Miscellaneous Coles County, Illinois Obituaries and Death Notices 2001

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Leavy Cummins

MORTON - Leavy Cummins, 92, of Morton, died at 3:57 p.m. Sunday (April 22, 2001)
at his residence.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Cumerford-Endsley-Diggle Funeral Home in
Peoria. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery, Peoria. Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m.
Thursday at the funeral home.

He was born May 27, 1908, in Harrisburg, the son of William and Tishia Brown Cummins.
He married Jewel Parton in 1930; she died in 1989.

Surviving are three sons, Len Cummins of Casey, Dave Cummins of St. Peters, Mo., and
Bill Cummins of Peoria; two daughters, Doris Hensley of Peoria and Olive Diffenderfer of
Ft. Wayne, Ind.; one brother, William T. Cummins of Morton; 19 grandchildren; and 28
great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one son, one brother and one sister.

Mr. Cummins was employed at Caterpillar Inc., retiring in 1973.

Eugene Lang

GLOUCESTER, Mass. -Eugene Lang, 82, of Gloucester, Mass., died Sunday (April 22,
2001).

Burial will be today in Massachusetts.

He was born in 1918, the son of Earl and Anna Lang. His wife, Mary, survives.

Also surviving are four children; one sister, Jackie Newell of Charleston; seven
grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by two sons and one brother.

Mary Lenkner

MUNHALL, Pa. - Mary Antoinette Lenkner, 88, of Munhall, Pa., died at 2:15 a.m.
Monday (April 23, 2001) at her home.

Arrangements are incomplete at Solvakis-Glenn Funeral Home in Munhall.

She was born May 31, 1913, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of George and Mary Nadzam.
She married William J. Lenkner in 1937; he died in 1984.

Surviving are one daughter, Mother Scholastica (Josephine) of Bethlehem, Conn.; four
sons, Bill Lenkner of Mattoon, George Lenkner of York, Pa., and John and James
Lenkner, both of Pittsburgh; one brother, Father John Nadzam of Munhall, Pa.; eight
grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

Mrs. Lenkner was a member of St. Rita's Catholic Church in Munhall.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the donor's choice.

Mildred Titus

TOLEDO - Mildred M. Titus, 89, of Toledo, died at 2:15 p.m. Monday (April 23, 2001)
at the Cumberland Nursing Center in Greenup.

Arrangements are incomplete at the Barkley Funeral Home in Toledo.

Robert Vonderheide

EFFINGHAM - Robert F. Vonderheide, 63, of Effingham, died at 6:12 p.m. Sunday
(April 22, 2001) at Lynncrest Manor in Effingham.

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Effingham.
Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Shumway. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today with
a 6 p.m. parish wake service at the Bauer Funeral Home in Effingham.

He was born Feb. 21, 1938, in Stewardson, the son of Henry and Helen Meyer
Vonderheide.

Surviving are one son, Keith of Stewardson; six daughters, Judy Repking of Effingham,
Joyce Mitchell of Olathe, Kan., Nancy Capezzuto of Aurora, Lisa Will of Effingham, Beth
McChuen of Belleville and Jennifer Swearingen of Mattoon; three brothers, Jim of
Shumway, Tom of Stewardson and Charlie of Stewardson; one sister, Mary Lou
Goeckner of Effingham; three stepbrothers, Dave Deters of Teutopolis, and Dan Deters
and Doug Deters, both of Sigel; three stepsisters, Judy Lueken of Teutopolis, Debbie
Lecrone of Effingham and Marsha Wollin of St. Peter; 10 grandchildren; and one
stepgrandchild.

Mr. Vonderheide retired in 2000 from Fedders Corporation in Effingham, where he had
worked for 34 years. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Effingham.

Memorials may be made to Lynncrest Manor or the American Cancer Society.

April 23, 2001

Pete Marucco

STONGINTON ­ Pete Marucco, 81, of Stonington died at 11:10 a.m. Friday (April 20,
2001) at St. Vincent Memorial Hospital in Taylorville.

The graveside funeral will be at 11 a.m. today at the Old Stonington Cemetery. There will
be no visitation.

He was born July 11, 1919, in Stonington, the son of John and Pearl Antonelli Marucco.
He married Wanda Burkhart in 1937. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Tom Marucco of Clermont, Fla., and Tim Marucco of
Charleston; one sister, Alba Wattelet of Taylorville; five grandchildren and five
great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother.

Mr. Marucco retired from Allied Mills/Continental Grain in Taylorville. He was a Navy
veteran of WW II and a member of the Zue Vandeveer Post American Legion of
Stonington and VFW Post 4495 of Taylorville.

Memorials may be made to the Stonington Rescue Squad.

Mary Ann Orr

HOOPESTON ­ Mary Ann Orr, 82, of Hoopeston died at 11:50 p.m. Friday (April 20,
2001) at The Carl Arbours in Savoy.

The funeral will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Hamilton-Orr Funeral Home in
Hoopeston with the Rev. Danny A. Lybarger and the Rev. Richard C. Mader officiating.
Burial will be in Floral Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral
home with Order of the Eastern Star services following.

She was born May 1, 1918, in Hoopeston, the daughter of William R. and Minnie Westfall
Lowery. She married Eugene E. Orr in 1944. He died in 1997.

Surviving are one son, William R. Orr of Hoopeston; twin daughters, Janet L. White of St.
Joseph and Nancy E. Branson of Mattoon; and seven grandchildren.

Mrs. Orr was a teacher and assistant to her husband at Hamilton-Orr Funeral Home. She
was a member of the United Methodist Church, Order of the Eastern Star 448, and the
Vermilion County Museum Society.

Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church, 403 E. Main St., Hoopeston,
Ill. 60942.

Helen Robinson

ARCOLA ­ Helen Louise Robinson, 87, of Arcola died at 11:05 p.m. Saturday (April 21,
2001) at Mattoon Health Care Center.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Edwards Funeral Home in Arcola with
Malcolm Fox officiating. Burial will be in Arthur Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m.
until service time on Wednesday at the funeral home.

She was born April 1, 1914, in Farmington, Ga., the daughter of Varney and Mary Eliza
Shackelford Celsor. She married Roy J. Robinson in 1943. He survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Roy J. "Sonny" Robinson Jr. and Mike Robinson, both of
Arcola; one daughter, Patricia Abel of Mattoon; nine brothers, Harmon Celsor of
Russelville, Ky., Lloyd Celsor of Hartsville, Tenn., Ned Celsor of Bowling Green, Ky.,
Dewey Celsor of Chicago, Edsel Celsor of Godfrey, Revely Celsor of Appleton, Wis.,
Web Celsor of Hendersonville, Tenn., Willie Celsor of Hebron, Ind., Jimmie Celsor of
Titusville, Fla.; one sister, Ida Horn of Godfrey; nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren
and five stepgrandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.

Mrs. Robinson retired from Falicity Fashions in 1970 and was a member of the Southside
Church of Christ in Mattoon.

Memorials may be made to the South Side Church of Christ.

Lorene Rodgers

MATTOON ­ Lorene C. Rodgers 90, of Mattoon, passed away at 4:55 a.m. Saturday,
April 21, 2001 at Mattoon Health Care Center.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at the
Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with Rev. Ron Dickinson officiating. Interment will be in
Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral
home.

Lorene was born January 2, 1911 at Ernst, Illinois, daughter of Roy and Myrtle Coldren
Scott. She married Melvin L. "Mel" Rodgers June 8, 1943 in Paris, Illinois; he died June
16, 1997. Surviving are three daughters: Susan Tinder and husband Richard of Toledo, IL,
Anne Rodgers of Berwyn, IL, and Mary Beth Sternberg and husband Raymond of Ft.
Lauderdale, FL. A daughter-in-law: Jean Churchill of Atlanta, GA; one sister: Hazel
Wright of West Union, IL. Grandchildren: Richard L. Rodgers II, Susy Horn, Mark
Tinder, Becky Burger, Debbie Andersen, and Kelly Donohue. Great-Grandchildren: Eric
Miller, Jessica Matthews, Blake and Spencer Tinder, Tyler Horn, Robbie Burger, and
Jack and Carly Donahue also survive. She was preceded in death by one son: Richard L.
Rodgers, one brother: Harry Scott, and one sister: Olive Strohm.

Lorene was a very active member of First United Methodist Church of Mattoon, Service
Sunday School Class, United Methodist Women, National Association of Retired Federal
Employees, Mattoon Senior Citizens, and Meals on Wheels.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church.

JUDITH SEELEY

Judith Ann Seeley, age 51, of Mattoon, passed away at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21,
2001, at her home.

Memorial services celebrating her life will begin at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the First
General Baptist Church with the Reverend Steven Gray officiating. No visitation is planned.
The Schilling Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Judith was born February 27, 1950 in Streator, the daughter of Kenneth E. and Elizabeth
Ellen Carter Parmer. She married John R. Seeley on December 14, 1977. He survives.

Other survivors include two daughters, Kayela Gray and husband Roger and Jessica L.
Seeley, all of Mattoon; her father and stepmother, Kenneth and June Parmer of Mattoon;
one brother, Donald E. Parmer of Mattoon; two grandchildren, Roger L. Gray II and
Mikala N. Gray, both of Mattoon; four stepgrandchildren, Tyler Gray and Savannah Gray,
both of Mattoon, Billi Jo Gray of Newton and Gina Gray of Danville; and special friend,
Patti Sullivan of Mattoon.

She was preceded in death by her mother and two sisters, Barbara and Brenda Parmer.

Mrs. Seeley was a licensed child care provider, cosmetologist and Avon dealer. Judith
graduated from Mattoon High School in 1968 and from Lake Land College in 1975 with
an Associate degree in Cosmetology. She was a member of the First General Baptist
Church, Eagles Club, and Women of the Moose. She was also active with the P.T.A.,
Youth Alliance Bowling Assoc., the local 4-H, and the Mattoon Junior Football League.

Memorial gifts may be made to the First General Baptist Church or to a charity of the
donor's choice.

EVELYN SMITH

Evelyn Lucille Smith, age 64, of Mattoon, passed away at 11:46 p.m. Friday, April 20,
2001, at her home surrounded by her family.

Funeral services celebrating her life will begin at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at the
Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend Scott Kozisek officiating. Burial will follow in
the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday
evening at the funeral home.

Evelyn was born September 5, 1936 in Cumberland County, a daughter of Cayce
Raymond and Ella McPherson Beck. She married Richard L. Smith on April 13, 1951 at
Toledo. He survives.

Other survivors include four sons, Jimmy Lee Smith and wife Connie of Cowden, Edward
Dean Smith and wife Pam, Dennis Ray Smith, and Danny Joe Smith, all of Mattoon; one
daughter, Tammy Jo Weber and husband Carl of Mattoon; four brothers, Orville E. Beck
and wife June of Mattoon, Raymond Beck of Loxa, Harold Dean "Butch" Beck and wife
Sherrie of Windsor and Robert Lee Beck and wife Wanda of Mattoon; one sister, Karen
Sue Batson and husband Paul of rural Lerna; six grandchildren, Kevin Smith of Gays, Carl
Weber and Jason Weber, both of Mattoon, Casey Applegate of Toledo, Kirshia Smith
and Samantha Smith, both of Mattoon; two stepgrandchildren, Tina Jordan and Matt
Bullard, both of Mattoon; two stepgreat-grandchildren, Jenny Jordan and Shawnda
Jordan, both of Mattoon; and special friend, Leroy Daniels of Coles Station.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Mrs. Smith was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She was
formerly employed by the Mattoon Garment Factory for twenty two years, retiring in
1987. She was the former owner and operator of Perry's Chuck Wagon and was
employed at The Little Chef restaurants. In keeping with her love for people she cared for
numerous older residents in the community. Evelyn was formerly a member of the Women
of the Moose.
Kent Taylor

BOURBON ­ Kent Leroy Taylor, 48, of Bourbon died at 3:21 p.m. Saturday (April 21,
2001) at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

The graveside funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Bourbon Cemetery. Visitation will
be 4-8 p.m. today at the family residence, 642 North County Road 490 East, in Bourbon.
Edwards Funeral Home in Arcola is in charge of the arrangements.

He was born March 21, 1953, in Monticello, the son of Kenneth L. and Marjorie A.
Griffin Taylor. He married Vickie L. Hendrickson in 1972. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, James L. Taylor of Bourbon; one daughter, Amber Woodyatt
of Champaign; his mother, Marjorie Taylor of Arcola; grandmother, Velva Taylor of
Lovington; two sisters, Shirley Morrison of Vernon Hills and Sharon Taylor of Mahomet;
and one grandson.

He was preceded in death by his father and one brother.

Mr. Taylor worked for Kinder Morgan Inc. and was a member of the National Rifle
Association.

Memorials may be made to his grandson's college fund c/o Edwards Funeral Home, 221
E. Main St., Arcola, Ill. 61910.

April 21, 2001

Jesse Allen

MATTOON - Jesse R. Allen, 75, of Mattoon, formerly of Stonington, died at 5:35 p.m.
Wednesday (April 18, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with the
Rev. Francis Hudson officiating. Burial will be in the Old Stonington Cemetery in
Stonington. Visitation will be noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

He was born July 4, 1925, in Stonington, the son of Wade and Pearl Bates Allen. He
married Evelyn Fisher in 1948; she died in 1988.

Surviving are three sons, Jesse Lee and Carl Allen, both of Little Rock, Ark., and Terry
Allen of Charleston; one sister, JoAnn Andes of Tulsa, Okla.; and two grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by five brothers and one sister.

Mr. Allen was a retired painter and a Navy veteran.

HERBERT L. BROOKS

CHARLESTON - Herbert Lee "Herb" Brooks, age 69, of Charleston and Bradenton,
Florida passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2001 at his rural Charleston home. Services
celebrating his life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, at the Bible Center
Church of Charleston, 2605 University Drive with Pastor John Best officiating. Visitation
will be held Monday evening from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330
Shawnee Drive, Charleston. Following the service, interment will be held in Mound
Cemetery.

Herb was born January 29, 1932 in Moweaqua, Illinois the son of Herbert Bae and
Dorthy (Donaldson) Brooks. He married Darlene Oyer in 1952.

Survivors include his wife Darlene of rural Charleston; four sons, Scott Brooks and his wife
Barb and Mike Brooks and his fiance Bobbi Rife, all of Charleston, David Brooks and his
wife Linda of St. Louis and Doug Brooks and his wife Pat of Florissant, Missouri; nine
grandchildren, Nicole Brooks and Brad Brooks of Charleston, Jennifer Brooks, David
Brooks and Melissa Brooks of Rhinelander, Wisconsin, Philip Brooks and Elsa Brooks of
St. Louis and Thomas Riesenberger and Cameron Riesenberger of Florissant and one
brother, James Brooks and his wife Margaret of Champaign, Illinois. He was preceded by
his parents and one grandchild.

Herb was a member of the Bible Center Church of Charleston. He was a military veteran
having served with the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Upon
graduation from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor's Degree in Education, he taught
and coached Jr. High School basketball at Westfield, Dieterich and Rardin schools. In
1966, he returned to Eastern as the Assistant Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr.
Student Union and later held the position of its Director from 1967-1978. When he retired
from Eastern Illinois University in 1987, he held the position of Director of Veterans
Services. Herb was active in politics, serving on the Coles County Republican Committee,
the Coles County Board and the Coles County Airport Authority and also served each of
these organizations as their Chairman. He also served on the State Board for the Vietnam
Memorial Fund Committee and the Illinois Public Airport Association. Herb was an avid
fisherman who also enjoyed golfing and camping with his family.

Herb's family requests that memorials in his honor be made to the Bible Center Church of
Charleston or Lincolnland Hospice. Memorials may be made at the service or visitation, or
mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920

Nancy Crum

BROCTON - Nancy C. Crum, 69, of Brocton, died at 1:53 p.m. Friday (April 20, 2001)
at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

The funeral will be 9 a.m. Monday at the Brocton Christian Church with Virgil Haynes
officiating. Burial will be in Franklin Cemetery north of Paris. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m.
Sunday at the Taber Funeral Home, Oakland.

She was born Dec. 7, 1931, in Brocton, the daughter of Harlin and Zella Tillie Meece
Powers. She married Joe T. Crum in 1951; he died in 1999.

Surviving are two sons, Kerry Crum of Springfield and Wes Crum of Brocton; one
brother, John Powers of Brocton; one sister, Helen Wood of Brocton; six grandchildren;
and one great-grandchild.

Mrs. Crum was a member of the Brocton Christian Church.

Memorials may be made to the Brocton Christian Church-Youth Group or the American
Cancer Society.

Bessie Hood

LONGVIEW - Bessie R. Hood, 86, of Longview, died at 10:25 p.m. Thursday (April 19,
2001) at the Champaign County Nursing Home.

A graveside service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Oakland Cemetery with Tony
Crouch officiating. No visitation is planned. The Taber Funeral Home, Oakland, is in
charge of the arrangements.

She was born Feb. 1, 1915, in Redmon, the daughter of Harry and Grace Burton Senter.
She married Glen C. Hood in 1934; he died in 2000.

Surviving are two sons, Lyle E. Hood of Nashville, Tenn., and Wayne T. Hood of Tolono;
two daughters, Glenna M. Boyd of Broadland and Anne Maxwell of Longview; one sister,
Glenna McQueen of Oveida, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

Mrs. Hood was formerly employed by the National Council of English and was a part-time
clerk for the Longview Post Office. She was a member of the Oakland Antioch Church.

Memorials may be made to the Antioch Baptist Church of Oakland or to charity of donor's
choice.

BILL MALONE

Lester William "Bill" Malone, age 81, of Mattoon, formerly of Olney, passed away at
11:45 a.m. Thursday, April 19, 2001, at the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home.

Memorial services celebrating his life will begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Schilling Funeral
Home with the Reverend Eugene Black officiating. No visitation is planned.

Bill was born March 7, 1920 in Mattoon, a son of William and Gladys Sheeks Malone. He
married Jean Stevens on January 31, 1948. She survives. Other survivors include, two
brothers, Gene Lee Malone of Chicago, Charles Malone and wife Joann of Mattoon; four
sisters, Betty Houpt of Terre Haute, Indiana, Dorothy Wallace and husband George and
Nancy Malone, all of Mattoon, Martha Crackel and husband George of Myrtle Beach,
South Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert Malone.

Mr. Malone was a World War II U.S. Marine veteran serving from 1942 to 1946. He
retired in 1982 after working thirty-five years for C.I.P.S. as a lineman in Olney. Bill was a
life member of the V.F.W and the American Legion of Olney. He was a 32 degree Mason
and Past Patron of the Order of Eastern Star, both of Olney. Bill was also a member of the
Richland Country Club of Olney. He and his wife, Jean lived in Olney for fifty years before
returning to Mattoon.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Lincolnland

Pauline Morrison

ST. LOUIS, MO. - Pauline L. Morrison, 84, of St. Louis, MO, died at 6:15 p.m.
Thursday (April 19, 2001) in her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday in the Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home,
Windsor, with Rev. Richard Eident officiating. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Monday. Burial will be in Ash Grove Cemetery, near Windsor.

She was born December 5, 1916, in Noble, IL, the daughter of Nathan Samuel and
Christina Marie Koch Lanter.

She married Fred White December 15, 1939, in Mattoon and he died October 28, 1956.
She then married J. Paul Morrison January 18, 1958, in Olney and he preceded her in
death February 11, 1983.

Surviving are sons, Fred S. White and wife Brenda of Evansville, IN, Paul J. White and
wife, Kathy of Alameda, CA, and Phillip L. White and Nancy of Brentwood, CA,
daughter, Linda C. Pecaut and husband Joe of St. Louis, MO; step-son Ronald Morrison
and wife Jane and their family of Springfield; grandchildren, Christopher Paul White and
Jacob Christopher Pecaut; step-grandson, Ernie Paul Morrison.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and one sister.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation.

April 20, 2001

Dottie Fasig

CASEY - Dottie Huddlestun Fasig, 78, of Casey, died at 9:45 a.m. Thursday (April 19,
2001) at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Friendship United Methodist Church with the Rev.
Dan Smith and John Gartelos officiating. Burial will be in the Washington Street Cemetery,
Casey. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Markwell and Son Funeral
Home in Casey.

She was born Aug. 8, 1922, in Yale, the daughter of Brodie Perisho and Cyrena Farley
Perisho. She married Fred Huddlestun in 1939; he died in 1945. She married Dean Fasig
in 1956; he survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Aileen Shiels of Casey; four sisters, Fon Simpson of
Casey, Collene Hanners of Olney, Pearl Martin of Hidalgo and Bettie McBurney of Park
Rapids, Minn.; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, two brothers and one grandchild.

Mrs. Fasig was retired from Shawver's Clothing Store in Casey. She was a member of
Friendship United Methodist Church and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Memorials may be made to the Friendship United Methodist Church.

RUTH GRITTI

Ruth Adele Gritti, age 73, of Scottsdale, Arizona, formerly of Mattoon, passed away at
5:06 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at the home of her son.

Funeral Mass of Christian Burial celebrating her life will begin at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday
morning at the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church with Father James
Neuman celebrating. Burial will follow in the Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held from
5:00-7:00 p.m. Monday evening at the Schilling Funeral Home.

Ruth was born January 2, 1928, at Three Rivers, Michigan, a daughter of Earl G. and
Louise A. Marantette Houghtaling. She married Dr. Emil J. Gritti on December 28, 1955,
in Mendon, Michigan. He passed away July 9, 1972. She was also preceded in death by
two brothers and one sister.

Survivors include four sons, Nicholas J. Gritti of Melbourne, Florida, Christopher E. Gritti
of Kingwood, Texas, Andrew A. Gritti of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Laurence E. Gritti of
Ft. Wayne, Indiana; one brother, Laurence E. Houghtaling of Medford, Mass.; one sister,
Barbara J. Galovan of Lawton, Michigan; and nine grandchildren.

Mrs. Gritti received a bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University and graduated with
an R.N. from St. Camius. She was in the Air Force from 1954-1956, serving as a surgical
nurse 1st Lieutenant. She served as nursing home administrator at Douglas Health Care in
Mattoon and became a state inspector for long term care facilities in Illinois. She was a
member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Mattoon.

The family requests that memorial gifts in lieu of flowers be made to Hospice Of The
Valley, 5111 N. Scottsdale Road Suite 280, Scottsdale, AZ 85250.

Marguerite Heinlein

HINDSBORO - Marguerite Heinlein, 104, of Hindsboro, died at 7 p.m. Wednesday
(April 18, 2001) at the Arcola Health Care Center.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Edwards Funeral Home with the Rev. Donald
Winch officiating. Burial will be in the VanVoorhis Cemetery, rural Hindsboro. Visitation
will be one hour before the service at the funeral home.

She was born Aug. 13, 1896, in Charleston, the daughter of Henry R. and Margaret J.
Shoemaker Reasor. She married Earl Heinlein in 1914; he died in 1967.

Surviving are three daughters, Kathryn Brandenburg of Arcola, Lorene Oakley of Upton,
Calif., and Marjorie Davis of Arcola; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.

Mrs. Heinlein was a librarian at Hindsboro Public Library for several years and
Hindsboro's town treasurer. She had also collected the water and light bills for the
community of Hindsboro. She was a member of the Hindsboro Christian Church and the
Jolly Friendship Club.

Memorials may be made to the Hindsboro Public Library.

James Raia

MATTOON - James P. "Papa" Raia, 79, of Mattoon, died at 11:09 a.m. Thursday (April
19, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

A graveside service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Dodge Grove Cemetery with Rev.
Herman Niebrugge officiating. Visitation will be 11 a.m. until service time Saturday at the
Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home.

He was born Nov. 27, 1921, in Chicago, the son of Joseph and Josephine Cosanco Raia.

Surviving are one son, James Joseph Raia of Galena; one daughter, Betty Mae Congine of
Niles; one sister, Josephine Petrelli of Bradenton, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; 22
great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Mr. Raia retired from the resale business.

Fern Roy

NEOGA, IL - Mrs. Fern J. Roy, 87, of rural Neoga, formerly of rural Mattoon, died at
12:15 a.m. Thursday, April 19, 2001, at Heartland Christian Village, Neoga.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2001, at the Swengel-O'Dell
Funeral Home in Neoga, with the Rev. Judith Curry officiating. Burial will be in Zion Hill
Cemetery, Paradise Twp., Coles County, IL. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at
the funeral home.

She was born April 23, 1913, in Cumberland, County, IL, a daughter of Joseph Henry
and Louisa I. (Peters) Price. She married Foster L. Roy on October 22, 1939 in St.
Charles, MO.

Survivors include her husband, Foster L. Roy of Neoga, IL; two sons, Vernon A. Roy and
wife Jo Ann and J. Duane Roy and wife Charlene, all of Mattoon, IL; a daughter, Venness
Walters and husband Don of Charleston, IL; eight grandchildren and 15
great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

Mrs. Roy was a housewife and homemaker. She was a member of the United Methodist
Church in Etna, IL, the Ladies Aid, Railroad retiree's Club and was a 50 year member of
the Rebekah Lodge of Mattoon.

Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in Etna, and Heartland Christian
Village of Neoga, IL.

CHARLES B. WARE

Charles B. "Charlie" Ware, age 88, of Mattoon, passed away at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday,
April 18, 2001, at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Funeral services celebrating his life will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the
Schilling Funeral Home with Father Herman J. Niebrugge officiating. Burial will follow in
the Calvary Cemetery with a flag folding ceremony. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Friday evening at the funeral home.

Charlie was born December 16, 1912, in Mattoon, the only son of Claude and M. Fithian
Long Ware. He married Kathryn Joan Morgan on February 20, 1943. She passed away
March 19, 2000. He was also preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Myrna
Higgins and Dorothy Carem, and great-granddaughter, Jamie Winchester.

Survivors include two daughters, Paula Winchester and husband David of Mattoon and
Ann Easton and husband Robert of Collierville, Tenn.; three sisters, Ardith Pepperdine and
Helen Hayden and husband Dick, all of Greenup, Lila Ryan of Kirkwood, Missouri; three
grandsons, Jeff Winchester and wife Tina of Windsor, Greg Winchester and wife Kim of
Mattoon and Aaron Easton of Collierville, Tenn.; one granddaughter, Shelley Easton of
Dallas, Texas; five great-grandchildren, Dustin Rogers and Kyle Winchester of Mattoon,
and Jennifer Winchester, Jessica Winchester and Melissa Winchester, all of Windsor.

Mr. Ware loved people! He was well known for helpful service in the appliance
department at the Sears store in Mattoon for many years. His main priority was his family
whom he loved very much. He was very much an outdoors person who loved to fish and
hunt. He was a U.S. Army Master Sergeant of the Signal Corps during World War II,
serving in the European and Pacific Theaters and also served during the Korean War. He
was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post 4325, the American Legion, and former
member of the Moose and the Elks.

Memorial gifts may be made to Adult Day Service.

April 19, 2001

Elizabeth Adrian

DECATUR - Elizabeth V. Adrian, 84, of Decatur, formerly of Findlay, died at 4:07 p.m.
Tuesday (April 17, 2001) at Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Findlay, with
the Rev. Raymond Roberts officiating. Burial will be in the Findlay Cemetery. Visitation will
be from 10 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.

She was born Sept. 16, 1916, near Findlay, the daughter of Oliver Aloysius and Iva Little
Adrian.

Surviving are one daughter, Pat Warnick of Macon; two brothers, Carl Adrian of
Moweaqua and Wayne Adrian of Findlay; one sister, Joy Adrian of Decatur; and two
grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters.

Mrs. Adrian had worked 15 years in the housekeeping department of Lincoln Manor
South Nursing Home in Decatur.

Memorials may be made to the Findlay Ambulance Service.

THEODORE R. ALBIN

STRASBURG - Theodore "Skeet" Albin, 82, of Strasburg, died at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday,
April 18, 2001, in his residence.

Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Friday in Grace Lutheran Church, Strasburg, with the
Reverend Gary Fortkamp and Reverend Michael Mohr officiating. Visitation from
6:00-8:00 p.m. this evening in the Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Strasburg. Burial will
be in Saint Rose Cemetery, Montrose, with military rites by VFW Post #4325 of Mattoon.
Memorials may be given to American Lung Association or Donor's choice.

Mr. Albin was born on June 11, 1918, in Neoga, the son of Stanley and Florence Royer
Albin. He was a manager for Neal Tire in Mattoon for 33 years before retiring. He was a
1936 graduate of Neoga High School and a U.S. Army veteran of WW II serving in the
Philippines. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Strasburg, VFW Post #4325
of Mattoon and American Legion of Mattoon. He married Agnes Haskenherm and she
preceded him in death. He married Sally Wilson Meeker on October 3, 1990.

Surviving are his wife, Sally; step-son, Kenneth C. Meeker and wife Mary of Orlando, FL;
step-daughter, Diane Paraiso of Strasburg; three brothers, Charles Albin of Neoga, Joe
Albin of San Diego, CA and Gene Albin of Orlando, FL; step-grandchildren, Gus Paraiso,
Geoff Meeker and Claire Poynter; great step-grandchildren, Taylor Paraiso; and several
nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; and two sisters.

Mary Childress

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. - Mary E. Childress, 84, of Okeechobee, Fla., formerly of
Charleston and Oakland, died Sunday (April 15, 2001) at the Okeechobee Health Care
Facility.

No service is planned. The Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the
arrangements.

She was born October 28, 1916, in Oakland. She married R.M. Childress; he survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Daniel C. Boggs of Okeechobee and James B. Boggs of
Oscoe; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Childress was a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Ashmore.

Dennis Vernon Erwin

MATTOON - Dennis Vernon Erwin, age 53, of Mattoon, passed away at 3:00 a.m.
Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 20, 2001, at the Mitchell-Jerdan
Funeral Home with Reverend Jim Walker and Pastor Mike Erwin officiating. Interment will
be in Dodge Grove Cemetery with military rites by VFW Post 4325. Visitation will be 6-8
p.m. this evening at the funeral home.

Dennis Vernon Erwin was born September 24, 1947 at Oakwood, Illinois, a son of
Vernon Sylvester and Faith Lenora Cole Erwin. He married Doris June Gary December
25, 1966 at Oakwood, she survives. Also surviving are his children, Dennis Michael Erwin
and wife Kimberly of Mt. Carmel, Illinois and Kimberly Dawn Weaver and her husband
George Andrew of Humboldt. A brother, Jerry Erwin of Danville and sisters, Marion
Lumsargis of Westville, Marilyn Parrish of Muncie, Illinois, Lona Reed of Henning, Illinois
and Carla Wade of Oakwood also survive. Mr. Erwin leaves three grandchildren, Dalton
Michael Erwin, Dulcey Lane Weaver and Emilie Ann Weaver.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Helen Erwin.

Mr. Erwin was a member of Humboldt United Methodist Church and held various
leadership positions in the church. He also played and sang in a gospel band at are
churches and nursing homes. Mr. Erwin was a branch manager of Illinois Bearing-Motion
Industries for thirty one years. He served his country in the United States Army stationed at
Camp Darby, Italy during the Viet Nam Era and was in the Central Intelligence Agency.
Dennis was a member of the Humboldt Town Board and was a volunteer fireman for the
Humboldt Fire Department for several years.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society

JAMES HILLS

MARSHALL - James G. "Jim" Hills, age 62, of Marshall, IL, died at 3:15 p.m. Monday,
April 16, 2001, in Union Hospital, Terre Haute, IN.

He was born May 13, 1938, in Martinsville Township, Clark County, IL, a son of Bernell
G. Hills and Marie Harlow Hills. He married Carolyn Fessenbeck on February 25, 1955;
she survives.

Other survivors include one son, James Allen Hills of Marshall, IL; two brothers, Paul and
Don Hills, both of Martinsville, IL; one sister, Sandra Ulrey of Martinsville, IL; four
grandchildren, Marsi Fowler and Carl Hentrich both of Marshall, IL, Mike Hills of
Tallahassee, FL and Mrs. Daness (John) Parker of New Goshen, IN; seven
great-grandchildren, Timberlee and Walker Fowler, Christopher and Catie Hentrich, Sarah
Hills, John A. and Dillon Parker.

The funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Greenwell Funeral Home, Martinsville,
IL with the Rev. Steven Greene. Visitation will be 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. today at the funeral
home. Burial, with military rites by the Martinsville American Legion Post #515, will be in
St. Paul Cemetery, rural Martinsville, IL.

Mr. Hills was a retired heavy equipment operator for NE-CO Asphalt Company of
Charleston, IL. From Dec. 1970 through Dec. 1978 he served as the Sheriff of Clark
County, IL. He was a member of the Charleston Moose Lodge. He was a U.S. Army
veteran.

Ralph C. Lading

STRASBURG, Illinois - Ralph Charles Lading, 90, of Strasburg died at 6:30 p.m.,
Tuesday, April 17, 2001 in Shelbyville Manor.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Strasburg, with
the Rev. Gary Fortkamp and Rev. Michael Mohr officiating. Visitation will be in the church
from 9:30 a.m. Friday until time of service. Burial will be in St. Paul's Cemetery, Strasburg.
Memorials may be given to St. Paul's Lutheran Church or donor's choice. Howe &
Yockey Funeral Home, Strasburg is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Lading was born on February 8, 1911, in Strasburg, the youngest child of Henry and
Anna Dannenberg Lading. He was a lifelong farmer in Shelby County and was a past
county committee member with the ASCS office in Shelbyville. He was a member of St.
Paul's Lutheran Church, Strasburg. He married Mary Margaret Leathers in 1939, she
survives.

Also surviving are his children, Connie Searl and husband Sanford of Argenta, Larry
Lading and wife Jean and Kay Halford and husband Larry all of Strasburg. His life has
been blessed with grandchildren, Sherri Hays and husband Scott of Argenta, Stacia
Dowell and husband Doug of Bloomington, Jennifer Ampuja and husband Mark of
Auburn, New Hampshire, Derrick York of Chicago and Dustin York of Champaign; and
step-grandchildren, Leah Thorp and husband Brian of Ixonia, Wisconsin and Anthony
Halford of Lakeville, Minnesota; great-grandchildren, Cameron, Olivia and Byron Hays of
Argenta and step-great grandson, Clayton Thorp of Ixonia, Wisconsin.

He was preceded in death by his grandson, Jeffrey Scott Searl in 1991; six sisters, Louise
Kircher, Emma Pfeiffer, Leah Tesnow, Florence Lading, Clara Buesking and Anna
Sharpe; and one brother, Otto Lading.

Dolores Sloboda

BURBANK, IL - Dolores M. Sloboda, of Burbank, Illinois. Sister of Mrs. Shirley Glenn,
Mrs. Ralph Glenn, Aunt of James, Michael, Sharon Doty, and Cheryl Mayer. Visitation
Thursday 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Funeral services Friday 10:00 a.m. at Lawn Funeral
Home, 7909 State Road (5500W), Burbank, IL 60459. Interment Queen of Heaven
Cemetery. Memorials may be made to: Hospice of Lincolnland, or to The First
Presbyterian Church of Mattoon. Funeral Info: (708) 636-2320.
 

April 18, 2001

DOROTHY BUTLER

CHARLESTON - Dorothy Elizabeth Crail Butler, 84, formerly of Charleston, passed
away at 2:35 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2001 at the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home in
Mattoon.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2001 at the Caudill-King
Funeral Home, 1117 Jackson, Charleston, with Reverend Bill Boaz officiating. Interment
will be in Kickapoo Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 4 to 8 p.m. at the
funeral home.

Dorothy was born June 18, 1916, in Coles County, daughter of William and Naomi
Hackett Crail. She married Everett Russell Butler August 27, 1932; he died in 1973.
Survivors include one daughter: Jackie Reeley and husband Russell of Sun City, AZ; two
sons: Loren Butler an wife Carrol of Troy, IL and Ben Butler and wife Sally of Witton,
MN. One brother: J.P. Crail of Charleston and one sister: Betty Gregory of Donelson, TN;
thirteen grandchildren, twenty-three great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild
also survive. She was preceded in death by one granddaughter: Susan Daitsch.

Dorothy was a former employee of Brown Shoe and retired from housekeeping at EIU.
She was a member of the Charleston Rebekah Lodge #66.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Odd Fellow-Rebekah
Home, 201 Lafayette E. Mattoon, IL 61938.

William T. Carter

MATTOON - William T. Carter, age 74, of Mattoon, passed away at 8:30 p.m. Monday,
April 16, 2001, at his residence.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2001, at the Mitchell-Jerdan
Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Interment will be in Bethel Cemetery with military rites by VFW Post 4325.

William T. Carter was born July 27, 1926, at Mattoon, a son of Allison and Grace
Atteberry Carter. He married Norma Jean Scott March 20, 1948, at Mattoon. He is
survived by his wife, Norma of Mattoon; his children, Billie Jean Seaman and husband
Darrell of Olney, Jill Sartwell and husband Carl of St. Joseph, Illinois, Kay Leitch and
husband Larry of Mattoon and Timothy Carter of Venice, Florida. Also surviving are a
sister, Mrs. Marjorie Burrell of Mattoon and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death
by one brother and four sisters.

Mr. Carter was a member of the First Baptist Church. He was a retired conductor for the
Illinois Central Railroad and served his country during World War II as a member of the
United States Navy. Mr. Carter was a member of the Elk's Lodge in Venice, Florida.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lincolnland Hospice in care of Mitchell-Jerdan
Funeral Home in lieu of flowers.

James Hills

MARSHALL - James G. "Jim" Hills, age 6 9, Township, Clark County, IL, a son of
Bernell G. Hills and Marie Harlow Hills. He married Carolyn Fessenbeck on February 25,
1955; she survives.

Other survivors include one son, James Allen Hills of Marshall, IL; two brothers, Paul and
Don Hills, both of Martinsville, IL; one sister, Sandra Ulrey of Martinsville, IL; four
grandchildren, Marsi Fowler and Carl Hentrich both of Marshall, IL, Mike Hills of
Tallahassee, FL and Mrs. Daness (John) Parker of New Goshen, IN; seven
great-grandchildren, Timberlee and Walker Fowler, Christopher and Catie Hentrich, Sarah
Hills, John A. and Dillon Parker.

The funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Greenwell Funeral Home, Martinsville,
IL with the Rev. Steven Greene. Visitation will be 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the
funeral home. Burial, with military rites by the Martinsville American Legion Post #515, will
be in St. Paul Cemetery, rural Martinsville, IL.

Mr. Hills was a retired heavy equipment operator for NE-CO Asphalt Company of
Charleston, IL. From Dec. 1970 through Dec. 1978 he served as the Sheriff of Clark
County, IL. He was a member of the Charleston Moose Lodge.

Leona F. Hurst

MATTOON - Leona F. Hurst, age 92, of Mattoon, passed away at 4:05 p.m. Monday,
April 16, 2001, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at the Mitchell-Jerdan
Funeral Home, with Reverend Jerry Jones and Reverend Greg Wheeler officiating.
Interment will follow in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 9:00 to
10:30 a.m. today at the funeral home.

Leona F. Hurst was born May 18, 1908, in Effingham County, Illinois, a daughter of
William and Gertrude Hollis Alwert. She married Emery J. Hurst, in Effingham, on Jan. 11,
1928; he preceded her in death in 1965. She is survived by a daughter, Jo Ann Baker and
her husband Bud of Mattoon; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and three
great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, one daughter, three
brothers, and three sisters.

Mrs. Hurst was a member of Praise Assembly in Charleston. Memorial contributions may
be made to the Praise Assembly Building Fund.

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