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Riplinger, OP, Mary J.

Sister Mary Johnette Riplinger, OP, died at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, January 9, 1999, in the Dominican sisters motherhouse in Springfield. She was 82 years old. She was born in Chicago, a daughter of John and Wilhelmina Berg Replinger, and entered the novitiate of the Dominican Sisters in 1933. She pronounced religious vows in 1936. Sister Mary Johnette devoted 23 years to teaching in elementary schools, including the St. Mary's School in Litchfield. She also taught in Hampshire, Mendota, Chicago, at St. Agnes in Springfield and in Redlands, Calif. She also spent 19 years teaching in confraternity centers in Carlinville, Beardstown and Arcola. From 1981 to 1987, she ministered in the healthcare field in Rogers, Arkansas. She then returned to the motherhouse in Springfield to serve as sacristan until she retired in 1991. Surviving are a brother, Clarence Riplinger of Rockford, four nieces and two nephews. Friends may call from 3:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. today in the Sacred Heart convent chapel. Prayer service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be said at 7 p.m. Burial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Sacred Heart Convent Chapel. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Kirlin©Egan and Butler Funeral Home, Springfield, is in charge of arrangements.

Roach, Grace

Funeral Mass for Grace Roach, of Litchfield, will be said at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Mt. Olive, by the Rev. Father Larry Anschutz, pastor, and the Rev. Father Ted Schelich, chaplain at St. Francis Hospital. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Litchfield. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in Plummer Funeral Home. The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. The family suggests memorials be directed to Holy Trinity Church or St. Francis Hospital. Mrs. Roach died at 5:07 p.m. Wednesday, December 2, 1998, in St. John's Hospital, Springfield. She was 77 years old on August 29. She was bookkeeper and store manager for the family business, R&W TV and Appliances, for several years. She had also worked for Schmidt Trucking as bookkeeper, St. Francis Hospital as accounts payable clerk, and was the manager of Dena's Parlor Team Room, all in Litchfield. She was a member of Holy Trinity Church in Mt. Olive, life member of the VFW women's auxiliary in Litchfield, Women of the Moose Chapter 581 in Litchfield, and St. Anne's Society. She enjoyed camping. She was born in Barnett, a daughter of Ellis D. and Christena K. Kellenberger Hess. She married Ivan Bennett Roach on July 21, 1940, in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Litchfield. He died April 8, 1992. Surviving are sons, Ronald Roach and wife Linda, Jeff Roach and wife Barbara; daughters, Christina Diamond and husband Harry, Theresa Baker and husband Gary; a sister, Helen Fenton and husband Clinton, all of Litchfield; 18 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were sisters, Velma Kelso, Marie Torpy, Martha Gerson and Evelyn Gleason. Concelebrated Mass for Grace Roach, of Litchfield, was said at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Holy Trinity Church, Mt. Olive, by the Rev. Father Larry Anschutz, pastor of the church, and the Rev. Father Ted Schelich, chaplain of St. Francis Hospital. Daniel Dragovich and Braden Grejtak were the servers. Ruth Zubal was the organist. Pat and Mary Ann Heise, vocalists, sang "Hail Mary, Gentle Woman" and "Amazing Grace." The church choir sang "Be Not Afraid" and "How Great Thou Art." The grandchildren read a poem written by Michelle Diamond, a granddaughter. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Litchfield. Pallbearers were grandsons, Travis Baker of Glen Carbon, Andrew Diamond, Matthew Diamond, Adam Roach, Christopher Roach, Eric Roach, Matthew Roach, all of Litchfield, Chad Roach of Witt, Charles Roach of Noblesville, Ind., and Jeffrey Roach of Gillespie. 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 Moose. Mrs. Roach, 77, died Wednesday, December 2, in St. John's Hospital, Springfield.

Roach, Mary E.

Graveside service for Mary E. Roach, formerly of Hillsboro, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Oak Grove Cemetery, Hillsboro. Ziegenhein Funeral Home of St. Louis is in charge of arrangements. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Shriners Hospital. There will be no local visitation. Mrs. Roach died Monday, May 25, 1998, in St. Petersburg, Fla. She was a member of the Hermon Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, Hillsboro, since the age of 18. She was born in Hillsboro, a daughter of William and Cora Gates Ledder. She married James Roach on April 8, 1934. He died September 26, 1994. Surviving are daughters, Mary Ann Johnston of Pinellas Park, Fla., and Sally Branson of Wildwood, Mo.
 

Roach, Oral W.

Oral Wyant Roach, formerly of Litchfield, died Tuesday, December 14, 1999, in his home in Malvern, Ark. He was 66 years old on May 21. He was a carpenter and worked many places, including at Webco in Litchfield, for a railroad, in construction and as a security guard before retiring to Malvern. An Army veteran of the Korean War, he was a member of American Legion Post 11 in Malvern and was of the Baptist faith. He was born in Litchfield, a son of William Wyant and Lillie Fredericks Roach. He and his wife, Nancy Rose, had divorced but remained close friends. She survives in Malvern along with their children, Michael Roach and Roxanne Ledford, all in Malvern, with seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Surviving also are brothers, Roxie, Eddie, Ralph and Charles Roach, all of Ltichfield; sisters, Ruby Bridgewater of Litchfield, Mary Lahr of Lexington, Margaret Smith of Gillespie, Violet Faver of Mt. Vernon, Wash., Carol Wilson of Cherry Valley. Preceding him in death were four brothers, Carl Wayne, Richard, William and Harold Roach. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Atkinson Funeral Home at Malvern. The remains will then be cremated and entombment will follow in Crabtree Cemetery, Litchfield.

Roach, Patricia M.

Funeral arrangements for Patricia M. Roach, 63 of Litchfield, are pending at Plummer Funeral Home. She died at 11:15 this morning, Friday, September 18, in St. Francis Hospital. Services for Patricia Marie Roach, of Litchfield, were held at 1 p.m. today in Plummer Funeral Home. The Rev. Ed Diveley, pastor of Southside Church officiated. Burial was in Crabtree Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Litchfield Park District or the Litchfield Volunteer Fire Department. Mrs. Roach died at 11:15 a.m. Friday, September 18, 1998, in St. Francis Hospital. She was 63 years old. She worked at Brown Shoe Company and Roller Derby Skate Company for several years and also worked as a waitress at The Ariston Cafe, the Annex Cafe and Varner's Cafe. She was a member of the Southside Church and the auxiliary to Kniery Knagg Post 436 of the American Legion. She was born in Litchfield, a daughter of George J. and Goldie Harris Coss. Her first marriage, to Richard Heltsley on February 5, 1951, ended in divorce. She married Harold Leonard Roach on September 3, 1965. He died February 21, 1992. Surviving are a son, Roger Heltsley and wife Brenda of Eagarville; daughters, Deborah Widner and husband Paul of Litchfield, Janet Heltsley of Gillespie, Cheri Johns and husband Brad of Litchfield, Deborah Hughes of Springfield; brothers, George Coss of Malvern, Ark., Roger Coss of Litchfield, Ivan Coss of Omaha, Ark.; 14 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were and infant son Melvin and six sisters, Leona Spencer, Gertrude Wolff, Lila Soldatti, Sharon Coss, Nancy Garst and an infant sister, Iva Coss.Services for Patricia M. Roach, of Litchfield, were held at 1 p.m. Monday in Plummer Funeral Home. The Rev. Ed Diveley officiated. Burial was in Crabtree Cemetery. Organist Michelle Sweet accompanied Paul Hampton as he sang "When I Take My Vacation in Heaven," "When They Ring the Golden Bells" and "On Eagle's Wings." Pallbearers were Ed Roach, Richard Kroll, Ron Kean, all of Litchfield, Clifton Miller of Eagarville, Richard Ferrando of Gillespie, Roger Heltsley Jr. of Carlinville. Honorary pallbearers were David Jones of Pana and Jeremy Johns of Litchfield. Mrs. Roach, 63, died Friday, September 18, in St. Francis Hospital. ***NOTE: Two daughters Deborah is correct. One was adopted ***

Roach, Robert

Robert A. Roach, formerly of Hillsboro, died Saturday, July 4, 1998, in St. John's Hospice, Springfield. He was 83 years old on March 21. He had resided in Springfield since 1942, and was employed by Pillsbury Mills as a plant worker before he retired. He was born in Hillsboro, a son of Edward and Gertrude George Roach. His wife, the former Mary Evelyn Hanner, whom he married in 1940, preceded him in death. Surviving are daughters, Roberta Fanale of Riverton, Wanda Roach of Cabot, Ark.; sister, Mildred Petcher of Hillsboro; brothers, Ray Roach of Edgemont, Ark., Jim Roach of Arizona; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in Stabb Funeral Home, Springfield. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery.

Robbins, Clifton C.

Services for Clifton C. Robbins, of Hillsboro, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Patton Memorial Home with the Rev. Ken Sandlin, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Hillsboro, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Alzheimer's Association. Mr. Robbins died at 1:05 p.m. Monday, October 11, 1999, in Heritage Manor of Carlinville. He was 88 years old on August 17. He spent most of his life in Hillsboro and was the owner and operator of Robbins Barber Shop until he retired in 1974. He was a member of St. Paul's Church. He was born in East St. Louis, a son of Judd and Belle Meisenheimer Robbins. He married Wilma Bernard on July 10, 1930, in Hillsboro. She survives. Surviving also are a son, Clinton "Gene" Robbins and wife Helen of Springfield; and three grandchildren, Lisa and Ken Robbins, both of Springfield and Clifton Robbins of Belleville. Preceding him in death were a son, Clifton "Dean" Robbins on September 26, 1991; a daughter, Sharol Robbins in childhood; and two brothers, Carlton and Glenn Ribbons.

Robbins, Dorothy M.

Services for Dorothy M. Robbins, of Taylor Springs, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Bass Funeral Home with the Rev. Tom Compton, pastor of the Hillsboro United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call on Wednesday in the funeral home from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. The family suggests memorials be directed to Hillsboro Health Care Center. Mrs. Robbins died at 2:55 a.m. Sunday, May 31, 1998, in Hillsboro Health Care Center. She was 87 years old on January 4. She spent most of her life time in the Hillsboro and family and home "her job" in life. She was a member and active in the United Methodist Church of Hillsboro for many years. She was born in Burnside, Ky., a daughter of Rufus and Ida May Robinson Nevels. She married Walter J. Robbins on December 9, 1933, in Edwardsville. He died April 8, 1983. Surviving are sons, Harold G. Robbins and wife Sherry of Benton, Thomas J. Robbins and wife Judith of Taylor Springs; three grandchildren, Rick D. Robbins of Coffeen, Bart G. Robbins of Greenville, Mitchell J. Robbins of Taylor Springs; and two great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were a brother, Harold Nevels and a grandson, Michael Robbins.

Robbins, Mary E.

Mary E. Robbins, formerly of Nokomis, died Wednesday, November 18, 1998, in Freeport Memorial Hospital. She was 68 years old on September 13. She taught in the Freeport school system. An active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, she was honored by the DAR for her portrayal of Susan B. Anthony, an ancestor of her family. She was born in St. Louis, daughter and only child of Barnett M. and E. Marie Harris Brownell. Surviving are her husband, Raymond Robbins of Freeport, formerly of Nokomis; daughter, Diana M. Robbins of Rock Island; sons, Richard and Keith Robbins of Freeport; three grandchildren and one great grandchild. The remains were cremated and a memorial service was held in Freeport.

Robbs, Paul L.

Graveside service for Paul L. Robbs, of Worden, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Worden City Cemetery with the Rev. Kevin Boesen officiating. Williamson Funeral Home, Worden, is in charge of arrangements. There will be no visitation. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Worden Volunteer Fire Department. Mrs. Robbs died at 5:30 a.m. Thursday, February 25, 1999, in Staunton Memorial Hospital. She was 57 years old on January 19. She was born in Livingston, a daughter of Amelio and Charlotte Ann Funderburk Masinelli. She married Robert Robbs on January 13, 1973, in Staunton. He survives. Surviving also are two children, Roberta and Bobby Robbs, both of Staunton; brothers, Jim and Larry Masinelli, both of Staunton; three grandchildren, Dustin Masinelli, Anthony Pratt and Aundrea Best. Preceding her in death was a daughter, Denise Masinelli.

Roberson, Claude L.

Services for Claude L. Roberson, of Sorento, were held at 11 this morning in Perfetti Funeral Home there. The Rev. Bob Mosser officiated. Burial was in Sunnyside Cemetery. Mr. Roberson died at 2:45 a.m. Friday, October 16, 1998, in Carlinville Hospital. He was 82 years old on November 4, and a Navy veteran of World War II. He was born in Crossville, Tenn., a son of Joseph and Clarcy Roberson. His wife, the former Helen Fink, survives. Surviving also are sons, David Roberson of Sorento, Danny Roberson of Oklahoma City, Okla.; brother, Walter Roberson of St. Louis; 13 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Sons, Claude Lee Jr. and Edward D. Roberson, preceded him in death.

Roberts, Albert E.

Services for Albert E. Roberts, of Nokomis, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Stiehl©Dawson Funeral Home there with the Rev. Father John Burnett officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Mr. Roberts died at 7:08 a.m. Sunday, June 7, 1998, in his home. He was 84 years old on September 25, and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a meatcutter before he retired and later worked as a custodian. He was a member of the Meatcutters Union, the VFW and the Methodist Church. He was born in Nokomis, a son of Levi and Florence Lidster Roberts. He married Jenny Vernetti on February 1, 1947, in Nokomis. She survives. Surviving also are daughters, Sharon Workman and husband Tom of Springfield, Karen Roberts of Springfield, Patricia Schneider and husband Byron of Nokomis; and seven grandchildren. Preceding him in death were sisters, May Roberts, Elaine Hedlund and brothers Levi in infancy and William.

Roberts, Dorathea M.

Services for Dorathea Mae Roberts, formerly of Litchfield, were held at 10:30 this morning in Plummer Funeral Home. The Rev. Tony Bell, pastor of St. Timothy United Methodist Church, officiated. Burial was in Cedar Ridge Cemetery at Honey Bend. Pallbearers were Everett Abel, James Brubaker, John Dunkirk, Larry Simmons, James Taylor and Bill Tolley. Following the committal service a lunch was provided for the family and friends by the women of the church. The family suggests memorials be directed to either the Lutheran Care Center in Altamont or St. Timothy United Methodist Church. Mrs. Roberts died at 3:35 p.m. Friday, August 13, 1999, in the Lutheran Care Center, Altamont. She was 87 years old on April 2. She worked for the Litchfield Grocery Company as a bookkeeper before she retired. She was a member of the St. Timothy United Methodist Church and the Hermon Chapter 95 of the Order of the Eastern Star, Hillsboro. She was born in Waggoner, a daughter of Hays and Della Wagnor Taylor. She married James Clyde Roberts in June 1929 in Waggoner. He preceded her in death. Surviving are a daughter, Mary Ann Lawrence and husband Walter of Water Valley, Ky.; granddaughter, Rebecca Faulkner and husband Jay of South Fulton, Tenn.; and great grandchildren, Ashley and Zach Faulkner. Preceding her in death were brothers, Donald and Kenneth Taylor; sisters, Thelma Maxam and Hazel Taylor; and a grandson, Chip Lawrence.

Robinson, David L.

David L. Robinson, who represented this area in the Illinois House from 1977 to 1979, died Saturday, March 27, 1999, in Houston, Texas. He was 51 years old on October 12. He had resided in Mexico for the past 10 years and was partner in an investment banking firm in Mexico City. However, he continued to be active in Democratic politics, serving as chairman of the Democrats Abroad in Mexico. He was a graduate Columbia University in New York where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society, and of Springfield High School. He was born in Springfield, a son of Jerome and Shirley Robinson. Surviving are brothers, Richard C. Robinson of Springfield and James M. Robinson of San Francisco. Services were held this afternoon in Bisch and Son Funeral Home, Springfield with burial in Oak Ridge Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be directed to the American Heart Association. 

Robinson, Edna M.

Services for Edna Marie Robinson, of Litchfield, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Zion Lutheran Church with the Revs. Donald Langhoff and Jonathan Bontke officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Friends may call at Meinschein Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Zion Lutheran Church. Mrs. Robinson died at 4:40 a.m. Tuesday, November 2, 1999, in Pleasant View Lutheran Home at Ottawa. She was 97 years old on January 5. She owned and operated Robinson's Gas and Grocery store for 40 years. The store was located at 215 West Union, where UJ's is now. She and her husband, Herbert, purchased the service station from John Anderson on October 4, 1934, and five months later added the grocery business. She lived in Litchfield most of her life, moving to Ottawa and the Pleasant View Lutheran Home in June 1998. She was a life-long member of Zion Lutheran Church and also a member of the Ladies Aid and the Golden Circle of the church. She was born in Litchfield, a daughter of August and Wilhemina Sewing Schmidt. She married Herb Robinson on March 17, 1923, in Alton. Surviving are a daughter, Charlean Grobe and husband Robert of Ottawa; a brother, Paul Schmidt and wife Myrtha of Litchfield; nine grandchildren, Max "Robby" Robinson, Rex Robinson, both of California, Herb Robinson of Texas, Scott Robinson of Ohio, Cindy Watters of Staunton, Babs Binney of White City, Shari Grandidier of Mt. Olive, Jolene Wilson of Grand Ridge, Brenda Grobe of Ottawa; 21 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Others surviving include a daughter in law, Barbara Quade of Staunton. Preceding her in death were a son, Max M. Robinson on May 26, 1982; brothers, August G. and Henry L. Schmidt; sisters, Mary Birkenkamp, Bertha Grosenheider, Alma Niehaus. Services for Edna Marie Robinson, formerly of Litchfield, were held at 11 a.m. Friday in Zion Lutheran Church. Rev. Donald Langhoff officiated. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery. During the service Rev. Jim Crone was the vocalist, Mrs. Marilyn Niehaus the organist and Robby Robinson the pianist. Musical selections included solos, "Silent Night" and "Precious Lord, Take My Hand." Other selections were "I'm But a Stranger Here," "What a Friend We Have in Jesus. Sung during the committal service was "Jesus Loves Me, This I Know." Pallbearers were Benjamin Watters, Douglas Watters, Christopher Robinson, Patrick Robinson, Craig Wilson, Ian Binney. Honorary pallbearers were Cameron Robinson, Todd Robinson. Following the services a lunch for family and friends was provided by the Zion Ladies Aid. Mrs. Robinson, 97, died Tuesday, November 2, in Ottawa.

Roe, Gladys Selitha

Services for Gladys Selitha Roe, of Mt. Olive, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Becker and Son Funeral Home there with the Rev. Father Larry Anschutz officiating. Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery at Ridgeway with the Rev. Father Mark Stec officiating. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home. Rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Mt. Olive Senior Citizens organization. Mrs. Roe died at 12:53 a.m. Sunday, July 26, 1998, in Hillsboro Hospital. She was 83 years old on May 9. She worked in the shipping department of Johnson Outboard Motors in Waukegan before she retired in 1977. She was a member of the Church of the Ascension in Mt. Olive and the Mt. Olive Senior Citizens. She enjoyed especially dancing. She was born in Ramsey, a daughter of Ernie Leroy and Lillie Mae Rhodes Cole, and attended schools there. She was first married, in 1933, to Lonnie Seaton. They later divorced. In 1960, she married Norbert S. Roe. He preceded her in death. Surviving are sisters, Martha Sides of Mt. Olive, Verna Eller of Nokomis; four grandchildren, Loretta Magee of Tampa, Fla., Greg Magee of Denver, Colo., Michael Magee of Tempe, Ariz, James Magee of Salina, Kan.; six great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were a daughter, Mary Lois Seaton Magee and four brothers, Victor, Claude, Vern and Reuben Cole.

Roemelin, Kenneth G.

Kenneth G. Roemelin, brother of Glenna Hamilton of Hillsboro, died at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, November 13, 1999, in Columbus Regional Hospital, Columbus, Ind. A resident of Decatur, he was 79 years old on February 7, and an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was a salesman, working first for M&M Mars Company and then for the Schultze and Burch Biscuit Company, from which he retired. He was born in Hillsboro, a son of Fred and Elsie Bingham Roemelin. He married Marge Yurecko on August 8, 1942; she died August 1, 1979. Later, on May 18, 1982, he married Marilyn Teiki; she survives. Surviving also are a daughter, Connie Magoulias of Decatur; sons, Kevin Roemelin of Macon, Scott Roemelin of Dallas, Texas; step sons, Mark R. Teike of Columbus, Ind., John M. Teike of Mominville; step daughter, Dianne J. Gallo of O'Fallon; 11 grandchildren and one great grandson. Preceding him in death were three brothers. Services were held in Decatur with burial in Mt. Gilead Cemetery. Dawson & Wikoff West Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Rogers, Ruth Mary

Services for Ruth Mary Rogers, of Litchfield, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in Plummer Funeral Home with the Rev. Tony Bell, of St. Timothy United Methodist Church, offficiating. Committal service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday in Elmwood Cemetery. Friends may call Saturday in the funeral home from 4 p.m. until the time of service. The family suggests memorials be directed to St. Timothy United Methodist Church or the Litchfield Volunteer Fire Department. Mrs. Rogers died at 12:35 p.m. Thursday, August 20, 1998, in St. Francis Hospital. She was 91 years old on March 23. She was employed as a machine operator with the Brown Shoe Company in Litchfield for more than 40 years. She was a 50 year member of St. Timothy Church, a charter member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Ltichfield and a member of the Royal Neighbors. She was born in Raymond, a daughter of James and Zella Norvell Cayce. She married Clay Rogers on October 27, 1934, in Greenville. He died in November 1959. Surviving are sons, Gerald "Jerry" Rogers and wife Fern, Robert "Bob" Rogers and wife Donna, all of Litchfield; six grandchildren, Gary Rogers and wife Kathy of Rochester, Jane Titsworth of Pawnee, Sheila Tibstra and husband Jerry of Kankakee, Craig Rogers and wife Trish, Terry Rogers and wife Jeanette and Tracy Rogers, all of Litchfield; and nine great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were brothers, Ralph, Joe, Herbert and Robert "Bud" Cayce. Services for Ruth Mary Rogers, of Litchfield, were held at 7 p.m. Saturday in Plummer Funeral Home. Rev. Tony Bell, pastor of St. Timothy United Methodist Church and Rev. Father David Schmidt, pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church, officiated. Musical selections during the service were "On Eagle's Wings" and "The Lord's Prayer." Following the service a meal was provided for family and friends by the women of St. Timothy United Methodist Church. Committal service was held on Sunday in Elmwood Cemetery. Rev. Tony Bell officiated. Pallbearers were grandsons, Gary Rogers of Rochester, Craig and Terry Rogers, both of Litchfield, Larry Elvers, Leon Green, Don Holmer and Paul Stephenson, all of Litchfield. Mrs. Rogers, 91, died Thursday, August 20, in St. Francis Hospital.

Roglis, Charles D.

Funeral Mass for Charles D. Roglis, of Mt. Clare, was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Joseph's Church, Benld. The Rev. Father Larry Auda was the officiant. Burial was in Benld City Cemetery. During the service "How Great Thou Art" was played by the organist, Rosemary Messner. Pallbearers were Brian Roglis, George Katich, Bill Katich, Charles Weatherholt, Tony Lubrant and Dave DeLaurent. Mr. Roglis died at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 31, 1998, in Heritage Manor of Staunton. He was 78 years old on February 6, and an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was a machinist with Olin Corporation in East Alton before he retired, member of VFW Post 4547 of Gillespie, Knights of Columbus Council 2076 of Gillespie, Benld Lions Club and the Benld Owls. He was born in Wilsonville, a son of August and Petronella Gradeski Roglis. His wife, the former Catherine Chiado, survives. Surviving also are a son, Ronald Roglis and wife Janet of Glenarm; brother, John Roglis of Bridgeton, Mo.; sister, Della Weatherholt of Alhambra; and two grandchildren, Brian and Abby. Preceding him in death were a brother, William Roglis; sisters, Frances Travis and Anna Gribinas. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Benld Ambulance Service, St. Joseph's Church of Benld, or St. Joseph's Altar and Rosary Society.

Rokosik, Walter J.

Memorial service for Walter J. Rokosik, of rural New Douglas, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Lesicko Funeral Home, Livingston, with the Rev. Father George Radosevich officiated. The remains were cremated. Mr. Rokosik died at 12:08 p.m. Sunday, December 27, 1998, in his home. He was 82 years old on November 1. He was a jeweler for 27 years before retiring in 1981 from Bechmen's Jewelers in Chicago. He had resided in the New Douglas area for the past 18 years. He was born in Chicago, a son of Peter and Martianna Kedowski Rokosik. He married Ruth Fuller in 1967, in Chicago. Surviving are his wife, Ruth Rokosik of Glen Carbon; sons, Ernie and Thomas Rokosik, both of Chicago; a daughter in Chicago; step sons, Donald Wallace of Majestic Beach, N.Y., David Westmoreland of Chicago, Jerry Westmoreland of New Douglas; a step daughter, Brenda Edgeworth of Glen Carbon. Two brothers and a sister preceded him in death.

Rolando, Dominic P.

Funeral Mass for Dominic P. Rolando, of Gillespie, will be said at 10:30 a.m. Friday in SS. Simon and Jude Church there by the Rev. Father Larry Auda. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Gillespie. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Kravanya Funeral Home. Prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Mr. Rolando died at 9:30 p.m. Monday, November 8, 1999, in Rosewood Care Center, Alton. He was 92 years old on January 18. He retired from Superior Coal Mines after 30 years of service and then from Laclede Steel after 19 years. He was born in Ponte Canavese, Italy, a son of Lawrence and Aurelia Sandretto Rolando, and came to the United States at the age of 6. He married Mary Ethel Lyons on June 19, 1926, in Gillespie. She died July 30, 1980. Surviving are a son, John Rolando and wife Romayne of Petersburg; daughters, Virginia Forehand and husband, David Warren of Bethalto, Jonette (Vivian) Rolando, R.S.M., of St. Louis; six grandchildren, two step grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were an infant son, William Lawrence Rolando; brothers, Michael and John Rolando; sisters, Santina Nardini, Catterina Failoni and Caroline Gerardo.

Rolando, Edward A.

Memorial service for Edward A. Rolando, of Benld, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, with the Very Rev. Father Paul Waters officiating. The remains will be cremated. Friends may call on Friday in the funeral home from 5 p.m. until the time of service. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Gillespie Benld Area Ambulance Service, Staunton Memorial Hospital or the Carlinville Hospice. Mr. Rolando died at 6:01 a.m. Monday, October 26, 1998, in Staunton Memorial Hospital. He was 55 years old last November 4. He was a lithographer for the St. Louis Post Dispatch, a member opf the Knights of Columbus Council 2076, Gillespie, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Benld Italian American Club, Lions Club of Benld and the Graphic Communications International Union Local 505, St. Louis. He was born in Litchfield, a son of Edward and Linda Bertagnolli Rolando. He married Deborah Garrett on August 10, 1968, in Wilsonville. She survives. Surviving also are a son, Matthew Rolando of Gillespie; daughter, Lisa Rolando Angel of Springfield; brother, John "Jacko" Rolando of Gillespie; sister, Rosemary Bunn of Gillespie; grandchildren, Ashley and Caitlin Angel of Springfield. Others surviving include his mother in law, Dorothy Garrett of Wilsonville.

Rolle, Edith

Services for Edith Rolle, formerly of Benld, will be private with Kravanya Funeral Home there in charge of arrangements. Burial will be in Benld City Cemetery. The family suggests that memorials be directed to the United Methodist Church of Benld. Miss Rolle, of Litchfield, died at 11:28 p.m. Sunday, October 24, 1999, in St. Francis Hospital. She was a public accountant before she retired. She was also a licensed beutician. She graduated from Benld High School in the class of 1936. She was born in Thurber, Texas, a daughter of Louie and Virginia Massetto Rolle. Surviving is a sister, Lucille Stoddard of Benld. Others surviving include nieces, Edith Campbell of Litchfield and Florence Kucinick of Collinsville. A sister, Teresa Rolle, preceded her in death.

Rollet, Rev. Dr. Paul A.

Memorial service for Rev. Dr. Paul A. Rollet, formerly of Hillsboro, were held Sunday in Springfield. Graveside services were held this morning in Roselawn Cemetery. Rev. Rollet died Wednesday, February 24, 1999, in Lewis Memorial Christian Village. He served as pastor in Athens, Otatawa and Hillsboro, Oakely, Calif., Malvern, Iowa, and the First Baptist Chruch of Maywood for 26 years. He also served as interim pastor of the First Baptist Church of Taylorville, First Baptist Church of Ashland and the Liter Baptist Church of Literberry. He attended Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago, Shurtleff College in Alton, Berkeley Baptist Divinity School in Berkeley, Calif., Central Baptist Seminary in Kansas City, Kan., the chaplain school at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., and Edinburgh University in Edinburg, Scotland. He earned a bachelor's degree in social science and in Divinity, a masters degrees in New Testament and in Theology in Church History and a doctorate of Theology in Mission and Evangelism. He was an Army veteran of World War II serving as chaplain with an armored division, an artillery group headquarters and an infantry division. For a year and a half, he served in Europe in combat and occupational duties. He served as first president of the Illinois Baptist Youth Fellowship, president of the Illinois Baptist Ministers, moderator of the Ottawa Baptist Association. In addition, he was an active Rotarian for 12 years, active Jaycee member for five years, member of the Iowa and Illinois Farm Bureaus for 37 years, member of the board of directors of the Baptist Retirement Home in Maywood for 26 years. He was born in Springfield, a son of Charles and Louise Marie Saunderhausen Rollet. He married Dorothy L. Singleton in 1943, in Chicago. She died in 1989. He married Barbara L. Fox in 1991 in Literbery. She survives. Surviving also are daughters, Dorothy Rollet of Kansas City, Mo., Linda Singer of Park City, Utah, Barbara Hortsman of Melrose Park; son, Dr. John Rollet of Chatham; and four grandchildren.

Romani, Nadene

M. Nadene Romani, formerly of Sorento, died Thursday, June 10, 1999, in Utlaut Memorial Hospital, Greenville. She was 76 years old on February 19. She resided in Greenville since 1954, having moved there from Sorento. She worked as secretary for the First United Methodist Church of Greenville from 1969 to 1985, was a member of The Browning Club, Women's Society of her church and the Utlaut Hospital Auxiliary. She was born in Sorento, a daughter of Charles W. and Mildred Cruthis Jordon, and attended Sorento High School for three years before graduating from Hillsboro High School. She married Charles V. Romani on June 16, 1941, in St. Louis. He survives. Sruviving also are a son, Charles V. Romani Jr. of Glen Carbon; daughter, Sharon Finley of Leawood, Kan.; sister, Virginia Romani of Wood River; six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Services were held Monday in Greenville with burial in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. 

Romanus, Mel J.

Funeral arrangements for Mel J. Romanus are pending at Plummer Funeral Home. Mr. Romanus, formerly of Litchfield and Hillsboro, was found dead in his home in Springfield late Sunday afternoon. He was 55 years old. Funeral Mass for Mel Joseph Romanus, formerly of Hillsboro and Litchfield, will be said at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Family Catholic Church, Litchfield, by the Rev. Father David Schmidt. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today in Plummer Funeral Home. Mr. Romanus was found dead in his Springfield home about 5 p.m. Sunday, November 1, 1998. He was 55 years old on September 11. He retired in 1994 from the Hillsboro School District after 20 years as a classroom teacher in the high school. He also taught at Graham Correctional Center and previously taught from 1970 to 1974 at Peoria Spaulding High School. In addition, he coached football, cross country and track. He received the state "Those Who Excel" award in 1975 and that same year was also named Teacher of the Year in Montgomery County. He earned a master's degree in Educational Administration at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, and specialists degree in Bilingual Education from Bradley University. Undergraduate work was completed at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and Western Illinois University, Macomb. He also worked in radio in St. Louis, the restaurant industry and Keystone Manufacturing in Peoria, and in international marketing in Venezuela. He was born in Caracas, Venezuela, a son of Camilo Jose and Berta Aurora Rodriguez Romanus, and graduated from Peoria Spaulding. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1976. He was married three times. He and the former Michelle Hanafin were married in 1966 and divorced in 1986. He married the former Debbie Schmidt in 1986 in Hillsboro. They were divorced in 1991. He married Debbie Voyles Neathery in 1993 in Hillsboro. They survive. Surviving also are four daughters, Marienne White and husband Chris, Lisa Land and husband Ron, all of Litchfield, Sasha and Sheila Romanus, both of Miami, Fla.; a sister, Myriam de Mazzocca and husband Salvadore of Caracas; a brother, John Romanus and wife Tena, also of Caracas; and a granddaughter, Kailyn Land. Funeral Mass for Mel Joseph Romanus, formerly of Litchfield and Hillsboro, was said at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Family Catholic Church. The Rev. Father David Schmidt officiated. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Musical selections were "Amazing Grace," "Pan De Vida" and "Song of Farewell." Kathy Skinner was the organist and Polly Wand, cantor. Sr. Rosella Uding was the minister of Eucharist. Maurice Alouan, a cousin of the deceased, was the lector. Gift bearers for Communion were the daughters, Marienne White, Lisa Land and Sheila Romanus. Pallbearers were Brad Brakenhoff of Litchfield, David Clelland of Edwardsville, Paul Cranfill, Ron Deabenderfer, Ken Schall and Tim Stocks, all of Hillsboro. Plummer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Following the services a meal was provided for the family and friends by women of the church. Mr. Romanus, 55, died Sunday, November 1, in Springfield.

Rosa, Rena L.

Services for Rena L. Rosa, of Mt. Clare, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Kravanya Funeral Home, Benld, with the Rev. Roger Balfour officiating. Cremation will follow. Friends may call in the funeral home on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the time of service. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Benld-Gillespie Ambulance Service. Mrs. Rosa died at 3:15 a.m. Sunday, January 17, 1999, in St. Francis Hospital. She was 86 years old on November 10. She was born in Benld, a daughter of Giacinto and Giuditta Reck Scopel. She married Modesto P. Rosa on November 28, 1932. He died April 11, 1993. Surviving are a son, Anthony Rosa of Richmond Heights, Mo.; a daughter, Gloria Rosentreter of Benld; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were brothers, Ardino Scopel, Arthur Scopel, Alde Scopel in infancy; sisters, Angelina Gallo, Bruna Pierard, Hilda Vercoglio.

Rosenthal, Alvin G.

Services for Alvin G. Rosenthal, of New Douglas, were held at 2 p.m. today in the Immanuel Lutheran Church there. The Rev. Mark Sidney officiated. Burial was in the New Douglas Cemetery. Lesicko Funeral Home was in charge. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Immanuel Lutheran Church of New Douglas. Mr. Rosenthal died at 3:20 p.m. Friday, October 22, 1999, in Eden Retirement Center, Edwardsville. He as 92 years old on January 21. He was a farmer before he retired and active in the New Douglas community, serving as township clerk from April 4, 1933 to April 4, 1961 and also for a time as mayor. He was a member of the New Douglas Volunteer Firefighters, Madison County Firefighters Association, 3-M Firefighters Association. He also served on the board of directors of the New Douglas Cemetery Association and as its trust fund officer. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of New Douglas and former chairman of the congregation, member of the ATA of Alhambra and a former member of the Madison County National Organization. He was born in New Douglas, a son of Henry C. and Mary Katherine Hosto Rosenthal. He married Luella Niehaus on February 18, 1930 in the Immanuel Lutheran Church of New Douglas. She died October 1, 1991. Surviving are a daughter, Shirley Hopper and husband Kenneth of Glen Carbon; son, Rev. Ray Rosenthal and wife Janet of Columbus, Ohio; 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Others surviving include a son in law, Edward Wrede of Eagle River, Alas. Preceding him in death were a daughter, Marilyn Wrede; brothers, Robert, Walter and Erwin Rosenthal along with one in youth and one in infancy; sisters, Emma Eickmeyer and Lizzie Niehaus.

Rosenthal, Daniel Paul

Funeral Mass for Daniel Paul Rosenthal, of Mt. Olive, will be said at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Church of the Ascension there by the Rev. Father Larry Anschutz. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Becker and Son Funeral Home. Rosary will be recited at 8:30 p.m. The family suggests memorials be directed to Masses or the Mt. Olive School Sports Fund. Mr. Rosenthal died at 9:41 p.m. Saturday, July 18, 1998, in his home. He was 35 years old on May 8, and a Navy veteran having served from 1984 to 1987. He was a mail carrier with the Postal Service in Mt. Olive, a member of the Naval Reserve, charter member of Amvets, member of Ducks Unlimited and the Church of the Ascension. He was born in Litchfield, a son of LaVern G. and Ruth A. Hutchins Rosenthal, and attended Mt. Olive schools. After graduating from Mt. Olive High School in the class of 1981, he attended North Central College in Naperville. He married Marlene Schwab on November 27, 1982, in the Church of the Ascension, Mt. Olive. She survives. Surviving also are a son, Nathaniel Rosenthal and daughters, Tiffany and Brittany Rosenthal, all at home in Mt. Olive; his parents, of White City; brothers, Michael Rosenthal with the Navy stationed in Virginia Beach, Va. and Patrick Rosenthal with the Navy stationed in Tacoma, Wash.; sisters, Kim Stumpf of Springfield and Amy Jo Converse of Troy. Following the services a lunch will be served to family and friends in the Ascension Hall by the women of the Altar and Rosary Society. Funeral Mass for Daniel Paul Rosenthal, of Mt. Olive, were said at 10 this morning in the Church of the Ascension there by the Rev. Father Larry Anschutz. Altar servers were Ryan Rosenthal, Adam Rosenthal and Mat Boston. Amy Dragovich, organist, accompanied the church choir. Pallbearers were Tom Rosenthal, Bob Rosenthal, Lance Walk, Jeff Hutchins, Richard Carlile and Chuck Fletcher.Burial was in Calvary Cemetery with military rites conducted by naval personnel and Mt. Olive area veterans. Taps was played by Helena Viehweg. Becker and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Following the services a lunch was served to family and friends by members of the church Altar and Rosary Society. Mr. Rosenthal, 35, died Saturday, July 18, in his home.

Ross, Catherine C.

Catherine C. Ross, sister of Edna Tomevi of Panama, died May 20, 1999, in Graham, Wash. She was 90 years old on February 12. She was born in Cowie, Scotland. Her husband, William Ross, died in 1968. Surviving besides the sister are a son, Norman Ross and wife Linda of Spanaway, Wash.; another sister, Rita J. Kurtz of Omaha, Neb.; eight grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, five great great grandchildren. Others surviving include a daughter in law, George Ross of Phoenix, Ariz. Preceding her in death was a son, Harry Ross in 1976. Services will be held in Graham with burial in Memory Lane Memorial Park, Phoenix, Ariz.

Rotherham, Thomas B.

Thomas B. Rotherham, of Nokomis, died Friday, May 29, 1998, in Golden Manor Nursing Home there. He was 82 years old on August 27. He was a mail clerk at Illinois National Bank, Springfield, until he retired. He was born in Atkinson, Nebraska, a son of Thomas and Elizabeth Gaffney Rotherham. He married Leona M. Bell in 1939. She died in 1988. Surviving are five daughters, seven sons, 35 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Services were held in Springfield with burial in Calvary Cemetery there.

Routt, Carl E.

Services for Carl E. Routt, of Raymond, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Hough Funeral Home there with the Rev. Kent Lolling officiating. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the United Methodist Church. Mr. Routt died Saturday, April 17, 1999, in Litchfield Health Care. He was 81 years old on May 22, and a veteran of the Army Air Corps of World War II. He was an agent for Standard Oil Company for 25 years before retiring on January 1, 1975. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, American Legion Post, serving as post commander in 1967 and 1968, and a charter member of the Raymond Fire Department. He was born in Butler, a son of Holbert and Bertha Martin Routt. He married Norma Vogel on September 27, 1939. She survives. Surviving also are daughters, Sharon Rowland of Farmersville, Carla Sue Arnett of Springfield, Oregon, Paula Routt-Duckworth of Mt. Vernon; a sister, Mable Kraner of Litchfield; eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Rowe, Josephine

Memorial service for Josephine "Jo" Rowe, of Hillsboro, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Patton Memorial Home there with the Rev. Steve Revisky, pastor of the Christian Church of Litchfield and Rev. Dr. Ronald Rhodus, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church of Hillsboro, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield. No visitation is planned. The family suggests memorials be directed to Alzheimer's Association or the Christian Church of Litchfield. Mrs. Rowe died at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, February 7, 1999, in Hillsboro Hospital. She was 87 years old on October 5. She was a secretary for the Attorney General's office for approximately 32 years then with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Construction After retirement, she moved to San Diego, Calif., in 1974, where she managed a 284 unit mobile home park. She returned to Hillsboro in 1990. She was a member of the Christian Church of Litchfield, a former member of the National Secretaries Association where she also served as president. She was born in Fayette, Mo., a daughter of Joseph and Addie Pell Rowe, and graduated from Rosiclare High School. She never married. The last of her family, she was preceded in death by a brother, Oliver Rowe. Survivors include her sister in law, Dorothy Rowe of San Diego, Calif.; nephew, Time Rowe, his wife Marti and their children, Jeff and Jodi, also of San Diego; and a long time friend, Lavonne Satterlee of Hillsboro.

Rowley, Elma R.

Services for Elma Ruth Rowley, of Coffeen, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Toberman Funreal Home there. Burial will be in Olive Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Heart Fund. Mrs. Rowley died Monday, July 26, 1999, in Hillsboro Hospital. She was 76 years old last August 9. She worked for the Senior Citizens Center, retiring in 1988. She also worked as a greeter at Toberman Funeral Home for many years. Prior to return to Coffeen in 1976, she worked for National Vendors in St. Louis. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Coffeen, the United Methodist Women and the Coffeen Senior Citizens. She was born in Coffeen, a daughter of Arch and Mabel Bowles Lewey, and attended schools there graduating in 1940. She married Harry Rowley on June 22, 1946, in Cabanne Methodist Church, St. Louis. He died December 28, 1998. Surviving are a son, Gregory R. Rowley and wife Karen of Webster Groves, Mo. and granddaughters, Christina, Jennifer and Lindsey. Preceding her in death were brothers, Harold, Clifford and Charles, Elbert Lewey.

Rowley, Harry Ross

Services for Harry Ross Rowley, of Coffeen, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Toberman Funeral Home there with the Rev. Tim Woodard officiating. Burial will be in Olive Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Heart Fund. Mr. Rowley died at Monday, December 28, 1998, in St. John's Hospital, Springfield. He would have been 77 years old on December 29. He moved to Coffeen at the age of 1, and graduated from Coffeen High School in 1941. He then moved to St. Louis where he lived for 35 years. He retired as a supervisor for Falstaff Brewery in St. Louis where he worked for 31 years. He returned to Coffeen in 1976. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Coffeen and the Moose Lodge in Hillsboro. He was born in Belleville, a son of Harry, Sr., and Zoah Austin Rowley. He married Elma Ruth Lewey on June 22, 2946, in St. Louis. She survives. Surviving also are a son, George Ross Rowley and wife Karen of Webster Groves, Mo.; sister, Arnolda Barr of Hazelwood, Mo.; and three grandchildren, Christina, Jennifer and Lindsey Rowley. Preceding him in death were brothers, Ross and Billy Arnold.

Rowley, Herman E.,

Graveside service for Herman E. Rowley will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Nokomis, with the Rev. Rick Miles officiating. Stiehl Dawson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Rowley, of Napoleon, Ohio, died Thursday, December 24, 1998, in Ohio in the Henry County Hospital. He was 80 years old on March 2, and an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was a foreman for the Campbell Soup Company before he retired, a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 300, VFW Post 8218, and the Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor Scenic River Drive group, all in Ohio. He was born in Montgomery County, a son of William A. and Alta A. Hoover Rowley. His wife, the former Camilla M. House, survives. Surviving also are daughters, Penny Rowley of Hershey, Pa., Debra Van Scoik of Hunterville, N.C., Trudy Grafton of Bryan, Ohio.; brothers, W. Leo Rowley of Hammond, Ind., Howard D. Rowley of Sesser; sisters, Alta Kellogg and Cora J. Angel, both of Winter Haven, Fla.; and four grandchildren. Preceding him in death were a son, Barry Allen Rowley in 1951 and a sister, Marian Rowley.

Rozich, Nina

Services for Nina Rozich, formerly of Staunton, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Williamson Funeral Home there with the Rev. Father George Radosevich officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. No visitation will be held. Mrs. Rozich, of Dearborn, Mich., died at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, August 22, 1999, in Oakwood Hospital there. She was 86 years old on February 22. She was born in Sesser, a daughter of Felix and Helena Browski Yang. She married Charles Rozich on August 17, 1953. He survives. Surviving also are several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were two brothers and three sisters.

Rozich, Nina

Services for Nina Rozich, formerly of Staunton, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Williamson Funeral Home there with the Rev. Father George Radosevich officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. No visitation will be held. Mrs. Rozich, of Dearborn, Mich., died at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, August 22, 1999, in Oakwood Hospital there. She was 86 years old on February 22. She was born in Sesser, a daughter of Felix and Helena Browski Yang. She married Charles Rozich on August 17, 1953. He survives. Surviving also are several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were two brothers and three sisters.

Rubsam, Brian

Funeral arrangements for Brian Rubsam, of Litchfield, are pending at Meinschien Funeral Home. Mr. Rubsam, 38, was pronounced dead at 5:50 p.m. Sunday, November 7, in St. Francis Hospital. Funeral mass for Brian Lee Rubsam, of Litchfield, will be said at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Family Catholic Church by the Rev. Father David Schmidt. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today in Meinschein Funeral Home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Brian Rubsam's Childrens Fund. Mr. Rubsam died at 5:50 p.m. Sunday, November 7, 1999, in St. Francis Hospital. He was 38 years old on April 11. He worked for Interstate Brands Baking Company as a Hostess delivery man, and was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was reared in Newton, graduating from Newton High School in the class of 1979 and then from Lakeland Community College at Mattoon. He was born in Olney, a son of Oscar and Dorothy Kuenstler Rubsam. He married Kandy K. Estes on October 1, 1983, in Newton. She survives. Surviving also are daughters, Jennifer N. Rubsam and Jill C. Rubsam, both at home; his parents of Newton; brothers, Gary, Steve and Greg Rubsam, all of Newton; and a sister, Cheryl Roth and husband Christopher of Mt. Zion. Funeral Mass for Brian Lee Rubsam, of Litchfield, was said at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Family Catholic Church. The Rev. Father David Schmidt was the presider. Placing of the pall was by his wife and daughters, Kandy, Jennifer and Jill Rubsam. Musical selections were "Amazing Grace," "Shepherd Me, O God," "I Am the Resurrection," the instrumental "In the Garden Mass of Creation," "We Remember" and "Sing to the Mountains." Polly Wand was the cantor. Kathy Skinner was the organist. Reader was Jim Smith. Bearing the gifts of Communion were Cody Roth and Kevin Rubsam. Ministers of Eucharist were Sr. Rosella Uding and Kitty Daly. Pallbearers were Brian Volentine, Charlie Sinclair, Rick Grindley, Robert Scott, Luke Rubsam, Matt Rubsam. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Mr. Rubsam, 38, died Sunday, November 7, in his home.

Rudolph, Virginia M.

Funeral Mass for Virginia M. Rudolph, formerly of Gillespie, will be said at 10 a.m. Tuesday in SS. Simon and Jude Church there. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Gillespie. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today in Kravanya Funeral Home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Rush © Copley Cancer Center in Aurora. Mrs. Rudolph, of Aurora, died Thursday, December 31, 1998, in Aurora. She was 84 years old last January 14. She was born in Gillespie, a daughter of William and Elizabeth Sawyer Cavanaugh. Her husband, Al Rudolph, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, Richard Rudolph and wife Carol and Mark Rudolph and wife Janice Michels; daughters, Leslie Drew, Claire Brennan and husband Bruce; a brother, Vince Cavanaugh and wife Mary; sisters, Betty Skeldon and husband Lester and Ann Elvers and husband Larry; seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Ruehrup, Elnore

Graveside service for Elnore Ruehrup, formerly of Staunton, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Richard Feyen officiating. Friends may call on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of service in Williamson Funeral Home, Staunton. Mrs. Ruehrup died at 4:40 p.m. Saturday, June 6, 1998, in Village North Health Center, St. Louis. She was 95 years old on February 22. She was a bookkeeper for Charles Franz Car Dealership in Staunton and for several businesses in St. Louis before she retired. She was born in Staunton, a daughter of Charles and Bertha Scmutzler Franz. She married August Ruehrup on June 22, 1929, in Staunton. He died January 13, 1983. Surviving are a nephew, Robert Ott of Staunton and his son, Jarid Ott. A sister, Luzella Biernath, preceded her in death.

Ruehrup, Roy H.

Services for Roy H. Ruehrup, of Staunton, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Williamson Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Feyen officiating. Burial will be in Staunton City Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to St. Paul's United Church of Christ or the American Cancer Society. Mr. Ruehrup died at 8:50 a.m. Wednesday, July 22, 1998, in Heritage Manor of Staunton. He was 75 years old last August 3. He was a stock clerk for the I.G.A. grocery store in Staunton for 32 years, and a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ. He was born in Staunton, a son of Christian and Gertrude Steinmeyer Ruehrup, Jr. Surviving are a sister, Doris Vallow and husband Robert, and a brother, Edward Ruehrup, all of Staunton. A brother in law, John Warren, also survives. Preceding him in death was a sister, Helen Warren.

Ruffini, Helen F.

Services for Helen F. Ruffini, of Staunton, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday 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. Mrs. Ruffini died at 4:25 a.m. Tuesday, September 1, 1998, in V.I.P. Manor, Wood River. She was 90 years old on May 2. She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church of Staunton and the Altar and Rosary Society of the church. She was born in Mt. Olive, a daughter of Perry and Pauline Schultz Voyles. She married Dan Ruffini on December 15, 1927. He died August 15, 1987. Surviving are a sister, Viola Frazer of Wood River and a brother, Arnold Voyles of St. Louis. Preceding her in death were a sister, Esther Reese and a brother, Norman Voyles.

Rufus, William

Memorial service for William "Uncle Bill" Rufus, of Hillsboro, will be held at noon Saturday in Patton Memorial Home there with the Rev. Eddie Diveley, pastor of South Side Church, Litchfield, officiating. VFW Post 1306, Taylor Springs will conduct military rites at graveside in Waveland Cemetery in rural Hillsboro. A visitation will be held in the funeral home on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Mr. Rufus was pronounced dead at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday, October 12, at the scene of a traffic accident in Raymond Township of Montgomery County. He was 71 years old on March 27, and an Army veteran. He spent most of his life in the Hillsboro area, working as a laborer in construction and also for local lumber yards for many years. He was a member of VFW Post 1306, Taylor Springs and the Litchfield Moose Lodge. He was born in Hillsboro Township, a son of Eli and Stella McLean Rufus and was the last of his immediate family. Surviving are many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were four brothers, James, Robert, Clifford "Pat," Edward Rufus and five sisters, Bessie Beal, Grace Burrow, Dorothy White, Lena Atkinson and Beatrice Stout.

Rull, Rosella Irene

Services for Rosella Irene Rull, of Mt. Olive, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Becker and Son Funeral Home there with the Rev. Ed Fogle officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olive City Cemetery. Friends may call Saturday in the funeral home after 9 a.m. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Mt. Olive Cemetery, First Baptist Church or the Mt. Olive Ambulance. Mrs. Rull died at 2:45 this morning, Thursday, October 22, 1998, in St. Francis Hospital. She was 96 years old on December 11. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mt. Olive and taught Sunday school there for many years. She was also a member of the Women of the Moose in Litchfield and the Mt. Olive Senior Citizens.She was born in New Douglas Township, a daughter of William Sheridan and Nellie Mae Linxwiler Prickett. She married John Berne Rull on April 2, 1923, in Taylorville. He died February 1, 1970. Surviving are a sister, Ola Marie; a half brother, William Clinton Prickett of Sorento; and many nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death besides her parents was a step mother, Geneva O'Hara Prickett; sisters, Julia, Audry and Bessie; brother, John Edwin Prickett; half brother, Wayne Stanley Prickett; and half sister, Ada.

Rummer, Gilbert L.

Services for Gilbert L. Rummer, of Gillespie, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Williamson Funeral Home, Staunton, with the Rev. Michael Kloepping officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery at Staunton. Friends may call on Thursday in the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of service. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Staunton Ambulance Service. Mr. Rummer died at 7:22 p.m. Monday, February 8, 1999, in Heritage Manor of Staunton. He was 94 years old on July 10. He worked as a welder in the Chicago area before he retired. A musician, he played in several area bands and was a member of the Musicians Union. He was born in Staunton, a son of William and Amelia Streeb Rummer. He married Nellie J. Basso on January 10, 1929, in Benld. She died June 15, 1997. Surviving are sisters, Bernice Guennewig of Staunton, Viola Nelson of Chicago and several nieces and nephews, including Sherry Allen of Gillespie. 

Runta, Stanley

Funeral Mass for Stanley Runta, of Gillespie, will be said at 10:30 a.m. Friday in SS. Simon and Jude Catholic Church by the Rev. Father Larry Auda. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Kravanya Funeral Home. Prayer service will be held at 7:45 p.m. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Gillespie - Benld Ambulance Service or the Partnership for Educational Excellence. Mr. Runta died at 10:35 a.m. Monday, February 1, 1999, in St. Francis Hospital. He was 85 years old on June 30. He was a pipefitter for Olin Corporation in East Alton before he retired. He was born in Lithuania, a son of Stanley and Sophia Puskonic Runta. His wife, the former Eula Jacobs, died August 16, 1988. Surviving are sons, Stanley E. Runta and wife Marie of Benld, Gerald W. Runta and wife Cindy of Fort Collins, Colo.; a brother, William Runta of Springfield; four grandchildren, Linda Brown, Teri Wargo, both of Gillespie, Jason and Jessica Runta, both of Fort Collins; and four great grandchildren, Erin and Matthew Brown, Haley and Hunter Wargo, all of Gillespie. 

Ruppe, Minnie

Services for Minnie Ruppe, of Coffeen, were held Saturday morning in Toberman Funeral Home there. Burial was in Olive Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Ruppe died Wednesday, May 5, 1999, in Montgomery Health Care Center. She was 92 years old on May 19. She was a nurse's aide at Hillsboro Hospital for 20 years before she retired and was affiliated with the Methodist Church. She was born in Vandalia, a daughter of Albert and Lydia Eakin Trexler. She married Jesse Ruppe on February 24, 1934, in Bond County; he preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were a son, Herschel Ruppe; daughter, Janice Huber; brother, Ralph Trexler and sisters, Edna Deverick and Florence Sparks. Surviving are four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Ruppe, Ruby Isabel

Services for Ruby Isabel Ruppe, of Litchfield, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Plummer Funeral Home with the Rev. C. Brent Cloyd, of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery at Van Burensburg. Friends may call in the funeral home on Sunday from noon until the time of service. The family suggest memorials be directed to the First Baptist Church Building Fund. Mrs. Ruppe died at 2:50 a.m. this morning, Friday, September 4, 1998, in Heritage Manor of Litchfield. She was 88 years old on February 27. She was employed in the fitting department of Brown Shoe Company, Litchfield, for 18 years, and was a member of the First Baptist Church. She graduated from Fillmore High School in 1928. She was born in Fillmore, a daughter of Thomas Eugene and Martha Edith Elam Cook. She married Esty Clyde Ruppe on December 1, 1928, in the Baptist church at Van Burensburg. he died April 20, 1993. Surviving are a daughter, Dorothy Leitschuh and husband Raymond of Fillmore; sisters, Maudie Greenwood of Coffeen, Ila Harrison of Edwardsville, Doris Brown and husband Howard of Edwardsville; and one grandchild, Michael Leitschuh. Preceding her in death was a sister, Hazel Allen. Services for Ruby Isabell Ruppe, of Litchfield, were held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Plummer Funeral Home. The Rev. C. Brent Cloyd officiated. burial was in Green Hill Cemetery at VanBurensburg. Musical selections were "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" and "Amazing Grace". Pallbearers were Michael Leitschuh, Dan Blankenship, both of Fillmore, Larry, Jay and John Greenwood, all of Coffeen, and Howard Brown of Edwardsville. Mrs. Ruppe, 88, died Friday, September 4, in Heritage Manor of Litchfield.

Ruppert, Beulah E.

Services for Beulah E. Ruppert, of Nokomis, were held at 11 this morning in St. Paul's Lutheran Church there. The Rev. James Norton, pastor of the church, officiated. Burial was in St. Paul's Cemetery. Stiehl Dawson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Ruppert died Thursday, January 7, 1999, as the result of injuries suffered in an automobile accident on Illinois Rt. 16 at Ohren lane. She was pronounced dead at 11:58 a.m. in the emergency room of St. Francis Hospital. She was 74 years old on December 8. She was an active member in St. Paul's Church, teaching Sunday school there for 35 years and as a member of the LWML, the Ladies Aid and the church choir. A farm wife, she and her husband, Orlo, raised dairy cattle on their farm northwest of Nokomis unitl the retired in 1988. They were members of the Holstein Association. They were also co leaders of Walker 4H club for more than 35 years and received special recognition for their dedication from the Montgomery County 4H organization in February 1989. The couple first met in the early 1940s at a 4©H event at the state fair. Booth attended 4©H Congress, one of the highest honors for a 4Her. Mrs. Ruppert was also active as blood drive volunteer. Daughter of Martin P. and Augustine Blievernick Moeller, she grew up in Effingham, graduating from Effingham High School. She married Orlo Ruppert on April 9, 1944, in St. Paul's Lutheran Church at Wheeling. He survives. Surviving also are sons, David Ruppert and wife Lenore of Nokomis, Thomas Ruppert and wife Ruth of Peoria; a daughter, Christine Anderson and husband Dale of Tiskilwa; brothers, Earl and Roland Moeller, both of Effingham; a sister, Alma Moeller of Effingham; and nine grandchildren. Preceding her in death were a grandson, Chad Martin Anderson; sisters, Irene Schuette and one in infancy; and brothers, Fred, Ernest, Dan, Art and Arnold Moeller.

Ruschhaupt, Henry E.

Services for Henry E. Ruschhaupt, of rural Staunton, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Zion Lutheran Church of Staunton. The Revs. Leslie J. Mitkos and Michael Kloepping will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Olive City Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today in Williamson Funeral Home, Staunton. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Zion Lutheran church or school, or to the Staunton Ambulance Service. Mr. Ruschhaupt died at 12:10 a.m. Friday, April 9, 1999, in St. Francis Hospital. He was 82 years old on April 23. He was a farmer, member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Staunton, the men's club of the church, the Mt. Olive A.T.A. and the Macoupin County Farm Bureau. He enjoyed his grandsons, springtime, gardening, his church and the people connected with them. He was born in rural Staunton, a son of William and Minnie Sievers Ruschhaupt. He married Laura Niehaus on September 23, 1945, in Zion Lutheran Church of Mt. Olive. She survives. Surviving also are sons, Lawrence Ruschhaupt and wife Karen of Staunton, Ronald Ruschhaupt of Mt. Olive; and three grandsons, Timothy, Mark and Ryan Ruschhaupt. Preceding him in death was a brother, Harry Ruschhaupt in infancy.

Russell, Evelyn R.

Services for Evelyn R. Russell, of Litchfield, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Union Avenue Christian Church with the Rev. Jay Johnson, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today in Meinschein Funeral Home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Union Avenue Christian Church or St. Francis Hospital Foundation. Mrs. Russell died at 1:20 p.m. Saturday, February 13, 1999, in St. Francis Hospital. She was 81 years old on March 3. She and her husband, Al, owned and operated Austin and Shrader Hardware Store in Litchfield for many years. After the store was closed, she worked at Donham's Ladies Apparel in Litchfield for several more years before retiring. She was a charter member of the P.E.O. and the St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary, and a member of the Union Avenue Christian Church. She enjoyed knitting. She was born in Litchfield, a daughter of Bert and Mabel Bringhurst Shrader. She married Ollie Monroe "Al" Russell on August 16, 1935, in Mulberry Grove. He died January 17, 1984. Surviving are her children, Barbara W. Schmidt and husband Earl A., Bert S. Russell and wife Patricia, Rebecca J. Russell, all of Litchfield, and Brenda S. Johnson and husband Douglas of Hillsboro; 12 grandchildren, Todd Schmidt of Tallahassee, Fla., Mark Schmidt of Springfield, Sara Kuehner of Phoenix, Ariz., Holly Hampton of Edwardsville, Matthew Russell of Burlington, Wis., Kristin Murgas of Naperville, Kerri Schmedeke of Summerville, S.C., Adrienne Buske of St. Cloud, Minn., Grant Buske of St. Louis, Alyssa Buske of Litchfield, Kent and Eric Johnson of Columbia; and eight great grandchildren, Lauren and Blake Kuehner of Phoenix, Ariz., Tyler Schmidt of Tallahassee, Fla., Nathan Schmidt of Springfield, Maren Hampton of Edwardsville, Rachel, Jonathan and Ryan Russell, all of Burlington, Wis. Services for Evelyn R. Russell, of Litchfield, were held this morning at 11 in the Union Avenue Christian Church. The Rev. Jay Johnson presided. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery. P.E.O. ritual was held preceding the service. Musical selections for the service were "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" and "Amazing Grace." Linda Maulding was the organist. Pallbearers were Matthew Russell, Mark Schmidt, Richard Hampton, Doug Johnson, Grant Buske and Todd Schmidt. Following the services a meal was provided for family and friends by the women of the church. Meinschein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Russell, 81, died Saturday, February 13, in St. Francis Hospital. Correction In the obituary Monday of Evelyn Russell, a grandson, Bradly Brown was omitted. He preceded her in death on July 4, 1986. 

Russell, Shearon Louise

Shearon Louise Russell, whose husband John was reared in Hillsboro, died Monday, September 14, 1998, in their home in Kankakee. She was 53 years old on March 10. She was a daughter of Ernest and Paulene Schwab and married John Russell on April 27, 1968, in Assumption. He survives. Surviving also are a daughter, Sandra Cheffer of Kankakee; sons, Scott Russell of Kankakee, Stuart Russell of Waukegan; her father, Ernest schwab of Assumption; sisters, Earlene Jones of San Antonio, Texas, Verna RAney of Ozark, Ark.; and one grandchild. Other survivors include brothers in law, Jim and Melvin Russell of Hillsboro and George Russell of Rochester. Preceding her in death were her mother, Paulene in 1986, and a brother, Marvin Schwab on August 9 this year. Services were held in Kankakee with burial in All Saints Cemetery in Bourbonnais.

Rutherford, Charles L.

Service for Charles L. Rutherford, of Shipman, were held this morning in Targheta Funeral Home there. Mr. Rutherford, of Shipman, died Saturday, September 19, 1998, in Jersey Community Hospital. He was 82 years old on August 5.He was a machinist for O©M before he retired. He was born in Girard, a son of Horace Ebert and Marion Gay Morrison Rutherford. He married Helen B. Bradford in 1939 and she died in 1974. He then married Billie F. Hausafus in 1975 in Alton. She survives. Surviving also are daughters, Carol Pinson and husband Homer of Worden; Sandy Bruggeman and husband Bob of Plainview, Judy Rutherford of Godfrey, Penny Wilson and husband Clay of Vandalia, Janice Gunning and husband Charles of Carlinville; sons, Carl A. Rutherford and husband Ruth Ann of Glen Carbon, Charles "Boots" Rutherford and wife Beverly of Moro, Terry Joe Rutherford and wife Denise of Carterville, Curtis R. Rutherford and wife Portia of Staunton; a sister, Marion Green of Kankakee; 15 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren.

Ryan, Woodbur D.

Services for Woodbur Darold "Buck" Ryan, formerly of Litchfield, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Staab Funeral Home, Springfield, with the Rev. Elmer Fenton officiating. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery where the Interveterans Burial Detail will conduct military serves at graveside. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to a memorial fund which has been established in his name. Mr. Ryan died at 12:54 p.m. Sunday, May 16, 1999, in St. John's Hospital in Springfield. A resident of that city for the past 44 years, he was 73 years old and a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a repairman with the Bentler Amusement Company before he retired. He was also retired from Sears. He was born in Litchfield, a son of Glen and Jessie Kessinger Ryan. He married Thelma Irene Fenton on February 13, 1949. She survives. Surviving also are daughters, Wanda Ryan, Jean Ryan-Stine and husband Ron, Vicki Bergner and husband Danny, all of Springfield, Pamela Kemp and husband Vincent of Virden; a son, James Ryan of Springfield; a sister, Mamie Reed of Springfield; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were a brother, James Ryan and a granddaughter, Gina.

Ryczaj, Helen

Private family services for Helen Ryczaj, of Litchfield, will be held in Plummer Funeral Home. Inurnment of cremains will be held in St. Joseph Greek Catholic Church Cemetery in Duquesne, Pa. Mrs. Ryczaj died at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, January 21, in her home. She was 81 years old on September 16. She was a member of th Holy Family Catholic Church in Litchfield, Litchfield Senior Citizens Club and the Christian Mothers in Duquesne. She was born in Duquesne, a daughter of Vasil and Sophia Fazakas Peresta. She married William J. Ryczaj on April 1, 1944, in Duquesne. He survives. Surivving also are a son, William Ryczaj and wife Cheryl of Litchfield; sisters, Anne Zewe of Duquesne, Sally Stokolosa of Braddock, Pa., Mary Estu of Irwin, Pa.; and granddaughters, Bethany and Ashley Ryczaj.


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