Miscellaneous Christian County, Illinois Obituaries
(Also Shelby County)


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Lola Chappelear
formerly of Stewardson
Lola R. Chappelear, 91, of Effingham, formerly of Stewardson, died 12:02 a.m. Monday (April 23, 2001) in Sunbridge Care and Rehabilitation Center, Effingham.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, April 26 at the United Methodist Church, Stewardson, with the Rev. Tim Rhodes and the Rev. Andrew Procell officiating. Burial will be in Stewardson Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at the church and one hour before service time at the church on Thursday. Memorials may be made to World's Children - Winter Haven Fla. and the Alzheimer's Association - Southern Illinois area chapter.
She was born June 1, 1909 in Shelby County, the daughter of William and Ella M. (Spearman) Kessler. She married Charles E. Chappelear June 7, 1931 at Stewardson. He died March 23, 1994.
Surviving are brother, Harold Kessler and wife Wilma of Stewardson; sister, Mrs. Oma McCormick of Stewardson; nephews, Bill Swank and wife Margaret of Neoga, Jerry B. Kessler and wife Lynne of Effingham, John Swank and wife Glenda of Washington, Ferd McCormick and wife Arlene of Stewardson; nieces, Betty Ann Quast and husband George of Plainfield, Jennie Lou Courson and husband Paul of Dieterich, Patsy Lenz and husband Larry of Strasburg, Debra Susan Tobey of Belleville; several great nieces and nephews; and great great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by one sister.
She retired from teaching after 32 years. She taught at Mound School in Stewardson, Neoga, Deland, Elk Grove, and West Chester school districts. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Stewardson.

Edna Enoch
formerly of Findlay
Edna Enoch, 79, of Mattoon, formerly of Findlay, died 8:20 a.m. at Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home, Mattoon.
Arrangements are incomplete at Lockart & Sons Funeral Home in Findlay. 

Rev. Leo Mahnke
Rev. Leo F. Mahnke, 84, of Shelbyville, died at 3.30 a.m. Wednesday (April 25, 2001) in Shelbyville Manor.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Cowden Free Methodist Church with the Rev. Robert Smith, the Rev. Barry Long and the Rev. David Hudson officiating. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Friday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery, Cowden. Memorials may be given to Cowden Free Methodist Camp.
Rev. Mahnke was born on May 17, 1916 in Stewardson, the son of Fredrick E. R. and Eva Mae Devore Mahnke. He married Ethel Hudson on Feb. 5, 1936. She survives.
Also surviving are sons, Richard L. Mahnke and wife Ella of Princeton and Dale R. Mahnke and wife Linn of Shelbyville; ten grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by parents; sister, Leatha Rueff; and one grandson, Wesley Dale Mahnke.
He graduated in 1934 from Stewardson High School. He was a retired farmer and was a minister for 15 years in churches at Tower Hill, Fancher, Salem, Lincoln and Effingham. He was a member of the Free Methodist Church for 62 years and currently was serving on the official board of the Cowden Free Methodist Church. 

Eleanor Matlock 
Tower Hill
Eleanor M. Matlock, 82, of Tower Hill, died at 2 p.m. Wednesday (April 25, 2001) in her residence.
Funeral arrangements will be 2 p.m. Sunday in Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville with the Rev. Cynthia Taylor officiating. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Saturday. Burial will be in Bethany Cemetery, near Assumption. Memorials may be given to Shelby County Community Services.
Mrs. Matlock was born on March 9, 1919 in Stonington, the daughter of Leslie and Ida Shelton Tirey. She married Earl "Bill" Matlock on Aug. 28, 1938. He died on Jan. 8, 1987.
Surviving are her daughter, Janet Matlock of Shelbyville; sister, Reva Mae Reulecke of Moweaqua; grandson, David Dawson of Effingham; sisters-in-law, Leona Tirey of Shelbyville; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by husband; parents; brothers, Cecil, Floyd and Merle Tirey; and sisters, Lucille Pyle and Frances Tirey.
She was a 1936 graduate of Assumption High School. She worked for the State of Illinois in Springfield in the Public Aid Drivers License Departments, CIPS in Pana, Shelbyville and Taylorville offices, and most recently the First Baptist Church of Pana where she served as church secretary. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Shelbyville, Eastern Star of Tower Hill and also attended the Tower Hill United Methodist Church.

Cyril Voudrie
Tower Hill
Cyril L. Voudrie, 74, of Tower Hill died 5:49 a.m. Tuesday (April 24, 2001) in Heritage Manor, Pana.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana, with the Rev. M. Thomas Swantner officiating. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday with Masonic rites at 8 p.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, Pana, with military rites by Pana Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4431. Memorials can be made to donor's choice.
Mr. Voudrie was born in Madison County on June 15, 1926, the son of Clarence and Oneta Knable Voudrie, He married Verla M. Smith in Cairo on Oct. 30, 1953.
He is survived by his wife; children, Leo Wayne Voudrie and wife Connie Sue of Herrick; Allen William Voudrie and wife Tina K. of Tower Hill; James Ronald Voudrie and wife Deeann K. of Herrick; Jean Ann Nicolas and husband Randy of Pana; grandchildren, Miranda Voudrie, Krystal Voudrie Brandi Voudrie, Connor Allen Voudrie, Marcus Allen Voudrie, Jennifer Juanita Voudrie, Ashley Nicolas and Erin Nicolas; brothers, Delmar and wife Sharon Voudrie of Pana; Elmer and wife Myrna Voudrie of Mattoon; Alfred and wife Greta Voudrie of Elk River, Minn.; Clarence Jr. and wife Sylvia Voudrie of Arkansas; Leto and wife Irene Voudrie of Moweaqua; Robert and wife Sandra Voudrie of Decatur; Ronald and wife Linda Voudrie of Decatur; Stanley and wife Mary Voudrie of Tremont; sisters, Leola and husband Ron Konecki of Chicago; Linda and husband Harold Baldock of Owaneco; sisters-in-law, Rosemary Voudrie of Pana, and Dorothy Voudrie of Terra Haute, Ind.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Terry on April 1, 1997; brothers, Cletus and Duaine Voudrie.
He was a retired farmer and lived in Pana, Herrick and Tower Hill areas all of his life. He was an Army veteran and a member of the Pana VFW Post 4431 and Pana Lodge 226 AF & AM. 

Robert Sanders
Robert J. "Judge" Sanders, 86, of Moweaqua died 5:13 p.m. Tuesday (April 24, 2001) in St. Mary's Hospital.
Services will be 3 p.m. Saturday in Seitz Funeral Home Moweaqua. Visitation will be one hour before services. Burial will be in Westside Cemetery, Moweaqua, with full military honors. Memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church of Moweaqua.
Mr. Sanders was born in Decatur on May 11, 1914, the son of Emerson and Daisy Armstrong Sanders. He married Mary Elizabeth Bohlen on July 6, 1940, in Moweaqua.
Surviving are his daughters, Nancy Jane Brown and husband Garry, Mary Carol Schinzler and husband Halden, all of Decatur, grandchildren, Michael Garry Brown of Springfield, Todd R. Kneller and wife Kim of Peoria, Dr. Timothy D. Kneller and wife Natalie of Denver, Colo.; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Mary Elizabeth.
In 1946, Mr. Sanders was elected county judge in Shelby County. He served in that capacity until becoming a circuit judge in 1964. Upon retiring in 1976, he returned to Moweaqua, where he was a member of the First United Methodist Church, 50-year member of the American Legion, life member of the Moweaqua Masonic Lodge member of the Shelby County Farm Bureau and member of Moweaqua and Shelbyville Rotary Clubs. 
He attended Millikin University, where he was a member of SAE fraternity and the university golf team. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Commerce and the College of Law He practiced law in Moweaqua until entering the Army in 1943 and served in the European Theater of Operations, where he was captain in the Judge Advocates Corps.

Vera Adams
formerly Of Moweaqua
Vera M. Adams, Corvallis, Ore., formerly Of Moweaqua, died Feb. 27, 2001
Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Westside Cemetery, Moweaqua. Arrangements are by Seitz Funeral Home, Moweaqua.

Mabel McKerrow
Mabel E. McKerrow, 90, Neoga, formerly of Chicago, died Tuesday (April 24, 2001) in Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. 
She was born March 29, 1911 in Chicago, the daughter of William and Sophie (Federer) Tjardes. She married Glenn W. McKerrow July 5, 1935 in Chicago. She died June 24, 1960.
Surviving are sons, Scott McKerrow and wife Linda of Mattoon and Rob McKerrow and wife Suzanne of Neoga; 11 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; and great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, one sister, one grand daughter, and two great granddaughters.
She was a homemaker and a housewife. She attended First Christian Church, Neoga.

Mary Lawrence
formerly of Moweaqua
Mary Louise "Lou" Lawrence, beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend passed away April 25, 2001. Born in Moweaqua, Oct. 16, 1924, Mrs. Lawrence flew for Braniff Airlines until meeting and marrying her husband, Andrew Jackson Lawrence III. After his death, Jan. 29, 1993, she returned to Dallas. Her career was taking care of her home and family. Her children will always be indebted to her for the love, patience, and kindness she gave so freely. 
Mrs. Lawrence is survived by her children: Sally Hendricks, Dallas; Debbie Lawrence, Frisco; Rachel Rau and her husband Daniel, Columbia, MO; and Andrew Jackson Lawrence IV and his wife Mary, Frisco. She has one brother, Tom Humphrey, Denver, CO and one sister, Juanita Haycraft, Findley. She also has seven grandchildren of whom she was so proud: Sharon, Jacob, Emily, Melissa, Stephen, Jackson and Patrick, and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at Ridgeview Presbyterian Church, 12717 Marsh Ln., Farmers Branch, TX Saturday, April 28, 2001. In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Lawrence has requested that donations be made to Ridgeview Presbyterian Church.

Ray Kloever
Ray Anthony Kloever, 47, Shelbyville died 6:30 a.m. Sunday (April 29, 2001) in Shelbyville.
Funeral Services will be Wednesday, May 2 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at 11 a.m. with eulogies by James Kloever, Donald Kloever and Donna Kaiser. Burial will be in Rosamond Grove Cemetery, Rosamond with graveside military rites by Pana Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4431. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home with Elks services at 7 p.m.
Mr. Kloever was born Aug. 2, 1953 in Pana, the son of Lawson D. "Saus" and Louise A. Ingold Kloever.
Surviving are mother; special friend, Ruthie Geer of Shelbyville; brother, James Kloever of Cahokia, IL, Donald Kloever, John Kloever, both of Pana; and sister, Donna Kaiser of Pana.
Mr. Kloever was preceded in death by his father; three brothers, Joe Kloever, Pat Kloever and Daniel Kloever.
He lived most of his life in Pana and Shelbyville. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He was a member of the Pana Veterans of Foreign War #4431, Pana Elks Lodge, Shelbyville American Legion, and the Moose Club in Shelbyville.

Danny Clark
Danny Clark, 50, of Pana, died 2:25 p.m. Friday (April 27, 2001) in Memorial Center, Springfield.
Funeral services are Tuesday, May 1, in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Nick Robertson, Pastor of Oconee Baptist Church officiating. Mr. Clark's request was to be cremated. Visitation is Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at McCracken-Dean Funeral Home. Memorials can be sent to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
Mr. Clark was born Nov. 15, 1950 in Pana, the son of Robert E. and Bessie Ellen Campbell Clark, deceased.
Surviving are brother, Robert L. Clark and wife Joanne of Pana; and sisters, Beverly Klein of Decatur, Barbara Metzger and husband Julius of Pana, Jacquelyn "Jacky" Pinkston of Taylorville.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He graduated from Pana High school and lived his entire life in the Pana area. He was member of the Community Presbyterian Church of Rosamond.

Timothy Norfleet
Timothy Wayne Joseph Norfleet, infant son of Tim Norfleet and Alisha Harrelson of Shelbyville, died 9:25 a.m. Friday (April 11, 2001) in St. John's Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday April 30 in Windsor Cemetery, Windsor. There will be no visitation. Robert Norfleet will officiate. Arrangements are by Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home in Windsor.
Mr. Norfleet was born April 11, 2001 at 9:16 a.m. April 11, 2001 in St. John's Hospital.
Surviving are his parents; grandparents, Joe and Paula Norfleet of Shelbyville, Joyce Norfleet of Monticello, Toni Rinehart of Windsor, Dave and Carol Harrelson of Windsor; great grandparents, Bill and Barb Harrelson of Cooks Mill, Lee and Nancy Metcalf of Port Orange, FL, Dennis and Debbie Lovins of Springfield; aunts Kelli Paxton of Mattoon, April Harrelson of Windsor, uncles, Dakota Rinehart of Windsor and Troy Norfleet of Monticello.
He was preceded in death by great grandparents Hubert and Myrtle Norfleet and uncle Jason Paxton.

Hazel L. Hall
Hazel L. Hall, 73, of Pana, died at 3:10 a.m. on Saturday, April 28 at Heritage Manor in Pana.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2, in Bolton-Brown-Service Funeral Home in Columbiana, Alabama. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 1. Burial will be in Summerhill Cemetery in Columbiana.
Mrs. Hall was born April 11, 1928 in Helena, Al., the daughter of Granville and Orlena Nelson Butterworth. She married Flavers Clifton hall Feb. 7, 1966 in Alabama. He died Sept. 1991.
She is survived by four children, Lucille Y. Morgason, Pana; Cindy D. Knapp, Assumption; Pam D. Morstatter, Pana; and Sheila S. Sarver, Ramsey; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.
She live in Pana and the Nokomis area for 4 years. She was a bookkeeper and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.

Blaine Abraham
Blaine Primmer Abraham, 87, of Shelbyville died 9 p.m. Monday (April 30, 2001) in Shelbyville Manor.
Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Thursday in Locust Grove Cemetery near Assumption. Visitation will be 1 p.m. in Seitz Funeral Home, Moweaqua. Memorials can be made to Charleston Hospice, 700 W Lincoln, Suite 800, Charleston, IL 61920.
Mr. Abraham was born April 20, 1914, in Moweaqua, the son of Ross and Nema Primmer Abraham.
He is survived by his nieces, Marilyn and husband Bob Vilmure of Shelbyville; Nancy and husband Russell Ridder of Springfield; seven great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Lawrence; sister, Opal Atchison; and niece, Eleanor Snow.
He was a retired farmer, member of American Legion of Findlay and Shelby County Farm Bureau. He was also a World War II Army veteran.

Gladys Mose
Gladys E. Mose, 87, of Shelbyville, died at 8:48 p.m. Wednesday (May 2, 2001) in the Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.
Mrs. Mose was born April 7, 1914 in Richview, IL., the daughter of John C. and Alta Haun Spencer.
She was a teacher in the Shelbyville schools for many years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Shelbyville, the American Legion Auxiliary of Shelbyville, the 8/40 of Vandalia, and was a past Matron of the Eastern Star Lodge of Shelbyville.
She married James W. Mose May 25, 1941 in Paris, IL. He passed away Jan. 18, 1983.
Surviving are a son, Alan Mose and wife Kathy of Webster, NY; daughters, Edith Mose and Judy Carter and husband Jack both of Shelbyville; daughter-in-law, Bari Lynn Mose of Shelbyville; five grandchildren, Bryan Mose and wife Tracy of Springfield, Brittany Mose of Shelbyville, Cayce Mose Odle and husband Chris of Webster, NY, Sarah Mose of Webster, NY and Jessie Carter of Indianapolis; a brother, Frank Spencer of Medford, Ore.; two sisters-in-law, Helen Mose of Shelbyville and Irma Spencer of Paris, IL.
She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Bill; parents; one sister; two brothers; and two half brothers.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday May 5 in the Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville. Dr. Bruce Owens will officiate. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday. Eastern Star services will be held at 8 p.m. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery at Shelbyville. Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association.

Joan Greenwood
Joan Lane Greenwood, 68, of Jacksonville died Thursday morning (May 3, 2001) at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. She was born on June 8, 1932, in rural Shelby County, the daughter of Joseph Paul and Lois Barbee Lane. She married Marion Glenn Greenwood on Oct. 24, 1957, in Decatur. 
Surviving are four sons, Stanley (wife, Sheri) Greenwood of Centralia, Allen (wife, Janet) Greenwood of Woodson, Roger (wife, Mary) Greenwood of Jacksonville and Jeff (wife, Terri) Greenwoood of Woodson; one daughter, JoEllen Greenwood of Jacksonville; seven grandchildren, one great grandson; two brothers, Charles (wife, Nancy) Lane of Shelbyville and Bill (wife, Mary) Lane of Sarasota, Fla.; and three sisters, June (husband, David) Allen of Jacksonville, Judy (husband, Jon) Hubbard of Blue Mound and Mary Frances (husband, Raymond) Miller of San Antonio, Texas. 
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Norma Jean Lane.
Mrs. Greenwood was a homemaker and had been secretary to the Dean of the College at Illinois College from 1958-1962 and had also been employed at Belobradjdic Bookstore. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, and crafts, and most of all, spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 7 at Williamson Funeral Home with burial in Diamond Grove Cemetery. Friends may call after 12 noon on Sunday at the funeral home where the family will meet friends from 5 - 7 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association, Shriner's Children's Hospital or St. Louis Children's Hospital.

Fred Shuster
Fred M. Shuster, 93, Moweaqua, died 8:40 a.m. Saturday (May 5, 2001) in St. Mary's Hospital.
Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in Seitz Funeral Home, Moweaqua, with visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Moweaqua. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Shelby County 4H and Junior Fair Association or Moweaqua American Legion.
Mr. Shuster was born Sept. 28, 1907, in McLeansboro, the son of Mansfield and Bertha Hawthorn Shuster. He married Marie M. MePeak May 11, 1946, in McLeansboro. She preceded him in death Oct. 25, 1997.
Surviving are his sons, Carl (Carol) Shuster of Mattawan, Mich.; Robert (Diana) Shuster of Shelbyville, Tenn. Don (Evelyn) Shuster of Moweaqua; daughters, Mae Shuster (Bob) Hays of Moweaqua; Vickie Shuster (Louis) Egyud of Coraopolis, Pa.; sons, Dean (Cecile) MePeak of Troy; Val (Jan) MePeak of St. Charles; Curtis (Margie) MePeak of Dalton City; daughter, Norma MePeak Brehm of Carmi; brother, Ed (Virginia) Shuster of McLeansboro; sister, Edna Eckels of McLeansboro; 31 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, daughter, Mary Jo MePeak Parker, parents and brothers, Frank and Joe.
He was a retired farmer. He was a member of Primitive Baptist Church, charter member of Moweaqua Lions Club and Melvin Jones Fellow and was Outstanding Farmer of Shelby County in 1973. Mr. Shuster was a member of Loyal Order of Moose of Shelbyville, one of the organizers of the Shelby County 4-H and Junior Fair board for 44 years, Shelby County Farm Bureau board member for 22 years, Shelby County Extension Council for nine years and was a member of Shelby County Milk Association 1949-1964. He was a past member of Moweaqua Farmers Co-op board and current member of Moweaqua Community Development Committee. 
Fred Shuster was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather to his family. He left us on May 5 and will be missed by family and friends. Most will remember him as "King Seller" of raffle tickets for benefits. Fred also loved his games of rook at the rookery.

Donald Dance
Donald E. Dance, 78, of Moweaqua, died 5:15 p.m. Saturday (May 5, 2001) in Decatur Memorial Hospital.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in Seitz Funeral Home, Moweaqua, with Mark Weber officiating. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday with 8 p.m. Masonic rites. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery, Moweaqua, with military honors by Moweaqua American Legion Post 370. Memorials can be made to Kemmerer Village, Assumption.
Mr. Dance was born Feb. 10, 1923, in Paris, the son of Glen and Della Gross Dance. He married Elaine Cook Dec. 22, 1961, in Crown Point, Ind. She preceded him in death Feb. 24, 1998.
Surviving are his sons, David, Donald and Russell, all of Moweaqua; daughter, Donnette Beekett of Moweaqua; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sons, Robert and Richard, and daughter, Donna Sue.
He retired from A.E. Staley Mfg. Co. in 1981. He was a member of Moweaqua First Christian Church, Stephen Decatur 979 AF & AM, Springfield Consistory, Ansar Shrine, Springfield, Decatur Council 16, Macon Chapter 21 RAM, Beaumanoir Commandry 9 and American Legion Post 370 in Moweaqua. He was a World War II Navy veteran.

Bertha Burrus
Bertha M. Burrus, 94, formerly of Assumption, died 1:15 p.m. Saturday (May 5, 2001) at Heritage manor in Pana.
Arrangements are incomplete at Wallace-Carrol Funeral Home, Herrick.

Richard Vail
Richard L. Vail, 70, of Moweaqua, died at 8:40 p.m., Saturday (May 5. 2001) in his residence.
Graveside Services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 9, 2001 at Westside Cemetery, Moweaqua with full military honors by the Macon County Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Dawson & Wikoff Colonial Chapel North Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to St. Johns Hospital Home Health Services.
Mr. Vail was born on June 4, 1930 in Decatur, the son of Joseph and Marie (Betzer) Vail. He married Linda Sue Weakly on May 17, 1969. She preceded him in death on Nov. 27, 2000. 
Surviving are his sons: Michael Vail and his wife Brenda of Springfield and Corey Vail and his wife Cathy of Bloomington; granddaughters, Nicole and Emily Vail of Springfield and Madison Vail of Bloomington.
He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.
He was a retired engineer for A.E. Staley Manufacturing Company, a U.S. Air Force Korean War Veteran, and a member of Grace United Methodist Church.

Sharon Maxheimer
Sharon Kay Green Maxheimer, 58, Pana, died 1:45 p.m. Thursday (May 3, 2001) in her residence.
Services will be Saturday May 12 in First United Church at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Walter B. Carlson officiating. Visitation is Saturday form 2 p.m. until service time at First Methodist Church. Arrangements are by McCracken-Dean Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to the First united Methodist Church in Pana or the Pana Community Hospital Foundation for Hospice.
Mrs. Maxheimer was born Feb. 2, 1943 in Mt. Pulaski, the daughter of Samuel Gayland and Emagene Pearl Veech Green. She married Donald Ralph Maxheimer on Oct. 2, 1964 in Mt. Pulaski. He survives.
Also surviving are parents; children, Douglas R. Maxheimer and wife Rachelle of Taylorville, Michelle Wortel and husband Brian of Carbondale; grandchildren, Allison and Ashley Wortel; sisters, Brenda Carthel of Denton, TX. and Jacqueline Kapper of Illiopolis.
She lived in Pana since 1965. She was a Registered Nurse and a member of the First United Methodist Church, Pana. 

Charles Spears
Tyler, TX.
Charles Ainsworth Spears, MD, 93, of Tyler, TX., died Monday (May 7, 2001) at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler, TX.
Graveside services will be held 2 p.m., Friday, May 11, in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cassville, MO. The Rev. Raymond Schultz will be officiating. Arrangements will be by Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville. No visitation is planned and the service will be closed casket. 
Memorials may be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701.
Dr. Spears was born Oct. 11, 1907 in Champaign, IL., the son of Charles Henry Spears, MD, and Nellie Elizabeth Ainsworth Spears. He married Mary Frances Turner at Bloomingdale, Ind., on Aug. 2, 1934, and she survives. 
He is survived by one daughter, Mary Elizabeth Cole of Aurora, MO.; three sons, Charles T. Spears, DVM, Anna, IL., John H. Spears, of Tyler, and Joseph W. Spears of Austin, TX; one brother, David K. Spears of Reno, Nev.; 10 grandchildren, Sharon Davis of Overland Park, KN., Christopher Cole, Phoenix, Ariz., Cathy Williams, Sebring, Fla., Amy Smith of Anna, IL., John G. Spears of Garland, TX., Bradley Spears of Hallsville, TX., Rebecca Bledsoe of Allen TX., Lori Spears of Cedar Park, TX., Michael Spears FC2, U.S. Navy - Virginia Beach, Va., and Tonya Stroud of Nashville, Tenn.; seven great-grandchildren, Cole Davis, Overland Park, Kan., Philip Davis of Overland Park, Randy Jo Williams, Sebring, Fla., Jessica Williams, Sebbring, Fla., Travis Smith of Anna, IL., Wyatt Smith of Anna, and Kirsten Allums of Hallsville, TX.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John Richard Spears; and sister, Rozanne Johnson.
He received a degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, and his medical degree from St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO. Dr. Spears practiced medicine in Cassville, Billings, and Pierce City, MO., and Cowden and Shelbyville. He retired in 1972. 
He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Tyler. He was a member of the Pierce City Masonic Lodge, Pierce City, MO.

Bertha Burrus
Mrs. Bertha M. Burrus, 94, Assumption, died at 1:15 p.m. Saturday (May 5, 2001) at Heritage Manor, Pana. 
Funeral services will beat 11 a.m. on Friday, May 11 at Wallace-Carroll Funeral Home, Herrick, with the Rev. Lawrence Gibson officiating. Visitation will be 9 a.m. until service time on Friday, May 11 at Wallace-Carroll Funeral Home. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery, Bowling Green Township Fayette County. 
Memorials may be made to Assumption Christian Church. 
Mrs. Burrus was born Thursday, Oct. 11 1906, in Hauwaert, Belgium, the child of Louis and Marie Goethuys. She married Paul G. Burrus in Vandalia on Saturday, Sept. 13, 1947.
She worked in defense plants in Chicago during W.W. II. Mrs. Burrus and her husband had resided in Assumption since 1936. She was a member of Assumption Christian Church and was member of Assumption Garden Club. Mrs. Burrus was known for her quilting and won many awards for her quilts. She and her husband were also active in the restoration of antique furniture.
She is survived by husband; son, Ronald, and wife, Shirlee Koetz of Marianna, Fla.; daughter-in-law, Sandy Burrus of Madison, Wis.; grandchildren, Val Rhodes of Shelbyville, Mrs. Steve (Linda) Gastelum of Vista, California, Kevin (wife, Beverly) Koetz of Joshua, TX., Mrs. Tim (Kathi) Goodwin of Ocean Springs, Miss., Kurt (Susan) of Tallahassee, Fla., Mitchell and wife, Amber, Burrus of Ohio, Danielle Burrus of Milwaukee, Wis.; 11 great-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; 
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Valerie Helen Koetz, and son, John Paul Burrus; sister, O'Dell Kramer; brothers, Raymond and Robert Goethuys.

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