Obituaries

Barbara L. Newhall

published 1/12/2020
The world has changed because Barbara L. Newhall is no longer here, organizing and directing people’s lives.  She loved her family, her church, and the world that she attempted to change. Always looking for the good in everyone, she was occasionally stubborn beyond belief.  We have a vision of her spending time in heaven, connecting, chatting, sharing, and celebrating life in all its beauty. Barbara L. Newhall, age 98, died quickly and peacefully Sunday afternoon, January 12, 2020.  She was ...

Theodore J. Mitchell

published 1/11/2020
The Rev. Theodore J. Mitchell died peacefully on Saturday, January 11, 2020 after a long battle with cancer. He died at the age of 59. Ted grew up in Champaign and graduated from Champaign Central High School in 1978. He then graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island with a degree in Philosophy and a minor in the classics. He continued his education and received a Master’s of Divinity at Duke University. He is survived by his wife Cathy; children, Cat Purcell (Jareth), Melanie Schmidt ...

Arthur L. “Art” Hoffman

published 1/10/2020
 Arthur L. “Art” Hoffman, 87, of Pekin, passed away at 3:12 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2020 at Seminary Manor in Galesburg. Born March 26, 1932 in Mackinaw to Harry Martin and Susan Viola (Friend) Hoffman, he married Ruth Adcox in Tremont on July 5, 1964. She preceded him in death on October 13, 1985. He later married Edith “Gay” Starkey in Monmouth on July 8, 1995. She survives.   Also surviving are one son, Steven Hoffman of Pekin; and one daughter, Susan Hoffman of New York. Art is also ...

John R. Curtis

published 1/10/2020
Rev. John R. Curtis, Jr., 93, of Carlinville, passed away Friday night, January 10, 2020 at Heritage Health Care in Carlinville. John was born on August 26, 1926 to Rev. John and Anna (McMeekin) Curtis in Royalton, IL. On June 18, 1978 he married Margy Jean Jardine in Bartonville, IL. After graduating from Vandalia High School in 1944, John enlisted with the US Navy and served until 1946, obtaining the rank of Pharmacist's 2nd Class. He then attended McKendree University and graduated in 1950. ...

Elmer (Gene) E. Maritt

published 12/24/2019
Reverend Elmer (Gene) E. Maritt, 84, of West Plains, Mo., passed away Dec. 24. 2019. Elmer was born Feb. 17, 1935, in Olden, Mo., to the late Elmer C. and Ina Maritt. He was also preceded in death by brothers Glenn Maritt, Jim Maritt, Kenneth Maritt, sisters Shirley Crull, Sharon Ruffin, sons Terry Maritt, Randy Maritt and daughter Sherry Dobson. Elmer was married to Bonnie (Davidson) Maritt who survives him along with daughters, Denise (Jerry) Gilbert of Colon, Mich., and Rhonda Zaring of ...

Donald “Don” Lewis Lowe

published 12/16/2019
Rev. Dr. Donald “Don” Lewis Lowe, 94, of Bloomington passed away at 3:10 PM on Monday December 16, 2019 at Advocate BroMenn in Normal. There will be a funeral for Don on Saturday December 21, 2019 at 3 PM at Wesley United Methodist Church. Reverend Sara Isbell will officiate. There will be a visitation on Friday December 20, 2019 at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home in Bloomington from 5-7 PM. Interment will take place at Camp Butler National Cemetery later. Don was born in Kinmundy, IL on April ...

Sharon L. Potter

published 12/11/2019
Rev. Sharon L. Potter, 71, of Carbondale, IL., passed away at 6:09 PM on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 in Carbondale, IL. Sharon was born December 18, 1947 in Carmi, IL., a daughter to the late Rev. Wendell A. and Wanda Lee (Corzine) Robinson. Rev. Potter was a retired United Methodist minister and member of the Illinois Great Rivers United Conference of the United Methodist Church. She was a 1965 graduate of Marion High School and a 1969 graduate of Asbury University. Sharon enjoyed a lifetime ...

Thomas Hanzel

published 12/6/2019
 Frank Thomas Hanzel, 70, of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, passed away peacefully in the arms of his Lord and Savior on December 6, 2019, at his residence. He was born June 22, 1949, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Frank Regis and Dorothy (Beiber) Hanzel. On March 22, 1969, Tom married Patti Williams in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Tom was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He moved to Mt. Carmel to work at the Wabash Coal Mine and retired after 18 years in 1996. He was a minister ...

Margaret Farmer

published 11/24/2019
Margaret Farmer, 96, of Mount Vernon, Illinois, formerly of Bonnie, Illinois passed away at 5:25 P.M. November 24, 2019 at Mount Vernon Health Care Center. She was born May 28, 1923 in Tolu, Kentucky to the late Harry and Cindarilla (Thomas) Stone. She married Marion R. Farmer on August 10, 1941 in Herrin, Illinois. They were blessed with nearly sixty-two years of marriage before he preceded her in death on February 3, 2003. Margaret is survived by her son, Danny Farmer and wife, Mary of Bonnie,...

Robert "Bob" Hollis

published 11/19/2019
Reverend Robert "Bob" Hollis, 87, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 2:30 P.M. Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at Saint Louis University Hospital. He was born December 29, 1931 in Pocahontas, Illinois, the son of the late Roscoe and Laura (Jenner) Hollis. Bob married Clarice (McCauley) Hollis on June 5, 1953. In addition to his beloved wife of 66 years, Bob is survived by his son, Marlin and his wife, Kenna of Rochester, Illinois, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his ...

George D. Youtzy

published 11/7/2019
George D. Youtzy , age 95, of Quincy, died Thursday, November 7, 2019, at 5:18 am in the Good Samaritan Home. George was born December 31, 1923 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of George A. and Stella Quaas Youtzy. He married Frances 'Fran' Schilling on December 17, 1964 in Aurora, IL She survives. George received his education in the public schools in Cedar Rapids and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1942. He began college at Iowa State University, but was called home to enter the draft ...

Jeffery Haley

published 10/21/2019
Jeffery Alan Haley, 64, of Carmi passed away at 7:00 p.m., Monday, October 21, 2019 at his residence. He was born in Carmi, IL on August 8, 1955 the son of Jimmy D. and Nancy (Walter) Haley.  He married Debra Lou Beck on December 27, 1975. Jeff was a 1974 graduate of Carmi Community High School and a 1978 graduate of Murray State University. Jeff worked alongside his dad and brothers at Jim Haley Production. After his work in the oilfield, Jeff went on to attend the Louisville Theological ...

Sandra Kay Renshaw

published 10/8/2019
Sandra Kay Renshaw, 81, of Murphysboro, IL, joined her Lord and Savior at 12:15am on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 in Carbondale, IL. She was born Sept. 30, 1938, in Centralia, IL, to Rev. Wendell A. and Wanda Lee (Corzine) Robinson and married her sweetheart, Rev. Earl Richard Renshaw, Oct. 25, 1958. A graduate of McKendree University with an education degree, Sandra taught at various Southern Illinois elementary schools as the couple moved to communities where Earl served as a United Methodist ...

Mark Harris

published 10/5/2019
Reverend Mark N. Harris, 58, peacefully left this world, surrounded by his sons and his wife, at their home, in Aledo, IL on October 5, 2019. Mark was the youngest of Richard N. and “Dottie” Dorothy E. (Riley) Harris’ four children. He considered himself a country boy from Godfrey, IL. Mark was a creative child and he loved to entertain people. Whether performing in a play, memorizing comedy routines or creating costumes, Mark was in his element. While attending Alton Senior High School, Mark ...

Donald Houts

published 9/29/2019
Donald Houts, 91, of Savoy passed away at 11:58 p.m. on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at Willowbrook Memory Care of Savoy surrounded by his family. Donald Charles Houts was born December 30, 1927, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the middle child of Jehiras and Mary Houts. He married Charlotte Ann Stelcik on August 20, 1950. She survives, along with two sons, Michael of Allen, Texas, and Eric of Saco, Maine, a daughter-in-law, Susan Flynn, grandson, Ian, granddaughter-in-law, Jacqueline, and two great ...

James M. Jenkins

published 8/28/2019
Rev. James M. Jenkins 81, of Quincy, passed away Wednesday (August 28, 2019) at the Illinois Veterans Home, Quincy.  He was born September 15th 1937 in Groesbeck, Texas the son of James M. Jenkins Sr. and Lorene Griffis.  He married The Rev. Constance “Connie” Leonard on March 5, 1966 in Wichita, Kansas. She Survives. Jim served his country in the U.S. Air Force retiring after 20 years seeing service in Vietnam.  After Jim’s retirement from the military he was called to the ministry graduating ...

Bernard Kneale

published 8/27/2019
Bernard Cramer Kneale, age 82, died on Monday, August 27, 2019 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital after a courageous battle with multiple myeloma and was surrounded by his family when he was welcomed into the arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ. He was born in Mt. Carroll, Illinois and was the middle son to Blendon and Armella Kneale, both artists and teachers at Shimer College. Bernie had a lifelong career as an Educator and Minister. His passion was to help others throughout his life.  He is survived by ...

Mary Rosebraugh

published 8/22/2019
Mary Rosebraugh passed peacefully Thursday evening, (August 22, 2019) in the Gibson City Annex, Gibson City. The visitation and funeral of Mary Rosebraugh will be held at Lexington United Methodist Church on Friday. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m., with the funeral at 11 a.m., followed by the burial service in Lexington. Memorials may be made to the Stephen Ministry at either Bloomington Wesley or Gibson City United Methodist churches. Mary did Stephen Ministry work for several years and ...

Richard J. Frankson

published 8/11/2019
Frankson, Richard James On Sunday, August 11, 2019, Reverend Richard J. Frankson, loving husband and father, passed away at the age of 84. Richard was born on December 23, 1934, in Green Bay, WI, to Violet and Reverend Fred Frankson. Richard served in the Army and upon discharge attended Western Illinois University. He became a public school teacher and taught in Henry Grade School for most of his teaching career. He retired from teaching in 1989 and became a United Methodist minister, serving ...

Earl Renshaw

published 7/20/2019
Rev. Earl Richard Renshaw, 81, of Murphysboro, IL, entered eternal life on July 20, 2019, in Carbondale, IL. He was born Nov. 25, 1937, in Carmi, IL, to Elvis W. and Vonda Marie (Nelson) Renshaw. He married his sweetheart, Sandra Kay Robinson, more than sixty years ago in Carmi on Oct. 25, 1958. Earl was a graduate of Carmi Township High School, McKendree University and earned a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Earl and Sandra enjoyed a lifetime of service to ...

Terry R. Werner

published 7/19/2019
Terry R. Werner, 75, of Virginia, IL, passed away Friday, July 19, 2019, at her home. She was born August 8, 1943, in Lincoln, IL, the daughter of Talmage and Theresa Culp Tongate.  She married Bill Werner on April 2, 1964, in Sebring, FL. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, two sons, Matthew (Stephanie) Werner of Virginia, IL and Paul (Ann Marie) Werner of Louisville, KY; three grandsons, Jacob, Grant, and Ben; and one sister, Nancy Rodgers.  She was preceded in death by her parents. ...

Myrthel E. Green Bula Hertz

published 7/13/2019
Myrthel E. Green Bula Hertz, 93, of Terre Haute, passed away June 13, 2019, at Springhill Village. She was born on January 3, 1926, to George Green and Ada McCullough Green in Fairbanks, Indiana. Myrthel is preceded in death by her parents; first husband, the Reverend Ronald Bula; second husband, Orville Hertz; brothers, William Green, Howard Green, Paul Green and Walter Green; and sisters, Mable Budd, Nellie Green, Ruth Green, Hazel Green and Jessie Green; as well as her great-grandchild, ...

George G. Russell

published 7/11/2019
George G. Russell, 86, of Pontiac, IL passed away at 10:03 pm on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at OSF St. James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac.  A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at First United Methodist Church in Pontiac with Rev. Tom Goodell officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date at South Side Cemetery, Pontiac, IL. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac is handling the arrangements. Expressions of sympathy should be made to First United ...

Ansel J. Atwood

published 7/8/2019
Rev. Ansel J. Atwood, 97, of Charleston, IL passed away Monday, July 8, 2019 at the Heartland Christian Village in Neoga, IL.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 2019 at Pulliam Funeral Home in Hutsonville, IL.  Visitation will be from 12:00 noon until the start of the service.  The graveside service will immediately follow at Hutsonville Cemetery, Hutsonville, IL.  Arrangements provided by:  Pulliam Funeral Home, Hutsonville.  Rev. Atwood was born in Hutsonville, ...

John “Jack” Lee

published 7/8/2019
Rev. John “Jack” Lee, 88, of Peoria, passed away on Monday July 8, 2019 at 12:48 p.m. at Manor Court Nursing Home in Peoria. John was born in Camborne, Cornwall, England in 1931 to the late Mabel (Uren) Lee and Gordon Lee. John first married Betty (McLean) Lee on July 24, 1954 in Pool, Cornwall, England. She preceded him in death after 46 years of marriage on May 6, 2000 in Peoria. He then married Genevieve Heath on Nov. 13, 2004 in Peoria. He is survived by his current wife, Genevieve, of 14 ...

Keith Ferguson

published 6/17/2019
Keith Carl Ferguson, 77, of Normal, passed away Monday (June 17, 2019) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal. His service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomington, with visitation preceding the service. The Rev. Sara Isbell will preside. Memorials may be directed to The United Methodist Committee on Relief (www.umcmission.org), the CJD Foundation (www.cjdfoundation.org), or Wesley UMC. Keith was born July 17, 1941, near Bowman, N.D., to Carl and Evelyn (Van ...

Nancey Blackburn

published 5/25/2019
Nancey Carla Blackburn, 73, passed away 4:35 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at her residence. Born in Mt. Vernon on Sept. 21, 1945, she was the daughter of Carl and Cordia (Dill) Francis. Nancey had been a clerk for the Hopedale Medical Clinic. On Sept. 1, 1963 in Fairfield, she married Rev. Harold "Dean" Blackburn. He survives. Surviving also are a son, John Marc Blackburn of Herrin, Illinois; daughter, Angela (David) Sarandis of Alton, Illinois; grandchildren, Conner and Nolan McLaughlin; step...

Barbara Deffley

published 5/20/2019
Barbara Jane Lehr Deffley, aged 89, beloved wife and mother, died on May 20, 2019 in Casey House, the inpatient care facility of Montgomery Hospice in Rockville, Maryland. Her husband was at her side and her family close by. She died at peace in the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Barbara was born in Tilden, Illinois on July 9, 1929. She was the eldest of eight children born to Mary M. and Anton G. Lehr and was raised on their farm in rural Coulterville, Illinois. Activities at ...

David G. Pease

published 5/13/2019
Reverend David G. Pease, of Janesville, WI, passed away Monday, May 13, 2019 at St. Elizabeth's home in Janesville, after a long illness. David was born September 17, 1932 in Shelbyville, IL, to Lloyd and Edith (Fader) Pease. David was the oldest of 7 children, and spent his childhood on the family farm. He graduated from Shelbyville High School, and from Greenville College (Illinois). David obtained his Master of Divinity degree from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. In his early ...

Dorothy Brown

published 5/10/2019
Dorothy Louise Brown, 89, of West Frankfort, Illinois, passed away Thursday May 9, 2019 in Helia Healthcare of West Frankfort at 10:10a.m. Dorothy is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church - West Frankfort, Illinois. She was a pianist, organist, and singer. Dorothy loved the Lord and her family. She worked for Allen Industry and Dr. Don Webb O.D.  She was preceded in death by her first husband, JW James; parents; son, Michael James; two brothers, David and Paul Barnfield; two sisters, ...

Lillian L. Phillips

published 5/6/2019
Lillian L. Phillips, age 86, of Kinmundy, died Monday, May 6th, at her home.  She was a retired educator and superintendent of schools and retired minister at various local churches.  She was a member of the Kinmundy Methodist Church and loved to travel. Funeral services for Lillian Phillips will be held at 10:30 Friday at the Kinmundy Methodist Church, with David Kueker and Amy Jeffries officiating.  Burial in the Evergreen Cemetery in Kinmundy.  Visitation will be from five to eight Thursday ...

Charles Sensel

published 4/27/2019
Charles Werner Sensel, age 86 of Washington Township, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2019 at his home. He was born August 27, 1932 in Newport, Kentucky to the late Elmer and Evelyn (Roettger) Sensel. In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his brothers, Elmer Sensel and Ralph Sensel. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sheila (Borell) Sensel; children, Sheryl (Eric) Hall, Lisa (Paul) Sotirelis and Christopher (Kerry) Sensel; grandchildren, Rebecca Spivey, Matthew ...

Peggy Kulczewski

published 4/25/2019
Peggy Kulczewski, 69, of Monmouth, IL, passed away at 11:18 a.m., Thursday, April 25, 2019 at her home. Peggy was born December 17, 1949, in Monmouth, IL, the daughter of Ralph and Dorothy (Schweitzer) Ault.  She was raised and educated in Monmouth, graduating from Warren High School in 1967.  She later earned her Bachelor’s Degree in 1971 and her Master’s Degree in 1972 in Physical Education from the University of Illinois. Peggy married Al Kulczewski on January 31, 1971, at the Sugar Tree ...

Vae Rose Fultz

published 4/19/2019
Dr. Vae Rose Fultz, 80, of Jacksonville died Friday, April 19, 2019, at White Hall Nursing Center.  She was born Dec. 26, 1938, in Fort Scott, Kansas, the daughter of George Emmett Fultz, an engineer on the Frisco Railroad, and Rose Manilia Hall Fultz, an elementary school teacher and principal. She was premature and suffered from anoxia, causing mild cerebral palsy and a hearing loss. When her father died in 1941 of leukemia, her mother went back to teaching in Pittsburg, Kansas, where Vae ...

Shirley Ann Schmidt Sullivan

published 4/7/2019
Shirley Ann Schmidt Sullivan, of Des Moines, Iowa, and Salisbury, Maryland, passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2019. She was born on May 11, 1930, to Frank and Margaret Schmidt, in Shaker Heights, Ohio. A memorial service will be held in July. Shirley married Daniel J. Sullivan on Oct. 1, 1949. She is survived by her daughters, Laura (David) McCord of Des Moines, Iowa, Mary Ellen Sullivan (Nancy) of Canton, Missouri, Lisa (Kevin Gregg) of Salisbury, Maryland and Andrea Sullivan of N. Ridgeville, ...

Mary Ann Richardson

published 3/29/2019
  Mary Ann Stanley Richardson, age 83, of Vincennes, Indiana, passed away Friday, March 29, 2019 in Evansville, Indiana. She was born June 08,1935 in Crossville, Illinois, the daughter of Ted and Pearl (Perkins) Stanley. She married Philip Richardson on June 07, 1956 at the Crossville Methodist Church in Crossville, Illinois and he survives. Mary was a retired school teacher. She was a graduate of Crossville High School Class of 1953.  She attended the McKendree University in Lebanon, ...

Bill “B.R.” Cummins

published 3/22/2019
Reverend Bill “B.R.” Cummins, 87, of O’Fallon, IL, born May 1, 1931, in Mount Vernon, IL, died Friday, March 22, 2019, at Cedar Ridge Health & Rehab Center, Lebanon, IL. Bill graduated from Mount Vernon High School and enlisted in the National Guard Unit out of Mount Vernon, IL.  He attended McKendree College, Lebanon, IL, and while there his National Guard Unit was called to serve in the Korean Conflict from 1951 – 1953.  He then returned to and graduated from McKendree College in 1957.  Bill ...

Francis Guither

published 3/19/2019
Francis George Guither, age 96, died on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Good Samaritan Home of Quincy, Illinois. Francis was born to George and Anna Guither on July 7, 1922 on a farm near Walnut, Illinois. He attended a one-room country school for 8 years, then Walnut High School, North Central College, and finally ended up going into seminary. He served for over 45 years as a minister throughout Illinois -- primarily for the United Methodist church (formerly Evangelical United Brethren), with the ...

Martha Baxter North

published 3/2/2019
Martha Baxter North passed away peacefully on March 2, 2019 in her sleep in her home at Friendship Village of Bloomington MN.  Martha was born in Montgomery West Virginia on October 4, 1922. She graduated from West Virginia Institute of Technology with a degree in Business Education. She met Jacob Baxter at church while he was attending WVIT. She graduated college on a Friday and married Jake on Sunday. They lived briefly in New Haven CT then moved to Champaign IL where they raised two ...

Mary Brownfield

published 2/10/2019
Mary Brownfield, 93, of Carlinville, IL, formerly of Peoria, passed to her heavenly reward on Sunday, February 10, 2019, with her daughter at her side. Mary suffered a fractured hip in December and was not able to return to her previous state of health. Mary was born on August 31, 1925, in Peoria, IL. She was the sixth child born to Fred and Mary (Rauschkolb) Demmin. She lived in Peoria all of her young life and attended Manual Training High School. She married Richard C. Brownfield on June 7, ...

Barbara Moreau

published 2/8/2019
Barbara S. Moreau, 62 of Gillespie, formerly of Lakewood passed away Friday, February 8, 2019 at Heritage Health in Gillespie. She was born August 19, 1956 in Pana the daughter of Ervil K. and Dorothy (Adkisson) Padgett. She married Larry Moreau on May 30, 1975 at Zion United Methodist Church in rural Tower Hill and he survives her passing. In addition to her husband Larry, she is survived by her son Kenneth (Susan) Moreau of Bloomington, IL, her daughter Lisa (Joseph) Poorman of Humboldt, IL, ...

Lorraine Martin

published 2/3/2019
Lorraine E. Martin died at Meadowood Nursing Center in Clearlake, California on February 3, 2019. Lorraine married Robert Martin on March 27, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois. Lorraine was a retired pastor of the Viola United Methodist Church. She came to Lake County 6 years ago, joining her son and daughter-in-law, James Martin and Martha Bakerjian in Clearlake, California. She enjoyed church activities, fishing on the family vacations, and making doll houses. Lorraine was the Mercer County Woman of ...

David L. Bultemeier

published 2/1/2019
Rev. David L. Bultemeier, 84, of East Peoria died Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.   David was born on Oct. 10, 1934, in Monmouth Illinois, to Hulin and Dorothy (Stevenson) Bultemeier. He married Joanne Sharon Bowker on June 17, 1956, in Peoria; she preceded him in death on Nov. 30, 2013.   He is survived by his children, Kathy Rosser, Lori Bultemeier, and Michael Bultemeier; his grandchildren, Libby Ingraham, Lauren Lambert, and Drake Bultemeier; one great-grandchild, James Odin Ingraham; and one sister, ...

Jack L. Adams

published 1/28/2019
Jack L. Adams 87, of Ballwin, Missouri, died peacefully on January 28, 2019, in Chesterfield,  Missouri. The Reverend Jack L. Adams was born on June 5, 1931, in Harrisburg, IL and grew up in the coal mining community of Galatia, IL. He was the beloved only son of Rex and Essie Adams. Jack was a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and Drew Theological Seminary in Madison, NJ. Jack began his career as a young pastor to four tiny Methodist churches in the vicinity of Crab ...

John Woodruff

published 1/18/2019
John Hurlbut Woodruff died January 18, 2019 at his home in Wilmore, KY. Funeral services will be at 11:30 am on Thursday, January 24, at Estes Chapel, Asbury Theological Seminary, in Wilmore with the Rev. Jessica LaGrone officiating, with interment to follow at Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. The family will receive visitors from 10:00-11:00 am at Estes Chapel. John Hurlbut Woodruff was born February 6, 1935 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Eugene Hurlbut and Esther Teeters Woodruff. He attended the public...

Karen E. Christianson

published 1/17/2019
 Karen E. Christianson, 81, of Moline, passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, at ManorCare Health Services-Utica Ridge, Davenport. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Jan. 22, at Riverside United Methodist Church in Moline. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Moline. Burial will be at Moline Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to “Baby Fold”, 108 E Willow St., Normal IL 61761; thebabyfold@givingfuel.com. Karen was born April 11, 1937, in Galesburg,...

Sarah Cha

published 1/15/2019
Sarah passed away at home on January 15, 2019, at the age of 98. She was born in China and earned a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Soochow University in Shanghai, China.  She was a loving and beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a faithful servant of our Lord Jesus Christ and dedicated her life to the spread of the gospel.  Friends may call Tuesday, January 22, from 4-7 PM at the funeral chapel (2305 Monroe Ave.). Interment Service will be held at Skylawn Memorial ...

Oren R. Mulvany

published 1/3/2019
Oren R. Mulvany, 90, of Lawrenceville, Illinois passed away Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Lawrence County Memorial Hospital in Lawrenceville, Illinois. He was born August 30, 1928 in Louisville, Illinois, the son of Freddie L. and Bertha (Harrell) Mulvany. He married Betty Smith in 1949 and she preceded him in death in 1984. He married Lois M. (Clark) Cox in 1985 and she survives. In Oren’s earlier years, he was an electrician, as well as a mechanic at the Shell Service Station in Xenia. After ...

Dorothy Nickell

published 12/30/2018
Dorothy Ellen Nickell was born on June 23, 1932, at Union City, Tenn., the daughter of Thelbert Carter Matlock and Dorothy Rankin Matlock. She later lived in Cairo and Urbana. Dorothy died Sunday (Dec. 30, 2018) in Fairbury. She married Paul Lewis Nickell in Champaign on June 24, 1950. They had five children. She later married John Tollensdorf on June 25, 2011. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Sr.; son, Paul Jr.; granddaughter, Brittani Endres; and grandson, Chris Craig. She is...

John William "Bill" Cooper, Sr

published 12/28/2018
John William "Bill" Cooper, Sr., 77, of Coffeen, IL, passed away on Friday, December 28, 2018 at 3:55 a.m. at Hillsboro Area Hospital, Hillsboro, IL.  Cremation rites will be accorded.  Memorial services will be held on Monday, December 31, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, IL.  Rev. Terry Westerfield, Pastor of First United Methodist Church, will officiate, assisted by Rev. Greg Courtwright. Inurnment will in in the Columbarium, First United Methodist Church,...

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