Obituaries

Alice R. Wiedrich

published 11/21/2022
Alice R. Wiedrich, 97, of Decatur, IL, passed away on Monday November 21, 2022 in Randall Residence Center of Decatur with family by her side.   A visitation at 9:30am will be followed by a memorial service at 10:00am to celebrate Alice’s life on December 19, 2022 at Grace United Methodist Church, 901 N. Main Street, Decatur, IL. Interment to follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Champaign, IL.   Alice was born May 30, 1925, in Stratton, Nebraska, the daughter of Thomas D and Lena (Gardner) Rife. Alice ...

Robert Pitsch

published 11/7/2022
Rev.Robert Pitsch died November 7, 2022, at Aldersgate United Methodist Retirement Home in Charlotte, NC at the age of 102. He was born in Peoria, Illinois on January 19,1920, to Wilhelmina Ruch Pitsch and Richard Pitsch. He attended Peoria schools graduating from Woodruff High School in 1938. He studied at Illinois Wesleyan University where he earned his BA degree in 1945. From IWU, he went on to earn a Masters of Divinity degree from Garrett Theological Seminary and was ordained a United ...

Jerry Douglas Crawford

published 11/5/2022
Jerry Douglas Crawford, 75, of Carmi, Illinois, died Saturday, November 5, 2022, at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, Indiana. He was born August 9, 1947, in Maunie, Illinois, the son of Augustus and Mildred (Carrell) Crawford. He was married to Rosalyn “Jeanie” (Lamp) Crawford on December 24, 1966, and she preceded him in death on December 25, 2021. Jerry worked for many years as meat manager at Wag’s Grocery in Carmi, and he later served as chaplain at Meadowood Nursing Home in ...

Estella Ann Paskewitz

published 10/30/2022
Estella Ann Paskewitz, 89, of Danville, passed away at 9:45 a.m. Sunday (October 30,2022) at Hawthorne Inn of Danville. She was born March 31, 1933 in Danville, a daughter of Rev. James and Ursula Downing Cornett. She married Rev. Paul Paskewitz May 27, 1983. He survives. She is survived by a daughter, Melanie Enos of Danville; a son John Enos of Lumberton, NC; four grandchildren, Zach Frazier (Kjersti Emerson-Frazier), Meghann Shelato, Sean Enos, and Caitlyn Enos; one great-grandson, Henrik ...

Allen F. “Pete” Vinson

published 10/28/2022
To join the livestream of the funeral service for Allen F. "Pete" Vinson, please select the link below. The streaming will begin at 12:50 PM Tuesday, November 1, 2022. The video of the service will also be archived for future viewing. https://view.oneroomstreaming.com/index.php?data=MTY2NzI1MDc5NzIxNjU0OSZvbmVyb29tLWFkbWluJmNvcHlfbGluaw== Allen F. “Pete” Vinson, age 73 years, a resident of rural Vienna, passed away unexpectedly Friday, October 28, 2022, at his home. Pete was born February 13,...

Paul Lees

published 10/16/2022
Rev. Paul Lees, 92, of Bloomington, formerly of Streator, passed away at 2:35 am on Sunday, October 16, 2022 at Martin Healthcare Center, Bloomington. He was born December 17, 1929 in rural Herrick, son of Lowell and Berenice Feltenberger Lees. He was raised on a family farm in Oconee, IL. Paul graduated from Pana Township High School in 1948. He went on to serve 45 months in the United States Air Force, military police, where he earned a sharp shooter medal. He married the love of his life, ...

Benjamin Smith

published 10/7/2022
Benjamin Clifford Smith, 80, of Washington, passed away on Friday, October 7, 2022, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 14, 2022, at Mason White Funeral Home in Washington, with Reverend Joseph Johnson officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 13, 2022, at the funeral home. Interment will be at Glendale Cemetery in Washington, immediately following the funeral service. Cliff was born on August 31, ...

Richard L. Houser

published 9/24/2022
Richard L. Houser age 80, of Palestine, Illinois, formerly of Willow Hill, Illinois, departed this earthly world to join his Lord and Savior Saturday, September 24, 2022 at his home with his loved ones by his side. Funeral services celebrating Richard's life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, September 29, 2022 at the Crain Funeral Home with Pastor Rev. Paul Gray officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of service on Thursday. Burial will be in the Hays Cemetery, ...

Alice Louise Hale

published 9/17/2022
Alice Louise Hale, 97, of Mount Vernon, Illinois, passed away peacefully at 2:29 pm September 17, 2022 at her residence. She was born August 12, 1925 in Mount Vernon to the late Max and Dixie (Carnahan) Piercy. Alice first married Joe Glenn Moore, Jr. on June 23, 1946. He preceded her in death on April 21, 1987. She later married Claude E. Spurlock on January 6, 1990. He preceded her in death in March 2004. Alice then married Floyd Hale and he preceded her in death in 2018.   Alice is survived ...

Lois Kathleen Bumpus

published 9/10/2022
(Lois) Kathleen (Presley) Bumpus passed from this life to be with her Heavenly Father on September 10, 2022, at Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Kathleen was born September 14, 1924, in rural Ina, Illinois to Clarence and Irene (Wayland) Presley. She is survived by sons Lyle and Stan (Mary), and nephews Ryan, Jake (Jessica), Shawn, David (Kayla), Daniel (Daniela), Steven, and great-grandson Jonathan. She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty years, Reverend Lloyd Bumpus, step-son David E. Bumpus, ...

Judith Icenogle

published 9/4/2022
Judith Ann Roby-Icenogle, 76, of Pekin, IL passed away at 5:59 PM Sunday, September 4, 2022 at Unity Point Health – Methodist in Peoria. Judy was born on November 27, 1945 in Decatur, IL to Charles “Bud” and H. Bernice (Kerwood) Roby Jr. She married Phillip Icenogle on August 15, 1965 in Rushville, IL. Preceding in death are her parents, one son, Wesley Icenogle, one granddaughter, Katie Icenogle and twin sister, Joyce Gillette. Surviving are: her husband, Phillip of Pekin; one son, Christian ...

Augustus Benjamin “Buzz” Swett III

published 8/31/2022
Augustus Benjiman Swett III, 77 of Monticello died Wednesday August31, 2022 at 11:38 pm in Memorial Medical Center Springfield, Illinois. A family led memorial service will be held Saturday September 10, 2022, at 12:00 pm at the Cisco United Methodist Church Cisco, Illinois. Rev. Tabitha Nelson will be officiating. Memorials may be made to the UMCOR (United Methodist Church on Relief), 458 Ponce de Leon Avenue N.E. Atlanta, GA. 30308, in memory of Pastor "Buzz" Augustus Swett III. Tanzyus-Logan...

Cecil Robert Atchison

published 8/20/2022
Rev. Cecil Robert Atchison, age 68, of Marion, IL, passed away suddenly at 11:34 p.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2022, in Barnes-Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, MO. He was born on August 21, 1953, at home near Whittington, IL, the son of Cecil Lee and Mary Adeline (Horner) Atchison. Cecil attended school in Benton, IL, and was a graduate of Benton High School Class of 1971. He continued on with his education attending at Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, IL, where he received his Bachelor...

Sarah "Sally" Smith Lewis

published 8/11/2022
Born Sarah Ann Gould near the Collingwood Circle in Farmingdale, New Jersey, “Sally” graduated from Eatontown High School in 1941, followed by Bucknell College in 1945. After teaching Latin for three years, she married Fay Henry Smith and started the life of a pastor’s wife. After serving in the Methodist church in Farmingdale for 8 years, she and her husband moved and worked with small churches in Illinois. From 1972-1984 Fay and Sally served as United Methodist missionaries in Zaire, Africa ...

Phillip E. Merritt

published 8/8/2022
Rev. Phillip E. Merritt, 89, of East Peoria, IL, passed away at 1:56 am on Monday, August 8, 2022, at the Villas of Hollybrook Assisted Living in East Peoria, IL. He was born on December 7, 1932, in Menominee, Michigan to Delmar and Marjorie (Phillips) Merritt. He married Joyce M. Martens on June 24, 1956. She passed away on December 5, 1985. On April 25, 1987, he married Stephanie Stillman Babcock in Spring Bay, IL. Surviving are his wife, Stephanie of Washington; children, Ronda (Bob) Kilper ...

Susan Molloy Owens

published 8/8/2022
 Susan Kay (Molloy) Owens, 68, of Bloomington, passed away on August 8, 2022. A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 AM on August 20, 2022, at Calvary United Methodist Church, Normal. Visitation will be held from 5:00 - 8:00 PM the evening prior at the church. Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home has provided cremation services. Susan was born Christmas Day 1953, to William Lewis and Marjorie (Allison) Molloy. She married Raymond Owens on June 26, 1982, he survives. Also surviving are a son, Brian ...

Anna Evelyn (Davis) Newell

published 8/6/2022
Anna Evelyn (Davis) Newell, age 101, of Springfield, IL, passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2022. Evelyn was born June 13, 1921, in Bloomington, IL. Evelyn became a Christian at seven years of age. Evelyn graduated from Illinois State University and Moody Bible Institute. She served 13 years as a Christian Education Director in Bloomington, IL. She taught elementary grades in El Paso, IL for 8 years, and at Carl Sandberg School in Springfield, IL. for 18 years. She volunteered for 25 years at ...

Janice Clyde (Hunt) Logsdon

published 6/18/2022
Janice Clyde (Hunt) Logsdon, age 70, a resident of the Regency Care Center of Springfield, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2020, at HSHS Saint John’s Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois after nearly two weeks in Intensive Care. She was born on February 19, 1952, in Birmingham, Alabama to Verdo M. Hunt and Mary Kathryn (Johnston) Hunt. The wife of a United Methodist pastor, her church membership has followed her husband around the state and out to New York and back and there are ...

Roy Adams

published 6/18/2022
Roy Adams, 86, died on June 18, 2022 following a recent stroke. A retired minister in the United Methodist Church, Roy maintained his contagious smile and pleasant personality throughout his decade-long struggle with dementia. His wife, Phyllis (Eastin) Adams and adult children (Deborah D. Adams, Russell R. Adams, Sandra S. Adams-Berger) were able to spend Roy’s last days with him. One son, Derald D. Adams, preceded Roy in death. Roy was born on January 26, 1936 on a farm near Girard, Illinois ...

Richard "Dick" Brewer

published 6/13/2022
Richard (Dick) Kemp Brewer, nearly 85 years old, passed away on June 13, 2022 at Oakwood Village East following a decline in health. He showed his kind and caring spirit to his family and visitors and all who cared for him. He will be greatly missed by his wife, children and friends. Dick was born in Whitefish Bay, WI, to his parents, Philip and Mary (Rowe) Brewer. Dick graduated from Whitefish Bay High School in 1955. He was very fond of his WFB classmates, and they enjoyed reunions until very ...

Darrell Allen Sample

published 5/31/2022
Darrell Allen Sample, 74, of Sherman, IL sadly passed away on May 31, 2022. He is survived by his children, Dane Sample (Mallory) of St. Louis, MO, Devan Pfeiffer (Jeff Cocagne) of Sherman, IL, and Darci Thompson (Trevor) of Petersburg, IL, his sister Karen Hill (Tom) of Crown Point, IN, six grandchildren: Reed, Claire, Liam, Samuel, Noelle, and Abram, and his beloved dog, Maggie. He is preceded in death by his parents, Darrell and Patricia Sample. Darrell, better known as “Al”, was a graduate ...

Leah Rae Pogemiller

published 5/31/2022
Rev. Leah Rae Pogemiller passed after a brief illness at Carle Foundation Hospital on May 31, 2022 in Urbana, IL. Eldest daughter born April 10, 1960 to Gerald E. Pogemiller and Rita R. Redfern in Iowa City, Iowa. Leah graduated from Joliet West Township High School 1978; received a Bachelors of Science and Religious Studies at University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign 1982; and received a Masters of Divinity in Old Testament and Pastoral Counseling at Boston University School of Theology in 1985....

Martha Sue Scaff

published 5/23/2022
IGRC retired pastor, Martha Schoonover Scaff, 78, died May 23 at Unity Point Methodist Hospital in Peoria.. Martha was born February 29, 1944 in Peoria, to Robert Schoonover and Ethel Skaggs who proceeded her in death. She married the love of her life, Donald Scaff. Rev. Scaff served 23 years of active ministry in the former Central Illinois and later, Illinois Great Rivers conferences. She retired in 2009 from Wyoming-Neponset. Private internment services are being handled by T, W, Parks ...

Bonnie Maritt

published 5/15/2022
Bonnie L. (Davidson) Maritt passed away at the home of her daughter, May 15, 2022.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Elmer “Gene” Maritt; son, Terry Maritt; daughter Sherry Maritt Dobson; and son Randy Maritt. Surviving are daughter Denise Gilbert and Rhonda Zaring; 13 grandchildren and great grandchildren. After retiring from United Food Workers where she was a meat cutter for 35 years, she found a passion for stained glass.  She taught this craft for many years. Gene and Bonnie ...

Gary W. Pearce

published 5/12/2022
Gary Wayne Pearce, age 72, of Flora, Illinois, heard the divine music that he’d long been listening for, and began dancing in heaven on Thursday afternoon, May 12, 2022. Gary was born July 31, 1949, in Flora, the son of Harold W. and Gladys Aliene (Davis) Pearce.  He was united in marriage to Nancy L. Wiley on April 26, 1969, at Bethel United Methodist Church in Wayne County and together they have shared 53 wedding anniversaries. Gary served in the US Army.  Along with farming for most of his ...

James Medlen

published 5/6/2022
James Owen Medlen, 87, of Monticello, crossed over into heaven on Friday, May 6, 2022, at the Piatt County Nursing Home. He was born on May 15, 1935, in Pinkstaff, the son of Owen and Eva (Haffield) Medlen. He married Judith Fay Barcroft on Dec. 26, 1965, at May Chapel United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville. They were married 56 years at his death. Preceding him in death were his parents Owen and Eva Medlen; two brothers, Bill Medlen of Crocker, Mo. and Robert “Buck” Medlen of Oxford, Ga.; two...

Geraldine Baldridge

published 5/3/2022
Geraldine (Jerry) Goddard Baldridge, age 92, died Tuesday, May 3, 2022 in San Antonio, Texas. Born on January 29, 1930, in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Jerry was one of three children born to Charlie Goddard and Vivian Waite Goddard. She married George H. Baldridge on June 4, 1953 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Jerry and George have two children Chuck and Janet. The Baldridges began their ministry in the Methodist church in Ohio. However, the majority of their ministry was spent in Central Illinois. They ...

Eunice Glasser

published 4/28/2022
Pastor Eunice Rose (Edwards) Glasser, 67, of Bridgeport, IL, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 28, 2022, at IU Health University Hospital in Indianapolis, IN, following a valiant fight with pulmonary fibrosis. She was born February 20, 1955, in Cleveland, OH, the daughter of Sylvester & Felicia (Coreno) Edwards, both of whom preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Frederick Edwards. On December 8, 1981, she married Michael Glasser in Mount Vernon, ...

Norman E. Mendell

published 4/19/2022
Rev. Norman E. Mendell, 80, of Galesburg, passed away at 12:24 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Norman was born on September 9, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Wilbur Arthur and Letha (Stevenson) Mendell. Surviving are two brothers, Glenn (Kathy) Mendell of Ottawa and Gerald (Win) Mendell of Oswego; several nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews; and friend, Robbie Newkirk. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Duane. ...

Jane F. Price

published 4/18/2022
Jane F. Price, 86, widow of the Rev. Wolford C. Price, died April 18 in Bloomington. The Prices served 37 years in active ministry in the former Central Illinois Conference, retiring from Washburn-Lowpoint in 1989. Rev. Price died Jan. 20, 2013. No funeral service is planned. Condolences may be sent to a son, Carleton Price, P. O. Box 1671, Bloomington, IL  61701-1671.

Betty Sue Mahaffey

published 4/15/2022
Betty Sue Mahaffey was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She left this world on Friday, April 15, 2022, at age 80. Betty was born to the late Fred and Lucille Chatman on Feb. 10, 1942, and grew up in the Elk Creek/Taylorsville, Ky., area on a dairy farm. She learned many lessons on the farm, including the value of hard work and also to take the emergency brake off the Studebaker truck when bailing hay, perhaps learning the hard way that it might catch on fire. After ...

Norman Fechtig

published 4/15/2022
     Norman Edward Fechtig, 85, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 15, 2022, at Wabash Christian Village in Carmi. He is survived by his wife Marjorie (Erkman), sons Scott (Nancy Dykhoff) and Mark (Teresa Wilford), 4 grandchildren (Caleb, Caitlin, Nathaniel, Charles), one great-grandson (Garth), brother Allen (Mary Ruth Newlin), brother-in-law Ed Erkman and 10 nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents William J. and Nell (Hutchcraft) Fechtig and older brother C. William Fechtig ...

Dowain V. McKiou

published 4/3/2022
Rev. Dowain V. McKiou, 95, of The Villages, Florida, formerly of Mascoutah, Illinois, passed away with his family at his side on Sunday, April 3rd, 2022 in Florida. He was born on July 12th, 1926 in Poynor, Missouri to Ezra and Flossie (Anglin) McKiou. Rev. McKiou was preceded in death by his parents, sisters; Imogene McKiou, Stella (McKiou) McDaniel, wives; Mary Ruth Biggers, Carol Ann Holland, and Evelyn Wright. He is survived by children, Patricia (McKiou) Brizendine, of The Villages, ...

Kenneth Crawford

published 4/3/2022
Kenneth Oliver Crawford, 92, a former lay member to annual conference from Pekin Grace UMC, died April 3 in Pekin. He is the father of IGRC Coordinator of Congregational Development, the Rev. Michael J. Crawford.   His funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 8 at Pekin Grace UMC, with the Rev. Eric N. Swanson officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes and Crematory in Pekin and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial ...

Rodney Ferguson

published 3/31/2022
Rodney Keith Ferguson (Norvell) of Winthrop Harbor, IL, age 53, died suddenly at home on March 31st, 2022. Rod was born February 26, 1969 in Iowa City, Iowa to Janet and John Norvell. After graduation from North Scott High School in Eldridge, Iowa, Rodney enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served for four years. He married Anne Ferguson on January 6, 1990 in Champaign, IL. She survives. For many years Rod was active in the Society for Creative Anachronism, a medieval reenactment ...

Loraine Ellen Elwood

published 3/28/2022
Loraine Ellen Elwood, age 93, of Lancaster, California passed away on Monday, March 28, 2022. Loraine was born August 9, 1928. Together with her husband, the Elwoods served 19 years of active ministry in the former Central Illinois Conference, retiring in 1991 from Cissna Park-Rankin. Rev. Elwood was an elder in another denomination prior to uniting with The United Methodist Church in 1972.  He died Jan. 30, 1997. A funeral service for Loraine will be held Thursday, April 7, 2022 from 2:00 PM ...

Harry K. Deffley

published 3/27/2022
The Reverend Harry Kammermann Deffley, 96, died peacefully in his sleep on March 27, 2022 in the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Harry was a resident of Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, Maryland. In his last days he frequently expressed his joy at the expectation of being with his Lord and of being reunited with his wife, Barbara, who died in 2019. Harry was born on April 1, 1925, in Rochester, Minnesota. He was the fourth of five children born to Emma and Andrew J. ...

Frank New

published 3/24/2022
IGRC retired pastor, the Rev. Frank M. New, 91, died March 24 in Tempe, Ariz.   Rev. New served 44 years in active ministry in the former Central Illinois Conference, retiring in 1995 as Jacksonville District Superintendent.   A celebration of life will be held at a later date yet to be determined.   Condolences may be sent to wife Mary Lou New at 2645 E. Southern Ave., Apt. A 228, Tempe  AZ  85282.

Betty Joan Procell

published 3/7/2022
Betty Joan Procell, 93, of Stewardson, IL, passed away on Monday, March 7, 2022, in Evergreen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Effingham, IL. Graveside services, for family, will be held in the Stewardson Cemetery. Brummerstedt Funeral Home in Stewardson is assisting the family. Betty was born October 3, 1928, in Shelbyville, IN, the daughter of Louis and Effa Mae (Oakley) Clark. She married Andrew C. Procell on May 23, 1947, in Shelbyville, IN, the same day she graduated from high school. ...

Carl Fredrick Dunker

published 3/7/2022
Reverend Dr. Carl Fredrick Dunker, a native of Cairo, Illinois passed away March 7, 2022 in Asheboro, NC. Carl was born November 27, 1929 in Cairo, Illinois. He was a graduate of Cairo High School, Cairo, IL 1947; Greenville College, Greenville, IL 1953; Christian Theological Seminary, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN 1956; International Bible College and Seminary, Independence, MO 1990. At the age of 14 in 1943, Carl surrendered his life to Jesus Christ during a revival meeting a few days ...

Jeannine Schendel

published 3/5/2022
Jeannine Schendel, 89, widow of the Rev. Merlin Schendel, died March 5 in Leesburg, Fla.   Together with her husband, the Schendels served 35 years of active ministry, retiring in 1994 from Decatur: Christ. Rev. Schendel preceded her in death on Dec. 4, 2021.   A joint celebration of life for Merlin and Jeannine will be held at 11 a.m., April 30, at Springfield: First UMC.   Condolences may be sent to a son, Mark Schendel, 715 Surrey Pl., Leesburg, FL  34748.

David Edman

published 3/3/2022
David Walter Edman, age 74, of Ottawa, IL, died on March 3, 2022. He was born September 6, 1947, in Joliet, IL, and graduated from Joliet High School. Dave volunteered for the U.S. Air Force and served honorably in Vietnam. He worked at Stepan chemical company for 46 years, 7 months, and 3 days until retiring in 2013. On October 26, 1997, he married his wife Carol (nee Peterson) at Coal City United Methodist Church. He was a member of Open Table United Church of Christ, Ottawa. Dave loved ...

Robert Lawry

published 3/2/2022
Robert Lee Lawry, (79) of Peoria, Illinois, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2022. He was born September 7, 1942, in Nowata, Oklahoma, to Thomas F. and Gladys (MacBlane) Lawry. His early years were spent in Tulsa, Oklahoma, until his family moved to Robinson, Illinois, where he would graduate from high school in 1960. He married Elsa Kay Ferguson on June 10, 1967, in Evanston, IL. He married Susan Cress Samuel on October 20, 2000, in Effingham, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents...

Kay (Clabaugh) McGuire

published 2/25/2022
Kay (Clabaugh) McGuire, 81, of Urbana, mother of a Loda resident, died Friday, Feb. 25, at Accolade Healthcare in Paxton. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 3, at the Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Dr. W, Savoy. Funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. The family requests that everyone attending wear a face mask while inside the building. Mrs. McGuire was born Feb. 9, 1941, in Champaign, the daughter of Charles W. Clabaugh and Eleanor Knoll Clabaugh. Following her mother’s ...

Janice Ruth Stewart

published 2/23/2022
Janice Ruth Stewart, 78, of DeKalb, IL passed away Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 at the Prairie Pointe Assisted living and Memory Care in Sugar Grove, IL. Jan was born Aug. 31, 1943 in Galesburg, IL the daughter of Walter and Lela (McCullough) Haines. She married Glen Stewart in Chillicothe, IL in 1963. Janice was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Brenda Kizer. For many years Jan was a faithful pastor’s wife active in many levels of the church. Later in life she became a pastor in the ...

Joan Delores (McAllister) Newsome

published 2/12/2022
Joan Delores (McAllister) Newsome died Saturday February 12, 2022 in San Diego where she lived with her daughter Sara Burns.  She was 88. Joan was born February 3, 1934 in East St Louis.  Her life as the wife to a United Methodist minister led her to live in a number of locations giving her a life full of good friends and fond memories.  She and her husband retired to Champaign Urbana where Joan volunteered at what’s now known as OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center.  Joan was an excellent pianist...

Luella Hedden

published 2/5/2022
Luella Hedden, 101, of Rushville, IL passed away at 9:20 p.m. Saturday, February 5, 2022 at Bickford of Macomb.  She was born on March 26, 1920 in Vincennes Twp., Knox Co., IN a daughter of the late Henry A. F. & Cora M. Thorn Meyer.  She married Rev. Harold E. Hedden on August 20, 1944 at the United Methodist Church in Heltonville, IN.  He preceded her in death on September 5, 2009.  She is survived by (1) son, Richard Hedden & wife Susan of Indianapolis, IN, (2) daughters, Norma Werkheiser of ...

Carolyn Cooper

published 2/1/2022
Carolyn Cooper, 79, of Coffeen, IL passed away on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at Hillsboro Area Hospital in Hillsboro, IL. A visitation will be held  Monday, February 7, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.at the First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, IL. Memorial Services will be held on Monday, February 7, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, IL. Rev. Tom Goodell, Pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, IL will officiate. Cremation...

Frances Youtzy

published 1/27/2022
Frances Youtzy, age 99, of Quincy, died Thursday, January 27, 2022, at 10:45 pm in Good Samaritan Home. Frances was born May 7, 1922 in a small town outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Frank and Marie Rothlisberger Schilling. After her father's sudden death, Frances and her mother moved to Monticello, Wisconsin to be nearer to her mother's family. Frances graduated from Monroe High School and then attended Columbus Hospital School of Nursing in Milwaukee, earning her RN. In 1945, she married Art...

Miley Palmer

published 1/24/2022
Rev. Miley Embry Palmer, 84, of Decatur, died January 24, 2022. Miley was born March 20, 1937, in Fort Worth, Texas, the son of Guy E and Guion Palmer. He grew up in Hartford, Illinois. He graduated from McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois, earned his master’s in theology at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, and doctor of ministry degree at Christian Theological Seminary. He married Janet Elaine Kuhlmann of O’Fallon, Illinois on June 27, 1959. From 1955 until 2021, he served ...

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