Miscellaneous Coles County, Illinois Obituaries and Death Notices 2001

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ROBERT HOEFLER

Robert Edward "Bob" Hoefler, age 77, of Mattoon,
passed away at 1:05 a.m. on Thursday, September 6,
2001, at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Funeral services celebrating his life will begin at 1:30
p.m. on Sunday afternoon at the Schilling Funeral
Home with the Reverend Robert C. Clark officiating.
Burial with graveside military rites by the V.F.W. Post
4325 will follow in the Dodge Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Saturday
evening at the funeral home.

Bob was born December 1, 1923, in Shawnee,
Oklahoma, a son of Henry and Ann Bryce Hoefler. He
married Dorothy Ann Myler on December 6, 1946 in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Survivors include his wife of fifty-four years, Dorothy
Hoefler of Mattoon; two sons, Robert Hoefler Jr. and
wife Lynette of Taunton, Massachusetts and Charles
"Dan" Hoefler of Mattoon; one daughter, Donna Hoefler
Clark and husband Terry of Mattoon; eight
grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and his beloved
little dog, Tillie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and
Ann, one brother, Sonny Hoefler, and one sister, Mary
Ellen Hoefler.

Mr. Hoefler purchased the Etog Bowling Alley in 1972
and was its owner and operator for twenty-one years.
He also owned Hessy's Bowling Alley in Sullivan
before retiring to Lewisport, Kentucky. He and his wife
Dorothy returned to Mattoon this Spring due to illness
to be close to family and friends. He had also worked
for the New York Central Railroad and U.S.I. Chemical
Plant in Tuscola for fifteen years. He was a member of
the Chestnut Grove Church in Lewisport, Kentucky and
the V.F.W. Post 4325. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of
World War II, serving nine years. Bob was an avid gun
collector, gardener and loved to build custom furniture.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved
him.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Coles County
Animal Shelter.

Eileen Kendall

SULLIVAN - Eileen M. Kendall, 75, of Sullivan, died at
1:15 a.m. Thursday (Sept. 6, 2001) at her residence.

Arrangements are incomplete at Reed Funeral Home,
Sullivan.

Sigrid Lawyer

HARLINGEN, Texas - Sigrid R. Lawyer, 72, of
Harlingen, Texas, formerly of Charleston, died July 28,
2001, at Valley Baptist Medical Center.

A graveside service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the
Ashmore Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Holmes
officiating. The Caudill-King Funeral Home is in charge
of local arrangements.

Mrs. Lawyer was born Aug. 7, 1928, in Oakland, the
daughter of Layton and Clarice Hite Swinford. She
married Jack Lawyer in 1963; he survives.

Velma Pierce

MATTOON - Velma E. Pierce, 89, of Mattoon, died at
5:59 a.m. Thursday (Sept. 6, 2001) at Sarah Bush
Lincoln Health Center.

The funeral will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the
Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home in Neoga with the Rev.
Jim Dona officiating. Burial will be in Drummond
Cemetery, Neoga. Visitation will be two hours prior to
the service at the funeral home.

She was born Aug. 4, 1912, in Palmer, the daughter of
William and Martha Durvin Raymer. She married
Charles Pierce in 1929; he died in 1990.

Survivors include two sons, Richard Pierce of New
Castle, Ind., and David Pierce of Mattoon; one
grandchild; and three great-grandchildren.

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

Mrs. Pierce had worked at the Cunningham Nursing
Home and Douglas Nursing Center, both in Mattoon.
She was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church,
Mattoon.

Hazel Ritter

MATTOON - Hazel D. Ritter, 93, of Mattoon, died at
8:58 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 5, 2001) at the Douglas
Care and Rehabilitation Center.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the
Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home. Burial will be in Dodge
Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be two hour prior to
the service at the funeral home.

She was born March 26, 1908, in Harrodsburg, Ky., the
daughter of James and Ida Adkisson Foster. She
married Reber William Ritter in 1925; he preceded her
in death.

Survivors include four sons, Marvin "Sonny" Roy
Ritter of Decatur, Irvin Wendell Ritter of Decatur, Larry
Lee Ritter of Mattoon and Gary Ray Ritter of Decatur;
four daughters, Kathleen Phalen of Rockford, Madonna
Moncel of Mattoon, Martha Crookshank of Decatur and
Judith Stewart of Arlington, Texas; one sister, Louise
Szabo of Toledo, Ohio; 24 grandchildren; 32
great-grandchildren; and three
great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, four
sisters, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Mrs. Ritter had worked at the Brown Shoe Company as
an inspector and as a sales clerk at several community
businesses. She was a member of the First Christian
Church and former member of the Rebekah Lodge.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association
or the First Christian Church.

Sept. 6, 2001

JOHN HALSEY

OTTAWA - John H. Halsey, 56, of Ottawa, Illinois,
formerly of Grayslake, IL, went to be with the Lord
Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001, at Community Hospital, Ottawa,
IL.

Services will be held at the First Baptist Church in
Ottawa Friday at 10 a.m. with visitation Thursday
evening 5 to 8 at the Mueller Funeral Home, Ottawa.
Burial will be in the Oakwood Memorial Cemetery.

He is the son of John George and Elsie Boyle Halsey.

Surviving is his father of Lake Villa, IL. His wife
Barbara, a daughter Melissa (Bob) Kohler of Wisconsin
and grandsons Jake and Joe Switalski. A brother
George (Diane) Halsey of Charleston. A sister Audrey
Berguland of Grayslake, IL. An uncle, Alan Halsey of
Charleston. Nephews Brian (Christine) Halsey of
Charleston, Ralph Edwards of Grayslake, IL; and Tony
Halsey of Peoria, IL.

Nieces Brandi (Mike) French of Mahomet, IL. Robin
Moorehead of Hawaii and Rhonda Edwards of
Grayslake, IL. Eight great nieces and nephews. Cousins
Robert (Judy) Halsey of Charleston and Doris (Bill)
Richey of Ashmore, IL.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Mr. Halsey served in the United States Air Force and
was a retired deputy from the Lake County Illinois
Sheriff's Dept.

EVELYN KNAUS

ARCOLA, Illinois - Evelyn Mae Knaus, 80, of Arcola,
died at 9:50 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001 at the Odd
Fellow-Rebekah Home in Mattoon.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, Sept.
7, 2001 at the Arcola United Methodist Church, 121 S.
Locust Street, Arcola, with Rev. Margaret Misal as
officiant. Burial will be in the Arcola Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at
Shrader Funeral Home, 204 N. Locust in Arcola.

Mrs. Knaus was born April 29, 1921, in East St. Louis,
a daughter of Norman and Mae Vandeventer Hampton,
Sr. She married Roy W. Knaus on Sept. 6, 1941; he
preceded her in death on Dec. 17, 1985.

Survivors include 2 sons, John Gary Knaus and friend
Kathy Daugherty of Illiopolis; Mark Knaus and wife
Sharon of Effingham; 1 brother, Norman F. Hampton,
Jr. of St. Louis, Missouri; 5 Grandchildren, Kim
Thompson, Trisha Miller, Joshua, Jeromy, and Kylie
Knaus. She was preceded in death by 2 sons and 1
brother.

Mrs. Knaus graduated from Mattoon High School in
1939. She was a homemaker and did catering for
church affairs and weddings. She was a member of the
TOPS Club in Humboldt and the Arcola United
Methodist Church.

Memorials are suggested to the Arcola United Methodist
Church.

Jack Redman Newgent

August 31, 1917 - September 3, 2001

The son of Henry Shelby Newgent and Rena Redman
Newgent.

The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday at St. Paul's
United Methodist Church. Visitation will be one hour
prior to the service at the Church. Memorials may be
made to Brevard Alzheimer's Foundation, 4676 N.
Wickham Rd., Melbourne, FL 32935

Born in Mattoon, IL, on August 31, 1917, Jack "Pop"
Newgent passed away September 3, 2001. Jack and
Martha Newgent moved to Melbourne in 1941 after
Jack graduated from college and accepted a job
teaching Math, Industrial Arts and Mechanical Drawing
at Melbourne High School Newgent also taught the first
Driver's Education course in the state of Florida. During
these early years at Mel-Hi, Newgent made and tested
the first pair of water skis in the area. The skis were
made of barrel slats and tested in the then one large lake
at Wells Park. He also served in the volunteer Coast
Guard patrolling the Indian River during World War II.
All boats on the Intercoastal Waterway where stopped
and inspected for illegal cargo.

Soon after arriving and hearing numerous complaints
that there was no place in town to pass the time and
hang out, Newgent decided to provide a spot. He named
his "spot" Pop's Casbah. The name came partly from a
comic strip, "Penny Pringle" in Jacksonville's
Times-Union. There was a Casbah in the strip and
Newgent was nicknamed Pop when his students found
out he was going to be a father. Overnight, the then ice
cream and sandwich shop became the town's most
popular hangout. More than 50 years later, Pop's
Casbah at 2005 Waverly Place is still one of
Melbourne's best known restaurants. The restaurant was
sold in the early 50s to Newgent's cousin John Cassady
and is presently owned and operated by the Reese
family.

After selling the Casbah, Newgent went to work for the
Brevard County School Board as coordinator of a
veterans training program. Newgent himself was an
Army Air Corps veteran, stationed as a flight instructor
in Laredo, TX. During this time he also had a dance
band that played at Friday night dances all over
Brevard. They were known as "Newgent's Nuggets,
Eight Bars of Golden Rhythm." A year after Newgent
sold the Casbah he went to work at Patrick Air force
Base as a Civil Engineer overseeing all contracts at the
base. He later retired from Patrick as Chief of the Civil
Engineering Department.

Over the years he was a long standing member of the
Melbourne Rotary Club, past President of The Society
of Military Engineers, past President of The Rolling
Sams Camping Club, and a member of the governing
board of St. Paul's United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Martha, and
three children: daughter Joyce Thorsby of Oklahoma,
son Steve and wife Carol Newgent of Kissimmee and
daughter Dee and husband John Clayton of Indian
Harbour Beach. Grandchildren are Chuck Burley, Alan
Burley, Angela Jones, Stacey Newgent-Reid, Carla
Bronson, Steve Newgent Jr., Henry Newgent II, Jayson
Clayton, Kyle Clayton, Desiree Clayton, and Cassady
Clayton. Great grandchildren are Samantha White,
Reston Bronson, SeBelle Bronson, Trystan Jones,
Tanner Jones, Henry Newgent Ill, Hailey Newgent, and
Landry Newgent.

To sum up life in Jack's own words, "Any day you get
up and breath is a beautiful day."

Oral Vance

HUMBOLDT - Oral MoLee Vance, 88, of Humboldt,
died at 5:55 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 4, 2001) at the
Convalescent Care Center in Mattoon.

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Shrader
Funeral Home, Arcola, with the Rev. Jack Woods
officiating. Burial will be in the Humboldt Cemetery.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral
home.

She was born Nov. 30, 1912, in Coles County, the
daughter of Rufus and Ida Jenkins Bennett. She
married John Vance in 1931; he died in 1976.

Survivors include two sons, Dale and Fred Vance, both
of Humboldt; one brother, Willis Bennett of Humboldt;
one sister, Nell Ruetz of Kankakee; two grandchildren;
three great-grandchildren; and one
great-great-grandchild.

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

Mrs. Vance was a homemaker. She was a member of
the Humboldt Rebekah Lodge and the TOPS Club of
Humboldt.

Sept. 5, 2001

Barbara Burge

LOVINGTON - Barbara Jean Burge, 67, of Lovington,
died 11:15 p.m. Monday (September 3, 2001) in St.
Mary's Hospital, Decatur.

Graveside funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m.
Friday in Keller Cemetery, Lovington with Rev. Kevin
Ray officiating. Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Thursday in
Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan. Memorials are suggested
to the Lovington First Christian Church.

Barbara was born May 14, 1934, in Atwood the
daughter of Thomas R. and Fannie E. Black Livengood.
She was a homemaker, a member of the Lovington
First Christian Church and the Lovington American
Legion Auxiliary. She married William H. Burge on
August 30, 1958 in Lovington and he preceded her in
death on December 8, 1997.

Surviving are her son: Frederick L. Mossbarger of
Champaign; daughters, Gaile Booker of Sullivan, Linda
K. Curran and Mrs. Dennis (Connie M.) Fedie both of
Lovington; grandchildren, Rhonda Lea West , April
Michelle Curran, Christopher William Curran, Bobbi
Lea Askins, Joshua Paul Fedie, Andrew Scott Askins,
Brian Dean Booker; great-grandchildren, Owen Patrick
West, Karsyn Nicole West, Kaylea Michelle Curran.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and
two sisters.

Gene Goodwin

GAYS - Gene Goodwin, 63, of Gays, died at 4:15 a. m.
Tuesday (September 4, 2001) at his residence. Funeral
services will be held at 11:00 a. m. Friday in the
Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home, Windsor with Rev.
Richard Eldent officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00
to 8:00 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in the Windsor
Cemetery with the Fireman's Procession to the
Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Lincolnland
Hospice or for research with American Brain Tumor
Association, 2720 River Road, Des Plaines, IL
60018-4110.

He was born April 23, 1938 in St. Louis, MO the son of
Noel and June Shafer Goodwin. He is presently serving
as the mayor of Gays, president of the Moultrie Co.
Water Board, one of the founding father's of the Gays
Fire Department serving as a volunteer fireman for 38
years, past member of the Windsor School Board for 13
years, former board member of the Windsor-Gays
Ambulance Service and attended the Windsor Christian
Church.

He was instrumental in bringing water from Moultrie
Co. to Gays. He was employed as an engineer for
Blaw-Knox for 44 years. He was the proud promoter of
the historical Gays two story outhouse.

Gene was committed to his work, community and
family.

He married Nancy R. Maxedon April 3,1960 in
Windsor.

Surviving are his wife, Nancy; son, Pat Goodwin and
wife Kelly of Charleston; daughter, Gina Harvey and
husband Rob of Largo, FL; grandchildren, Beau and
Madison Goodwin and Clayton and Nathan Harvey;
sister Sojona Weaver of Bellbrook, OH, and
mother-in-law, Elnore Woodard of Shelbyville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother
and step-father Howard Greer.

James Hampton

WABASH, Ind. - James LeRoy Hampton, 64, of
Wabash, Ind., formerly of Charleston, died at 9:16 p.m.
Friday (Aug. 31, 2001) at Wabash County Hospital.

The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. today at the
Gradstaff-Hetgen Manchester Avenue Chapel, Wabash,
Ind. Burial will be in the Marion National Cemetery,
Marion, Ind.

He was born Jan. 26, 1937, in Charleston. He married
Glenna Sparks in 1961; she survives.

Other survivors include two sons, James Hampton of
Wabash, Ind., and William Hampton of Akron, Ind.;
three daughters, Christine Sprague of Fort Wayne, Ind.,
and Tanya and Cathi Hampton, both of Wabash, Ind.;
three brothers, Wayne and William Hampton, both of
Charleston, and Clinton Hampton of Yoder, Ind.; 10
grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Mr. Hampton retired from the U.S. National Guard and
was in the Air Force for 12 years.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer
Society.

Claudine Martin

CASEY - Claudine Beatrice Martin, 93, of Casey, died
at 1:20 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 4, 2001) at Heartland Manor
Nursing Center in Casey.

The funeral will be noon Friday at the Markwell
Funeral Home, Casey, with the Rev. Dick Chapman
officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, Yale.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. until service time Friday at the
funeral home.

She was born April 4, 1908, in Charleston, the daughter
of Oakley Madison and Ollie Brooks Hopkins. She
married Virgil Martin in 1929; he died in 1981.

Survivors include one daughter, Roberta Ashley of
Casey; four grandchildren; and seven
great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two sons.

Mrs. Martin was a cook at the Casey High School for
more than 20 years, and had also worked at the Casey
Shoe Factory and as an aide at the Casey Nursing
Home. She was a member of the New Hope
Cumberland Presbyterian Church, a 50-year member of
the Areta Chapter 79 Order of Eastern Star, Casey,
White Shrine and the Casey Senior Citizens Kazoo
Band.

Memorials may be made to the Cumberland
Presbyterian Children's Home.

B. Lee Ramsey

OMAHA, Ill. - B. Lee Ramsey, 67, of Omaha, Ill., died
at 5 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 2, 2001) at M.D. Anderson
Hospital in Houston.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Cox
Funeral Home in Ridgway, Ill. Burial will be in the Old
Cottonwood Cemetery near Ridgway. Visitation will be
4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

He was born Nov. 1, 1933, in Ridgway, the son of Jess
and Pearl Rister Ramsey.

Survivors include his wife, Colleen Ramsey; two sons,
Barry Ramsey of Champaign and Russell Ramsey of
Ridgway; one brother, Dr. Charles Ramsey of
Charleston; three sisters, Wilma Harrington of Ridgway,
Genevieve Hutchison of Omaha, Ill., and Lola Stoer of
Cuba, Mo.; and five grandchildren.

Mr. Ramsey was a farmer and an Army veteran of the
Korean conflict. He was a member of the New Hope
General Baptist Church in rural Ridgway, the
Barbershoppers and member of various farm
organizations.

Oral Vance

HUMBOLDT - Oral Vance, 88, of Humboldt, died at
5:55 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 4, 2001) at the Convalescent
Care Center in Mattoon.

Arrangements are incomplete at Shrader Funeral Home,
Arcola.

JANICE WAGNER

Janice Kay "Jan" Wagner, age 60, of Mattoon, passed
away at 10:10 p.m. on Sunday, September 2, 2001, at
Douglas Care and Rehabilitation.

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

Jan was born December 6, 1940, in Mattoon, a daughter
of E. B. and Mary Maxine Cheever Kibler. She married
Robert E. Wagner on November 25, 1971. He survives.

Other survivors include two nephews, Brit H. Zachow
and Kirt H. Zachow, both of Mattoon; three nieces, Joli
A. Lovingood of Elk Ridge, Maryland, Amy A. Rerrick
of Linthicum Hts., Maryland, and Lora A. Zachow of
Elk Ridge, Maryland.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Jo Ann
Zachow.

Mrs. Wagner was the owner/operator of the Kibler's
Variety Shop.

Sept. 4, 2001

GLENNA CURTNER

Glenna Frances Curtner, age 59, of Mattoon, passed
away at 5:10 p.m. on Friday, August 31, 2001, at the
Carle Foundation Hospital.

Funeral services will begin at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday
morning at the Schilling Funeral Home with the
Reverend Ed Stephens officiating. Burial will be in the
Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held from
5:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home.

Glenna was born February 27, 1942 in Coles County a
daughter of Glen W. and Sarah F. Bailey Plummer. She
married William E. "Bill" Curtner on June 14, 1958. He
survives.

Other survivors include one son, Troy A. Curtner of
Mattoon; one daughter, Toni White and husband
George of Montrose; her father, Glen W. Plummer of
Mattoon; one granddaughter, Stephanie L. Curtner of
Terre Haute, Indiana; five brothers, Richard Plummer
and wife Glenda of Trowbridge, Gerald Plummer and
wife Judy of Pacific, Missouri, Bob Plummer and wife
Nancy of Mattoon, Glen Plummer and wife Patty of
Martinsville, and Kevin Plummer and wife Sheri of
Charleston; and four sisters, Sheryl Brown of Rantoul,
Jeanne Farris and husband Charles "Chuck" of Rantoul,
Gayle Golden and husband Pink of Effingham, and
Anna King and husband Reverend Bill King of
Burlington, Iowa; and special friend, Gayla Haskamp
and family.

She was preceded in death by her mother, one brother,
John Plummer and one infant brother and one infant
sister.

Mrs. Curtner retired from General Electric in 1999 after
thirty two years. She attended Buck Grove Community
Church.

Memorial gifts may be made to American Cancer
Society or to the Buck Grove Community Church.

HAROLD G. DAVIS

CHARLESTON, IL­Harold G. Davis, age 80 of rural
Charleston, passed away on Friday, August 31, 2001 at
Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. Graveside Services
celebrating his life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on
Wednesday (September 5) at Maple Hill Cemetery in
Westfield, Illinois with Reverend Jess Adams
officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of
Adams Funeral Chapel.

Harold was born July 3, 1921 near Westfield in Coles
County, Illinois the son of Harmon A. and Nettie
(Goble) Davis. He married Martha Joan Bousman in
Westfield on September 21, 1958.

Survivors include his wife Martha Joan; three sons,
Billy Ray Davis and his wife Jean of Chesterton,
Indiana, Ronald Gene Davis and his wife Sharon of
Hebron, Indiana and Jerry Harmon O'Connor and his
wife Vicky of Woodstock, Georgia; five grandchildren;
five great grandchildren; one step grandchild; two step
great grandchildren; and one brother, Gene A. Davis
and his wife Wanda of Greenup, Illinois. He was
preceded by his parents; three brothers, Paul E. Davis,
Hubert C. Davis and Dean H. Davis; one sister, Doris
Lowery Cooper; and a granddaughter, Jennifer
O'Connor.

Harold was a member of the First Christian Church of
Charleston. His hobbies including watching televised
basketball games and traveling with Martha Joan. He
loved animals, enjoyed feeding the birds and held a
special fondness for his cat, "Garfield". Prior to his
employment as a Custodian with the Charleston
Community Unit School District, he worked in the steel
mills in Gary, Indiana.

Harold's family requests that memorials in his honor be
made to the Westfield Gym Fund or to a charity of the
Donor's choice. Memorials may be made at the
Graveside Services or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel,
2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.

Rene Grisius

MATTOON - Rene St. Pierre Grisius, 77, of Mattoon
died at 10:45 a.m. Friday (Aug. 31, 2001) at Sarah Bush
Lincoln Health Center.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the May
Chapel in Rose Hill Cemetery in Chicago. Barr Funeral
Home will be in charge of the arrangements. Local
arrangements are by the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home.

He was born July 8, 1924, in Werdengin, Luxemburg,
the son of Nicholas and Anna Schuck Grisius. He
married Renate Gey in 1950. She survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Randi Mathis of
Chicago and Regina Dow of Mattoon; one son, Robert
Grisius of Chicago; one brother, Michael Grisius of
Chicago; one sister, Margot Jesky of McHenry; seven
grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son.

Mr. Grisius operated the R U Hungry Cafe and was a
World War II U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of
the American Legion and Eagles Club, both in Mattoon.

Ada Gutgsell

CHARLESTON - Ada Kathleen Gutgsell, 82, of
Charleston, formerly of Indianapolis, Ind., died at 4:11
p.m. Sunday (Sept. 2, 2001), at Sarah Bush Lincoln
Health Center.

The graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the
Floral Park Cemetery in Indianapolis with the Rev. Bill
Boaz officiating. There will be no visitation.
Harper-Swickard Funeral Home is in charge of the
arrangements.

She was born Feb. 15, 1919, in Elizabeth, Ind., the
daughter of Louis Henry and Mae Rose Devore
Gutgsell.

Surviving is one niece, Alma Jenkins of Charleston.

Ms. Gutgsell was previously a professional singer and
later a food service worker.

SONDRA MAE KRABEL

CHARLESTON, IL­Sondra Mae Krabel, age 60 of
Charleston, passed away on Friday, August 31, 2001 at
Mattoon Health Care Center. Memorial services
celebrating her life will be held at 6:30 p.m. on
Wednesday (September 5) with Pastor Kenney Bass
officiating. Visitation will be held for one and one-half
hours prior to the service beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Services and visitation will be at Adams Funeral
Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive in Charleston.

Sondra was born March 4, 1941 in Owensville, Indiana
the daughter of Donald and Jewell (Wilson) Larkin.

Survivors include Don Krabel, the love of her life for
thirty-six years; three sons, Marty Robling of
Charleston, Jimmie Robling of Houma, Louisiana and
Shannon "Hank" Krabel and his special friend Tara
Painter of Ashmore, Illinois; three daughters, Dawn
Rachel Parker and her husband Todd of Kansas,
Illinois, Colleen Thomas of Mobile, Alabama, and
Jeanine Krabel of Terre Haute, Indiana; one son-in-law,
Jim Thomas of Charleston; special friend Sheila Elliott
and her husband Glen of Westfield, Illinois; eight
grandchildren, Jana Mae Robling of Houma, Gerad
Alan Robling of Rochester, Minnesota, Gunner Parker
of Kansas, Trent Huddleston and his wife Kaiko of
Twentynine Palms, California, Destiny Painter of
Ashmore, Holly Carney and her husband Brian of
Elkhart, Indiana, Christian Chapman and his fiance
Rebecca of Terre Haute and Elliott Washburn of
Indianapolis, Indiana; three great grandchildren; two
brothers, Cody Don Larkin and his wife Jill of
Poseyville, Indiana and Jody Von Larkin and his wife
Kim of Madison, Indiana; and one sister, Brenda
Dawson and her husband Tom of Tuscon, Arizona. She
was preceded by her parents.

Sondra dearly loved her family. She enjoyed gardening,
flowers, garage sales and antiquing. She worked in the
deli at Wilb Walkers in Charleston and earlier as a Clerk
at Goodwill Industries in Mattoon.

Sondra's family requests that memorials in her honor be
made to her Family. Memorials may be made at the
Memorial Services or Visitation, or mailed to Adams
Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL
61920.

L. Pauline Mills

GARLAND, TEXAS - L. Pauline Mills, 83, of Garland,
Texas, formerly of Mattoon and Effingham, died at 4:10
p.m. Friday (Aug. 31, 2001) at Tender Living Care in
Garland, Texas.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Hohlt &
File Funeral Home in Vandalia with the Rev. William
Staff officiating. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery.
Visitation will be one hour before service time on
Thursday at the funeral home.

She was born April 6, 1918, in Glendive, Mont., the
daughter of Miles E. and Margaret Wasser Mills.

Surviving are two brothers, Edward W. Mills of
Vandalia and Forrest E. Mills Sr. of Mesquite, Texas;
and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister.

Ms. Mills was a homemaker and member of the
Centenary United Methodist Church in Effingham.

Nick Nichols

ROBINSON - Nick "Herb" Nichols, 63, of Robinson,
formerly of Jasper County, died at 11:18 p.m. Saturday
(Sept. 1, 2001), at Crawford Memorial Hospital in
Robinson.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Crain
Funeral Home in Newton. Burial with military rites will
be in Andrews Cemetery in rural Jasper County.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the
funeral home.

He was born Oct. 5, 1937, in Rose Hill, the son of Myrl
and Hazel Swick Riddle Nichols. He married Loretta
White in 1967. He later married Sandra Bailey Clark.
She survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Teresa Nichols of
Charleston; three stepchildren, Pam Miller of
Indianapolis, Ind., Mike Clark of St. Louis, Mo., and
Becky Miller of Robinson; and one grandson and five
stepgrandchildren.

Mr. Nichols worked as a security supervisor and was an
Air Force veteran. He was a member of the Robinson
VFW, Greenup American Legion and affiliated with the
First Baptist Church in Robinson.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart or
American Diabetes Associations.

Annie Otto

ARTHUR - Annie Mae Otto, 63, of Arthur died at 7:17
p.m. Sunday (Sept. 2, 2001), at her residence.

The funeral will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Daniel J.
Otto residence, 260 N. Co. Rd. 425 E, Arthur, with
Bishop Andy Ray Mast officiating. Burial will be in
Otto Cemetery. Visitation will be anytime prior to the
service time at the residence.

She was born June 16, 1938, in Arthur, the daughter of
Joel J. and Katie Ann Schlabach Kauffman. She
married Daniel J. Otto in 1958. He survives.

Also surviving are three sons, David Otto of Arcola,
Wilmer Otto of Lovington and Delbert Otto of Wasilla,
Alaska; one daughter, Viola Yoder of Arthur; her
mother, Katie Ann Kauffman of Arthur; one brother,
Daniel Kauffman of LaGrange, Ind.; five sisters, Fannie
Miller of Hindsboro, Elsie Yoder of Arcola, Verna
Kuhns of Tuscola and Mary Ellen Lee and Irene
Kauffman, both of Arthur; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, three brothers
and two sisters.

Mrs. Otto operated the Chestercreek Harness Shop and
was a member of the Old Order Amish Faith.

Darrell Ray

SULLIVAN - Darrell D. Ray, 46, of Sullivan died at
12:15 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 1, 2001), at St. John's
Hospital in Springfield.

A graveside service will be at1:30 p.m. Tuesday in
Greenhill Cemetery. McMullin-Young Funeral Home is
in charge of the arrangements.

He was born April 14, 1955, in Sullivan, a son of
Chester F. and Mary E. Risley Ray Sr.

Surviving are his mother, Mary of Sullivan; one son,
Justin D. Ray; one daughter, Tonya L. Doss of Sullivan;
seven brothers, David, Chuck, Tom, and Chris Ray, all
of Sullivan, Jim Ray of Altamont, Mike Ray of
Mattoon, Ron Ray of Stonington; and five sisters, Linda
Cloyd of Cooks Mills, Brenda Phelps, Cindy Emel and
Mary K. Ray, all of Sullivan, and Jennifer Sain of
Windsor.

He was preceded in death by his father and two
brothers.

Mr. Ray was a retired wood worker.

Memorials may be made to the family.

VIRGIL RUNNER

Virgil Lee Runner, age 73, of Mattoon, passed away at
1:25 p.m. on Saturday, September 1, 2001, at the Sarah
Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Funeral services celebrating his life will begin at 1:30
p.m. on Wednesday at the Schilling Funeral Home with
the Reverend Robert C. Clark officiating. Burial will be
held in the Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be
from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral
home.

Virgil was born January 30, 1928, in Mattoon, the son
of William W. and Cora Switzer Runner. He married
Elsie J. Davisson on September 6, 1946.

Survivors include his wife, Elsie J. Runner of Mattoon;
one son Michael L. Runner and one daughter, Barbara
J. Hughes, both of Mattoon; four sisters, Catherine
Phillips of Mattoon, Lela Ames of Lerna, Ruth Kite of
Mattoon, Laura Vinson of Arlington, Texas; and four
grandchildren, Annette L. Willard, Yvette A. Runner,
Rachel S. Hughes, and Casey A. Hughes, all of
Mattoon.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, one sister
and one grandson.

Mr. Runner was a World War II Air Force veteran. He
was the owner/operator of Runner's Disposal. After his
retirement he worked part time for the Amtrack station.
He was a member of the American Legion Post #88 and
a member of I.O.O.F Lodge #260.

Judith Samuelson

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. -- Judith K. (McNutt)
Samuelson, 61, if Scottsdale, Ariz., died Monday (Sept.
3, 2001), at her residence in Arizona.

She is survived by her parents, Jack and Reta McNutt
of Charleston.

Memorial services will be at a later date.

Magaret Stillions

MATTOON -- Margaret Lou Stillions, 85, of Mattoon
died at 10:18 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 1, 2001) at Sarah
Bush Lincoln Health Center.

The memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the
Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints with
Bishop T. Ned Lunt officiating. Burial and graveside
services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Roselawn
Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday at the Schilling Funeral Home.

She was born Nov. 29, 1915, near Sumner, the daughter
of James Cyrus and Mabel Claire Adamson Piper. She
married Woodrow W. "Woody" Stillions in 1940. He
died in 1994.

Surviving are one son, C. A. Stillions of Washington,
D.C.; one daughter, Sally Stillions of Mattoon; and two
grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by six brothers.

Mrs. Stillions was a retired teacher in the Mattoon
Community School district. She was a member of
Daughters of the American Revolution and the Church
of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints.

Memorials may be made to the Boy Scouts of America
c/o Schilling Funeral Home.

Chester Sturgeon

MATTOON -- Chester C. Sturgeon, 84, of Mattoon
died at 8:05 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 1, 2001) at his
residence.

Arrangements are pending at the Schilling Funeral
Home.

Gerald M. Trainor

LOVINGTON­Gerald M. "Jerry" Trainor, 86, of
Lovington, died at 11:29 p.m. Friday, August 31, 2001
in his home.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Monday in the First
Christian Church, Lovington, with the Rev. Kevin Ray
officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 5:00-8:00
p.m. in the McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Lovington.
Burial will be in the Keller Cemetery, Lovington.
Memorials: First Christian Church, Lovington, St.
John's Hospice.

He was born on November 30, 1914, in Shelby County,
the son of William S. and Clara T. Giles Trainor. He
retired from the Brown Shoe Company, Sullivan. He
was a member and Elder Emeritus of the First Christian
Church, Lovington, member of the Lovington Kiwanis
Club.

He married Melba E. Townsend on October 2, 1943 in
Lovington and she survives.

Surviving are his sons, Steven Trainor and his wife
Fran of Cary, David Trainor and wife Nancy of
Kewanee; daughter, Marlene Jenkins and husband Alan
of Sullivan; 8 grandchildren, Matt, Trent, Tara, Todd,
Ty, Beth, Kyra, Wyatt; and 2 great-grandchildren, Ethan
and Jackson.

He was preceded in death by 2 sisters and 3 brothers.

Janice Wagner

MATTOON -- Janice Wagner, 60, of Mattoon died at
10:10 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 2, 2001) at Douglas Care and
Rehabilitation Center.

Arrangements are pending at the Schilling Funeral
Home.

Sept. 1, 2001

Harold Davis

CHARLESTON - Harold Davis, 80, of rural Charleston,
died Friday (Aug. 31, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln
Health Center.

Arrangements are incomplete at Adams Funeral Chapel.

Leola Richardson

MARTINSVILLE - Leola Richardson, 92, of
Martinsville, died Friday (Aug. 31, 2001) at Burnside
Nursing Home, Marshall.

The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the
Greenwell Funeral Home, Martinsville, with the Rev.
Billie Ray Ulrey officiating. Burial will be in Ridgelawn
Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the
funeral home.

She was born June 24, 1909, in Clark County, the
daughter of William and Nevada Ellen Fain Ulrey. She
married Golden Richardson in 1929; he died in 1999.

Survivors include two sons, Leonard Richardson of
Martinsville and Dean Richardson of Oklahoma City;
one sister, Evelyn Richardson of Washington state; five
grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two
great-great-grandchildren.

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

Mrs. Richardson was a homemaker and a member of
the Willis Chapel Church.

ETHEL WILLS

Ethel Yvonne Wills, age 90, of Mattoon, formerly of
Eldorado, passed away at 3:14 a.m. on Thursday, Aug.
30, 2001, at the Beehive Home in Mattoon.

Funeral services celebrating her life will begin at 1:30
p.m. on Sunday at the Schilling Funeral Home. Burial
will be Monday in the Poplar Cemetery near Eldorado.
Visitation will be held from noon until time of service
Sunday at the funeral home.

Ethel was born July 12, 1911, in Eldorado, the daughter
of John and Ada Overton Wettaw. She married Phillip
Westbrook Wills in 1931. He passed away in 1970.

Survivors include two sons, John R. Wills and wife
Jacquelyn of Aberdeen, South Dakota and James A.
Wills and wife Sheri of Morton Grove; two daughters,
Yvonne Sims and husband Gary of Lake of the Ozarks,
Missouri and Margaret Light and husband Gary of
Mattoon; eight grandchildren, fifteen
great-grandchildren; and special caregivers at the
Beehive Home.

Mrs. Wills was a homemaker and also served as a cook
for a fraternity at Eastern Illinois University. She was a
member of the Hurricane Baptist Church, the
Charleston Christian Women's Club, the Coles County
Home Extension and the Coles County Farm Bureau.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Hurricane Baptist
Church c/o Schilling Funeral Home.


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