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Pilger, Jerry W.

Services for Jerry W. Pilger, formerly of Litchfield, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the First Assembly of God Church in Iberia, Mo., with the Rev. Jeff Higbie officiating. Committal service will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at graveside in Elmwood Cemetery, Litchfield. Hedges Funeral Home, Camdenton, Mo., is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Pilger, of Iberia, died Wednesday, April 28, 1999, in Lake Ozark General Hospital at Osage Beach, Mo. He was 47 years old on October 17. He was employed as a clerk in a department store and attended the First Assembly of God Church in Iberia. He was born in Alton, a son of William Olis and Dolema Murial Hammers Pilger. Surviving are brothers, William Pilger and wife June of St. Geniveve, Mo., Patrick Pilger and wife Marti of Overland, Mo., Robert Pilger and wife Susan of Kansas City, Mo.; sisters, Dorothy Spurgeon and husband Melvin of Alton, Mary Taylor of West Plains, Mo., Beverly Bowers and husband Walter of Florida, Helen Clark of Golconda, Margaret Crump and husband Bill of Wood River. Preceding him in death were his parents and brothers, Donald and Michael Pilger.

Pilger, Sr., Michael Lee

Services for Michael Lee Pilger, Sr., formerly of Litchfield, were held at 11 this morning in Plummer Funeral Home. Rev. Ed Fogle, of the First Baptist Church of Mt. Olive, officiated. Burial was in Elm Lawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mark Crawford of Hornsby, Rocky Estell of Hillsboro, Alvin Scott, Charles Speed, Brian Taylor and Terry Taylor, all of Litchfield. Following the services a meal was provided for the family and friends by the Women of the Moose. Mr. Pilger, 49, died Monday, October 26, in Monticello, Ind.

Pinder, Walter J.

Services for Walter J. Pinder will be held at 8 p.m. Friday in Patton Memorial Home, Hillsboro, with the Rev. Randy Sands, pastor of the Free Methodist Church of Hillsboro, officiating. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Sunset Hills Cemetery in Warrensburg, Mo. Friends may call in the funeral home on Friday from 5 p.m. until the time of service. Masonic rites will be conducted at 7 p.m. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children. Mr. Pinder, from Forsyth, Mo., died at 3:05 a.m. Wednesday, June 9, 1999, in Montgomery Health Care Center, Taylor Springs. He was 94 years old on September 21. He spent most of his life in the Branson, Mo., area. He constructed and was proprietor of a resort at Protem, Mo., for approximately 25 years. He also worked on pipe organs. He was a Mason for 59 years and was currently a member of the Welston Masonic Lodge in St. Louis. He was born in Warrensburg, Mo., a son of William and Lucinda Francis Pinder, and graduated from high school there. He married Mary Cherevnak on April 21, 1927, in St. Louis. She survives. Surviving also are a number of nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were one brother and two sisters.

Pirok, LaVonne A.

Funeral Mass for LaVonne Annette Pirok, of rural Worden, will be said at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Michael's Church, Staunton, by the Rev. Father George Radosevich. Burial will be in New Douglas Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. today in Lesicko Funeral Home, New Douglas. The family suggests memorials be directed to Masses. Mrs. Pirok died at 3:15 p.m. Sunday, May 23, 1999, in her home. She was 63 years old on July 12. She operated the family-owned Sky-Lo tavern in New Douglas, and was a member of St. Michael's Church. She was born in New Douglas, a daughter of Trueitt and Mary Louise Kline Foulke. She married Stephen Pirok on June 25, 1955, in St. Ubaldus Church, New Douglas. He survives. Surviving also are a son, Kevin Pirok and wife Susan of Staunton; daughter, Michelle Hamilton and husband Richard of New Douglas; sister, Myra Styffe of Holiday Shores; six grandchildren, Jason Pirok, Tom Harmon, Jr., Kim Pirok, Robert Pirok, Justin Hamilton and Melissa Hamilton; and one great grandchild, Christopher Michael Pirok. 

Pitts, Isaiah Amaur

Isaiah Amaur Pitts, infant son of Calvin Lee and Angela Hutchins Pitts of Springfield, died Wednesday, September 23, 1998, in St. John's Hospital. Surviving besides his parents are a sister, Ciera and a brother, Calvin L. Jr.; grandparents, Morrine Pitts of Springfield, Joe and Gloria Hutchins of Hillsboro; and great grandmothers, Julie Mae Pitts of Springfield, Evelyn Craig of Harvel. Graveside service will be held at noon Monday in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Plopper, Evelyn E.

Services for Evelyn E. Plopper, of Litchfield, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Meinschein Funeral Home with Steve Revisky, pastor of the Christian Church of Litchfield, officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday in the funeral home from one hour before the service. The family suggests memorials be directed to Adopt©A©Pet. Ms. Plopper died at 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, September 29, 1998, in St. Francis Hospital. She was 76 years old on June 21. She worked at Plopper's Laboratories, Inc., which was owned and operated by her parents and at International Paper Company in Ltichfield. She was a member of St. Timothy's United Methodist Church. She enjoyed working with crafts, especially making bows and arrows and using them. She was born in Litchfield, a daughter of Herbert H. and Hazel Mae Walker Plopper. Her marriage ended in divorce. Surviving are sisters, Mary Jean Plopper and Shirley Tucker, both of Springfield. Preceding her in death were an infant daughter and a brother, Lowell Plopper. Services for Evelyn E. Plopper, of Litchfield, were held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Meinschein Funeral Home. The Rev. Steve Revisky officiated. Irene Graden was the organist. Pallbearers were Dennis Morgan, Dennis Logsdon, Danny Logsdon, Melvin Higgins and William Howard. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery. Mrs. Plopper, 76, died September 29, in St. Francis Hospital.

Plovich, Dorothy A.

Services for Dorothy A. Plovich, of Benld, were held at 10 a.m. today in St. Joseph's Catholic Church there. The Rev. Father Larry Auda officiated. Burial was in Benld City Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be directed to Partnership for Educational Excellence, Friends of the Gillespie Library or the Frank A. Bertetti Library, Benld. Mrs. Plovich died at 5:10 a.m. Friday, December 10, 1999, in Barnes - Jewish Hospital, St. Louis. She was 83 years old on April 27. She was a member of St. Joseph's Altar Society and Croatian Lodge 217 of Benld. She was born in Coal City, a daughter of Dominic and Catherine Campo Savant. She married John Plovich on October 19, 1935, in Waterloo. He died August 31, 1993. Surviving are sons, John D. Plovich and wife Carolyn of Gillespie, Terry D. Plovich and wife Jo Ann of Benld; six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were brothers, James Savant Sr., Dominic Savant Jr. and a sister, Angelina Bertagnolli.

Plowman, Mildred O.

Services for Mildred O. Plowman, of Hillsboro and formerly of Morrisonville, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in Patton Memorial Home, Hillsboro, with the Rev. Randy Sands, pastor of the Free Methodist Church of Hillsboro officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Ridge Cemetery at Honey Bend. Friends may call on Friday in the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the time of service. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Diabetes Association. Mrs. Plowman died at 3:44 a.m. Tuesday, December 14, 1999, in Hillsboro Health Care Center. She was 77 years old on April 23. She spent most of her life in Morrisonville and worked at Meadow Manor nursing home in Taylorville for many years as a nurse's aide. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Morrisonville. She was born in Atwater, a daughter of Jacob Clarence and Lena Leotta Fawcet Daugherty. Her husband, William Plowman, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, Bill Plowman and wife Norma of Hillsboro, Terry Plowman of Springfield; daughters, Katherine Stingel, Assumption, Linda Quigley of Brookfield, Mo., Janet Bierman of Springfield; brothers, Kennon Daugherty of Springfield, Donald Daugherty of Carlinville; 14 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Preceding her in death were a son, Robert Plowman; brothers, Clarence, Harley and Glen Daugherty; and a sister, Florence. CORRECTION An addition has been made to the obituary of Mildred Plowman which appeared in Wednesday's edition. Mrs. Plowman, 77 of Hillsboro, died Tuesday, December 14. Preceding her in death were two additional brothers, Claude D. and Wilbur S. Daugherty. Brothers, Clarence, Harley and Glen were named in the obituary. Her sister, Florence named in the obituary was Florence Deihl.

Pocklington, Clara B.

Graveside service for Clara B. Pocklington, sister of Evan H. Pocklington of Hillsboro, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Mayfield Memorial Park Cemetery, Carlinville. Davis - Anderson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Miss Pocklington, of Carlinville, died Monday, March 1, 1999, in Sunshine Manor there. She was 92 years old on September 3. She was a nurse's aide at Lakeside Nursing Home before she retired. She previously worked as a clerk at Lutger Wall Paper Shop in Carlinville. She was born in Nilwood, a daughter of Frank W. and Emma W. Lutger Pocklington. Surviving also are another brother, Irvin L. Pocklington of Carlinville; sister, Olive Bates and husband John of Chesterfield. 

Poivey, Lillian R.

Arrangements for Lillian R. Poivey, of Gillespie, are pending at Kravanya Funeral Home there. Mrs. Poivey, 72, died at 8:40 a.m. Sunday, February 14, 1999, in St. Francis Hospital. Memorial service for Lillian R. Poivey, of Gillespie, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Kravanya Funeral Home with the Rev. Dennis Hill officiating. Interment of the cremains will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Holy Cross Cemetery, Gillespie. Friends may call on Wednesday in the funeral home from 5 p.m. until the time of service. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Partnership for Educational Excellence in the Gillespie Community School District, Benld Nutrition Center, Gillespie Public Library or the Gillespie - Benld Ambulance Service. Mrs. Poivey died at 8:40 a.m. Sunday, February 14, 1999, in St. Francis Hospital. She was 72 years old on August 1. She was born in Cairo, a daughter of William and Mary Lipscomb. Her husband, Joseph F. Poivey, survives. Surviving also are a son, Joseph Poivey of Gillespie; daughters, Jo Ann Mitchell and husband Richard, Lois Blevins and husband Richard, Mary Lou Bertetto and husband George, all of Gillespie, Pamela Pointer and husband Keven of Chesterfield; eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were brothers, Edward and George Lipscomb and sisters, Mamie Whipkey, Nina Leonard and Irene Westrich. 

Pokorney, Robert A.

Funeral arrangements for Robert A. Pokorney are incomplete at Meinschein Funeral Home. Mr. Pokorney, 44 of Troy, Mo., died at 3:14 p.m. Tuesday, December 1, 1998, in Lincoln County Memorial Hospital in Troy. He was the son of Raymond James and Pauline Jane Boucher Pokorney. Services for Robert A. Pokorney, Sr., formerly of Litchfield, will be held at noon Friday 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 5 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the American Heart Association. Mr. Pokorney, of Troy, Mo., died at 3:14 p.m. Tuesday, December 1, 1998, in Lincoln County Memorial Hospital in Troy. He was 44 years old on April 12. He worked at a recycling center and various other jobs. He attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Litchfield before moving with his family to St. Ann, Mo. He was a member of St. Gregory Catholic Church in St. Ann. He was born in Litchfield, a son of Raymond James and Pauline Jane Boucher Pokorney. Surviving are sons, Robert A. Pokorney Jr. and Matthew Jon Pokorney, both of St. Charles, Mo.; his parents, Raymond and Pauline Pokorney of St. Ann; brother, James A. Pokorney and wife Mary of Overland Park, Kansas; sister, Susan M. Rivard and husband Wayne of Chandler, Texas. Others surviving include a niece and two nephews, Amy Pokorney of Overland Park, Richard Pokorney of Gillespie and Timothy Pokorney of St. Louis. A brother, Raymond J. Pokorney, preceded him in death. Services for Robert A. Pokorney, Sr., formerly of Litchfield, were held at noon Friday in Meinschein Funeral Home. The Rev. Father David Schmidt officiated. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. "Amazing Grace" was played by the organist, Irene Graden, during the service. Pallbearers were Richard Pokorney, Brooks, McCord, Scott Davis, Brad Fenton, Wayne Rivard, Jamie Chase. Mr. Pokorney, 44, of Troy, Mo., died Tuesday, December 1, in Troy.

Pollard, Gyelia E.

Services of Gyelia E. Pollard, of the Staunton and Bunker Hill area, will be held at noon Thursday in Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie. Burial will be in the Woodburn Cemetery. Friends may call in the funeral home on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Mrs. Pollard died at 7:50 p.m. Sunday, March 21, 1999, in St. Luke's Hospital, Chesterfield, Mo. She was 72 years old on October 1. She was born in Alton, a daughter of Theodore and Helen Van Meter Winslow. Her husband, Hal Pollard, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, William DuChene of Las Vegas, Nev., David Wyhs of Bloomington, James Wyhs of Fieldon; daughters, JoAnn Kirkwood of Glen Carbon; brothers, Donald Winslow of Fieldon, Robert Winslow of Tennessee; sister, Joyce Broyles of Wilsonville; 14 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Preceding her in death was a brother Butch Winslow.

Polley, Nellie

Services for Nellie Polley, of Witt, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Sutton Funeral Home, Nokomis, with the Rev. Rodney Blomquist officiating. Burial will be in Kettlekamp Cemetery in rural Nokomis. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Mrs. Polley died at 8:20 a.m. Sunday, October 3, 1999, in Golden Manor Nursing Home, Nokomis. She was 89 years old on May 26. She was a member of the Jehovah Witnesses in Hillsboro. She was born in Holland Township of Shelby County, a daughter of Eli and Grace Riley Blickem. She married Cecil Polley on November 23, 1929, in Shelbyville. He survives. Surviving also are daughters, Doris Kortwitz and husband Wes of Nokomis; Cressie Mitchell of Springfield; sisters, Lois Hanson of Chicago, Iris Martin of Effingham, Phyllis Burdzilauskas of Pana; brothers, Charley Blickem of Florida, Joe Blickem and Robert Blickem; seven grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were a son, Gene Polley; grandchildren, Lisa Carol, Marc Kottwitz; one great grandson, Blake Polley; and six brothers and sisters.

Pollo, Venie M.

Venie Michael Pollo, of Florissant, Mo., and formerly of Benld, died Friday, June 25th at Village North Manor in Florissant. He was 85 years old on September 28, and an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He retired from Day Bright Lighting, a division of Emerson Electric. He was the eldest child of Steve and Mary Koniak Pollo. He married Mariana Perino, also of Benld, on November 19, 1944, at Love Field in Dallas, Texas. She survives. Surviving also are a son, Daniel Pollo and wife Jeanne of Dublin, Calif.; daughter, Catherine Behme and husband Robert of Edwardsville; brothers, Benedict and Stephen Pollo, both of Benld, Anton Pollo and wife Dora of Lansing, Mich.; sisters, Cecilia Pollo, Mary Ann Pollo, Monica Crouse and husband Everett, all of Benld; grandsons, Kevin Pollo and wife Alice of San Antonio, Texas, Brian Pollo of Kansas City, Mo., and Michael Behme of Edwardsville. Preceding him in death were two brothers. Funeral Mass was held Monday in North American Martyrs Catholic Church with entombment at Sacred Heart Mausoleum, both in Florissant. 

Pollo, Edward Scott

Services for Edward Scott Pollo, of Gillespie, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Kravanya Funeral Home there with the Rev. Richard Hill officiating. Burial will be in Union Miners Cemetery, Mt. Olive. Friends may call in the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Masonic rites will be conducted at 7 p.m. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Partnership for Educational Excellence in Community Unit School District 7, Gillespie - Benld, or the Gillespie - Benld Ambulance Service. Mr. Polo was pronounced dead at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday February 24, 1999, in St. Francis Hospital from injuries suffered in a single vehicle accident. He was 54 years old on September 30, and an Army veteran of Vietnam. He was a coal miner at Moneterey Coal Mine 1, Carlinville, and a member of United Mine Workers Local 1613. He was also a member of VFW Post 4547 and the Masonic Lodge in Gillespie and the Ansar Shrine in Springfield. He was born in Chicago, a son of Edward and Jule Sieglitz Pollo, and was a 1962 graduate of Mt. Olive High School. He married Carol Kalaskie on August 7, 1965, in Staunton. She survives. Surviving also are a son, Anthony Pollo of Gillespie; daughter, Wendy Pollo of Carlinville; and a sister, Lynn Shapiro of Bloomington, Ind. His parents preceded him in death.

Pomatto, Sr., John L.

Services for John L. Pomatto, Sr., of Wilsonville, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Kravanya Funeral Home with the Rev. Father Robert Porter officiating. Burial will be in Benld City Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to Staunton Memorial Hospital. Mr. Pomatto died at 6:37 p.m. Tuesday, January 5, 1999, in Staunton Memorial Hospital. He was 79 years old on February 16, and an Army veteran of World War II. He worked in the shipping department of Olin Corporation in East Alton before he retired. In his earlier years he was a coal miner. He was a member of VFW Post 4547 of Gillespie and the East Alton Machinists Union. He was a son of Michael and Dora Gordon Pomatto, but his birth place is unknown at this time. He married Josephine Pomatto on May 1, 1948, in Wilsonville. She died April 3, 1994. Surviving are a son, John "Jake" Pomatto and wife Sherry of Dorsey; brothers, Eugene Pomatto of Charleston, S.C., Robert Pomatto of Gillespie; sisters, Eleanor Rosini and Erma Pomatto of Wilsonville; and four grandchildren, Dino Pomatto of Ft. Meyers, Fla., Lisa Pomatto of Cape Coral, Fla., Jenni and Jamie Stumpf of Dorsey. Preceding him in death were a brother, Mike Pomatto and a sister, Mary Ann Pomatto.

Pope, Gladys C.

Services for Gladys C. Pope, of Nokomis, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the First Baptist Church there with the Rev. Jeff Bapst officiating. Burial will be in Nokomis Cemetery. Friends may call on Wednesday in the church 1 p.m. until the time of service. Sutton Funeral Home of Nokomis is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Pope died at 8:15 a.m. Sunday, April 11, 1999, in Decatur Memorial Hospital. She was 88 years old on April 2. She was born in St. Louis, a daughter of John and Margaret Byerly Nussman. She married Warren Pope on June 15, 1929, in Detroit, Mich. He died on December 26, 1982. Surviving are daughters, Kathryn Dissler of Glen Carbon, Linda Virgil of Decatur, Audrey Jenkins of Divernon, Beverly Stevenson of East Alton; sons, John Pope of Florissant, Mo., Dale Pope of Chillicothe; a sister, Helen Flaxbeard of Maryville; 19 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren. 

Pope, Mabel Bertha

Services for Mabel Bertha Pope, of Hillsboro, were held at 2 p.m. today in Hough and Sons Funeral Home there. The Rev. Dallas White officiated. Burial was in Irving Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Schram City Baptist Church or the Hillsboro Hospital. Mrs. Pope died at 6:45 p.m. Friday, February 26, 1999, in Hillsboro Hospital. She was 95 years old on October 19. She attended Schram City schools and worked at Ball Brothers Glass factory before she retired. She was a member of the Schram City Baptist Church, the Honor Society of Old Settlers and the Home Comfort Club. She was born in Mulkytown, a daughter of George and Jennie Lyerla Lewis. She married Clarence Pope on March 6, 1920, in Hillsboro. He died August 21, 1957. Surviving are a daughter, Betty Bandor and husband William of Hillsboro; two granddaughters, Becky Cullison and husband Steve and Beth Petcher; and four great grandchildren, Taylor, Blair and Paige Cullison and Erica Petcher. 

Popovich, George John

Services for George John Popovich, of White City, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in becker and Son Funeral Home, Mt. Olive, with the Rev. Father Paul Waters officiating. Burial will be in Chapman Cemetery, Mt. Olive. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today in the fuenral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to Chapman Cemetery or Mt. Olive Turner Hall. Mr. Popovich died at 12:25 a.m. Saturday, November 7, 1998, in Barnes © Jewish Hospital, St. Louis. He was 84 years old on September 20. He owned and operated Popovich's Grocery STore in White City from 1940 to 1978. He was also a construction worker, truck driver and laborer at Shell Oil. He attended White City Public Grade School and Mt. Olive High School. He was an avid Chicago Cub and Bear fan. He loved motorcycles and rode his Harley Davidson for 66 years. An avid motorcycle racing fan, he was a charter member of the Midstate Motorcycle Club. He also loved playing Poly and was a member of the Turner Hall Poly league. He was born in White City, a son of Blazo Paul and Flora Schreiter Popovich. He married Josephine Martha Myers on December 7 in St. Louis. She survives. Surviving also are a sister, Bernice Wright and husband Phil of Scottsdale, Ariz.; 13 nieces and nephews, Tamara Hurley, Lisa Savale, Peter, Steven and Randy Wright, David, Rene, Denise and Mark DeLaurent, Charles Popovich Jr., Christy Yurkovich, Cindy Martin and Candy Montoro; 25 great nieces and nephews; four great great nieces and nephews. Others surviving include a cousin, Mirko Popovich. Preceding him in death were a brother, Charles "Chisel" Popovich and sisters, Anna Rose Popovich and Louise DeLaurent. Following the services a lunch will be served to family and friends in Mt. Olive Veterans Hall. Services for George John Popovich, of White City, were held at 11 this morning in Becker and Son Funeral Home, Mt. Olive. The Rev. Father Paul Waters officiated. Burial was in Chapman Cemetery at Mt. Olive. Musical selections were "How Great Thou Art," "Wherever You Go" and "Here I Am Lord." Pianist and soloist was Rosemary Messner. Pallbearers were Paul Vuckovich, Nick Vuckovich, Mark Dragovich, Robert Kertis, Mike Frizzo and Tom Svetlik. Following the services a lunch was served to family and friends in the Mt. Olive Veterans Hall. Mr. Popovich, 84, died Saturday, November 7, in Barnes © Jewish Hospital, St. Louis.

Popovich, Josephine M.

Services for Josephine Martha "Josie" Popovich, of White City, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Becker and Son Funeral Home, Mt. Olive, with the Rev. Father George Radosevich officiating. Burial will be in Chapman Cemetery. Friends may call in the funeral home on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Memorials are suggested to Chapman Cemetery or the Mt. Olive parks. Mrs. Popvich died at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 22, 1999, in Heritage Manor of Staunton. She was 80 years old on December 11. She owned and operated Popvich's Grocery Store in White City with her husband, George, from 1940 to 1978. She enjoyed painting and won many ribbons as a member of the Prairie Painters Art Club. She also enjoyed motorcycles and was a member of the Midstate Motorcycle Club in White City. Another hobby she especially enjoyed was gardening. The former Josephine Martha Myers, she was born in Boston, Mass. and married George John Popovich in St. Louis on December 7, 1940. He died November 7, 1998. A brother, David, was killed in action in World War II. Surviving are a sister - in - law, Bernice Popovich Wright of Scottsdale, Ariz., along with many nieces and nephews.

Poggenpohl, Ross L.

Services for Ross L. Poggenpohl, formerly of Hillsboro, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Staab Funeral Home, Springfield. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Memorial Medical Center Regional Cancer Center or the First Christian Church of Springfield. Mr. Poggenpohl, of Springfield, died at 1 a.m. Sunday, January 31, 1999, in Memorial Medical Center. He was 66 years old on September 12, and an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He was a salesman for Herrin Fertilizer in Mt. Pulaski for 15 years before he retired in 1997. He moved to Springfield in 1973 from Lincoln, was a member of the First Christian Church, the American Legion Post of Mt. Pulaski and the Grasshopper Association of Springfield. He was a 1954 graduate of the University of Illinois. He was born in Hillsboro, a son of Lawrence and Nora Sanders Poggenpohl. He married Lillian Dellomo on September 27, 1979. She survives. Surviving also are daughters, Sue Stafford of Connecticut, Marla Bailey of Champaign, Dawn Poggenpohl of Athens; two step daughters, Judy Dodd, Tamie Esella, both of Springfield; sons, David Poggenpohl of Springfield, Larry Poggenpohl of St. Louis; a stepson, Kevin Dodd of Riverton; a sister, Marilyn McWard and husband Don of Raymond; and 11 grandchildren. 

Porter, Murvin L.

Services for Murvin L. Porter, of Bloomington, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Stiehl Dawson Funeral Home, Nokomis, with the Rev. Jeff Bapst officiating. Burial will be in Nokomis Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Mr. Porter died at 6:23 a.m. Sunday, October 25, 1998, in St. Joseph's Hospital, Bloomington. He was 53 years old on December 7. He worked in electrical construction and was employed by L.E. Meyer Construction Company for 31 years. An Army veteran, he saw service in Korea. He was a member of the VFW in Bloomington. He was born in Oconee, a son of George and Cecilia Lewiski Porter. He married Helen Bracken on July 19, 1968. She survives. Surviving also are a son, Michael Scott Porter of Charleston, S.C.; a daughter, Lisa Kay Porter of Bloomington; brothers, Paul Porter of Nokomis, Gerald Porter of Pana, Albert Porter of Oconee, Richard Porter of Centralia, Jack Porter of Herrick; sisters, Thelma Erickson, Frances Howse, both of Lake Stevens, Wash., Rose Brown of Rosamond, Irma Shuff of Tower Hill, Ann Smith of Ramsey; and three grandchildren, Nikki, Jeffry and Jared.

Powell, Lyndell May

Services for Lyndell May Powell, mother of Carol Powell of Hillsboro, will be held at 11 a.m. Tursday in Ellinger © Kunz and DAvis Funeral Home, Springfield, with the Rev. Charles Lee officiating. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the American Heart Association. Mrs. Powell died at 7:51 a.m. Monday, January 11, 1999, in St. John's Hospital, Springfield. She was 82 years old on April 6. She was employed at St. John's Hospital as a nurse's aide for 27 years before she retired. She was born in Elkhart, a daughter of Albert and Mary Anderson Harmon. She married Richard T. Powell on June 17, 1935, in Linoln. He died March 8, 1979. Surviving are five other daughters, Mary Bauser of Long Beach, Calif., cAtherine Kieffer of St. Peters, Mo., Frances Hicks of Harrisburg, Lois and Patricia Powell of Springfield; 15 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were two brothers, Richard L. and William L. Powell and a daughter, Jean Sherrell.

Prange, Ralph J.

Funeral arrangements for Ralph J. Prange, step father of Dennis and Steve Roberts of Litchfield. Mr. Prange, of Salem, Ark., died at 10:45 p.m. Saturday, June 26, in Greenhaven West nursing home in Springfield, Mo. Ralph John Prange, formerly of Litchfield, died Saturday, June 26, 1999, in Green Haven Nursing Home, Springfield, Mo. He was 79 years old on March 26, and an Air Force veteran of World War II. A resident of Salem, Ark., he was retired. Before that he was an advertising salesman for Kaiser Blair Company. He was, also, a member of Spring River Moose Lodge 739 and the VFW, and was a affiliated with the Lutheran Church, having become a member while in Litchfield. He was born in Michigan City, Ind., a son of John Henry and Willamena Sophia Meyer Prange. He married Priscilla Rose Menossi on June 8, 1958, in Corinth, Miss. She preceded him in death. Surviving are sons, Dennis and Steven Roberts, both of Litchfield, Richard Roberts of Denton, Texas; daughter, Becky Prange of Salem, Ark.; sisters, Eunice Wiest of Salem, Lois Ward of Clairmore, Okla.; nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were a daughter, Lisa Degg, a brother and two sisters. Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 30 in Barker Funeral Home at Salem, Ark. The family suggests memorials contributions be directed to the American Cancer Society. Graveside service for Ralph and Rose Prange, formerly of the local area, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 8, in Cedar Ridge Cemetery at Honey Bend. The Rev. Chad Foster of the Baptist Church of Morrisonville will officiate. The cremated remains of the couple are being buried together. Mr. Prange died June 26, 1999, in Springfield, Mo. His obituary was published June 29. Mrs. Prange preceded him in death on December 23, 1993.

Pray, Roberta Ryan

Roberta Ryan Pray, sister of Jean Reincke of Nokomis, died Monday, September 14, 19998, in St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur. She was 74 years old. Surviving also are her husband, Merle; son, Roger Pray of Genesco; daughter, Marcia Downs of Stonington; other sisters, Wanda Bates of Taylorville, Carolyn Cothern of Western Springs, Judy Brierly of Springfield, Mo.; brother, Don Ryan of Taylorville; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Services will be held Thursday morning at the First Christian Church in Blue Mound. Burial will be in Old Stonington Cemetery. Ater Wikoff Funeral Home, Blue Mound, is in charge of arrangements.

Price, Ann Jachino

Private graveside service for Ann Jachino Price, of Hillsboro, will be held in Oak Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Ralph Ward officiating. Hough and Sons Funeral Home, Hillsboro, is in charge of arrangements. The family suggests memorials be directed to the American Cancer Society or the American Lung Association. Mrs. Price died at 6:13 a.m. Saturday, April 3, 1999, in Hillsboro Hospital. She was 75 years old on July 30. She graduated from Nokomis High School in 1941. She was born in Nokomis, a daughter of Jim and Theresa Fassino Jachino. She married Earl Robert Price on February 9, 1945, in Hillsboro. He died September 21, 1995. Surviving are her children, Robert Earl Price and Ginger Barnes, William Roger Price and Pam Hennings, all of Hillsboro, Jerry Lee Price and wife Stacy of Seattle, Wash., Carol Price Harrison and husband Bob of Hickery, N.C.; four grandchildren, Theresa, Crissi and Audra Harrison of Hickery, and Jackson R. Price of Seattle. Preceding her in death were brothers, John, Pete and Jimmy Jachino and a sister, Jenni Berra.

Price, Blanch I.

Services for Blanch I. Price, formerly of Staunton, were held at 2 p.m. today in Williamson Funeral Home there. The Rev. Dean Cox and the Rev. Sam Williams officiated. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Staunton Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Price, of Jerseyville, died at 11:40 a.m. Friday, November 27, 1998, in Alton Memorial Hospital. She was 82 years old on September 21. She had resided in Staunton for 41 years before moving to Jerseyville seven years ago. She worked in several Staunton area restaurants as a cook. She was a member of the New Life Tabernacle at Delhi. She was born in Ellsinore, Missouri, a daughter of Lemuel P. and Nora Bell Carnahan Norman. She married James M. Price on January 20, 1934, in Van Buren, Missouri. He died November 25, 1984. Surviving are daughters, Wilma Cummings and Juanita Alexander, both of Jerseyville; four grandchildren, Gary and Tracy Simpson, Harlan Simpson and Beverly Simpson; and two great grandchildren, Justin and Joshua Simpson. Preceding her in death were eight brothers and sisters.

Price, Ival

Services for Ival Price, of Gillespie, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in Kravanya Funeral Home there with the Rev. Art Roemer officiating. Burial will be in Gillespie City Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Mrs. Price died at 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 27, 1998, in Heritage Manor of Gillespie. She was 99 years old on February 25. She retired as a sales clerk at the Heinz Shoe Store in Gillespie. She was born in Hornsby, a daughter of Franklin and Lettie McCoid Meyer. She married Edward G. Price on May 9, 1919, in Carlinville. He died August 21,1936. Surviving are a son, William R. Price of St. Charles, Mo.; daughter, Joyce Bywater of Boulder City, Nev.; step daughter, Opal Dunn. Preceding her in death were sons, Leo and Jackie Lee Price; step daughter, Viva Kalasrie; step son, Frank PRice; sisters, Jennie Keck, Uhldine Lockyer, Gladys Meyer; and brothers, Carl and Leo Martin.

Price, Larry Joe

Larry Joe Price, an partner in the law firm of Droste and Price with offices in Mt. Olive and Staunton, died unexpectedly Friday, April 2, 1999, in Christian Hospital North West. A resident of Florissant, Mo., he was 53 years old on January 24. Besides his law career he taught history in the Hardin school district. He was born in Springfield, a son of Robert and Ruth O'Neill Price, originally of Carrollton. He married Cheryl Siemer on August 27, 1966, in Carrollton. She survives. Surviving also are daughters, Jacqueline Price, Amy Price-Florez and husband J. Richard, Katherine Price; son Ryan Price; his mother, Ruth Price; brother, Donald Price and wife Jacqueline; one grandchild, Brooke Catherine Price. Services and interment were private. Buchholz Valley of Flowers Mortuary in Florissant, Mo., was in charge. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Larry Price Memorial Fund at the First National Bank of Staunton.

Price, Nora B.

Services for Nora Bailey Price, of Hillsboro, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Hough and Son Funeral Home there with the Rev. Tom Compton officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday in the funeral home from noon until the time of service. The family suggests memorials be directed to the United Methodist Church or Hillsboro Hospital. Mrs. Price died at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, November 27, 1999, in Hillsboro Health Care Center. She was 90 years old on August 21. She was store manager for The Shirley Shop and for the Blackburn Gift Gallery, both in Hillsboro, before she retired. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Business and Professional Women, and the Rebeccas in Hillsboro. She was born in Litchfield, a daughter of Jacob C. and Daisy Follis Bailey, and attended Litchfield schools. Her husband, Edward Price, died October 10, 1945. Surviving are a daughter, Mildred Downs and husband John of Hillsboro; three grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were a brother, Earl C. Bailey and a sister, Pearl Hampton.

Price, Ruth H.

Services for Ruth H. Price, of Litchfield, were held Monday afternoon in Airsman - Hires Funeral Home, Carrollton. Burial was in Shipman Cemetery. Mrs. Price died Friday, July 2, 1999, in St. Francis Hospital. She was 79 years old on May 31. She resided in Carrollton for many years and she and her husband, Robert, drove school buses for many years in the Carrollton School District and later for the Southwestern School District. She was born in Springfield, a daughter of Harry and Ruth Gutzwiler O'Neill. She married Robert Price in 1940, in St. Charles, Mo. He died in 1992. Surviving are a son, Don Price of Jerseyville; sister, Peggy Sidener of Springfield; brother, Robert O'Neill; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Preceding her in death was a son, Larry Price.

Probst, Meredith

No services are scheduled for Meredith "Mitzi" Probst, of rural New Douglas, who died at 8:25 a.m. Saturday, June 26, 1999, in Hillsboro Hospital. Mrs. Probst, 88 years old on October 16, was very active in Senior Olympics. She and her husband, Arthur, owned and operated a horseback riding school in Palentine for many years. He preceded her in death. They had no children. She was born in New Douglas, a daughter of Harry and Carrie Elliot Binney. Her brothers, Harry, Myron and Joe Binney, preceded her in death.. Surviving are a number of nieces and nephews. Remains were cremated with Williamson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Provence, Ruth

Graveside service for Ruth Streight Knotts Provence, sister of Barb Furness of Witt and Junior Streight of Raymond, was held this morning in Graceland Cemetery, Decatur. Mrs. Provence, of Carbondale, died Friday, May 7, in Barnes Hospital, St. Louis. She was 73 years old on June 26. Daughter of Preston and Ione Thrift Streight, she was born in Maroa and married Phillip Provence in Decatur. Surviving are her children, Wayne Knotts and wife, Dusteen Long of Nashville, Tenn., Lona Nelson and husband Ed of Herrick, Sue Bates and husband Richard of Lakeland, Fla., David Knotts and wife Sherry of Decatur; another sister, Rosemary Sites of Tennessee; another brother, Jim Streight of Florida; 12 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Pruett, Clifford E.

Clifford E. Pruett, formerly of Witt, died Tuesday, October 5, 1999, in his home in Pana. He was 92 years old on February 14. He was born in Mt. Vernon, a son of Robert Eldridge and Daisy Olive Lansford Pruett, and was married twice. His first wife, the former Grace Sims, died in 1951. He married LaVonne Workman on August 30, 1952, in the parsonage of the Pana Free Methodist Church. She survives. Surviving also are a son, Barry Pruett of Pana; step daughter, Lulu Edwards of Effingham; brothers, Brent Pruett Sr. of Pana, Vance Pruett of Ohio; two step grandchildren, six step great grandchildren and 13 step great great grandchildren. Services were held in Pana with burial in Mound Cemetery.

Pruitt, Jeanette M.

Jeanette M. Pruitt, sister of Martha Sperry of Litchfield, died Sunday, January 17, 1999, in Smyrna, Ga. She was 63 years old last Feb. 9. She was born in Cedartown, Ga., a daughter of Lawrence B. and Mary Sowell. She married Lamon "Jack" Pruitt on August 25, 1956, in Cedartown. He survives. Surviving also are a daughter, Donna Snead and husband Charles of Marietta, Ga. and two grandchildren, Brian and Joshua Snead. Others surviving include nieces, Lori Sperry Heise and husand Dan of Litchfield, Kerri Sperry Frerichs and husband Dan of Sullivan, Gina Sperry of Manchester, N.H., and a nephew, Don Sperry and wife Susan of Goldboro, N.C. Services were held in Smyrna.

Pugh, Larry L.

Services for Larry L. Pugh, of Irving, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Allen and Sutton Funeral Home, Fillmore, with the Rev. Ronald Rhodus officiating. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Mr. Pugh died at 8:25 p.m. Friday, July 30, 1999, in Hillsboro Hospital. He was 48 years old on September 9. He was a control operator with Ameren CIPS in Coffeen, and a member of the First Baptist Church of Hillsboro. He was born in Taylorville, a son of Elmer and Victoria Wayne Pugh. He married Betty Lazenby on February 10, 1979, in Hillsboro. She survives. Surviving also are daughters, Karen Eggersmeier and husband Ross of Morrisonville, Kathy and Karel Pugh, both of Irving; his mother, Victoria Pugh of Irving; a sister, Nancy Pugh of Irving; and one grandchild. Preceding him in death were his father, Elmer Pugh; brothers, Elmer, Robert and Gary Pugh; a sister, Rita Pugh; and one grandson, Lee Eggersmeier.

Pugh, William

Funeral arrangements for William Pugh, of Mt. Olive, are pending at Becker and Son Funeral Home there. Mr. Pugh, 59, died at 7:30 this morning in Barnes - Jewish Hospital, St. Louis. Services for William Lee Pugh, of Mt. Olive, will be held at 8 p.m. today in Becker and Son Funeral Home with Ivan Trauernicht as speaker. Burial will be in Spangle Cemetery, Livingston. Friends may call today in the funeral home from 6 p.m. until the time of service. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to Mt. Olive Scouting or the Mt. Olive Library. Masonic services are planned for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3. Mr. Pugh died at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 24, 1999, in Barnes - Jewish Hospital, St. Louis. He was 59 years old last December 3. He was employed as a civil engineer at S.J. Grove and Sons in Springfield and was a former alderman in Livingston. He was active in the Masons and was a current member of the Knightsville, Ind., lodge. He was a former member of the Scottish Rite, Valley and the Murat Shriners, both of Indianapolis, Ind. He was also a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Knightsville, and Teamsters Local 50. He attended school in Linton, Ind., graduated from high school in Terre Haute, Ind., and attended Purdue University for one year. He was born in Shelburn, Ind., a son of Charles and Lucille Parks Pugh. He married M. LaVerne Downing on June 9, 1961, in Brazil, Ind. She survives. Surviving also are a son, William L. Pugh II of East Alton; daughters, Kelly L. Pugh of Troy, Barba L. Bone and husband Jeffery of Mt. Olive; two brothers and two sisters; eight grandchildren, Jeffery, Aspen, Jessie, Autumn, Andrew, Matthew, J.D. and Reagan. Services for William Lee Pugh, of Mt. Olive, will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, December 3, in Becker and Son Funeral Home, with the family receiving friends beginning at 6 p.m. Masonic rites will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Spangle Cemetery. Mr. Pugh, 59, died at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 24, 1999, in Barnes - Jewish Hospital, St. Louis. His obituary was published Friday. The family wishes to list as an additional survivor, a godson, Ryan John Trauernicht of Wheaton, with whom he was very close. Services for William Lee Pugh, of Mt. Olive, were held Friday night in Becker and Son Funeral Home. Ivan Trauernicht officiated with the eulogy given by Barb Bone, daughter of Mr. Pugh. Musical selections were "How Great Thou Art," "Wings of a Dove" and "Just a Closer Walk with Thee." Rosemary Messner was the pianist and soloist. Pallbearers were Ivan Trauernicht and Ryan Trauernicht, Mr. Pugh's godson. Burial was in Spangle Cemetery. Committal service was held there at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Mr. Pugh, 59, died Wednesday, November 24, in Barnes - Jewish Hospital, St. Louis.

Pundzus, Joseph

Joseph Pundzus, formerly from Nokomis, died February 17, 1999, in Arizona. He resided in Scottsdale there, and was 84 years old on January 7. For many years he played the accordion on Saturdays in the Nokomis park. He was employed as a truck driver and was also a farmer in the Grayslake area. He was born and reared in Nokomis, a son of Joseph and Anna Pundzus, graduating from school there. His wife, Mary died in March 1990. Surviving are two children, James and Janice; sister, Sophie Komac, Veronica Rogers, both of Nokomis; several grandchildren and great grandchildren. A sister, Anna, preceded him in death.

Pushnik, Marguerite J.

Marguerite J. Pushnik, of Nokomis, died at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, May 13, 1999, in St. Vincent's Hospital, Taylorville. She was 82 years old on September 27. She resided in Nokomis since 1987, having moved there from Pana where she had lived for 40 years. Before she retired she was an office worker for the State of Illinois. She operated the Schloz Market together with her husband for many years. She was born in South Wilmington, a daughter of Joseph and Alvena Roitero Lenzi Sr. Her husband Frank Pushnik died October 6, 1981. Surviving are a sister, Josephine Keller of Nokomis along with a niece, Margo Jenkins of Nokomis and a nephew, Larry Lenzi of Rochester. Services wre held Saturday in Pana with burial in the Calvary Cemetery there.


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