin would do anything for his family and friends. He also loved animals, especially his dogs, Benny and Clyde, and his cat, Monroe.

 

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Lisa A. Dudra; and many great grandparents.

 

Zaydin is survived by his mother, Jessica Dudra of Taylorville; father, Aaron Augustine of Taylorville; brother, Kellen Augustine of Taylorville; sister, Kayla Hector of Springfield; maternal grandfather, John Dudra of Taylorville; paternal grandmother, Erica (husband, David) O’Brien of Moweaqua; paternal grandfather, Glenn (wife, Connie) Augustine of Lake Lillian, MN; great grandfather, Ronald D. Augustine of Decatur; uncle, Josh Dudra of Taylorville; great aunts, Crytal Farris of Pana, and Donna Maninfior of Mattoon; great uncle and great aunt, G.J. and Molly Miller of Edwardsville; several other aunts and uncles from the Augustine family; 1 niece; many cousins; and his best friends, Robert, Spencer, David, Robert, Tommy, and Zaylan.

 

Zaydin’s family would like to send their thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the other families who were affected by this tragedy.

 

Visitation: The family will receive guests from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.

 

Funeral Ceremony: 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 16, 2021 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Zaydin’s Family c/o Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, or the American Cancer Society, 4215 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108.

 

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Zaydin, or offer condolences to his family.

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Harold Kolkhorst

Harold Walter Kolkhorst, 94, of Morrisonville, passed away at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehab.  

Harold was born January 29, 1927 in Harvel, the son of Henry A. and Sophie A. (Backus) Kolkhorst.  He proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II.  Harold married Vivian Ruth Anderson on April 30, 1966 in Harvel.  She preceded him in death on April 20, 1998.  He then married Juanita C. Yeaman in May of 2006.  She preceded him in death on January 11, 2012.

Harold worked his entire life as a mechanic, working for Bandy Chevrolet in Raymond, Gilbert Large in Taylorville, and Leitschuh’s Garage in Morrisonville.  He was interested in all things with a motor, and he could fix anything.  In his younger years, Harold enjoyed camping and boating.  He was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Harvel.

Harold is survived by his sister, Louise Boyd of Springfield; and many nieces and nephews.  He is also preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Wilma Stowell, Esther McNeeley, and Pearl Kolkhorst; and brothers, Earl and Fred Kolkhorst.

A graveside ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 12, 2021 at Morrisonville Cemetery with Pastor Joseph Nehring officiating.  Military honors will be provided by the United States Department of Defense and American Legion Post #721.  Mr. Kolkhorst will lie in state from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Monday at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, 304 Carlin Street, Morrisonville, IL 62546.   

Memorial contributions may be made to: Trinity Lutheran Church, 402 Monroe Street, Harvel, IL 62538.

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Harold, or offer condolences to his family.

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Margaret (Peggy) Gilbert-Newberry-Durham

Margaret “Peggy” Gilbert-Newberry-Durham, 54 of Taylorville went to heaven on Good Friday, April 2, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. in Springfield, IL. She was born on November 1, 1966 in St. Louis, MO the daughter of Albert and Alecia “Jill” (Grimm) Gilbert. She married Kevin Durham on August 13, 2011 in Taylorville, IL. She spent most of her life in Taylorville, she graduated from Taylorville High School in the Class of 1985. Peggy worked at Family Services at the Springfield Youth Center. She loved life and she loved to paint and sing. She had a dog, Faith Ann, whom she loved and adored. She was a member of the Taylorville Eagles Club where she served as Chaplin, Catholic Daughters of America and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville. Peggy enjoyed time spent serving meals at the Eagles club and Bingo. Peggy was a Girl Scout from 1st grade through High School, she and her troop earned first class girl scouts. Peggy had her struggles as we all do; she was in recovery and she talked to her sponsor every night. She loved her family, her pride in life was her Son Zachery R. Newberry and her grandchildren Carter, Abby and Sebastian. She was a daddy’s girl and she would tell you that mom was her best friend. She has joined her savior and her family in heaven. She was dearly loved and will be sadly missed in our hearts.

She leaves her earthly family behind to join her heavenly family. Surviving is her Son: Zachery R. (Maggie) Newberry of Taylorville, Mother Alicia “Jill” Gilbert of Taylorville, Husband: Kevin Durham of Taylorville, Grandchildren: Carter R. Newberry, Abby Newberry and Sebastian Newberry all of Taylorville, IL; Sister: Dawn (Greg) Armey of Scottsdale, AZ; Brother: Tim Gilbert and Fiancé Donna Hausman of Benton, IL; Favorite Sister-in-Law: Lori Strecknor; several nieces and nephews, favorite cousin: Debbie Burger of Ballwin, MO and special friends: Shelly Orr and Julia England. Peggy joined her family in heaven: her dad: Al Gilbert, her twin sister: Cynthia Ann, grandparents, Aunt Mary and Uncle Ted Burger

Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2021 from 10:00-12:00 noon at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 12:00 noon at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Sr. Rose McKeown officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.

Memorials may be made to Margaret Durham’s Memorial Fund at Midland Bank 1149 E. 1500 North Rd. Taylorville, IL 62568.

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

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

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James Curtner

James Curtner, 78 of Live Oak, Florida, formerly of Taylorville, died at 10:35 p.m. on March 28, 2021 at Haven Hospice in Lake City, Florida, after a courageous fight with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, due to Agent Orange. He was born on March 2, 1943 in Sikeston, Missouri, the son of James “Don” Curtner, Sr and Mildred (Jenkens) Curtner. He was a 1961 graduate of Mt. Auburn high School. After graduation, he entered the US Navy. He spent 25 years in the Navy and retired as a Chief Radioman. He was a Bluewater Navy Veteran out of the Vietnam War. After retiring from the Navy, he worked for 20 years at Lakeshore Golf Course in Taylorville. His last retirement was top Florida where he worked as a campground volunteer at Osceola National Forest. He received an award for 2,000 hours of volunteer service.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Darlene Webster. He is survived by his wife, Bonita, of Live Oak, that he lovingly called his “beautiful bride”, and his children: Zaron Curtner and Shellie Rose, of Woodbine, Kentucky, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Andy (Donna), of Rochester and a sister, Sandy (Ken) Corby of Rochester, New York, several nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews, as well as cousins.

Jim was cremated and a graveside service will be held at a later date at Old Stonington Cemetery. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Jim, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.


 

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Dolores Cameron Daigh

Dolores Cameron Daigh, 88 of Normal formerly of Taylorville passed away on Friday, April 2, 2021 at 5:00 a.m. at The Loft Rehabilitation and Nursing Home in Normal, IL. She was born on July 20, 1932 in Springfield, IL the daughter of Arthur Burl and Pauline Anna (Browatski) Cameron. She married James F. Daigh in 1951 in Taylorville and they divorced. She then married Dale Dimmitt in 1980 in Las Vegas, NV. Dolores grew up in Owaneco and Taylorville, she attended Taylorville High School, worked as an X-Ray Technician at St. Vincent Memorial Hospital in Taylorville until 1971, when she moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. She recently moved to Bloomington, IL. As a teenager Dolores was in volved in 4-H and in the 1960’s she was a Girl Scout Leader.

She is survived by her daughter: Nancy (Bruce) McKinney of Bloomington, IL; granddaughter: Kathleen McKinney (Chris Wanless), grandniece: Kathleen (Greg) Seelbach and four great-grandnieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister: Caroline White Speagle, brother: Hugo White, niece: Karen Speagle Painter, grandnephew: Stephen Painter, ex-husband: James Daigh, ex-husband: Dale Dimmitt and Son: Bruce Daigh.

Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Owaneco Cemetery in Owaneco, IL. If anyone would like to follow in the procession to Owaneco Cemetery, everyone will meet at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville at 1:30 p.m. to follow to the cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation P.O. Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or to the Muscular Dystrophy Association 30 W. Third St. Cincinnati, OH 45202.

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

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com


 

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Bernard DeClerck

Bernard DeClerck, 91 of Stonington passed away on Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 5:36 p.m. at his home in Stonington, IL. He was born on January 20, 1930 in Assumption, IL the son of John and Mary (Adams) DeClerck. He married Ida Matthews on March 10, 1951 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville. He worked as a farmer and as the Stonington Township Road Commissioner.

He is survived by his Wife: Ida DeClerck of Stonington, IL; Daughters: Carol DeClerck of Stonington, IL; Julie Swigert of Stonington, IL and Barbara Swigert of Stonington, IL; Son: Rich (Kate) DeClerck of Stonington, IL; Grandchildren: Ginny (Matt) Shapiro, Adam DeClerck, Abby (Sean) Bertelsen, Jaclyn Swigert, Alex Swigert, Keith Swigert all of Stonington, IL; Great-Grandchildren: Levi and Gwynn Shapiro; Ella, Josie and Arlo Bertelsen all of Stonington, IL; Sisters: Mary Margaret Morrison of Colorado, Nora Peters of Taylorville, IL; Francis McKinnon of Taylorville, IL; Brother: Charles DeClerck of Taylorville, IL; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sisters: Cecelia Sutton, Agnes Meyer; Brothers: Jack DeClerck, Connie DeClerck and Wayne DeClerck, Sisters-in-Law: Jerry DeClerck, Delores DeClerck, Toady DeClerck; Brothers-in-Law: Kenny Morrison, Earl Peters, John Meyer, Byron Peters and Myron Sutton.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 9, 2021 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Sr. Rose McKeown officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

Memorials may be made to the Stonington Fire Department 423 Walnut St Stonington, IL 62567 or to the Stonington American Legion 401 W North St, Stonington, IL 62567.

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

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com


 

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Marilyn Jean Black-Malmberg

Marilyn Jean Black-Malmberg, 80, of Taylorville passed away on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 7:05 a.m. at her residence in Taylorville, IL. She was born on November 6, 1940 in Aurora, IL the daughter of William F. and Alma Mae (Weaver) Black. She worked in sales and marketing until her retirement.

She is survived by her Daughters: Shari Lyn Sutherland of Springfield, IL; Monday Malmberg-Johnson of Palm Harbor FL; Sons: Anthony Vincent Chiavaro II and Janet-Baker Chiavaro of Taylorville, IL and Morgan (Sherilyn) Malmberg of Springfield, IL; Grandchildren: Grant M. Malmberg, Adam L. Johnson, Carlee Mae Malmberg; Great-Grandchildren: Hannah K. Johnson and Aria F. Johnson; Sister-in-law: Peggy Black. Survived by Nephews: Robert Black, Tim Black, Glenn Black and Niece: Melissa Black-Hill. Her best lifelong friends: Sharon Younker, George Newberry, her much loved care giver Marta Banks and her beloved nephew Collin Shoemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Robert Black and James F. Black.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Bob Turner officiating. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Herrick, IL.

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

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

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com


 

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Lindsay Lyn Skinner

Lindsay Lyn Skinner, 32, of Taylorville, passed away at 8:34 p.m. on Saturday, April 3, 2021 surrounded by her family at her parent’s residence.

 

Lindsay was born May 8, 1988 in Taylorville, the daughter of Bill and Dwanna (Donner) Kelmel. She married Robert “Rob” Skinner on August 28, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church of Taylorville.

 

Lindsay graduated from Tayloville High School with the Class of 2006. After high school she was employed by CNB Bank & Trust in Taylorville, but found her work family at United Community Bank/BancMac in Springfield.

 

Lindsay will be remembered as a warrior: A Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer Thriver. Through her Facebook posts, she reached many; advocating and sharing her journey with all. Lindsay had the biggest heart, and she lived for giving and encouraging others. She made a donation every chance she could, and no angel was left behind on a tree. Her passion was her love of everything outdoors. She could be found lounging poolside at her home with family and friends. She loved camping, and the peaceful serenity of a boat ride. Taking a monthly trip to any zoo was a must – the goats being her favorite. Lindsay was a loving and supportive wife, and she devoted her life to her daughter, Madi. She was a beloved Daughter, adored Sister, and cherished Auntie.

 

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Harold Donner; paternal grandparents, Bob and Frances Frost; uncle, Dave Kelmel; cousins, Davina Gebauer and Philip Schwab; and her beloved, furry companion, Max.

 

Lindsay is survived by her husband, Robert Skinner and their daughter, Madison Kae of Taylorville; parents, Bill and Dwanna Kelmel of Taylorville; sister, Chrissy (husband, Brad) Tellor of Taylorville; grandmother, Beverly Donner of Taylorville; father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Cheryl Manley of Taylorville; brother-in-law, Bryan (wife, Danyel) Skinner of Festus, MO; nieces, Justice (companion, John Welsh) Tellor and Abigail Fears; nephews, Bryeson Tellor, Chase Tellor, Mason Tellor, Marcus Durbin, and Joey Holems; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

 

Visitation: The family will receive guests from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.

 

Celebration of Life: 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 9, 2021 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, with Pastor Becky Lembke officiating.

 

Interment will follow the celebration of life at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to support the care of Lindsay’s daughter, Madi. Please make checks payable to Madison Skinner. Donations may be made directly to the family, at the funeral home, or at CNB Bank & Trust in Taylorville.

 

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Lindsay, or offer condolences to her family.

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Ruth Ann Wyzard

Mrs. Ruth Ann Wyzard, 72 of Kincaid went to be with our Lord on Saturday April 3, 2021. After a courageous battle with cancer, she passed surrounded by her loving family.

She was born September 9, 1948, the daughter of David and Doris Bandy. She married James Wyzard on January 31, 1970 at the Kincaid Church of God.

Throughout her life, Ruth was a loyal and devoted member of the Kincaid Church of God. She taught Sunday school and enjoyed helping the Women’s Ministry with the annual peanut brittle fundraiser. Ruth worked at Consolidated Communications as an assistant chief supervisor, as well as the state of Illinois and finally Taylorville Clinic. And, most importantly, Ruth enjoyed spending time with her family - especially her children and grandchildren.

Ruth is survived by her husband of 51 years, James. Children: Erica (Shanon) German, Niantic, IL; Jennifer Richards, Taylorville; JT (Katie) Wyzard, Taylorville. Grandchildren: Jett and Elle Richards and Tatum and Meacham Wyzard. Sister: Vickie (Dennis) Baker. Brothers: David (Diane) Bandy and Scott (Kristi) Bandy. Brother-in-law Eric (Mary) Wyzard and Sister-in-law Vanessa (Larry) Gardner.

She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents and grandson, Preston. Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 7, 2021 from 9am-11am at the Kincaid Church of God. Funeral services will immediately follow at 11am with Mike Summers officiating. Masterson Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Kincaid is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorials in loving memory of Mrs. Ruth Ann Wyzard are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association - Illinois Chapter, 2309 W. White Oaks Drive – Springfield, IL – 62704

Condolences may also be left at mastersonfh.com

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Richard (Dick) Porter

Richard “Dick” Porter, 76 of Taylorville, passed away at 8:05 p.m. on Sunday, April 4, 2021 at his daughter’s home in Morrisonville. He was born on October 21, 1944 in Christopher, Illinois, the son of RJ and Camille (Turner) Porter. Dick married Ruth Ann Loepker on July 30, 1966 in Litchfield, and together they truly enjoyed life, their family, and traveling the world. Dick was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Moose Lodge in Taylorville. Dick proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He worked for Caterpillar for 37 years, retiring and enjoying life as soon as he was able. Dick and Ruth toured the country driving or riding their Goldwing motorcycle, and flew wherever wheels couldn’t reach. They both had so much fun playing Blackjack that they enjoyed traveling to play in Las Vegas or Tunica. Dick had a deep love for his wife and his family, and he will be missed deeply.

Dick is survived by his children: Dawn Durbin (Marty) of Morrisonville and Jay Porter (Michelle) of Geneva; grandchildren: Jessie Borgic, Marissa Borgic, Shelby Porter, Sarah Porter, and Amelia Durbin; sister: Barb (Larry) Buckley of Taylorville; and brother: Bob (Leslie) Porter of Auburndale, Florida.

In addition to his wife, Dick was preceded in death by his parents; son: Jeff Porter; and his sister: Bonita Bennett.

Mr. Porter will be cremated and will be laid to rest with his wife at Fraley Cemetery. His family will host a celebration of their lives at a later date. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Mr. Porter, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Marjorie "Marge" Brockamp

Marjorie “Marge” Brockamp,96, of Morrisonville passed away on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 10:25 PM at Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehab.

She was born on August 28, 1924 on her family farm Northwest of Harvel, IL, the daughter of John Lawrence and Lula Mae (Kearns) Langen. She attended Gutharie and Mt. Vernon country schools, and was one of the last surviving graduates of Harvel High School, graduating in 1941. In 1943, she graduated from Springfield Junior College with a degree in business. During college, she worked at the Sangamon Ordnance Plant near Illiopolis, and after college, she worked for the Illinois Department of Public Aid.

On September 14, 1948, she married Leo Brockamp, and together they raised four boys on the family farm south of Morrisonville, and later founded Brockamp Farms, Inc. Over the next six decades, she served her family, church and community in many ways. She volunteered her time towards the Morrisonville American Legion Auxiliary, National Catholic Society of Foresters, Illinois and Mid-State Pork Producers, and St. Maurice Parish having served as the parish secretary. In 2013, she was awarded the Magnificat Award for her service to St. Maurice Parish by Bishop Thomas Paprocki.

In her spare time, Marge was especially talented at organizing and editing local history books. Between 1948 and 2019 she created several dozen scrapbooks of newspaper clippings from the Morrisonville and Panhandle communities featuring weddings, birth announcements, deaths, anniversaries, and other historical events. In 1972, she collaborated with several other individuals to produce the Morrisonville Centennial book. Her other collaborations include the 125-year history book of St. Maurice Parish in 1995, and the 125-year history book of Morrisonville in 1997. In 1998, she and a distant cousin co-authored the Langen-Todt family history book which contains birth, death, and marriage information for nearly 1,500 family members covering 8 generations.

She is survived by her sons, Joe (Bonnie) Brockamp of Springfield, John (Marla) Brockamp and Dale (Kendra) Brockamp both of Morrisonville. Her grandchildren, Beth (Kirk) Petroski, Alex, Kara, and Maria Brockamp, great-granddaughter, Aunna Beranek, and several nephews, nieces, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, son Phil Brockamp, grandson Rob Brockamp, and sisters Mary Lou Langen (infant) and Genevieve (Howard) Wilson.

Visitation: The family will receive guests from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, 304 Carlin Street, Morrisonville, IL 62546.

Funeral Mass: 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at St. Maurice Catholic Church, 706 SE 4th Street, Morrisonville, IL 62546, with Rev. Florent Kanga, S.A.C. as celebrant.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Maurice Catholic Church, 706 SE 4TH Street, Morrisonville, IL 62546, or the American Legion Post #721, 607 Ricks Street, Morrisonville, IL 62546.

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Marge, or offer condolences to her family.

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Richard L. Tirey

Richard Lee Tirey, 72 of Jeiseyville passed away on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at his home in Jeiseyville, IL. He was born on June 6, 1948 in Taylorville, IL the son of Floyd Leslie and Geneva Marie (Jones) Trey. He married Paulette Summers on July 2, 1967 in Taylorville, IL. He worked as a railroader for Illinois Terminal and Norfolk and Western. Richard served in the United State Army in the 101st Airborne during Vietnam. He was a member of the Kincaid American Legion in Kincaid, IL.  
He is survived by his Wife: Paulette Tirey of Jeiseyville, IL; Daughter: Tessa Tirey of Jeiseyville, IL; Son: Lee Tirey of Decatur, IL; Grandchildren: Olivia and Liliana Tirey; Sisters: Elsie and Anna Marie; Brother: Eddie; Brother-in-Law: Mike (Sharon) Summers; Sisters-in-Law: Deanna (Bud) Dean, Glenna (Larry) Odam, Dottie Lovegrove, Cathy (Brian) Yawn and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Sisters: Thelma, Betty, Judy and Brenda; Brothers: Sherman and John and Sister-in-Law: Phyllis (Leland) Summers.   
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 from 10:00-12:00 Noon at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Funeral service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 12:00 noon at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Mike Summers officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL with graveside military honors.
Memorials may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758516 Topeka, KS 66675-8516. 
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 
Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

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Venita A. Jensen

Venita A. Jensen, 85 of Taylorville passed away on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 8:08 a.m. at Taylorville Memorial Hospital in Taylorville, IL. She was born on May 27, 1935 in Danville, IL the daughter of Durbin and Wilma (McNeese) Ransom. She married Robert Dean Jensen on July 18, 1954 in Danville, IL and he preceded her in death on June 8, 2014. She was a member of the Taylorville Christian Church. Venita loved her flowers and being outside gardening. She had a very outgoing and big personality with many friends. Venita was had a sassy sense of humor that kept everyone on their toes and laughing. She was strong in her faith and when she could no longer attend church, she enjoyed her Christian TV programs. Above all, she was a wonderful mom who loved and lived for her three children.

She is survived by her Daughters: Brenda (Jeff) Bartnicki of Chicago, IL; Sheila Jensen of Taylorville, IL; Son: Greg (Diane) Jensen of Punta Gorda, FL; Grandchildren: Justin and Jarrett Bartnicki, Savanna (Kyle) Las; Great-Grandchildren: Colby and Camdon Las; Brother: Jerry Ransom of Danville, IL; Nephews: Gary (Mary) McNeely, Mike (Karen) McNeely, Paul Michael Bright and Brian Ransom. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Sister: Peggy Bright, Brother and Sister-in-Law: Dale and Juanita McNeely, Sister-in-Law: Marcia Ransom and Nephew Richard Ransom.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor James Jones officiating. Inurnment will be held on Friday, April 9, 2021 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

Memorials may be made to American Heart Association 3816 Paysphere Circle Chicago, IL 60674-0001 or to the American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 7023 Merrifield, VA 22116-7023.

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

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com


 

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Nathan Andrew Miller

Nathan Andrew Miller, 40 of Springfield, IL formerly of Taylorville passed away on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 10:50 a.m. at his home in Springfield, IL. He was born on September 5, 1980 in Taylorville, IL the son of Ronald and Kathleen (Rath) Miller. Nathan worked as an assembler at Logan-Mason in Lincoln, IL and was a client of SPARC in Springfield. He loved to cook, watch movies and play video games.

He is survived by his Parents: Ronald Miller of Bath Springs, TN and Kathleen Moore; Aunts: Helen Franklin and Jane (Dean) Long both of Taylorville, IL; Pat Mathias, Mary White both of Beachers City, IL; Uncles: Jack (Martha) Miller of Murray, KY; Sharol Miller Jr. of Brownstown, IL; David Milller of Holladay, TN several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his Brother: Colin Miller.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Jerald McPhillips officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery in rural Sharpsburg, IL.

Memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church 900 Northern Ave. Taylorville, IL 62568.

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

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

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Michelle Fuchs

Michelle Fuchs, 57, of O’Fallon, formerly of Morrisonville, passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh.

 

Michelle was born September 29, 1963 in Evergreen Park, the daughter of Richard J. and Lorraine (Stripeik) Luczak. She married Richard Fuchs on June 21, 1989 in Morrisonville.

 

Michelle graduated from Morrisonville High School with the class of 1981, and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. While in college, she proudly served 6 years in the Illinois Air National Guard. Michelle worked as a chemist for many companies in the St. Louis area, before gaining employment with Thermo Fisher Scientific, where she was currently employed as a Production Supervisor in biopharmaceuticals. She was an excellent vegan chef, and had a talent for crocheting. Michelle used her talent to make many afghans over the years for her family members. Most of all, she enjoyed traveling and taking walks daily with Richard. Michelle was a long-time member of St. Maurice Catholic Church in Morrisonville.

 

She was preceded in death by her mother, Lorraine Luczak; brother, Rick Luczak; and brother-in-law, Don Deal.

 

Michelle is survived by her husband, Richard Fuchs of O’Fallon; father, Richard J. Luczak of Taylorville; sister, Carmen Luczak of Raymond; brothers, Louie (wife, Shirl) of Florence, OR, Tom (wife, Laurie) of Aiea, HI, and Pete Luczak of Springfield; brother-in-law, Robert (wife, Beth) Fuchs of Morrisonville; sister-in-law, Judy Deal of Taylorville; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

 

Visitation & Funeral Mass: The family will receive guests from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 29, 2021 at St. Maurice Catholic Church, 706 SE 4th Street, Morrisonville, IL 62546, with Rev. Christudasan Kurisadima, S.A.C. as celebrant. The memorial mass will be celebrated for Michelle’s mother, Lorraine, as well.

 

Inurnment will follow the mass at St. Maurice Catholic Cemetery in Morrisonville.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to: American Cancer Society, 4215 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108.

 

The family has entrusted Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home in Morrisonville with ceremonies.

 

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

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Carl E. (Doc) Mortland

Carl E. “Doc” Mortland, 77 of Taylorville, passed away at 5:36am on Monday, March 22, 2021 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. He was born on May 21, 1943 in Bloomington, the son of Harvey and Maxine (Whitehouse) Mortland. He married Connie Kastelic on August 3, 1984 in Pana. Doc was a graduate of Moore High School in Farmer City and Bailey Tech in St. Louis. Prior to retirement, Doc was co-owner and operator of Prairieland Fertilizer in Stonington. Doc served in the Illinois Army National Guard and was a proud Mason and Shriner. As a member of the Ansar Shriner’s Tractor Club, he enjoyed driving his antique Oliver 70 in community parades. He was also a member of the American Legion and VFW. Doc was an avid fisherman and enjoyed hunting, trap shooting, gardening, and rooting for the Cubs. He loved to cook and barbeque, always eager to try new recipes and share his creations with family and friends. He looked forward to playing cards with his friends and his daily visit to TFC to chat with the guys. Doc never met a stranger. He had a great sense of humor and genuinely enjoyed life. His favorite motto was “If it is to be, it’s up to me”. Doc will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife: Connie Mortland of Taylorville; children: Kerrie Hudson and Jennifer Mortland both of Lexington, Kentucky; grandchildren: Kainan, Chase (fiancé Savannah), and Bailey Hudson all of Lexington, Kentucky; brother: Mike Williams of Gilbertsville, Kentucky; brother-in-law: and sister-in-law: John and Susan Kastelic of Katy, Texas; sister-in-law: Anelle Kastelic of Taylorville; nieces: Misty (Brady) Hudson of LeRoy, Brittni (Dominic) DeMoro of Kansas City, Missouri; nephew: Zachary Kastelic (Kalyn) of Kansas City, Missouri; great nephews: Garett Hudson of LeRoy and Beau DeMoro of Kansas City, Missouri, and many cousins. Doc was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather: Paul Williams; and brother-in-law: Ronald Kastelic.

Doc will be cremated, and a graveside memorial service will take place. The service will begin at 1pm on Friday, March 26, 2021 at Old Stonington Cemetery with Veteran’s Honors, followed by Masonic Rites, and concluded with a service officiated by Deacon Scott Whitehouse. CDC guidelines will be followed including the use of masks and social distancing. Memorials may be left to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 4400 Clayton Ave., St. Louis, Missouri 63110. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Doc, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Virginia (Lubic) Mazzotti

Virginia (Lubic) Mazzotti passed away on March 10, 2021 in Ft. Myers, Florida. Ginny (whose stage name was Ginny Scott) was the daughter of Steven and Ann Lubic. She was born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania on October 26, 1927 and lived many years in Gross Point, Michigan. Most of her career was spent in Las Vegas where she was the opening act for many famous performers including Danny Thomas, George Goebel, Shelby Greene, Henry Youngman, Bob Hope, and Mickey Rooney. She also spent some years in Chicago until she met and married Rene Mazzotti in 1957. After Rene passed away in 1973, she moved to Ft. Myers, Florida where she resided until her death.

She leaves behind her stepsons: Jack (Jayne) Mazzotti and their children: Anthony(Michelle) and Erica, and grandchildren: Rory and Molly, and Richard (Jerri) Mazzotti and their daughters: Ann and Lisa, and grandchildren: Kiersten, Kendall, and Peyten; and very special friend: Mary Wiseman of Ft. Myers.

Mrs. Mazzotti was cremated, and a memorial service will take place at 11:00am on Saturday, March 27 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Monsignor David Lantz officiating. Visitation will be from 10 until 11am on Saturday at the funeral home and inurnment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Ginny, or condolences to her family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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James A. "Jim" Noren

James A. “Jim” Noren, 90, of Taylorville, passed away at 11:55 a.m. on Saturday, March 20, 2020 at Heritage Manor in Pana.

Jim was born in Taylorville, the son of Frank and Mary (Bailey) Noren. He married Mary Ann Reish on September 16, 1949 in Springfield, IL. She preceded him in death on May 7, 2018

Jim graduated from Taylorville High School with the class of 1949. He worked his entire career for the United States Postal Service, retiring in 1992. Jim went on to serve as Alderman of Ward 2 for eight years, and was then elected Mayor of Taylorville, where he served from 1989-1993. He was a long-time member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and a past-member of several local organizations. In his free time, Jim enjoyed traveling and fishing.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; sons, Dane “Poncho” Miller and Kevin F. Noren; sisters, Johanna Daughtery and Barbara Pelati; and brothers, Ted, Bill, and Lindy Noren.

Jim is survived by his son, Richard J. (wife, Marcia) Noren of Somerset, KY; daughter, Diane (husband, Leland) Miller-McCravy of Atlanta, GA; daughter-in-law, Nancy Noren of Taylorville; grandchildren, Matthew Noren of Dickinson, TX, Timeri (husband, Joseph) Noren-Lestina of Eagle River, AK, and Roni (husband, James) Day of Taylorville; great grandchildren, Gabe, Luke, Alisa, and Brooke; great-great grandchildren, Lindsay, Beckett, Kayden, and Bowen; siblings, Ronald (wife, Connie) Noren of Orange, CA, and Marilyn Voggetzer of Taylorville; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation & Memorial Ceremony: The family will receive guests from 10:30 a.m. until the time of ceremony at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568, with Rev. Msgr. David S. Lantz officiating.

Inurnment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: St. Mary School, 422 S. Washington Street, Taylorville, IL 62568, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Jim, or offer condolences to his family.

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Daniel McConnell

Daniel D. McConnell, 67 of Edinburg passed away on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 5:07 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. He was born on December 8, 1953 in Springfield, IL the son of Robert and Louise (Coffey) McConnell. He married Patricia J. Davidson in 1979 in Decatur, IL. Danny graduated Edinburg High School. Shortly thereafter he began working at Borg-Warner in Decatur where he met his wife Patty. He had several other careers before beginning a 15+ year long career at Dekalb.  He loved taking grandkids fishing, hunting for night crawlers, teaching them how to garden, and take care of his beloved labradors. He was a great gardener, grew the biggest vegetables around. His pumpkins grew so big needed a tractor to move them for the kids to play on at the Annual McConnell Woodsplitting Cookout. 
He is survived by his Wife: Patty McConnell of Edinburg, IL; Daughter: Mindy Barnett of Decatur, IL; Son: Brent Barnett of Springfield, IL; Grandchildren: Sydney, Samantha and Brinley Barnett; Sisters: Sharon (Ron) Sutzer of Chatham, IL, Mardell (Melinda) McConnell of Carlinville, IL; Brothers: Bobby (Toni) McConnell of Oklahoma, Gary (Debbie) McConnell of Kincaid, IL; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Daughter: Brandy McConnell and Brother: Lyndon McConnell.  
Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held on Friday, March 26, 2021 starting at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Gerald McPhillips officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Hill Cemetery in rural Sharpsburg, IL.
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 
Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

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Steven Donaldson

Steven E. Donaldson, 55 of Taylorville, passed away peacefully at 2:18pm on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 following a courageous battle with cancer.  He was born on June 5, 1965 in Taylorville, the son of Eugene F. and Sandra M. (Rich) Donaldson.  He married Krissy L. Eson on July 22, 2016.  Steve graduated from Taylorville High School and owned Steve Donaldson Construction Company.  He was a talented craftsman, and his craftsmanship will live on in countless projects he has completed throughout the years.  Steve loved baseball and coached many of his sons’ little league teams when they were young.  He was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks.  More than anything he loved spending time with his family.  
He is survived by his wife: Krissy Donaldson of Taylorville; sons: Zachary (Victoria) Donaldson, Ryan Donaldson, Taylor Donaldson, and Kane Johnson; 4 grandchildren; parents: Eugene and Sandra Donaldson of Taylorville; and siblings: Jacqueline (Don) Zlaty of Indiana, Sarah (Mike) Vice and Greg (Barb) Donaldson both of Taylorville.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Eugene and Elizabeth Donaldson and Wayne and Jacqueline Rich and brother: Scott Andrew Donaldson.
A private family funeral was held at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Fr. Tony Swamey as officiant.  Following the service Mr. Donaldson was cremated and inurnment took place in the Morrisonville Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Washington University School of Medicine, Campus Box 1082, 1 Brookings Dr., St. Louis Missouri 63130.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services assisted the family with arrangements.  

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Delores Marie Wise

Delores Marie Wise, 88 of Taylorville passed from this life at 3:15 a.m. on Friday, March 19th, 2021 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. She was born August 9, 1932, in Mulberry Grove, Illinois the daughter of Kenneth & Mary Koonce. She married Clarence “Smiley” Wise on March 4, 1949 in Clinton, IL. He preceded her in death January 9, 2003.

Mrs. Wise became a rising star as she began her 25-year career as an Avon Representative earning her accolades and awards from the organization. Those who knew her loved her, as she was kind, humble, and a great conversationalist. She was a member of Kincaid Baptist Church where she served as Financial Secretary for many years. Later in life she would learn to play the organ and would play at church and also served as a choir member alongside her husband. Her greatest love was her family and her love of bingo with her friends.

Surviving are her children: Richie Wise (wife, Vickie) of MI, Rita Phillips (husband, Gary) of WA, Rose Scott (late Larry Scott Sr.) of IL; Terri Latham (husband, Robert) of TX; Karen Paz (husband, John) of TX; Janet Crowder (husband, Dennis) of IL; Darla Gatton of IL; and a great many grand, great grand, step grand and step great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, March 22, 2021 at Masterson Funeral Home in Kincaid, IL.  Rev Louis Kunz will officiate.  Burial will follow at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville, IL.  Visitation for Mrs. Delores M. Wise will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Masterson’s in Kincaid.  Condolences may be left at mastersonfh.com       

The family requests Required Face Masks during Funeral, Graveside Services and at the Kincaid Baptist Church.


 


 


 

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David Keith Carlton

David Keith Carlton, 88 of Taylorville, passed away at 3:50pm on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family, whom he loved so much. He was born on May 3, 1932, the son of Herman Keith and Alice Minette (Schmidt) Carlton. He married Geraldine Anita Payne on August 23, 1953 in Owaneco, and she preceded him in death on November 27, 1985. On July 3, 1987 he married Mary Louise (Daggett) Adams in Cannon Beach, Oregon and she preceded him in death on May 3, 2011. David was a veteran of the US Army, serving in Arkansas, Indiana, and Japan during the Korean Conflict as Secretary to the General in Headquarters IX Corps. David grew up on the family farm in rural Owaneco and graduated from Taylorville High School in 1950 and from Asbury University in 1954. He attended the University of Illinois where he earned a master’s degree. David served as principal for 34 years first at Brushy Branch School, and later West Elementary School in Taylorville. Saying he loved his West School family is an understatement. He took great pride in each, and every accomplishment of any member of his school family that made West the Best. Following retirement, David and Mary Lou moved to Colorado where they enjoyed many wonderful years together entertaining friends and family who came to visit. He was a member of the Owaneco and Taylorville United Methodist Churches as well as the Taylorville First Presbyterian and Cheyenne Mountain Presbyterian Church in Colorado. David always had a strong faith, and close relationship with God. It showed in his love for his family, friends, teachers, and students. He was a charter member of the Taylorville Optimist Club. In his free time, he enjoyed working on counted cross stitch projects. It gave him great joy to give these as gifts to people that meant so much to him. He later knitted many caps that he donated to charities or gave as gifts just to get a smile from a loved one or acquaintance. David learned to play the piano by ear at an early age and used his talent to serve as an accompanist for many Taylorville Music Festivals and school events. He also enjoyed playing games, especially Bridge, traveling, cooking and entertaining friends and family.

He is survived by his children: Douglas Wayne Carlton of Champaign, and Nancy Lee Landry (Brian) of Springfield; stepchildren: Suzanne Roland (David), Cindy Simonsen (Rory), and Steven Adams (Kathy); grandchildren: Henry Carlton, Ben Carlton, Phillip Bliler, Jennifer Dammerman, and Jill Hedden; step grandchildren: Sarah Peterson, Gabriel Conrad, Ryan Adams, Breanne Kennedy, and Rachel Adams; 8 great grandchildren and 2 step-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 wives, infant sister: Mary Louise Carlton, and sister: Christine Diss.

Mr. Carlton will be cremated, and a memorial service will be held at 12:00pm on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church in Taylorville with Rev. Nic Showalter officiating. Visitation will be held beginning at 10:00am, for two hours prior to the service in the church. Following the memorial service, friends and family are invited to gather at Manner’s Park Dining Hall to continue the celebration of David’s life. Memorials in his honor may be made to the Taylorville Public Schools Foundation. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of David, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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