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Dorothy J. Thrasher

Dorothy J. Thrasher, 77, of DeWitt, IL passed away 3:50 A.M. March 23, 2019 at McLean County Nursing Home, Normal, IL.

 

Services will be 11 AM Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Greg Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to Dorothy J. Thrasher Memorial Fund.

 

Dorothy was born February 24, 1942 in Bloomington, IL the daughter of Harley and Pearl (Roy) Nowlin. She married Richard R. Thrasher February 3, 1962 in Paxton, IL. He passed away March 6, 2012.

 

Survivors include her daughter, Janice (Jim) Emmerson, Normal, IL, 3 grandchildren, Matthew (Nikki) Emmerson; Amanda Emmerson; Tyler Emmerson, 5 great-grandchildren, Brantley, Tayleigh, Zander, Charlotte, and Paisleigh, and 1 brother, Robert (Joann) Nowlin, Heyworth, IL.

 

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers, Ron and Donnie Nowlin, and 1 niece, Brenda Lauterberg.

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Mark Cornthwaite

Mark Cornthwaite, 62, of Clinton, Illinois passed away March 23, 2019.  Arrangements are incomplete at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, Decatur, IL.

 

 

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Lucille M. Lewin

Lucille M. Lewin, 97, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 8:30 A.M. Thursday, March 21, 2019, at Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care, Farmer City, Illinois. 

 

Lucille’s visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, from 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois. Her funeral service will follow at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 27, 2019, also at the funeral home with Bud McMasters officiating. Burial will be in Goose Creek Township Cemetery, De Land, Illinois. 

 

Memorial donations may be made to the Ranch House Cowboy Church, De Land, Illinois.

 

Lucille was born October 26, 1921, in Litchfield, Illinois, a daughter of Ulyses and Cleva L. Davies Billiter. She married John F. Lewin. He passed away October 30, 2003.

 

She is survived by her son, John (Susie) Deeters of Farmer City, Illinois; daughter, Donna Lee of Farmer City, Illinois; stepson, John David Lewin; stepdaughter, Sandy Callozzo; one grandson; and three great-grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one granddaughter, and one sister.

 

Lucille was a member of the Ranch House Cowboy Church, De Land, Illinois. She was a loving mother, stepmother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and devoted friend who will be deeply missed.

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Cynthia Sue Huddlestun

Cynthia Sue Huddlestun, 68, of Lincoln, passed away March 19, 2019 at The Christian Village.

 

Visitation will be 5-7 PM Monday, March 25, 2019 at Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11 AM Tuesday, March 26, 2019 also at the funeral home. Burial will follow in New Union Cemetery.

 

Cynthia was born November 6, 1950 in Lincoln, the daughter of Wendell and Margaret Newhouse. She was formerly employed as a cook and cafeteria manager at ALMH. She was a member of Lincoln Christian Church.

 

Surviving are her mother Margaret Newhouse; son Jim Huddlestun (Beverly); step-grandchildren: Kayla Bennett, Kyle Bennett, Kaleb Bennett, Raven Nance-Fletcher, Ryan Nance-Donaldson, Lane Berglin (Miranda), and Jake Berglin;and brother Mark Newhouse.

 

She was preceded in death by her father.

 

Memorial donations may be made to the family.

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Walter David "Dave" Dinger

Walter David “Dave” Dinger, 75, of Mt. Pulaski, passed away March 17, 2019 at St. John’s Hospital.

 

Visitation will be from 4-7 PM Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home, Lincoln. Funeral Services will be Friday, March 22, 2019 at 10 AM also at the funeral home with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Mt. Pulaski Cemetery.

 

Dave was born June 15, 1943 in Bethany, IL., the son of Virgil Bernard Dinger and Floris Elizabeth Jenkins. He retired from Stahl’s Furniture after many years of service. He was the former owner of Dinger’s Tap. He enjoyed bowling, drag racing, playing cards, and shooting pool. He was an avid NASCAR fan.

 

Surviving are his children: Christina Gesner (Dave Awe), David Dinger, and Jennifer Dinger (Mike Probus); 7 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; siblings: Phyllis Lowe, Elois (George) Fishburn, Tony (Paula) Dinger, Steve (Di) Dinger, Vickie (Dave) Smart, and Pat Dinger; also surviving are many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Richard Dinger and brother Danny K. Dinger.

Memorial donations may be made to the family in care of Christina Gesner.

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Laurel M. Eades

aurel M. Eades, 66, of Clinton, IL passed away at 7:05 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL


Cremation rites were accorded, and a celebration of life will be held at a later date and burial will be in Hudson Cemetery. Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


Laurel was born June 30, 1952 in Gilman, IL the daughter of Willis C. and Dorothy M. Baker Wasmer. She married Joseph R. Eades on May 8, 2016 in Branson, MO. He survives along with two sisters Phyllis Wasmer of Bloomington and Lou Wasmer of Santa Barbara, CA.


She was preceded in death by her parents.


Laurel worked as a legal secretary for the law offices of Schwulst & Roseberry, P.C. in Bloomington for many years.

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Travis Stanley Williams

Travis Stanley Williams, 92, of Clinton, IL passed away 8:50 PM March 19, 2019 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.

 

Graveside services will be 1 PM, Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Allison Hitchings officiating. Full military honors will follow. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to Clinton Eagles, FOE 593.

 

Stan was born August 9, 1926 in Beardstown, IL the son of Wayne Stone and Beatrice Elmira (Adams) Williams. He married Doris Elizabeth Burge on August 9, 1947 in Clinton, IL. She passed away June 30, 1982. He later married Marilyn Hunter on February 24, 1984.

 

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Williams, Clinton, IL; son, Terry (Patricia) Williams, Huntley, IL; grandson, Ryan (Kelly) Williams, Schaumburg, IL; 2 great-grandchildren, Connor and Kara. He is also survived by step-son, Steve (Kathy) Hunter, Maroa, IL; 3 step-grandchildren, Andy Hunter and Danny Hunter, Clinton, IL, and Brandon Hunter, Decatur, IL; and 11 step great-grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, Charles and Paul “Gene”, and sister, Marilyn Bowman.

 

Stan enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Europe during and following WWII. He owned his local roofing business in Clinton, IL from 1962 until his retirement in 2000.

 

Stan was a member of the Clinton VFW and Clinton Eagles, FOE 593. He was designated as the “Oldest Living Golden Eagle” in the chapter.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Cherry Ellen Jackson Kingston

Cherry Ellen Jackson Kingston, 95, a resident of Martin Health Center, Bloomington, formerly of Weldon passed away peacefully in the arms of her Savior at 2:11 p.m., Sunday, March 3, 2019.  She was born October 8, 1923 in Weldon the daughter of Andrew and Leita (Gray) Jackson.  She married Corwin Kingston on August 3, 1947.  

 

She is survived by her daughter, Cherene (Gary) White of Deland and son Kevin (Jennifer) Kingston of Bloomington.  Also surviving are her beloved grandchildren, Charity (Joshua) Shofner, Weldon and Garin White, Deland, Chelsea (Steve) Erickson of Hamilton, Massachusetts and Taylor Kingston (fiancé, Michael Le - Boston, Massachusetts) of Somerville, Massachusetts.  One beloved great-granddaughter, Cydney Shofner also survives.  

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and brother, Bennie Jackson, of Hobart, Indiana.

 

Services will be held 10:30 AM, Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the Weldon United Methodist Church, Weldon, Il. with Rev. C. Don Ferrill officiating. Burial will follow at Nixon Township Cemetery, Weldon, IL. Visitation will be 5:30 – 7:30 PM, Friday, April 5, 2019 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Weldon United Methodist Church or Westminster Village Foundation in Bloomington. 

 

Cherry was a graduate of Nixon Township High School in 1942 and Illinois State University in 1946 with a teaching degree in English.  Her first teaching position was in Paxton in 1946.  From then on, she loved teaching and was a life-long learner.  She was an avid reader and wrote and directed many plays.  She loved poetry and writing poems came easily to her.  She was an excellent note taker for every committee she ever served on and those are too numerous to mention.  She loved her church, the Weldon United Methodist, of which she was a lifetime member.  She was an original founding member of Martha Circle in the church and spent many hours serving others.  She taught kindergarten in Sunday School for many years and on the nurture (education) committee and directed many Christmas and Easter programs. She worked tirelessly for her church and community.

 

She was an excellent cook and loved having her family for Sunday dinner among countless other occasions.  She entertained family and friends for many years.  It was her love and passion.  Her faith, family and friends were her highest priority. 

 

She and Corwin enjoyed numerous trips with friends over the years and were blessed to see many sights in the U.S. and abroad.  She loved spending time in Ft. Myers Beach, Florida but would only stay six weeks in the winter as she missed being home too much.

 

Cherry will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

 

Our love and gratitude for the wonderful, caring staff at Villas of Hollybrook, Monticello, Martin Health Center in Bloomington, and OSF Hospice.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Stanley Williams

Stanley Williams, 92 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 8:50 PM March 19, 2019 at Manor Court, Clinton, Il.

 

Arrangements are incomplete at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il.

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Phyllis A. Chumbley

Phyllis A. Chumbley, 93, of Monticello, passed away at 9:45 a.m., March 18, 2019 at the Bement Health Care Center.

 

Phyllis was born May 22, 1925 in Monticello, IL the daughter of Orville and Marjorie (Parrish) Welch. She married Lee Chumbley on May 21, 1942 in Hannibal, MO. He passed away January 11, 1983.

 

Phyllis is survived by her children, Robert (Paula) Chumbley, Pam Wesley, Buster (Susan) Chumbley, Aaron Chumbley, and Ellen Chumbley; 8 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters Dorothy Fryman and Elsie Brown, and brother Edwin (Bud) Welch.

 

Phyllis was a housewife and member of the Church of Christ in Monticello.

 

Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello. A graveside service will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 22, 2019 at the Monticello Township Cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.  

 

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com.

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Mary L. Weeks

Mary L. Weeks, 90, of Monticello, IL passed away at her residence on March 18, 2019.

 

Mary was born December 31, 1928 in Macomb, IL, the daughter of Raymond and Esther (Van Ormer) Burke. She married Robert Oscar Weeks on January 24, 1953 in Springfield, IL. He passed away January 23, 2008.

 

Mary is survived by her daughter, Gloria (Richard) Helgeson of Ballwin, MO; grandchildren, Troy (Elle) Helgeson, Amy (Steve) Bopp, Scott (Amy) Helgeson and Nathan (Tiffany) Helgeson; great-grandchildren, Cole Helgeson, Logan Bopp, Eli Bopp, Avery Helgeson, Oscar Helgeson; and a brother Patrick (June) Burke of Bloomington, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 2 brothers and 3 sisters.

 

Mary retired as a manager for AT&T Operator Services. She was a member of St. Philomena Catholic Church in Monticello, IL and her interests included gardening, investments, and sports. Mary had a great devotion to her faith, family, and friends.  

 

Visitation will be held from 9:00-10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 23, 2019 at St. Philomena Catholic Church in Monticello, IL. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 23, 2019 at St. Philomena Catholic Church with Fr. Bruce Lopez officiating. Interment will be held in Monticello Township Cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Philomena Catholic Church.  

 

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com.

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James William Daniels

James William Daniels, 55, of Clinton, Illinois passed away 7:53 PM March 18, 2019 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, Il.

 

A memorial service will be scheduled for family and friends at a later announced date.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jim’s name may be directed to AmVets of Clinton, IL

 

James, aka “Jim” to family and friends, was born January 29, 1964 in Clinton, IL the son of Thornton and Joyce (Hammond) Daniels.

 

Jim was a father to Christopher Daniels, Clinton, IL and grandfather to Issaiah Daniels.

 

Survivors also include his sisters, Karen Daniels and Janet (David) Coppenbarger, Granbury, TX; brothers, David (Dana) Daniels, Florissant, MO; Terry Daniels, Mons, Belgium; Robert (Martha) Daniels, Springfield, IL; and Philip Daniels, Clinton, IL.  Jim is also survived by two nephews, Kevin (Stephanie) Coppenbarger and Timothy (Stephanie) Coppenbarger, both of Granbury, TX and one niece, Maggie Inman, Clinton, IL, and several great-nephews and great-nieces.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents Thornton and Joyce and two brothers, Michael and Kerry.

 

Jim was a lifelong area resident.  Jim enjoyed socializing with friends and helping others when he could.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Mary Jane Shofner

Mary Jane Shofner, 57, of Clinton, IL passed away 1:50 A.M. March 19, 2019 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.

 

Services will be 1 PM Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating.  Private family burial will be at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL.  Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM Friday, March 22, 2019 at the funeral home. 

 

Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

 

Mary Jane was born March 9, 1962 in McHenry County, IL the daughter of Grover and Marilyn (Hulva) Jackson. She married Franklin W. Shofner June 6, 1981 in Clinton, IL.

 

Survivors include her husband, Franklin W. Shofner, Clinton, IL; children, Jason Lee  (fiancée, Kim Bateson) Shofner, Clinton, IL; Casandra (Timothy) Miracle, Bloomington, IL; Marina Shofner, Bloomington, IL; Susan (Darren Tennison) Shofner, Clinton, IL, 15 grandchildren, siblings, Rex (Brenda) Johnsen, Wyanet, IL, Denise (Roger) Saylor, Lincoln, IL, Dorothy Jackson, Lake City, FL, and Doris (Greg) Wilkins, Springfield, IL.

 

Mary Jane was preceded in death by her parents, and 1 daughter, Sarah Kay Stone.

 

Mary Jane was a general manager for McDonald's for over 20 years. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and special childhood friend, Lu Dunlap.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Janet Phyllis Cavins

Janet Phyllis Cavins, 81, of Murphysboro, IL, formerly of Decatur, IL, passed away at 9:30 PM, March 17, 2019 at DuQuoin Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, DuQuoin, IL.

 

Services will be 11 AM, Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Scott Marsh officiating.  Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, IL.  Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM, Thursday at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to River to River Assisted Living, Murphysboro, IL.

 

Janet was born November 1, 1937 in DuQuoin, IL the daughter of Carl and Della (Hazemeyer) Rodely.  She married Edward Harlan Cavins August 26, 1957 in DuQuoin, IL.  He passed away March 16, 2000.

 

Survivors include her son:  Grant (Lydia) Cavins, Springfield, IL; 2 granddaughters:  Melissa Cavins and Sarah Cavins, both of Clinton, IL; 5 great-grandchildren:  MaKenna, Hunter, Lucy, Persephone, and Heath; sisters:  June Smith, DuQuoin, IL; Cecile Melvin, DuQuoin, IL; and Paulette Wheatley, DuQuoin, IL; several nieces and nephews including her favorite nieces, Theresa Rodely, DuQuoin, IL and Crystal Kempfer, Coulterville, IL.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Edward “Eddie” Eugene Cavins; daughter, Della Margaret Cavins; siblings:  Carl Rodely, May Sgroi, Loris Rodely, Marcine Cerne, and Gledith Chapman.

 

Janet enjoyed crafts and Bingo.  She especially loved being with her sisters.

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Martha Jean (Williams) Troxel

Martha Jean Troxel, 90, of Crest Hill, IL formerly of Decatur, IL passed away 5:55 A.M. March 17, 2019 at Willow Falls Assisted Living, Crest Hill, IL.

 

Services will be 10 AM Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Rev. Wayne Williams officiating and Roger Troxel with his tribute on the bagpipes.. Burial will follow at Lisenby Cemetery, Lane, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM Friday, March 22, 2019 at the funeral home. The family would request friends and family to wear colorful casual attire in Jean’s honor.

 

In Lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Joliet Area Hospice, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

 

Jean was born February 22, 1929 in DeWitt County, IL, the daughter of Elbert and Edith (Gibson) Williams. She married Perry E. “Pete” Troxel, Jr. July 29, 1951 in Wayne County, IL.

 

Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Perry E. “Pete” Troxel, Jr., Crest Hill, IL; children, Danny Troxel; Margie (Tom) Corcoran, Joliet, IL; Anne (Mike Brumfield) Troxel, Lubbock, TX; Becky (Jerry) Buchanan, Decatur, IL; 4 grandchildren, Krystal (Ed) Cicenas, Clinton, IL; Justin Peel, Joliet, IL; Jessica (Mario) Jackson, Joliet, IL; and Allie Buchanan, Decatur, IL; 4 great-grandchildren, Alexis Peel, Zander Cicenas, Dani Jackson, and Josie Jackson.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, 9 brothers:  Eldon Williams, Thomas “Tom” Williams, William “Bill” Williams, Richard “Dick” Williams, Charles “Charlie” Williams, Jacob Williams, Donald “Don” Williams, Wilbur Williams, and infant brother Williams, and 1 sister, Alice Doss.

 

Jean was a graduate from Clinton High School and went on to work at State Farm in Bloomington, IL where she met the love of her life.

 

She loved to play bingo, and slot machines. Most of all she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

The family would like to thank Jean’s doctors:  Dr. Cataldo, Dr. Ochoa, and Dr. Sheth and Presence Home Care and Joliet Area Hospice for their exceptional care and compassion.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Marie Agnes Beck

Marie Agnes Beck, 90 of Clinton formerly of Bloomington, passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at Liberty Village, Clinton. 

 

Marie’s service will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 11am at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington. Burial will be held at 1pm at Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign. Visitation will be from 10-11am at the funeral home on Wednesday. 

 

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

Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

Marie was born on July 23, 1928 in Bement, Illinois. She is the daughter of Edward Francis and Catherine Tucker Foran. She married Frank Dwight Beck on October 22, 1949 in Bement, Illinois. He preceded her in death on April 8, 2013. 

 

Marie is survived by her daughter, Kelli (Albert) Becker, The Colony, TX; daughter-in-law, Lori Beck, Normal; grandchildren, Melissa (Phil) Canazo, Jason (Ashley) Becker, Travis (Abby) Beck, Zachary (Christin Ross) Beck, great-grandchildren, Patrick Becker, Layton Becker, Domanick Watts, Vincent Canazo, Gianna Canazo, McKenzie Fawns, Emma Beck and Branden Beck, and a sister-in-law, Claudette Foran, Bement, Illinois. 

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, her son Kevin Beck and 6 brothers.

 

Marie graduated from RN training at Mercy Hospital in Champaign. She worked as an RN for State Farm Insurance Company and later worked and retired from OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Bloomington. 

 

Marie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

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Sharon Lee Osborne

Sharon Lee Osborne, 76 of Argenta, passed away in her home March 13, 2019. Sharon was an avid pool player with the American Pool Association. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and a friend to all that knew her. She enjoyed spending time with her family including her "pool" family.

 

Celebration of life will be Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at Argenta Baptist Church in Argenta, IL from 5-8 p.m. Casual attire requested.

 

Sharon was born December 14, 1942, in Joliet, IL the daughter of John and Vertis (Huckile) Baldwin. She married Roger Osborne on September 1, 1973. Surviving is her husband Roger Osborne of Argenta.

 

Her children: Mark Moore of Decatur, Kathy (Tod) Miller of Decatur, Cindy (Dan) Schum of Maroa, Jr (Diana) Osborne of Decatur, Penny Gray of Decatur, Julie (Amanda) Moore of Mattoon, Heather (Joe) Santella of Decatur and Tiffany (Nathan) Bryant of Oreana. Brother: John (Dani) Baldwin of Little Rock, AR. Grandchildren: Blake, Jacob, Justin, Dylan, Kelsey, Katie, Sammie, Peyton, Kolby, Sierra, Ethan, Chord, Jordyn, Aidan, Brendan and Taegan. Great-Grandchildren: Cameron, Liam and Beckham.

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David E. Hoyt

David E. Hoyt, 75, peacefully passed away March 14, 2019 at Liberty Village in Clinton. He was born March 28, 1944 in Decatur to Kenneth E. and Ila M. Hoyt.

 

Dave graduated from McArthur High School in 1962 and then attended SIU in Carbondale. He returned home to Decatur to join his father in the homebuilding business, something he always wanted to do. He was a carpenter by trade at that time, eventually going into business for himself and becoming a well-known building contractor, building homes and multi-family homes in Decatur, Jupiter Florida, and Lake of the Ozarks for many years. Later, his son, Jeff Hoyt, would become the third generation to become a home builder. Dave married Jeanette Ferguson in 1964, and they had 55 wonderful years of marriage.

 

Dave is survived by his wife, Jeanette; a son, Jeff (Tonya) Hoyt; and a daughter, Amy (Rob) Arthur. A much-loved papa, he leaves grandchildren, Jordon Hoyt, Rhobie Arthur, Ryley Arthur, and Rachel Hoyt (Josh) Bentz. Dave was blessed with two great-granddaughters, Oakley Rose Bentz and Hadley Grace Bentz. Dave is also survived by sisters, Karen Hoyt and Jackie (Sam) Younker; and sisters-in-law Cathy (Scott) Wilkinson and Alice (Frank) Montagnino; and several nieces and nephews.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in memory of Dave to Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 832, Decatur, IL 62521 to help continuing building homes for those who need them.

 

The Hoyt family would like to thank the staff, and especially nurse Melissa, in the Manor Court section of Liberty Village for the careful care they gave our loved one, Dave.

 

Per his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded by Graceland/Fairlawn Cremation Center. A visitation will be held on Saturday, March 23rd from 2 to 4 p.m. at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Following the visitation, the family will host a Celebration of Life for Dave at Doherty’s, 242 E. William Street in Decatur at 5 p.m. Please drop by if you can. The family would love to see you and reminisce.

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Mary Bridget Hayes Allman

Mary Bridget Hayes Allman, 101, of Monticello, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Kirby Medical Center, Monticello.

 

Visitation will be on Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.at the St. Philomena Catholic Church in Monticello. Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 21, 2019 at St. Philomena Catholic Church in Monticello. The Reverend Fr. Bruce Lopez will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Ivesdale.         

 

Mrs. Allman was born on October 17, 1917 at the farm home of her parents, Patrick and Catharine Ryan Hayes, near Emden, Illinois in Logan County.

 

She married Dr. Joseph F. Allman on June 20, 1942 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Delavan, Illinois. He died on May 11, 1996.

 

Surviving are three daughters; Bridget Ann Dederick (husband Arthur),  Bethesda, MD, and two children, Thomas (wife Stephanie) and Joseph (wife Carolann); Mary Catharine, Monticello; Margaret Ruth Fifield (husband David), Manvel, TX, and two children, Sean (wife Barbara) and Katharine Foos (husband Alexander) and a son, James Patrick and his daughter, Melea, Monticello. Her six great-grandchildren are Kacey Fifield, Ryan and Cara Foos, Charles and Violet Dederick and

Leland James Allman.

Mrs. Allman was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Leo; Fr. Patrick Joseph Hayes, A Roman Catholic Viatorian Priest, Thomas and Gerald, lifelong farmers in Central Illinois, and a sister, Dr. Margaret Hayes professor at Loretta Heights College.

 

Beloved to her family as “Mimi,” Mary’s long, contributive life progressed from a one-room elementary school, (about a two-mile walk from home) to graduation from San Jose Community High School in May 1935.

 

She entered St. Joseph Nursing School in Chicago, graduating in the fall of 1938 with her Illinois Certificate of Nursing. During World War II Mrs. Allman was an active member of the American Red Cross while her husband was in the Pacific as a U.S. Navy medical officer, serving with the U.S. Marines Corps.

 

A homemaker who also worked in her husband’s Monticello medical office, Mary was a founding member of and actively served the John and Mary Kirby Hospital Auxiliary. She was also a faithful supporter of Monticello’s St. Philomena Catholic Church, volunteering and contributing for many years to parish organizations and activities.

 

Mrs. Allman enjoyed her time with family and traveling with her husband to visit them on assignments in Europe. She followed sports on television enthusiastically, especially the Illini and other Big Ten universities attended by her grandchildren. For her family and others who knew her, Mary Allman was a quiet, strong, steady and positive influence in their lives.

 

The family appreciates the care given by the Piatt County Nursing Home, Kirby Medical Center, and Harbor Light Hospice.   

 

Please make your memorials to St. Philomena Church, Faith in Action in Monticello or the Piatt County Nursing Home.

 

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com.

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Dorothy Cowan

Dorothy Cowan, 85, passed away at 2:50 a.m. on March 14, 2019 at Vonderlieth Living Center in Mt. Pulaski.

 

Dorothy was born on June 4, 1933 in Springfield, IL; daughter of Ed and Jean (Merry) Hupp. She married Robert A. "Bob” Cowan Sr. in 1951 in Mechanicsburg, IL. He preceded her in death on January 15, 2017.

 

Surviving are her children: Robert (Nancy) Cowan Jr. of Springfield, IL, Randy (Paula) Cowan of Spaulding, IL, Scott Cowan of Decatur, IL, Michael (Melinda) Cowan of Beason, IL, Wayne (Ann) Cowan of Lexington, KY, and Christopher (Amy) Cowan of Clinton, IL; one brother: H. E. "Eddie” Hupp Jr. of Valparaiso, IN; 31 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by parents and one brother: Robert E. Hupp.

 

Dorothy was a member of Latham Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years. She was a 4H leader and was the secretary for the Land of Lincoln Antique Tractor and Engine Club.

 

Services for Dorothy will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at the Latham Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Morgan officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday, March 18, 2019 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL. Burial at Lake Bank Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Dorothy’s name to Latham Baptist Church or Navajo Ministries.

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Janet P. Cavins

Janet P. Cavins, 81, of Murphysboro, IL, formerly of Decatur, IL passed away at 9:30 PM, March 17, 2019 at DuQuoin Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, DuQuoin, IL.  

 

Arrangements are incomplete at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.
 

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Allen Ray Cooper

Allen Ray Cooper, 74, of Clinton, Illinois, passed away Friday, March 8, 2019, in Mesa, Arizona.

 

Allen was born August 2, 1944, in Danville, the son of H. “Cloyd” and Eleanor (Klaege) Cooper.  He married Susan Paczynski on August 22, 1970, in Westville.  She survives.

 

Also surviving are four sons, Mark (Kim) Cooper of Clinton; Darrin (Kathy) Cooper of Bloomington; Joshua (Tricia) Cooper of O’Fallon, Missouri; and Matt (Kristen) Cooper of Clinton; five grandchildren, Kelsey, Ryan, Alyssa, Addison, Jase, and anxiously awaiting the arrival of grandchild number 6; a brother, David Cooper of Danville; two sisters, Carol Compton of Danville; and Kathy (Myron) Kumler of Danville.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents and parents.

 

Allen served in the United States Navy from 1964-1968.  He was employed in Quality Control at Hyster Co., in Danville, IL and Revere Copper and Brass, in Clinton. He had also been employed at Warner Hospital, Cross Brothers, and Clinton Community Schools. Allen loved spending time with his family, and adored time with his grandkids. He enjoyed serving at St. John’s Parish in Clinton, and early morning Coffee groups at the Yak Shack, Hardees, and The Resort.

 

A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Clinton.  A visitation will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Clinton and Weldon Springs Foundation.

 

Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at www.gracelandfairlawn.com.

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Donald U. Slupianek

Donald U. Slupianek, 99, of McLean, passed away at 11:55 a.m. Wednesday (March 13, 2019) at St. Clara's Rehab & Senior Care, Lincoln.

 

His memorial service will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at McLean Christian Church. Burial will follow at Funks Grove Cemetery, rural McLean.

 

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at McLean Christian Church. Cremation rites have been accorded.

 

Donald U. Slupianek was born July 19, 1919, in Danvers, the son of Theodore W.S. and Myrtle V. Wilson Slupianek. He married Betty Child on April 7, 1945, in Dewsbury, England. She preceded Donald in death on Oct. 28, 2011.

 

Donald is survived by four of their children, Jennifer (Jack) Isaacs, Joyce (Jim) Moulton, Janet (Gary) Hawkins and Tom Slupianek; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

 

Donald was preceded in death by his wife; one son, Ted Slupianek; one great-granddaughter, Abigail Fones; one brother, Bert Slupianek; and one sister, Ida Ann Sellards.

 

Donald farmed for many years prior to working for the Olympia school district until his retirement. He was a member of the American Legion for more than 70 years and McLean Christian Church. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

 

Donald was always there for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He had a great wit and sense of humor. He enjoyed a long life and liked to share his stories. Donald was a Cubs fan and had been an avid gardener.

 

The family would especially like to thank Don's caregivers, Tammy Frew and his grandson, Perry Hawkins, and Safe Haven Hospice for their compassion shown at the end of his life.

 

Memorials may be made to Safe Haven Hospice, Autism Society or McLean Christian Church.

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

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Susie Burton

Susie Burton, 86, of DeLand, Illinois went to be with the Lord 3:03 A.M. March 13, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Il.

 

Services will be 11 AM Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Calvary Baptist Church, Monticello, IL, with Pastor Josh Bledsoe officiating. Burial will follow at DeLand Cemetery, DeLand, Il. Visitation will be 10-11 AM at the church. Calvert Funeral Home, DeLand, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to Calvary Baptist Church

 

Susie was born March 26, 1932 in Elic, Kentucky the daughter of John E. and Loretta (Ashley) Kelley. She married Johnny B. Burton June 17, 1950 in Science Hill, Kentucky. He passed away February 28, 2017.

 

Survivors include her daughters, C. Lanette (Phil) Holdcroft Champaign, IL; Ruby A. (Leonard Riquelme) Hottinger, Indianapolis, IN; 3 Grandchildren; 5 Great-Grandchildren

 

She was preceded in death by her Parents, 4 sisters and one brother.

 

Susie retired from Osco Drug in Champaign, IL for several years. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church, Monticello, IL.

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Karolee Johnson

Karolee Johnson, 67, passed away at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria on March 12, 2019.

Karolee was born on January 10, 1952, in Lincoln, IL; daughter of Vernon and Aline (Newby) Koester. She married George Johnson on June 9, 1973, in Lincoln, IL. He survives her.

 

Also surviving Karolee are her children: Kendra (Ryan) Paitz of Bloomington, IL, Molly (Justin) Phelps of St. Louis, MO, and Jared (Lindsay) Johnson of Bloomington, IL; five grandchildren: Mia and Henry Paitz, Wilhemina and Owen Phelps, and Paxton Johnson; her siblings: Ronald Koester of Lincoln, IL, Marcia Hornbeak of Rockford, IL, and Kathleen Koester of Springfield, IL.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, father-in-law, mother-in-law, and one sister: Patricia.

 

Karolee was a Special Education teacher for 36 years, in the Olympia School District, at New Holland-Middletown Grade School, and at the Lincoln Junior High School. She was a member of the Lincoln Jaycees and was the first female president of the local chapter. She also served as a vice president for the state’s organization. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, where she served as Sunday School Director. She loved coaching the Speech team at the Lincoln Junior High School, listening to music, volunteering with the Special Olympics, and spending time with her beloved grandchildren.

 

Services for Karolee will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Faith Lutheran Church in Lincoln, with Rev. Mark Peters officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2019, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL. Burial at Zion Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Karolee’s name to Faith Lutheran Church, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or The Humane Society of Logan County.

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