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The Edwardsville Intelligencer October 28, 2002 

Chester W. Michel, age 86, of Edwardsville, died at 6 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002, at his residence.
He was born on June 4, 1916, in Edwardsville, the son of the late Fred and Elizabeth Bayer Michel.
He married Cecilia Nieznanski on Oct. 22, 1938, at St. Mary's Church in Evanston. She preceded him in death on Dec. 24, 1999.
He is survived by three sons: James Michel of Edwardsville, William Michel of Glen Wood Springs, Colo., and Richard Michel and wife, Stephanie of Hamel; two daughters: Elizabeth Patton and husband, Richard of Alto, Ga., and Pamela Fuller and husband, William of Edwardsville; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a half-sister: Annadel Labanc and husband, John of Hillsboro.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Carl and Paul; an infant sister; and his step-mother: Anna Sido.
Mr. Michel graduated from Edwardsville High School in 1934. He spent 12 years in Chicago, working for Sears, Switzer and Conrad. He returned to Edwardsville in 1945, and opened Michel's Tire and Battery with his brother, Paul, retiring in 1978. His memberships included St. Mary's Catholic Church in Edwardsville; the Edwardsville Fire Company No. 1, which he was an active volunteer for 42 years, serving the office of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer; the Madison County Fireman's Association, serving the offices of assistant secretary and treasurer; the Edwardsville Knights of Columbus, 3rd and 4th degree; and the Edwardsville Moose Lodge 1561.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Weber Funeral Home in Edwardsville.
Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Edwardsville with Rev. Gerald Bunse officiating.
Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Glen Carbon.
Memorials are suggested to the St. Mary's Church Building Fund or masses.

James C. Aldridge, age 93, of Granite City, died at 10:10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002, at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.
He was born on July 20, 1909, in Grand Tower, the son of the late James and Ethel Adams Aldridge.
He married Virginia Coleman. She preceded him in death this year.
He is survived by a son: Thomas Aldridge of Granite City; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by five brothers: Ernest, Frank, Donald, Harry and Fred Aldridge; and a sister: Verna Sumner.
Mr. Aldridge was an industrial engineer for 45 years at Granite City Steel. His memberships included the Chouteau Township Senior Citizens Club and a lifetime Mason at Lodge No. 877.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, at Werner-Mick Funeral Home in Pontoon Beach.
Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the funeral home.
Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Glen Carbon.
Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association.

Carl Martin, age 79, of Collinsville, died at 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.
He was born on Feb. 26, 1923, in Carrier Mills, the son of the late James and Ethel Leabo Martin.
He married Mary Wand. She preceded him in death.
He is survived by three daughters: Rita Buske and husband, Brad of Collinsville, Gail Martin of Salem and Fay Munzert and husband, Tom of Glen Carbon; a sister: Helen Lewis of St. Louis; friend: Norma Winet of Collinsville, and her son: Tom Peterson and wife, Angel of Collinsville; and a host of nieces and their husbands.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son: Rexal Martin; two brothers: Clyde and Orville Martin; and two sisters: Mary Gibbs and Virginia Martin.
Mr. Martin was owned and operated a barber shop in Collinsville for over 60 years. He served in the 4th Marine Division in the Pacific during World War II, receiving numerous medals, but was proudest of the Presidential Unit Citation for Sipan. His memberships included a life member of the V.F.W., American Legion, Marine Corps League past commander, the Military Order of Devil Dogs-Pound Keeper, Belleville "Mamie O'Stookie" school board past president, and member and past president of the Barber Local 696.
Visitation was conducted on Sunday, Oct. 27, at Herr Funeral Home in Collinsville.
Funeral services began at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, at the funeral home with Joe Berg officiating.
Interment was at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Collinsville.
Memorials are suggested to the Shriner's Hospital for Children.

The Edwardsville Intelligencer October 29, 2002 

Frankie L. Miller, age 62, of St. Jacob, died on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002, at S.W. Regional Hospital in McComb, Miss.
She was born on Sept. 18, 1940, in Amite County, Miss., the daughter of the late Lee Roy and Beulah Finn Barron.
She married Clarence Miller. He survives.
Also surviving is a son: Edward Miller and wife, Gail of St. Jacob; two daughters: Carol Miller of Belleville, and Patricia Youngman of Holiday, Fla.; a sister: Carolyn May and husband, Al of Summit, Miss.; seven grandchildren: NicCole Apken, Brea Zika, Ryan and Jami Hirsch, and Nathan, Natasha and Natesha Youngman; one great-grandchild: Dylan Apken; a godson: Aaron Warren of St. Jacob; and sister-in-law: Marilyn Warren and husband, Gary of St. Jacob.
Mrs. Miller was a retired legal secretary and the former owner of Miller's Yamaha in Belleville and Wood River.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville.
Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the funeral home with Rev. Gary Kniepkamp officiating.
Interment will be at Keystone Cemetery in St. Jacob.
Memorials are suggested to the St. Jacob Township Park.

Christopher C. Cichy, age 49, of Granite City, died at 11:14 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2002, in Florissant, Mo.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home in Granite City.
Memorial services will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the funeral home.
Per the decdent's request, his remains will be cremated by the Cremation Service of Illinois.

Michael Ambuehl
Funeral arrangements are pending at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland for Michael B. Ambuehl, age 41, of rural Highland, who was pronounced dead at 4:14 p.m. in the emergency room of St. Joseph's Hospital on Monday, Oct. 28, 2002.
A complete obituary will be in a later edition of the Intelligencer.

The Edwardsville Intelligencer October 30, 2002 

Mary M. Picchioldi, age 63, of Maryville, died at 4:40 p.m. on Monday, oct. 28, 2002, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.
She was born on March 23, 1939, in Maryville, the daughter of Edward and Victoria Cummings Massander of Maryville.
She married Albert Picchioldi. He survives.
Also surviving is a son: Michael Picchioldi and wife, Teri of Edwardsville; a daughter: Carol Picchioldi of Maryville; a brother: Edward Massander and wife, Danny of Maryville; a sister: Wanda Whitwell of Collinsville; an aunt: Dorothy Massander of St. Louis; four grandchildren: Joel, Lauren, Karleigh and Nicole; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a brother: William "Bill" Massander.
Mrs. Picchioldi was a retired teachers aide for Collinsville School Unit 10. She and her husband ran picchioldi and Son Store in Maryville for several years. Her memberships included St. John's Lutheran Church in Maryville, and the Maryville American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 917.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Allan and Ciuferi Funeral Home in Collinsville.
Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Maryville with Rev. Lee Maxwell officiating.
Interment will be at Fairland Cemetery in Maryville.
Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or the charity of donor's choice.

Michael B. Ambuehl, age 41, of Highland, died at 4:14 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, 2002, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland.
He was born on April 11, 1961, in Highland, the son of William and Glory Ann Steiner Ambuehl of Highland.
He is survived by his fiance: Denise Zobrist of Highland; and two nieces: Laura Anderson and Tara Wells and husband, Thomas, all of Highland.
He was preceded in death by a sister: Tammy Underwood.
Mr. Ambuehl graduated from Highland High School in 1979. He and his father farmed grain and livestock. He was also a truck driver for Hayes Construction of Collinsville for the last couple of years. He had previously worked for E-Mix, Bergmann Taylor and Maedge Trucking. His memberships included the Highland Optimist Club; Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland; Teamsters Local 525 in Alton; Madison County Farm Bureau; and was a former Grantfork Jaycees.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.
Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland with Rev. Dr. Thomas Drewer, senior pastor and Rev. David Martin, associate pastor, officiating.
Interment will be at Highland City Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Brian Becker, Eric Good, Mark Hoette, Billy Meiner, Larry Meiner and Scott Riegel. Honorary pallbearer will be James Buettikofer.
Memorials are suggested to the Evangelical United Church of Christ Sunday School or the Optimist Foundation.

Harold "Slim" Albers, age 82, of Bethalto, died at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002, at Alton Memorial Hospital.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, at Zion Lutheran Church in Bethalto.
Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, at the church with Rev. Willard Meyer and Rev. Mark Hofferber officiating.
Interment will be at Roselawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto.
Memorials are suggested to the Zion Lutheran Building Fund.
Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Directors in Bethalto are in charge of arrangements.

Gerald Harlow, age 79, of Grand Junction, Colo., died on Monday, Oct. 28, 2002.
He was born on June 1, 1923, in Colorado, the son of the late Clifford and Reba Harlow.
He married Mary Moulton. She preceded him in death in August of 2000.
He is survived by two sons: Michael Harlow and wife, Nancy of San Jose, Calif., and Dene Harlow and wife, Terri of Arvada, Colo.; two daughters: Linda Overbeck of Edwardsville, and Mary Gilley of Grand Junction, Colo.; and five grandchildren: Elizabeth Peel, Samantha Overbeck, and Nicholas, Jonathan and Lindsey Harlow.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a sister: Maxine Bennett; and a grandson: Garrett Harlow.
Mr. Harlow was a lifelong member of BPOE (the Elks). He was a veteran of the Airforce, serving during World War II. He served in Europe and participated in D-Day.
A memorial service will be conducted in Grand Junction, Colo., on Saturday, Nov. 2.
Memorials are suggested to the hospice.

Monmouth Daily Review Atlas 10/31/02

Edmond W. Kelly, 90, of 416 North H Street, Monmouth, passed away at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 29, 2002, at the Monmouth Nursing Home. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 1, at Immaculate Conception Church in Monmouth by Father Ron Enderlin. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday, October 31, and Friday at Turnbull Funeral Home in Monmouth, where a Rosary will be recited at 6:45 p.m. Thursday. Memorials may be left to the Immaculate Conception School in Monmouth or the American Heart Association.

Morris Daily Herald May 30, 2002

CUSTER PARK — Richard E. Caise, 69, died Saturday, March 16, 2002, at Hope Hospice Health North in Cape Coral, Fla.
Cremation rites were accorded.
A memorial service will be held at the R. W. Patterson Funeral Homes Ltd., Braidwood Chapel, at 3 p.m. Sunday, with visitation two hours preceding the service. The Rev. Coleman Coates will officiate. 
Memorials in his name to the First Presbyterian Church in Braidwood or to the Custer Township Fire Department would be appreciated.

STREATOR — Edward J. “Ed” Liptak, 80, died Friday, May 24, 2002, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Streator.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Stephen’s Church in Streator, with the Rev. Jeffrey Lawrence officiating.
Funeral arrangements were made by Solon & Baker Funeral Home in Streator.

John Edward McQuaid, 90, died Monday, May 27, 2002.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Hospice of Joliet would be appreciated.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Maple Funeral Home in Channahon, with the Rev. Gavin Brandt officiating.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Maple Funeral Home, 24300 S. Ford Rd., Channahon.

COAL CITY — Joseph D. Russo, 28, died Tuesday, May 28, 2002, from injuries he sustained in an automobile accident.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the First Christian Church with the Church Ministerial Staff officiating.
Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the U. C. Davis & Sons Funeral Home Ltd. in Morris.
In lieu of flowers, an education fund will be established in Peyton’s name at Standard Bank & Trust Co. 

May 31, 2002

ESSEX — Leslie C. Tidball, 71, died Thursday, May 30, 2002, at his home.
Funeral services will be held at the Custer Park Baptist Church at 10 a.m. Monday, with the Rev. Larry Schreffler officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the R. W. Patterson Funeral Homes Ltd., Braidwood Chapel.
Memorials in his name to the Hospice of Kankakee Valley or to Custer Park Baptist Church would be appreciated.

June 3, 2002

COAL CITY — Peter F. Berta, 88, died Friday evening, May 31, 2002, in Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. today with a Mass of Christian Burial in Assumption Catholic Church in Coal City. Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Reeves Funeral Home in Coal City.
Preferred memorials are gifts in his memory to the American Lung Association.

GARDNER — Jean M. Bookwalter, 46, died Friday, May 31, 2002, in Custer Township in Custer Park.
Funeral services will be held at the R. W. Patterson Funeral Homes Ltd., Braidwood Chapel, at 7 p.m. today, Monday, with visitation three hours preceding the services. The Rev. Steven Friese will officiate.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
Interment with private burial services will be at the Braceville-Gardner Cemetery in Braceville.

DWIGHT — Lloyd J. Christensen, formerly of the Dwight/Gardner area, died Friday, May 31, 2002, at the Hines Extended Care Facility in Hines.
Funeral arrangements are pending at the Hager Memorial Home in Dwight.

George A. Connor, 71, died Saturday, June 1, 2002, at Morris Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Woodlawn Memorial Park 
Mausoleum Chapel with interment to follow. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, Joliet.

SOUTH WILMINGTON — Thomas Granger, 84, died Saturday, June 1, 2002, at the Summit Medical Center in Frisco, Colo.
Funeral services will be held at the United Methodist Church in South Wilmington at 2 p.m. Friday with Pastor Bob Fear officiating. Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Thursday at the R. W. Patterson Funeral Homes Ltd., South Wilmington Chapel, with Masonic services at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will also be Friday at the church, one hour preceding services.
Memorials in his name to the South Wilmington Fire Department, the United Methodist Church in South Wilmington, or to the Alzheimer’s Association would be appreciated.

DWIGHT — Mrs. Willard Donald (Barbara Zabel) Householder, 90, formerly of Dwight, died Friday, May 31, 2002, at Walnut Grove Retirement Center.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Dwight. The Rev. Daniel Ognoskie will officiate. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Monday, at the Hager Memorial Home in Dwight.
Memorials can go to the Barbara Householder Memorial Fund.

CUSTER PARK — Eric Harry Tennant, 16, died Friday, May 31, 2002, at his home.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
Memorial services will be held at the R. W. Patterson Funeral Homes Ltd., Braidwood Chapel, at 7 p.m. Tuesday with visitation two hours preceding the service. Richard Rasmussen and Joel Reynolds will officiate.
Private burial services will be held.

CUSTER PARK — Harold E. Tennant Jr., 46, died Friday, May 31, 2002, at his home.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
A memorial service will be held at the R. W. Patterson Funeral Homes Ltd., Braidwood Chapel, at 7 p.m. Tuesday with visitation two hours preceding services. Richard Rasmussen and Joel Reynolds will officiate.
Private burial services will be held.

CUSTER PARK — Sara Lynn Tenant, 19, died Friday, May 31, 2002, at her home.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
Memorial services will be held at the R. W. Patterson Funeral Homes Ltd., Braidwood Chapel, at 7 p.m. Tuesday with visitation two hours preceding services. Richard Rasmussen and Joel Reynolds will officiate.
Private burial services will be held.

June 4, 2002

DWIGHT/GARDNER — Lloyd J. Christensen, 75, died Friday, May 31, 2002, at Hines Veterans Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hager Memorial Home in Dwight. The Rev. Stephen Lauricella will officiate.
Visitation will also be Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Memorial gifts to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated.

BUCKINGHAM — Mrs. Anton D. (Mary E.) Giacometti, 84, died Sunday, June 2, 2002, in Evenglow Inn, Pontiac.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Church in Campus. Father William Gardner will officiate.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Hager Memorial Home in Dwight.
Memorial gifts can go to a charity of the donor’s choice.

June 5, 2002

RURAL OTTAWA — William Edward Bernard Jr., 71, formerly of Sheridan, died Monday evening, June 3, 2002, at Pleasant View Luther Home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Larson-Gabel Funeral Home Ltd. in Sheridan with the Rev. Sally Chipman officiating.
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

COAL CITY — Kenneth A. Funk 74, died this morning, Wednesday, June 5, 2002,
Funeral arrangements are pending at the Reeves Funeral Home in Coal City.

GARDNER — Leo Paul “Opie” Opyd Sr., 78, died Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at Morris Hospital.
Born July 24, 1923, in Chicago, he was a son of the late Joseph and Katherine (Ciepelik) Opyd.
Funeral services will be held from the R. W. Patterson Funeral Homes Ltd., Braidwood Chapel, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday to St. Lawrence Catholic Church in South Wilmington for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. with Father Bob Maternoski officiating.
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in Braidwood.

Marie Vigna-Voyles, 60, of Morris, died Monday, June 3, 2002, at Morris Hospital.
Born Oct. 20, 1941, in Braceville, she was a teacher for 39 years. For the past 22 years she taught at Immaculate Conception School in Morris.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Immaculate Conception Church at 10 a.m. Friday with Father Robert Hoffenkamp officiating. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Braidwood.
Donations in her name may be made to the Immaculate Conception School.
R. W. Patterson Funeral Home Ltd., Braidwood, is charge of arrangements.

June 6, 2002

Mrs. Carroll (Garnett J.) Crews, 92, Morris, died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at the Morris Hospital.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the U. C. Davis and Sons Funeral Home Ltd. with the Rev. Tom Ostrander officiating.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Saturday until the time of service. Cremation rites were accorded.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be directed to the Grundy Community Hospice.

COAL CITY — Kenneth A. Funk, 74, died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday with a Mass of Christian Burial in Assumption Catholic Church in Coal City. Father Robert Hoffenkamp will officiate.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Reeves Funeral Home in Coal City.
Preferred memorials are gifts in his memory to the Will County Hospice or to the American Cancer Society.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Donald Wayne Mathre, 54, died Monday, June 3, 2002, in Kaiser Sunnyside Hospital in Portland.
He was cremated and his remains will be buried in Saratoga Cemetery in Morris.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.


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