Miscellaneous Coles County, Illinois Death Notices 2000

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Bobby Bridges
SULLIVAN - Bobby Bridges, 71, of Sullivan died at 11:45 a.m. Thursday (March 30, 2000) at Mattoon Care and Rehabilitation Center.Arrangements are incomplete at Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan.

Vernon Davis
MATTOON - Vernon Lloyd Davis, 88, of Mattoon died at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday (March 28, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, with the Rev. William E. Stark officiating. Burial will be in Branchside Cemetery, Gays. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.He was born Jan. 23, 1912, in Clark County, the son of Frank and Isie Lahman Davis. He married Margaret Opal Arbogast in 1935. She died in 1984.Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Jerry (Esther) White of Winter Garden, Fla.; one sister, Edna Perisho of Westfield; and six grandchildren.He was also preceded in death by one son.Mr. Davis retired as a shipper/tester from Young Radiator and had formerly worked at Hayes Freightlines. He was a member of Broadway Christian Church and Moultrie County RSVP.

Carol Lough
TUSCOLA - Carol Lough, 62, of Tuscola died at 1:55 p.m. Thursday (March 30, 2000) at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.

C. Dean Stephen
CHARLESTON, IL - C. Dean Stephen, age 75, of Charleston, passed away on Wednesday, March 29, 2000 at Prairie View Care Center of Charleston. Fun

Margaret Barker
SULLIVAN - Margaret E. Barker, age 78, of Sullivan, died at 5:35 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2000 at the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home in Mattoon. 

Julia Cole
NEOGA - Julia E. Cole, 100, of Neoga, formerly of Charleston and Mattoon, died at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday (March 28, 2000) at Heartland Christian Village.

Steven Keefer
VILLA GROVE - Steven L. Keefer, 44, of Villa Grove, died at 3:15 p.m. Monday (March 27, 2000) at his home.

Mary Kimball-Stickford
FORT WORTH, TEXAS - Mary C. Kimball-Stickford, 87, of Fort Worth, Texas, formerly of Ashmore, died Saturday (March 18, 2000) at Vencor Hospital, Arlington, Texas.

Alberta McKee
CHARLESTON - Alberta McKee, 75, of Charleston died at 3:55 p.m. Tuesday (March 28, 2000) at the Convalescent Care Center of Mattoon.

Dessie McCallan
PARIS ­ Dessie M. McCallan, 94, of Paris died at 1 p.m. Sunday (March 26, 2000) at her residence.

Roland McDonald
LANSING ­ Roland B. "Pup" McDonald, 75, of Lansing, formerly of Casey, died at 10:50 p.m. Saturday (March 25, 2000) at St. Anthony Medical Center, Crown Point, Ind.

Robert Wayne Pierce
Robert Wayne Pierce, age 38, of Athens, formerly of Springfield, died at 6:00 PM Saturday at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.Rev. Ralph Zetzl OFM officiating.Burial in Calvary Cemetery in Springfield.Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the Robert Pierce Girls College Fund in care of the Athens State Bank.

Helen Zebell
HAMMOND, IND. ­ Helen Zebell, 70, of Hammond, Ind., formerly of Sullivan, died Friday (March 24, 2000) at St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago.

Lee Antle
Lee Jean Antle, 66, of Arcola, IL, passed away at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, 2000 at her residence in Arcola, IL.

Zion Ford
MATTOON - Zion Anthony Ford, 4 months, of Mattoon, died at 12:57 p.m. Friday (March 24, 2000) at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Lila Gonzalez
MATTOON - Lila Faye Gonzalez, 56, of Mattoon, died at 10:45 a.m. Friday (March 24, 2000) at her residence.

Ione Lawrence
STEWARDSON - Ione Margaret Lawrence, 85, of Stewardson, died at 3:26 a.m. Saturday (March 25, 2000) at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

Marie Vermeland
ARCOLA - Mrs. Nettie Marie Vermeland, 91, of Arcola, formerly of Corpus Christi, Texas, died at 7:40 AM Saturday, March 25, 2000 at Douglas Manor in Tuscola.

Zion A. Ford
MATTOON -- Zion A. Ford, 4 months old, of Mattoon died at 12:57 p.m. Friday (March 24, 2000) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

Lila Gonzalez
MATTOON -- Lila Faye Gonzalez, 56, of Mattoon died at 10:45 a.m. Friday (March 24, 2000).

Olive Ingram
MAXVILLE, FLA. -- Olive Letha Ingram, 91, of Maxville, Fla., died at 4:30 p.m. Thursday (March 23, 2000) at Baptist Medical Center, Jacksonville, Fla.

Mary King
Mary Byers King, 76, of Windsor died at 12:40 p.m. Thursday (March 23, 2000) in Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

Arthur Lawrence
EFFINGHAM -- Arthur R. Lawrence, 60, of Effingham died at 8 a.m. Friday (March 24, 2000) at St. Anthony Hospital, Effingham. 

Ruth Suddarth
SULLIVAN -- Ruth A. Suddarth, 65, of Sullivan died at 7 p.m. Thursday (March 23, 2000) at St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur.

Shirley Warfel
TOLEDO -- Shirley M. Warfel, 60, of Toledo died at 9:30 a.m. Thursday (March 23, 2000) at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minn.

Lena Bozell
SULLIVAN - Lena Belle Bozell, 92, of Tampa, Fla., formerly of Findlay, died at 12:01 p.m. Sunday (March 19, 2000) at the Palm Gardens Nursing Home, Tampa, Fla.

Katherine Dewhirst
Katherine Dewhirst, age 76, of Mattoon, passed away at 4:50 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Howard Miller
CANTON, MO. - Howard F. Miller, 82, of Canton, Mo., formerly of Mattoon, died at 12:15 a.m. Wednesday (March 22, 2000) at the Lewis County Nursing Home, Canton, Mo.

Carrie Sandrisser
ASHMORE - Carrie L. Sandrisser, 73, of Ashmore died at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday (March 21, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.Max WheelerMATTOON - Max Wheeler, 80, of Mattoon died at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday (March 22, 2000) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

Lawrence E. (Larry) Closson
CHARLESTON - Lawrence E. "Larry" Closson, age 74, of Charleston, passed away on Monday, March 20, 2000 at Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Funeral services celebrating Larry's life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 24 at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston with Reverend Bill Boaz officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Adams Funeral Chapel. Interment, with military rites performed by the Honor Guard of Veterans of Foreign Wars Paul McVey Post 1592 of Charleston, will be held in Shiloh Cemetery near Lerna.Larry was born June 18, 1925 in Diona, Illinois the son of John Riley and Nora (Stewart) Closson. He married Alma Walden in Lincoln, Illinois on April 14, 1973. She survives.Other survivors include two sons, James Closson and his wife Linda of Montgomery, Texas and Larry Dale Closson and his wife Peggy of Springfield, Illinois; three daughters, Linda Brazzell of Charleston, Lana Smith and her husband Hank of New Holstein, Wisconsin and Sherri Tetmeyer and her husband Jim of Mattoon; three stepsons, John Calhoun and his wife Fern and Steve Calhoun and his wife Nita, all of Charleston and Gregory Calhoun and his wife Marla of Mattoon; one brother, Harley Closson of Charleston; three sisters, Norma Mineo and her husband Bill of Charleston, Lois Pettyjohn and her husband Paul of Staunton, Illinois and Mary Linder of Henderson, Texas, and; twelve grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, seven step grandchildren and six step great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Lester Closson, and; a great grandchild, Alexander Mason.Larry was a family man; his children, step children and their families were the "light of his life". He was an industrious and hardworking entrepreneur, having started several businesses in the Charleston Area. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II, was a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Paul McVey Post 1592 of Charleston and formerly a member of the Teamsters Union. His family and friends will find that remembering Larry will be easy­he leaves behind an abundance of pleasant memories including many of his stories that will be retold time and time again as he became an accomplished storyteller.Memorials in honor of Larry may be made to the family, in care of Adams Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 84, Charleston, IL.

Virginia Dewhirst
MATTOON - Virginia K. Dewhirst, 76, of Mattoon died at 4:50 p.m. Tuesday (March 21, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.Arrangements are incomplete at Schilling Funeral Home.

Mary Drake
CHARLESTON - Mary Z. Drake, 85, of Charleston, formerly of Paris, died at 2:55 p.m. Monday (March 20, 2000) at the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home.Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Paris. Burial will be in Edgar Cemetery, Paris. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at Stewart and Carroll Funeral Home, Paris.She was born May 14, 1914, in Parke County, Ind., the daughter of Fortunato and Franchesca Avenatti Zanotti. She married Walter Vern Drake in 1936. He died in 1970.Surviving are one brother, Fortunato Zanotti of Terre Haute, Ind.; one sister, Mafalda Baylis of Sterling; one daughter-in-law, Judy Drake of Charleston; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by one son and one brother.Mrs. Drake worked at Zenith Corporation, Paris; J.C. Penney Co. Inc.; and U.O. Colson Co. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas, St. Mary's Alter Society, and of the St. Mary's Catholic Church, Paris. Memorials may be made to the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home, Harmony Center, or St. Charles Catholic Church, Charleston.

Orville High
ARTHUR - Orville Dean "Deano" High Jr., 34, of Arthur died at 8:18 a.m. Tuesday (March 21, 2000) at the family residence.Arrangements are incomplete at Shrader Funeral Home in Arthur.

Louis Savage
CASEY - Anna Louise Savage, 87, of West Plaines, Mo., formerly of Casey, died at 1:15 a.m. at National Health Care Facility in West Plaines, Mo.The graveside funeral will be 3 p.m. Saturday at the Casey-Cumberland Cemetery with Michael Biggs officiating. No visitation is planned. Markwell and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.She was born August 10, 1912, in Herrin, the daughter of Christian Magnus and Alice Olive Collard Nielsen. She married Charles E. Savage in 1932. He died in 1997.Surviving are one son, Bill Savage of Naples, Fla.; one daughter, Joyce Biggs of West Plaines, Mo.; six grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; six stepgreat-grandchildren; and one great-great-great-grandson.She was also preceded in death by her parents, twin brother and one infant grandson.Mrs. Savage was a homemaker.Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Carrie Sandrisser
ASHMORE - Carrie L. Sandrisser, 73, of Ashmore died at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday (March 21, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.Arrangements are incomplete at Caudill-King Funeral Home in Charleston.

Phyllis Wilcoxin
LIMA, OHIO - Phyllis M. Wilcoxin, 68, of Lima, Ohio, formerly of Casey, died at 8:11 a.m. Tuesday (March 21, 2000) at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, Ohio.The graveside funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday in Washington Cemetery in Casey with the Rev. Steve Greene officiating. No visitation is planned. Markwell and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.She was born July 25, 1931, in Casey, the daughter of Ernest and Susan "Susie" Hock Ruffner.Surviving are one daughter, Barbara Guiltner of Wood River; three brothers, Jimmie Ruffner of Lima, Ohio, Ernest Ruffner of Calif., and Donnie Ruffner of Florida; one half-brother, Paul Hook of Arcadia, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and one sister.Ms. Wilcoxin was retired from Ettlebrick Shoe Factory and attended the First Church of Nazarene in Casey.

Eva Briscoe
CASEY - Eva I. Briscoe, 70, of Casey, died at 8:48 a.m. Monday (March 20, 2000) at her home.A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Arthur Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Markwell Funeral Home, Casey, is in charge of the arrangements.She was born March 7, 1930, in Laclede, the daughter of Theodore and Mae Cook Jean. She married Darrell Briscoe in 1960. He died in 1999.Surviving are three sons, Daniel Briscoe of Casey, Melvin Hart of Dix, and Dennis Edwards of Toledo; one daughter, Billie Fustin of Arthur; one stepson, Darrell Arthur Briscoe of Topeka, Kan.; one brother, Teddy Jean of Olympia, Wash.; one sister, Vera Miller of Arthur; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by one son and one brother.Mrs. Briscoe was a homemaker. 

Norris Green
Norris D. 'Bud' Green, 64, of Sullivan, died 12:05 a.m. Monday (March 20, 2000) in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan with the Rev. Dr. David Leslie officiating. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Casey Cumberland Cemetery, Casey. Memorials are suggested to the American Lung Association or the Sullivan First Christian Church Youth Program.Mr. Green was born May 24, 1935 at Tuscola the son of Albert F. and Esther C. Blaase Green. He had worked for Illinois Power Company and was a member of the Sullivan First Christian Church, Mattoon Eagles Club and Decatur IBEW Local #146. Bud married Barbara A. Farley on October 29, 1992 in Las Vegas, Nevada.Surviving are his wife Barbara of Sullivan; sons, Matthew T. Green and wife Lisa of Decatur, Marc C. Green of Carbondale; stepson, Mark Moore and his wife Michele of Kansas, Illinois; stepdaughter, Tami Johnson and her husband Charles of Ashmore; brother Larry Green and his wife Joyce of Amboy, Illinois; twin sister Delores Honn and her husband Bill of Mattoon; sister, Betty Melzer and her husband Paul of Decatur; Grandsons Colin Green, Brent Moore, Jacob Johnson, Dylan Johnson and granddaughter Mackenzie Moore all at home.He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Nelle Jane Johnson
HINDSBORO - Mrs. Nelle Jane Johnson, 91, formerly of Hindsboro, entered eternal peace and rest at 5:35 AM Monday, March 20, 2000 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center with her family at her side.Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, March 22, 2000 at the Walnut Grove Christian Church, rural Arcola, with Pastor Barney Wells officiating. Burial will be in the Arcola Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 5:00-7:00 PM at Shrader Funeral Home, 204 N. Locust Street in Arcola.Mrs. Johnson was born June 20, 1908 in Jackson County, Tennessee, a daughter of Robert R. and Bertie Kemp Stubblefield. She married Wilburn H. Johnson in Macon County, Tennessee on August 12, 1928. He preceded her in death on April 19, 1968.Survivors include one son, Denny Johnson and wife Mary Jane of Arcola; 2 daughters, Evelyn Carlen of Oakland, and Jo Ann DeDominick and husband Bill of Dallas, Oregon; 2 brothers, Reggie Stubblefield of Arcola, Robert Stubblefield, Jr. of Mississippi; 3 sisters, Daffo Murry of Lafayette, Tennessee, Delno Moore of Franklin, Kentucky, Dovie Sexton of Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee; 11 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and 10 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Betty Warner, 2 great grandchildren, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters.Mrs. Johnson was a member of the Walnut Grove Christian Church where she was a member of the Eunice Club. She was also a member of the Hindsboro Home Extension, Friendship Club, and the Coles County Ladies Home Bureau.Memorials are suggested to the Walnut Grove Christian Church.

Belle Lindley
MARSHALL - Belle H. Lindley, 99, of Marshall, formerly of Charleston, died at 2:25 a.m. Monday (March 20, 2000) at Burnsides Nursing Home, Marshall.A graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Hoult Cemetery, south of Chrisman with pastor Kevin Coe officiating. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Scott-Bolen Funeral Home, Chrisman.She married Donald J. Lindley. He died in 1985.Surviving are one sister-in-law, Helen Cook of Chrisman; and several nieces and great-nieces.

Scott Rains
WEST YORK - Scott Edward Rains, 36, of rural West York, died at 2:32 p.m. Sunday (March 19, 2000) at Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, Ind.A memorial service will be at a later date. There will be no visitation. The Prust-Hosch Funeral Chapel, West Union, is in charge of the arrangements.He was born July 23, 1963, in Robinson, the son of James Edward and Beverly Jean Evans Rains.Surviving are his parents of West York; his paternal grandmother, Norma Rains of Hutsonville; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather and maternal grandparents.Mr. Rains was very active in politics having served as a Republican precinct committeeman in Terre Haute for several years and was currently a member of the Pachyderm Club. He was a member of St. George Orthodox Church, Terre Haute, Ind., and York Lodge No. 313 A.F. & A.M. in West Union. He was employed as a video order processor at Columbia House in Terre Haute, Ind.Memorials may be made to the St. George Orthodox Church, 1900 S. 4th St., Terre Haute, Ind. 47802.

Mildred Schafer
Mildred Doris Schafer, age 80, of Mattoon, passed away at 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 16, 2000, at her residence.The Schilling Funeral Home is in charge of the local arrangements.Mildred was born in Pittsburgh, Penn. on July 4, 1919, a daughter of Paul and Mary Wise Sivey. She married Lowell Francis Schafer on February 22, 1945. He preceded her in death on August 21, 1989.Survivors include two sons, Dale Schafer of Houston, Tex., Thomas E. Schafer of Mattoon; one daughter, Mrs. Larry (Lana Jo) Thompson of Roswell, New Mexico; one sister, Ann Kurzenberger of Westlake, Ohio and four grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.Mrs. Schafer was a homemaker.Your thoughtfulness would be appreciated in the form of a donation to Hospice of Linconland for the loving, caring and selfless service that they provide in times of need.

Kathryn Ware
Kathryn J. Ware, age 86, of Mattoon, Illinois, passed away at 12:25 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, 2000, at her residence.The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church with Father Herman J. Niebrugge officiating. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Schilling Funeral Home with Biblical Wake service at 7:30 p.m.Mrs. Ware was born in Mattoon, on November 27, 1913, a daughter of Peter and Mary Loretta Welch Morgan. She married Charles B. Ware on February 20, 1943.Survivors include husband, Charles B. Ware of Mattoon; two daughters, Paula Winchester and husband David of Mattoon and Ann Easton and husband Robert of Collierville, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Jeff Winchester and wife Tina of Windsor, Greg Winchester and wife Kim of Mattoon, Aaron Easton of Memphis, Tenn., Shelley Easton of Knoxville, Tenn.; five great-grandchildren, Dustin Rogers, Kyle Winchester, both of Mattoon, and Jennifer, Jessica, and Melissa Winchester, all of Windsor.She was preceded in death by three brothers, one sister, and one great-granddaughter.Mrs. Ware was a member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church. She was a former member of the Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital Guild. Kathryn loved to play bridge and belonged to several bridge clubs.Memorials may be made to the Lincolnland Hospice or to the Alzheimer's Foundation.

Edith Witters
CHARLESTON - Edith Witters, 89, of Charleston, died at 3:50 a.m. Monday, March 20, 2000, at the I.O.O.F. Home in Mattoon.The funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Harper-Swickard Funeral Home, Charleston. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Thursday at the funeral home.She was born April 29, 1910, in Charleston, the daughter of Frederick and Agnes White Charlesworth. She married John Anson Witters in 1928. He died in 1978.Surviving are three sons, John Wesley Witters of Paris, IL, Robert Edwin Witters of Corvallis, OR, and Charles Worth Witters of Las Vegas, NV; three daughters, Norma Charlesworth Klaus of Glen Carbon, IL, Kaye Jean Thomas of Charleston, IL, and Karen Joyce Bennett of Chesterfield, MO; 15 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her husband, one son, Gary Maxwell Witters who is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Lloyd Witters of Temple Terrace, FL, and two grandsons, Larry Kyle Witter and Michael Bond Pearcy.Mrs. Witters was a reference librarian at Eastern Illinois University from 1960-1984.She was also a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Disease Research Center, Washington University School of Medicine, Campus Box 8111-4488 Forest Park Blvd., Suite 130, St. Louis, Mo 63108

Ivan Abbott
SULLIVAN - Ivan J. Abbott, 72, of Sullivan, died at 1:36 p.m. Saturday (March 18, 2000) at Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Lloyd Boyer
WINDSOR - Lloyd Boyer, 81, of Windsor, died at 6:40 p.m. Friday (March 17, 2000) in Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Harold Brown
ARTHUR - Harold I. "Broom" Brown, 75, of Arthur, died at 5 a.m. Sunday (March 19, 2000) at St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur.The graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Arthur Cemetery with the Rev. Michael Johnson officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Arthur American Legion Post and the VFW. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Shrader Funeral Home in Arthur.He was born July 8, 1924, in Dalton City, the son of Charles and Edith Clapp Brown. He married Betty Hutchcraft in 1946. She survives.Also surviving are one son, Tommy Brown of Decatur; one daughter, Cindy Luedke of Argenta; and three grandchildren.He was preceded in death by two sisters.Mr. Brown was a welder at USI Chemical Corp in Tuscola for 32 years. He was a member of the Vine Street Christian Church, the American Legion Post, and Operating Engineers Local #515. He was a navy veteran of World War II.

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