Miscellaneous Madison County, Illinois Obituaries
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Bachman 09/17/98
Mary E. Bachman, 82, of Godfrey, died Sept. 17, 1998, in Rosewood Care Center in Alton. Her husband, Fred, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, David and Dale, both of Brighton, and Robert of Godfrey. Services were through Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to Evangelical United Church of Christ in Godfrey.

Bagley 12/09/96
ROCKPORT, Texas - Gerald "Jerry" Bagley Jr., 58, died Monday, Dec. 9,1996, in Rockport, Born Jan. 19, 1938, in Alton, he was the son of Dorothy Bagley of Alton and the late Gerald Bagley. He married the former Ann Adams in 1989 in Florida. She survives.In addition to his wife and mother, surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Adam and Gail Bagley of Cayce, S.C., and Brett and Donna Bagley of Baton Rouge, La ; one daughter and son-in-law, Mareen and Eric Treese of Tempe, AZ.; two stepdaughters, Victoria Mercer and Christine Ciocco; and three granddaughters, Brandy Bagley, Carlee Bagley and Ashlyn Treese.

Bagley 10/29/97
Joseph C. Bagley, 69, of Godfrey, died Oct. 29, 1997, in Blu-Fountain Manor in Godfrey. He is survived by a sister, Colleen Depper of Godfrey. Services were through Gent. Memorials may be given to the Kenneth Hagen Scholarship Fund.

Bagley 04/11/01
Nola Bagley, 46, of Jerseyville, died Apr. 11, 2001, in Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton. Surviving are a son, Jason Banks of Wood River; daughters, Amber Barnard and Jennifer Banks, both of Wood River; and brothers, Donnie Banks of Kansas, and Ronnie Banks of California. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association.

Bailey 05/19/97
Rodney L. Bailey, 69, of Alton, died May 19, 1997, in her home. She is survived by a son, Bradley of Alton; a daughter, Kimberly of Peoria; and one grandchild. Services were in Gent. Memorials may be given to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Bailey 04/07/98
Forrest James Bailey, 84, of Alton, died Apr. 7, 1998, in Robings Manor Nursing Home in Brighton. He married Virginia Wallace, who preceded him in death. Surviving are sons, Dale and Stanley, both of Godfrey, and Robert of Peoria, Az.; brothers, Ralph of Granite City, and Kenny of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; a sister, Maxine Markham of Jerseyville; and 14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Services were in Gent. Memorials may be given to Saint Anthony's Hospice in Alton.

Bailey 05/26/98
Warren H. Bailey, 77, of Bethalto, died May 26, 1998, in Alton Memorial. Surviving are sons, Gary of Idaho Springs, Co., Randall of Washington, Il., and Wally of Washburn, Il.; brothers, Leland of Geff, and Lyndall of Arkansas; and six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Services were through Marks.

Baiter 02/27/97
John E. Baiter, 75, of Terre Haute, In., died Feb. 27, 1997. He married Alice Brakie, who survives. Also surviving are a son, James of Godfrey; a daughter, Cynthia Johnson of Rockbridge; a sister, Louise Dover of Alton; and six grandchildren. Private services were through Burke-Fine Funeral Home in Alton.

Baker 05/21/97
Alford Baker, 67, of Fosterburg, died May 21, 1997, in his home. He married Wilma Hossler, who survives. He had been co-owner of Tower Maintenance of Illinois, Illinois Concrete Co., and Baker's Acres Thoroughbred Farm. Also surviving are daughters, Linda Heath of Godfrey, Teresa Greeling of Fosterburg, and Tina Masterson of Cottage Hills; a brother, Albert of West Palm Beach, Fl.; a sister, Alberta Stonecipher of Bethalto; and 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Services were in Elias-Smith in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to Saint Anthony's in Alton.

Baker 09/08/98
Fannie E. Baker, 89, of Edwardsville, died Sept. 8, 1998, in University Manor. Her husband, James, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, the Rev. James Baker of Edwardsville, Richard of Lakeland, Fl., John of Roxana, and Paul of Austin, Tx.; a daughter, Elizabeth Jenkins of Trobridge, Oh.; and a sister, Dora Clay of Bensonville. Services were through Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the Gospel Tabernacle Church.

Baker 11/10/98
Clarence Baker, 85, of Alton, died Nov. 10, 1998, in Rosewood Care Center in Alton. He married Grace Morten, who preceded him in death. Surviving are sons, Billy of Alton, and Jimmie of Godfrey; and a daughter, Linda Thompson of Godfrey. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to Rosewood Care Center.

Baker 12/03/98
Vakel E. Baker, 94, died Dec. 3, 1998. Her husband, Luther, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, Dale of Paulden, Az., and Dalph of Newburg, N.M.; daughters, Betty Austin of Jerseyville, Lowe Chapman of West Frankfort, Norma Biondolillo of Garfield, Ar., and Joan Daube of Worden; a brother, Ken Porter of Edwardsville; and a sister, Linda Downs of Jerseyville. Services were in Marks Mortuary in Wood River. Memorials may be given to Hillcrest Church of the Nazarene in Alton.

Baker 02/17/99
Elizabeth M. Baker, 87, of Bethalto, died Feb. 17, 1999, in Sunrise for Edwardsville Nursing Home. Surviving is a brother, James of Godfrey; and nieces and nephews. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to charities of choice.

Baker 05/18/99
Maxine J. Baker, 63, of Overland, Mo., died June 18, 1999, in Scott Air Force Base Hospital in Belleville. Her husband, John, survives. Also surviving are a son, John, Jr., of Overland; daughters, Patricia Schell of Woodson Terrace, Mo., and Sharon Akers of St. Charles, Mo.; sisters, Dora Johnson of East Alton, and Helen Fones of Jerseyville; and a brother, Charles Mayberry of Overland. Services were in Targhetta Funeral Home in Brighton. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association.

Baldridge 06/15/97
Jack Dean Baldridge, 69, of Godfrey, died June 15, 1997, in Alton Memorial Hospital. He married Bertha Lohse, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Sharon Bauser of Godfrey; a son, Gary of Godfrey; a brother, Perle of Lima, Oh.; and four grandchildren. Services were in Gent Funeral Home.

Baldridge 10/07/97
Irene Theresa Baldridge, 75, of Alton, died Oct. 7, 1997, in Alton Memorial Hospital. She is survived by a daughter, Shirley Krpan of Alton; a sister, Laura Smith of Jacksonville; a sister-in-law, Viola Rickey; and nieces and nephews. A memorial services was in Elias-Smith in Alton. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.

Baldwin 08/25/97
Leo G. Baldwin, 62, of Alton, died Aug. 25, 1997, in an automobile accident in Glen Carbon. He is survived by daughters, Jody Bozovich of Godfrey, and Janelle Starkey of Alton; a brother, Paul of Medora, and half-brothers, Charles of Arizona, and Kevin Hausman of Elsah; a half-sister, Carol Baldwin of Missouri; and one grandchild. Services were in Gent. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.

Baldwin 08/25/97
Albert V. Baldwin, 64, of Wood River, died Aug. 25, 1997, in an automobile accident in Glen Carbon. He married Sandra Jo Cook, who survives. Surviving are sons, William of Hartford, Albert and Joseph, both of East Alton, and John of Chester; step-sons, James Crawford of Hartford, and John Logan of House Springs, Mo.; a brother, Paul of Medora; and half-brothers, Charles Baldwin of Arizona, and Kevin Hausman of Elsah; a half-sister, Carol Baldwin of Missouri; and six grandchildren and six step-grandchildren. Services were in Gent. Memorials may be given to the Cancer Society.

Baldwin 06/21/99
A. Margaret Baldwin, 82, of Alton, died June 21, 1999, in Lincoln. Surviving are a son, James Bennett of Lincoln; a daughter, Carol Moore of Rockaway Beach, Mo.; and sisters, Josephine Lassiter of Wood River, and Dolly Curry of Brighton. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Godfrey. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.

Ballard 04/06/00
JoAnn L. Ballard, 65, of Alton, died Apr. 6, 2000, in Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton. Her husband, Kenneth, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Brett of Godfrey; a daughter, Arden Dawdy of East Alton; and a sister, Angie Gineris of Alton. Services were through Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Godfrey.

Ballard 05/22/00
Bessie J. Ballard, 92, of East Alton, died May 22, 2000, in Wood River Township Hospital. Her husband, Vivan, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, Robert of Rosewood Heights, Franklin of Alton, and Gary of East Alton; daughters, Lois Moore of Cuba, and Donna Jones of Rosewood Heights; brothers, Martin Blaine of Alton, and Marvin Blaine of Drakesboro, Ky.; and sisters, Margaret Allen of Lewisburg, Ky, and Ursa Lyons of Drakesboro. Services were in Paynic Home for Funerals in Rosewood Heights. Memorials may be given to First Baptist Church of East Alton, and the Breast Cancer Race for the Cure.

Ballhurst 10/31/98
Marguerite L. Ballhurst, 94, of Hillsboro, died Oct. 31, 1998, in Hillsboro Health Care Center. Her husband, Edward, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, James of Godfrey, and Steven of Hillsboro. Services were through Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given for masses.

Balsters 11/15/99
Harold W. Balsters, 69, of Bethalto, died Nov. 15, 1999, in Alton Memorial Hospital. He married Peggy Sawyer, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Don of Bethalto; daughters, Amy Viehman of Bethalto, and Jane Ahasay of Monroe, Wi.; and a brother, Melvin of Bethalto. Services were through Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to Macular Degeneration Retina Research and Development Foundation, American Heart Association, and Zion Lutheran Church in Bethalto, building fund.

Banks 02/16/00
Tony E. Banks, 83, of Bethalto, died Feb. 16, 2000, in Jersey Community Hospital. He married Roberta Landreth, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Sandra Poe of Alton; and a sister, Opal Morse of Poplar Bluff, Mo. Services were through Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Godfrey. Memorials may be given to charities of choice.

Barbee 11/20/99
Fern Barbee, 77, died Nov. 20, 1999, in V.I.P. Manor in Wood River. Her husband, Eugene, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Jerome Tucker of Moro; daughters, Bea Venezia of Medora, and Sharron Hatcher of Bethalto; and sisters, Hazel Brown of East Alton, Jean Stevens of Web City, Mo., Lucille Braden of Bethalto, and Nellie Busler of Norris City. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to V.I.P. Manor.

Barcelona 02/18/00
Rosemary Barcelona, 81, of Alton, died Feb. 18, 2000, in her home. Her husband, Andrew, survives. Also surviving are a brother, Herbert Rose of Michigan; and sisters, June Oertel of Brighton, and Marjorie Rose of Minnesota. Services were through Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to Trinity Chapel of St. Paul Episcopal Church in Alton.

Bardolph 05/08/97
Martha Lou Bardolph, 81, died May 8, 1997. She is survived by her husband, Marinus. Also surviving are daughters, Emily Thompson of San Francisco, and Marian Porter of San Diego; a brother, Hugh Bothwell of Inverness, Fl.; sisters, Marian Sweeney of Salem, Ma., and Anne Beggs, also of Inverness. Services were in Fine and Quinn Chapel for Funerals in Alton.

Barker 06/19/97
R. Dale Barker, 67, of Godfrey, died June 19, 1997, in Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. His wife, Eagle Feather, survives. Also surviving are a son, Derrick of Godfrey; a daughter, Traci of Alton; a step-daughter, Monica Jerrells of Godfrey; and a sister, Carolyn Harris of Alton. Services were in Gent Funeral Home in Alton.

Barker 11/06/98
Verna M. Barker, 100, of Wood River, died Nov. 6, 1998, in V.I.P. Manor in Wood River. No survivors were listed. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Godfrey. Memorials may be given to First Presbyterian Church in Alton.

Barker 05/16/00
Lt. Col. Mary Katherine Barker, ret., 79, of Wood River, died May 16, 2000, in her home. Her husband, Willard, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Thomas Wyatt of Godfrey; step-daughters, Laura Coppage of Oshkosh, Wi., and Marcy Shukis of Belle Meade, N.J.; a brother, Col. John Almon of Oklahoma; and a sister, Jane Smith of Hammond, In. Services were in Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to Elm Street Presbyterian Church in Alton.

Barkley 02/17/98
Elsie Barkley, 88, of Godfrey, died Feb. 17, 1998, in Blu Fountain. Her husband, Ditty, preceded her in death. Services were in Gent. Memorials may be given to First Christian Church.

Barnard 07/02/98
Don Edward Barnard, 68, of Alton, died July 2, 1998, in Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Surviving are a daughter, Beth O'Brien of Nashville, Tn.; and a nephew, Bruce Boyd of Alton. Services were in Elias-Smith in Alton. Memorials may be given to Mid-America Transplant.

Barnerd 07/15/00
Anna Barnerd, 73, of East Alton, died July 15, 2000, in Sun Bridge Nursing Home in Edwardsville. Surviving are a son, James of Honolulu, Hi.; and a daughter, Jackie Williams of Bluffs.

Barnes 11/10/00
Charles Barnes, 86, of Fosterburg, died Nov. 10, 2000, in his home. He married Julia Boskoski, who survives. Also surviving are daughters, Beverly Mason, Billie Barnes and Patricia Ditterline, all of Fosterburg. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given for masses and to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Barnett 03/18/98
Sherman Barnett, 88, of Alton, died Mar. 18, 1998, in Alton Memorial. Surviving is a brother, Thomas of Granite City. Services were in Gent. Memorials may be given to Calvary Baptist Church in Alton.

Barnett 01/17/99
Harold L. Barnett, Sr., 67, of Shipman, died Jan. 17, 1999, in Christian Hospital Northeast in St. Louis. He married Patricia Schneider, who survives. Also surviving are his mother, Ida Barnett of Cottage Hills; daughters, Cindy Barnett and Patricia LeMarr, both of Shipman, Jackie Becker of Plainview, and Judy Peipert of Godfrey; sons, Harold and Jerry, both of Brighton, Terry and Daniel, both of Shipman, and Larry of Modesto; a sister, Helen Bouillon of Piasa; and brothers, Bob of Ogden, Ut., Bill of Upland, Ca., Donnie of Marshall, Tx., and Wayne of Piasa. Services were through Targhetta Funeral Home in Shipman. Memorials may be given to the Diabetes Foundation.

Barnett 08/19/00
Mae Barnett, 90, of Cottage Hills, died Aug. 19, 2000, in Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton. Her husband, Robert, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, Bob of Utah, Bill of California, Wayne of Shipman, and Don of Texas; a daughter, Helen Bouillion of Piasa; a brother, Jim Hunt of Ohio; and sisters, Lucile Puderbaugh of Texas, and Marjorie Neal of California. Services were in Targhetta Funeral Home in Shipman. Memorials may be given to the Kemper Cemetery.

Barnhart 01/29/01
Vista L. Barnhart, 97, of Edwardsville, died Jan. 29, 2001, in Alton Memorial Hospital. Her husband, Anthony, preceded her in death. No survivors were listed. Services were through Gent Funeral Home in Alton.

Baron 06/01/98
Annabelle Baron, 68, of Alton, died June 1, 1998, in Alton Memorial. Surviving is a sister, Catherine Middleton of Alton. Services were through Gent.

Baron 08/26/98
Gertrude E. Baron, 77, of Alton, died Aug. 26, 1998, in Rosewood Care Center. Her husband, John, preceded her in death. Surviving is a brother, Joseph Kelley of St. Louis. Services were through Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to Saint Anthony's Hospice.

Barone 06/22/97
Mary G. Barone, 81, died June 22, 1997. Surviving are a son, Vincent of Chicago; a brother, Dom Panepinto of East Alton; sisters, Carmella Hazen of Alton, and Rose Zambito of East Alton; and two grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Services were through Elias-Smith in Alton. Memorials may be given for masses at St. Ambrose Church in Godfrey; and to charities of choice.

Barr 11/24/00
Mary Ione Barr, 83, formerly of Roxana, died Nov. 24, 2000, in Bainbridge, Ga., Memorial Hospital. Her husband, Alvin, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Wendell of Lady Lake, Fl.; and a daughter, Janet Tredwell of Donalsonville, Ga. Services were in Paynic Home for Funerals in Rosewood Heights. Memorials may be given to Mooseheart.

Barry 05/26/97
Claudine N. Barry, 79, of Bethalto, died May 26, 1997, in her home. Her husband, Thomas, survives. Also surviving are sons, John of Decatur, and Ron of New Orleans, La.; a brother, Robert Shipley of Augusta, Ga.; a sister, Etta Ursch of Alton; and five grandchildren. Services were through Elias-Smith in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to Our Lady Queen of Peace Angel Fund.

Barth 02/18/99
Bernice H. Barth, 84, died Feb. 18, 1999, in Rosewood Care Center in Alton. Her husband, Edward, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Marvin of Sand Springs, Ok.; daughters, Alice Wetzel of East Alton, and Thelma Harms of Carlinville; and brothers, Oliver Schroeder of Godfrey, and Leland Schroeder of Brighton. Services were through Gent Funeral Home. Memorials may be given to the Salvation Army.

Bartlebaugh 02/07/97
Edna Bartlebaugh, 85, of Chesterfield, died Feb. 7, 1997, in her home. Her husband, Edward, survives. Also surviving are brothers, Lincoln and Rollo Cameron, both of Shipman, James Cameron of Carlinville, and Donald Cameron of Virden. Services were through Targhetta Funeral Home in Brighton. Memorials may be given to the Brighton Christian Church.

Barton 04/29/97
Viola L. Barton, 65, of Alton, died Apr. 29, 1997, in Saint Anthony's Health Center. Her husband, William, survives. Also surviving are a son, Ricky of Alton; a sister, Margaret Morgan of Bethalto; and three grandchildren. Services were in Gent. Memorials may be given to the Northside Assembly of God Church in Alton.

Barton 02/12/98
John I. Barton, 77, of Alton, died Feb. 12, 1998, in his home. He married Jane Boyle, who survives. Also surviving are daughters, Jocelyn Barton of Alton, Stormey White of St. Louis, and Elizabeth Briesacher of Belleville; sisters, Agnes White of Bethalto, and Nancy Piskulaic of St. Louis; and three grandchildren. Services were in Staten Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the Hayner Library Memorial Fund.

Basden 07/07/97
Paul D. Basden, 68, died July 7, 1997. He married Mary Hewlett, who preceded him in death. Surviving are half-brothers, Ray of Alton, Danny of Florida, Andrew of Clinton, Il., and Timothy of Denver, Co.; and sisters, Marcella Parker of Highland, and Mary Ewing of Wood River; half-sisters, Esther Parker of Alton, Ruth Woods of Brighton, Shirley Aud of Jacksonville, Barb Woods of Godfrey, and Alice Gurley of Bethalto. Services were through Fine and Quinn. Memorials may be given to Faith Christian Fellowship Church in South Roxana.

Basden 05/11/01
Gladys M. Basden, 78, of Hartford, died May 11, 2001, in Alton Memorial Hospital. Her husband, David, survives. Also surviving are a son, Roger Romani of Bethalto; and a daughter, Pam Smith of Wood River. Services were in Paynic Home for Funerals in Rosewood Heights. Memorials may be given to charities of choice.

Basden 05/11/01
Gladys M. Basden, 78, of Hartford, died May 11, 2001, in Alton Memorial Hospital. Her husband, David, survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Debra Arnold of Cottage Hills; and brothers, Elder James Peterman of Pilot Knob, Mo., and Elmer Peterman of St. James, Mo. Services were in Paynic Home for Funerals in Rosewood Heights. Memorials may be given to charities of choice.

Bassett 12/14/97
James A. Bassett, Sr., 84, of Fosterburg, died Dec. 14, 1997, in his home. He married Emily Green, who survives. Also surviving are a son, James of Fosterburg; a daughter, Mary Tallman of Gillespie; a brother, Lawrence of Mt. Vernon; and four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Services were in Elias-Smith in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association.

Bassett 02/24/01
Emily Ann Bassett, 88, of Alton, died Feb. 24, 2001, in Eldercare of Alton. Her husband, James, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, James of Alton; a daughter, Mary Tallman of Gillespie; and sisters, Pearl Doolen of Phoenix, Az., and Margaret Green of St. Petersburg, Fl. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association.

Bassford 06/29/98
June P. Bassford, 82, of Alton, died Dec. 29, 1998, in Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis. Her husband, George, survives. She was president of the Alton Community Service League, and was on the boards of the YWCA and St. Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary. Mrs. Bassford was an active golfer, and was three-time women's champion at Lockhaven Country Club. Also surviving are daughters, Janine Govreau of St. Louis and Cynthia Nappa of Lancaster, N.H.; a son, George of Cross Junction, Va.; a sister, Dorothy Stacy of Annadale, Va; and a sister-in-law, Lola Burkhart of Alton. Services were through Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the Leukemia Society.

Bast 12/05/97
John C. Bast, 78, of Bethalto, died Dec. 5, 1997, in Alton Memorial Hospital. He married Betty Schmidt, who survives. Also surviving are sons, John of Bethalto, James of Granite City, and Stephen of Pensacola, Fl.; a sister, Delores Azbill of Arizona; and eight grandchildren. Services were through Elias-Smith in Bethalto. Memorials may be given for masses or to the Angel Fund.

Batchelor 09/23/00
Dorothy Delores Batchelor, 84, of Alton, died Sept. 23, 2000, in her home. Her husband, Clarence, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, Stephen and Andy, both of Alton, and David of Sedalia, Mo.; and a daughter, Bonnie Mosby of Lake City, Fl. Services were through Fine and Quinn Chapel for Funerals in Alton. Memorials may be given to Cherry Street Baptist Church in Alton.

Bates 12/28/99
Ruth Ann Bates, 49, of Edwardsville, died Dec. 28, 1999, in Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton. Her husband, Paul, survives. Also surviving are her parents, Charles and Loretta McAtee of St. Louis; brothers, Michael McAtee of St. Louis, and Patrick McAtee of Wichita, Ks.; and sisters, Janet Valentine of Florissant, Mary Papasifakis of Madison, Al., Diana King of Collinsville; and Sharon Nepsa. Services were through Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.

Batson 09/10/97
Virginia Batson, 53, of Granite City, died Sept. 10, 1997, in her home. Her husband, Charles, survives. Also surviving are her mother, Louise Householder; a son, Peter of North Glenn, Co.; daughters, Shelly Hyden of Bethalto, and Carol Batson of Alton; brothers, Paul Householder of Sikeston, Mo., and Gene, Louis and Donny Householder, all of Allen Park, Mi.; sisters, Elizabeth Householder of Bethalto, Mable Oatman of Dearborn Heights, Mi., and Ginger Anderson of Taylor, Mi.; and four grandchildren. Services were in Elias-Smith in Bethalto.

Batson 01/02/01
Robert J. Batson, 60, of Wood River, died Jan. 2, 2001, in his home. He married Peggy Stumpe, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Mark of Edwardsville; a daughter, Annette Beasley of Godfrey; brothers, James of Troy, and Larry and Roger, both of Wood River; and sisters, Patricia "Sly of East Alton, Suzanne Batson of Chicago, and Charlene Batson of Elsah. Services were through Paynic Home for Funerals in Rosewood Heights. Memorials may be given to St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Wood River, and Saint Anthony's Hospice in Alton.

Battershell 06/06/01
Helen M. Battershell, 90, of Shipman, died June 6, 2001, in her residence. Her husband, Hubert, preceded her in death. Surviving is a sister, Lucy French of Reno, Nv. Services were in Targhetta Funeral Home in Brighton. Memorials may be given to Saint Anthony's Hospice in Alton. U. M. Smith Ura Mae Smith, 81, of Alton, died June 12, 2001, in St. John's Mercy in St. Louis. Her husband, Raymond, preceded her in death. Formerly, she was co-owner of Omni Travel in East Alton. Surviving is a brother, Stanley Darr of Godfrey. Services were in Fine and Quinn Chapel for Funerals in Alton. Memorials may be given to Elm Street Presbyterian Church in Alton.

Batty 11/04/98
Elizabeth Batty, 81, of Wood River, died Nov. 4, 1998, in Jerseyville Manor. Services were through Marks Mortuary in Wood River.

Bauer 10/11/97
Mary N. Bauer, 82, of Bethalto, died Oct. 11, 1997, in Alton Memorial Hospital. Her husband, Frank, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, James of Bethalto; daughters, Sharon Asaro of Bethalto, and Cynthia Borman of Wood River; sisters, Agnes Leady of Godfrey, and Bonnie Duval of St. Petersburg, Fl.; and four grandchildren and one great grandchild. Services were through Elias-Smith in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to St. John's Children's Hospital burn unit, Compassionate Friends and to charities of choice.

Bauer 07/06/99
John Henry Bauer, 86, of Brighton, died July 6, 1999, in his home. He married Margaret Zimmerman, who preceded him in death. Surviving are sons, John of St. Louis, and David of Brighton; daughters, Florence Scheffel of Edwardsville, and Freda Bauer of Crandall, Tx.; and long time friend, Nina Fry of Brighton. Services were through Targhetta Funeral Home in Brighton. Memorials may be given to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

Bauer 12/18/99
Charlotte A. Bauer, 95, of Alton, died Dec. 18, 1999, in Eldercare Nursing Home. Her husband, Wade, preceded her in death. Surviving is a son, Dale of Alton. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to Upper Alton Baptist Church.

Bauswell 05/27/98
John Darrell Bauswell, 61, of Alton, died May 27, 1998, in Saint Anthony's. His wife, Joyce, survives. Also surviving is a son, Terry of Cape Coral, Fl.; a daughter, Linda Perrin of Wood River; a brother, Victor of East Alton; a step-brother, Warren Smoots of Hannibal, Mo.; a sister, Avis Darr of Kansas City, Ks.; and three grandchildren. Services were in Elias-Smith in Alton.

Baver 06/05/01
Fred H. Baver, Jr., 78, of Alton, died June 5, 2001, in his home. His wife, Leona, survives. Also surviving is a daughter, Lynette Baver of Alton. Services were through Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton.

Baver 06/05/01
Fred H. Baver, Jr., 78, of Alton, died June 5, 2001, in his home. His wife, Leona, survives. Also surviving is a daughter, Lynette Baver of Alton. Services were through Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton.

Bazzell 12/05/00
Linda S. Bazzell, 50, of Medora, died Dec. 5, 2000, in her home. Her husband, Dave, survives. Also surviving are a son, David Robart of Festus, Mo.; daughters, Sandy Doss of Fenton, Mo., and Tracy Vittoe of Festus, Mo.; a step-daughter, Kate Bazzell of Virginia; brothers, Wesley Wood of Crooked River Ranch, Or.; and Paul Wood of Bethalto; and a sister, Karen Hersman of East Alton. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association.

Beadles 07/25/99
Larry E. Beadles, 61, of Alton, died July 25, 1999, in Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton. He married Margie Watsek, who survives. Also surviving are sons, Jeffrey of Portland, Or., and Brian of New Memphis; a daughter, Lori Ambuehl of Goose Creek, S.C.; and a sister, Patricia Halliday of Daytona Beach, Fl. Services were in Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association.

Beanblossom 02/13/98
Carrie Beanblossom of East Alton, died Feb. 13, 1998 in Wood River Township. Her husband, William, preceded her in death. Surviving are a sister, Ruth McCormick of East Alton; and several nieces and nephews. Services were in Elias-Smith in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to the Shriners Hospital for Children and to charities of choice.

Beasley 08/05/97
Hazel M. Beasley, 85, of Bunker Hill, died Aug. 5, 1997, in Staunton Memorial Hospital. Her husband, Elvin, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, James of Langley, Ok.; daughters, Elowese Whiteside of Bunker Hill, and Louise Harms of Sweetsprings, Mo.; a brother, Truman Hargiss of Wood River; sisters, Alyene Eaker of Meadowbrook, Christina Worley of St. Ann, Mo., Mahdeen Thedford of Porter, Tx., and Ethil Mathews and Georgia Klasing, both of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; and eight grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and five great, great grandchildren. Services were in Landers and Jacoby Wise Funeral Home in Bunker Hill. Memorials may be given to the Bunker Hill Area Ambulance Service.

Beavers 07/12/98
Stella Marie Beavers, 75, of Alton, died July 12, 1998, in Eldercare of Alton. Surviving are a son, Harry Woods of Alton; a daughter, Lucille Carroll of Alton; and a sister, Jessie Tribble of Alton. Services were through Gent.

Bechtold 10/18/97
Agnes K. Becktold, 77, of Godfrey, died Oct. 18, 1997, in Saint Anthony's. Her husband, Albert, survives. Also surviving are sons, Vincent of East Alton, and Fred of Alton; a brother, Victor Budde of Alton; and one grandchild. Services were through Gent. Memorials may be given for masses.

Bechtold 05/17/99
Virginia L. Bechtold, 75, of Godfrey, died May 17, 1999, in Saint AnthonyÕs Health Center in Alton. Her husband, Leo, preceded her in death. Surviving are daughters, Cynthia McCormick and Margie Crull, both of Godfrey, Janice Bechtold of Alton, and Nancy Jones of Springfield. Services were through Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to St. Ambrose School in Godfrey.

Beck 04/24/97
John Beck, 91, of Bethalto, died Apr. 24, 1997, in Alton Memorial Hospital. He married Ruth Bryan, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Byron of Rock Island; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He retired from Shell Oil Co., had operated his own Shell service station, was active in Boy Scouting, the Masonic Order, and both the Bethalto Presbyterian Church and the Bethalto Methodist Church. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to the Methodist Church.

Beck 06/11/98
Bernice Beck, 83, of Cottage Hills, died June 11, 1998, in Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton. Her husband, Harold, preceded her in death. Surviving is a sister, Louise Stevenson of Godfrey. Services wre in Marks Mortuary in Wood River. Memorials may be given to Zion Lutheran Church in Bethalto, and the American Cancer Society.

Becker 11/07/97
Elma D. Becker, 84, of Godfrey, died Nov. 7, 1997, in Barnes West County Hospital in Creve Coeur, Mo. Her husband, Ebert, preceded her in death. She had been a cosmetology teacher at Alton Senior High School for many years. Surviving are a son, Cecil of Brighton; brothers, Kenneth Elledge of Alton, and Lavern Elledge of Rosewood Heights; sisters, Leona Benz of Pleasant Hill, and Eva Hurley of Hillsborough, Ca.; and two grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Services were in Gent. Memorials may be given to the KILO Foundation.

Becker 05/24/99
Sylvester Joseph Becker, 75, of East Alton, died May 24, 1999, in Saint Anthony's Health Center. He married Doris Richey, who survives. Also surviving are brothers, Ralph and Jerome of Kampsville, Harold of Normal, and Eugene of Fresno, Ca.; and sisters, Patricia Pohlman of Godfrey, Evelyn Vetter of Kampsville, and Carmelita Dirksmeyer and Rosemary Evans, both of Carrollton. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to the Shriners Hospital for Children.

Beckman 05/17/00
Martha Beckman, 91, of Alton, died May 17, 2000, in Eden Village in Glen Carbon. Her husband, Raymond, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, Donald of Rockford, and James of Godfrey; and daughters, Shirley Bozorgmehr of Alton, and Mary McGibany of Atlantic Beach, Fl. Services were through Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Alton, and the American Cancer Society.

Beckmeyer 01/04/01
Paul L. Beckmeyer, 64, of Alton, died Jan. 4, 2001, in Anna Henry Nursing Home in Edwardsville. He married Sharon Ficke, who survives. Also surviving are daughters, Lisa Jones of Godfrey, Peggy Ringhausen of Coppell, Tx., and Mara Maggos of Alton; and half-brothers, Bill Corbin and Bobby Klausing, both of Alexandria, Va. Services were in Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to Main Street United Methodist Church in Alton, and the Alzheimer's Association.

Beers 01/12/99
Eural D. Beers. 77, of Prairietown, died Jan. 12, 1999, in Alton Memorial Hospital. He married Ruth Hilpert, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Kevin of Prairietown; a daughter, Diane Bono of Kansas City, Mo.; and three brothers, Gerald of Rosewood Heights, Harold of Clarion, Pa., and Tren of Arlington, Tn. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Alton.

Beets 09/10/98
Mabel C. Beets, 91, of St. Louis, died Sept. 10, 1998, in Christian Hospital Northeast in St. Louis. She married Robert Schneider, and then Guy Beets, both of whom preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Robert Schneider of St. Louis; step-sons, Harold Beets of Godfrey, William Beets of Wood River, and Guy Beets of Alton; and a step-daughter, Charlotte Rhoads of Toledo, Oh. Services were in Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to Christian Care Home in St. Louis.

Beets 05/19/99
Guy T. Beets, 62, of Alton, died May 19, 1999, in his home. He married Edith McElroy, who preceded him in death. Surviving are a son, Thomas of Alton; brothers, Harold of Godfrey, and William of Wood River; and a sister, Charlotte Rhoads of Toledo, Oh. Services were in Gent Funeral Home in Alton.

Beets 07/02/99
Daniel C. Beets, 42, of Godfrey, died July 2, 1999, in Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton. He married Sandy Stanton, who survives. Also surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Beets of Wood River; a son, Aaron of Godfrey; daughters, Carrie Betts of Los Angeles, Ca., and Lori of Godfrey; brothers, William and Roger, both of San Jose, Ca.; and a sister, Deborah Oller of Melbourne, Fl. Services were through Gent Funeral Home in Alton.

Behrhorst 01/14/98
Gertrude Behrhorst, 69, of Wood River, died Jan. 14, 1998. Her husband, Wayne, survives. Also surviving are a son, Donald of South Roxana; daughters, Annette Behrhorst of Wood River, Delores Fletcher of Prairietown, Diana Pilger of East Alton, and Donna Bowls of Durango, Ca.; a brother, Wilson Rudd, of Granite City; sisters, Pauline Wess and Clella O'Hara, both of Wallop, Wa.; and five grandchildren. Services were in Marks. Memorials may be given to the Diabetes Foundation.

Belangee 07/11/98
Ellen A. Belangee, 85, of Wood River, died July 11, 1998, in Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton. She was preceded in death by husbands, Earl Davis, and then Roy Belangee. Services were in Marks.

Belanger 06/14/00
Albert J. Belanger, 72, of Alton, died June 14, 2000, in his home. He married Gloria Cole, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Albert of Lewisville, Tx.; daughters, Denise Belanger of Bloomington, and Michelle Leamon and Nannette Belanger, both of Alton; and Victor of Hunnington Beach, Ca. Services were in Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the AIDS Foundation.

Bell 05/23/98
Leona Y. Bell, 94, of East Alton, died May 23, 1998, in Saint Clares Health Center in Alton. Her husband, James, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Darrell Frazer of Daytona Beach, Fl.; a step-son, Rusty Bell of Padre Island, Tx.; daughters, Betty Jennings of East Alton, and Mary Studebaker of Decatur; brothers, Fred Young of Mascoutah, and Bob Young of Jerseyville; sisters, Hazel Woolsey of Kane, and Lucille Wade of Jerseyville; and seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, four step-great grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren. Services were through Marks. Memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church in East Alton.

Bell 08/15/99
Cecil Sparks Bell, Sr., 65, of Medora, died Aug. 15, 1999, in Alton Memorial Hospital. He married Ruth Taylor, who survives. Also surviving are sons, Cecil, Jr., of Medora, and Ernest of Chesterfield; daughters, Rose Davis of Chesterfield, and Janice Hess of Medora; and sisters, Marliana Cunningham of Fidelity, and another in New Mexico. Services were in Targhetta Funeral Home in Medora.

Bell 11/23/99
Minette K. Bell, 46, of Godfrey, died Nov. 23, 1999, in Rosewood Care Center in Alton. Surviving are her parents, Clifford and Olga Woodford; a daughter, Morgan Bell of Lombard; brothers, David Swaim of Joliet, and Clifford Woodford of St. Johns, In.; and sisters, Carolyn Parker of Durham, N.C., and Nancie Cain of West Hartford, Ct. Services were in Elias-Smith Funerel Home in Godfrey. Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association.

Bellm 11/03/00
Oliver Henry Bellm, 88, of East Alton, died Nov. 3, 2000, in his home. He married Pearl Koelz, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Larry of Wood River; a daughter, Deanne Roady of Taylorville; a brother, Oscar of Highland; and a sister, Irene Zysk of New Britain, Ct. Services were in Paynic Home for Funerals in Rosewood Heights. Memorials may be given to St. Kevin's Catholic Church in Rosewood Heights.

Beluin 12/26/98
Loretta H. Beluin, 79, of Brighton, died Dec. 26, 1998, in Westview Nursing Home in St. Louis. Husbands Gilbert Hart and Pete Beluin preceded her in death. Surviving are daughters, Linda Hamilton of St. Louis, and Arlene Reeder of Englewood, Co.; a son, Lyndel Hart of Norwalk, Ca.; and brothers, Russell Carr of Arizona, and Paul Carr of Chesterfield. Services were in Targhetta Funeral Home in Brighton. Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association.

Beneze 03/04/01
Howard F. Beneze, 50, of Alton, died Mar. 4, 2001, in Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton. He married Deborah Warwick, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Amanda of Alton; a brother, Larry of Alton; and sisters, Vivian Beneze, June Beneze and Jane Johnson, all of Alton. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton.

Benner 09/04/99
Harvey D. Benner, 87, died Sept. 4, 1999, in Eldercare of Alton. He married Florence Thisen, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Sharon Bishop of Hartford. Services were in Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to V.F.W. Post 1308 in Alton.

Bensman 05/19/99
E. M. Bensman, 98, of Alton, died May 19, 1999, in Greenwood Manor in Jerseyville. Her husband, Michael, preceded her in death. Surviving is a daughter, Rose Bensman of Alton. Services were through Staten Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to charities of choice.

Benson 03/23/00
Audrey Ellen Benson, 88, formerly of Alton, died Mar. 23, 2000, in Santa Barbara, Ca. Her husband, Jacque N. Ashlock, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, James and Randolph Ashlock; a daughter, Mariann Benson; sisters, Myrene Noah and Phyllis Baker; and a sister-in-law, Margaret Ashlock. Services were through Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association and the Scleroderma Foundation.

Benz 01/02/99
Dean H. Benz, 87, died Jan. 2, 1999, in Robings Manor Nursing Home in Brighton. He married Marguerite Miller, who preceded him in death. Surviving are a daughter, Alice Stone of Godfrey; a son, Fred of Brighton; and sisters, Evadna Ball of Alton, Wanda Dudley of Peoria, Myrtle Sweetman of Jerseyville, and Mary Moore of Florida. Services wee through Targhetta Funeral Home in Brighton. Memorials may be given to the Betsey Ann Association and St. Paul United Methodist Church, both in Brighton.

Benz 04/17/00
Mary Elizabeth Benz, 73, of Alton, died Apr. 17, 2000, in Alton Memorial Hospital. Her husband, Robert, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Tom of Alton; daughters, Becky Meyers, Cindy Waggoner and Deb Devine, all of Alton; and a brother, George Montgomery of Bethalto. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton.

Berger 05/26/98
Walson H. Berger, 83, of Godfrey, died May 26, 1998, in Saint Anthony's Health Center. Berger, always known as "Wally," was owner of Berger Buick in Alton for 43 years. He was active in community affairs, and was well known for his innovations in advertising Buick automobiles. Berger was one of the first automobile dealers in the River Bend Area to use an advertising agency. He married Eleanor Zoeller, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Phillip of Godfrey; a daughter, Beth of St. Louis; and two grandsons. Services were through Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Godfrey. Memorials may be given to Saint Anthony's Foundation, St. Mary's School endowment fund, and Marquette Catholic High School.

Bergfeld 10/18/97
Alva M. Bergfeld, 92, died Oct. 18, 1997. Her husband, Hugh, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, James Huggins of Kirkwood, Mo.; daughters, Jean Day of Godfrey, and Jewell Davis of Brighton; and seven grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Services were in Staten. Memorials may be given to First Methodist Church of Wood River.

Berghoff 07/16/97
Allen P. Berghoff, 60, of Alton, died July 16, 1997, in his home. Surviving are brothers, Harold of Alton, and Edward of Godfrey. Services were through Gent.

Berghoff 12/16/97
James G. Berghoff, 59, of Bethalto, died Dec. 16, 1997, in Alton Memorial. He married Agnes Pestka, who preceded him in death. Surviving are brothers, Robert of Bethalto, and the Rev. Fred Berghoff of Greenville; and sisters, Josephine Romano of Alton, and Mary Oldham of Bethalto. Services were in Elias-Smith in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to First Baptist Church in Bethalto.

Berghoff 01/03/99
Edward J. Berghoff, 59, of Godfrey, died Jan. 3, 1999, in his home. He married Barbara Anderson, who survives. Also surviving are sons, Kevin and Paul, both of Godfrey, and Todd of Edwardsville; a daughter, Amanda Bemis of Alton; and a brother, Harold of Alton. Services were through Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tn.

Berghoff 05/10/01
Oliver J. Berghoff, 85, of Alton, died May 10, 2001, in his home. He married Shirley McConnell, who survives. Also surviving are sons, John of Bunker Hill, and David of Baytown, Tx.; and a sister, Dorothy Misegades of Highland. Services were through Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to Suddes Hall at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton, and the Alton V.F.W. Post 1308.

Berigan 04/02/01
Patrick A. Berigan, 46, of Alton, died Apr. 2, 2001. He married Lynette Speed, who survives. Also surviving are daughters, Meghann Berigan of Collinsville, and Ashley Berigan of Alton; a step-son, Jeff Buydos of Godfrey; brothers, Michael of Tallahassee, Fl., and Timothy of Alton; and sisters, Kathleen Cline of Edwardsville, and Mary Lee of Mesa, Az. Services were in Paynic Home for Funerals in Rosewood Heights. Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association.

Bermes 12/16/00
Melba R. Bermes, 89, of Alton, died Dec. 16, 2000, in Anderson Hospital in Maryville. Her husband, Ernest, preceded her in death. Surviving is a son, David, of Alton. Services were through Burk-Fine Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to charities of choice.

Bernt 05/25/98
Mary Luella Bernt, 88, of Alton, died May 25, 1998, in Blu-Fountain Manor Nursing Home in Godfrey. Her husband, Andrew, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Lee of Alton; daughters, Anna Rice of Dorsey, and Edna Ryder of Arab, Al.; a brother, Carl Bain of Bunker Hill; and 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and two great, great grandsons. Services were through Elias-Smith in Alton. Memorials may be given to Saint Anthony's Home Health Services, and for masses.

Bernt 06/22/00
Jean Bernt, 70, of Alton, died June 22, 2000, in her home. She married John Fairless, who preceded her in death. She married Leland Bernt, who survives. Also surviving are daughters, Jackie Page, and Donna Kizer, both of East Alton; a brother, Jack McCleland of Holiday Shores; and a sister, Estelle Dossett of East Alton. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Bethalto.

Berrey 01/29/01
Joseph W. Berrey, 93, of Bethalto, died Jan. 29, 2001, in Calhoun Skill Care Center in Hardin. He married Mildred Petty, who preceded him in death. Surviving are brothers, Marquis of Hardin, and Andrew of Batchtown; and sisters, Mary Titus of East Alton, and Bessie Cade of Houston, Tx. Services were in Paynic Home for Funerals in Rosewood Heights. Memorials may be given to charities of choice.

Bertels 01/29/97
Emil M. Bertels, 75, died Jan. 29, 1997. His wife, Mary, survives. Also surviving are a son, Emil of Bunker Hill; a daughter Judith Ladley; a brother, Arnold; and a sister, Darlene Henke of Edwardsville. Services were in Elias-Smith in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to the Shriners' Hospital for Children.

Bertels 11/09/97
Eldor L. Bertels, 69, of Dorsey, died Nov. 9, 1997, in his home. He married Jean Buhs, who survives. He was co-owner of Bertels Sales and Service in Dorsey. Also surviving are a son, Richard of Dorsey; daughters, Joan Deist and Donna Oehler, both of Dorsey; brothers, Vernon of Bunker Hill, and Merle of Dorsey; and 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Services were through Gent. Memorials may be given to Emmaus Lutheran Church in Dorsey, and KFUO Radio in St. Louis.

Best 10/09/98
Frederick Earl Best, 81, of Bethalto, died Oct. 9, 1998, in Hampton Nursing Care Center in Alhambra. He married Ruth Welch and then Bertha Futhey, both of whom preceded him in death. Surviving are sons, Darrell of Columbia, and Rodger of Litchfield; and a sister, Margaret East of Jerseyville. Services were through Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to First Baptist Church of Bethalto.

Betts 11/25/97
Donald Earl Betts, 41, of Quinlan, Tx., died Nov. 25, 1997, in Quinlan. He is survived by his father, Wesley of Brighton; step-mother, Joyce Betts of Brighton; a grandmother, Ellen Smith of Dongola; brothers, David, Lark and Daryl, all of Brighton; and a sister, Helen Koehler of Brighton. Services were in Elias-Smith in Alton. Memorials may be given to the Brain Injury Association of Illinois.

Betts 08/17/99
Phillip Glen Betts, 47, of Alton, died Aug. 17, 1999. He married Gail Grenzebach, who survives. Also surviving are his parents, Phillip and Gail of Godfrey; his mother-in-law, Ethel Grenzebach of East Alton; sons, Eric of Bunker Hill, and Stephen of Alton; and sisters, Christine Brand of Pekin, In., and Pamela Beiser of Godfrey.

Bextermueller 01/19/99
Bernard M. Bextermueller, 78, of West Alton, Mo., died Jan. 19, 1999, in his home. He married Inez Timmermeier, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Daniel of Florissant, Mo.; and daughters, Sandra Ray of Meadowbrook, Elaine Yarde of Bloomington, In., Donna Bell of St. Charles, Mo., and Lisa Witt of St. Peters, Mo. Services were through Fine and Quinn Chapel for Funerals in Alton. Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Foundation, Hospice of Southern Illinois, and Hospice of St. Charles County, Mo.

Bick 06/23/00
Mary Margret Bick, 58, of Brighton, died June 23, 2000. Her husband, James, preceded her in death. Surviving are a daughter, Lisa Kercher of Godfrey; step-daughters, Evelyn Murray of Brighton, Anna Bick of Alton, Laura Sanders of Cottage Hills, and Debra Trujillo of Pala, Ca.; a step-son, Ronald Bick of Godfrey; brothers, Donald Greeling of Krum, Tx., and Russell Greeling of Jerseyville; and sisters, Juanita Rose of Godfrey, Viola Huebner of Alton, Wanda King of Dow, and Doris Hickman of Monroe City, Mo. Services were in Paynic Home for Funerals in Rosewood Heights. Memorials may be given to Saint Anthony's Hospice in Alton.

Bierbaum 05/29/99
David A. Bierbaum, 41, of Shipman, died May 29, 1999, in Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton. Surviving are his parents, Floyd and Marcella Paul; a sister, Karen Hickerson of Bethalto; and brothers, Glen Bierbaum of Alton, and Gerald Paul, Robert Paul, Steven Paul and Mark Paul, all of Fosterburg. Services were in Targhetta Funeral Home in Shipman. Memorials may be given to Saint Anthony's.

Biesk 03/21/01
Joe J. Biesk, 84, of Alton, died Mar. 21, 2001, in Saint Anthony's Health Center. He married Veronica Johnson, who survives. Also surviving are sons, Frances of Wood River, and Ray of Bethalto; daughters, Rosemary Williams and Theresa Nolte, both of Warrensburg, Mo., and Ivy Eberhart of Bethalto; step-daughters, Delores Benhoff of Breese, and Noreen Doherty of Stacy, Mn.; brothers, Walter of Lockport, Leonard of Norco, Ca., and Frank of Chicago, and sisters, JoAnn Koszuzek of N ashville, Fronie Paner and Lucille Halley, both of Chicago. Services were through Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Bethalto.

Billings 07/25/98
Ruth D. Billings, 76, of Alton, died July 25, 1998, in her home. Her husband, Jesse, survives. Also surviving are sons, Joe Dawson, Jr., of Wood River, and Jesse Billings of Jacksonville; a daughter, Patricia Ison of Alton; and brothers, Harold Orten of Jacksonville, Roscoe Orten, Jr., of Washington, and Russell Orten of Westminister, Co. Services were through Gent. Memorials may be given to the Cancer Society and the American Heart Association.

Billups 06/24/00
James E. Billups, 89, of Godfrey, died Dec. 24, 2000, in Alton Memorial Hospital. He married June Gantz, who preceded him in death. Surviving is a daughter, Wayne Anne Newton of Brighton. Services were in Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the United Methodist Village Supportive Service Facility in Godfrey.

Bishop 08/05/97
Viola P. Bishop, 81, of Bethalto, died Aug. 5, 1997, in Saint Anthony's Hospital in Alton. Her husband, Charles, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, Ronald of Rosewood Heights, and Charles of Muscatine, Ia.; a daughter, Vinetta Law of Moro; sisters, Dorothy Kreis and Maxine Haury; and eight grandchildren. Services were through Elias-Smith in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to Zion Lutheran Church and school.

Bishop 10/25/97
Richard Noel Bishop, 84, of Alton, died Oct. 25, 1997, in Alton Memorial Hospital. He married Geraldine King, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Michael of Demming, N.M.; a sister, Grace Green of Alton; and eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Services were in Elias-Smith in Alton. Memorials may be given to Main Street United Methodist Church in Alton.

Bishop 11/14/98
Frances Geraldine Bishop, 85, of Deming, N.M., died Nov. 14, 1998, in her home. Her husband, Richard, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Michael of Deming; and a brother, Richard King of Cincinnati, Oh. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to Main Street United Methodist Church in Alton.

Blackford 06/18/99
Ollie Mae Blackford, 81, of Alton, died June 18, 1999, in Alton Memorial Hospital. Her husband, Robert, survives. Also surviving are sons, Rick of Bethalto, and Lindell of Godfrey. Services were in Gent Funeral Home in Alton.

Blackledge 06/01/99
Anna M. Blackledge, 78, of East Alton, died June 1, 1999, in Godfrey. Her husband, Arthur, preceded her in death. Surviving are daughters, Patricia Butcher of Worden, Victoria McClaine of Godfrey, and Debi Weiss of Wood River; and a sister, Lenora McFarland of Dorsey. Services were in Burke-Fine Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to charities of choice.

Blackmore 08/14/98
John G. Blackmore, 79, of Jerseyville, died Aug. 14, 1998, in Jerseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation. He married Mabel Johnson, who preceded him in death. Surviving are sons, Wade of Godfrey, and John of Des Moines, Ia.; and a brother, Allan of Canton, Mo. Services were in Elias-Smith in Godfrey.

Blair 12/14/00
Beauford D. Blair, 78, of Brighton, died Dec. 14, 2000. He married Mary Andrews, who survives. Also surviving are sons, Joe of Alton, and Jerry of Brighton; brothers, Lermond of Austin, Tx., Robert of East Alton, and John of Osage Beach, Mo.; and a sister, Beatrice Umphenour of Granite Bay, Ca. Services were in Targhetta Funeral Home in Brighton. Memorials may be given to the Shriners Hospital for Children, and the Hibbard Masonic Lodge No. 249.

Bland 02/27/97
Juliette Irene Bland, 74, died Feb. 27, 1997. She is survived by brothers, Fred Heitzman and Ed Bland, both of Dow, Bill and James Bland, both of Jerseyville, Stanley Bland of Grafton, and Jack Bland of Wickenburg, Az.; sisters, Nancy Booth and Shirley Young, both of Dow, Roberta Donelson of Godfrey, Betty Summers of Grafton, and Judy Kassler of Spanish Lake, Mo.; and a friend, Ladilav L. Pataky of Caseyville. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to charities of choice.

Blasingim 01/19/98
Virgle M. Blasingim, 86, of Cottage Hills, died Jan. 19, 1998, in Saint Anthony's. Her husband, Luther, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, Charles and David, both of Bethalto, Edward Blasingim and Bill Hunter, both of East Alton, Bill of Cottage Hills, and Ronald of Ft. Walton Beach, Fl.; daughters, Ruth Collins of Plainview, and Dorothy Whyers and Mary Bricker, both of Cottage Hills; and 26 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild. Services were through Elias-Smith in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to First Southern Baptist Church of Forest Homes in Cottage Hills.

Bleem 05/31/97
Irene M. Bleem, 89, died May 31, 1997. Her husband, William, preceded her in death. Surviving are a sister, Alice Brown of Waco, Tx.; and three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Services were through Staten.

Blevens 05/18/00
Fred T. Blevens, 90, of Alton, died May 18, 2000, in Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton. He married Mabel Avery, who preceded him in death. Surviving are a son, Robert of Wood River; daughters, Freda Besaw of Jerseyville, Betty Schmidt of East Alton, Mary Bartee of East Alton, and Shirley Stevenson of Kane. Services were in Gent Funeral Home in Alton.

Blevins 01/16/99
Emma Margaret Blevins, 90, of Alton, died Jan. 16, 1999, in Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton. Her husband, Lawrence, preceded her in death. Surviving are brothers, Henry Davis of San Diego, Ca., and Charley Davis of Gladewater, Tx. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton.

Blodget 07/10/98
Daniel Blodget, 83, of Alton, died July 10, 1998, in V.I.P. Manor Nursing Home in Wood River. He married Ruth Long, who preceded him in death. Surviving are daughters, Gloria Cornell of Alton, and Glenna Thomas of Griggsville; and a brother, Ralph of Los Angeles, Ca. Services were through Targhetta Funeral Home in Brighton. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.

Blumstein 03/06/01
Dorothy Blumstein, 85, of Brighton, died Mar. 6, 2001, in Jersey Community Hospital. Her husband, Russell, preceded her in death. Surviving is a brother, Frank Hamersma of South Dakota; and a sister, Clara Reistma of Fairmont, Mn. Services were in Targhetta Funeral Home in Brighton. Memorials may be given to charities of choice.

Boals 07/20/98
Dr. Frank M. Boals, 83, of Alton, died July 20, 1998, in Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton. He married Margaret Monfort, who survives. He was an osteopath prior to retirement, an active member of the Alton Symphony Orchestra, and the Alton-Godfrey Rotary Club, where he had more than 50 years perfect attendance. Also surviving is a son, Dr. David Boals of Stuttgart, Germany. A memorial service, through Gent Funeral Home in Alton, will be conducted at a later date. Memorials may be given to the Alton Symphony Orchestra and First Congregational Church of Alton.

Bobo 08/27/00
Nancy Lynn Bobo, 41, formerly of East Alton, died Aug. 27, 2000, in Tri City Hospital in Oceanside, Ca. Her husband, Alger, survives. Also surviving are her parents, Wayne and Sue Cloninger of Alton; a son, Cpl. Kyle Walker of Camp Pendleton, Ca.; a sister, Kathy Theen of O'Fallon, Mo.; and a grandmother, Amelia Tedrick of Wood River. Services were in Paynic Home for Funerals in Rosewood Heights. Memorials may be given to charities of choice.

Bock 02/12/97
Carl Bock, 79, died Feb. 12, 1997. He married Mary Ann Kudelka, who preceded him in death. Surviving are a son, Carl of Brighton; a daughter, Carlene Dwyer of Brighton; and eight grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Services were through Gent's. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.

Bock 11/15/98
Ronald E. Bock, Jr., 53, of Alton, died Nov. 15, 1998, in St. Mary's Health Center in Richmond Heights, Mo. He is survived by his parents, Ronald of Wilsonville, and Vera of Godfrey; and a sister, Vera Schultze of Godfrey. Services were in Fine and Quinn Chapel for Funerals in Alton. Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association.

Bock 09/27/00
Charles Bock, 57, of Godfrey, died Sept. 27, 2000, in Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton. He married Alice Blackorby, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Steve Lahey of Godfrey; a daughter, Christina Bock of San Diego, Ca.; a step-daughter, Tammy Plumb of Godfrey; and brothers, Harvey and Johnny, both of Quincy, and Robert of Mountain Grove, Mo. Services were in Gent Funeral Home in Alton.

Bock 01/30/01
Shelia Rae Bock, 44, of Godfrey, died Jan. 30, 2001, in Alton Memorial Hospital. Her husband, Robert, survives. Also surviving are her mother, Bertha Floyd of Franklin, N.C.; a brother, Vaughn Martin of Helena, Mt.; and sisters, Mary Thaxton of Alton, and Bobbie Mohr of Terre Haute, In. Services were through Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Godfrey. Memorials may be given to the Open Door Fellowship Church in Alton.

Bockhorst 02/10/98
R. Eugene Bockhorst, 71, of Godfrey, died Feb. 10, 1998, in Alton Memorial Hospital. He married Mary Cobb, who survives. He had been vice president of services for Olin Corp. in East Alton. Also surviving are his mother, Statella of Alton; a son, Dr. Bradley of Lake Forest, Ca.; daughters, Gretchen Edmiston of Rushville, Joan Farrell of Southlake, Tx.; and Marianne and Marla, both of Lake Forest; and nine grandchildren. Services were through Elias-Smith in Godfrey. Memorials may be given to Evangelical United Church of Christ and the American Cancer Society.

Bockhorst 02/06/00
Mary C. Bockhorst, 73, of Godfrey, died Feb. 6, 2000, in Alton Memorial Hospital. Her husband, Roy, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Bradley of Lake Forest, Ca.; daughters, Gretchen Edmiston of Rushville, Joan Farrell of Crystal Lake, and Marianne Tucker of Tampa, Fl.; and a brother, Robert Cobb of East Alton. Services were through Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Godfrey. Memorials may be given to Evangelical United Church of Christ in Godfrey, and to charities of choice.

Bodger 05/10/00
Donald W. Bodger, 80, died May 10, 2000, in Rosewood Care Center in Alton. He married June Williamson, who survives. Also surviving are daughters, Donna Dean of Alton, and Vicki Schultz of Godfrey; and a sister, Mildred Bodger of Alton. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the Catholic Children's Home in Alton.

Boedy 03/18/99
Helen Veronica Boedy, 102, died Mar. 18, 1999, in Rosewood Care Center in Alton. Her husband, Orville, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Donald of Godfrey; a daughter, Dolores Hoffman of Godfrey; and a sister, Cecelia Alexander of Watseka. Services were through Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given for masses and to the Jersey County Health Department.

Bohannon 06/13/00
Faye B. Bohannon, 84, of Godfrey, died June 13, 2000, in Blu-Fountain Manor. Her husband, David, preceded her in death. Surviving are a cousin, Dorothy Dunphy; and a sister-in-law, Bea McAtee. Services were through Staten Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the Bells of St. Mary's Restoration Fund, and for masses.

Bohnenkemper 02/22/99
Sister Mary Francis Bohnenkemper, 83, of Alton, died Feb. 22, 1999, in Mother of Good Counsel Home in St. Louis. She is survived by sisters-in-law, Rosemary Bohnenkemper of St. Louis, and Mary Ann Bohnenkemper of Belleville. Services were through Staten Funeral Home in Alton.

Boker 07/09/99
Hilda Boker, 96, of Brighton, died July 9, 1999, in Robings Manor Nursing Home. Her husband, Henry, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Robert, of Fort Walton Beach, Fl.; a daughter, Ruth Voorhees of East Alton; and sisters, Emma Ebbeler of Brighton, and Violet Kennedy of St. Louis. Services were through Targhetta Funeral Home in Brighton. Memorials may be given to St. John's United Church of Christ in Brighton.

Bolfing 11/11/98
John J. Bolfing, Sr., 72, of Wood River, died Nov. 11, 1998, in Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He married Alma Hyman, who survives. Also surviving are sons, Ben Lewis and Warren Bolfing; daughters, Joyce Beller, Agnes Collman, Betty Wyman and Becky Rexford; and a brother, Wilbur. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the Salvation Army.

Boliard 08/04/00
Earl W. Boliard, 75, of Alton, died Aug. 4, 2000, in Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton. He married Mildred Brown, who preceded him in death. Surviving are daughters, Linda Beaty of Akron, Oh., and Sandra Butcher of Raytown, Mo.; brothers, Donald of Hillsboro, Charles of California, and Arthur; a sister, Sadie Carter of Godfrey; and a sister-in-law, Shirley Kessel of Troy. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to Main Street United Methodist Church in Alton, and the American Cancer Society.

Bond 12/19/97
Mildred E. Bond, 86, formerly of Moro, died Dec. 19, 1997, in McAlester, Ok., Regional Health Center. Her husband, John, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, Robert of Alton, Spencer of East Alton, Jack of St. Petersburg, Fl., Billy of Krebs, Ok., and Rex of McAlester; a daughter, Jerilyn Close of Scottsville; and 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Services were through Elias-Smith in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to the National Lupus Foundation.

Bond 10/27/00
Clayton D. Bond, 79, of Rosewood Heights, died Oct. 27, 2000, in Alton Memorial Hospital. He married Irene Tungett, who survives. Also surviving are sons, Clayton of Rosewood Heights, and Gordon of Meadowbrook; daughters, Connie Collins of Rosewood Heights, and Cindy Hines; and a sister, Flossie Wheeler of Alton. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association and Alton First Southern Baptist Church.

Booher 04/01/98
M. Marie Booher, 66, of Alton, died Apr. 1, 1998, in St. John's Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. Her husband, Wilbur, preceded her in death. Surviving are a daughter, Debra Meyer of Godfrey; a brother, Turner Heater of Godfrey; sisters, Dorothy Port of Newbergh, In., and Mary McWaters of Godfrey; and two grandchildren. Services were in Elias-Smith in Alton.

Booher 02/26/99
Rosy Booher, 101, formerly of Alton, died Feb. 26, 1999, in Chester County Nursing Home in Henderson, Tn. Her husband, Van, preceded her in death. Surviving are daughters, Marrie Ruedin of Texas, and Velma Leonard of Jackson, Tn. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton.

Booher 12/01/00
Virginia Booher, 78, of Fosterburg, died Dec. 1, 2000, in her home. Her husband, Raymond, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Michael of Fosterburg; daughters, Janet Kennedy of Fosterburg, and Patricia Edwards of Spring, Tx.; a brother, Wilbur Hand of Godfrey; and a half-brother, Ralph Shaw of Alton. Services were in Gent Funeral Home in Alton.

Boomershine 04/19/00
Bonie J. Boomershine, 73, of Alton, died Apr. 19, 2000, in Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton. Her husband, Cloyed, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Robert of Alton; daughters, Claudia Cooke of East Alton, and Linda Wilson of Rosewood Heights; a brother, Lloyd Soterin of Mesa, Az.; and sisters, Phyllis Kenyon of Kearney, Ne., and Joan Murr of Gibbons, Ne., and Deloris Cook of Minden, Ne. Services were in Paynic Home for Funerals in Rosewood Heights. Memorials may be given to Messiah Lutheran Church in Alton.

Boone 12/30/98
Dorothy L. Boone, 82, died Dec. 30, 1998, in Alton Memorial Hospital. Her husband, Burgess, preceded her in death. Surviving are a daughter, Shelley Walley of Alton; sisters, Diana Jones and Nancy Adams, both of Kentucky; and brothers, James Dunn of Alton, and Kenneth Dunn of Kentucky. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton.

Booth 08/17/98
Curtis W. Booth, 73, of Alton, died Aug. 17, 1998, in Saint Anthony's. There are six children who survive, but information on them was unavailable. Also surviving are brothers, Jerry of Dow, Oscar of Virginia, and Lowden of Lomita, Ca. Services were through Staten.

Borchers 05/13/01
John F. Borchers, 95, died May 13, 2001. He married Marion Eden, who preceded him in death. Surviving are a son, John of Edwardsville; a brother, Elmer of Rosewood Heights; and sisters, Marie Scott of Bethalto, and Evelyn Brown of Alton. Services were in Marks Mortuary in Wood River.

Borman 02/02/97
Emily Renee Borman, 6-months-old, died Feb. 2, 1997. Surviving are her parents, Thomas and Twyla Borman. Also surviving are grandparents, George and Beverly Miller, Jr., and Glen and Jane Borman, Sr. Services were in Gent's.

Borman 06/21/01
Sadabel A. Borman, 93, died June 21, 2001. Her husband, Neal, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Jack Weir of Rockford; and a brother, Finley Apple of East Alton. Services were in Marks Mortuary in Wood River. Memorials may be given to First Baptist Church in East Alton.

Bornes 07/13/97
Lucy M. Bornes, 93, died July 13, 1997. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank. Surviving are sons, Frank of Meadowbrook, and Richard and Benard, both of Alton; daughters, Lois Hill and Arleen Mantz, both of Mesa, Az., Wilma Fisher of Las Vegas, Nv., and Norma Graham and Sandra Seymour, both of Alton; and 22 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 12 great, great grandchildren. Services were through Elias-Smith in Alton. Memorials may be given to charities of choice.

Borrenpohl 12/21/98
Ervin H. Borrenpohl, 71, of Alton, died Dec. 21, 1998, in his Home. He married Helen Manley, who survives. Services were through Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to Messiah Lutheran Church in Alton, and to charities of choice.

Borror 07/14/97
Janeen K. Borror, 49, of Alton, died July l4, 1997, in Alton Memorial. Her husband, William, survives. Also surviving are sons, Byron Overton of Bethalto, Scott Borror of Raleigh, N.C., and Christopher Borror of Bethalto; a daughter, Jauna Mazzocco of Bethalto; a brother, Robert Moyer of Bethalto; and two grandchildren. Services were through Elias-Smith in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to the Bethalto United Methodist Church and the American Cancer Society.

Boschert 04/02/00
Matthew Alan Boschert, 12, of Alton, died Apr. 2, 2000 in Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton. Surviving are his parents, Richard and Gayle Boschert; birthmother, Leslie Hawkins of Godfrey; sisters, Catherine Boschert of Alton, and Lisa Brand of LaMonte, Mo.; brothers Mike Johnson of Hartford; and grandmothers, Doris Naylor of Bethalto, and Phyllis Parkinson of Alton. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Godfrey. Memorials may be given to the American Lung Association.

Bosich 05/25/01
Joseph M. Bosich, 83, died May 25, 2001. Surviving are brothers, Tony of Wood River, and John of Granite City; and sisters, Francis Evans of Denton, Tx., and Kay Kramer of Cole City. Services were in Marks Mortuary in Wood River.

Bosnak 03/15/99
Marie L. Bosnak, 85, died Mar. 15, 1999, in Rosewood Care Center in Alton. Her husband, John, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, John of Overland Park, Ks.; and a daughter, Diann Sheahan of Chesterfield, Mo. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to Main Street United Methodist Church in Alton.

Boswell 03/29/99
Dallas W. Boswell, 82, of Rosewood Heights, died Mar. 29, 1999, in Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton. He married Ruth Moyers, who survives. Also surviving are sons, Herbert of Bethalto, George of Minnesota, and Steve of Phoenix, Az.; a daughter, Judy Allison of Rosewood Heights; and sisters, Emogene Price of Bardwell, Ky., and Donna Saluga of Columbus, Oh. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Bethalto.

Bott 12/01/97
Elden P. Bott, 88, formerly of Godfrey, died Dec. 1, 1997, in his home in Carson City, Nv. He married Marietta DuBois, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Carolyn Bayme of Beafort, S.C.; a son, Alan of Carson City; and four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Services were through Targhetta Funeral Home in Brighton. Memorials may be given to Elm Street Presbyterian Church in Alton.

Boulds 11/20/99
Mary G. Boulds, 77, of Alton, died Nov. 20, 1999, in Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton. Her husband, Lawrence, survives. Also surviving are daughters, Laraine Paterson, Diane Boulds and Theresa Whiteside, all of Alton; a son, David of Alton; a brother, Louis McGrew of Ridgeway; and sisters, Regina Frailey of Eldorado, and Geneva Keane of Ridgeway. Services were through Fine and Quinn Chapel for Funerals in Alton. Memorials may be given to St. Matthew's Catholic in Alton, the Alton-Godfrey Lions Club, and the Arthritis Foundation.

Bowen 01/02/97
Naomi H. Bowen, 86, of Godfrey, died Jan. 2, 1998, in Jersey Community Hospital. Her husband, Lloyd, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Don Gilworth of Jerseyville; and one grandchild. Services were in Gent. Memorials may be given to the Shriners Hospital.

Bowers 07/09/97
Kenneth C. Bowers, 50, formerly of Alton, died July 9, 1997, in Henderson, Ky. He married Julia A. Booth, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Matthew of Henderson; a daughter, Allison of Henderson; a brother, Glenn of St. Charles, Mo.; and sisters, Myra Miles of Houston, Tx., and Judith Greene of Delhi. Services were in Gent. L. Y. Cahill Lucille Y. Cahill, 89, of Alton, died July 1, 1997, in Saint Anthony's. Her husband, Joseph, preceded her in death. Surviving is a son, Joseph, Jr., of San Francisco, Ca. A memorial service was through Gent.

Bowles 05/10/97
James Barnett Bowles, 86, of Alton, died May 29, 1998, in Colonaides Nursing Home in Granite City. He married Madge Schwartz, who survives. Also surviving is a daughter, Beverly Cannon of Isanti, Mn. Services were through Marks Mortuary in Wood River. Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Foundation.

Bowles 10/24/00
Dorothy Louise Bowles, 69, of Alton, died Oct. 24, 2000, in D'Adrian Convalescent Center in Godfrey. Her husband, James, survives. Also surviving are a son, Frank, Sr., of Alton; and brothers, Earl and Frank Johnson, both of Godfrey. Services were in Fine and Quinn Chapel for Funerals in Alton.

Bowman 08/19/97
Nellie Bowman, 82, of Medora, died Aug. 19, 1997, in Jerseyville Manor Nursing Home. She is survived by her husband, Kedral. Her first husband, Robert Cunningham, preceded her in death. Also surviving are sons, Tom and Bob Cunningham, both of Medora, and Ronald Cunningham of Plainview; daughters, Mary Cameron of Medora, and Rita Brown of Gillespie; sisters, Evelyn McGraw of Ottawa, Il., and Mary Johnson of Florida; a brother, Paul Moran of Brighton; and 11 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Services were in Targhetta Funeral Home in Medora. Memorials may be given to the Shrine organization and for masses.

Bowman 12/04/98
Oscar W. Bowman, 76, of Alton, died Dec. 4, 1998, in Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton. He is survived by a brother, Oliver of Fenton, Mo. Services were in Gent Funeral Home in Alton.

Bowman 04/01/00
Stephen R. Bowman, 40, of Brighton, died Apr. 1, 2000, in Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton. He married Sheila Mills, who survives. Also surviving are his parents, Robert Bowman, and James and Donna Sohn; a son, Chase at home; a daughter, Jennifer at home; and sisters, Becky Stewart of Brighton, and Patty Guthrie, Christine Sohn and Jamie Hilliard, all of Bethalto. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Bethalto.

Boxdorfer 11/26/99
Terry Dale Boxdorfer, 34, of Bethalto, died Nov. 26, 1999, in Alton Memorial Hospital. He is survived by his parents, Thomas and Reva; a sister, Vickie Watson of Alton; and a brother, Danny of Meadowbrook. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Bethalto.

Boyd 01/23/97
Ivy M. Boyd, 86, died Jan. 23, 1997. Her husband, Edwin, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Walter of Fosterburg; a daughter, Charlotte Davis of Godfrey; and six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Services were in Gent's. Memorials may be given to Alton First Southern Baptist Church.

Boyd 04/05/00
Elizabeth Boyd, 86, of Godfrey, died Apr. 5, 2000, in Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton. Her husband, Reginald, preceded her in death. Surviving is a sister, Virginia Turmail of Kirkwood. Services were through Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to College Avenue Presbyterian Church in Alton, and the Madison County Association of the Blind.

Bracht 12/02/98
Louis Bracht, Jr., 79, of Alton, died Dec. 2, 1998, in Alton Memorial Hospital. He married Marion Bothwell, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Marcia Haun of Bethalto; sons, Mark of Fairview Heights, and Michael of Auburn, Al.; and a brother, Melvin of East Alton. Services were through Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the Masonic Lodge, the VFW, and to charities of choice.

Bradshaw 03/24/99
Eva Irene Bradshaw, 74, of Bethalto, died Mar. 24, 1999, in Christian Hospital Northeast in St. Louis. Her husband, Robert, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, Steven of Pacific Grove, Ca., and Brian of Alton; a daughter, Dr. Myra Schached; a brother, John Waggoner of Alton; and a sister, Ruth Means of Fosterburg. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation.

Brainerd 05/31/98
Ora K. Brainerd, 94, of Godfrey, died May 31, 1998, in Alton Memorial. Her husband, Carl, preceded her in death. Surviving is a son, William of Godfrey. Services were in Gent. Memorials may be given to the Grafton Methodist Church.

Bramley 06/21/97
John E. Bramley, Sr., 73, of Brighton, died June 21, 1997, in Saint Anthony's Hospital in Alton. He married Frances Howard, who survives. Also surviving are a son, John of Brighton; daughters, Frances Groves of Brighton, and Carolyn Rutledge of Shipman; a sister, Ruth Mault of Missouri; and three grandchildren. Services were in Targhetta Funeral Home in Brighton. Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association and the Brighton Firefighters Fund.

Brandon 02/20/01
Joseph Christopher Brandon, 20, died Feb. 20, 2001, in St. Louis. Surviving are his parents, Stanley of Jerseyville, and his mother, Dawn of Alton; brothers, Thomas of St. Louis, and James of Alton; sisters, Jenny Morgan of Camden, Tn., and Kelsey Brandon of Jerseyville; and grandparents, Betty Douglas of Camden, and Phyllis Russell of St. Louis. Services were in Fine and Quinn Chapel for Funerals in Alton.

Brandt 04/16/97
Irene E. Brandt, 87, of Bryan, Oh., died Apr. 16, 1997. Her husband, Joseph, preceded her in death. They had owned Brandt Hardware Store in Upper Alton. Surviving are a son, Robert of Bryan; a sister, Bertha Blai of Marion, Il.; and two grandchildren; one great grandchild; two step-great grandchildren and three step-great, great grandchildren. Services were through Fine and Quinn.

Brannon 02/26/01
Betty J. Brannon, 73, of East Alton, died Feb. 26, 2001, in Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis. Her husband, Lee, survives. Also surviving is a son, Robert of Bethalto. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association.

Brannon 03/02/01
Heber L. Brannon, 86, of East Alton, died Mar. 2, 2001, in Eldercare of Alton. He married Betty Dorworth, who preceded him in death. Surviving is a don, Robert of Bethalto. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.

Bray 05/13/98
Rose Marie Bray, 48, of Grafton, died May 13, 1998, in Jersey Community Hospital. Her husband, Winoth, survives. Also surviving are step-sons, George of Godfrey, and Benny of Greenville, Ms.; a step-daughter, Peggy Bray of Greenville, Ms.; brothers, Bobby Smith of St. Louis, and Sonny Smith of Oklahoma; and sisters, Helen Abram of Fenton, Mo., Shirley Stapels and Mary Wood, both of Pevely, Mo., Betty Mansel of Sikeston, Mo., and Barbara Miller of Millsprings, Mo. Services were in Gent.

Bray 03/15/00
Mary Margaret Bray, 93, formerly of Alton, died Mar. 15, in Naperville. Her husband, Marcus, preceded her in death. No survivors were listed. Services were through Gent Funeral Home in Alton.

Brecht 03/09/99
Milton H. Brecht, 84, of Godfrey, died Mar. 9, 1999, in his home. He married Bernadine Roth, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Ida Meilwaine; and step-daughters, Phyllis Postlewaite of Colorado, Dianne Drainer of Missouri, Ginny Jarrell of Edwardsville, Mary Spaulding of Brighton, and Joan Pfiefer of Godfrey. Services were through Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church in Godfrey, and the American Cancer Society.

Breitweiser 06/19/97
Carl Breitweiser, 54, died June 19, 1997. He is survived by his mother, Barbara of Frostproof, Fl.; a daughter, Terri Schwab of Litchfield; a sister, Myconna Darr of Medora; and one grandchild. Services were through Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to charities of choice.

Bremer 01/28/00
Raybourne J. Bremer, 69, of Alton, died Jan. 28, 2000, in Alton Memorial Hospital. He is survived by a brother, John of St. Louis. Services were in Fine and Quinn Chapel for Funerals in Alton. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society and the Alton Area Animal Aid Association.

Brenner 04/01/01
Patrick Brenner, 36, of Brighton, died Apr. 1, 2001. He married Heidi Graham, who survives. Also surviving are his mother, Barbara Hayes of Alton; a son, Kyle; brothers, Kevin of Alton, and Chad; and a sister, Roxanne Parson of East Alton. Services were through Staten Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Bricker 04/20/97
Aaron Wesley Bricker, an infant, died Apr. 20, 1997, in St. Mary's Health Center in Clayton, Mo. He is survived by his parents, Randy and Dawn. Graveside services were through Elias-Smith in Bethalto.

Bridges 03/09/99
Robert Joseph Bridges, 32, of Alton, died Mar. 9, 1999, in Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He is survived by a sister, Bernadette Bridges of Alton. Services were through Staten Funeral Home in Alton.

Brinkman 08/28/98
Jerome W. Brinkman, 76, of Alton, died Aug. 28, 1998, in Alton Memorial Hospital. He married Margaret Acosta, who preceded him in death. Surviving are sons, John and Steven, both of Alton, and Tom of Fosterburg; a daughter, Cecilia Cairns of Brighton; brothers, Vincent and Bernard, both of Meppen; and sisters, Gertrude Heitzman of Wood River, Anne Walls and Bernadine Geisen, both of Alton, and Marie Klass of Meppen. Services were through Staten Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Alton.

Bristow 12/22/99
Weir Edwin Bristow, 82, died Dec. 22, 1999. He married Anne Biscan, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Renee Miller of Bradenburg, Ky.; and a sister, Norma Well of Orlando, Fl. Services were through Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the DeGreef Hospice House, and to charities of choice.

Bristow 01/26/00
Eulala Bristow, 72, of Bethalto, died Jan.26, 2000, in Eunice Smith Nursing Home in Alton. Her husband, Floyd, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, Marty of Godfrey, and Michael of Massachusetts; a brother, Fred Owen of Bunker Hill; and sisters, Virginia Battles of East Alton, Dorothy Dann of Marion, Verdie Carpenter of Godfrey, Lula Cain of Harrisburg, and Bernice Strauder of Green Castle, In. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Association.

Bristow 11/16/00
Laura Lee Bristow, 46, of Alton, died Nov. 16, 2000, in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Her husband, Ronald, survives. Also surviving are a son, Douglas of Alton; daughters, Holly Etchison of Granite City, and Crystal Bristow of Alton; and a brother, David Worley of Godfrey. Services were in Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, College Avenue Presbyterian Church in Alton, and to charities of choice.

Broadway 04/09/98
Lucille F. Broadway, 82, of Godfrey, died Apr. 9, 1998, in St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo. Her husband, Harry, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Gary of Palm Harbor, Fl., a daughter, Sheran Beanarth of Fairbanks, Ak.; sisters, Betty Lewis of San Rafeal, Ca., and Peggy Lewis of San Francisco, Ca.; and four grandchildren. Services were through Elias-Smith in Godfrey. Memorials may be given to charities of choice.

Broadway 11/06/98
Anna L. Broadway, 91, died Nov. 6, 1998, in Alton Memorial Hospital. Her husband, William, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, William of Bethalto, and Richard of Godfrey; daughters, Barbara Witt of Godfrey, and Janet Goessman of Bethalto; and sisters, Nancy Scott of Topeka, Ks., and Frances Estrup of Pensacola, Fl. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to Bethalto United Methodist Church.

Brockmann 08/05/97
Edwin A. Brockmann, Jr., 74, died Aug. 5, 1997. He married Edith Ruyle, who survives. Services were through Elias-Smith in Alton. Memorials may be given to the Hospice of Palm Beach County and the American Cancer Society.

Brockmann 08/17/99
Edith D. Brockman, 82, formerly of Alton, died Aug. 17, 1999, in Charlotte, N.C. Her husband, Edwin, preceded her in death. Surviving is a sister, Doris Strange of Alton. Services were in Elias-Smith Funera Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the National Kidney Foundation. 

Brooks 06/03/00
William V. Brooks, Jr., 72, of Hettick, died June 3, 2000. He married Delores Franklin, who survives. Also surviving are his mother, Myrtle Watters of East Alton; a son, Rich of Godfrey; a daughter, Ellen Scott of East Alton; brothers, John of Godfrey, and Raymond of Bunker Hill; and sisters, Georgia Jeffreys of East Alton, and Betty Dristol of Forest Homes. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to the Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ in Girard.

Brown 03/19/97
Oscar F. Brown, 89, of Chesterfield, died Mar. 19, 1997, in Passavant Hospital in Jacksonville. He married Helen Chism, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Doris Kahle of Carlinville; sons Dwight and Don, both of Chesterfield; and eight grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Services were in Targhetta in Medora. Memorials may be given to the Medora and Chesterfield units of the Area Ambulance Service, and the Chesterfield Community Club.

Brown 08/21/97
Mary Brown, 73, died Aug. 21, 1997. Her husband, James, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, Greg of Godfrey, and James of Jerseyville; a daughter, Cheryl Wittman of Alton; and 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Services were through Staten Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the Ronald McDonald House in St. Louis, and for masses.

Brown 01/12/98
George Lee Brown, 78, of Wood River, died Jan. 12, 1998, in his home. He married Francis Shearburn, who survives. Also surviving are sons, Donald of Edwardsville, and Hal of Wilsonville; daughters, Julie Walford of Alton, Jennifer Orban of Wood River, and Charlotte Flatt of Rosewood Heights; brothers, Russell and Vern of Cottage Hills, Kenneth of Wood River, and Jesse of New Jersey; sisters, Norene Ingram of Alsey, Viola Harris and Anna Fry, both of Springfield, Bernice Hayes of Jacksonville, Nita Kistner of Normal, and Lois Allen of Jacksonville; and 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Services were through Marks Mortuary in Wood River.

Brown 04/16/98
Earl C. Brown, 86, formerly of Alton, died Apr. 16, 1998, in El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, Ca. Surviving is a brother, Harold Creech of Godfrey, and nieces and nephews. Services were in Gent. Memorials may be given to the Cancer Society and Alton First Southern Baptist Church.

Brown 01/22/99
Margaret E. Brown, 63, of Godfrey, died Jan. 22, 1999, in Alton Memorial Hospital. Her husband, Clarence, survives. Also surviving are a son, Timothy of Godfrey; daughters, LaDonna Cunningham of Alton, and Rachel Dickmann of St. Louis; and brothers, Ronald Brewer of Charlotte, N.C., and Donald Brewer of Florence, S.C. Services were in Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the North Side Assembly of God Building Fund.

Brown 02/01/00
Lester A. Brown, 77, of Godfrey, died Feb. 1, 2000, in his home. He married Rosemarie Neikirk, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Donald of Dorsey; daughters, Susan Bathe of St. Charles, Mo., Mary Kilpatrick of Lago Vista, Tx., Janet Schlemmer of Westmont, and Debra Penning, Brenda Mathus and Barbara Rathgeb, all of Godfrey; a brother, Glenn of Fosterburg; and sisters, Dottie Conway of Conyers, Ga., Helen Bradshaw of Marion, and Lil Gatson of McAlpin, Ga. Services were through Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Godfrey. Memorials may be given to Saint Anthony's Hospice and Food Crisis Center, both in Alton, and Godfrey Baptist Church.

Brown 06/11/00
Ada B. Brown, 76, of Bethalto, died June 11, 2000, in Maryville Manor Nursing Home. Her husband, Ray, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Troy of Godfrey; a daughter, Marie Bourland of Moro; brothers, Harold Manley of Winthrop Harbor, and Lynn Manley of Alton; and sisters, Dorothy Zimmer of Brighton, Rosemary Lee of East Alton, Helen Borrenpohl of Alton, and Hilda Fry of Wood River. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to the Madison County Hospice.

Brown 01/02/01
Brenda Brown, 58, of Cottage Hills, died Jan. 2, 2001, in Alton Memorial Hospital. Her husband, James, survives. Also surviving are sons, Robert Frasier of Cottage Hills, and Robin Frasier of Benld; a step-son, Joe Brown of Cottage Hills; step-daughters, Tonya Noeltner of Mount Olive, and Linda Lindsey of Grand Chain; a brother, James Johnson of Alton; and her mother-in-law, Halma Brown of Cottage Hills. Services were through Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton.

Browning 01/22/00
John R. Browning, 64, of East Alton, died Jan. 22, 2000. His wife, Charlotte, survives. He retired as a captain with the East Alton Police Department, and was a member of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis. Also surviving are daughters, Vicki Greene and Dawn Rogers, both of East Alton. Services were in Marks Mortuary in Wood River. Memorials may be given to the East Alton Police Benevolent and Protective Association No. 78.

Bruce 01/29/99
Paul R. Bruce, 68, of Godfrey, died Jan. 29, 1999, in Alton Memorial Hospital. He married Nancy Cox, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Chris of Godfrey; and daughters, Paulette Sumpter, Susan Gomer and Amy Storey, all of Godfrey. Services were in Fine and Quinn Chapel for Funerals in Alton. Memorials may be given to the memorial fund of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1308 in Alton, and to charities of choice.

Bruce 12/18/00
Martin E. Bruce, 76, of Holiday Shores, died Dec. 18, 2000, in Florida Hospital in Eustis. He married Ruth Ford, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Larry of Holiday Shores; daughters, Nancy Jones of Venice, Fl., and Denise Powell of Atlanta, Ga.; brothers, Adrian and William, both of East Alton, and Jim of Festus, Mo.; and sisters, Charlotte Watts of Mojave, Ca., and Jean Forman of Roseburg, Or. Services were in Paynic Home for Funerals in Rosewood Heights. Memorials may be given to the Holiday Shores Volunteer Fire Dept.

Brumley 05/15/99
Lena Brumley, 17, of East Alton, died May 15, 1999, in her home. She is survived by her parents, John and Barbara Brumley of Wilsonville, and Joey and Terry Smith of East Alton; grandparents, Leona Hohnsbehn of Wilsonville, Mary Brumley of East Alton, Roscoe and Nellie Smith of Bunker Hill, and Edward and Elsie Honaker of Alton; brothers, John Brumley, Jr., and Kevin Brumley, both of East Alton; a step-brother, Jason Smith of Godfrey; and a step-sister, Crystal Brumley of Wilsonville. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the Costas Center of Cardinal Glennon ChildrenÕs Hospital in St. Louis, and the Make A Wish Foundation.

Brumley 07/05/00
Mary E. Brumley, 77, of East Alton, died July 5, 2000, in Rosewood Care Center in Alton. Her husband, Earl, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, John of Wilsonville, Mark and Paul, both of East Alton; and a sister, Patricia Elrod of Wood River. Services were in Paynic Home for Funerals in Rosewood Heights. Memorials may be given to the Cardinal Glennon Bob Costas Cancer Center in St. Louis.

Brummer 07/16/00
Jack D. Brummer, 68, of Alton, died July 16, 2000, in Rosewood Care Center in Alton. Surviving are his mother, Bernice of Alton; and a brother, Charles of Sacramento, Ca. Services were in Fine and Quinn Chapel for Funerals in Alton.

Bruner 03/13/98
Eleanor L. Bruner, 102, of Jerseyville, died Mar. 13, 1998, in Jerseyville Manor. Her husband, John, preceded her in death. Surviving are a daughter, Dorothy Seifrit of Alton; and two grandchildren, three great grandchildren and five great, great grandchildren. Services were through Elias-Smith in Godfrey. Memorials may be given to charities of choice.

Bruns 04/29/97
Patricia A. Bruns, 70, died Apr. 29, 1997. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles. Surviving are sons, Terry of Bradleyville, Mo., Kim of Salem, Dennis of Lincoln, and Dwayne of Virginia Beach, Va.; daughters, Rowena Bennett of Lincoln, and Candace Slimick of East Alton; brothers, Paul Walters of Alton, and Charles Walters of Godfrey; a sister, Rose Zaiden of Tallahassee, Fl.; and 23 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Services were through Burke-Fine Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

Brunstein 06/10/97
Alice M. Brunstein, 85, of Alton, died June 3, 1998, in Blu Fountain Manor Nursing Home in Godfrey. Her husband, Joseph, preceded her in death. She is survived by a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Haas of Wood River; and an aunt, Marie Miller of Alton. Services were through Burke-Fine Funeral Home in Alton.

Bryant 02/14/97
Frances E. Bryant, 90, died Feb. 14, 1997. Her husband, Roy, preceded her in death. Suriving is a sister, Anna Schwarz of Clearwater, Fl. Services were in Gent's.

Bryant 03/17/98
Tara L. Bryant, 18, of Bethalto, died Mar. 17, 1998, in St. Louis University Hospital. She is survived by her parents, Samuel and Nancy Bryant; sisters, Kelly and Sammi, both of Bethalto, and Angela of Granite City; and her grandparents, William and Thelma Bryant, and Louise Phillips, all of Bethalto. Services were through Elias-Smith in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to the benevolent fund of Bethalto Police Department.

Bryant 07/09/99
Thelma D. Bryant, 76. of Bethalto, died July 9, 1999. Her husband, William, survives. Also surviving are sons, John and Lloyd Schilling, both of Bethalto, Mike Bryant of Moro, Sam Bryant of Meadowbrook, and Steve Bryant of Bethalto,; and daughters, Sandra Wieckhorst of Wood River, and Cynthia Beecher of Bethalto; a brother, Samuel Newell of East Alton; and sisters, Lorene Pardew of Hazelwood, Mo., Gladys Stepp of St. Peters, Mo., and Alma Lair of Alton. Services were through Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to the Children's Miracle Network. 

Bryant 12/18/99
Ruby E. Bryant, 76, of Alton, died Dec. 18, 1999, in Alton Memorial Hospital. Her husband, Wilbur, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, Larry Smith of Oklahoma City, Ok., and Terry Rundle of Houston, Tx.; and daughters, Peggy Couch of Cottage Hills, and Tami Mosdell of Cedar City, Ut. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Bethalto.

Bryant 01/29/00
Charles Edward Bryant, 82, of Bethalto, died Jan. 29, 2000, in John Cochran Hospital in St. Louis. He married Irene Dale, who survives. Also surviving are brothers, Edgar of Stockton, Ca., William of Twain Harte, Ca., Ralph of Tallahassee, Fl.; and Gene of Covington, La.; and sisters, Ida Wiseman of Rockford, Virginia Wilhoit of Nassau Bay, Tx., and Ruby Foote of Cincinnati, Oh. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to Franklin Masonic Lodge in Alton.

Bryant 03/18/00
Ethel M. Bryant, 86, formerly of Alton, died Mar. 18, 2000, in Bethalto Care Center. Her husband, Oliver, preceded her in death. She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Catherine Bryant of Alton. Services were in Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to Elm Street Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church, both in Alton.

Budde 02/12/99
Clarence F. Budde, 90, of Alton and Clearwater, Fl., died Feb. 12, 1999, in Clearwater. He married Ethel Votrain, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Dolores Ullrich of St. Louis; and a sister, Mary English. Services were through Staten Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given for masses.

Budde 02/22/99
Mary Frances Budde, 95, of Jerseyville, died Feb. 22, 1999, in Jerseyville Manor. She is survived by nieces and nephews. Services were through Staten Funeral Home.

Bude 12/19/98
Dr. Ottomar E. Bude, 79, of Alton, died Dec. 19, 1998, in his home. He married Lenora Dawdy, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Ronald of Plymouth, Mi.; and brothers, Herbert of Centralia, and Norman of Plum City, Wi. Services were through Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to Faith Lutheran Church in Godfrey.

Buecker 03/10/01
William A. Buecker, 61, of Alton, died Mar. 10, 2001, in Alton Memorial Hospital. Surviving are his mother, Josephine of St. Louis; a son, William of Alton; brothers, Richard of Troy, Robert of Granite City, and Arthur of Byrnes Mills, Mo.; and a special friend, Jimmie Weirich of Godfrey. Services were through Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, Crisis Food Center, and S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Alton.

Buehlman 08/14/97
Catherine E. Buehlman, 74, died Aug. 14, 1997. Her husband, Joseph, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, Richard of Union City, Tn., and Dr. Kenneth Buehlman of Vincenes, In.; daughters, Deborah Lovell of Godfrey, and Sandra Donnelly, of Frontenac, Mo.; brothers, Henry, John and James Geisen, all of Alton; and nine grandchildren. Services were through Staten. Memorials may be given to the St. Ambrose building fund and the Arthritis Foundation.

Buescher 08/27/99
Bernice Mary Buescher, 89, of Godfrey, died Aug. 27, 1999, in her home. Her husband, Andrew, preceded her in death. Surviving is a sister, Christina Schaeffer of Collinsville. Services were through Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Godfrey. Memorials may be given for masses and to charities of choice.

Buettner 02/07/98
Virgina Buettner, 82, of Godfrey, died Feb. 7, 1998, in Blu Fountain Manor in Godfrey. Her husband, Howard, survives. Services were in Elias-Smith in Alton. Memorials may be given to charities of choice.

Buettner 03/10/99
Ione Virginia Buettner, 81, of Alton, died Mar. 10, 1999, in Alton Memorial Hospital. Her husband, Vernon, survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Nancy Alexander of Alton; brothers, Russell Keilbach of Troy, and Morris Keilbach of Highland; and a sister, Birdie Wilkie of Highland. Services were through Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the Disabled American Veterans.

Buettner 02/16/00
Vernon H. Buettner, 81, of Alton, died Feb. 16, 2000, in Blu-Fountain Nursing Home in Godfrey. He married Ione Keilbach, who preceded him in death. Surviving are a daughter, Nancy Alexander of Alton; and brothers, Howard of Bethalto, an Oliver of Alton. Services were through Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the ritual team of Alton V.F.W. Post 1308.

Buffington 03/24/98
Helen M. Buffington, 81, died Mar. 24, 1998, in Saint Anthony's. Her husband, Russell, survives. Also surviving are a son, Donald of Alton; a daughter, Judith Jarden of Peoria; brothers, Charles Agee of Alton, and Richard Agee of Branden, S.D.; sisters, Elma Voss of Alton, and Jane Heitzman of Dow; and four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Services were in Gent.

Buffington 08/29/98
Russel W. Buffington, 83, of Alton, died Aug. 29, 1998, in St. John's Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. He married Helen Agee, who preceded him in death. Surviving are a son, Donald of Alton; a daughter, Judith Jarden of Peoria; and sisters, Loretta Medlock and Rosalie Badgley, both of Godfrey. Services were in Gent Funeral Home in Alton.

Bugg 11/18/99
Effie M. Bugg, 90, formerly of Alton, died Nov. 18, 1999, in Sikeston, Mo., Convalescent Center. She was preceded in death by husbands, Edwin Curtis, Sr., and Ruby Bugg. Surviving are sons, Edwin Curtis, Jr., of Statesboro, Ga., Robert Curtis of Elsah, and Jerry Curtis of Hickory, Ky.; a daughter, Dolly Wahlstrom of Godfrey; and sisters, Ruth Colson and Mae Robinett, both of Paducah, Ky., and Villa Jones of Folsomdale, Ky. Services were in Gent Funeral Home in Alton.

Buis 10/09/00
Jesse F. Buis, Sr., 81, of Jerseyville, died Oct. 9, 2000, in his home. He married Alice Porter, who survives. Also surviving are sons, Jesse of Jerseyville, Charles of Brighton, Robert of Alton, and James of Tokyo, Japan; step-sons, Charles Porter of Brighton, and Marty Porter of Elsah; a daughter, Jean Marshall of Grafton; step-daughters, Anna Dorner of Alton, and Kathy Turner of Cottage Hills; a brother, George of Jerseyville; and sisters, Bessie Lay of Florence, Ky., Mary Hodge of East Alton, and Vera Weigand of Alton. Services were in Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to Main Street Baptist Church, Tri-County Antique Club, American Cancer Society research, and Saint Anthony's Hospice in Alton.

Bull 03/27/99
Samuel Bull, Jr., 82, of Alton, died Mar. 27, 1999, in Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton. He married Mary Garner, who preceded him in death. Surviving are a son, David of Lake St. Louis, Mo.; step-sons, William and Dan Garner, both of Godfrey; and a brother, Irl of Gulfport, Ms. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the Alton Area Animal Aid Association.

Bullman 07/02/97
Helen Elizabeth Bullman, 90, of Shipman, died July 2, 1997, in Woodlands, Tx. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl. Surviving are a daughter, Dolores Copp of Woodlands; a son, Allan of Jacksonville, Il.; and eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Services were in Targhetta Funeral Home in Shipman. Memorials may be given to the Make A Wish Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House.

Bumbacher 09/11/97
Milton L. Bumbacher, 84, of Godfrey, died Sept. 11, 1997, in Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton. He was a production supervisor for Illinois-American Water Co. for 43 years. He retired in 1976. He married Theresa Bokay, who survives. Also surviving are sons, Stephen and Philip, both of Godfrey; a brother, Vincent of St. Joseph, Mo., a sister, Eunice Clark, also of St. Joseph.; and three grandchildren. Services were in Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to Elm Street Presbyterian Church in Alton, and the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr of St. George at Saint Anthony's.

Bunt 03/08/97
Viola Bunt, 79, of Shipman, died Mar. 8, 1997, in Jerseyville Health Care Center. Her husband, William, survives. Also surviving are sons, Douglas and Tim, both of Shipman, William of Carlinville, and the Rev. Edward Bunt of Knoxville, Ia.; and 13 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Services were in Targhetta Funeral Home in Shipman. Memorials may be given to the Diabetes Association.

Bunyan 05/21/99
Herman T. Bunyan, 89, of Godfrey, died May 21, 1999, in Blu-Fountain Manor in Godfrey. He married Blanche McClelland, who preceded him in death. Formerly, he was general manager of radio station WOKZ. He is survived by nieces and nephews, and a friend, Verna Hoffman. Services were through Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to Evangelical United Church of Christ in Godfrey, and Saint Anthony's Hospice in Alton.

Bunzy 11/12/99
Sarah A. Bunzy, 80, of Brighton, died Nov. 12, 1999, in Alton Memorial Hospital. Her husband, Fred, preceded her in death. Surviving is a sister, Emma Beard of Brighton. Services were in Targhetta Funeral Home in Brighton. Memorials may be given to Faith Baptist Church.

Burch 09/20/99
Lela G. Burch, 88, of Brighton, died Sept. 20, 1999, in Rosewood Care Center in Alton. Her husband, Willard, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Terry of Walnut Creek, Ca.; daughters, Betty Laubscher of Brighton, and Nina Burch of Canyon County, Ca.; and a sister, Lucille Ozee of Shipman. Services were in Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society and charities of choice.

Burch 09/08/00
Kenneth L. Burch, 74, of Brighton, died Sept. 8, 2000, in Saint Anthony's Hospital. He married Lorraine Schenk, who preceded him in death. Surviving are sons, Mark of East Alton, and Michael of Brighton; daughters Debbie Seymour, Kim Young and Cindy Clark, all of Brighton, and Jane Reef and Jan Thomason, both of Jerseyville; and a brother, Donald of Medora. Services were through Targhetta Funeral Home in Brighton. Memorials may be given to Saint Anthony's Hospice in Alton.

Burch 09/27/00
Henry G. Burch, 86, of Alton, died Sept. 27, 2000, in Alton Memorial Hospital. He married Virginia Whittmond, who survives. Also surviving are sons, Dr. Lawrence Burch of Hardin, and Charles Burch of Brussels; daughters, Jean Fuller of Omaha, Ne., and Mary Burch of St. Charles, Mo.; and a brother, Bernard of Pontiac, Mi. Services were through Staten Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the Boy Scouts of America and for masses.

Burdorff 06/19/99
Elmer W. Burdorff, Sr., 86, of Godfrey, died June 19, 1999, in D'Adrian Nursing Home. He married Dorothy Horn, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Wilson of Matthews, N.C.; and a daughter, Barbara of Alton. Services were through Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to Elm Street Presbyterian Church in Alton.

Burford 01/12/01
Bernie P. Burford, 89, of Alton, died Jan. 12, 2001, in his home. He married Dorothy Moore, who survives. Also surviving are sons, Jerry of Corpus Christi, Tx., George of Alton, David of Atlanta, Ga., and Mike of East Alton; daughters, Sue Tripp of Bartlett, Tn., and Donna Martin of Prairieville, La.; and a sister, Juanita Hombs of Pasadena, Ca. Services were in Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the Beltline Christian Center in Alton.

Burg 09/06/98
Anne M. Burg, 79, died Sept. 6, 1998, in South Pasadena, Fl. Her husband, Carl, preceded her in death. Surviving are sisters, Helena Strohmenger of Akron, Oh., and Esther Boyce of South Pasadena; and a sister-in-law, Shirley Heinmiller of Bethalto. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Bethalto.

Burge 02/14/98
Fred D. Burge, 94, of Cottage Hills, died Feb. 14, 1998, in his home. He married Edna Heitzman, who preceded him in death. Surviving are a son, Kenneth of Thompsonville; a daughter, Mary Verela of Des Moines, Ia.; and a half-sister, Ethel Richardson of Tamaroa. Services were in Fine and Quinn Chapel for Funerals in Alton. Memorials may be given to charities of choice.

Burger 06/14/98
Kenneth C. Burger, 70, of Godfrey, died June 14, 1998, in his home. He married Darlene Perkins, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Stephen of Belleville; a sister, June Bourers of Jerseyville; and two grandchildren. Services were in Gent. Memorials may be given to Elm Street Presbyterian Church in Alton, and Saint Anthony's Hospice.

Burger 12/07/98
Doris J. Burger, 79, of Godfrey, died Dec. 7, 1998, in her home. Her husband, George, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, Donald and Richard, both of Godfrey. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Godfrey. Memorials may be given to Saint Anthony's Hospice in Alton.

Burger 12/31/99
Stanley W. Burger, 75, died Dec. 31, 1999. He married Doris Walker, who survives. Also surviving are a son, David of Alton; daughters, Helen Crause of Wood River, Nancy Blankenship of East Alton, and Cathy Riggins of South Roxana; and a brother, Maurice of Jerseyville. Services were in Marks Mortuary in Wood River.

Burgess 01/01/00
Thelma E. Burgess, 91, of Stockdale, Tx., died Jan. 1, 2000, in Stockdale Nursing Home. Her husband, Kester, preceded her in death. Surviving are daughters, Juanita Manning of Roxana, and Esther Newingham of San Antonio, Tx.; a brother, Howard McMonigle of Alton; and a sister, Alma Neuhaus of Albunkeki, N.M. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Bethalto.

Burgoyne 11/17/97
Margaret J. Burgoyne, 94, died Nov. 17, in Blue-Fountain Manor in Godfrey. Her husband, Louis, preceded her in death. Surviving are nieces, Dorothy Yost of Godfrey, and Josephine Gilleland of Melbourne, Fl.; a nephew, Robert Fahrig of Houston, Tx.; and a care-giver, Margie Scott of Alton. Services were in Burke-Fine Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given for masses.

Burk 05/16/97
Minnie Burk, 89, of Brighton, died May 16, 1997, in Robings Manor. She was preceded in death by her husband, William. Surviving are a son, Neal of Piasa; and four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Services were through Targhetta in Brighton. Memorials may be given to St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Brighton. n

Burk 09/13/97
Brigitte Burk, 53, of Plainview, died Sept. 13, 1997, in Carlinville Area Hospital. Her husband, Robert, survives. Also surviving are a brother, Helmut Kober of Germany; and a sister, Lenor Kober of Germany. Services were in Gent. Memorials may be given to charities of choice.

Burk 03/14/98
Mary L. Burk, 95, of Brighton, died Mar. 14, 1998, in Rosewood Care Center in Alton. Her husband, James, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Jim of Brighton; a daughter, Iola Ansell of Brighton; a brother, Everett Sheets of Staunton; and eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Services were in Targhetta in Brighton. Memorials may be given for the food pantry at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Brighton.

Burleson 03/13/98
Joseph O. Burleson, 84, of Bunker Hill, died Mar. 13, 1998, in Alton Memorial Hospital. He married Alpha Bohlmeyer, who preceded him in death. Surviving is a sister, Bernice Jackson of Alton. Services were through Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Bethalto. Memorials may be given to the Bunker Hill Area Ambulance Service.

Burnam 02/09/97
Gilbert N. Burnam, 79, died Feb. 9, 1997. His wife, Edna, survives. Also surviving are sisters, Alberta Fly of Alton, and Elizabeth Evans of Christopher, Il. Services were in Elias-Smith in Alton.

Burnett 01/26/98
Dorothy Mae Burnett, 77, of Wood River, died Jan. 26, 1998, in Saint Anthony's. Surviving are daughters, Sandra Yates of Wood River, Marilyn Schenk of Alton, and Carolyn Kennedy of Hong Kong; sons, Robert and Larry Linenfelser, both of Alton, and Charles and Michael Linenfelser, both of Roanoak, Va.; and 15 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Services were through Burke-Fine. Memorials may be given for masses.

Burnett 06/24/01
Mary M. Burnett, 71, of Shipman, died June 24, 2001, in Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Her husband, Albert, preceded her in death. She was owner of the Westgate Restaurant in Shipman. Surviving are sons, David of Shipman, and Danny of Grandview, Id. Services were in Targhetta Funeral Home in Shipman. Memorials may be given to the Shriners Hospital for Children.

Burns 09/17/97
Fred B. Burns, 79, died Sept. 17, 1997. He married Mercedena Williamson, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Gerald of Bethalto; a step-son, Stan Williamson of California; a step-daughter, Debra Neal of Georgia; a brother, Leroy of Hope, Ar.; and four grandchildren. Services were through Fine and Quinn. Memorials may be given to the Vaughn Hill Church of Christ.

Burris 08/08/99
Richard L. Burris, 63, of Godfrey, died Aug. 8, 1999, in St. Louis University Hospital. He married Edelgard Wagner, who survives. Also surviving are his mother, Naomi Middleton of Godfrey; step-father, Elbert Middleton; step-brother, Timmothy Middleton of Short Hills, N.J.; and sister, Sandra Middleton of Burlingame, Ca. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Godfrey. Memorials may be given to the Alton Area Animal Aid Association.

Burton 11/14/99
Luella H. Burton, 95, of Brighton, died Nov. 14, 1999, in Jerseyville Manor. Her husband, Clarence, preceded her in death. Surviving is a daughter, Beryle Targhetta of Brighton. Services were in Targhetta Funeral Home in Brighton. Memorials may be given to the Brighton Area Food Pantry.

Bush 03/13/98
Evelyn L. Bush, 74, of Granite City, died Mar. 13, 1998, in Anderson Hospital in Maryville. Surviving are sisters, Pearl Rudolph of Fosterburg, Bernice McKay of Mitchell, and Alice Fugate of Mary Esther, Fl. Services were through Fine and Quinn.

Busken 10/14/98
Mark Steven Busken, 35, of Alton, died Oct. 14, 1998, in Columbia, Mo. He married Michelle Boyles, who survives. Also surviving are his parents, Russell and Kathleen Busken; a son, Mario of Alton; daughters, Miranda and Mersady Orlandini, both of Alton; brothers, Douglas and Michael of Defiance, Mo., Jeffrey of St. Louis, Gregory of Florissant, Mo., and Brian of Sacramento, Ca.; and sisters, Kimberly Hunnell of O'Fallon, Mo., and Chistine Betts of St. Louis. Services were through Staten Funeral Home in Alton.

Butler 11/14/97
Mary V. Butler, 95, of Godfrey, died Nov. 14, 1997, in Blu-Fountain. Her husband, Everett, preceded her in death. She had been active in community affairs, and was an author. Surviving are a son, Robert of North Hills, Ca.; daughters, Marylin Bromaghim and Gladys Butler, both of Godfrey; sisters, Esther Beardshaw of Raymond, Ms., and Susan Hybarger of Jackson, Ms.; and six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild. Services were through Gent. Memorials may be given to First Presbyterian Church in Alton and to charities of choice.

Butler 10/19/98
Charlotte L. Butler, 82, died Oct. 19, 1998, in Christian Hospital Northeast in St. Louis. Her husband, George, preceded her in death. She was a charter member of Alton Assembly #8 International Order of Rainbow Girls, was mother advisor of the Alton Assembly from 1969 to 1993, and was Illinois Mother Advisor of the Year in 1986. She is survived by a son, Dick of Alton; and a sister, Dorothy Catalini of San Antonio, Tx. Services were through Fine and Quinn Chapel for Funerals in Alton. Memorials may be given to the Shriners Hospital in St. Louis.

Butler 03/31/99
Ralph W. Butler, 81, of Alton, died Mar. 31, 1999, in Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton. He married Irene Rue, who preceded him in death. Surviving are daughters, Dixie Crane of Brighton, and Carol Stilt and Wanda Coleman, both of Dow; a son, Ralph of Jerseyville; and a brother, Thomas of Alton. Services were in Staten Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given for Alzheimer's care in Macoupin Mental Health Center.

Butler 01/31/00
Wilma Butler, 74, died Jan. 31, 2000, in Eldercare of Alton. Her husband, Earl, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, Vance, Cardell and Terry, all of Alton; daughters, Alma Rivers, Margie Butler, Wilmatine Isom, Debbie McLemore and Veronica Morgan; brothers, Wilford Washington of Detroit, Mi., Roy Washington of Chicago, Grover Washington. Quinton Washington and Louis Cooper, all of Cullen, La.; and sisters, Mattie Jone and Verdie Brown, both of Chicago. Services were through Cathy M. Williams and Sons Funeral Home in Godfrey.

Butler 06/22/00
Louise F. Butler, 80, of Alton, died June 22, 2000, in her home. Her husband, Thomas, survives. Also surviving are sons, Donald Teutrine, and Robert Butler, both of Alton; and a daughter, Anita Colman of Godfrey. Services were in Staten Funeral Home in Alton.

Butler 01/28/01
Adele F. Butler, 83, died Jan. 28, 2001, in D'Adrian Convalescent Center in Godfrey. Her husband, Edward, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, Timothy of Jerseyville, and Terry of Godfrey; daughters, Lindsey Butler of Alton, and Christy Butler of Jefferson City, Mo.; and a sister, Irene Kehoe of East Alton. Services were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Association, American Diabetes Association and charities of choice.

Buttry 02/17/98
Lillie M. Buttry, 87, of Alton, died Feb. 17, 1998, in Eldercare Nursing Home in Alton. Her husband, Noah, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, Jerry of Alton, and Donald of Nuevo, Ca.; a daughter, Juanita Robertson of Powers, Or.; and eight grandchildren and many great grandchildren. Srvices were in Elias-Smith Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to First General Baptist Church of East Alton.

Buzzanga 08/03/00
Thomas Joseph Buzzanga, 64, of Brighton, died Aug. 3, 2000, in Christian Hospital Northeast in St. Louis. He married Joyce Griggs, who survives. Also surviving are step-sons, David Cox, II, of Bethalto, and Jon Cox of Brighton; daughters, Victoria Buzzanga of Pekin, and Mary Brandon of Florissant, Mo.; step-daughters, Juanita Duffiel of Godfrey, and Melissa Cox of Brighton; and brothers, John Easley of Logan, Ut., Ron Easley of Foutain Valley, Ca., and Richard Easley of St. Peters, Mo. Services were in Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association.

Byassee 01/07/01
Margaret Byassee, 89, of Godfrey, died Jan. 7, 2001, in Rosewood Care Center in Alton. Husbands, Walter Stobbs, and Sherwood Byassee, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Frank Stobbs of Black Mountain, N.C.; and a daughter, Suzann Lund of Stewartville, Mn. Services were through Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to College Avenue Presbyterian Church in Alton.

Byers 04/25/97
Edna Byers, 98, of Alton, died Apr. 25, 1997, in Alton Memorial Hospital. Her husband, Ray, preceded her in death. Surviving are a daughter, Jane Stites of Alton; sisters, Hazel Holmes of Wood River, and Dorothy Batchelor of Alton; and three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Services were in Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Memorials may be given to Cherry Street Baptist Church and charities of choice.

Byron 06/21/97
Gerald E. Byron, 92, of Alton, died June 21, 1997, in Alton Memorial Hospital. He is survived by a brother-in-law, eugene Melling; and a sister-in-law, Bertha Byron of Wood River. Services were through Gent.


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