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Karen Sue (Lightner) Aiello
Aiello, Karen Sue (Lightner), 60, of Wichita, formerly of Mattoon, retired broker, died Thursday, July 27, 2000 after a five month battle with cancer.Service, 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, Aug. 1, Downing & Lahey Mortuary East Chapel.Mrs. Aiello was born December 19, 1939 in Latham, Kansas. She recently retired from a career as a real estate broker and developer in Denver, CO. She returned to Wichita three years ago to care for her father, Ralph S. Lightner and mother, Byrlee Corbin Davidson. Sue was a tremendous supporter of the arts and education. She will be remembered by her children and numerous loved ones as someone of unparalleled generosity and tremendous abundance of life and vitality. Services will be followed by a reception at 20 Lynwood Blvd., Eastborough.Survivors: Father, Ralph S. Lightner of Wichita; Mother, Byrlee Corbin Davidson of Wichita; Sons, Tyler of Denver, CO; Antonio of New York, NY; Daughter, Colette Aiello-Knox of Charlotte, NC; Companion, Joe Matherly of Mahomet, IL; Sisters, Michelene Davidson of Wichita; Debbie Ritter of Kansas City, MO; Two Grandchildren; Niece and Nephew, Patrick and Bevin Tucker.Family request no flowers. Memorial has been established with American Cancer Society, 400 North Broadway, Wichita, Kansas 67202.

Roger Culp
MATTOON - Roger Allen Culp, 47, of Mattoon, died at 9:25 a.m. Thursday (July 27, 2000) at a friend's residence in Newburg, Mo.The memorial service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Schilling Funeral Home with the Rev. Thomas Culp officiating.He was born Sept. 25, 1952, in Robinson, the son of Bernie C. and Mary Evelyn Peterson Culp.Surviving are his mother, Mary Garrad of Mattoon; one son, Joshua Culp of Asheville, N.C.; two daughters, Charity Decker and Faith Brown, both of Mattoon; two brothers, Rev. Thomas Culp of Charleston and Joe Culp of Mattoon; three sisters, Shirley Beach and Helen Sanders, both of Mattoon, and Linda Coppage of Kentucky; and three grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his father, two brothers and one sister.Mr. Culp was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.Memorials are suggested to the family.

Robert Donsbach
EFFINGHAM - Robert A. Donsbach, 72, of Effingham, died at 11:45 p.m. Saturday (July 29, 2000) at his residence.The funeral will be noon Wednesday at the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Effingham. Burial will be in St. Anthony Cemetery with military graveside rites. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Bauer Funeral Home in Effingham with a parish wake at 6 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus rosary at 7 p.m.He was born June 17, 1928, in Effingham County, the son of Herbert and Elizabeth (Koester) Donsbach. After the death of his mother, he was raised by his grandparents, William and Mary Donsbach. He married Elizabeth R. "Betty" Walk in 1950. She died in 1986.Surviving are seven sons, Michael of New Orleans, Robert of Toledo, Gregory of Watson, Randy, William and David, all of Effingham, and Steven of Mason; one daughter, Cynthia J. Matteson of Effingham; special friend, Mary L. Hook of Effingham; one brother, Bernard of Effingham; two half brothers, Norbert Donsbach of St. John, Ind., and Louis Donsbach of Black Oak, Ind.; one half sister, Phyllis Rice of Lawrenceville; 20 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.Mr. Donsbach was a mechanic at Laue Motor Company and then later at Luckett Ford in Effingham, and a World War II Navy veteran. He was a member of the St. Anthony Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus 665, American Legion Post 120 and VFW Post 1769, all of Effingham. Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Lincolnland.

Adrian D. Evans
MATTOON - Adrian D. Evans, 75, of Mattoon, passed away at 12:40 a.m. Sunday, July 30, 2000 at Mattoon Health Care Center.Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 1, 2000 at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, with Reverend Frank Myers officiating. Interment will be in Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services.Adrian D. Evans was born August 6, 1924 at Toledo, Illinois, a son of Virgil W. and Helen Oakley Evans. He married Betty L. Jewell in November 1973, she survives. Also surviving are two sons, Virgil and Duane Evans of Streator, Illinois, one daughter, Evelyn Tkatch also of Streator; two stepsons, Rick Jewell and wife Cheryl of Mattoon and Lenny Jewell and wife Debbie of Riverview, Michigan as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. One special aunt, Marge Thorton of Charleston also survives. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, George Evans and one grandson.Mr. Evans was a retired farmer and former employee of D-Co Oil Company and was former manager of Hilltop Trailer Park, He was a member of Toledo United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family.

Margaret Fread
LOVINGTON - Margaret E. Fread, 83, of Lovington, died at 11 a.m. Thursday, (July 27, 2000) at her residence.The funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Lovington. Burial will be in Keller Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.She was born Jan. 28, 1917, in Moultrie County, the daughter of John Dyer and Mary Belle Clevenger. She married Harold S. Fread on 1937. He survives.Also surviving are one son, Danny L. Fread of Westminster, Md., and six grandchildren.She was preceded in death one sister and one son.Mrs. Fread was retired from Glancy Hardware in Lovington and a member of the First United Methodist Church and Moultrie County Genealogical and Historical Society.

Pat Garlock
Marilyn J. "Pat" Garlock, age 67, of Mattoon, passed away at 9:35 a.m. on Saturday, July 29, 2000, at the Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.The funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend Ben Cartright and the Reverend Pete Wood officiating. Burial will be in the Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m. this (Monday) evening at the funeral home.Pat was born in Des Moines, Iowa on October 25, 1932, the daughter of Lloyd and Rose Velt Bishop Norris. She married Donald E. Garlock on June 11, 1950.Survivors include her husband, Donald E. Garlock of Mattoon; three sons, Kevin R. Anderson of Des Moines, Iowa, Mickey E. Garlock of Mattoon and Randal L. Garlock and wife Cindy of Mattoon; two daughters, Christine R. Kessler and husband Bradley of Stewardson and Donna L. Abel and husband David of Neoga; one brother, Charles H. Norris of Mason City, Iowa; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.Mrs. Garlock worked for Brown Shoe Company, Anamet (formerly Anaconda Brass), and retired from Taylor's I.G.A. in 1988. She was a member of the Winebrenner Church of God and was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star.Memorials are suggested to Camp New Hope in care of Schilling Funeral Home.

V. Corinne Hendy
SULLIVAN - V. Corinne Sefton Hendy, 88, of Sullivan, formerly of Mattoon, died at 10:05 a.m. Friday (July 28, 2000) in the Illinois Masonic Home.The funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Illinois Masonic Home Chapel, Sullivan, with the Rev. Mike Brandenburger officiating. Burial will be in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be one hour before the service. Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan is in charge of the arrangements.She was born Jan. 3, 1912, in Xenia, the daughter of Pirl and Carrie Belle Colclasure Henderson. She married Robert Sefton in 1934; he died in 1963. She married Joe Hendy in 1973; he died in 1978.Surviving are two daughters, Sandra Wirth of Sullivan and Sherry Adams of Elizabethtown, Ky.; one sister, Iona Allison of Sterling; four grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.Mrs. Hendy was a member of the Mattoon Christian Church.Memorials may be made to the Illinois Masonic Home Library for Large Print Books.

Carroll Kannmacher
MARTINSVILLE - Carroll Kannmacher, 85, of Martinsville died at 9:20 a.m. Saturday (July 29, 2000) at the Burnside Nursing Home in Marshall.The funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Greenwell Funeral Home in Martinsville. Burial will be in Marshall Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, with Masonic and Order of the Eastern Star Memorial Services beginning at 7:45 p.m. at the funeral home.He was born August 28, 1914, in Allright, the son of John Ferry and Edna English Kannmacher. He married Edith Hendrix. She survives.Also surviving are two sons, Joe Kannmacher of Sandwich and Lowell Kannmacher of Eureka; two daughters, Marolyn Fasig of Sidney, Mont., and Nadine Zordani of Watseka; two sisters, Ann Maxwell of Martinsville and Evelyn Secrest of Casey; 13 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by one sister and two brothers.Mr. Kannmacher was retired from the E. Rowe Foundry in Martinsville and a member of the Island Grove Baptist Church, Clark Lodge 603 AF & AM, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite-Valley of Danville and Saint Grace Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star.

Helen Joy Brown Morton
TRILLA - Helen Joy Brown Morton, 87, of Trilla, passed away at 11:39 a.m. Friday (July 28, 2000) at her home.Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 31, 2000 at Buck Grove Community Church with Pastor Ed Stephens officiating. Interment will be in Beals Cemetery, rural Trilla. Visitation was Sunday evening at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home.Helen was born March 14, 1913 near Trilla, daughter of Wilbur and Bessie Kelly Brown. She married William J. Morton May 17, 1930 in Terre Haute, Indiana, he died June 2, 1996. Helen and William had three children. Dale Lynn Morton, Mary Caroline Nichols, and Mildred Fern Suhl. Mary and Mildred, as well as her parents, preceded her in death. Survivors include a son, Dale and his wife Joan of Trilla, sons-in-laws: Oscar Nichols of Trilla, and Glenn Suhl of Sullivan; a sister, Ada Mae Beals of Lerna; and a half-brother: Mark Larwance of Litchfield. Eleven grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren, and three step-great-great-grandchildren also survive.Helen was a charter member of Buck Grove Community Church and a former member of the Eastern Star.Memorials may be made to the Buck Grove Community Church.

Lloyd Stone
LEROY - Lloyd D. Stone, 69, of LeRoy, died at 2 a.m. Sunday (July 30, 2000) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.The funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home in LeRoy with the Pastor Rudy Bond officiating. Burial will be 2:30 p.m. in Janesville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.He was born May 17, 1931, in Cumberland County, the son of Delmar and Carrie Warner Stone. He married Jean G. Shirley in 1990. She survives.Also surviving are one son, Alan B. Stone of Ellsworth; one daughter, Teresa (Terri) Clark of Decatur; one brother, Don Stone of Tampa, Fla.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.He was preceded in death by one sister and two sons.Mr. Stone served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.Memorials may be made to the St. Judes Children Hospital for Cancer Research, 101 E. Falencia Mesa Drive, Fullerton, CA 92635

Vernon Tharp
MATTOON - Vernon E. Tharp, 84, of Mattoon, died at 6:50 a.m. Sunday (July 30, 2000) at the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home.The funeral will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert C. Clark officiating. Burial will be in Windsor Cemetery with military rites. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home.He was born July 3, 1916, the son of Lafayette and Anna Mulvaney Tharp.Surviving are two sisters, Juanita Cutright of Mattoon and Freda Soliday of El Paso, Texas.Mr. Tharp was a retired farmer and World War II Army veteran.

Charles Winkleblack
MATTOON - Charles Winkleblack, 83, of Mattoon, died Sunday (July 30, 2000) at his residence.The funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home with the Pastor Doug Woods officiating. Burial will be in the Enon Cemetery in Ashmore. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.He was born Nov. 11, 1916, in Ashmore Township, the son of Walter G. and Eula Martin Winkleblack. He married Clara Ann Sowers in 1943. She survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Eula Mae Mince of Mattoon, Dorothy Winings of Gays and Charlette Mince of Bridgeport, Ala.; three sons, Lewis Duaine of Lerna, Charles Allen of Windsor and Ernest Glenn of Mattoon; three brothers, Robert G. of Charleston, Theron P. of Ashmore, and Cyril D. of Charleston; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother and two brothers.Mr. Winkleblack was a U.S. Army veteran of the World War II European Theater and was a security guard and farmer. He retired from Young's Radiator in 1979. He was a member of the Enon Baptist Church in Ashmore.

Billy Easton
BEREA, Ky. - Billy Eugene Easton, of Berea, Ky., died at 12:10 p.m. Thursday (July 27, 2000) at his residence.The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home in Charleston with Rev. Bill Boaz officiating. Entombment with military rites will be in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens, Mattoon, IL. Visitation will be from 12-2 p.m. on Saturday (July 29, 2000) at the funeral home.He was born Dec. 5, 1923, Charleston, IL, the son of William S. Easton and Mayme Ruth Stites Easton. He married Agnes E. Swart on Aug. 10, 1946 in Charleston, IL. She survives.Other survivors include children: Dorothy "Dottie" and Don Mau of Berea, Ky. Michael and Carla Easton of Nickasville, Ky. Diana and Bill Martin of Kansas, IL, Daryl and Cindy Easton of Lompoc, Calif., Cassandra "Kris" and David Foster of Sacramento, Calif. Eight grandchildren, five step grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, three step great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters: Ben Easton of Lerna, IL, Betty Strong of Janesville IL, Jo Ann Sexton of Bloomington, IN, Beverly Cane of Janesville IL, Burl Easton of Amarillo, TX.He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bob and Bruce Easton; two granddaughters.Mr. Easton was employed by the Department of Justice as a Sr. Lt. in Special Investigation. He had worked for 20 years and retired in 1983. He was a WW II Army veteran having served from 1942 - 1946. He was a member of the Charleston VFW Post.Memorials may be made to Hospice Care Plus, 210 St. George St., Richmond, KY 40475.

Margaret Fread
LOVINGTON -Margaret E. Fread, 83, of Lovington, died at 11:09 a.m. Thursday (July 27, 2000) at her residence.Arrangements are incomplete at the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Lovington. 

Anthony Garbi
WESTFIELD - Anthony Louis Garbi, 72, of Barnett, Mo., formerly of Westfield, died at 10:12 p.m. Thursday (July 27, 2000) at the home of his son.The funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Markwell Chapel in Westfield with Father Jeff Grant officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Westfield. Visitation will be begin at noon Sunday at the funeral chapel.He was born Aug. 6, 1927, in Chicago, the son of Louis and Beatrice Charlebois Garbi. He married Dorothy M. Miller in 1962; she died in 1993.Surviving are one son, Louis Garbi of Barnett, Mo.; two stepsons, George and David Beck; two sisters, Linda McAliffe of Genoa City, Wis., and Renee Lilly of Gary, Ind.; and three grandchildren.Mr. Garbi was a retired salesman for International Typewriter Exchange in Chicago. He was an Army veteran of the German Occupation after World War II.V. 

Corinne Hendy
SULLIVAN - V. Corinne Sefton Hendy, 88, of Sullivan, formerly of Mattoon, died at 10:05 a.m. Friday (July 28, 2000) in the Illinois Masonic Home.The funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Illinois Masonic Home Chapel, Sullivan, with the Rev. Mike Brandenburger officiating. Burial will be in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan.She was born Jan. 3, 1912, in Xenia, the daughter of Pirl and Carrie Belle Colclasure Henderson. She married Robert Sefton in 1934; he died in 1963. She married Joe Hendy in 1973; he died in 1978.Surviving are two daughters, Sandra Wirth of Sullivan and Sherry Adams of Elizabethtown, Ky.; one sister, Iona Allison of Sterling; four grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.Mrs. Hendy was a member of the Mattoon Christian Church.Memorials may be made to the Illinois Masonic Home Library for Large Print Books.

Helen Morton
TRILLA - Helen Joy Morton, 87, of Trilla died at 11:39 a.m. Friday (July 28, 2000) at her residence. The funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday at Buck Grove Community Church with Pastor Ed Stephens officiating. Burial will be in Beals Cemetery, rural Trilla. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home.She was born March 14, 1913, in Trilla, the daughter of Wilbur and Bessie Kelly Brown. She married William J. Morton in 1930; he died in 1996.Surviving are one son, Dale Lynn Morton of Trilla; one sister, Ada Mae Beals of Lerna; one half brother, Hark Larwance of Litchfield; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 2 stepgreat-grandchildren; and 3 stepgreat-great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by two daughters.Mrs. Morton was a homemaker. She was a member of Buck Grove Community Church and a former member of the Eastern Star. Memorials may be made to Buck Grove Community Church.

Alvin Bennett
MATTOON - Alvin L. Bennett, 63, of Mattoon, formerly of Charleston, died at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday (July 26, 2000) at SunBridge Care and Rehabilitation Center, Mattoon.A graveside service will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Roselawn Cemetery with the Rev. Jack Turner officiating. No visitation is planned. The Harper-Swickard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.He was born Dec. 19, 1936, in Charleston, the son of Clifford and Eva Bennett. He married Lenora Miller in 1975; she died in 1987. Surviving is one brother, Gerald Bennett of Orlando, Fla.He was also preceded in death by two brothers.Mr. Bennett had worked in several area factories.Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Savoy.

Elaine Burke
CHARLESTON - Elaine Burke, age 78, of Charleston, entered into rest on Saturday, July 22, 2000 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Services celebrating Elaine's life will be held on Monday, July 31, 2000 at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Becky Turner officiating. Services and visitation will be held at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston. Visitation will be held Sunday evening, July 30, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Interment will be at Roselawn Cemetery.Elaine was born June 11, 1922, in Bullpit, Illinois, the daughter of Vernon O. and Zella (Brown) Bloxam. She married Thomas M. Burke on September 9, 1942 in Mattoon, Illinois. He preceded her in death earlier this year on May 18.Survivors include two daughters, Peggy Gire and her husband Dann of Hoffman Estates, Illinois and Carol Ellis and her husband Jerry of Charleston; four grandchildren, Jamie Addams and her husband Jon Montgomery of Bartlett, Illinois, Michael Addams of Charleston and Lauren Gire and Morgan Gire, both of Hoffman Estates, and two step grandchildren, Jerry Lee Ellis and his wife Angela of Greenup, Illinois and Joi Ellis of Anoka, Minnesota.Elaine was an active member of the Disciples of Christ Christian Church and the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center Volunteer Guild. She had also served as Coles County Republican Chairwoman. Her hobbies included needlework and sewing as well as traveling with her husband Tom and vacationing and camping with her family. Many will remember her as secretary for her husband Tom during his tenure as Circuit Judge in the Fifth Judicial Circuit. Elaine was a graduate of Mattoon High School and Utterbacks Business College.Memorials in honor of Elaine may be made to the Disciples of Christ Christian Church Building Fund or the Shriner's Children's Hospital in St. Louis, in care of Adams Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 84, Charleston, IL 61920.

Leota Dukeman
ARTHUR - Leota Dukeman, 93, of Arthur, died at 8:40 a.m. Thursday (July 27, 2000) at the Arthur Home, Arthur.The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, Atwood, with the Rev. Kenneth Roedder officiating. Burial will be in the Zion Cemetery, rural Arthur. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.She was born Feb. 26, 1907, in rural Arthur, the daughter of Henry Claus and Elizabeth Kolb Schultz. She married Millard Lee Dukeman in 1935; he died in 1991.Surviving are one son, George Lee Dukeman of Arthur; two half brothers, John Schultz of Arthur and Leonard Schultz of Congress, Ariz.; two half sisters, Leona Hughes of Arthur and Juanita Benson of Brandon, Ms.; one grandchild.She was preceded in death by two brothers, one half brother and two half sisters.Mrs. Dukeman was a homemaker and a member of the Zion United Methodist Church of Christ, rural Arthur.Memorials may be made to the Atwood-Hammond High School Foundation.

Mabel Harner
KANSAS - Mabel Harner, 82, of Kansas, died at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Paris Health Care Center.The funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Greenwell Funeral Home with the Rev. Edward Giles officiating. Burial will be in Auburn Cemetery in Clark Center. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.She was born April 27, 1918, in Clark County, the daughter of Ernest and Rosella Phillips Wallace. She married Dean Harner in 1942; he survives.Also surviving are one son, Dean Fredrick Harner of Fortaleza, Brazil; one daughter, Freda Ruthella Watts of Kansas; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.She was preceded in death by two brothers and one grandchild.Mrs. Harner was a member of the Ashmore Baptist Church, Ashmore.

J. D. Keown
FINDLAY - J. D. Keown, 86, of Findlay, died at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday July 26, 2000, in Sheryl's Place in Shelbyville.Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday in the Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Findlay with Rev. Ray Roberts officiating. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday. Burial in the Marrowbone Twp. Cemetery in Bethany.Memorials: Sheryl's Place.J.D. was born Feb. 27, 1914, in Fordsville, Ky, the son of George S. and Eliza Wells Keown. He married Freda L. Walter Aug. 13, 1931 in Bethany and she survives. Also surviving: son, Don R. Keown and wife, Bonnie of Findlay; daughter, Doris J. Matlock and husband Don of Shelbyville; son Larry N. Keown and wife Ruth Ann of Lakewood; daughter, Linda A. Getz and husband Jack of Findlay; nine grandchildren, Cindy Gollus of Findlay, Vickie Martin of Findlay, David Keown of Findlay, Lonnie Matlock of Shelbyville, Randy Keown of Shelbyville, Becki Keown of Jacksonville, Todd Keown of Lakewood, Jeff Getz of Mt. Zion and Jody Getz of Findlay; twenty-one great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; brother, Charles (Short) Keown and wife, Louise of Findlay and sister-in-law, Louise Keown of Bethany. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and two sisters.J.D. was a retired farmer in the St. Mary's Community, Findlay."Death is just a doorway, This journey we're on, on our way to God, begins when we take our first breath on earth, and our journey isn't complete until we take our last breath on earth and our first breath in heaven." 

Helen Ryan
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Helen Marie Ryan, 89, of Terre Haute, Ind., formerly of the Mattoon area, died Wednesday (July 26, 2000) at her residence.The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's University Parish Church in Terre Haute, Ind. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.She was born Dec. 14, 1910, in Mattoon, a daughter of Elmer and Mary Morgan Phipps. She married George Thomas Ryan in 1933; he died in 1965.Surviving are three daughters, Georgiann Wilson of Effingham, Marylla Millard of Terre Haute, Ind., and Betty Frisch of Bloomington; two brothers, Don Phipps of Pebble Beach, Calif., and Maurice Phipps of Surprise, Ariz.; two sisters, Isabelle Corbet of Shreveport, La., and Marjorie Church of Avon, Ind.; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.Mrs. Ryan was a former employee of the Mattoon Journal Gazette, a retired housemother of DePauw University, former owner of Ryan's Daughters Tearoom and Dress Shop in Effingham, and regional manager for the Welcome Wagon. She was a member of St. Joseph's University Parish of Terre Haute, Ind., and former member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Mattoon.Memorials may be made to St. Joseph's University Parish's Flower Memorial Fund or Hospice of Wabash Valley, Terre Haute, Ind.

Alvin Bennett
MATTOON - Alvin L. Bennett, 63, of Mattoon, formerly of Charleston, died at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday (July 26, 2000) at Douglas Care and Rehabilitation Center, Mattoon.Arrangements are incomplete at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home.

Lucille McCoy
WATSON - Lucille McCoy, 78, of Watson, died at 1:22 p.m. Tuesday (July 25, 2000) at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital, Effingham.The funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Watson Baptist Church, Watson. Burial will be in the Watson Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Pagel Funeral Home, Watson, and one hour before the service at the church.She was born Feb. 2, 1922, in Fountain Run, Ky., the daughter of Tomkie and Annie L. Kelsey Thomas. She married Bedford L. McCoy, in 1944; he died in 1989. Surviving are four sons, Tom McCoy of Watson, Kenneth McCoy of Effingham, John McCoy of Mattoon and Charles McCoy of Lake Paradise; two daughters, Annie L. Connor of Effingham and Bonnie Sue Pontious of Watson; one brother, Dewey Thomas of Smith Grove, Ky.; four sisters, Grace Brown, Bertie L. Goode, Irene Dismon and Ruby Dismon all of Fountain Run, Ky.; 20 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by one brother, one sister and two grandchildren.Mrs. McCoy was a housewife and a member of the Rough Hills Baptist Church of Rough Hills, Ky.Memorials may be made to the Watson Baptist Church.

Maxine Shallenberger
SHELBYVILLE - Maxine Shallenberger, 77, of Shelbyville, died at 2 a.m. Wedensday (July 26, 2000) in her residence. The funeral wil be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetary, near Shelbyville. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. She was born June 20, 1923, in Shelby County, the daughter of Christian August and Myrtle Dell Page Ruff. Surviving are one daughter, Jamie Horsman of Shelbyville; one brother, Howard Ruff of Pana; one sister, Betty Patrick of Pana; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters. 

Hazel Witherspoon
CLINTON, Ind. - Hazel Edith Witherspoon, 76, of Clinton, Ind., formerly of Paris, died at 3 a.m. Wednesday (July 26, 2000) in West Central Community Hospital, Clinton, Ind.The funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Smith Funeral Home, Paris. Burial will be in Edgar Cemetery, Paris. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.She was born April 20, 1924, in Chrisman, a daughter of Charlie Ayers and Edith Lystner Ayres. She married James W. Witherspoon in 1946; he survives.Also surviving are four sons, Donald Witherspoon of Paris, and Jimmy, Larry and Jerry Witherspoon, all of Clinton, Ind.; five daughters, Nancy Callahan and Betty Lucas, both of Mattoon, Shirley Moreton of Appleton, Wis., Mary Gass of Charleston and Wanda Witherspoon of Clinton, Ind.; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, two brothers and two sisters.

Darlene Brewster
DECATUR - Darlene F. Brewster, 43, of Decatur, died at 7:20 p.m. Sunday (July 23, 2000) from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. The Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.She was born Dec. 30, 1956, in Greenville, S.C., the daughter of Richard L. Askren and Helen Harris.Surviving are one daughter, Joni Webber of Lewiston, Mich.; her father, Richard Askren, and his wife, Pat, of West Union; one brother, Richard H. Askren of Charleston; three sisters, Venora Oxley of Weirton, Ohio, Kathy Applegate of Charleston and Barbara Lawson of Mattoon; and two grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her mother and one daughter.Mrs. Brewster was a bartender at the Decatur Country Club.Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Betty Galbreath
NEOGA - Betty Galbreath, 86, of Neoga, formerly of Ashmore, died at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday (July 25, 2000) at Heartland Christian Village, Neoga.The funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, Mattoon, with the Rev. Robert Clark officiating. Burial will be in Ashmore Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.She was born Nov. 6, 1913, in Redmon, a daughter of Roy and Mattie Brill Gill. She married Glenn Galbreath in 1934; he died in 1959.Surviving are two daughters, Marilyn Brosam and Glenda Wright of Mattoon; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by one brother and one sister.Mrs. Galbreath was a clerk for Kirlin's Hallmark. She was a member of the Ashmore Presbyterian Church.Memorials may be made to the Heartland Christian Village.

Harold James
EFFINGHAM - Harold Glen James, 80, of Effingham, formerly of Mattoon, died at 12:25 p.m. Tuesday (July 25, 2000) at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital, Effingham.The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Centenary United Methodist Church in Effingham. Burial will be in Oakridge Cemetery, Effingham. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Johnson Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church.

James Kennedy
SULLIVAN - James E. Kennedy, 65, of Sullivan, died at 9:20 p.m. Monday (July 24, 2000) in his home.The funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan, with Ron Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Findlay Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home.Mr. Kennedy was born January 15, 1935, in Mt. Vernon, the son of Alta Mae Shelton Kennedy. Jim was a member of the Highway Church of Christ and was retired from General Cable in Monticello. He married Doris Janet Perry on August 30, 1958, in Findlay, IL, and she survives.Other survivors include a son, Chris Kennedy and wife Melissa of Mattoon; daughters, Brenda Kennedy of Lexington, KY, Diana Harpster Kindel and her husband Greg of Banks, Oregon; grandson, Colton James Kennedy of Mattoon; granddaughters, Jennifer and Jamie Harpster of Banks, Oregon and Shelby Kennedy of Mattoon; sister, Betty Elliston of Mt. Vernon.He was preceded in death by his mother, one sister and a son-in-law.

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