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Obregar, Paulie M.

Services for Paulie M. Obregar, of Nokomis, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Stiehl - Dawson Funeral Home there with the Rev. Bert Eickhoff officiating. Burial will be in Nokomis Cemetery. Mr. Obregar died Monday, December 27, 1999, in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield. He was 89 years old on December 23. He was the owner of Paulie's Supper Club and a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Nokomis. He was born in Weir City, Kansas, a son of Paul and Mary Palier Obregar. He married June Helfer in 1941 in Hillsboro; she died in 1998. Surviving are a daughter, Nancy Flowers and husband Terry of Hillsboro; sisters, Mary Warner and Rose Lang, both of California; four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Preceding him in death was an infant daughter, Penny Patricia.

O'Brien, John

John O'Brien, father of John O'Brien, Virginia Schutlz and Michelle O'Brien, all of Litchfield, died Friday, December 18, 1998, in his home in Arthur. He was 53 years old on February 7. He was an agricultural technician for John Deere for 20 years. He was born in Taylorville, a son of Floyd and Marie Hancock O'Brien. He married Joy Tillman on July 18, 1988, in Arthur. She survives. Surviving also are stepsons, Garon Majors of Hindesboro, Shawn Majors of Menard; a sister, Betty Lentz of Harvel; and several grandchildren. Services were held at 2 p.m. today in Moffitt Funeral Home, Morrisonville. Burial was in Harvel City Cemetery.

O'Farrell, Mary Blanche

Services for Mary Blanche O'Farrell, mother of Linda Graham of Litchfield, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Union Mills, Iowa, Christian Church with the Rev. Kerry Lake officiating. Burial will in Union Mills Cemetery. The family will receive friends today from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Harden Fuenral Home at New Sharon, Iowa. They suggest memorials be directed to the Union Mills Christian Church. Mrs. O'Farrell died Monday, December 14, 1998, in Grinnell Regional Medical Center. She was 79 years old on February 15. She was born in New Sharon, a daughter of B.L. and Blanche Eastlack Saunders, and was adopted at a young age by Edwin and Mary Graham Whaley. They resided in the New Sharon area and she graduated in 1937 from Okaloosa High School. Her marriage, to Wallace Branum O'Farrell on February 27, 1941, took place in her home near New Sharon and she resided in the home all of her life. Earlier this year she moved to the New Sharon Nursing and Rehab Center. Her husband survives. Surviving, also besides Mrs. David Graham of Litchfield, are three sisters, Audree Johnson of New Sharon, Alice Francis of Garden Grove, Calif., Marjorie Eilers of Topeka, Kan.; two grandchildren, David and Doug Graham, and three great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were a brother, Lyman Saunders and a sister, Helen Ver Steegh.

O'Steen, Virginia

Virginia Hall Eppinger O'Steen, formerly of Litchfield, died Saturday, July 10, 1999, in Loma Linda University Hospital, Loma Linda, Calif. She was 77 years old on December 21. A resident of Palm Desert, Calif., for the past four years, she was a member of the Palm Desert Presbyterian Church and the Desert Square Dance group. She previously resided in Florida where she was employed as secretary for the Central Florida Presbytery for 15 years. She was born in Litchfield, a daughter of Roscoe Charles and Lena Beindorf Hall. Surviving are her husband, John D. O'Steen of Palm Desert; daughter, Jane Walter of Atlanta, Ga.; sister, Elizabeth Hardy of Littleton, Colo.; brother, William Charles Hall of Mt. Olive; and one grandchild. Preceding her in death was a brother, Mark Eppinger. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Palm Desert Presbyterian Church with burial in the Palm Springs Mortuaries at Cathedral City. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Florida. In charge of arrangements is the Palm Springs Mortuary at 6855 East Ramon road, Cathedral City, CA 92234. CORRECTION Virginia Hall Eppinger O'Steen, formerly of Litchfield, died July 10 in Loma Linda, Calif. She was preceded in death by a son, Mark Eppinger. 

Oblinger, Josephine K.

Services for former state representative Josephine Kneidle Oblinger will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Sherman United Methodist Church with Rev. Dale Wilfong and Rev. Peter Mascari officiating. Burial will be in Wolf Creek Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today in the Boardman Smith Funeral Chapel, 800 South Grand West, Springfield. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to the Josephine K. Oblinger Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of A.G. Edwards and Sons or to the Salvation Army. Mrs. Oblinger, of Williamsville, died at 9:05 p.m. Sunday in St. John's Hospital, Springfield. She was 85 years old on February 14. She represented the Litchfield area while serving in the Illinois House of Representatives as 50th District representative from 1979 to 1982 and as 100th District representative from 1983 to 1985. She was also the director of the Illinois Department of Aging from 1977 to 1978. During this time she helped to get funding for the kitchen area at the Litchfield Community and Senior Center and establish the center as a nutrition site under the Golden Circle meal program for senior citizens. She also helped to get a Bicentennial grant that resulted in obtaining the pictures of early Litchfield which hang in the small meeting room at the center. She began her working career as a teacher. From 1935 to 1940, she taught in the last one room school house in Cook County, at Downers Grove. In 1943, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Kent College of Law, Chicago, University of Detroit Law School. She was the only woman in the law school and was valedictorian of the class. She worked that year for the Legal Aid Bureau in Detroit, Mich. and from 1951 to 1962, she returned to teaching at Lanphier High School. She was president of the Illinois Federation of teachers from 1959 to 1963. Other honors include being a delegate and chairman of Older Womens Concerns Committee for the 1981 White House Conference on Aging, being awarded the Salvation Army's highest award, the William Booth Others award in 1985, and the Elizabeth Cady Stanton award from the Springfield Women's Political Caucus in 1990. She was inducted into the Illinois Senior Citizens Hall of Fame in 1994 and received the Illinois Treasurer's award Alliance on Aging in 1996. She was born in Chicago, a daughter of John and Mabel Kneidle Harrington. Her husband, Walter L. Oblinger, died in 1990. Surviving are a son, Carl Oblinger and wife Marge of Springfield; grandchildren, Jennifer and Erik Oblinger and step grandchildren, Christine Gabel and James Gabel III.

Obregar, Mary J.

Services for Mary J. Obregar, of Nokomis, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Louis Catholic Church there with the Rev. Father Pat Jakel officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Stiehl©Dawson Funeral Home, Nokomis. Mrs. Obregar died at 10:01 a.m. Saturday, December 12, 1998, in Litchfield HealthCare Center. She was 80 years old on December 5. She worked for the State of Illinois before she retired, and was a member of the St. Louis Church. She was also a member of AARP. The last of her family, she was born in St. Louis, a daughter of Peter Mongiat and Lena Azzolina Mongiat Mazzanti. She married Frank F. Obregar on July 24, 1938, in St. Louis. He died July 27, 1993. Two brothers, Joseph and Mario Mazzanti, also preceded her in death.

Odorizzi, Harry J.

Funeral Mass for Harry J. "Tuck" Odorizzi, of Staunton, will be said at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Michael's Catholic Church there by the Rev. Father George Radosevich. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today in Williamson Funeral Home, Staunton. Prayer service will be said at 6 p.m. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to St. Michael's church or school, or to Staunton Memorial Hospital. Mr. Odorizzi died at 11 p.m. Friday, June 25, 1999, in Staunton Memorial Hospital. He was 83 years old on October 21. He was actively engaged in farming for most of his life. He operated the Mid America Dairy Farm until 1973. He served part time with the United States Department of Agriculture AAA program. He also served three consecutive terms on the county committee of the former Agricultural Stabilization Conservation Service, now the Farm Service Administration. In addition, he was a member of the organizing committee for the Staunton Area Ambulance Service and later served on the Ambulance Board. He was a fifth term trustee of Staunton Township, member and vice president of Memorial Park Cemetery board of directors. He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church and an honorary lifetime member of Staunton Knights of Columbus Council 2197. Known for his lively wit, he was the anonymous writer of a column about a fictitious baseball team, "The Slaughterhouse Nine," which appeared in the Staunton Star Times during the late 1950s and early 1960s. He was born in Williamson, a son of David and Katharina Eccher Odorizzi. He married Alba Barra on November 27, 1943, in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Benld. She survives. Surviving also are sons, Terry Odorizzi and wife Susan, Larry Odorizzi and wife Lana, David Odorizzi and wife Debby, all of Staunton; daughters, Sherry Millner and husband Charles, Mary Sherfy and husband David, all of St. Louis; and 11 grandchildren. Preceding him in death were a son, Kerry in infancy; sister, Mary Midgley and five brothers, Jim, Albert, Sandy, Leo and David Odorizzi. 

Odorizzi, Joseph J.

Services for Joseph J. (Joe) Odorizzi, of Staunton and a member of the Macoupin County Board, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Michael's Catholic Church there with the Rev. Father George Radosevich officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in Williamson Funeral Home. Prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. The family suggests memorials be directed to St. Michael's School. Mr. Odorizzi died at 7:16 a.m. Wednesday, June 17, 1998, in Staunton Memorial Hospital. He was 80 years old on October 28. He was a farmer and truck driver before he retired. He was a member of St. Michael's Church and the Staunton Knights of Columbus Council 2197. He was born in Williamson, a son of Joseph and Maria Yob Odorizzi. He married Mary Boston on October 25, 1947, in Benld. She survives. Surviving also are a granddaughter, Sara Beth Claytor; son©in©law, Steven Claytor; sisters, Ida Elsey of Allegan, Mich., Ann Guistalsesi and Rene Veneziano, both of Chicago. Preceding her in death were a daughter, Kathy A. Claytor; sisters, Mary Odorizzi and Rose Koller; brother, Dave Odorizzi; his parents and a step father, Pete Costa.

Oettel, Laura

Services for Laura Oettel, of Staunton, were held this afternoon in Williamson Funeral Home there. The Rev. Michael Kloepping officiated. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be directed to Zion Lutheran Church of Staunton. Mrs. Oettel died at 6:07 p.m. Thursday, June 18, 1998, in Staunton Memorial Hospital. She was 87 years old on February 21. She worked as a salesperson and bookkeeper for several area retail businesses, and was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Staunton and the Zion Senior Citizens. She was also an avid St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan. She was born in Staunton, a daughter of Fred and Lena Weber Sturm. Surviving are a daughter, Jeannette Holeschek and husband Carl of Edwardsville; a son, Jim Oettel and wife Judy of Decatur; sister, Lucille Dobson and husband John of Champaign; brother, Walter Sturm and wife Ingrid of Florissant, Mo.; two granddaughters, Julie and Jennifer Oettel of Decatur.

Oettel, Leslie N.

Services for Leslie N. Oettel, of rural Worden, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Zion Lutheran Church of Staunton with the Revs. Leslie J. Mitkos and Michael Kloepping officiating. Burial will be in Worden City Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Williamson Funeral Home, Staunton. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Zion Lutheran Church. Mr. Oettel died at 7:22 p.m. Saturday, September 11, 1999, in St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Belleville. He was 71 years old on January 15, and an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a carpenter and millwright for 36 years and before that was engaged in farming. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Staunton, Staunton VFW Post 1241 and Carpenters Local 633 of Granite City. He was born in Granite City, a son of George and Elsie Peters Oettel. He married Dorothy Rust on August 30, 1953, in the Zion Lutheran Church of Bunker Hill. She survives. Surviving also are daughters, Janice Gebken and husband John of St. Louis, Karen Oettel of St. Louis; sister, Dorothy Kieras of Lake Worth, Fla.; grandchildren, Michael, Katie and Kimberly Gebken. Others surviving include a sister in law, Candace Oettel of Troy. Preceding him in death were three daughters in infancy; sister, Adeline Oettel in infancy; and a brother, Kenneth Oettel.

Olson, Cameta G.

Mrs. Cameta Gilpin Olson, formerly of Litchfield, died on August 3, 1999. Word was received by Mrs. Bernadine Flynn. While residing here, Mrs. Olson a member of the First Baptist Church. Survivors include four daughters and a cousin, Mrs. Reba Prolitto now of Sterling Heights, Mich. Preceding her in death were her parents, Clarence and Noi Gilpin, brothers, Chris and Ivan and a sister, Virginia Edrington. Expressions of condolences may be sent in care of her daughter, Mrs. Beverly Gaben, 12165 Bagh street, Norwalk, CA 90650.

Ondesko, Helen

Helen Ondesko, formerly of Hillsboro, died Monday, May 14, 1998, in Chicago. She was 64 years old last June 8. Daughter of George and Mary Glosecki Ondesko, she graduated from Hillsboro High School and moved to Chicago where she worked for Bankers Insurance until her retirement. Surviving are a brother, Mike Glosecki and sisters, Mary Jett and Olga McKenna. Other survivors include a niece and nephew, Cindy Fenton and Randy Haycock. Preceding her in death were brothers, Andy Ondesko, John and Andy Glosecki and a sister, Ann Haycock. Services were held in Chicago with burial in St. Adalbert Cemetery there.

Ondrey, Stanley J.

Stanley J. Ondrey, formerly of Hillsboro, died Friday, July 3, 1998, in Methodist Medical Center, Peoria. He was 60 years old last August 2. A resident of Morton, he worked with his brother, Matthew, at Ondrey Gold and Silver in Peoria. He previously worked as a salesman for Central Petroleum Company in Cleveland. He was born in Hillsboro, a son of Matthew J., Sr., and Daisy J. Payne Ondrey. Surviving are his mother, Daisy Ondrey of Morton; brother, Matthew L. Ondrey of Morton; and a sister, Sue Shanks of Eureka. His father preceded him in death. Services were held in Morton with burial in Roberts Cemetery there.

Opel, Lorene L.

Services for Lorene L. Opel, of Worden, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Williamson Funeral Home there. Burial will be in the Worden Lutheran Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church or the Worden Fire District. Mrs. Opel died at 2:45 a.m. Monday, April 12, 1999, in Hitz Memorial Home, Alahambra. She was 78 years old on March 1. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Worden and was politically active. She was born in Edwardsville, a daughter of William and Emma Provaznik Bauer. She married Arthur C. Opel on April 18, 1942, in St. Louis. He died April 25, 1985. Surviving are sons, Gary Opel and wife Carol of Worden, Richard Opel of Granite City; daughters, Cheryl Bednar and husband Ronald of Bethalto, Terri Opel of Worden; sisters, Mavis Utechtt of Edwardsville; Charlene Sauerwein of Woodburn; brother, Reeves Bauer of Idaho; and six grandchildren. Preceding her in death were brothers, Calvin, Roland and Carlton Bauer; and a grandson, Daniel Opel. 

Orblish, Joseph J.

Services for Joseph J. Orblish, of Litchfield, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Meinschein 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 from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Mr. Orblish died at 11:59 a.m. Wednesday, February 10, 1999, in St. Francis Hospital. He was 81 years old on March 13. He had resided in Litchfield all of his life and worked as a machinist at Roller Derby Skate Corporation and at Webco. He was a member of St. Mary's Church and Holy Family. He was born in Litchfield, a son of John S. and Patricia Glanza Orblish. He married Belveana Chesney on September 18, 1958, in Litchfield. She survives. Surviving also are a daughter, Deborah Prieto of Litchfield; brother, George Orblish of Litchfield; sisters, Sophia Adams, Helen Webb, Regina Weller, all of Litchfield; and a grandchild, Nicole Prieto. Preceding him in death were a brother, John S. Orblish, Jr. and sisters, Margaret Childers and Blanche Orblish. Services for Joseph J. Orblish, of Litchfield, were held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Meinschein Funeral Home. The Rev. Father David Schmidt officiated. Michelle Sweet was the organist. Pallbearers were Dale Weller Jr., Blaide Ferguson, Terry Johnson, Charles Funk, Tony Meyer, Mike Funk. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Conducting military rites were Wilbert Tackaberry, Lee Baker, Bill Rogers, Bill Bates from American Legion Post 436 and Dave Allen, Dennis Lewey, Tim Wilson, Joe Wilson and V.C. Chasteen from VFW 3912. Burglar was Adam Roach. Mr. Orblish, 81, died Wednesday, February 10, in St. Francis Hospital. 

Osborn, Verna A.

Memorial service for Verna A. Osborn, formerly of the Butler area, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Butler Union Church with the Rev. James Howie officiating. Burial will be in Montgomery Cemetery near Butler. The family will receive friends at the church. A luncheon will beheld following the services in the Butler Community Center.Mrs. Osborn died Tuesday, May 26, 1998, in Stoughton, Wisconsin. she was 88 years old on April 23. She and her husband, Loren, farmed near Butler and operated the Red and White grocery store there for a time. In 1952, they moved to Pana where she operated the White Sail Cafe. She resided there until 1991 when she moved to Wisconsin to be near her children. She was born in Honey Bend, a daughter of Lee and Cynthelia Irwin McBroom, who farmed near Butler until 1927 when her father died. She married Loren Osborn on April 16, 1933, in Butler. Surviving are daughters, Dorothy Lay and husband James of Silver Spring, Md., Anne Eskeitz and husband Robert of Madison, Wis., Emily Houser and husband David of Stoughton; a son, Harold Osborn and wife Christina of Wausau, Wis.; 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were sisters, Mary Henry, Thelma McBroom and brothers, Earl and Howard McBroom. The family suggests memorials be directed to organizations supporting research for the treatment and cure of Parkinson's Disease or the Montgomery Cemetery Association. Funderson Funeral Home of Stoughton is in charge of arrangements.

Osborne, Dorothy I.

Word has been received of the death of Dorothy I. Osborne on June 30, 1998, in Elkhart General Hospital, Elkhart, Ind. Mrs. Osborne, of Elkhart, was 80 years old on March 21. She was born in Butler, a daughter of Vincent and Susie Gregg. Surviving are a daughter, Carol Harman of Elkhart; a son, Larry Vitali of Duncanville, Ala.; 14 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. Other survivors include several aunts and cousins in the area, including cousins Bernadine Flynn, Waive Schoen and an aunt, Helen Law, all of Litchfield. Preceding her in death were brothers, Wilbert V. and Donald C. Gregg and a sister, Wilma Barrett.

Osterholt, Laura E.

Services for centenarian Laura Eva Osterholt, of Morrisonville, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Trinity Lutheran Church, Harvel, with the Rev. Clifford Adair officiating. Burial will be in Morrisonville Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Moffitt Funeral Home, Morrisonville. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers memorials be directed to the Trinity Lutheran Church or the Morrisonville Ambulance Service. Mrs. Osterholdt died at 9:20 a.m. Thursday, August 5, 1999, in Golden Manor Nursing Home, Nokomis. She was 104 years old on April 30. She was born in Morrisonville, a daughter of Jacob and Etta Kline Rathgeber. She married Frank Osterholt on March 1, 1916, in St. Louis. Preceding her in death were her husband; son, John; daughters, Ruth Saffer and Marie Rich; and a sister, Lizzie Billiter. Surviving are a daughter in law, Esther Osterholt of Morrisonville, four grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren.

Ostermeier, John J.

Services for John Joseph Ostermeier, grandfather of Willliam Funderburk of Harvel and David Funderburk of Hillsboro, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesdazy in Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville. Burial will be in Zion Cemetery at Pawnee. The family will receive friends in the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Mr. Ostermeier, of Taylorville, died Sunday, September 19, 1999, in Heritage Manor of Pana. He was 81 years old on July 7. He was a retired farmer and also worked in conservation construction with the Civilian Conservation Corps. He was born in Christian County, a son of Joseph and Emma Davidson Ostermeier. He married Kathryn Denny on July 27, 1940, in St. Charles, Mo. She survives. Surviving also are daughters, Kay Funderburk of Taylorville, Mary Jo Paugh of El Cajon, Calif. and four other grandchildren. Preceding him in death were a sister, Mabel ostermeier and a brother, Harold Ostermeier.

Ott, Geraldine L.

Services for Geraldine L. Ott, of Staunton, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Williamson Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael Kloepping officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Zion Lutheran Church Stained Glass Window Fund. Mrs. Ott died at 2:55 p.m. Sunday, June 13, 1999, in Staunton Memorial Hospital. She was 83 years old on June 19. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Staunton and the Zion Lutheran Ladies Aid. She was born in Staunton, a daughter of Ufke and Caroline Fridli DeVries. She married Clarence Ott on November 3, 1935, in Staunton; he died October 24, 1970. Surviving are sons, Dale Ott and wife Pamela, Donald Ott and wife Jamie of Staunton; a sister, Lucille Vogelsang of Litchfield; and four grandchildren, Melinda Ott of Stamford, Conn., Timothy Ott and wife Danielle of McLean, Va., Tobin and Darren Ott, both of Staunton. 

Ott, Robert W.

Robert W. Ott, brother of former Litchfield resident Beverly Guyan, died Tuesday, June 2, 1998, in Naples, Fla. He was 77 years old, and an Army veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. He was a recipient of the Silver Star in the latter war. He had resided in Naples since 1970, when he moved from Chicago. He worked as controller for the Gatke Corporation in Chicago and was a member of the Oak Park Country Club. Surviving are his wife, Jeannette; a son, Kenneth W. Ott of Gainesville, Ga.; step daughter, Marsha McNitt of Frederick, Md.; two grandsons, Kenneth and Jason Ott and three step grandchidlren. Also surviving are his sister, Beverly Guyan of Fairfield Bay, Ark.; a niece Rebecca Kelly of Conifer, Colo., and a nephew, David Guyan of St. Louis. Services were held in Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday, June 9. The family suggests memorials in Mr. Ott's name be directed to the American Lung Association.

Otter, Therman W.

Therman Wright Otter, formerly of rural Coffeen, died March 15, 1999, in California. He was 86 years old on December 4. He was born on a farm approximately three miles east of Coffeen and lived and worked there until he retired in 1960. He married a next door neighbor, Mildred Valera McCollum on March 20, 1932. She survives. Surviving also are daughters, Marilyn Marie Combs of Ceres, Calif., and Juanita Jeanette Edwards of Oakdale, Calif.; three grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Services and burial took place in Modesto, Calif.

Otto, Nina Jean

Graveside service for Nina Jean Otto, of rural Gillespie, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in Graceland Cemetery, Decatur, with the Rev. Rick Hohimer officiating. Mrs. Otto died Monday, March 1, 1999 in Heritage Manor of Gillespie. She was 87 years old last March 21. She worked in radio in a talk show program in Springfield in the 1930s. She was born in Vernon, a daughter of Jesse and Viola Melton Linton. Her first husband, Harry Bradford, died in 1956. She then married Albert Otto and he died in 1986. Surviving are a son, Clyd Bradford and wife Linda of St. Charles, Mo.; nine grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were a son, Garney Lord; two brothers; grandson, Scott Bradford; and a great granddaughter, Malea Fellin. 

Overbey, Berniece E.

Services for Berniece E. Overbey, of Gillespie, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Kravanya Funeral Home there with the Rev. Lee Rule officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery at Greenfield. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to Shriners Hospital. Mrs. Overbey died at 1:42 a.m. Tuesday, September 8, 1998, in St. Francis Hospital. She was 83 years old on December 24. She was a customer service representative with Sears & Roebuck in St. Louis before she retired. She was born in Paragould, Ark., a daughter of Logan Earl and Midda Caledonia Williams Bass. She married Nelson M. Overbey on July 21, 1956, in St. Louis. He died September 17, 1995. Surviving are sons, Bruce Overbey of Columbia, Edmond Overbey of New York, N.Y.; daughters, Margaret Thomure of St. Charles, Mo., Maurine Wood of Fort Worth, Texas; brother, Samuel Milton Bass of Eureka; sisters, Hazel Schoen of Glenwood Springs, Colo., Charlsie Mae Shelton of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; 14 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Preceding her in death were brothers, Paul and Maurice Bass.

Overby, Bertha A.

Graveside service for centenarian Bertha Alma Overby, formerly of Edinburg, will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday in Walnut Hill Cemetery there with the Craig Scott officiating. Hough Colonial Home of Morrisonville is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the Edinburg Christian Church, of which she was a member. Mrs. Overby died at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, 1999, in Sunshine Manor, Carlinville. She was 101 years old on June 19. She attended 11 years of school and worked as a licensed practical nurse before she retired. She was born in Plainview, a daughter of Charles and Miltilda Coonrod Jackson. She married Newton E. Overby on July 15, 1917, in Edwardsville; he preceded her in death. She was the last of her family. Preceding her in death also were her children, Hallie and Francis Overby, both in infancy, and Helen Marten; brothers, Charles and Carl Jackson; and a sister, Nancy. Surviving are two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Owens, Rev. James

Rev. James Owens, pastor of St. Timothy United Methodist Church from 1956 to 1960, then known as the First Methodist Church, died Friday, February 19, 1999, in the United Methodist Village at Lawrenceville. Besides his ministry here, Rev. Owens served churches at Gorham, Bone Gap, Irvington, Grayville, Harrisburg, Robinson. He then served for a time as district superintendent of the Olney District of the Southern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church. Afterwards, he served at the Centralia First, Godfrey, Pinckneyville and Warrensville churches. He retired in 1986. He is survived by his wife, Loretta, who also resides at the United Methodist Village and a daughter, Patty of Mt. Carmel. Graveside services were conducted Saturday in Marion by the Rev. Cathy Seaton.

Ozanic, Evelyn Ann

Funreal Mass for Evelyn Ann Ozanic, of Mt. Olive, will be said at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Church of the Ascension there by the Rev. Father Larry Anschutz. Burial will be in Union Miners Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Becker and Son Funeral Home. Rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Mt. Olive Ambulance Service. Miss Ozanic died at 7:42 a.m. today, Tuesday, December 1, 1998, in Litchfield Health Care Center. She was 80 years old on August 7. She was the secretary to the superintendent of Mt. Olive schools for 37 years, a member of the Church of the Ascension and the Altar and Rosary Society of the church. She was also an adoptive parent in the Save the Children program. She attended Mt. Olive schools, graduating from the high school in the class of 1936. She was born in Mt. Olive, a daughter of Joseph John, Sr., and Katherine Agnes Karlovic Ozanic, and never married. Surviving are a brother, Joseph Ozanic, Jr., and wife Genevieve of Mt. Olive; sister, Roselyn Perino of Litchfield; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death was a sister, Vernia Feldmann. Following the services a luncheon will be served to family and friends in the Ascension hall by members of the Altar and Rosary Society. Funeral Mass for Evelyn Ann Ozanic, of Mt. Olive, was said at 11 this morning in the Church of the Ascension there. The Rev. Father Larry Anschutz officiated with Daniel Dragovich and Anthony Oberneufemann as servers. The Ascension choir was directed by Pam Monke. Organist was Amy Dragovich. Burial was in Union Miners Cemetery. Pallbearers were Sylvan Kapusta, Joseph Feldmann, Stacey Furlow, Dan Mancini, Larry Wall, Barbara and Mary Ozanic. Following the services a lunch was served to family and friends in the Ascension Church hall by members of the Altar and Rosary Society. Miss Ozanic, 80, died Tuesday, December 1, in Litchfield Health Care Center.

Ozment, Howard L.

Howard L. Ozment, father of Deborah Vogt of Hillsboro, died Tuesday, June 15, in his home in Marion. He was 86 years old on April 21. He born in Johnson County, a son of Loren and Lucy Cummins Ozment. He married Mary E.Wieneke on October 22, 1938, in St. Louis. She survives. Surviving also are two other daughters, Sandra Johnson of Marion, Phyllis Gulati of Treasure Island, Fla.; three sisters, sixt grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Services were held in Marion with burial in the Reevesville Cemetery.


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