Bonnie O. Munsell
Born October 5, 1909 - Died November 4, 1997
Bonnie O. (Sloan) (Mansell) Munsell, 90, formerly of McLeansboro, died
Tuesday Morning, Nov. 4, 1997 at the Toulon Health Care in Toulon, Ill.
She was a retired nurse working for many years in the offices of Dr. Tobey
and later for Dr. Mitchell before working at Hamilton Memorial Hospital.
She was born on March, 6, 1907, in Hamilton County, a daughter of Mose
Franklin Bowers and Eveline (Duty) Bowers. She was married three times,
to Fred Sloan, who died on May 9, 1942; Burris Mansell, who died on June
17, 1956; and Earl J. Munsell, who died on Nov. 10, 1992. She was a member
of Little Springs Primitive Baptist Church.
The funeral was at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8 at Harre Funeral Home
in McLeansboro. Elder John O'Dell officiated. Burial was in Oddfellows
Cemetery in McLeansboro.
Mrs. Munsell is survived by one daughter, June Hubbard and husband
Robert of Kewanee, Ill.; two sons, Alex Sloan and wife Barbara of Florence,
Ala., Rev Fred Sloan and wife Linda of Gainesville, Fla.; two stepdaughters,
Sue James and husband Cecil of Eldorado and Norma Burk and husband John
of Crossville, Tenn.; two stepsons, John Munsell and wife Velda of Denton,
Texas, and Robert Munsell of Hibbing, Minn.; seven grandchildren, Dr. Ned
Hubbard and wife Bitha of Kewanee, Jan Gunter and husband Guy of Opelika,
Ala., Shannon Halbert and husband Larry of Houston, Texas, Scott Sloan
and wife Margaret of Florence, Ala., Alicia Chen and husband Rick of Gainesville,
Fla., Denna Hatfield and husband John of Gainesville, Fla., Capt. Mark
Sloan and wife Linda stationed with US Air Force in Turkey; nine stepgrandchildren,
John James and wife Ragina of Eldorado, Tom James and wife Pamela of Trenton,
Ill., Craig Mansell and wife Donna of Texas, Mark Mansell and wife Dee
Ann of Texas, Kevin Burk and wife Kathy of Bloomington, Ind., Kris Burk
and wife Anne of Crossville, Tenn., patrick Burk and wife Lu Ann of Hendersonville,
Tenn., Jeff Munsell and wife Tomoko of Japan; nine great-grandchildren,
18 stepgreat-grandchildren; and one niece, Evelyn Allen of McLeansboro.
Besides her husbands, she was preceded in death by three sisters and
Born July 26, 1913 - Died November 1, 1997
Bernadine Flannigan, 84, of McLeansboro, died at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday,
Nov. 1, 1997, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro. She operated
the Blairsville General Store for over 30 years and also had operated a
beauty shop in Dahlgren for several years.
She was born on July 26, 1913, in Ridgway, a daughter of Frank and
Appolonia "Loni" (Rubenacker) Ewald. She married Ruben Medley Flannigan,
who died on Aug. 19, 1994.
The graveside funeral was at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 3, at Cartright
Cemetery near McLeansboro followed by a mass service at the St. John's
Catholic Church in Piopolis at 11:15 a.m. The Rev. Joseph Lawler officiated.
Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro was in charge of the services.
Mrs. Flannigan is survived by one son, Loy Flannigan and wife Sue of
McLeansboro; three grandchildren, Teresa Gibbs, Reuben Flannigan and Richard
Flannigan; three great-grandchildren, Ashley Gibbs, Chad and Tristan Flannigan;
a sister, Sister Rose Anthony Ewald of Dominican Convent of Sparkill, N.Y.;
four brothers, Walter Karcher of Wayne City, Clyde Karcher of McLeansboro,
Eugene Karcher of Sumner, Harry Karcher of Johnston City.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and four
brothers. Frank and Grand Ewald and C.O. Karcher and Junior Karcher.
Marie E. Kelly
Born September 17, 1928 - Died October 28, 1997
Marie E. Kelly, 69, of Momence, Ill., and formerly of Dahlgren, died
at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1997, at St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee.
She was a retired press operator at Bennett Industries at Peotone.
She was born on Sept. 17, 1928, in Poland. She was married to James
Paul Kelley, who died on Jan. 2, 1995.
The funeral was at 2:00 p.m. on Firday, Oct. 31, at Gholson Funeral
Home in Dahlgren. The Rev. Robert Sefried officiated. Burial was in Richardson
Hill Cemetery in Dahlgren.
Mrs. Kelly is survived by three sons, Ronald Kelly and wife Michelle
of Woodstock, Ill., Kevin Kelly of Momence and Thomas Kelly and wife Vicki
of Las Vegas, Nev.; five grandchildren, Mason, Jefery, Samantha, Jaclyn
and Lauren Kelly.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by parents and one sister,
Mary Mae Ross
Born June 8, 1913 - Died October 29, 1997
Mary Mae Ross, 84, of Enfield and formerly of McLeansboro, died at
7:12 a.m. on WEdnesday, Oct. 29, 1997, at the Enfield Health Care Center
in Enfield. She was a homemaker.
She was born on June 8, 1913, in McLeansboro, a daughter of James Floyd
and Nellie (Irvin) Ross.
The funeral was at 11:00 a.m. on Friday Oct. 31, at Gholson Funeral
Home in McLeansboro. The Rev. Robert Sefried officiated. Burial was in
IOOF Cemetery in Dahlgren.
Mrs. Ross is survived by one daughter, Marjorie Lee Stokes of Enfield;
one brother, Arley Ross of Phoenix, Ariz.; and one sister, Bertie Lou Hanlon
of Las Vegas, Nev.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Donald Ross and three
sisters, Marie Beck, Edith Bechtle and Dorothy Wood.
Born June 19, 1915 - Died October 25, 1997
Marie Moore Shuster, 82, of Moweaqua and formerly of McLeansboro, died
Oct. 25, 1997, at her home. She was a consultant for Luzier Cosmetics.
She was born on June 19, 1915, in McLeansboro, a daughter of John Harrison
and Rosetta Webb Moore. She married Fred Shuster on May 11, 1946, in McLeansboro,
and he survives.
The funeral was at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Seitz Funeral
Home in Moweaqua. Burial was in Oddfellows Cemetery in Moweaqua.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Shuster is survived by three daughters, Vickie
Shuster Egyud and husband Louis of Corapolis, Pa., Norma McPeak Brehm of
Carmi, Mae shuster Hays and busband Bob of Moweaqua; six sons, Dean McPeak
and wife Cecile of Troy, Val McPeak and wife Jan of St. Charles, Curtis
McPeak and wife Margie of Dalton City, Carl Shuster and wife Carol of Mattawan,
Mich., Robert Shuster and wife Diana of Shelbyville, Tenn., and Don Shuster
and wife Evelyn of Moweaqua; 31 grandchildren, and 37 great-grandchildren;
one brother, Hugh Hicks of McLeansboro; nieces and nephews; and a special
friend, Nancy Hocker.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one daughter, Mary Jo
Born November 9, 1911 - Died October 14, 1997
Lorene Ruffner, 85, of Alliance, Ohio and formerly of McLeansboro,
died Oct. 14, 1997, at the Alliance Community Hospital in Alliance, Ohio.
She was a housewife.
She was born on Nov. 9, 1911, in New Madrid, Mo., a daughter of Will
and Emma (Piles) Whaley. On April 14, 1962, in Kankakee, she married Walter
The funeral was at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, at Gholson Funeral
Home in McLeansboro. The Rev. Mike Kniffen officiated. Burial was in Bloming
Grove Cememtery near McLeansboro.
Mrs. Ruffner is survived by one brother, Marion Whaley of Alliance,
Ohio; two sisters, Frances Yeakey of Hoffman, Ill., and Lillian Stowers
of Puxico, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Walter and her parents.
Born April 9, 1952 - Died October 19, 1997
Valarie (Eblen) Ratliff, 45, of Belle Rive, died Oct. 19, 1997, as
a result of an auto accident. She was a homemaker.
She was born on April 9, 1952, in Hamilton County, a daughter of James
Barton and Nancy Mae (Smiley) Eblen. On Aug. 10, 1979, she married Randy
Ratliff, who survives.
The funeral was at 1:00 p.m. Oct. 22, at harre Funeral Home in Dahlgren.
The Rev. Keith Neal officiated. Burial will be in Oddfellows Cemetery in
Besides her husband, Mrs. Ratliff is survived by daughter Lori Ratliff
and Jeremy Ratliff, both at home; one brother, Douglas Eblen and wife Tanya
of Mt. Vernon; two nephews, Barton Webb and Ryan Eblen; and two nieces,
Ashleigh Eblen and Amanda Hayes.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Tracy Webb.
Memorials will be accepted at Harre Funeral Home in Dahlgren for the
American Diabetes Association or the National Kidney Foundation.
Born October 28, 1924 - Died October 18, 1997
Harley "Red" Short, 72, of McLeansboro, died Oct. 18, 1997, in Crossville.
He was retired from Lever Bros. in Hammond, Ind., after 35 years of service.
He was born on Oct. 28, 1924, in Whitting, Ind., a son of Ezra Samuel
and Ivis Bratton Short. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
The funeral was at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Emmons-Macey
Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, Ill. Burial was in Billett Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Patsy Byrley Short of Brooksville, Fla;
his mother, Ivis Short of McLeansboro; two daughters, Becky Boyle of Clearwater,
Fla., and Tina Shurtleff of Brooksville, Fla.; one sister, Rosalee Leighty
of McLeansboro; three brothers, Dwain Short and William Short, both of
St. Francisville, Ill., and Denver Short of Crownpoint, Ind.; and two grandchildren,
Belinda Shurtleff of Brooksville, Fla., and Kelly Boyle of Clearwater,
He was preceded in death by his father and his brother Norman.
Born March 24, 1932 - Died September 26, 1997
M. Arlene (Johnson) Ater, 60, died Sept. 26, 1997, in Pueblo, Colo.
She was born on March 24, 1937, in Eldorado and grew up in Hamilton
County, a daughter of the late Lucille and Joyce Johnson. She was married
to Jack Ater who survives.
Services were on Sept. 29 at the Montgomery and Stewart Chapel in Colorado.
The Rev. Jerry C. Lawlis officiated. Burial was in Mountain View Cemetery
Mrs. Ater is survived by her husband, Jack; one son, J.B. Ater of Houston;
five daughters, Christy Dennis of Amarillo, Texas, Rene' Fry of Ulysses,
Kan., Debbie Menges of Liberal, Kan., Kim Ford of Ulysses, Kan., Denny
Eslick of Lakin, Kan.; one sister, Lois Phillips of McLenansboro; mother-in-law,
Wilma Ater; 16 grand children and one great-grandchild.
She was a member of Southwest Church of Christ.
Mrs. Ater was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorials may be made to the Lupus Foundation and will be accepted
at the funeral home.
Born September 22, 1916 - Died October 13, 1997
Allen Phelps, 81, of Carbondale and formerly of McLeansboro, died October
13, 1997 at Franklin Hospital in Benton. He was a retired coal miner and
He was born Sept. 22, 1916, in Butler County, Ky., a son of Cleveland
and Polly Ann (Meredith) Phelps. He was a married twice, to Lottie Alline
Johnson and Edith Marcella Pedigo, both whom are deceased.
The graveside funeral was at 1:00 p.m. on Oct. 15, at Ten Mile Cemetery
near McLeansboro. The Rev. Sederick Phelps will officiate. Gholson Funeral
Home in McLeansboro is in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Phelps is survived by five sons, Eldridge Allen Phelps and wife
Frances of Norris City, Terry Phelps and wife Esther of De Soto, Ill.,
Jerry Phelps of Beaver Dam, Ky., Tony Phelps of Owensboro, Ky., Travis
W. Phelps of Murphysboro; six daughters, Glenda Martin and husband Daniel
of Sesser, Peggy Hicks and husband Randall of Golconda, Sue Gribble and
husband Mike of Harrisburg, Cherri Woolever and husband David of Tucson,
Ariz., Kathy Jolly and husband Larry of Carbondale, Sandra Williams and
husband Steve of Mesa, Ariz.; one sister, Evanice Renfrow of Louisville,
Ky.; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Besided his wife he was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
Born September 8, 1921 - Died October 6, 1997
Margie Pickle, 76, of McLeansboro, died October 6, 1997 at Deaconess
Hospital, in Evansville, Indiana.
She was born September 8, 1921, in Stoy, IL a daughter of James Raley
and Grace (Lawhead) Raley.
Graveside services were to be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday October 8, 1997
at the Robinson New Cemetery in Robinson, IL. Goodwine Funeral Home in
Robinson was in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Pickle is survived by a daughter, Barbara Pickle of McLeansboro;
one sister, Marjorie Warnock Conner of Templeton, CA; a niece, Peggy Ivas
of Robinson; and two nephews, Phillip Faught of Portland, TN, and Robert
Faught of Indiana.
She was a member of the Four Square Gospel Church in McLeansboro.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, John Raley and
two sisters, Martha Turnipseed and Mary Faught.
Born August 23, 1924 - Died September 26, 1997
Cletus Cantrell, 73, of Dale, died Sept. 26, 1997 at his home.
He was a carpenter.
He was born August 23, 1924, in Dale, a son of Thomas and Ella Susan
(Webb) Cantrell. On February 23, 1945, he married Wanda Lois Trout who
Services were Sept. 29, 1997, at Harre Funeral Home of McLeansboro.
The Rev. John Capps officiated. Burial was in Digby Hill Cemetery in Dale.
Mr. Cantrell is survived by his wife Wanda of Dale, one daughter, Norma
Cremeens and husband Roger of Morton; one granddaughter, Kemberly Rae Cremeens
of Morton; one sister, Norma Faye Mayberry of Dale; one half sister, Hazel
Turner of Alton and one borther, Clayton Cantrell of McLeansboro.
He was a Methodist. He was a member of Carmi VFW, Disabled American
Veterans (DAV) and he was an Army veteran of World War II.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.
Memorials will be accepted at the Harre Funeral Home for the American
Born October 13, 1916 - Died September 23, 1997
Dorcas Tolley, 80, of McLeansboro, died Sept. 23, 1997 in Deaconess
Hospital in Evansville.
She was a retired seamstress at the former Elder Manufacturing Garment
Co. in McLeansboro.
She was born October 13, 1916, in Dahlgren, a daughter of Parkus and
Josie (Miller) Tolley.
Services were Sept. 26, 1997, at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.
The Rev. Gary Davenport and Rev. Robert Sefried officiated. Burial was
in Blooming Grove Cemetery.
Ms. Tolley was a Protestant.
She is survived by one sister, Alma Aydt of McLeansboro, and several
nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Elmer, Delmer,
Paul and Warren Tolley; and one sister, Bertha, who died at age 11.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Charles A. Bowman, 63, of McLeansboro, died at 10:57 a.m. Sept. 22,
1997, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.
He retired from Southern Railroad, where he was a machine operator.
He was a Protestant.
Surviving are his wife, Glenda Faye; three sons, Larry Lee of Springfield,
Mo., and Gary Eugene and James Michael, both of McLeansboro; a sister,
Helen Campbell of Macedonia; five brothers, Roy and Dwight, both of McLeansboro,
Loran of Bradley, Dean of Benton and Eugene of Enfield; and eight grandchildren.
Services were at 2:00 p.m. September 25, 1997 at Gholson Funeral Home
in McLeansboro, with burial in Braden Valley Cememtery near Dale.
Bernadine St. Clair
Born March 24, 1921 - Died September 20, 1997
Bernadine St. Clair, 76, of Shirland, Ill., and formerly of McLeansboro,
died at 12:20 a.m. Sept. 20, 1997, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.
She owned and operated Bernadine's Beauty Shop.
She was born March 24, 1921, in Bloomington, a daughter of Edward and
Louise "Scheffert" Pufpaff. On Nov. 10, 1944, she married Earnest Dale
St. Clair in Sioux Falls, S.D., who preceded her in death in 1973.
Graveside services were 1:00 p.m. September 24, 1997 at Digby Hill
Cemetery. The Rev. Joe Danner officiated.
The Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro was in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. St. Clair is survived by one son Dale E. St. Clair and wife Sheila
of Spring Grove, Ill.; three grandchildren, Hope Kenell and husband Dan,
Machelle and Renae St. Clair; one great-grandchild, Anndraia Machelle;
several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
She was a charter member of the St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Rockton
and served on the Shirland Town Council and was City Clerk.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents
and one brother, Louis Pufpaff.
Born June 23, 1938 - Died September 22, 1997
Keith Webb, 59, of McLeansboro, died Sept. 22, 1997 at work.
He was a plant operator at Saline Valley Conservation District. He
had served for 16 years as Hamilton County Treasurer.
He was born June 23, 1938, in Hamilton County, a son of Oakley and
Audrey (Duncan) Webb.
Services were Sept. 24, 1997 at 10:00 a.m. at Harre Funeral Home in
McLeansboro. The Rev. Ken Cook officiated. Burial followed in Oddfellows
Cemetery in McLeansboro.
Mr. Webb is survived by his mother, Audrey Webb of McLeansboro, three
daughters, Julie McGovern and husband J.R. of Cartersville, Ga., Kim Floyd
and husband Roy of Mcleansboro, Lrie Karcher and husband Scott of Dahlgren;
five grandchildren; two brothers, Mike Webb and wife Susan of McLeansbor
and Steve Webb and wife Judy of McLeansboro.
He was preceded in death by his father Oakley Webb
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association and will
be accepted at the funeral home.
Born Sep. 17, 1915 - Died September 16, 1997
Eugene Waugh, 82, of Dahlgren, died at 8:15 p.m. Sept. 16, 1997, at
Harrisburg Medical Center
He was a retired school adminsitrator, having served at Dodds School
in Jefferson County and Dale Grade School in the Hamilton County Unit 10
Mr. Waugh was born Sept. 17, 1915, in Dahlgren, a shon of Charles Emery
and Fannie (Delany) Waugh.
He never married.
Services were Sept. 20, 1997, at First United Methodist Church in Dahlgren
with the Revs. Mary Erwin and Leland Widick officiating. Burial was in
Dahlgren IOOF Cememtery with military rites by McLeansboro American Legion
Gholson Funeral Home in Dahlgren was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Waugh is survived by one sister, Loraine Bristow and husband Frank
of Littleton, Colo.; sister-in-law Esther Waugh of Greenville; a dear friend,
Wilma Harrison of Dahlgren; three nephews; and two nieces.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Dahlgren. He
was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in
the Central and North Burma campaigns. He surved on the Hamilton County
Unit 10 School Board.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.
Born May 26, 1901 - Died September 1, 1997
Felsia Cook, 96, of McLeansboro, died at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept.
1, 1997, at Hamilton Memorial Nursing Center in McLeansboro. She was a
She was born on May 26, 1901, in Hamilton County, a daughter of George
W. and Julia (Oglesby) Miller. On Dec 18, 1922, she married Virgil S. Cook,
who died on Nov. 25, 1980. She was a member of the First Baptist Church
The funeral was at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4, at Gholson Funeral
Home in McLeansboro. The Rev. Gary Davenport officiated. Burial was in
IOOF Cemetery in McLeansboro.
She is survived by a daughter, Dorothy M. Cox of McLeansboro; five
grandchildren, Kenneth and Robert Cox, both of McLeansboro, Denise Barker
of McLeansboro, Dennis Cook of Washington, Ill., and Curtis Cook fo Eureka,
Ill.; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Cook was preceded in death by her parents,
son George Cook, son-in-law Willie Cox, three brothers, two sisters and
a daughter-in-law Wanda Cook.
Tidwell R. Voss
Born January 25, 1917 - Died September 1, 1997
Tidwell R. Voss, 92, of McLeansboro, died at 11:15 p.m. on Monday,
Sept. 1, 1997, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro. He was retired
from running his own taxi service in McLeansboro for many years.
He was born on Jan. 25, 1917, in South Pittsburg, Pa., a son of Mead
and Susie (Tidwell) Voss. He was married to Veronica Hassett, who is now
deceased. He was a veteran of World War II.
The graveside funeral was at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, in St.
Clement's Cemetery in McLeansboro. The Rev. Robert Sefried officiated.
Gholson Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by a sister, Grace Eubank of Decatur, Ala.
Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter.
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