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March 29, 2002
Francis Anderson
MATTOON - Francis Maxine Anderson, 87, of Mattoon, died at 2:15 p.m. Thursday (March 28, 2002) at the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home.
Arrangements are incomplete at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home.

Robert Strohl
NEOGA - Robert W. Strohl, 74, of Neoga, died at 3:30 p.m. Thursday (March 28, 2002) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
Arrangements are incomplete at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, Mattoon.

Glenn Willoughby
ARTHUR - Glenn O. Willoughby, 75, of Arthur, died at 5:45 a.m. Thursday (March 28, 2002) at St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur.
Arrangements are incomplete at McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Arthur.

Alvirda Jenny Zang
NEOGA, IL - Mrs. Alvirda Jenny Pauline (Benner) Zang, 75, of rural Neoga, IL, formerly of rural Greenup, IL, died at 4:42 a.m. Thursday (March 28, 2002) at her residence near Neoga.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday (April 2, 2002) at the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home, Neoga, with the Rev. Roger James officiating. Toledo Eastern Star Chapter #231 will participate in the service. Burial will be in the Greenup Cemetery. Visitation will be two hours before the service at the funeral home.
She was born Nov. 10, 1926, in Donnley Mills, PA, a daughter of Otto and Cora L. (Kritzer) Benner. She married Paul M. Zang on November 1, 1935 in Mifflintown, PA; he died on February 25, 2001.
Survivors include sons, Thomas M. Zang and wife Sandy of rural Neoga and Steven F. Zang and wife Kim of Carbondale, IL; a daughter, Nancy Souder and husband Roy of Zephyrhills, FL; brothers, Otto Benner of Linglestown, PA and Daniel Benner of New Bloomfield, PA; sister, Eleanor Chubb of Millerstown, PA; 16 grandchildren; several great-and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, one son, Paul; one daughter, Robin; and two brothers.
Mrs. Zang was a housewife and homemaker. She attended the New Hope Church in rural Greenup and the Toledo Eastern Star.
Memorials may be made to the New Hope Church in rural Greenup or Lincolnland Hospice in Charleston, IL.

March 28, 2002
NEFFIE ALAMAN
Neffie J. Alaman, age 104, of Mattoon, passed away at 3:00 p.m. on March 25, 2002 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon.
Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 29, 2002 at Dodge Grove Cemetery. The Schilling Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Neffie was born November 17, 1897, in Coles County, a daughter of Frank and Sarah Ball Fuller. She married William "Mac" Alaman. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her son, Clarence Alaman, two brothers, one sister and a great-granddaughter.
Survivors include her granddaughter, Janet Fryman and husband Joe of Ft. Myers, Florida; and two great-grandaughters.
Mrs. Alaman was a homemaker.

Emma Decesaro
LOVINGTON - Emma M. Decesaro, 84, of South Bend, IN, formerly of Lovington, died at 12:40 p.m. Monday March 25, 2002 in Memorial Hospital, South Bend, IN.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan. Burial will be in Keller Cemetery, Lovington. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home.
She was born March 13, 1918, in Wheatland Township in Fayette County, the daughter of Fredrick and Stella May Harris Stolte. She was a member of the Calvary Temple in South Bend, IN. She married Jesse Decesaro on Sept. 24, 1938 in St. Charles, IL, he preceded her in death on March 6, 1993.
She is survived by a son, Lloyd of South Bend, IN; sister, Cleda Decesaro of Decatur; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three sisters, one brother, one son, one daughter, four great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Decesaro was a member of Calvary Temple, South Bend, Ind.
Memorials: South Gate Community Center, 3717 S. Michigan, South Bend, IN 46614.

Donald Houston
SHELBYVILLE - Donald D. Houston Sr., 83, of Shelbyville, died at 2:47 a.m. Wednesday (March 27, 2002) at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital, Effingham.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday in Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, with the Rev. Mark Sanders officiating. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville.
He was born Aug. 30, 1918, in Tower Hill, the son of Walter "W.T." and Mary Rachel Barden Houston. He married Betty P. Evans in 1945; she died in 2001.
Survivors include one son, Donald Houston Jr. of Shelbyville; one daughter, Carolyn Frederick of Effingham; one brother, Lewis Houston of Shelbyville; one sister, Dru Hawker of Coffeen; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
Mr. Houston was a retired farmer and later worked for Pioneer Seed Co. in Shelbyville. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the former Pleasant Hill Church near Shelbyville.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

HAROLD WILLIAM LOUTHAN
Harold William Louthan, 85 of Mattoon, formerly of Humboldt, passed away at 3:02 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2002 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Coles County.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday March 29, 2002 at the Edwards Funeral Home, 221 E. Main St., Arcola, IL. Rev. Jack Woods will officiate. Burial will be in the Humboldt Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral services at the funeral home.
Harold was born September 17, 1916 in Dorans, IL. He was a son of Henry and Mary (Moore) Louthan. He married Ruth Stevens on July 1, 1936 in Humboldt, IL. She passed away October 19, 1972. He later married Mary (Glaze) McNary on November 3, 1973. She passed away on August 8, 1999.
Survivors Include: 2 Daughters: Ruth Bush and her husband Joe of Mattoon, IL and Becky Smith of Trilla, IL; 3 Grandchildren: Rhonda Sharp of Neoga, IL, Kelli Decker of Trilla, IL and Kari Getz and her husband Bob of Mattoon, IL; 4 Great-Grandchildren: Dustin and Jordan Sharp of Neoga, IL, Zac Drummond of Trilla, IL and Gretchen Getz of Mattoon, IL; 1 Great-Great-Grandchild: Damon Sharp of Neoga, IL and several nieces and nephews.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents; wives, Ruth and Mary, daughter, Janice Louthan; brother, Voris; 8 sisters Hazel Louthan, Blanche Whitley, Flo Wampler, Zola Callahan, Marie Thompson, Edna Hite, Dorothy Morgan and Irene Tanner; 1 grandson, Randy Bush and 1 great-granddaughter, Whitney Sharp.
Harold was a member of the Humboldt United Methodist Church, he was a Army Veteran of World War II, and a member of the Humboldt American Legion and the Mattoon Eagles Club.
He retired from Young Radiator.
One of his greatest joys was playing his guitar and singing "Picking & Grinning."
Memorials may be made to Humboldt United Methodist Church or to the Special Olympics.

Paul McDaniel
CASEY - Paul E. McDaniel, 83, of Casey, died at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday (March 27, 2002) at Heartland Manor Nursing Center.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Markwell and Son Funeral Home, Casey, with Mark Kaley officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Mayview. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home.
He was born Oct. 6, 1918, in Urbana, the son of William McDaniel and Susan Campsharder McDaniel. He married Vivian M. Walden in 1939; she survives.
Other survivors include one son, John McDaniel of Hamilton, Ala.; three daughters, Jill Billington of Champaign, Elizabeth Gregerson of Charlotte, N.C., and Pauletta Sanders of Casey; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
Mr. McDaniel was a retired Implement salesman for Shaff Implement Company in Urbana. He was an Army veteran of World War II, a member of the Champaign Methodist Church and a 50-year member of the Champaign Moose Lodge.

Edna Wilhite
LOVINGTON - Edna Evelyn Wilhite, 83, of Lovington, died at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2002, in the Lakeland Health Care Center, Effingham.
Funeral services will be Friday, March 29, 2002, at 1 p.m. in the Lovington United Methodist Church, Lovington, visitation will be one hour prior to service time at the church. Burial will be in the Turner Cemetery, Lovington. Memorials: Lakeland Health Care Center, 800 W. Temple, Effingham, IL 62401. The McMullin-Young Funeral Home is in charge or the arrangements.
She was born on May 12, 1918, in Jamestown, KY, the daughter of Luther and Cora McKinley. She was a retired cook from the Lovington High School. Member of the Lovington United Methodist Church, Quilters of the Lovington United Methodist Church and the Moultrie County Home Extension. She married George E. Wilhite on August 8, 1941, in Virginia, IL, he preceded her in death on November 13, 1992.
She is survived by her daughters, Pat Gillenwater and husband Merv of Effingham and Nancy Linn and husband Hubert of Moweaqua; grandson, Matt Gillenwater of Effingham; granddaughter, Kate Linn of Moweaqua; step grandchildren, Diana Seda of Elmhurst, Mike Linn of Palatine; step great-grandchildren, Zachary and Alexandria Seda of Elmhurst; sister, Barbara Stock of Beardstown.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, four sisters.

Dorothy M. Young
NEOGA, IL - Mrs. Dorothy M. Young, 91, of Neoga, IL, died at 1:03 p.m. Wednesday (March 27, 2002) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Coles County, IL
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2002, at the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home, in Neoga, with the Rev. Donald C. Winch officiating. Burial will be in the Neoga Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home.
She was born Feb. 4, 1911, in Cumberland County, IL, a daughter of Orville H. and A. May (Baker) Peters. She married John A. Young on April 18, 1935 in Neoga; he died on April 24, 1984.
Survivors include a son, J. David Young of Mattoon, IL; a daughter, Doris A. Knaus and husband Terry of Arcola, IL; grandchildren, Debbie Fonner and husband Tom of Effingham, IL and John Aaron Cazel of Mt. Zion, IL; two great-granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by her husband; one daughter, Joyce Cazel; two brothers; one sister.
Mrs. Young was a housewife and homemaker. She was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Neoga and a charter member of the Home Extension of Neoga.
Memorials may be made to the United Presbyterian Church in Neoga or donor's choice.

March 27, 2002
Frank Baker
DECATUR - Frank Richard Baker, 80, of Decatur, formerly of Neoga, died at 4:46 a.m. Tuesday (March 26, 2002) in Lincoln Manor.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Decatur. Burial will be in Macon County Memorial Park. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. The Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He was born Nov. 9, 1921, in rural Neoga, the son of Perl O. and Opal Walden Baker. He married Ruth G. Davis in 1946; she survives.
Other survivors include three sons, Gary Baker of Hammond, Ind., Dale Baker of Decatur and Glenn Baker of Forsyth; one brother, Charles Baker of Neoga; one sister, Betty Woods of Champaign; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, two sisters and one grandchild.
Mr. Baker was a World War II Army veteran and a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church, Decatur.
Memorials may be made to Lincoln Manor or St. John's Hospice.

Juel Day
ARTHUR - Ida Juel Day, 84, of Arthur, died at 2:10 a.m. Tuesday (March 26, 2002) at Sullivan Health Care Center.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Shrader Funeral Home, Arthur, with the Rev. James Elder officiating. Burial will be in Arthur Cemetery. Visitation will be 9:30 until service time at the funeral home.
She was born April 3, 1917, in Red Boiling Springs, Tenn., the daughter of Mansfield and Effie Coulter Armour. She married Archie Day in 1945; he died in 1978.
Survivors include one son, Richard Day of Sullivan; two sisters, Fern Brimberry of Decatur and Delores Lancaster of Bethany; and three grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.
Mrs. Day worked in sales at Progress Industries in Arthur for more than 20 years. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Arthur United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Emma Decesaro
LOVINGTON - Emma M. Decesaro, 84, of South Bend, Ind., formerly of Lovington, died at 12:40 p.m. Monday (March 25, 2002) at Memorial Hospital, South Bend, Ind.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday at McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Lovington. Burial will be in Keller Cemetery, Lovington. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home.
She was born March 13, 1918, in Fayette County, the daughter of Fredrick and Stella Harris Stolte. She married Jesse Decesaro in 1938; he died in 1993.
Survivors include one son, Lloyd of South Bend, Ind.; one sister, Cleda Decesaro of Decatur; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son, one daughter, one brother, three sisters and four great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Decesaro was a member of Calvary Temple, South Bend, Ind.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Mary Callahan Elliott
MARTINSVILLE, IL - Mary E. Callahan Elliott, 73, of Martinsville, died suddenly Friday afternoon, March 22, 2002, in Folsom, CA, while vacationing.
The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Willow Creek Church, South of Martinsville, with the Rev. Kevin Small officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olive-Kickapoo Church Cemetery, South of Martinsville, where family members have attended church for over 100 years. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Markwell and Son Funeral Home in Casey. Memorials may be made to Mt. Olive-Kickapoo Cemetery fund or Willow Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
She was born Feb. 2, 1929, in Clark County, IL, the daughter of Henry Neidigh and Lena Ellen McNurlan Neidigh. She married Dale Callahan on April 18, 1953; he passed away on May 11, 1986. She married Warren Elliott on March 18, 1995.
Surviving are her husband, Warren Elliott; a son, Paul Roger Callahan and his wife Cynthia of Independence, MO; a daughter, Nancy Jane Barnett and her husband Bill of Oakland, IL; two grandchildren, Ryan Paul Callahan and his wife Tarra and Kylee Lynae Callahan; two great-grandchildren, Tyler Ryan Callahan and Bayley Nichole Callahan; brothers, Orval Neidigh of Robinson, IL and Warren Neidigh of Georgetown, CA.
Mrs. Elliott was a member of the Willow Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church and a former nurses aid for the Casey Nursing Home and the Birchwood Care Center in Casey.

Mark Figgins
STRASBURG - Mark E. Figgins, 89, of Strasburg, died at 3:41 a.m. Tuesday (March 26, 2002) in St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital, Effingham.
The funeral will be 1 p.m. Thursday in the Stewardson Seventh Day Adventist Church with Pastors Dan Towar and Tom Ferguson officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church. Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Strasburg, is in charge of arrangements. Burial will be in Lower Ash Grove Cemetery, near Strasburg.
He was born June 19, 1912, in Strasburg, the son of Jacob and Laura Bridges Figgins.
Survivors include two sons, Bill Figgins of Oswego and Dennis Figgins of Montgomery; their mother, Alice Figgins of Aurora; two sisters, Nada Fillbach of Chico, Calif., and Osa Olson of Yorkville; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by nine brothers and two sisters.
Mr. Figgins was a building contractor in Oswego and later retired from Caterpillar Tractor Co. in Aurora. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Pahrump, Nev.
Memorials may be made to the Stewardson Seventh Day Adventist Church.

David Hunt
JOPLIN, Mo. - David Ray Hunt, 59, of Joplin, Mo., formerly of Mattoon, died at 6:35 p.m. Sunday (March 24, 2002) in Joplin, Mo.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home. Burial will be in Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home.
He was born Nov. 20, 1942, in Mattoon, the son of Clarence and Audrey Vanetta Driskell Hunt.
Survivors include his mother, Audrey Drake of Mattoon; one daughter, Christina Wooley of Sullivan; and one sister, Liz Parrott of The Villages, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Mr. Hunt served in the Army and Army National Guard.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Harold Louthan
MATTOON - Harold Louthan, 85, of Mattoon, formerly of Humboldt, died at 3:02 a.m. Tuesday (March 26, 2002) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
Arrangements are incomplete at Edwards Funeral Home, Arcola.

Frederick MacLaren
CHARLESTON - Frederick William MacLaren, 71, of Charleston and Oak Park, died Wednesday (March 20, 2002) at his Oak Park residence.
A service will be at a later date.
He was born in Malone, N.Y.
Survivors include his wife, Libby; one daughter, Gretchen Saries; one brother; and four sisters.
Mr. MacLaren taught fifth grade at Eastern Illinois University's Laboratory School, reading education courses in the Department of Elementary and Junior High Education, and various extension courses in the School of Adult and Continuing Education. Later, he was a student-teaching coordinator for the Chicago area at Eastern Illinois University. After retirement he continued this position on a part-time basis.
Memorials may be made to Rush Hospice Partners in Hillside.

Victor Stevens
BETHANY - Victor Lee Stevens, 54, of Bethany, died at 12:20 p.m. Monday (March 25, 2002) at his residence.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery, Sullivan. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home.
He was born Aug. 14, 1947, in Sullivan, the son of Dean and Genevieve Crowder Stevens. He married Linda Faye Tilford; she survives.
Also surviving are his parents of Bethany; one son, Victor T. Stevens of Neoga; two daughters, Ellen Stevens of Altamont and Sarah Starwalt of Windsor; one brother, Donald Stevens of Bethany; two sisters, Shonnie Broady of Lovington and Jenny Fuller of Windsor; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one grandchild.
Mr. Stevens worked at Fedders Corp. for 25 years. He attended a Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to the family.

Juanita Wade Titus
CASEY, IL - Juanita Thelma Wade Titus, 88, of Casey, died at 10:05 p.m. Monday, March 25, 2002, at Birchwood Care Center.
The funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Markwell and Son Funeral Home, in Casey, with the Rev. Marvin Oakley officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery, Greenup, IL. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Int. Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia Foundation, 2300 Bee Ridge Road, Suite 301, Sarasota, FL 34239-6226.
She was born Feb. 8, 1914, in Greenup, the daughter of Robert Henry Wade and Samantha Mae Titus Wade. She married Robert W. Titus on May 19, 1941, in Waynesville, MO.
Surviving are her husband, Robert W. Titus of Casey; two sons, Dr. Robert L. Redman of Springfield, IL and Charles Titus and his wife Cindy of Charleston, IL; six grandchildren, Deborah (Redman) Lewis and husband Willy of Dieterich, IL, Susan (Redman) Murray and husband Clyde of Greenup, Rebecca (Redman) Dunkle and husband Kevin of Springfield, IL, Steven Redman of Tamms, IL, Courtney Titus and Whitney Titus of Charleston, IL; six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Reynoll Redman; two brothers, Doan and Charles Wade and; daughter-in-law, Norma Redman.
Mrs. Titus formerly worked at Ettlebrick Shoe Company and the Casey Motel. She was a member of the Macedonia Baptist Church and Order of Eastern Star.



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