Miscellaneous Hamilton County, Illinois Obituaries

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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 one brother.

Bernadine Flannigan 
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, Olga Kelly.

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.

Marie Shuster 
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 McPeak Parker.

Lorene Ruffner 
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 N. Ruffner.
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.

Valarie Ratliff 
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 Dahlgren.
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.

Harley Short 
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, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his father and his brother Norman.

Arlene Ater 
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 in Colorado.
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.

Allen Phelps 
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 railroader.
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.

Margie Pickle 
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.

Cletus Cantrell 
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 survives.
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 Cancer Society.

Dorcas Tolley 
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 Bowman 
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.

Keith Webb 
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.

Eugene Waugh 
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 School District.
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 Post 106.
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.

Felsia Cook 
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 housewife.
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 of McLeansboro.
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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