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Bacon, Edith

Edith Bacon, of Hillsboro, died Monday, May 9, 1999, in Hillsboro Hospital. She was 80 years old on March 5. Born in Duluth, Minn., she was a daughter of Edwin and Olina Nygaard Gilbertson. There are no survivors. A son, Harry, preceded her in death. Remains will be cremated and burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery. A graveside service will be held at 9 a.m. Friday. Bisch and son Funeral Home, Springfield, is in charge of arrangements.

Bagaglio, Carlo P.

Services for Carlo P. "Chuck" Bagaglio, of Livingston, were held at 11 this morning in Lesicko Funeral Home there. The Rev. Father George Radosevich and the Rev. Jeff McDonald officiated. Burial was in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Mr. Bagaglio died at 6:05 a.m. Friday, February 5, 1999, in his home. He was 68 years old on May 5, and an Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict. He had resided in Livingston for 38 years and was a former trustee of the village. A steel worker, he worked at Granite City Steel for 33 years before retiring on January 31, 1994. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Livingston, Laborers Local 725 of Livingston, United Chemical Workers Local 50 of Granite City, and a former Little League manager in Livingston. He resided in Worden from 1946 to 1960, and was a member and past commander of American Legion Post 564 there. He also lived in Chicago for 15 years. He served with the Air Force from 1951 to 1955 and earned the rank of Airman 1st Class. He was born in Chicago, a son of Carlo G. and Yolanda Sandrin Bagaglio. He married Marlene A. Keonig on October 1, 1960, in the Sacred Heart Church of Livingston. She survives. Surviving also are a son, Tony Bagaglio and wife Donna of Staunton; a daughter, Joni Bagaglio of Hamel; a sister, Antoinette "Dolly" Bagaglio of Soulsbyville, Calif.; brothers, Joe Bagaglio and wife Janet of Carlinville, Louis Bagaglio and wife Pat of Worden, Eugene Bagaglio and wife Mary of Memphis, Tenn.; and two grandchildren, Andrea and A.J. Bagaglio of Staunton. Memorials are suggested to Staunton Ambulance Service, the Olive Fire and Rescue or the Southern Illinois Hospice.

Bagby, Wilda M.

Services for Wilda M. Bagby, of Hillsboro, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Patton Funeral Home with the Rev. Ronald Rhodus, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery at Bethalto. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Patton Funeral Home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Elevator Fund of Calvary Baptist Church. Mrs. Bagby died at 11:48 a.m. Sunday, July 25, 1999, in Hillsboro Hospital. She was 88 years old on May 23. She had resided in Hillsboro since 1965, having moved there from Wood River. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. She was born in Pulaski, a daughter of William J. and Mamie Lackey Milford. She married Robert Bagby on October 17, 1942, in Sikeston, Mo. He survives. Surviving also are a brother, Floyd W. Milford of Homestead, Fla. and sisters, Doris Fesser of Taylorville and Wanda Walker of Savannah, Ga. Preceding her in death were sisters, Marie Galbraith, Laverne Capron and Alma Palmer.

Bahn, Evelyn

Funeral arrangements for Evelyn (Peggy) Bahn, of Litchfield, are pending at Plummer Funeral Home. Mrs. Bahn, 74, died this morning in St. Francis Hospital. Services for Evelyn Eileen "Peggy" Bahn, of Litchfield, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Plummer Funeral Home with the Rev. Jay Johnson of Union Avenue Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in Union Chapel Cemetery, Girard. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Plummer Funeral Home. The family suggests memorials be directed to Mooseheart Children's Home. Mrs. Bahn died at 6:24 a.m. Monday, August 17, 1998, in St. Francis Hospital. She was 74 years old on May 9. She was a clerk with the State of Illinois Secretary of State office in the driver's license division. She also worked as a bartender at Pete's Corner and Shaw's Corner, both in Litchfield. She was a member of Women of the Moose Chapter 581 of Litchfield. She enjoyed playing bingo and the sport of fishing. She was born in Girard, a daughter of Roscoe and Evelyn Graham Walden, and graduated from Litchfield High School in the class of 1942. Her first marriage was to Earl Bailey and they later divorced. She later married Vernon Bahn. He died in 1981. Surviving are sons, Earl Bailey and wife Doris of Owaneco, Clifford Bailey of Litchfield; step son, Larry Bahn; step daughters, Deanna Dorsey of West Virginia, Cindy Bahn of Missouri; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Preceding her in death was a brother, Roscoe "Gene" Walden. Services for Evelyn Eileen "Peggy" Bahn, of Litchfield, were held at 10 a.m. today in Plummer Funeral Home. Rev. Jay Johnson, of the Union Avenue Christian Church, officiated. Burial was in Union Chapel Cemetery, Girard. During the service the hymn "The Old Rugged Cross" was played. Pallbearers were Jim Beiermann, Gene Black, Don Jones, Gary Martin, Jim Murphy and Dennis Roberts. Mrs. Bahn, 74, died Monday, August 17, in St. Francis Hospital.

Bailey, Cecelia A.

Funeral Mass for Cecelia A. Bailey, of Nokomis, will be said at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Louis Catholic Church there by the Rev. Father Pat Jakel. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Stiehl Dawson Funeral Home, Nokomis. Prayer service will be held at 5:45 p.m. Mrs. Bailey died at 2:40 p.m. Monday, September 21, 1998, in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield. She was 74 years old on August 23. She was an AT&T operator before she retired, and a member of St. Louis Church. She was born in Coalton, a daughter of John and Irene Crep Pasdeck. She married John H. Bailey on October 23, 1950, in Roswell, N.M. He survives. Surviving also is a sister, Caroline Pasdeck. Preceding her in death were brothers, Rudy and Joe Pasdeck.

Bailey, Earl C.

Services for Earl Clinton Bailey, of Morrisonville, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Moffitt Funeral Home, Morrisonville. Burial will be in Hart Cemetery near Litchfield. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to Moosehaven or Mooseheart. Mr. Bailey died at 9:46 a.m. Monday, April 19, 1999, in Hillsboro Hospital. He was 84 years old on December 9. He was a farmer before he retired. He also worked as a heavy set-up man for an implement company and drove for a charter bus service. He was a lifetime member of Moose Lodge 1634 in Litchfield and life member of the Christian County Farm Bureau. He was born in Litchfield, a son of Jacob and Daisy Follis Bailey. He married Rolean M. Leitschuh in 1957 in Mississippi. She survives. Surviving also are sons, Lee Bailey and wife Loretta of Edinburg, Texas, Larry Bailey of Houston, Texas, Earl Eugene Bailey and wife Doris of Owaneco, Clifford Bailey and wife Gaye of Litchfield, Terry Bailey and wife Angie of Lake Ozark, Mo.; daughters, Deanna ... and husband Buddy of Nalle, W.Va., Cindy ... of Springfield, Mo.; sister, Nora Price of Hillsboro; 11 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Other survivors include a niece, Mildred Downs of Hillsboro. Preceding him in deatth were a sister Pearl, a sister in infancy and one grandchild.

Bailey, Melba L.

Services for Melba L. Bailey, of Hillsboro, will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Patton Memorial Home there with the Rev. Randy Sands, pastor of the Free Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will take place at a later date in Jefferson Barracks National Cemtery, St. Louis. Friends may call in the funeral home on Wednesday from 5 p.m. until the time of service. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Carlinville Area Hospital Hospice. Mrs. Bailey died at 2:20 a.m. today, Friday, May 28, 1999, in her home. She was 66 years old on January 9. She was the owner and operator of Park 'n Eat restaurant and of the H&R Block office, both in Hillsboro. She had resided in Hillsboro since 1979, having moved from Hamburg. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star since 1963, Daughter of the American Revolution since 1984 and the Business and Professional Women. She was born in Greenville, Ky., a daughter of Harold Bernard and Alpha May Gates Sweeney. She married David B. Bailey on October 12, 1957, in Shawneetown. He died September 3, 1995. Surviving are a son, David A. Bailey and wife Roxanna of Mt. Vernon; daughter, Tracy Bailey of Springfield; sister, Margaret Ann Buente and husband Richard of Glen Carbon; half-sisters, Sharon Shoemaker of Columbia, Patricia Pietz of California; three grandchildren, Michelle L. Bailey of Benton, Kaitlyn and Robby Bartoni of Mt. Vernon. Others surviving include a sister in law, Wanda Sweeney of Granite City. Preceding her in death were brothers, James and Elvis Sweeney.

Baker, Barbara A.

Services for Barbara A. Baker, of Hillsboro, were held at 10 this morning in Calvary Baptist Church there. The Rev. Ronald Rhodus officiated. Burial was in Witt Cemetery. Stiehl Dawson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Baker died at 4:48 p.m. Friday, October 2, 1998, in Hillsboro Hospital. She would have been 61 years old on October 4. She worked as a waitress. She was born in Irving, a daughter of Lonnie and Jean Keith Haycraft. Her first husband was Ronald Cravens. She married Kenneth Barker on February 25, 1996, and he survives. Surviving also are a son, Richard Cravens of Irving; a daughter, Lori Emerson of Irving; a brother, Robert Haycraft of Irving; and five grandchildren. A daughter, LaDawn died in 1959.

Baker, Elizabeth S.

Graveside service for centenarian Elizabeth S. Baker, of Litchfield, will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday in Elmwood Cemetery with the Rev. James Howie of Donnellson officiating. There will be no visitation. Friends and family may gather at Meinschein Funeral Home at 2:15 p.m. for procession to the cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the St. Francis Hospital Transitional Care unit. Miss Baker died at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, December 21, 1999, in St. Francis Hospital. She was 100 years old on June 3. She was a teacher, serving two years at Hardinsburg Elementary school and 15 years in Litchfield Elementary schools. After graduating from Litchfield High School in 1917, she attended James Milliken University for two years and then graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in Education. She was born in Litchfield, a daughter of Dr. Thomas T. and Eva Sinclair Baker, and never married. Her father was a dentist in Litchfield for many years. She was the last of her family. Preceding her in death were a brother, Sinclair Baker who died in 1910 at the age of 16 and a sister, Evelyn Baker who died August 27, 1989.

Gail

Gail Baker, of Carlinville, died Tuesday, September 1, 1998, in St. John's North, Springfield. She was 59 years old on July 23. She was a waitress at the Glades restaurant for 22 years and house manager with the CILA program of the Macoupin County Mental Health Department until retiring in 1985. She was born in Carlinville, a daughter of Harold and Virginia Young Keck. Surviving are daughters, Crystal Baker and Dana Lynn Baker, both of Springfield, and three grandchildren. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in Heinz Funeral Home, Carlinville. Burial will be in Mayfield Memorial Park Cemetery.

Baldovin, Virgil

Services for Virgil Baldovin, formerly of Panama, were held at 11 this morning in Perfetti Funeral Home there with the Rev. Linda Peyla officiating. Burial was in Union Cemetery. Mr. Baldovin died at 7:45 a.m. Friday, October 9, 1998, in Heritage Manor of Chillicothe. He was 70 years old on April 21. Besides residing in Panama, he also lived in Chicago and in the Hammond, Ind., area. He was born in Panama, a son of Joe and Mamie Roseman Baldovin. Surviving is a son, John Baldovin of Hazel Crest; a daughter, Diana Baldovin of Homewood; brothers, Giordano Baldovin of Kent, Wash., Debs Baldovin of Morton, Delmo Baldovin of DeMottee, Ind.; sisters, Dolores Muscarello of Downers Grove, Morselloise Brewer of Park Forest, Beatrice Carpenter of Peoria. Preceding him in death were one sister and one brother.

Baldwin, Richard

Services for Richard Monroe Baldwin, of Waverly, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Youngblood Baptist Church in Nortonville. Burial will be in Youngblood Cemetery. Neece Funeral Home in Franklin is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Baldwin died Monday, June 29, 1998, at Lake Lou Yaeger, Litchfield. He was 37 years old on December 3. He was born in Jacksonville, a son of James and Betty Louise Hauenstein Baldwin. His wife, the former Vicky Inman, survives. Surviving also are sons, Richard and Jessie and a daughter, Sharon Baldwin, all at home in Waverly; his mother, Betty Baldwin of Glenwood Springs, Colo.; brother, Timothy Hal Bartz of Arlington, Texas; sister, Mary Marie McCoy-Smith of The Colony, Texas; and grandparents, Richard and Marie Neal of Waverly.

Bale, Howard Eugene

Services for Howard Eugene Bale, brother of Marvin "Wimpy" Bale of Farmersville, will be held Wednesday in Hurley Funeral Home at Petersburg. Burial will be in Farmers Point Cemetery at Tallula. Mr. Bale, of Atterberry, died Sunday, January 17, 1999, in St. John's Hospital, Springfield. He was 70 years old on October 26, and an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was employed as a custodian in the state of Illinois Physical Services department before he retired in 1991. He was born in Menard County near Petersburg, a son of Harry F. and Edith M. Ferguson Bale. He married Joan Golliher in 1951 in Tallula. She survives. Surviving also are another brother, Kenneth Bale of Quincy; sisters, Norma Everett of Madison, Tenn., and Harlene Hinds of Quincy. 

Balla, David R.

Services for David R. Balla, of rural Donnellson, were held at 11 this morning in Patton Memorial Home, Hillsboro. The Rev. William Baughman, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Hillsboro, officiated. Burial was in the Donnellson Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be directed to the children. Mr. Balla died at 11:55 p.m. Friday, July 9, 1999, in Hillsboro Hospital. He was 36 years old on June 13. He worked for Material Service Corporation in Nokomis as an equipment operator, and also helped on the family farm in rural Donnellson. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting. He was a 1981 graduate of Hillsboro High School. He was born in Hillsboro, a son of Dan R. and Millie F. Meffert Balla. He married Michele G. "Micki" Davis on June 29, 1985, in Donnellson. She survives. Surviving are a son and daughter, Seth D. and Sarah M. Ball, both at home; his parents, Dan and Millie Balla, of rural Donnellson; brothers, John A. Balla of Coffeen, Danny L. Balla of rural Donnellson; sisters, Barb Winkler of rural Donnellson, and Sandy Becker of Litchfield.

Ballard, Juanita M.

Services for Juanita M. Ballard, mother of Larry R. Ballard of Gillespie, were held Monday in Roodhouse with burial in Fernwood Cemetery there. Mrs. Ballard, of Roodhouse, died Friday, January 15, 1999, in Passavnat Hospital, Jacksonville. She was 81 years old on October 26. She was born in Roodhouse, a daughter of Ray and Alice Nell Short. She married Ward K. Ballard in 1942 in Rolla, Mo. He died in 1977. Surviving are another son, Dr. Phillip W. Ballard of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a sister, Josephine Tooker of Raleigh, N.C.; five grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Ballard, Michael L.

Services for the couple killed in a car-train crash Saturday afternoon near Nokomis are being held jointly at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Agape Word Fellowship Church in Vandalia. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in rural Ramsey. The families of Michael Lee Ballard and Nikki Sue Elliot will receive friends in the Miller Funeral Home, Vandalia, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday or at the church on Thursday from one hour before the service. Michael Lee Ballard, of Vandalia, was pronounced dead at 2:40 p.m. Saturday, August 14, 1999, at the scene of the accident. He was 21 years old on January 5, and a laborer with Try-R-Construction of Ramsey. Nikki Sue Elliot, of Ramsey, was also pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at 2:40 p.m. Saturday, August 14, 1999. She was 16 years old on October 28 and a student at Ramsey High School. The couple had a son, Kyle Barry Elliot, who was not with them at the time. He survives. Mr. Ballard was born in Hillsboro, a son of David and Vickie Hanley Hutchcraft; they survive. Also surviving are a brother, Billy Allen Hutchcraft of Vandalia; and grandparents, Bob and Lulubell Hanley of Ramsey and Alta Kendall of Vandalia. Miss Elliot was born in Effingham, a daughter of Barry Lynn and Renee Nash Elliot. Her mother, a resident of Memphis, Tenn., survives along with a sister, Bambi Elliot of Ramsey; grandparents, Chuck and Pat Nash of Ramsey, Roy Elliot of Vandalia, Elaine Elliot of North Carolina. Her father, Barry Elliot, preceded her in death on April 7, 1997.

Ballard, Michael L.

Services for the couple killed in a car-train crash Saturday afternoon near Nokomis are being held jointly at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Agape Word Fellowship Church in Vandalia. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in rural Ramsey. The families of Michael Lee Ballard and Nikki Sue Elliot will receive friends in the Miller Funeral Home, Vandalia, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday or at the church on Thursday from one hour before the service. Michael Lee Ballard, of Vandalia, was pronounced dead at 2:40 p.m. Saturday, August 14, 1999, at the scene of the accident. He was 21 years old on January 5, and a laborer with Try-R-Construction of Ramsey. Nikki Sue Elliot, of Ramsey, was also pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at 2:40 p.m. Saturday, August 14, 1999. She was 16 years old on October 28 and a student at Ramsey High School. The couple had a son, Kyle Barry Elliot, who was not with them at the time. He survives. Mr. Ballard was born in Hillsboro, a son of David and Vickie Hanley Hutchcraft; they survive. Also surviving are a brother, Billy Allen Hutchcraft of Vandalia; and grandparents, Bob and Lulubell Hanley of Ramsey and Alta Kendall of Vandalia. Miss Elliot was born in Effingham, a daughter of Barry Lynn and Renee Nash Elliot. Her mother, a resident of Memphis, Tenn., survives along with a sister, Bambi Elliot of Ramsey; grandparents, Chuck and Pat Nash of Ramsey, Roy Elliot of Vandalia, Elaine Elliot of North Carolina. Her father, Barry Elliot, preceded her in death on April 7, 1997.

Ballard, Michel Lorraine

Graveside memorial service for Michel Lorraine Ballard, of Litchfield, will be held at a later date in Protem, Mo. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in Plummer Funeral Home. They suggest that in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to the Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis. Mrs. Ballard died at 12:25 p.m. Wednesday, August 19, 1998, in St. Francis Hospital. She was 35 years old on August 3. She was a seamstress with Ameritex Industries in Litchfield. She was born in St. Louis County, a daughter of Lawrence Wesley and Patricia Louise Nave Dreyer. She married Michael Ballard in 1985 and they divorced in 1994. Surviving are a daughter, Elizabeth Ballard of Chester, Ark.; her mother, Patricia L. Dreyer of St. Louis; and sisters, Carolyn Bain of Auburn and Elaine Specking of Litchfield.

Ballard, Opal

Services for Opal Ballard, formerly of Irving, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan. Burial will be in the Arthur Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the funeral home on Friday from one hour before the service. Mrs. Ballard, of Sullivan, died at 3:49 a.m. Wednesday, June 2, 1999, in Decatur Memorial Hospital. She was 88 years old on January 27. She was a nurse's aide for many years at the Illinois Masonic Home in Sullivan. She was born in Irving, a daughter of Rolla and Florence Beasley King. Her first husband was Robert Lynn Barker, whom she married in 1927. On October 27, 1943, she married Jay Wilbur Ballard in Decatur; he died May 8, 1979. Surviving are sons, Rolla Barker of Carbondale, Charles Ballard of Decatur; daughters, Wanda Vess of Pasadena, Texas, Helen Trombly of Kenley, N.C., and Pauline Shasteen of Sullivan; a sister, Ruby Renken of Hillsboro; 11 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Ballentine, Ann M.

Funeral Mass for Ann Marie Ballentine, formerly of Mt. Olive, was said Saturday in St. James Catholic Church, Riverton. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery near Riverton. Mrs. Ballentine, of Riverton, died at 1:35 a.m. Thursday, July 15, 1999, in Springfield Healthcare. She was 81 years old on February 26. She born in Mt. Olive, a daughter of John and Susanna Kvak Rimar. She married Harold Ballentine on April 22, 1938; he died January 8, 1980. Surviving are a daughter, Peggy Ann Noyes and husband Gary of Sherman; a son, Donald L. Ballentine and wife Mary Teresa of Chatham; a brother, Michael Rimar of Niles; and four grandsons.

Ballinger, Marjorie L.

Services for Marjorie L. Ballinger, sister of Orville Brackenhoff of Raymond, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Grace Lutheran Church in Paris. Committal service will be held at 2:30 p.m. in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in rural Nokomis. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today in the Sutton and Son Funeral Home in Kansas, Ill. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Grace Lutheran Church Building Fund. Mrs. Ballinger, of Kansas, died Sunday, November 28, 1999, in Columbus Hospital, Columbus, Texas. She was 78 years old on April 16. She was a teacher. She taught math and science at several high schools for 34 years. She retired in 1985 from the Kansas High School. A graduate of Nokomis High School, she earned degrees from Illinois State University and Eastern Illinois University. She was born in Nokomis, a daughter of Henry G. and Sophie Brakenhoff. She married Elwin O. Ballinger in 1943 in Lincoln. He survives. Surviving also are a son, Roy Ballinger and wife Trudy of Rochester; daughter, Joyce Johnson of Kansas; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Balon, Frank

Funeral arrangements for Frank Balon, of Hillsboro, are pending at Patton Memorial Home there. Mr. Balon died at 8:37 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, 1998, in Hillsboro Hospital. He was 82 years old on January 30, and an Army veteran of World War II. He moved to Hillsboro in 1993 from Chicago where he had worked as a photo engraver from the age of 17 until his retirement from Northwestern Photo Engravers. He loved to water ski. He was born in Staunton, a son of John and Wilhemina Balon, and moved to Chicago at the age of 6. He married Lorene Sidwell on September 2, 1941, in St. Louis. She survives. Surviving also are son, Frank L. Balon and wife Mickey of Lombard; daughter, Connie Earnest and husband Jim of Hillsboro; six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Preceding him in death were a son, William "Bill" Balon on July 22, 1995, and a brother, William Balon. Services for Frank Balon, of Hillsboro, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Patton Memorial Home there with the Rev. Kenneth Sandlin, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery with military rites conducted by VFW Post 1309 of Taylor Springs. Friends may call in the funeral home on Saturday from noon until the time of service.

Bandy, David L.

Services for David L. Bandy, formerly of Litchfield, were held October 7 in the Frist Christian Church of St. Ann. Burial was in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery in St. Louis County. Mr. Bandy, of St. Louis, died October 4, 1998. He was 59 years old on April 20. He was director of sales for Star International Marketing for 39 years, and a member of the First Christian Church of St. Ann. He attended Southern Illinois University after graduating from Litchfield High School in 1957. He was born in Litchfield, a son of Leland A. and Dorothy Bandy. His wife, the former Judy A. Givens, whom he married January 27, 1962, survives. Surviving also are daughters, Deborah Hollman and Laura Hoell and three grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his mother, Dorothy Bandy and a brother, Barry Bandy.

Bandy, Leland Albert

Services for Leland Albert Bandy, of Litchfield, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Plummer Funeral Home with the Rev. Jay Johnson, of the Union Avenue Christian Church, officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Ridge Cemetery at Honey Bend. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to Mooseheart Children's Home. Mr. Bandy died at 9:40 p.m. Tuesday, January 12, 1999, in St. Francis Hospital. He was 84 years old on November 3. He was a rail foreman with the Wabash Norfolk and Western Railroad for 38 years before he retired. He was a member of the Union Avenue Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Litchfield and of Litchfield Moose Lodge 1634. He was born in Bond County near Greenville, a son of Louie and Stella Gertrude Savage Bandy. He married Dorothy Rosetta Thompson on May 29, 1938, in St. Louis. She died January 13, 1990. Surviving are a daughter in law, Judy A. Bandy of St. Ann, Mo.; brother, William W. "Bill" Bandy and wife Peggy of Crestwood, Mo.; sisters, Fern Terry of Florissant, Mo., Dorothy Pease of Taylor Springs, Wanda McCready of Murryville, Pa.; two grandchildren, Debbie Hollman and husband Kurt of Rolla, Mo., Laura Hoell and husband John of St. Ann; and three great grandchildren, Luke and Clair Hollman and Hillary Hoell. Preceding him in death were sons, Barry W. and David L. Bandy and brothers, Jim and Bernard Bandy. Srevices for Leland Albert Bandy, of Litchfield, were held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Plummer Funeral Home. The Rev. Jay Johnson, pastor of Union Avenue Christian Church, officiated. Burial was in Cedar Ridge Cemetery at Honey Bend. Musical selections for the service were "His Eye is on the Sparrow," "How Great Thou Art," "In the Garden" and "Rock of Ages." Pallbearers were Jim Curto, Don Jones, Marvin Lowe, Charlie Marit, Mike Wood, all of Litchfield, and Jim Wolfe of Gillespie. Following the committal service a meal was provided for the family and friends by the Women of the Moose. Mr. Bandy, 84, died Tuesday, January 12, in St. Francis Hospital.

Bandy, Stephanie M.

Funeral Mass for Stephanie M. Bandy, of Litchfield, will be said at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Family Catholic Church. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Litchfield. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Plummer Funeral Home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Holy Family Building Fund. Mrs. Bandy died at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in St. Francis Hospital. She was 84 years old on December 30. She was a nurse's aide at St. Francis Hospital for many years before retiring, and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. She was born in St. Louis, a daughter of Stanislaws and Louise Gleba Mydlowski. She married Frank Kuciejcik in 1931 and he died in an accident near Honey Bend in 1936. She later married Willard Bandy on March 18, 1942, in St. Louis. He died in 1963. Surviving are sons, James Kuciejcik of Orlando, Fla., Thomas Bandy and wife Pat of Cottage Hills, Michael Bandy and wife Karen of Litchfield; a daughter, Frances Rymowicz and husband Anthony of Lemay, South County, St. Louis; six grandchildren, Monica and Keith Kuciejcik, Gail Remer, Stephanie Weisenborn, Sharon Clarke and Debbie Bandy; and five great grandparents. Preceding her in death were brothers, Stanley and Walter Mydlowski and sisters, Stella and Laura Lorodo and Frances Lears. Funeral Mass for Stephanie M. Bandy, of Litchfield, was said at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Family Catholic Church by the Rev. Father Ted Schelich, chaplain of St. Francis Hospital. Placing the pall were Mary Jean Moore and Karen Bandy. Kathy Skinner was the organist and Polly Wand, the cantor. Musical selections were "I Know That My Redeemer Lives," "Eye Has Not Seen" and "Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee." Sr. Rosella Uding was the lector. Mary Thunhorst and Kitty Daly, ministers of the Eucharist, also brought forth the gifts. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tom Currie, Joe Funk, Mike Funk, Richard Hampton, Keith Kuciejcik and Tom Moore. Following the committal service a luncheon was provided for the family and friends by the women of the church. Plummer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Bandy, 84, died Sunday, April 4, in St. Francis Hospital.

Bandy, Thelma B.

Services for Thelma Bernita Bandy, of Litchfield, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Gary Allen officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Ridge Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Plummer Funeral Home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the First Baptist Church Building Fund. Mrs. Bandy died at 2:20 a.m. today, Wednesday, October 6, 1999, in Heritage Manor of Litchfield. She was 85 years old on December 7. She was employed by Hillsboro Dress Factory and Betty Dee Garments of Litchfield from 1949 to December 1976, and was a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union for 28 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Litchfield, the Zanesville Household Science Club, Order of the Eastern Star, White Shrine and Daughters of the American Revolution. She was born near Barnett in Shaws Point Township in Macoupin County, a daughter of Thomas Stanley and Minnie Alice Wallis Gates, and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1932. She married Benjamin Wayne Bandy on May 1, 1933. He died April 28, 1991. Surviving are a son, Joe W. Bandy and wife Joan of Mt. Vernon; daughter, Alice B. Schneider of Litchfield; sisters, Helen Holliday and husband Eugene, Dorothy Zimmerman, all of Litchfield, Frances Roth of Jerseyville, Esther McCutcheon of Red Bud; seven grandchildren, Janet Pruitt and husband Gary, David Schneider, Brad Schneider, all of Litchfield, Sue Miller and husband Terry of Hillsboro, Steve Bandy of Dyersburg, Tenn., Ruth Rhoades and husband Todd of Edwardsville; eight grandchildren, Chad Titsworth, Josh Titsworth, Scott Pruitt, Benjamin Reener, Abby Schneider, Gregory BAndy, Caleb Rhoades and Leah BAndy; and one great great grandson, Jacob Titsworth. Services for Thelma Bernita Bandy, of Litchfield, wree held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the First Baptist Church of Litchfield. The Rev. Gary Allen officiated. Burial was in Cedar Ridge Cemetery. During the service vocalist Shirley Edwards sang "Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art." She was accompanied by organist Ruth Holliday. Pallbearers were grandsons, Dan Bandy, Steve Bandy, Gary Pruitt, Todd Rhoads, Brad Schnieder and David Schneider. Following the committal service a lunch was provided for family and friends at the First Baptist Church. Plummer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Bandy, 85, died Wednesday, October 6, in Heritage Manor.

Barbatti, Alfred (Fred)

Alfred "Fred" Barbatti, formerly of Hillsboro, died Wednesday, April 7, 1999, in Tampa, Fla. He was 86 years on November 12, and a veteran of World War II. Mr. Barbatti was in the restaurant business, having been part owner in The Moonlight Y and The Country Squire in Hillsboro. He first got into the restaurant business in the late 1940s when he and a brother, Dominic, jointly operated one in the red brick building now known as The Squire. In 1954, the two purchased the Moonlight Y across the highway and worked together until 1963 when they split up as partners. Fred Barbatti then went back across the road to purchase the restaurant again, operating it with Jim Hilt and naming it The Country Squire after a race horse owned by Hilt. Fred Barbatti and his wife Mary operated the restaurant until the family business was sold in 1996. Surviving are his wife, the former Mary Warner; a daughter, Cathy Mastrolia of Tampa; a sister, Dema Ghini of Michigan; and two grandchildren, Jennifer and Erica. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Barker, Donald L.

Donald L. Barker, who has relatives in the Nokomis area, died Wednesday, July 29, 1998, in Mt. Carmel Medical Center, Grove City, Ohio. He was 65 years old on June 21. Mr. Barker, of Washington Court House, Ohio, was born in Illinois, a son of Myrvle A. and Mary McCaslin Barker. His wife, Beverly, survives. Surviving also are a son, Bradley Barker of Grove City; daughters, Myra Morris, Karen Wysong and Donwnea Hurley, all of Ohio; brothers, Lloyd Barker of Ringwood, Myrvle and Ralph Barker of Nokomis; sisters, Nadine Beaman of Wonder Lake, Lydia Kettlekamp and Viola Frazier of Nokomis; 11 grandchildren and two step grandchildren. Services were held in Grove City, Ohio, with burial in Alton Cemetery there.

Barker, Norah Alice

Services for Norah Alice Barker, of Litchfield, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Dale United Methodist Church with burial in Digby Hill Cemetery at Dale. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Gholson Funeral Home, McLeansboro. Mrs. Barker died at 3:18 this morning, Friday, March 19, 1999, in Heritage Manor of Litchfield. She was 93 years old last April 5. She was a store manager for The Salvation Army from 1954 until her retirement in 1971. She managed stores in Chicago, Springfield, Decatur, Indianapolis, Ind., and St. Louis. Upon her retirement in 1971, she made her home in Litchfield. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Dale and a member of the Ruthean Class and Martha Circle at St. Timothy United Methodist Church in Litchfield. She was born in Dale, a daughter of John Wesley and Edith Jennings Tucker. She married Loomis McKinley Barker on January 2, 1929, in McLeansboro; he died November 25, 1946. Surviving are a daughter, Barbara C. Tolley and husband Bill of Litchfield; brother, Oscar W. Tucker of McLeansboro; grandchildren, Carolyn Nimmons and husband Howard of Florissant, Mo., Loralea Liss and husband David, Teresa Hocking and husband John, all of Champaign; great grandchildren, Joseph Nimmons of St. Louis, Matthew Nimmons of Columbia, Mo., Lauren and Elise Hocking of Champaign. Preceding her in death were brothers, Carl D., John W., James T., R. Challey and William D. Tucker; and sisters, Georgia E. Hunt, Deborah A. Beachum and Frankie Jo Tucker. 

Barnabe, Susan

Services for Susan Barnabe, of Gillespie, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Kravanya Funeral Home there with the Rev. Dennis Hill officiating. Burial will be in Gillespie City Cemetery. Friends may call in the funeral home on Wednesday from 1 p.m. until the time of service. The family suggests memorials be directed to Adopt A Pet. Mrs. Barnabe died at 2:45 a.m. Monday, March 22, 1999, in St. Francis Hospital. She was 83 years old on June 16. She was born in Illinois, a daughter of John and Susan Lambie McKechan. Her husband Quinto Barnabe died September 29, 1979. Surviving are a sister, Janet Quinn of Chiefland, Fla., and several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were sisters, Ann Easton, Agnes Knopp and brothers, Robert, James and John McKechan.

Barnes, Leroy

Services for Leroy Barnes, of Butler, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Hough Funeral Home, Raymond, with the Rev. James Howie officiating. Burial will be in Morrisonville City Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Butler Union Church or to Diabetes. Mr. Barnes died at 8:40 a.m. Saturday, October 30, 1999, in Hillsboro Hospital. He was 82 years old on June 24. He was a farmer before he retired and also worked at the LaClede Steel Mill for 15 years. He was a member of the Butler Union Church and the Montgomery County Farm Bureau. He was born in Farmersville, a son of Irvin and Mary Weffenstette Barnes. He married Helen Ring on March 1, 1941, in Nokomis. She survives. Surviving also are a son, John Barnes and wife Elizabeth of reading, Mass.; daughter, Glenda Williams and husband Richard of Springfield; brother, Harlan Barnes of Trinity Center, Calif.; grandchildren, Rebecca Baugh and Eugene Slightom; and four great granddaughters. Preceding her in death were a brother, Bryce Barnes; sister, Mildred Manning and two granddaughters.

Baron, Virginia B.

Graveside service for Esther Virginia Baron, of Taylor Springs, will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Cress Hill Cemetery, rural Hillsboro. The Rev. Father Dave Schmidt, pastor of St. Agnes Catholic Church, Hillsboro, will officiate. Bass Funeral Home, Hillsboro, is in charge of arrangements. The family requests memorials be directed to St. Agnes Catholic Church. Mrs. Baron died at 11:36 a.m. Saturday, May 15, 1999, in Montgomery Health Care Center. She would have been 81 years old on May 27. She was a resident of Taylor Springs for most of her life and worked as a nurse at Hillsboro Hospital for 20 years. She was a member of St. Agnes Church. She was born in Tovey, a daughter of Ransey F. and Minnie E. Laramore Payne. She married George L. Baron, Sr., on February 14, 1935, in Hillsboro; they were later divorced. Surviving are sons, George L. "Jack" Baron Jr. and wife Bonnie of Taylor Springs, Robert Baron of Florida; daughter, Sue Reece and husband Ryan of Columbus; a sister, Daisy Josephine Ondrey of Morton; 14 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were brothers, Charles H., Hugh Orville and Harvey Johnson Payne and a sister, Stella Mae Chumley. 

Barr, Doris E.

Services for Doris E. Barr, of Worden, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Staunton, with the Rev. Richard Feyen officiating. Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery, Sorento. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Williamson Funeral Home, Worden. The family suggests memorials be directed to St. Paul's United Church of Christ. Mrs. Barr died at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, January 30, 1999, in Rosewood Care Center, Edwardsville. She was 71 years old on April 21. She was a bus driver in the Worden school district, member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ of Staunton and the Order of the Eastern Star in Sorento. She was born in Old Ripley, a daughter of Earl J. and Lillian G. Enloe Dauderman. She married Charles E. Barr on June 30, 1946, in Greenville. He died November 1, 1989. Surviving are daughters, Malia Noel and husband Lee of Glen Carbon, Darlene Barr of Wilmington; a brother, Charles Dauderman and wife Susie of Rockford; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Others surviving include a friend, Herman Schuette of Staunton. A son, Earl Barr, preceded her in death.

Barr, Lois W.

Services for Lois W. Barr, formerly of the Honey Bend area, were held this morning in Barton Baptist Church, Barton, Ark. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Park, West Helena, Ark. Mrs. Barr, of Memphis, Tenn. died Friday, August 7, 1998, in Baptist Memorial Medical Center in North Little Rock, Ark. She was 85 years old on August 1. She formerly resided in Barton, Ark., where she was employed as a secretary in the Barton School District. Before that was employed as a house mother at the Baptist Children's Home in Monticello, Ark., and at the Methodist Children's Home in Texas. She was born in Honey Bend, a daughter of Willis Dale and Lottie Sanders Watkins. Her husband, Fredrick E. Barr of Barton, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, Jesse Barr of Winslow, Ark., Joel Barr of Concho, Ariz.; daughters, Janette Rhoderick of Rio Rancho, N.M., Judith Rosenthal of Hot Springs Village, Ark., Lynda Langford of Little Rock, Ark., Katie Henderson of Nashua, N.H., Nita Turner of Lexa, Ark.; 10 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren. Preceding her in death was a son, Navy Commander John Fredrick Barr, who last resided in Houston, Texas. Roller Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis, Ark., was in charge of arrangements.

Barrows, L. David

L. David Barrows, of Morrisonville, died Monday, June 1, 1998, in Pana Hospital. He was 83 years old on February 24, and before he retired worked as an electrician. He was born in Sandwich, a son of David and Jessie Mitchell Barrows. He married Gertrude Newberry on May 17, 1941, in CAnton, Mo. She died April 2, 1993. Surviving are a son, David Barrows of Pana; daughters, Jessie Pulley of Taylorville, Dorothy Luchtefeld of Belleville, Marilyn Skinner of Morrisonville; a brother, James Burrows of Moline; 15 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. A daughter and a sister preceded him in death. Services were held this afternoon in Morrisonville with burial in Morrisonville Cemetery.

Bates, Mary Lou

Services for Mary Lou Bates, of Taylorville, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the First United Methodist Church there with the Revs. Randal Perry and Kent Lolling officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Friends may call today in Hough Funeral Home, Raymond from 4 to 8 p.m. or on Tuesday in the church from noon until the time of service. Mrs. Bates died Saturday, March 6, 1999, in Raymond at the home of her parents. She was 60 years old on February 11. She worked for the Christian County Mental Health Department for several years before retiring in 1998. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Taylorville. She was born in Taylorville, a daughter of Kenneth and Beatrice Entsminger Smith, and married John Bates on August 1, 1965, in Raymond. Surviving are her husband, John; daughter, Lorri Bates of Columbus, Ohio; parents, Kenneth and Beatrice Smith of Raymond; a brother, Robert Smith of Raymond; a sister, Ruth Ann Driskell of Taylorville.

Batty, Lynn L.

Lynn L. Batty, formerly of Litchfield, died Thursday, January 7, 1999, in his home at Bayonet Point, Fla. He was 63 years old, and a Navy veteran. He had resided in Bayonet Point since 1985, having moved there from St. Louis. He was a retired insurance agent for Benco Insurance Planners. He was born in Litchfield. Surviving are brothers, Wayne Batty of Litchfield, Dean Batty of Florissant, Mo.; and a sister, Dorothy Barros of Bayonet Point. In the obituary of Lynn Batty, the sister's name should have read Dorothy Barrow of Bayonet Point, Fla. Memorial service for Lynn L. Batty was held Saturday at graveside in Elmwood Cemetery. The Rev. Gary Allen, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiated. Mr. Batty, son of Lester and Maude Batty died January 7, 1999, in Hudson, Fla. He was 63 years old on October 14, and a graduate of Litchfield High School with the class of 1953. Survivors include brothers, Wayne Batty and wife Audrey of Ltichfield, Dean Batty and wife Marilyn of Florissant, Mo.; and a sister, Dorothy Barrow and husband S.E. Barrow, of Hudson, along with several nieces and nephews. 

Bauer, Thomas Arthur

Services for Thomas Arthur Bauer, of Gillespie, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the United Methodist Church there with the Rev. Dennis Hill officiating. Burial will be in Bunker Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie. Mr. Bauer died Thursday, November 5, 1998, in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield. He was 45 years old on October 24. He was a district sales manager for Morgen Manufacturing, a maker of construction equipment in South Dakota. He was born in Litchfield, a son of John H. and Anna Niebrand Bauer. Surviving are sons, Thomas Gary, Bradley Aaron and Kyle Mathew Bauer and daughters, Melanie Marie and Beth Ann Bauer, all of Gillespie; the children's mother, Evelyn Ahrens Bauer of Gillespie; brothers, Gary Bauer of Gillespie, John Bauer of Bunker Hill; sister, Helen Day of Bunker Hill. Preceding him in death was a son, Matthew Thomas Bauer.

Baugh, Goldie F.

Services for Goldie F. Baugh, of Gillespie, were held at 3 p.m. today in Kravanya Funeral Home there. Burial was in Peaceful Valley Cemetery at Odin. Mrs. Baugh died at 2:50 p.m. Friday, May 14, 1999, in Heritage Manor of Gillespie. She would have been 92 years old on June 24. She was a lifelong resident of Gillespie and a charter member of Trinity Baptist Church. She was born in Greene County, a daughter of John L. and Myrtle Slightom Jouett. She married Ralph W. Baugh on September 6, 1926 in Hillsboro. He died June 28, 1979. Surviving are sons, Larry W. Baugh and wife Shirley of Litchfield, Roy W. Baugh of Bunker Hill; brothers, Thurman Jouett of Wood River, John Jouett and wife Doris of Greenfield; a sister, Erma Freer of Bethalto; 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were a brother, Leslie Jouett; sister, Opal Jouett Van Doren and a grandson, Randall Baugh. 

Baugher, Margaret G.

Funeral arrangements for Margaret G. Baugher, of Hillsboro, are pending at Bass Funeral Home, Hillsboro. Mrs. Baugher, 84, died at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, December 21, in Hillsboro Hospital. She was a seamstress at Heslov's in Hillsboro for many years. Funeral Mass for Margaret G. Baugher, of Hillsboro, will be said at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Agnes Catholic Church there by the Rev. Father David Schmidt. Burial will be in St. Agnes Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today in Bass Funeral Home. Prayer service will be held at 4:30 p.m. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Hillsboro Hospital Edward and Margaret Baugher All Employees Fund or the Hillsboro Public Library. Mrs. Baugher died at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, December 20, 1998, in Hillsboro Hospital. She was 84 years old on February 26. She was a life©long resident of Hillsboro and worked as a seamstress for Heslov's in Hillsboro for many years. She was a member of St. Agnes Church and its Altar and Rosary Society. She was born in Hillsboro, a daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Vonderlack Murphy. She married Richard Edward Baugher on August 3, 1935, in Hillsboro. He died in 1984. Surviving are daughters, Patricia Lynch and husband Louis, Myrna Neely and husband Walter, Linda Young and husband Gerald, Jane Blackburn and husband Bob, all of Hillsboro, and Sally Cleaver and husband James of Springfield; 15 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and seven step great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were four brothers and three sisters.

Bauman, Leona M.

Services for Leona M. Bauman, of Nokomis, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Trinity Lutheran Church there with the Rev. Bert Eickhoff officiating. Burial will be in Ohlman Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Stiehl - Dawson Funeral Home, Nokomis. Mrs. Bauman died at 12:40 a.m. Wednesday, September 15, 1999, in Hillsboro Hospital. She was 77 years old on January 22. She was a bookkeeper before she retired, and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She was born in Nokomis, a daughter of William and Ollie Janssen Johnson. She married LaVerne L. Bauman on April 4, 1949. He survives. Surviving also are a son, Larry Bauman and wife Carol of Santa Anna, Calif.; a sister, Freda Perkins of Tuscon, Ariz.; and two grandchildren.

Baumberger, Robert E.

Robert E. Baumberger, formerly of the area, died Wednesday, October 27, 1999, in Fraser Health Center, Hilton Head Island, S.C. He was 88 years old on January 14. He was one of the first city managers in the country and from 1939 to 1956 served Ludlow, Vt., Casleton, Vt., Mill Valley, Calif., Boulder, Colo., and Superior, Wis. From 1956 to 1978, under the auspices of various federal, state and local programs, he was a public administration consultant to the governments of Ethiopia, Iran and Saudi Arabia, as well as numerous municipalities across the United States. He moved to Hilton Head in 1978, from Evanston, Ill. Son of Harry N. and Flora Potter Baumberger, he was born in St. Louis and reared in Greenville, where he was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He earned a bachelor's degree in general engineering from the University of Illinois and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Cincinnati. Surviving are his wife, the former Martha Louis Kail; sons, Roger K. Baumberger of Forest Hills, Long Island, N.Y., Bruce G. Baumberger of Evanston; daughters, Barbara Crane of Bethesda, Md., Linda Behling of Hilton Head; sister, Ruth DeCosted of St. Louis; nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Memorial service will be held on Hilton Head Island at 10:30 a.m. November 13. Island Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to The Seabrook Endowment Fund, 300 Woodhaven drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928.

Bayon, Mildred Schimke

Services for Mildred Schimke Bayon, of Mt. Olive, will be held Tuesday in St. Patrick's Church at South Hadley, Mass. Burial will be in St. Jerome Cemetery at Holyoke. Service was conducted locally on Sunday at Becker and Son Funeral Home, Mt. Olive, with the Rev. Father Larry Anschutz officiating. The family suggests memorials be directed to Cystic Fibrosis or to the St. Francis Hospital Foundation. Mrs. Bayon, formerly of South Hadley, died at 7:40 p.m. Friday, August 7, 1998, in Heritage Manor of Litchfield. She was 84 years old on July 8. She was a medical secretary in the office of Dr. Calixto Aquino, Litchfield, from 1972 until she retired in 1980. She also was a medical secretary for the Dr. Harry Yaeger, Litchfield, from 1969 to 1972, and worked in the business office at St. Francis Hospital from 1968 to 1969. She was a 1931 graduate of South Hadley High School and worked from 1932 to 1941 as secretary and switchboard operator at Mt. Holyoke College. In Mt. Olive she was a member of the Church of the Ascension, the library board, the Lions Club auxiliary, and the volunteer fire department auxiliary. She loved music, bird watching and crossword puzzles. She was born in South Hadley, a daughter of Emil and Mildred Katura Scott Schimke. She married Robert M. Bayon on April 20, 1940, in Holyoke. He died January 7, 1987. Surviving are a son, Peter M. Bayon and wife Deborah of Albuquerque, N.M.; daughters, Gretchen Martin of Arlington, Va., Susan Scheller and husband Wilbert E. of Mt. Olive; sister, Phyllis Bannerman of South Hadley; six grandchildren, Michael Scheller of Chicago, Tina Gretak of Mt. Olive, Andrew Scheller of Mt. Olive, Matthew Martin of Chicago, Joshua Martin of Alexandria, Va., Ashleen Kennedy of Albuquerque, N.M.; and three great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were a sister, Helen Watson in 1985 and brothers, Charles Schimke in 1996 and Robert Schimke in 1996.

Beadles, William J.

Services for William J. Beadles, father of Patricia Kasten of Hillsboro, were held this morning in Albion with burial in Graceland Cemetery there. Mr. Beadles died Sunday, July 18, 1999, in Deaconess Hospital, Evansville, Ind. He was 77 years old on June 17, and a Marine Corps veteran of World War II. He was born in Velpin, Ind., son of Joseph Everett and Edith Pearl Dearing Beadles. He married Hazel L. Harris in Princeton, Ind. She survives. Surviving also are sons, Roger Beadles of Ellery, Jonathon Beadles of Carmi; another daughter, Angela Locke of Mill Shoals; abrother, Samuel Beadles of Princeton, Ind.

Beaman, Nadine

Services for Nadine Beaman will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Stiehl Dawson Funeral Home, Nokomis, with the Rev. Dale Best officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Pana. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Mrs. Beaman, of Wonder Lake, died at 11:15 p.m. Thursday, August 20, 1998, in Northern Illinois Medical Center at McHenry. She was 78 years old on February 15. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Hebron. She was born a daughter of Myrvel and Mary McCaslin Barker. Her husband, Samuel Beaman, died February 12, 1965. Surviving are sons, Larry Beaman of Claremore, Okla., Roy Beaman of McHenry, Harold Beaman of Nokomis, Robert Beaman of Wonder Lake, Ben Beaman of Ringwood; daughters, Marjorie O'Hallerman of Twin Lakes, Wis., Grace Eskridge of Hebron; brothers, Lloyd Barker of Ringwood, Myrvel and Ralph Barker, both of Nokomis; sisters, Lydia Kettelkamp, Viola Frazier, also of Nokomis; 12 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were daughters, Mary, Hazel and Anita, all in childhood; brothers, Hubert and Donald Barker; and sisters, Eileen Pope, Fern Bass and Rosemary Marcell.

Beane, JoEllyn

Funeral Mass for JoEllyn Beane, of Litchfield, will be said at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary's Church, Farmersville, by the Rev. Fathers Alan McIntosh and August Spreen. Burial will be in the Virden Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in Calvert and Ferry Funeral Home, Virden. Prayer service will be conducted at 3:45 p.m. The family suggests memorials be directed to St. Patrick's Church in Girard. Mrs. Beane died Wednesday, February 10, 1999, in an early morning single car accident on Montgomery road at West County Line road in northwestern Montgomery County. She was 34 years old on December 7. She was employed by the Illinois State Police as an administrative assistant, and was a member of St. Patrick's Church, Girard. She was a 1983 graduate of Virden High School. She was born in Springfield, a daughter of Gerald F. "Bud" and Mary Jo Norris Knudson. She married John K. Beane in 1990 in Farmersville. Surviving are her husband, John; a daughter, Alexandra M. Beane of Virden; father and stepmother, Gerald F. "Bud" and Judith Knudson of Girard; mother, Mary Jo Knudson of Girard; brothers, Daniel E. Knudson and wife Cindy of College Station, Texas, David M. Knudson and wife Cheryl of Thayer; sisters, Kathryn L. Edwards and husband Ray of Corydon, Ind., Beth M. Smith and husband Gregory, Kristin L. Boster and husband Jerry, both of Girard; step sisters, Lisa Kiel and husband Ron of Girard, Jennifer Noggle and husband Troy of Raleigh, N.C.; grandmother, Mary E. Maltby of Carlinville. 

Beasley,Frank, Jr.

Services for Frank H. Beasley, Jr., of Nokomis, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Louis Catholic Church there with the Rev. Father Pat Jakel officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today in Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home, Nokomis. Prayer service will be held at 4:45 p.m. Mr. Beasley died at 6:15 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 1998, in his home. He was 76 years old on September 22, and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a farmer and also worked for the Farm Service in Irving. He was born in Witt, a son of Frank H. and Jesse Martin Beasley. He married Merwyn Pieper on March 3, 1948. She died November 4, 1996. Surviving are nine children, Philip Beasley and wife Renay of Nokomis, Dolores Wheelhouse of Nokomis, Teresa Janes of Spokane, Wash., Susan Walk and husband Ed of Neoga, Patricia Paine of Neoga, Frank E. Beasley and wife Patsy of Witt, Leo E. Beasley and wife Catherine of Mukwanego, Wis., Joseph Beasley and wife Vickie of Nokomis and James Beasley of Pinckneyville; a sister, Hazel Pierce and husband Art of Kearny, Neb.; and 21 grandchildren.

Beasley, Randall L.

Memorial service for Randall Lionel Beasley, formerly of the Witt area, will be held Wednesday afternoon in the First United Methodist Church of Mattoon. The family suggests memorials be directed to the First United Methodist Church of Mattoon, American Heart Association or the Randall and Virginia Beasley Scholarship Endowment at Lake Land College. Mr. Beasley, of Mattoon, died at 9:47 p.m. Wednesday, December 30, 1998, in St. John's Hospital, Springfield. He was 73 years old on July 15, and a Navy veteran of World War II. He was an engineer with Coles Moultrie Electric Cooperative from 1948 until his retirement in 1988. He was a founding manager of the Illinois Farm Electrification Council, member and past president of Illinois Electrical Inspectors, an incorporator of Clear Water Service Corporation, and an Illinois Class A water plant operator. He attended schools in Irving and Witt, graduating from Witt High School, attended Blackburn College and the University of Illinois, graduating from the U. of I. in 1948 with a bachelor of science degree in agricultural engineering. He also worked for the U. of I. and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to pay his way through school. He was active in many organizations in the Mattoon area, including Masonic Lodge 206 A.F.&A.M., director of the United Way for 15 years, and a former member of the Charleston Mattoon Chamber of Commerce. He was a son of Arthur E. and Mildred Mitchell Beasley. When he was 2 1/2 years old, his mother died and his father, in 1932, married a young widow named Collins. She had four children, each only a few months younger than the Beasley children. Surviving are his wife, the former Virginia G. Rackett, whom he married June 4, 1947, in East Marion, N.Y.; children, Beth Ann Watson of rural Mattoon, Sue Ellyn Meyer of Lerna, Nancy Jeanne Levin of Chesterfield, Mo.; step brothers, Raymond and Arthur Beasley of Owensville, Mo., Ray D. Collins of Edwardsville; sister, Allegretha Harrelson of Bunnlevel, N.C.; four grandchildren, one step grandchild and two great grandchildren.

Beaty, Sr., Donald D.

Donald D. Beaty, Sr., formerly of Morrisonville, died Tuesday, December 14, 1999, in his home in Notus, Idaho. He was 67 years old last December 26. He worked for 39 years for Weber Aircraft Corporation in Los Angeles before retiring to Idaho. He was born in Morrisonville, a son of Paul and Edith Beaty. He married Marilyn MacFarland in 1954 in San Fernando Valley, Calif. She survives. Surviving also are a son, D. Dale Beaty Jr. of Simi Valley, Calif.; daughters, Sheri Mott of Los Angeles, Dena Beaty of Caldwell; mother, Edith Beaty of Morrisonville; brother Jim Beaty of Morrisonville; sisters, Alice German, Delores McKinney, Ruth Beaty, all of Springfield, Carol Lyerla of Morrsionville, Judie Beaty of Taylorville; seven grandchildren and a great grandchild. Services will be held Caldwell, Idaho, where the Flahiff Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorial service will be held in Morrisonville at a later date.

Beaver, Eugene H.

Eugene H. Beaver, grandfather of Holly Leefers of Litchfield, died Friday, January 22, 1999, in his son's home in South Holland, Ill. He was 92 years old on August 3, and an Army veteran of World War II. Mr. Beaver resided in Carlinville. He was a teacher, specializing in vocational education, and rose to become principal of The Chicago Vocational High School before he retired in 1968. He held memberships in many educators' organizations and in the Guy Baird Post 554 of the American Legion in Carlinville. He graduated in 1924 from Danville High School, in 1928 from the University of Illinois and in 1935 with a master's degree also from the University of Illinois. He enjoyed woodworking, especially making clocks and was known by his family as "the fix-it man." He was also an avid gardener. He was born near Danville on the family farm, a son of Henry and Ordilla Ingram Beaver. He married Alice Tilton on January 2, 1925, in Bryan, Ohio. She died April 21, 1993. Surviving are sons, Henry Beaver of Poway, Calif., George Beaver of South Holland; a daughter, Mary Curry and wife Jim of Carlinville; a sister, Beulah Claypool of Brownsboro, Texas; 10 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Davis - Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville with burial in Camp Butler National Cemetery.

Beck, David Henry

David Henry Beck, brother of Lynda Ricke of Fillmore, died Sunday, May 17, 1998, in Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia. A resident of Vandalia, he was 44 years old on February 7. He was born in Vandalia, a son of Fleming and Dorothy Boylard Beck and worked as a truck driver for Decatur Paper. Survivors include two other sisters, Carolyn Beck of Shobonier, Patricia Wasser of Salem and brothers, Jim and Danny Beck of Vandalia. His remains were cremated and graveside services are being planned for a later date.

Beck, Jr., Glen W.

Services for Glen W. Beck, Jr., of Coffeen, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Miller Funeral Home, Fillmore, with the Rev. Randy Sands officiating. Burial will be in Bost Hill Cemetery in rural Fillmore. Friends may call on Saturday in the funeral home from one hour before the service. The family suggests memorials be driect to St. Louis Childrens Hospital. Mr. Beck died Tuesday, November 30, 1999, in Hillsboro Hospital. He was 59 years old on March 6. He was a correctional officer at the John A. Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro, member of the officers union and the Montgomery County Farm Bureau. He was born in Springfield, a son of Glen W. and Dorothy Crosby Beck. He married Wanda Lee Dalby Welge on August 9, 1990 in Hillsboro. She survives. Surviving also are daughters, Kelli Loskot and husband Jerry of Irving, Vicki Billington and husband Jeff of Hillsboro; step daughter, Penny Sue Crumby and husband Bruce of Irving; step son, Jerry Lee Welge Jr. and wife June of Germany; mother, Dorothy Beck of Fillmore; sister, Glenda Darst of Fillmore; brothers, Charles Beck of Hillsboro, Bernard Beck of Beebe, Ark.; two grandchildren and six step grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his father, Glen and an infant brother, Jerry Ray Beck.

Becker, Irwin L.

Services for Irwin L. Becker, of Litchfield, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 24, 1998, in St. Timothy United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tony Bell officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Staunton. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesay in Meinschein Funeral Home. The family suggests memorials be directed to St. Timothy United Methodist Church. Mr. Becker died at 3:40 p.m. Sunday, December 20, 1998, in St. Francis Hospital. He was 90 years old on August 10. He retired in 1975 as an employee of the State of Illinois. He was a purchasing clerk with General Services. He was a member of St. Timothy United Methodist Church. Before working for the state he worked for a short time as a clerk at Roller Derby. He moved to Litchfield in 1939 to work as a time clerk at the American Radiator plant and continued to work there until it closed. In Staunton, he worked at the Huntman Funeral Home and Furniture Store as a clerk and an apprentice embalmer. He graduated from Staunton High School and was salutatorian of the class of 1928. He was born in Staunton, a son of Frederick and Mathilda Schrieter Becker. He married Mary P. Britton on September 24, 1932. They were married 66 1/2 years. She survives. Surviving also are a son, Warren Becker and wife Sandy of Zachary, La.; daughters, Paula Jo May and husband, Charles of LaVerne, Calif., and Star Jill Becker at home; granddaughters, Cynthia Pearse and husband John of Concord, Calif., Sharon Smith and husband Gregory of Omaha, Neb., and Melissa Baker and husband Kenneth of Concord, Calif.; and four great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were an infant son Larry in 1937 and two sisters, Faith Lich, formerly of Staunton and Gratia Wenkle, formerly of St. Louis. Services for Irwin L. Becker, of Litchfield, were held at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Timothy United Methodist Church. The Rev. Tony Bell officiated. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Staunton. Musical selections were "Ivory Palaces," "Victory in Jesus," "It is Well with My soul" and "The Lord's Prayer." Vicki Watts was the organist. Hal Simpson was the vocalist. Pallbearers were James Leitschuh, Ray Leitschuh, Dick Simberger, Charles May, Richard Smith and John Groves. Mr. Becker, 90, died Sunday, December 20, in St. Francis Hospital.

Becker, William L.

Services for William L. "Bill" Becker, of Modesto, will be held at noon Friday in Calvert and Ferry Funeral Home, Virden with the Rev. H. Warren Wilkewitz officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Modesto. Mr. Becker, 33 on January 20, died Monday, August 16, 1999, in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, from a gunshot wound stemming from an incident at the Litchfield Super 8 motel Saturday afternoon. He was a heavy equipment operator employed by R&G Excavating of Palmyra for the past 10 years. He was born in White Hall and graduated from Northwestern High School in Palmyra in 1984. Surviving are his parents, Lewis and Laura Mae Wyatt Becker, of Modesto; brother, Ryan Becker of Modesto; sisters, Kim Blisset and husband Dwayne of Chatham, Lisa Dyer and husband Jerry of Rochester; and grandmothers, Cindy Herring of Fidelity and Nellie Bramley of Chesterfield.

Bednar, George A.

Services for George A. Bednar, of Coalton, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Sutton Funeral Home, Nokomis. Burial was in Sunnyside Cemetery. Mr. Bednar died at 3:48 p.m. Thursday, September 3, 1998, in Bear Grove Township. He was 86 years old on May 13. He was a retired coal miner, a member of the United Mine Workers of America and the National Slovak Society. He was born in Taylor Springs, a son of Michael and Anna Mehochko Bednar. He married Dorothy Jarman in 1962, in Salem. She died October 31, 1997. Also preceding him in death were four sisters and one brother. Surviving are a number of nieces and nephews.

Bednar, John Edward

Dr. John Edward (Ed) Bednar, son of Rosemary V. Bednar of Nokomis, died Friday, August 14, 1998, in LaGrange Park. He was 47 years old. Dr. Bednar was a graduate of Millikin University and Loyola School of Dentistry. He practiced in Riverside. He was a member of the Nokomis Masonic Lodge. Surviving besides his mother are his wife, Nancy and children, Adam and Sarah, all of LaGrange Park. Services were held Tuesday in LaGrange. Burial was in Queen of Heaven Cemetery at Westchester.

Beiermann, Betty J.

Funeral Mass for Betty J. Beiermann, of Litchfield, will be said at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Family Catholic Church by the Rev. Father Dave Schmidt. Burial will be in Cedar Ridge Cemetery at Honey Bend. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Meinschein Funeral Home. Moose rites will be conducted at 8 p.m. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Holy Family Church Building Fund or to Mooseheart. Mrs. Beiermann died at 12:17 p.m. Saturday, August 7, 1999, in her home. She was 67 years old on February 13. She was a member of the Holy Family parish and St. Ann's Society of the church, Women of the Moose Chapter 581 of Litchfield and VFW Post 3912 women's auxiliary. She enjoyed gardening and Home Interiors. She was born in Litchfield, a daughter of Ralph and Lota Lynn Davis. She married James L. Beiermann on November 26, 1949, in the old St. Mary's Catholic Church. He survives. Surviving also are sons, Michael Beiermann and wife Carol of Riverton, Gregory Beiermann and wife Marilyn, James B. Beiermann, Randal Joe Beiermann, all of Litchfield, and Timothy S. Beiermann of Benld; daughters, Jami L. Ryan and husband Sean of Hillsboro; Jeanne M. Voyles and husband Mark of Butler; sister, Sandra Norman of Farmersville; 11 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were brothers, Ralph Davis Jr., Robert Davis and a sister, Helen Schmidt. Services for Betty J. Beiermann, of Litchfield, were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Family Catholic Church. The Rev. Father David Schmidt officiated. Burial was in Cedar Ridge Cemetery at Honey Bend. Musical selections were "Here I Am Lord," "On Eagles Wings" and "How Great Thou Art." Kathy Skinner was the organist. Polly Wand was the cantor. Pallbearers were Michael Beiermann, Randal Joe Beiermann, Gregory Beiermann, James Beiermann, Ron Hopper and Timothy Beiermann. Mrs. Beiermann, 67, died Saturday, August 7, in her home.

Belcher, Sr., Darrell L.

Services for Darrell Levi Belcher, Sr., Litchfield alderman from 1985 to 1989, will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Plummer Funeral Home with the Rev. Donald Langhoff, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Edgewood Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday in the funeral home from 2:30 p.m. until the time of service. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Zion Lutheran Church. Mr. Belcher died at 6;10 p.m. Monday, April 5, 1999, in Heritage Manor of Litchfield. He was 83 years old last April 20. He was a road crew foreman in the maintenance division of the Illinois Department of Transportation. He also worked as an auto body repairman for M.I. Ford and Blatter Motor Sales as well as for himself as owner of Darrell's Body Shop. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Lutheran Men's League and Litchfield Sportsman's Club. He was also a Republican precinct committeeman for 16 years. He was born in Patoka, a son of Noah Washington and Laura Mae Dukes Belcher. He married Martha Yunker on January 25, 1941, in Hillsboro; she died February 8, 1992. He then married Letha Bone Stark on July 11, 1992; she survives. Surviving also are sons, Darrell Belcher and wife Annette of Atlanta, Ga., David Belcher and wife Doris of Litchfield; daughter, Marcella Schulte of Odin; sisters, Ruby Watcher and Dorothy Paine of Mulberry Grove; six grandchildren, Dawn, Christopher, Matthew and Michael Belcher, Linda Irwin and David Schulte; four step grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were brothers, Walter and Herschel Belcher. Services for Darrell Levi Belcher, Sr., of Litchfield, were held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Plummer Funeral Home. The Rev. Donald Langhoff, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, officiated. Burial was in Edgewood Cemetery. Pallbearers were Christopher Belcher, Michael Miller, both of New Berlin, David Belcher, Matthew Belcher, Tim Mix, all of Litchfield and Mark Paine of Centralia. Mr. Belcher, 82, died Monday, April 5, in Heritage Manor of Litchfield.

Bellovich, Catherine

Private graveside service for Catherine Bellovich, of Staunton, were held today in Memorial Park Cemetery there. The family suggests memorials be directed Staunton Memorial Hospital or the Staunton Ambulance Service. Williamson Funeral Home of Staunton was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Bellovich died at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, December 17, 1998, in St. Luke's Hospital West, Chesterfield, Mo. She was 83 years old last January 4. She was born in Staunton, a daughter of Louis and Lucia Trettenero Cailotto. She married George Bellovich on February 9, 1937, in Staunton. He died October 17, 1984. Surviving are a daughter, Lucia Bellovich of Webster Groves, Mo.; a sister, Laura Jacobs of Staunton; a brother, Henry L. Cailotto of St. Louis. Preceding her in death were three sisters, Margaret Yarnik, Sally Mueller, Gloria Foskin and a brother, Peter Cailotto.

Bellovich, Mary L.

Funeral Mass for Mary L. Bellovich, of Livingston, will be said at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church there by the Rev. Father George Radosevich. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today in Lesicko Funeral Home, Livingston. Prayer service will be held at 5 p.m. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Sacred Heart Altar and Rosary Society Air and Heating Fund. Mrs. Bellovich died at 10:03 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, 1999, in Staunton Memorial Hospital. She was 95 years old on August 21. She was a garment worker at several factories in the area before retiring in 1974. During the war she was a metalic loader at Olin in East Alton. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Livingston, the Altar and Rosary Society of the church, International Ladies Garment Workers Union, Croatian Lodge 46 of Benld, Lodge 96 of the S.N.P.J. and Livingston Senior Citizens. She was born in Carevo Selo Barilovic, Yugoslavia, a daughter of Ivan and Margaret Zar Lipolsky, and came to this country and Livingston in 1913. She married Joe Bellovich on September 21, 1919 in Staunton. He died January 7, 1983. Preceding her in death also were sons, John Edward and Joseph Michael Bellovich; daughters, Betty A. DalPozzo, Mildred Plovich; brothers, John Lipolsky and two in infancy; sisters, Helen Lucas, Pepa Stiscak, Rose Crabtree and Ann Robertson. Surviving are a sister, Barbara Fleming of Staunton; five grandchildren, Mary Margaret Trauch and husband Steve of Scottsdale, Ariz., Vickie Burgnone and husband Dick of Staunton, Cathy Kehnast and husband John of Staunton, Joe DalPozzo and wife Shirley of Livingston, Paula McLean and husband Kevin of West Grove, Pa.; seven great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Others surviving include a son-in-law, Peter Plovich of Scottsdale. 

Beluinas, John F.

Services for John F. "Sully" Beluinas, of Benld, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in Kravanya Funeral Home there with the Rev. Father Larry Auda officiating. Cremation will follow Friends may call from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Benld Nutrition Center. Mr. Beluinas died at 4:45 p.m. Thursday, Mrch 25, 1999, in Heritage Manor of Gillespie. He was 94 years old on September 17. He worked in many bowling alleys in the area. He was born in Greenridge, a son of John and Katren Lasdouskis Beluinas. Surviving are a step brother, John Banules of Chicago and several nephews and great nephews and nieces. Preceding him in death were two sisters, Edythe Caruso and Tesele Dizonno.

Benitez, Jane G.

Services for Jane Griswold Benitez, of Litchfield, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Meinschein Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Olson, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Litchfield, officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the First Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Benitez died at 6:20 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 1999, in her home. She was 80 years old on December 1. She was reared in Litchfield and graduated from Litchfield High School. She attended Lindenwood University in St. Louis and Northwestern University in Chicago, graduating with a master's degree in Romantic Languages. She taught in many schools and college, including Litchfield High School, Mt. Olive High School, Lincolnwood High School at Raymond, the University of Michigan, Richland Community College, Sacred Heart - Griffin High School in Springfield, as well as in Mexico City. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Litchfield and the St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary. She was born in Litchfield, a daughter of Dr. Ross Williams and Camilla Seymour Griswold. She married Vincente Benitez Soto on April 30, 1956, in Mexico City, Mexico. He died January 9, 1999. Surviving are sons, Dr. John G. Benitez and wife Dr. Linda Allison of Pittsburgh, Pa., Ricardo J. Benitez and wife Amy of Houston, Texas; daughter, Theresa M. Benitez of Mexico City; and one grandchild, Alexander Benitez of Houston. Preceding her in death were brothers, Ross W. Griswold Jr. and Johns S. Griswold. Services for Jane Griswold Benitez, of Litchfield, were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Meinschein Funeral Home. The Rev. Richard Olson officiated. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery. Michelle Sweet was the organist. Pallbearers were Fred Floreth, Earl Schmidt, Steve Niemann, Stan Horst and Brad Blatter. Mrs. Benitez, 80, died Saturday, June 5, in her home.

Benitez, Vicente

Funeral Mass for Vicente Benitez Soto, of Litchfield, will be said at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Family Catholic Church by the Rev. Father David Schmidt. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Plummer Funeral Home. The family suggests memorials be directed to Holy Family Catholic Church. Mr. Benitez died at 3:04 p.m. Saturday, January 9, 1999, in Litchfield Health Care Center. He was 94 years old on December 12. A resident of Litchfield for many years, he was a member of Holy Family Catholic Parish, coached soccer for the Litchfield Park District and a volunteer speaker for area high schools on Mexican © American affairs. He was active in the Boys Scouts of America Troop 86. He was also a volunteer for the Community Health Improvement Center in Decatur, and taught Spanish classes at Sacred Heart Griffin High School in Springfield. He was employed as a statistician with the Mexico City Stock Exchange before his retirement. He was born in Tlalnepantla, Mexico, a son of Sotero Benitez. He married Jane Griswold on April 30, 1956, in Mexico City, Mexico. She survives. Surviving also are sons, Dr. Luis D. Benitez and wife Elva Nora of Del Mar, Calif., Dr. John G. Benitez and wife Dr. Linda Allison of Pittsburgh, Pa., Ricardo J. Benitez and wife Amy of Houston, Texas; a daughter, Teresa M. Benitez of Mexico City; and three grandchildren, Dr. Carlos Benitez, Jorge Benitez, both of Del Mar, and Alexander Benitez of Houston. Preceding him in death were three brothers and three sisters. Funeral Mass for Vincente Benitez Soto was said at 10 a.m. this morning in Holy Family Catholic Church. Rev. Father David Schmidt was the officiant. Organist was Kathy Skinner. Polly Wand was the cantor, Kitty Daly and Mary Thunhorst, the ministers of Eucharist, and Sister Rosella Uding, lector. Musical selections for the Mass were "On Eagle's Wings," "Pan De Vida" and "How Firm a Foundation." Pallbearers were Brad Blatter, Fred Floreth, Stan Horst, Rick Niemann, Steve Niemann and John Wand, all of Litchfield. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery. Plummer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Benitez, 94, died Saturday, January 9, in Litchfield Health Care Center.

Benny, Mary J.

Services for Mary Jane Benny, of Coffeen, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Bass Funeral Home, Hillsboro. Burial will be in Olive Hill Cemetery at Coffeen. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Mrs. Benny died this morning, Tuesday, May 11, 1999, in St. John's North, Springfield. She would have been 69 years old on May 16. She had worked as a lab assistant at Hillsboro Hospital before retiring and enjoyed working with flowers in her yard. She was a daughter of Samuel Wayne Moore and Noia Flo Moreland Moore Finley. Her marriage to Clifford L. "Bill" Benny on November 6, 1947, later ended in divorce. He died in 1993. Surviving are a son, Dennis Benny and wife Karen of Coffeen; daughter, Sandra Kay Colett and husband Steve of Decatur; brothers, Samuel Moore and wife Nellie, Wendell Moore and wife Betty of Hillsboro; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were a sister, Dorothy Moore and brothers, one in infancy and Lloyd W. Moore in 1989. 

Benny, Stanley E.

Services for Stanley E. Benny, of Hillsboro, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in St. Agnes Catholic Church there with the Rev. Fathers Terrance Tracey and George Morelock officiating. Burial will be in St. Agnes Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. today in Patton Memorial Home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Mr. Benny died at 12:35 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, 1999, in Hillsboro Hospital. He was 84 years old on May 10, and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a chemist with American Zinc and ASARCO for 30 years before he retired in 1976. During World War II, he served in the Pacific campaign. He resided in the Coffeen and Hillsboro area for most of his life time and was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Musicians Union, specializing in string instruments including the violin, guitar and banjo. He was born in Hillsboro a son of Edward and Mary Warren Benny, and graduated as valedictorian of the Coffeen High School class of 1932. He and his wife, the former Colleen Davis, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1995, having been married in Coffeen on November 24, 1945. Surviving are his wife, Colleen; a son, Harold Benny of Hillsboro; daughter, Pat Boehler and husband Charles of Tamaroa; brother, Earl Benny and wife Ruth of Hillsboro; four grandchildren, Jill Benny of Bloomington, Joshua Benny of Las Vegas, Nev., Brent and Andrew Boehler of Tamaroa.

Benson, Stanley M.

Services for Stanley M. Benson, of Hillsboro, will be held Tuesday in Larson Gable Funeral Home, Newark. Burial will be in the Lisbon Cemetery. Friends may call in the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today. Mr. Benson died Friday, August 27, 1999, in Memorial Medical Center, Hillsboro. He was 69 years old on June 16. He worked in construction and in factories before retiring, and had resided in Hillsboro for the past 18 years. He was a member of Hillsboro Moose Lodge 1377, Grace Lutheran Church and Mt. Moriah Masonic Lodge AF&AM 51 of Hillsboro. He enjoyed bingo and collecting. He was born in Lisbon, Ill., a son of Gunval and Jurene Benson. His marriage to the former Burdell Anderson in 1948, ended in divorce. Surviving are sons, Stanley Benson of Allen, Texas, Everett Benson of Montgomery; daughters, Judy Russell of Champaign, Carol Greer of Plano and Rosie of Kaneville; brothers, Glenn of Texas, John of Florida; sisters, Pat of Oregon, Gladys of Wyoming, Jose of Texas.

Benton, Tyler Quinn

Services for Tyler Quinn Benton, the 7 year old who fell into the Sangamon River last Saturday, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 20, in St. Timothy United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tena Bigham officiating. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in Plummer Funeral Home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Menard County Emergency Service or the Hillsboro Sports Association. Young Tyler was pronounced dead Tuesday, June 16, 1998, near Petersburg. He born on December 26, 1990, in Litchfield, a son of Jeffrey Eugene and Lory Ann Crabtree Benton, and was christened in St. Timothy United Methodist Church. His parents later divorced. He resided with his father in Hillsboro this past year and had recently completed first grade at Beckemeyer School. He was a member of the Hillsboro Sports Association Pinto League on the White Sox baseball team. He attended the First Baptist Church of Hillsboro. Surviving are his father, Jeffrey Benton of Hillsboro; mother, Lory Crabtree of Petersburg; paternal grandmother, Dessie Benton of Litchfield; maternal grandparents, Billy E. and Christine Crabtree of Litchfield, Jean Howard of Athens; paternal great grandmother, Dessie Knapp of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; maternal great grandparents, Forrest and Mary Crabtree of Litchfield; half brother, Travis DeWayne Frayer of Petersburg; half sister, Stormie Marie Snider of Petersburg. Preceding him in death was his paternal grandfather, Eugene Benton. Services for Tyler Quinn Benton, of Hillsboro, were held at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Timothy United Methodist Church, Litchfield. The Rev. Tena Bigham officiated. Burial was in Elm Lawn Cemetery. Musical selections played during the service were "One Sweet Day" and "Never Forget You," both by Mariah Cary and "Holes in the Floor of Heaven" by Steve Warner. Ruth Holliday was the organist. Pallbearers were Johny Leonard, Tim Black, a cousin, Joe Crabtree and George "Buddy" Short, uncles, all of Litchfield. Plummer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Tyler Benton, 7, was pronounced dead on Tuesday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Petersburg as the result of a drowning accident. Memorials are suggested to either the Menard County Emergency Services or the Hillsboro Sports Association.

Bergmann, Ronald L.

Funeral arrangements for Ronald L. Bergmann, of Litchfield, are pending at Plummer Funeral Home. Mr. Bergmann, 63, died at 12:40 this morning in St. John's Hospital, Springfield. Services for Ronald Lee Bergmann, of Litchfield, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in Plummer Funeral Home with the Rev. Father David Schmidt, pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church, officiating. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday in the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the time of service. The family suggests memorials be directed to Litchfield Baseball. Mr. Bergmann died at 12:40 a.m. Monday, April 26, 1999, in St. John's Hospital, Springfield. He was 63 years old on July 1. He was an agent and traffic controller with the New York Central, Penn Central, Conrail and Gateway Eastern Railroads for 42 years before his retirement in 1997. He was a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout master of Pack 85 and Troop 84 in Litchfield for several years. He enjoyed gardening and fishing. He graduated from Litchfield High School in 1953 and served with the Army during peacetime from 1958 to 1960. He was born in Raymond, a son of Oscar Edwin and Geraldine Barger Klimm Bergmann. He married Marilyn J. Smith on December 3, 1960, in St. Michael's Catholic Church at Bement. She survives. Surviving also are sons, Joe Bergmann and wife Marina, Rod Bergmann and wife Jamie, all of Litchfield; his mother, Geraldine Clayton of Litchfield; and four grandchildren, Jacob and Josh Bergmann and Jordan and Shelby Smith. His father preceded him in death. Services for Ronald Lee Bergmann, of Litchfield, were held at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Plummer Funeral Home. The Rev. Father David Schmidt, pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church, officiated. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. During the service Michelle Sweet, organist, accompanied Paul Hampton while he sang "His Eye is on the Sparrow" and "The Lord's Prayer." Pallbearers were Harold Mathis of Troy, Charles Schildt of Staunton, John Schwabe of Granite City, Ron Steward of Dorchester, Ron Stilabower of Livingston, Harold Young of Gillespie. During the committal service the flag was presented to Mrs. Marilyn Bergmann by Will Tackaberry, commander of American Legion Post 436. Following the services a meal was provided by family and friends at the American Legion Post. Mr. Bergmann, 63, died Monday, April 26, in St. John's Hospital, Springfield.

Bergmann, William F.

Funeral Mass for William F. Bergmann, of Raymond will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Raymond's Catholic Church by the Rev. Father W.R. Maul. Burial will be in St. Raymond's Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in Hough Funeral Home there. Prayer service will be held at 8 p.m. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Raymond Park. Mr. Bergmann died at 9;10 p.m. Wednesday, August 25, 1999, in Heritage Manor of Litchfield. He was 87 years old on March 22. He retired as a driver for Home Oil in Raymond after working for the company for 22 years. Earlier, he spent many years as a laborer for Harry Kennedy He was a member of St. Raymond's Church, charter member of the Raymond Fire Department, charter member of the Raymond Gun Club, member of Knights of Columbus Council 1196, and past member of the Labor Local. He coached girls softball and was very active in the community Fourth of July celebration for many years. He enjoyed the lake and the outdoors. He was born in Raymond, a son of William and Lena Wagahoff Bergmann. He married Helen Swires on August 1, 1938, in St. Raymond's. She died September 1, 1995. Surviving are sons, Melvin Bergmann and wife Beverly of Litchfield, Robert Bergmann of Harvel; daughters, Dorothy Carroll and husband Frank of Litchfield, Margaret Jenkins and husband Bernard of Raymond; brother, Joe Bergmann of Raymond; sisters, Mary Tokely of Whiting, Ind., Pauline Putzka of Springfield, Mo. Preceding him in death were three brothers and two sisters

Berkel, Albert R

Funeral arrangements for Albert Ray Berkel are incomplete at Hough and Sons Funeral Home, Hillsboro. Mr. Berkel, 72 of Butler, died Saturday, August 7, in Hillsboro Hospital. Services for Albert Ray Berkel, of Butler, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Hough and Sons Funeral Home, Hillsboro, with Sam Elizondo officiating. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, with full military rites conducted by the Interveterans Burial Detail of Sangamon Company. Friends may call in the funeral home on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Mr. Berkel died at 3:55 p.m. Saturday, August 7, 1999, in Hillsboro Hospital. He was 72 years old on January 17, and a Navy veteran of World War II. He served in the South Pacific on the USS Reno during the war. He was a professional chef and was employed by the Elks Club in Springfield, South Side Country Club in Decatur and the Key Club in Detorit. He was a member of Kershaw Hammer VFW Post 1306 of Taylor Springs. He was born in Donathan, Mo., and adopted by Fred and Flora Berkel, and graduated from Equality High School in Equality, Ill. He married Wilma Wilheim in June 1965 in Springfield. Surviving are sons, Steven P. Dannenberger of Bethany and Erich W. Berkel of Butler; 15 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Bernardi, Al

Funeral Mass for Al Bernardi, brother of Florence Swann of Gillespie, will be said at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Springfield, by the Rev. Father Chuck Edwards. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today in the Kirlin - Egan and Butler Funeral Home, 900 South Sixth street. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Sacred Heart Church or the SIU Foundation for Parkinsons Research. Mr. Bernardi died at 12:15 a.m. Thursday, February 11, 1999, in his home in Springfield. He was 75 years old on December 20, and an Army veteran of World War II. He was director of the Illinois Department of Labor at the time of his retirement and prior to that he had also been assistant director of the Illinois Department of Transportation and acting assistant director of the Illinois Department of Mental Health. He also worked at Allis-Chalmers. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and secretary of the Illinois Republican State Central Committee. He was born in Mt. Clare, a son of Pompeo and Anna Ladame Bernardi. He married Marion Crouser on July 7, 1951, in SS. Simon and Jude Church, Gillespie. She survives. Surviving also are a daughter, Barbara Bernardi of Springfield and three grandchildren. 

Bernhardt, Lydle L.

Services for Lydle L. Bernhardt, of Prairietown, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Peter's Lutheran Church there with the Rev. James Henning officiating. Burial will be in Prairietown Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today in Williamson Funeral Home, Staunton. The family suggests memorials be directed to the St. Peter's Church Building Fund or the American Cancer Society. Mr. Bernhardt died at 8 a.m. Saturday, August 21, 1999, in his home. He was 82 years old on November 16. He worked in the housekeeping department at Alton Memorial Hospital for 17 years before retiring in 1982. Before that he worked for Standard Oil in Wood River. He was a member of St. Peter's Church. He was born in Edwardsville, a son of Elias and Esther Niemeier Bernhardt. He married Esther L. Kuethe on June 8, 1940, in St. Peter's Church. She survives. Surviving also are sons, Gary Bernhardt and wife Janet of Prairietown, Dale Bernhardt and wife Carol of Troy, Ronnie and Armin Bernhardt, also of Prairietown; daughters, Virginia Singleton of Moro, Mary Ann Brandon and husband Jack of Springfield; 17 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Preceding him in death was a brother, Elwood.

Berra, Jennie

Jennie Berra, sister of Ann Price of Hillsboro, died Thursday, February 11, 1999, in her home in Springfield. She was 75 years old on July 30. She was a receptionist for the Secretary of State office before she retired. She was born in Nokomis, a daughter of James and Theresa Fassino Jachino. She married John T. Berra in 1987. He died in 1995. Surviving are a son, Bob Bandor of Springfield; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Springfield. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Kirlin - Egan and Butler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Bertetti, Vera R.

Services for Vera R. Bertetti, of Gillespie, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Kravanya Funeral Home, Benld, with the Rev. Father Larry Auda officiating. Burial will be in Benld City Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to Alzheimer's Research. Mrs. Bertetti died at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 16, 1999, in St. Francis Hospital. She was 87 years old on January 13. She was a registered nurse before her retirement, having graduated from Michael Reese School of Nursing in Chicago. She was head nurse in obstetrics and substitute anesthesiologist at Chicago Memorial Hospital for many years. She was a graduate of Benld Township High School in the class of 1930. She was born in Benld, a daughter of Louis and Maria Simonotto Rigotti. She married John W. Bertetti on September 5, 1937, in Benld. He survives. Surviving also is a brother, George Rigotti of Sinton, Texas. Others surviving include nieces and a sister in law, Miriam Rigotti of Wilmette. Preceding her in death were a daughter, Jean Alice Bertetti and brothers, Romolo and John Rigotti.

Bertoldi, Madlyn F.

Services for Madlyn F. Bertoldi, of Williamson, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Lesicko Funeral Home, Livingston, with the Rev. Dr. Mark Allison, pastor of the First United Baptist Church of Staunton, officiating. Burial will be in Staunton City Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Kidney Foundation or the First United Baptist Church. Miss Bertoldi died at 12:19 a.m. Saturday, November 28, 1998, in Staunton Memorial Hospital. She was 76 years old on September 8. She candy packer for Switzers Candy Company, St. Louis, for 35 years before retiring in 1980, and was a member of Teamsters Local 688 of St. Louis. She was born in Livingston, a daughter of William and Frances "Frannie" Krupp Bertoldi. Surviving are a sister, Barbara Smiley and husband Frank of Williamson; brother, William Bertoldi and wife Cookie of Gillespie; half brother, Leonard Paris and wife Margaret of Wood River. Others surviving include a nephew Mike Smiley of Boerne, Texas, and niece, Kay Lynn Caldieraro of Staunton. Preceding her in death was a half sister, Marie Paris in infancy.

Bertot, Pete

Pete Bertot, formerly of Litchfield, died Wednesday, September 30, 1998, in Concord, Calif. He was 88 years old on February 23. He resided in Litchfield for 20 years before moving to Martinez, Calif., where he lived for the past 42 years. He worked for Kaiser Gypsum in Antioch for 15 years and then in maintenance at the Lomagay Coal Company, retiring after 32 years of service. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Concord, and the Moose Club and Senior Citizen Club in Martinez. He enjoyed bowling and fishing. He was born in Globe, Ariz. Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Edna Bertot; sons, Peter Bertot Jr. of Athens, Ga., Dennis Bertot of Tow, Texas; daughter, Betty John of North Platte, Neb.; brothers, Jordon B. DeVito of San Leandro, John E. DeVito of Martinez; a sister, Rena Omnias of Auburn; 15 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the Connolly and Taylor Chapel in Martinez. Burial will be in Memory Gardens at Concord.

Best, Elizabeth L.

Services for Elizabeth L. Best, of Staunton, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Williamson Funeral Home there with the Rev. Father George Radosevich officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the American Cancer Society or the Diabetes Foundation. Mrs. Best died at 10:32 a.m. Friday, June 19, 1998, in Staunton Memorial Hospital. She was 70 years old on August 16. She was born in Gillespie, a daughter of Alexander and Jessie Donnellson Frame. She married Kenneth R. Best on March 2, 1946, in Gillespie. He died September 16, 1991. Surviving are sons, Kenneth Best Jr. of Decatur, Alan Best, Donald Best, both of Staunton, Brian Best of Chatham, Russell Best of Prophetstown, Randall Best of Milton Freewater, Oregon. Preceding him in death were a daughter, Janet Best; three brothers, three sisters and one grandson, Andrew Best.

Best, Helen J.

Services for Helen J. Best, of Nokomis, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Sutton Funeral Home there with the Rev. Rick Miles officiating. Burial will be in Kettlekamp Cemetery in rural Nokomis. Friends may call in the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Mrs. Best died at 1:55 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, 1998, in Hillsboro Hospital. She was 87 years old on September 25. She was born in Audubon Township, a daughter of Frank and Lucy Darst Schwartzle. She married Edwin H. Best on Novmeber 30, 1928, in South Fork Church in rural Nokomis. He died October 11, 1974. Surviving are sons, Charles Best and wife Lois of Pawnee, Eldon Best and wife Joyce of Tayldorville; daughters, Dorothy Eddington and husband Eugene of Irving, Wilma Spikes and husband Billy of Loami; seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and three step great grandchildren. Other survivors include a daughter in law, Joyce Best of Rosamond and a sister in law, Matilda Kottwitz of Nokomis. Preceding her in death were a son, Ed Best and a granddaughter, Carla Best.

Bettis, Rev. C. Estell

Services for Rev. C. Estell Bettis, whose late wife, the former Geneva O. Angelo, was from Gillespie, died Friday, February 26, 1999, in St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur. He was 91 years old on July 11. He resided in Kampsville where he established the Gospel Mission and also pastored the Mozier Christian church, Pleasant Dale Baptist Church and the Summit Grove Presbyterian Church of Kampsville before retiring. He was also the Kampsville village treasurer for many years, and a youth advisor for the Calhoun County 4-H. He was born in Palmyra, a son of Clarence A. and Stella Crawford Bettis. He married Geneva O. Angelo in 1928 in Gillespie. Surviving are two sons, Don Bettis of Decatur, Vernon Bettis of Ellettsville, Ind.; brothers, Wayne Bettis of Bettendorf, Iowa, Paul Bettis of Springfield; sisters, Irma Anderson of Modesto, Irene Smith of Virden; seven grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and a step great grandson.

Bietto, Frank J.

Funeral Mass for Frank J. Bietto, formerly of Benld, will be said at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Joseph's Church there by the Rev. Father Larry Auda. Burial will be in Benld City Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Kravanya Funeral Home. Prayer service will be held at 7:45 p.m. Mr. Bietto, of Phoenix, Ariz., died Wednesday, December 15, 1999, in Glencraft Care Center, Glendale, Ariz. He was 75 years old on September 12, and a military veteran. He served in the Army from December 7, 1942 to February 1946 and the Air Force from 1951 to 1953. He was a college professor. He was born in Benld, a son of Angelo and Orsola Enrico Bietto, and never married. Surviving are several cousins.

Bievenue, Lucille D.

Services for Lucille D. Bievenue, of Nokomis, were held Wednesday in Ramsey. Burial was in Ramsey Cemetery. Mrs. Bievenue died Sunday, July 11, 1999, in Golden Manor Nursing Home of Nokomis. She was 90 years old on April 18. She was born in Fayette County, a daughter of Oliver J. and Martha Susana Pope Black. She married Alva W. Womack in 1928; he died in 1953. She later married Sylvester Bienvenue and he also preceded her in death. Surviving are a daughter, Norma Golitko of Nokomis; sons, John Womack of Ottawa, George Womack of Marble Hill, Mo., Jim Womack of Orlando, Fla.; sister, Norma Tucker of Shelbyville; brothers, Glenn Black of Herrick, Burl Black of Semou, Gale Balck of Sapulpa, Okla., Virgil Black of Herrick; 15 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were a son, Alva Womack Jr., three brothers, one sister and a grandchild.

Bilauski, Mike

Services for Mike Bilauski, brother of Pauline Black of Litchfield, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Heinz Funeral Home, Carlinville, with the Rev. Christofer Sheets officiating. Burial will be in Mayfield Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call in the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Mr. Bilauski, of Carlinville, died Tuesday, March 23, 1999, in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield. He was 87 years old on June 22. He was a construction laborer for many years and also worked for the Carlinville street department for 14 years before he retired in 1976. He was born in Scranton, Pa., a son of Michael and Mary Tegza Bilauski. He married Helen Moros in 1934 in Edwardsville; she died in 1993. Surviving are a daughter, Alice Morse and husband Richard of Carlinville; brother, George Tegza of Chicago; other sisters, Irene Edwards of Jerseyville, Margaret Bruton of Denver, Colo. A daughter, Mary Ann Simpson, preceded him in death.

Billo, Angelo M.

Services for Angelo M. Billo, of Hillsboro, will be held at 8 p.m. today in Patton Memorial Home there with the Rev. Father Dave Schmidt, pastor of St. Agnes Catholic Church officiating. Burial will take place at a later date in St. Agnes Cemetery. Friends may call in the funeral home today from 6 p.m. until the time of service. Mr. Billo died at 7:45 a.m. Sunday, June 6, 1999, in Hillsboro Health Care Center. He was 88 years old on February 16, and an Army veteran of World War II. He was an inspector for Hiram Walker and Sons in Peoria for 36 years before retiring April 30, 1973, and was a member of St. Cecilia and St. Mark's Catholic Churches in Peoria. He was born in Hillsboro, a son of Dominic and Amelia DalCanton Billo. He married Regina Theresa Scariot on December 11, 1948 in Peoria. She died January 17, 1993. Surviving are a daughter, Linda Billo of Peoria; a sister, Elda Shannon of Hillsboro. Preceding him in death were a brother, Michael Billo and sisters, Norma Good and Elda Billo in infancy. 

Bingman, Marlene M.

Marlene M. Bingman, formerly of Witt, died Thursday, April 29, 1999, in her home at Big Rapids, Mich. She was 64 years old on February 13. She had lived in the Big Rapids area since 1973, and was an executive secretary for Lerner Financial Group. She was born in Witt, a daughter of Herman and Ida Hueschen Weber, and graduated from Nokomis High School. She married Thomas Bingham in 1960. He died in 1990. Surviving are a son, Bruce Bingman; daughter, Laura Swenson; sister, Delores Schweizer and husband Melvin of Witt; one grandchild, Vaille Swenson. Services were held in Big Rapids with burial in Highland View Cemetery.

Binney, Donald E.

Services for Donald E. Binney, of Staunton, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Williamson Funeral Home with the Rev. Clint Braman officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the First General Baptist Church of Staunton. Mr. Binney died at 9:09 p.m. Saturday, February 20, 1999, in Staunton Memorial Hospital. He was 74 years old on July 21. He was a rural letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in the Staunton post office for 33 1/2 years before he retired in 1987, and also a farmer. He was a member of the First General Baptist Church and the Macoupin County Farm Bureau. He was born in Binney's Station, Olive Township, Madison County, a son of Walter Edward and Mollie Ahrens Binney. He married Edna Lucille Robertson on October 20, 1946, in Staunton. She survives. Surviving also are daughters, Kathleen Miersch and husband Darryl of Staunton, Dixie Hill and husband Ed of Staunton, Carol Rimar and husband Joseph of Mt. Olive; ; sons, Donald Keith Binney and wife Jill of Mt. Olive, Mark Binney and wife Babs, Pat Binney and wife Tracy, all of Staunton; a sister, Della Jean Oglesby of Lufkin, Texas; brother, Walter Binney of Orcutt, Calif.; and 10 grandchildren. 

Binnquist, Evelyn

Evelyn Binnquist, formerly of the Hillsboro area, died Monday, December 28, 1998, in Ontario, California. She would have been 93 years old on January 3. She was born in Montgomery County, a daughter of Amos and Alice Scherer Mack, and was a graduate of Hillsboro High School. She married Arthur Binnquist on November 12, 1955. He died October 11, 1996. Surviving are brothers, Ross D. Mack of Kansas City, Mo., and Elmer Mack of St. Joseph, Mich. Services were conducted by Stone Funeral Home in Upland, Calif.

Bioletto, Emma M.

Graveside service for Emma M. Bioletto, formerly of the Hillsboro - Schram City area, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in Oak Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Father David Schmidt, pastor of St. Agnes Catholic Church, Hillsboro, officiating. There will be no visitation. The family suggests memorials be directed to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association. Bass Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Bioletto, of Chicago, died Thursday, February 25, 1999, in Berwyn - McNeal Hospital there. She was 81 years old on August 18. A resident of Hillsboro and Schram City for most of her life, she and her husband owned and operated Bioletto's tavern in Schram City for many years. She was born in Mark, a daughter of Ralph and Della Puccetti Magelli. She married Allen "Boggio" Bioletto on April 17, 1934, in Edwardsville. He died April 9, 1972. They had no children. Surviving are a nephew, Robert Cameron of Roswell, Ga., and a sister in law, Flora Kaburick of Texakana, Texas. A sister, Pauline Cameron preceded her in death.

Birkigt, Elisabeth

Elisabeth Birkigt, of Gillespie, died at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, September 12, 1998, in Heritage Manor of Gillespie. She was 94 years old on December 17. She was born in Neuticher Hollaender, Germany, a daughter of Gustav and Emilie Schmidt Doering, and was married twice. She was first married to Ernst Herder. After his death she married Fred Birkigt. He also preceded her in death. Surviving is a daughter, Rose Marie Wilson of Gillespie and a grandson. Services were held this morning in Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie. Elder Maurice Bruce officiated. Burial was in Gillespie City Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Alzheimer's Foundation.

Bishop, Sharon Lee

Services for Sharon Lee Bishop, of Gillespie, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the First Baptist Church there with the Rev. Ray Ditch officiating. Burial will be in Gillespie City Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie. The family suggests memorials be directed to the First Baptist Church of Gillespie, of which she was a member. Mrs. Bishop died at 4:38 a.m. Monday, April 19, 1999, in Montgomery Health Care Center, Hillsboro. She was 58 years old on July 4. She was born in Litchfield, a daughter of Henry and Dorothy Morgan Admire. Surviving are sons, Matthew Bishop of San Francisco, Calif., Aaron Bishop of Benld; a daughter, Yvette Gibson of Huntsville, Mo.; and five grandchildren. Her parents preceded her in death.

Bishop, Sylvester Clyde

Services for Sylvester Clyde "Red" Bishop, of Litchfield, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Plummer Funeral Home with the Rev. C. Brent Cloyd officiating. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Litchfield High School Sports Complex. Mr. Bishop died at 11:10 a.m. Sunday, February 7, 1999, in St. Francis Hospital. He was 84 years old on July 6. He was employed at the Brown Shoe Company as a machine operator for more than 30 years and was a custodian at the Litchfield Junior High School for 10 years. he was a member of Litchfield Moose Lodge 1634. He enjoyed rebuilding bicycles and clocks. He was a son of William Riley and Sarah Frances Drake Bishop. He married Emma Alberta "Bert" Booher on June 24, 1944, in Litchfield. She survives. Surviving also are daughters, Jane Bachstein and husband Ken of Colleyville, Texas, Marty Williams and husband Dave of Katy, Texas; a sister, Mary Wey of Litchfield; six grandchidlren, Jeff Bachstein, Julie Gary, Doug Bachstein, Bret, Brian and Emily Williams; and five great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were five brothers, Hersey, Bernard, Stanley, Eugene and Lawrence Bishop and two sisters, Verna Angle and Dorothy Bennett. Services for Sylvester Clyde "Red" Bishop, of Litchfield, were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Plummer Funeral Home. The Rev. C. Brent Cloyd, pastor of the Meadow Heights Baptist Church in Collinsville and former pastor of First Baptist Church in Litchfield, officiated. Burial was in Elm Lawn Cemetery. Musical selection for the service was "The Old Rugged Cross." Pallbearers were Charles Bishop, David Bishop, Larry Bishop, Marvin Lowe, Harold Odle, Jim Odle, John Odle, all of Litchfield and Mark Leitschuh of Troy. Following the committal service a meal was provided for family and friends by the Women of the Moose. Mr. Bishop, 84, died Sunday, February 7, in St. Francis Hospital.

Black, Bradley A.

Services for Bradley A. Black, of Fillmore, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Stiehl Dawson Funeral Home, Nokomis, with the Rev. Ernest Flowers officiating. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery at Fillmore. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Mr. Black died at 7:50 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, 1998, in St. Vincent's Hospital, Taylorville. He was 34 years old on February 12. He was a truck driver for Design Corrigating in Taylorville. He was born in Elgin, a son of Jay and Patsy Blietz Black. After spending four years in the Army, he married Tysha Myers on August 27, 1995. She survives. Surviving also are sons, Brandon, age 9, and Taylor, 3; his mother, Patsy Black of Fillmore; brothers, Joseph Black of Fillmore and Kirby Black of Carlinville. Preceding him in death was his father, Jay Black. Services for Bradly A. Black, of Fillmore, were held this morning in Stiehl Dawson Funeral Home, Nokomis. The Rev. Ernest Flowers officiated. Burial was in Glendale Cemetery at Fillmore. Mr. Black died at 7:50 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, 1998, in St. Vincent's Hospital, Taylorville, as the result of injuries suffered in an auto accident about three miles south of Taylorville in Christian County. He was 34 years old on February 12. He was a truck driver for Design Corrigating in Taylorville. He was born in Elgin, a son of Jay and Patsy Blietz Black. He married Tysha Myers on August 27, 1995. She survives. Surviving also are a son, Brandon, age 9, and a daughter, Taylor, 3; his mother, Patsy Black of Fillmore; brothers, Joseph Balck of Fillmore and Kirby Black of Carlinville.

Blackburn, Wildon W.

Services for Wildon W. Blackburn, formerly of Hillsboro, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in Patton Memorial Home there with the Rev. James Thomson officiating. Burial will be in Cress Hill Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday in the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the time of service. Mr. Blackburn died Monday, December 13, 1999, in Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, Ridgecrest, Calif. He was 87 years old on September 14. He spent most of his life in the Hillsboro area and moved to Ridgecrest in 1993. He was a farmer, and he owned Blackburn's Gift Gallery in Hillsboro. He was an active member of Montgomery Methodist Church, having served as superintedent and Sunday school teacher. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 455 at Irving for 51 years, 32nd degree member and past master. He was also a member of the Ansar Shrine. He was active in the Rock and Gem Club and at age 65, he took up golf. He was born in Coffeen, a son of Harry and Della May Blackburn. His wife the former Virginia Taulbee, survives. Surviving also are a son, Wildon C. Blackburn and wife Ann of Ridgecrest; daughter, Cheryl E. Jones and husband Howard of Springfield; four grandchildren, Stephen C. Jones of Jacksonville, Fla., Pam Sivearingen of Kent, Ohio, Nikki Blackburn of Oakland, Calif., Andrea Capler of Atlanta, Ga.; and two great grandchildren, Marsall and Sierra Sivearingen.

Blackburn, William

William Blackburn, formerly of Hillsboro, died Friday, Oct. 1, in St. Louis after an extended illness. A son of Harry and Bertha Blackburn, he graduated in 1939 from Hillsboro High School and later obtained a bachelor's degree from Washington University, St. Louis. His father, Harry Blackburn, was a former sheriff of Montgomery County. Surviving are his wife, Eleanor; daughters, Carol and Tammy; sister, Dorothy Bunton. A brother, Houston "Sug" Blackburn, preceded him in death. Expressions of condolence may be sent to Mrs. William Blackburn in care of 355 Medina drive, St. Louis, MO 63122.

Blair, Darlene

Funeral arrangements for Darlene Blair, of Litchfield, are pending at Meinschein Funeral Home. Mrs. Blair, 70, died at 3:05 p.m. Tuesday, December 28, in St. Francis Hospital. Memorial service for M. Darlene Blair, of Litchfield, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 6, in Meinschein Funeral Home. The remains will be cremated. No visitation is being held. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Alzheimer's Association or the American Lung Association. Mrs. Blair died at 3:05 p.m. Tuesday, December 28, 1999, in St. Francis Hospital. She was 70 years old on May 9. She was born in rural Litchfield, a daughter of Chris and Rosie Beyers Allen. She married Hobart D. Blair in 1977 in Reno, Nevada; he died May 20, 1999. Surviving are a daughters, Peggy Immel and husband David of Chinook, Wash., Diann Hodges and husband Jay of Lawrenceville, Ga.; a step daughter, Ann V. Blair of Modesto, Calif.; step son, Dr. Hobart Don Blair II and wife Loretta of Tremont; sisters, Ida Mae Allen, Ruby L. Allen, Mary L. Jones and husband Bud, Wilma "Chris" Schoen, all of Litchfield, Lucille Landers and husband Ellsworth of Bunker Hill, Lucy A. Makler of Nilwood; two grandchildren, John and Chris Hodges of Lawrenceville, Ga.; and three step great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were sisters, Cleo Allen, Geneva A. Elliott and another sister in infancy.

Blair, Hobart D.

Services for Hobart D. Blair, of Litchfield, are pending at Meinschein Funeral Home. Mr. Blair, 86, died at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, May 20, in St. Francis Hospital. Memorial service for Hobert D. Blair, of Litchfield, was held Sunday afternoon in Meinschein Funeral Home with Steve Revisky of The Christian Church of Litchfield officiating. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Alzheimer's Association, or to the library in either Virden or Girard. Mr. Blair died at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, May 20, 1999, in St. Francis Hospital. He was 86 years old on April 9. He was in the farming and insurance business. He resided in Virden from 1941 to 1976 when he moved to Modesto, Calif. He lived there for 10 years then moved to the Ozarks in Missouri where he lived for two years. He returned then to the area, residing in Fillmore for two years before moving to Litchfield. While in Virden, he became a member of the Rotary Club and had 40 years of perfect attendance. He served as district governor of Rotary International District 646 in 1968-69, and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was active for many years in the Boys Scouts of America and was a recipient of the Silver Beaver award. He was a member of the Church of the Brethern in Virden. He was born in Blue Mound, a son of Jesse and Hazel Culberson Blair. He married M. Darlene Allen on June 21, 1977, in Reno, Nevada. Surviving besides his wife, Darlene, are two children from a previous marriage, Dr. Hobart Don Blair II and wife Loretta of Tremont and Amy V. Blair of Modesto, Calif.; step daughters, Diann Hodges and husband Jay of Lawrenceville, Ga., Peggy Immel and husband David of Chinook, Wash.; a brother, Jesse Blair of Washington; three grandchildren and two step grandchildren. Preceding him in death were brothers, Ralph and Merle Blair.

Blankenship, Elizabeth M.

Graveside service for Elizabeth Maud Blankenship, of Coffeen, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Mt. Moriah Cemetery, rural Coffeen, with the Rev. Ron Tucker officiating. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today in Toberman Funeral Home, Coffeen. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Montgomery County Cancer Society or the American Cancer Society. Mrs. Blankenship died at 8:25 p.m. Saturday, September 4, 1999, in St. Anthony's Hospital, Alton. She was 72 years old on May 8. She was a bank teller for most of her life, working for Coffeen National Bank, Hillsboro National Bank and First Bank and Trust of Greenville. She was affiliated with the Free Methodist Church of Coffeen. She was born in Fillmore, a daughter of Cecil Towell Graham. She married Dale Blankenship on July 15, 1952, in Buffalo, N.Y. He died April 13, 1992. Surviving are a son, Kenneth E. Blankenship of Hillsboro; daughters, Kay Raymond of Greenville, Karen Werner of Roxanna, Kathy Seidler of Bethalto; eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Blankenship, Nancy L.

Services for Nancy L. Blankenship, formerly of Coffeen, were held Sunday afternoon in the First Baptist Church of Greenville. The Rev. Jeff Kristensen officiated. Burial was in Mt. Moriah Cemetery in rural Coffeen. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Greenville First Baptist Church or the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Mrs. Blankenship died at 3:52 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, 1999, as the result of injuries suffered in an automobile accident near Nashville, Tenn. She was 60 years old on January 12. She taught accounting at Greenville College for the past 20 years, and last month received the Faculty Award from the Greenville College Alumni Association. She graduated from Hillsboro High School and in 1975, from Greenville College. She earned a master of Business Administration in 1979 from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. In 1982, she became a certified public accountant. She was born and reared on a farm near Coffeen, a daughter of Woodrow George and Dorothy Lorraine Savage Huber. She married Reginald "Sam" Blankenship on August 16, 1957, in Corinth, Miss. He survives. Surviving also sons, Richard "Rick" Blankenship of Bloomington, R. Mark Blankenship of Coffeen; daughter, Laura Blankenship of Nashville, Tenn.; brother, David Huber of Hillsboro; sister, Carol Sanford of Coffeen; three grandsons, Adam, Ethan and Nikita.

Blaseck, Roy

Roy Blaseck, formerly of Mt. Olive, died Saturday, December 26, 1998, in St. Mary's Hospital, Tuscon, Ariz. He was 91 years old on August 22, and an Army veteran of World War II. He retired from Dow Chemical in 1972 and moved to Arizona in 1980. He was a son of Charles and Minnie Blaseck, who resided in Mt. Olive. His wife, Lois, survives. Expressions of condolence may be sent to Mrs. Lois Blaseck at 10730 North Highlands drive, Oro Valley, AZ 85737.

Blasko, Michael

Michael Blasko, formerly of Witt, died December 14, 1999, in Chicago. He was 87 years old on December 3. He retired from Swift and Company, where he worked in quality control. In the early 1930s and for many years afterwards, he was employed as a waiter at the Blackstone Hotel. He was born in Witt, a son of Mike and Katherine Hudak Blasko, and attended Nokomis Township High school. He married Ann Lunter on November 20, 1937, in Chicago; she preceded him in death. Surviving are two sons, two brothers, a sister, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren, none from the local area.

Bledsaw, Phyllis

Services for Phyllis Bledsaw, of Hillsboro, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Hough and Sons Funeral Home there with the Rev. Dallas White officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to Hillsboro Hospital or Heartland Home Health Care. Mrs. Bledsaw died at 4:40 p.m. Thursday, January 7, 1999, in Hillsboro Hospital. She was 78 years old on July 15. She worked at Hawthorn Nursing Home and at the Hillsboro Greenhouse before she retired. She was born in Hillsboro, a daughter of Frederick and Alice Eliza Fielding Matthews. Her parents had come from London, England in the early 1900s to work in the local coal mines. On December 30, 1937, she married Ray Bledsaw in St. Louis. He survives. Surviving also are daughters, Betty Jean Bledsaw and Alice McDice, both of Hillsboro; a son, Ray Allen Bledsaw, also of Hillsboro; a sister, Beatrice Webb of Hillsboro; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Bliss Sr., Louis M.

Services for Louis M. Bliss Sr., father of Janice K. Jones of Raymond, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Calvert and Ferry Funeral Home in Girard. Burial will be in the Liberty Cemetery at Mulberry Grove. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Macoupin Center for Developmental Disabled in Carlinville or to the Girard Rescue Squad. Mr. Bliss died Wednesday, March 17, 1999, in his home in Girard. He was 75 years old on August 25. He was an inspector and supervisor with Fiat Allis for 38 years before he retired in 1983. He was a former union steward with UAW Local 1235 in Springfield, and was a board member and active in the Developmental Disabled in Carlinville. He was born in Detroit, a son of Marion E. and Marie C. Derendorf Bliss. He married Violet M. Overby in 1943 in St. Charles, Mo. She survives. Surviving also are sons, Louis M. Bliss Jr. of Girard, Tim A. Bliss of Canton, Mo., Gary L. Bliss of Carlinville; another daughter, Connie A. Hefley of Girard; brother, Bernard W. Bliss of Jacksonville, Fla.; 15 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. 

Bloome, George W.

George W. Bloome, formerly of Carlinville, died at 6:20 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 1998, in St. John's Hospital, Springfield. He was 57 years old on October 16. He resided in Springfield where he was vice president of Hanson Engineers. He assumed the vice presidency of the firm last October when the engineering firm he headed as president, Ralph Hahn and Associates, merged with the company. He had worked for the Hahn company for 32 years. He was respected professionally and received several honors. He was also active also in his church and the community. He was born in Carlinville, a son of William J. and Margaret Rosentreter Bloome. He married Judi Monti on September 1, 1962, in Carlinville. She survives. Surviving also are sons, David Bloome of Atlanta, Ga., Brian Bloome of Divernon; daughter, Dawn Holladay of Springfield; mother, Margaret Bloome of Carlinville; brothers, Peter D. Bloome of Corvallis, Oregon, Richard A. Bloome, Daniel R. Bloome, both of Carlinville; sister, Carol J. Love of Jacksonville. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Kirlin-Egan and Butler Funeral Home, 900 South Sixth street, Springfield. Services will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Agnes Catholic Church, Springfield. Burial will be in New Calvary Cemetery, Carlinville.

Blount, Charles Russell

Charles Russell (Shorty) Blount, brother of Helen Brown of Raymond, died Thursday, August 27, 1998, in his home. He was 79 years old on October 14. Mr. Blount, of Morrisonville, was a retired farmer, a member of the Morrisonville Masonic Lodge 681 and the Sportsman Club. He also worked with the pony and little league baseball teams. He was born in Christian County, a son of James Cleveland and Anna Martha Johnson Blount. He married Wanda Vidmar on October 31, 1945. She survives. Surviving also are a son, Charles Allan Blount and wife Lorna of Morrisonville; daughter, Peggy Blount and husband Mark Elliott of Virgilina, Va.; brothers, Robert Blount of Morrisonville, James Blount of Palmer; another sister, Leota Yard of Springfield; four grandchildren, two step grandchildren and one great grandchild. Services are scheduled at 10 a.m. Monday in Moffitt Funeral Home at Morrisonville. Burial will be in Morrisonville Cemetery.

Blumenthal, Helen C.

Graveside service for Helen Chervenak Blumenthal, formerly of Taylor Springs, will be held at 2:15 p.m. Friday in St. Agnes Cemetery, Hillsboro, with the Rev. Father Ted Schelich officiating. Mrs. Blumenthal died Thursday, June 10, 1999, in Chicago. She was 84 years old last July 20. She was born in Taylor Springs, a daughter of Michael and Barbara Mraszko Cherevenak, and attended elementary school there. She graduated from Hillsboro High School in the class of 1932, and often returned for reunions of the class. Over the years she remember her Hillsboro roots by contributing to various Hillsboro fundraisers. Her husband, Carl Blumenthal, preceded her in death. Surviving are a daughter, Carlene M. Blumenthal; a son, Carl A. Blumental; sisters, Mary Pinder, Elizabeth Payne, Anne Poulos; brothers, George, Andy, Michael and John Chervank. Preceding her in death were a sister, Margaret Chervenak and brother, Frank Chervenak.

Boblick, William E.

William E. Boblick, of Carlinville, died Saturday, December 11, 1999, in Heritage Manor of Carlinville. He was 71 years old on March 15, and a veteran of the Korean war. Mr. Boblick was a past president of the Carlinville school board and an accountant for Exxon - Monterey Coal Company from 1951 to 1988. He was born in Roselle Park, N.J., a son of Edward A. and Mary Murphy Boblick. He married Dolores A. Sippel in 1952 in Roselle. Surviving are sons, Dr. William E., Jr. and Dr. John K. Boblick of Oak Park, Dr. James R. Boblick of Western Springs; daughters, Susan Ann LeVora of Carlinville, Ann Marie Boblick of Chicago; sisters, Elizabeth Whelan of Roselle, N.J., Marie Driscoll of Randolph, N.J.; 14 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Davis - Anderson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in SS. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church there. Burial will be in New Calvary Cemetery.

Bockewitz, Fern

Services for Fern Bockewitz, of Raymond, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Raymond Methodist Church with the Rev. Kent Lolling officiating. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Hough Funeral Home, Raymond. The family suggests memorials bedirected to the Raymond Methodist Church or theAmerican Cancer Society. Mrs. Bockewitz died at 2:43 p.m. Monday, July 27, 1998, in her home. She was 94 years old on February 23. She was instrumental in forming the Raymond communities Fourth of July celebration along with the late Elmer Carriker. Active in the Raymond Methodist Church, she served on many of its committes. She was an avid organist, Sunday School teacher for many years and a member of the Mizpah class. During World War II, she always took all the cheerleaders to all of the high school games. She was born in Hammond, a daughter of Elbert H. and Ella S. Smith Brown. She married Ned O. Bockewitz on February 23, 1922, in St. Louis. He died September 28, 1986. Surviving are daughters, Lolita Johnson of Springfield, Marlene Walker of St. Petersburg, Fla.; six grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and one great great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were a son, Ned A. Bockewitz on June 4, 1990; brothers, Robert Brown in 1968, Loren Brown in 1985, Lloyd Brown in 1966 and sisters, Emma Wetz in 1975 and Hazel Gunn in 1989.

Boden, Gwen Loretta

Services for Gwen Loretta Boden, of Litchfield, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Meinschein Funeral Home with the Rev. David N. Gilley of Eldorado officiating. Burial will be in Edgewood Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Order of Eastern Star rites will be conducted at 8 p.m. by Highland Chapter 524. The family suggests memorial donations be directed to the Endowment Trust Fund of the Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Boden died in the emergency room of St. Francis Hospital at 4:26 a.m. Wednesday, June 17, 1998. She was 47 years old on August 6. She served in the Army Nurse Corps during the Vietnam War, then worked as a nurse at Monterey Peninsula Hospital for several years. She was a graduate of Rio Vista, Calif., High School, Mills College in Oakland, Calif., and Hartnell College in Salinas, Calif., where she earned her nursing degree. Following her husband's retirement from the military, she moved to Litchfield. She was an active member in the First Baptist Church of Litchfield, a state officer in the Order of Eastern Star, Grand Lecturer of Illinois Grand Adah in 1994, and Past Worthy Matron of the Highland chapter of the Eastern Star. She was also a member of the American Legion and the VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed downhill skiing and traveling. She was born in Oakland, Calif., a daughter of Lawrence J. and Loretta Riberdy. She married Robert William Boden on July 18, 1972, in Litchfield. Surviving are her husband, Robert; daughter, Kristin Loretta McCarter and husband Robert of Orange Park, Fla.; father, Lawrence Riberdy of Litchfield; her twin brother, Gill Riberdy of Munford, Tenn.; and two grandchildren, Joshua and Darrien McCarter of Orange Park. Her mother, Loretta, died October 26, 1986. Services for Gwen Loretta Boden were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Meinschein Funeral Home with the Rev. David Gilley officiating. Burial was in Edgewood Cemetery. Jackie Bean gave the eulogy. Musical selections were "In the Garden," "How Great Thou Art," and "My God and I." Carol Garner was the soloist. Irene Graden was the organist. Pallbearers were Dave Andrews, Cliff Gerdes, Dan Webster, Ron Bray, Chance Mix, Rob Griffin. Honorary pallbearers were Junior McCarter, Mike Boden, Don Boden, Ron Boden, Alan Chiles and Bob Bean. Mrs. Boden, 47, died Wednesday, June 18, in St. Francis Hospital.

Bodine, Charles L.

Services for Charles L. "Chuck" Bodine, father of Julie Mueller of Farmersville and brother of June Koontz of Hillsboro, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Berlin Christian Church. Burial will be in Berlin Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today in the McCullough - Delaney Funeral Home at New Berlin. Mr. Bodine, of New Berlin, died at 9:14 a.m. Thursday, August 12, in Gridley lake in Cass County. He was 53 years old on December 25. He was born in Berlin, a son of Earl M. and Beulah Baker Bodine, and married Jeanenne Dudley in 1965 there. She survives. Surviving also are a son, Jeffrey and two other daughters, Wendy Power and Carla Albert, all of New Berlin; his mother, Beulah Bodine of Berlin; brothers, James, Glen, Phillip and Robert; another sister, Joyce Corgan; and six grandchildren.

Boedecker, Iola Leonore

Services for Iola Lenore Boedecker, of Litchfield, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the First Baptist Church of Litchfield with Brother Bob Mallicoat, of Jacksonville, officiating. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday in Plummer Funeral Home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the First Baptist Church. Mrs. Boedecker died at 2:54 p.m. Saturday, July 18, 1998, in her home. She was 87 years old on June 24. She was employed as a clerk at the old J.J. Newberry department store in downtown Litchfield, She also served as an election judge. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Litchfield, the Fidelitas Class, Keenagers and was a Sunday school and Vacation Bible School teacher for several years. She enjoyed quilting, embroidery and writing poetry. She was born in Owensville, Mo., a daughter of Lewis and Martha Bogue Poppenhouse. She married Melvin Mitchell Boedecker on June 25, 1931, in Litchfield. He died January 16, 1985. Surviving are a daughter, Joyce DeWitt of Litchfield; eight grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were a son, Gary Boedecker on October 30, 1982; brothers, Charlie, Chester, Victor and Donald Poppenhouse; sisters, Flora Milanos, Elsie Sanders, Ruth Quarton and Violet in infancy. Services for Iola Leonore Boedecker, of Litchfield, were held at 10 this morning in the First Baptist Church of Litchfield. Brother Bob Mallicoat, of Jacksonville, officiated. Burial was in Elm Lawn Cemetery. Michelle Sweet was the organist. She accompanied Shirley Edwards who sang "Amazing Grace," "How Great Thou Art" and "The Old Rugged Cross." Pallbearers were Rick McBride of Baton Rouge, La., Russell DeWitt, Greg Matthews, Sterling Painter, Curt Simmons, Rod Bergmann, all of Litchfield, Tom Blackburn and Chad Blackburn, both of Chatham. Plummer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Following the committal service a meal was provided for the family and friends by the women of the church. Mrs. Boedecker, 87, died Saturday, July 18, in her home.


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