Miscellaneous Coles County, Illinois Obituaries and Death Notices 2001

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GLADYS BRANSON

Gladys Branson, age 95, of Mattoon, passed away at 10:27
a.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2001, at the Odd
Fellow-Rebekah Home in Mattoon.

Funeral services celebrating her life will begin at 1:30
p.m. Thursday at the Schilling Funeral Home with the
Reverend Barbara Short officiating. Burial will follow in
Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held from noon
until service time on Thursday afternoon at the funeral
home.

Gladys was born May 24, 1905, in Coles County, a
daughter of Elmer and Ada Greeson Cross. She married
Vernon Branson on January 19, 1924, in Cook County.
He passed away May 4, 1971. She was also preceded in
death by one son, Ralph Bud Branson; one daughter,
Dalene Irwin; three brothers, Minor Cross, Lester Cross
and John Cross; and four sisters, Wanda Hamby, Ellen
Whitley, Alice Cutright, and Ethel Wright.

Survivors include three sons, Bob Branson and wife
Donna of Denver, Colorado, Jim Branson and wife Sara
and Keith Branson and wife Lila, all of Mattoon; one
daughter, Janet Rich and husband Ray of Mattoon; one
brother, Tom Cross of Charleston; thirteen grandchildren,
and twenty-two great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Branson was a homemaker and a member of the
Marshall Avenue Christian Church.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Marshall Avenue
Christian Church.

Robert Faust Sr.

TAMPA, Fla. - Robert D. Faust Sr., 75, of Tampa, Fla.,
formerly of Charleston, died at 12:48 p.m. Monday (May
7, 2001) at University Community Hospital in Tampa.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday at Joines Funeral
Home, Newman, with the Rev. Tom Swantner officiating.
Burial will be in the Newman Cemetery. Visitation will be
6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

He was born Feb. 18, 1926, in Charleston, the son of
Edward and Minnie Berry Faust. He married Marilyn
Stuebe in 1946; she survives.

Also surviving are one son, Robert D. Faust Jr. of Villa
Grove; one daughter, Kay St. Clair of Wesley Chaple,
Fla.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother.

Mr. Faust Sr. was a retired painter, and worked at Colwell
Printing Co. in Champaign and Joe B. Clay Printing Co.
in Tampa, Fla. He was a Navy veteran of World War II
and the Korean conflict, and was a member of the
Newman American Legion, Newman Masonic Lodge and
Danville Consistory.

Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Eston Stewart

LAKE CITY, Fla. - Eston Marshall Stewart, 67, of Lake
City, Fla., formerly of Miami, died at 6:20 a.m. Tuesday
(May 8, 2001) at Lake City V.A. Hospital in Lake City,
Fla.

The funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Mt. Zion Baptist
Church in Pekin, Ind., with the Rev. Randy Albertson
officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior to the
funeral at the church. Edwards Funeral Home in Arcola is
in charge of the arrangements.

He was born Jan. 26, 1934, in Washington County, Ind.,
the son of Winnie Homer and Pearl Rozena (Hedrick)
Stewart.

Surviving are three sons, Michael Stewart of LeRoy,
David Stewart of San Francisco and David Prince of
Arkansas; two daughters, Cindy Murphy of Arcola and
Karen Burton of Atwood; one brother, Ralph Stewart of
Pekin, Ind.; four sisters, Faye Terrell of Jeffersonville,
Ind., Mable Smith and Rozena Terrell, both of Tuscon,
Ariz., and Cletis Brown of Salem, Ind.; seven
grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and special friend
Millie Reed of Lake City, Fla.

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

Mr. Stewart was in the Army for three years and then
re-enlisted in the Air Force, where he was an air craft
mechanic instructor for 20 years. After retiring, he
worked as a mechanic for a landscaping firm in Miami.
He was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in
Pekin, Ind.

Maude Whitson

SULLIVAN - Maude Tracy Whitson, 73, of rural Sullivan,
died at 2:56 p.m. Monday (May 7, 2001) at St. Mary's
Hospital in Decatur.

Arrangements are incomplete at the Markwell Funeral
Home in Casey.

May 8, 2001

Mary Boyd

HAVANA - Mary Lou Boyd, 70, of Havana, died at 9:30
a.m. Sunday (May 6, 2001) at Doctor's Hospital in
Springfield.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First
Assembly of God in Havana with the Rev. Paul Martin
officiating. Burial will be 4 p.m. in Mound Cemetery,
Cowden. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Hurley
Funeral Home in Havana and one hour prior to the service
Wednesday at the church.

She was born Jan. 17, 1931, in Holiday, the daughter of
Roy Hudson and Leora Allsop. She married Roger Boyd
in 1956; he survives.

Also surviving are one son, Steve Boyd of Springfield;
two daughters, Susan Burkholder of Springfield and
Becky Snively of Neoga; one sister, Rowena Hendrickson
of Springfield; and 10 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers.

Mrs. Boyd was a school teacher in New Holland and a
substitute teacher for more than 40 years in various
schools. She was a member of the First Assembly of God
Church in Havana.

Memorials may be made to the First Assembly of God
Handicap Ramp Fund.

Suenell Dennis

ARCOLA - Suenell Dennis, 80, of Arcola, died at 6:42
p.m. Sunday (May 6, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health
Center.

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Edwards
Funeral Home in Arcola with the Rev. Ivan Jess
officiating. Burial will be in the Arcola Cemetery.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

She was born Oct. 26, 1920, in Lamar, Ark., the daughter
of John Henry and Nellie Jane Dunn Russell. She married
William J. Dennis; he died in 1979.

Surviving are four daughters, Phyllis Kauffman and Linda
McHenry, both of Arthur, Marsha Loughary of Lorain,
Ohio, and Paulette Hayes of Taylorville; three brothers,
Boyd Russell of San Antonio, Bob Russell of Sun City,
Ariz., and Elmer Russell of Springfield, Mo.; two sisters,
Jean Jones of Double Springs, Ala., and Pauline Compton
of Arthur; seven grandchildren; and 12
great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, eight
brothers and one sister.

Mrs. Dennis provided health care to many people in the
Arcola area. She was a member of the First Baptist
Church in Arcola.

Mary Greanias

DECATUR - Mary Anne Greanias, 77, of Decatur,
formerly of Mattoon, died Sunday (May 6, 2001) at her
residence.

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the Greek
Orthodox Church of the Annunciation. Burial will be in
Fairlawn Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m.
Wednesday at the Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home with
a 7 p.m. Trisaghion.

She was born April 11, 1924, in Mattoon, the daughter of
Clifford and Beryl Scott Hampson. She married Nicholas
G. Greanias in 1945; he died in 1986.

Surviving are three sons, Chris Greanias of North
Chicago, George Greanias of Grosse Pointe, Mich., and
Anthony Greanias of Saginaw, Mich.; one daughter,
Georganna Greanias of Ottawa; two brothers, Jack
Hampson of Warren, Pa., and Gene Hampson of Gays;
seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son.

Mrs. Greanias worked as a secretary for Sam Chihade and
Associates Insurance Agency and was formerly employed
by the Salvation Army for many years. She and her
husband owned and operated the Lincoln Square Cafe
and the Lincoln Cafe for many years. She was a member
of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, St.
Catherine's Philoptochos Society and the Delta Zeta
sorority at Millikin University.

Memorials may be made to the Greek Orthodox Church
of the Annunciation or the American Cancer Society.

Mary Hopper

WEST UNION - Mary Frances Hopper, 70, of rural West
Union, died at 2:10 a.m. Sunday (May 6, 2001) at Union
Hospital in Terre Haute, Ind.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Prust-Hosch
Funeral Home in West Union with Pastor Don Russell
officiating. Burial will be in York Cemetery, southeast of
West Union. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. Wednesday
and after 7 a.m. Thursday until service time at the funeral
home.

She was born Aug. 18, 1930, in Paris, the daughter of
John S. and Laura Prust Crow. She married George A.
Hopper in 1948; he died in 2000.

Surviving are two sons, John and Brock Hopper, both of
rural West Union; three daughters, Judy Crumrin of rural
West Union, Pam Ogle of West York and Mary Ann
Hastings of Marshall; seven grandchildren; and three
great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Hopper was a homemaker.

Memorials may be made to York Cemetery to assist with
upkeep.

Gabriella Miller

MATTOON - Mary Gabriella Miller, 86, of Mattoon, died
at 8:50 p.m. Sunday (May 6, 2001) at her residence.

A graveside service will be conducted at noon Thursday
at the Graceland Cemetery in Decatur with the Rev.
Derold R. Doughty officiating. No visitation is planned.
The Schilling Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born June 5, 1914, in Wayne County, the
daughter of Ulyssis and Minnie Pettigrew Bell. She
married Walter Clarence Miller in 1931; he died in 1976.

Surviving are two sons, Dallas Gene Miller of Decatur
and Burnell Miller of Effingham; three daughters, Yulanda
Perry of Mason, Rita Dearman of Decatur and Lorraine
Knotts of Mattoon; two sisters, Rena Kramer and Trulla
Langsfield, both of Decatur; nine grandchildren; six
great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

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

Mrs. Miller was a homemaker.

Memorials may be made to the family.

Orlie Zike Jr.

CHARLESTON - Orlie Lester Zike Jr., 79, of Glendale,
Ariz., formerly of Mattoon, died Wednesday (May 2,
2001) at his residence.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Adams Funeral
Chapel. Burial with military rites will be in Salisbury
Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at the
funeral home, with Masonic rites at 6:45 p.m.

He was born Sept. 12, 1921, in Mattoon, the son of Orlie
L. Sr. and Bessie (Quinn) Zike. He married Pauline
Hoseney in 1949; she survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Virginia Ludders of
Glendale and Martha Gudeman of St. Joseph; one brother,
Charles Zike of Mattoon; one sister, Helen Borntreger of
Mattoon; seven grandchildren; and two
great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother.

Mr. Zike was a railroad engine house foreman for 33
years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in
Glendale, Mattoon Masonic Lodge 260, Valley of Danville
Consistory and Amaranth 14 in Paris. He was an Army
veteran of World War II.

May 7, 2001

Marian Kamm

ATWOOD­Marian G. Kamm, 85, of rural Atwood, died at
11:05 a.m. Saturday (May 5, 2001) at Carle Arbours
Nursing Home in Savoy.

The graveside funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the
Mackville Cemetery in Atwood with the Rev. Kenneth
Kramer officiating. No visitation will be held. Hilligoss
Shrader Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

She was born January 8, 1916, in Charleston, the daughter
of Will and Elizabeth Shoot Gannaway. She married
Alfred Jacob Kamm in 1936. He survives.

Also surviving are one son, Adrian J. Kamm of Port
Lavaca, Texas; one daughter, Ruth Ann Cothron of
Atwood; and four grandchildren and three
great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother, two sisters and
two grandchildren.

Mrs. Kamm was a homemaker and member of the United
Church of Atwood, Atwood Women's Club and
Daughter's of the American Revolution.

Memorials may be made to the United Church of Atwood,
P.O. Box 397, Atwood, Ill. 61913 or to the donor's choice.

Joseph Metzelaars

EFFINGHAM­Joseph E. Metzelaars, 85, of Effingham,
formerly of Mattoon, died at 1:35 a.m. Sunday (May 6,
2001) at Lutheran Care Center in Altamont.

The graveside funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the
Woodlawn Cemetery in Effingham. Visitation will be
from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Johnson Funeral Home in
Effingham.

He was born August 22, 1915, in Mattoon, the son of
Peter H. and Sarah Webster Metzelaars. He married
Marjorie W. Hubbart in 1938. She died in 1987.

Surviving are one son, John Metzelaars of Effingham; one
daughter, Sally Sherrick of Watson; one brother,
Lawrence Metzelaars of Windsor; and five grandchildren
and three great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents and two
brothers.

Mr. Metzelarrs retired from CIPS after 40 years of service
and was a member of the Centenary United Methodist
Church in Effingham.

Memorials may be made to the Mason Christian Academy
in Mason.

Patricia Nickles

GREENUP­Patricia Joan Nickles, 67, of Greenup, died at
4:30 a.m. Sunday (May 6, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln
Health Center.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Barkley
Funeral Home in Greenup with the Rev. Roger James
officiating. Burial will be in Greenup Cemetery. Visitation
will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

She was born Dec. 26, 1933, in Paris, the daughter of
Howard and Marvel Justice Mullins. She married Eugene
Nickles in 1955. He died in 1983.

Surviving are two sons, Mike Nickles and Jim Nickles,
both of Greenup; three daughters, Pam Hensley, Kathleen
Carl and Tammy Oakley, all of Greenup; one sister, Leona
Parker of Paris; and 11 grandchildren.

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

Mrs. Nickles was a cook at Cumberland Nursing Center
and was a member of New Hope Christian Church in
rural Greenup.

Margaret C. Blunschi

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY­Margaret C. Blunschi, age
84, of Louisville, Kentucky, formerly of Charleston,
passed away at 2:43 a.m. Saturday, May 5, 2001 at Caritas
Hospital in Louisville.

Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 9,
2001, at Mound Cemetery, Charleston with Dr. Mark
Prevo officiating. There will be no visitation.
Harper-Swickard Funeral Home is in charge of
arrangements.

Margaret C. Blunschi was born February 14, 1917 at
Charleston, Illinois, a daughter of John M. and Lola M.
Frances Bails. She married Marion A. Blunschi April 22,
1946 at Charleston, he preceded her in death. She is
survived by one son, Eric C. Blunschi of Louisville,
Kentucky; two brothers, Richard Bails of Charleston and
John J. Bails of Glendale, Arizona; and two sisters, Marian
Montgomery and Anna Mae Hamilton both of Charleston.
Three nieces, Gai Anthony of Phoenix, Arizona, Donna
Sue Derwort of Marissa, Illinois, and Jeanne Cox of St.
Elmo, Illinois survive as well as three nephews, Harold R.
Bails of Abilene, Texas, John Bails of Seattle, Washington
and Mike Bails of Sparks, Nevada. She was preceded in
death by one brother and one sister.

Mrs. Blunschi graduated from Charleston High School
and attended Eastern Illinois University. Prior to her
marriage, she taught the Primary Sunday School Class at
Methodist Church in Charleston, and after marriage
became a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic
Church. Margaret loved children and working with them.
She greatly enjoyed being outdoors whether working or
in her leisure. Margaret worked in the Catholic Church
library in Louisville and was an avid reader. She also was
the author of several poems, some of which have been
published.

Lee Croft, Jr.

MATTOON­Lee Croft, Jr., age 77, of Mattoon, passed
away at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 5, 2001 at Carle
Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2001
at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home. Interment will be in
Dodge Grove Cemetery with military rites by the Honor
Guard of Veterans of Foreign Wars Paul McVey Post
1592. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday at
the funeral home with Masonic Rites at 7:30 p.m.
conducted by Mattoon Lodge #260, A.F. & A.M.

Lee Croft, Jr. was born August 14, 1923 at Mattoon,
Illinois, a son of Lee H. and Ruby Humphrey Croft. He
married Vida Howard May 18, 1943 at Rising Fawn,
Georgia. Surviving are his wife, Vida; two sons, Jim Croft
and his wife Marilyn of Chicago and Allen Croft and his
wife Terri of Champaign; a brother, Charles Croft and his
wife Nancy of Mattoon; and two sisters, Juanita Weber
and her husband Cecil of Mattoon and Betty McGillem of
Mattoon. Mr. Croft also leaves grandchildren, Jason Croft
of Champaign, Mark Croft and his wife Samantha of
Bartlett, Illinois, Dustin Croft and Jordan Croft of
Champaign; and step-grandchildren, Evan Donahue and
Erin Donahue of Champaign. His parents and two sisters,
Geraldine Croft and Thelma Croft preceded him in death.

Mr. Croft was a member of Plumbers and Pipefitters
Local 149 in Champaign and had been business agent for
Mattoon Local 563. He served his country honorably in
the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division during World War
II and was twice awarded the Purple Heart. Lee was a
member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Paul McVey Post
1592 in Charleston, American Legion Lawrence Riddle
Post 88 and Eagles Aerie 3438 in Mattoon. He was a
member and past master of Mattoon Lodge #260 A.F. &
A.M., Danville Consistory and York Rite, Ainad Shrine
Temple in St. Louis and the High Twelve and Low
Twelve. Mr. Croft enjoyed league bowling and was an
avid musician. He played steel guitar in various country
music groups all over central Illinois and Western
Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson
Foundation at Carle.

DICK COWGER

Richard L. "Dick" Cowger, age 62, of rural Mattoon,
passed away at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, May 5, 2001, at the
Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Funeral services celebrating his life will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday at the Schilling Funeral Home with the
Reverend Bill Rolman officiating. Burial with military
rites by the V.F.W. Post 4325 will be in the Zion Hill
Cemetery, southwest of Mattoon. Visitation will be from
noon until service time on Wednesday afternoon at the
funeral home.

Dick was born December 16, 1938, in Mattoon, a son of
Jim and Freda Blythe Cowger. He married Betty Jo Eaton
on May 4, 1959.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Jo Cowger of rural
Mattoon; one son, Richard Canull of Tuscola; one
daughter, Hope Ireland and husband Greg of Springfield;
three grandchildren, Michael Ireland of Springfield, Erika
Canull and Lauren Canull, both of Effingham; two
brothers, Donald Cowger and wife Sue and John Cowger
and wife Yong, all of Greenup; three nieces, eight
nephews and ten great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, both of
Greenup; his daughters, Wendy Renee Cowger and Terri
Lynn Cowger; and three nephews, Dusty Cowger, Andy
Good and Alex Good.

Mr. Cowger was employed by Gardner Trucking
Company in Mattoon. He served in the Marine Corps
from 1955-1959.

Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer
Society.

May 5, 2001

Margaret R. Bernard

ANTIOCH, CALIFORNIA - Margaret R. Bernard, age 62,
of Antioch, California, formerly of Mattoon, passed away
April 20, 2001 in Solano County, California.

Memorial services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Saturday,
May 12, 2001 at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with
the Reverend Ron Lake officiating. Interment will be in
Dodge Grove Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be
from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral
home.

Margaret R. Bernard was born January 29, 1939 at
Mattoon, Illinois, a daughter of Milo I. and Marie B.
Patterson Sawyer. Her children survive her, Phil Bernard
of Modesto, California, Kendra Bernard of Anitoch,
California and Kim Bernard of Modesto, California. Also
surviving are four brothers, Tom Sawyer and wife Brenda
of Charleston, Max Sawyer of Mattoon, Ed Sawyer and
wife Lorraine of Wilmington and Dick Sawyer and wife
Deb of Seneca; two sisters, Marilyn Beals of Neoga and
Karen Malloch and husband Ron of Neoga and three
grandchildren also survive. Her parents, two brothers and
one sister preceded her in death.

Margaret moved to California in 1957 after graduating
from Mattoon High School. She was a dedicated, devoted,
loving and caring mother, grandmother, sister, and
sister-in-law, aunt, great-aunt and friend to many people.
She loved to cook, paint and dance; and loved having her
picture taken with movie and country music stars. She
was a former president of Judy Field's Fan Club and once
entered the Southern California Lettuce Queen Contest.
Margaret was employed with First American Lenders
Advantage and will always be remembered for her smile
and generosity.

VERNON D. RICE

CHARLESTON, IL - Vernon Dale Rice, age 74, of
Charleston, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 3,
2001 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. Services
celebrating Vernon's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on
Tuesday, May 8 at the Bible Center Church, 2605
University Drive, Charleston. Pastor John Best will
officiate. Visitation will be held Monday evening from
5:00-8:00 p.m. at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee
Drive in Charleston. Following the services interment,
with Military Rites conducted by the Honor Guard of
Veterans of Foreign Wars Paul McVey Post 1592 of
Charleston, will be held in Tippett Cemetery, in rural
Cumberland County.

Vernon was born September 1, 1926 in Toledo, Illinois
the son of Oren and Clara (Letner) Rice. He married Irma
Carpenter on November 30, 1944 in Charleston. She
survives.

Other survivors include six sons; Mike Rice and his wife
Carol of Mattoon, Illinois, Jim Rice and his wife Mary of
Greenville, Illinois, Jerry Rice and his wife Dianne of
Silver Lake, Indiana, John Rice of Waukegan, Illinois, Joe
Rice and his wife Barb of Ashmore, Illinois and Steve
Rice and his wife Lisa of Bloomington, Illinois; two
daughters, Becky Douglas and her husband Jeff of
Mattoon and Debby Burt and her husband Brian of
Brewer, Maine; nineteen grandchildren, Andy Rice of
Carlsbad, California, Ben Rice and his wife Susan of
Palangka Raya, Indonesia, Jill Dickey and her husband
John of Decatur, Illinois, Cora Hill and her husband Jeff
of Chicago, Illinois, Bryan Rice and his wife Amy of
Burkett, Indiana, Megan Lozier and her husband Adam of
Warsaw, Indiana, Tony Rice of Silver Lake, Indiana,
Lance Rice and his wife Melissa of Abbeville, South
Carolina, Elisa Greenwood and her husband Gary of
Anderson, South Carolina, Baylee Rice of Ashmore,
Illinois, April Smith and Brittaeny Douglas of Mattoon,
Illinois, Alison Smith of Toledo, Illinois, Katie Burt,
Kelsey Burt and Sam Burt, all of Brewer, Maine and Kyle
Rice, Jacob Rice and Drew Rice, all of Bloomington,
Illinois; five great-grandchildren, Kristin Rice and Jessica
Rice of Abbeville, South Carolina, Keagan Rice of
Burkett, Indiana, Whitton Rice of Palangka Raya,
Indonesia and Trey Greenwood of Anderson, South
Carolina; one brother, Orville Rice and his wife Marge of
Stevens Point, Wisconsin; two sisters, Leora Stewart of
Charleston and Catherine Wibberly of Milo, Maine, and
one sister-in-law, Eleanor Rice of Charleston. He was
preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Ken Rice;
two sisters, Florence Rice and Thelma Rice, and two
brothers-in-law, Kenny Stewart and Don Wibberly.

Vernon was a fifty-one year member of the Bible Center
Church in Charleston. His church and his family were his
life's missions. He served his church as a Member of its
Board, was actively involved in many of its activities, was
a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and
great-grandfather. Yet, he always found time to help
others; often and generously using his carpentry skills in
assisting others in building homes for their families.
Vernon served with the United States Navy aboard the
USS Belleau Wood during World War II. He was
employed with Garwood Industries for twelve years,
U.S.I. for five years and Eastern Illinois University as a
Stationary Fireman for twenty-five years. For the past
four months, he resided at Hilltop Convalescent Center of
Charleston, where he was loved by everyone. His legacy
of love for his family, church and friends will inspire
memories for their lifetimes.

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

May 4, 2001

Margaret Buenker

NEOGA - Margaret "Gerrie" Buenker, 59, of rural Neoga,
died at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday (May 2, 2001) at her
residence.

Burial will be in the Neoga Memorial Cemetery. Visitation
will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral
Home.

She was born, Feb. 9, 1942, in Hindsboro, the daughter of
Keith and Nama Whittington Mood. She married James
"Pete" Buenker in 1971; he survives.

Also surviving are one son, George Fidler of Mattoon;
three daughters, Angela Sue Hopper of Mattoon, Amy
Beth Brown of Olathe, Kan., and Susan Renae Smyser of
DePere, Wis.; and 8 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one
daughter.

Mrs. Buenker was a homemaker and former manager of
Casey's General Store in Neoga and of Lambo's Amoco in
Mattoon. She was a member of the American Legion
Auxiliary and Evergreen Chapter OES 96, both of Neoga;
VFW Auxiliary of Mattoon; and Moose Lodge of
Effingham.

Memorials may be made to donor's choice.

Harry Carpenter

WEST UNION - Harry H. Carpenter, 86, of rural West
Union, died at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday (May 2, 2001) at his
residence.

A graveside service will be 3:30 p.m. today at the Ohio
Cemetery, northwest of West Union, with the Rev. Glenn
Arbuckle and the Rev. Richard Chapman officiating. No
visitation is planned. The Prust-Hosch Funeral Chapel in
West Union is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Jan. 11, 1915, in Clark County, the son of
William Marion and Mary Margaret Carver Carpenter.

He was preceded in death by four brothers and four
sisters.

Mr. Carpenter was a retired general repairman. He was a
member of the Mill Creek Baptist Church.

George Evans

CHARLESTON - George Evans, 61, of Charleston, died
Saturday (April 28, 2001) at his rural residence.

A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the
Tuscola Cemetery. Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston
is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Evans was a retired driver for Ne-Co Asphalt
Company.

Pearl Mullenix

MATTOON - Pearl Thelma Mullenix, 83, of Mattoon,
died at 3:10 p.m. Tuesday (May 1, 2001) at her residence.

Burial will be in Dodge Grove Cemetery at a later date.
The Schilling Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Feb. 21, 1918, in Stonington, the daughter
of Isaac and Myrtle White Justice. She married Donald
Mullenix in 1940; he died in 1953.

Surviving are two sons, Dennis E. Mullenix of Peoria and
Darryl K. Mullenix of Mattoon; one daughter, Cheryl R.
Wood of Mattoon; three brothers, George Justice Sr. of
Quincy, John Justice of Troy, Mont., and Leo Justice of
West Virginia; one sister, Violet Rathe of Mattoon; three
grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Mullenix was a secretary for Community Unit 2
Schools.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincolnland or the
donor's choice in care of Schilling Funeral Home.

Vernon Rice

CHARLESTON - Vernon D. Rice, 74, of Charleston died
on Thursday (May 3, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health
Center.

Arrangements are incomplete at Adams Funeral Chapel.

May 3, 2001

Margaret Buenker

NEOGA - Margaret "Gerrie" Buenker, 59, of rural Neoga,
died at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday (May 2, 2001) at her
residence.

Arrangements are incomplete at Swengel-O'Dell Funeral
Home in Neoga.

Pearl Mullenix

MATTOON - Pearl Thelma Mullenix, 83, of Mattoon,
died at 3:10 p.m. Tuesday (May 1, 2001) at his residence.

Burial will be in Dodge Grove Cemetery at a later date.
The Schilling Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Feb. 21, 1918, in Stonington, the daughter
of Isaac and Myrtle White Justice. She married Donald
Mullenix in 1940; he died in 1953.

Surviving are two sons, Dennis E. Mullenix of Peoria and
Darryl K. Mullenix of Mattoon; one daughter, Cheryl R.
Wood of Mattoon; three brothers, George Justice Sr. of
Quincy, John Justice of Troy, Mont., and Leo Justice of
West Virginia; one sister, Violet Rathe of Mattoon; three
grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Mullenix was a secretary for Community Unit 2
Schools.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincolnland or the
donor's choice in care of Schilling Funeral Home.

Gloria Stokes

MATTOON - Gloria G. Stokes, 56, of Mattoon, died at
7:27 p.m. Tuesday (May 1, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln
Health Center.

A graveside service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Rest Haven
Memorial Gardens, Mattoon, with Pastor David Hewitt
and Richard Linder officiating. Visitation will be from 11
a.m. until time of service Friday at the Epperson Funeral
Chapel.

She was born Jan. 7, 1945, in Madison County, the
daughter of Oscar and Nellie Keller.

Surviving are two sons, Johnny May of Carlyle and
Wayne May of Jerseyville; two daughters, Pamela Linder
of Mattoon and Linda Lacey of Jerseyville; two brothers,
William Keller of Arizona and Peter Keller of California;
four sisters, Millie Chmielewsky, Diane Grace, Ida
Simpson and Betty Cunningham, all of Wood River; and
12 grandchildren.

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

May 2, 2001

Lucas Hartman

BELVIDERE - Lucas Daniel Hartman, infant son of
Joshua and Carrie (Secrest) Hartman, died Monday (April
30, 2001) at his home.

The service will be 11 a.m. Friday at the First Church of
the Nazarene in Rockford. Visitation will be from 6 to 8
p.m. Thursday at Fitzgerald and Associates, Mulford
Chapel, and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday at the church.
Burial will be in Arlington Memorial Park Cemetery.

Surviving are his parents of Belvidere; two brothers,
Zachary and Andrew, at home; grandparents Donald and
Theresa Secrest of Manteno, John and Therese Hulbert of
Manteno, and Robert J. Hartman of Chicago;
great-grandparents Ray and Shirley Secrest of Mattoon,
Mertie Epperson of Mattoon, Robert and Carol Hartman
of Chicago, Carol Hack of Chicago, and Donald and
Jacqueline Becker of Chicago; and
great-great-grandparents Tom and Kathryn Dougal of
Tampa, Fla.

Lucas was preceded in death by four great-grandfathers
and one great-grandmother.

Memorials may be made to the family for a memorial to
be established at a later date.

Douglas Livingston

ST. JOSEPH - Douglas Lee Livingston, 30, of St. Joseph,
formally of Charleston, died at 6:07 P.M. Sunday at Sarah
Bush Lincoln Health Center. Funeral services celebrating
his life will be held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday at the Epperson
Funeral Chapel, 1313 9th Street, Mattoon with Chaplin
Dan Crumrei and Pastor Bob Yountz officiating. Burial
with full military rites will be held at Arcola Cemetery,
Arcola, IL. Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 P.M.
Wednesday at the funeral home. Everyone is invited to a
gathering of friends and family at Arcola Civic Center
immediately following the service.

He was born September 15, 1970, in Mattoon, the son of
Loretta (Colman) Fentress and Jerry Lee Livingston. He
married Dawn Stubbs August 14, 1999. She survives.
Also surviving is a son, Andrew and daughter, Madisyn,
both at home; his father, Jerry Lee Livingston and wife
Judith of Dunnellon, FL; mother, Loretta (Colman) the
late Norman Fentress of Arcola; one brother, Marlin and
wife, Denise of Mahomet, IL and one sister, Tisha Pfeiffer
and husband Brian of Charleston; two stepbrothers, Larry
Griffith and wife, BeBe and Tay Griffith and wife, Cheryl,
both of Mattoon; three stepsisters, Rita Griffith of
Mattoon, Missy Hayes and husband Dean of Oakland, and
Rhonda Hayse of Atwood; mother and father-in-law, Bill
and Retta Gandy of Pana and Bob and Mary Stubbs of St.
Charles Mo.; sister-in-law Jody (Stubbs) Groenke of
Jacksonville FL.

Doug was a Forging Engineer and the Manager of Product
Engineering for Clifford-Jacob Forging Co. in
Champaign-Urbana. He graduated from Charleston High
School in 1988 and earned his bachelors degree in
Industrial Technology in 1994 from Eastern Illinois
University. Doug was a member of the National Guard,
Springfield, IL, where he earned the rank of Captain. He
was deployed to several countries of the world including
Ukraine, Korea, Iceland and Belize. He was also activated
in 1993 during the flood in Missouri. Doug was currently
Company Commander for the 233rd Military Police
Company in Springfield.

He was a prominent musician where he mastered the
drums and saxophone. Doug had a great love for sports,
participating in motorcycle riding, truck pulling, camping
and boating. He was a loving husband and father, a
dedicated family man and a good friend to many people.
In every sense of the word, he was a true patriot and had
a great love for his country. Doug will always be
remembered for his smile and generosity.

He attended the First Church of God in Charleston, and
was a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity.

Memorials may be made to the family in care of the
Epperson Funeral Chapel.

Martha Murphy

ROCHESTER - Martha K. Murphy, 75, of Rochester,
formerly of Mattoon, died at 7:40 p.m. Saturday (April 28,
2001) at her residence.

A graveside service will be 10 a.m. today at Calvary
Cemetery in Mattoon with the Rev. Herman Niebrugge
officiating. The Staab Funeral Home in Springfield is in
charge of the arrangements.

She was born Dec. 5, 1925, in Murphysboro, the daughter
of William R. and Regina Hufnagle Kimball. She married
William E. Murphy in 1963; he died in 1971.

Surviving are several cousins.

Mrs. Murphy retired in 1986 from the payroll department
of Illinois Department of Corrections.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society
or the American Heart Association.

John Saathoff

ARTHUR - John E. Saathoff, 67, of Arthur, formerly of
Toledo, died at 6:00 Sunday (April 29, 2001) at Sarah
Bush Lincoln Health Center.

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Barkley Funeral
Home in Toledo with the Rev. Tim Pearce officiating.
Burial will be in Janesville Cemetery. Visitation will be 6
to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the McMullin-Young Funeral
Home in Arthur and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Barkley
Funeral Home in Toledo.

He was born April 5, 1934, in Champaign, the son of O.H.
and Grace Fruhling Saathoff. He married Winona Carrell
in 1955; she survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Michael Saathoff of Toledo
and Bryon Saathoff of Arthur; one brother, H.J. "Bob"
Saathoff of Gibson City; one sister, Dorthea "Dort" Grider
of Champaign; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister.

Mr. Saathoff was service manager for Sloan Implement
Company in Atwood. He was an Army veteran.

Memorials may be made to the Arthur Ambulance Service
and Lake Land College John Deere Training Center.

Margaret Taylor

GREENUP - Margaret Louisa Taylor, 86, of Hidalgo, died
at 9:10 p.m. Monday (April 30, 2001) at the Newton
Resthaven Nursing Home.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Barkley
Funeral Home in Greenup with the Rev. Tim Pearce
officiating. Burial will be in the Plainfield Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon until service time at the
funeral home.

She was born Oct. 22, 1914, in Rose Hill, the parents of
Hiram and Agnes Powell Tracy. She married Wayne
Taylor in 1936; he survives.

Also surviving are one brother, Roy Tracy of Columbia
City, Ind.; three sisters, Lois Disler of Freemont, Ind.,
Evon Weaver of Nashville, Ind., and Beulah Auten of
Franklin, Ind.

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

Mrs. Taylor was a grocery store clerk. She was a member
of the Rose Hill Household Science Club and attended the
Rose Hill United Methodist Church.

Billy Eugene Wright, 68, passed away April 28, 2001.
Preceded in death by son David Wayne Wright. Survived
by son Marc Wright of Tucson, Grandson Nathan Wright
of Phoenix, and three great grandsons, Brothers Marvin of
Decatur, Illinois and Bob of Tucson and Sister, Linda
Allen of Marana. Private Memorial. Remembrances my be
made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by
Hudgel's Swan Funeral Home.

May 1, 2001

Goldie Bahney

MATTOON - Goldie J. Bahney, 68, of Mattoon, died at
8:21 p.m. Thursday (April 26, 2001) at Sarah Bush
Lincoln Health Center.

A graveside memorial service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday
at the Janesville Cemetery. The Barkley Funeral Home is
in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Bernard

ANTIOCH, Calif. - Margaret R. Sawyer Bernard, 62, of
Antioch, Calif., formerly of Mattoon, died recently.

Arrangements are incomplete at the Mitchell-Jerdan
Funeral Home.

Emogene Brewer

OAKLAWN - Emogene Brewer, 76, of Oaklawn,
formerly of Greenup, died Friday (April 27, 2001) in
Oaklawn.

A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Mount
Zion Cemetery near Greenup. The Barkley Funeral Home
in Greenup is in charge of the arrangements.

She was born Feb. 19, 1925. She married Bert Brewer; he
died in 1986.

Surviving are two sons, Michael and Stephen Brewer; one
daughter, April Warren; two sisters, Loraine Neal of
Greenup and Lucille Hutton of Toledo; and three
grandchildren.

Douglas Livingston

ST. JOSEPH - Douglas Lee Livingston, 30, of St. Joseph,
formerly of Charleston, died at 6:07 p.m. Sunday (April
29, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the
Epperson Funeral Chapel in Mattoon. The funeral will be
2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in
Arcola Cemetery in Arcola.

Memorials may be made to the family in care of the
Epperson Funeral Chapel, 1313 S. Ninth St., Mattoon.

John Saathoff

ARTHUR - John E. Saathoff, 67, of Arthur, formerly of
Toledo, died at 6 p.m. Sunday (April 29, 2001) at Sarah
Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Arrangements are incomplete at the Barkley Funeral
Home in Toledo.

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