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Fairless, Darrell G.

Services for Darrell Gene Fairless, formerly of Litchfield, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Plummer Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Mallicoat of Jacksonville officiating. Cremation will follow the services and inurnment will be private in the Elm Lawn Cemetery of Litchfield. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to the National Kidney Foundation. Mr. Fairless, of rural Raymond, died at 7:20 a.m. Tuesday, October 26, 1999, in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield. He was 59 years old on January 27. He owned and operated Fairless News Stand and Hobby Shop at 304 North State for a number of years. Previously, he worked at Brown Show Company, Zimmermann Equipment Company and The Milnot Company. He was a 1957 graduate of Gillespie High School and a 1979 graduate of Lincoln Land Community College in 1979. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Litchfield. He raised pigeons and game birds, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was born in Alton, a son of Robert and Margaret Squires Fairless. He married Charlene June Perrine on December 23, 1960, in Wood River. She survives. Surviving also are a daughter, Teresa Costley and husband Christopher of Glen Carbon; sister, Marcella Webb of Litchfield; and four grandchildren, Kimberly, Melanie and Andrea Costley and Austin Fairless. Preceding him in death were a daughter, Cynthia J. Fairless - Davis; brothers, Donald Chapman, John, James, Carl and Milton Fairless and a sister, Mildred Fairless. Services for Darrell Gene Fairless, of Raymond, were held at 11 a.m. Friday in Plummer Funeral Home. Rev. Robert Mallicoat of Jacksonville officiated. Michelle Sweet was the organist. She accompanied the vocalist, Shirley Edwards, while she sang "Just As I Am." Eulogy was given by Melanie Costley, granddaughter of Mr. Fairless. Committal service was held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Elm Lawn Cemetery. Rev. David Perrine officiated. Following the committal service a dinner was held for the family and friends in the family's home. Mr. Fairless, 59, died Tuesday, October 26, in Memorial Medical Center.

Falat, Joseph A.

Services for Joseph A. Falat, of Gillespie, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 19, in SS. Simon and Jude Church there with the Rev. Father Larry Auda officiating. Burial will be in Benld City Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie. Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. The family suggests memorials be directed to SS. Simon and Jude Church. Mr. Falat died at 8:25 a.m. Friday, June 11, 1999, in St. Francis Hospital. He was 77 years old on October 7, and a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a systems analyst with the U.S. Department of Agriculture before he retired, a member of the Gillespie Country Club and of SS. Simon and Jude Church. He was born in Livingston, a son of John and Kate Soffranco Falat. He married Frances Schwappach on March 3, 1946, in Benld. She died June 16, 1984. Surviving are a son, Richard J. Falat and wife Linda of Carbondale; daughter, Patricia J. Sarver and husband Craig of Kansas City, Mo.; and five grandchildren, Matthew Falat of San Antonio, Texas, Amanda, Mary Fran and Mitchell Falat, all of Carbondale, and Michael Server of Kansas City, Mo. Preceding him in death were a daughter, Constance Falat and brothers, John and George Falat.

Faletti, Peter P.

Services for Peter Paul Faletti, of Benld, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Joseph's Church with the Rev. Father Larry Auda officiating. Burial will be in Benld City Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday in Kravanya Funeral Home, Benld. The family suggests memorials be directed to the church. Mr. Faletti died at 1:50 a.m. today, Friday, November 26, 1999, in the home of his sister in Benld. He was 82 years old on April 8, and an Army veteran. He worked in structural steel fabrication in St. Louis and retired as foreman. He was born in Collinsville, a son of Frank and Victoria Pomatto Faletti. His wife, the former Frances Sobosinski, died January 1, 1993. Surviving are sons, Peter Faletti of Atlanta, Ga., Richard Faletti of Dallas, Texas; sisters, Frances Hair and Marguerite Griva, both of Benld; and three grandchildren, Marc of Austin, Texas, Carla and Russell Faletti of Dallas.

Faletti, Regina Augusta

Services for Regina Augusta Faletti, of Hillsboro, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Patton Memorial Home there with the Rev. Father David Schmidt, pastor of St. Agnes Catholic Church, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday in the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of service. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Hillsboro Public Library or to Adopt A Pet. Mrs. Faletti died at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 3, 1999, in Hillsboro Hospital. She was 94 years old on March 21. She taught at Edison School and also did substitute work. She also taught for several years at the junior high school in the EMH room. She lived in Taylor Springs for about 5 years before moving to Hillsboro in 1933. She was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church and the church Altar and Rosary Society; Hillsboro area chapter of Business and Professional Women, Audubon Society, Hillsboro Hospital Auxiliary and the Retired Teachers Association of Montgomery County. She was born in Hillsboro, a daughter of John and Caroline Derganz DeFlorian. She married Ludwig Faletti on June 30, 1928, in Joliet. He died August 5, 1983. The last of her family, she is survived by several cousins. Preceding her in death besides her husband were sons, Raymond and Norman, both in infancy; a brother, Elmer DeFlorian in 1925; her father in 1949 and mother in 1963. 

Faller, Robert A.

Robert A. Faller, father of Donald T. Faller of Butler, died Monday, September 14, 1998, in Sara Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon. He was 69 years old. Surviving also are two other sons, Steve Faller of Mattoon and Mark Faller of Springfield; a brother, Thomas Faller of Springfield; sister, Betty Carter of Kansas City, Mo.; and eight grandchildren. Services will be held in Mattoon on Thursday with burial in Calvary Cemetery there. Schilling Funeral Home in Mattoon is in charge of arrangements.

Fansler, Helen P.

Funeral arrangements for Helen P. Fansler are pending at Meinschein Funeral Home, Litchfield. Mrs. Fansler, 96, died Saturday, July 31, in Des Peren Hospital, St. Louis. Services for Helen Pauline Fansler, formerly of Litchfield, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Meinschein Funeral Home with the Rev. Jay Johnson of Union Avenue Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Mrs. Fansler, of High Ridge, Mo., died at 7:50 a.m. Saturday, July 31, 1999, in DesPeren Hospital, St. Louis, Mo. She was 96 years old on November 17. She resided for most of her life in the Litchfield area and worked at the American Smeltery in Taylor Springs, the glass factory in Schram City, St. Francis Hospital and also farmed in the Donnellson and Litchfield areas. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Donnellson and Royal Neighbors. She was born in Coal City, a daughter of John and Elizabeth Wendell Schmitt. Her husband, Robert Fansler, preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Robert Beckham and wife Anne Mae of Litchfield; daughters, Elizabeth House of Litchfield, Martha Clayton and husband Marshall of High Ridge, Mo.; 16 grandchildren and many great great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were a son, John C. Maguire; brothers, Fed and John Schmitt; sisters, Martha Hutton and Emma Janus; a grandson, Richard Clayton, and a great great grandchild, Zachary Hudzik. Services for Helen Pauline Fansler, formerly of Litchfield, were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Meinshcein Funeral Home. The Rev. Jay Johnson of Union Avenue Christian Church officiated. Burial was in Elm Lawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were William Thomas Beckham, Floyd Rodell Beckham, Floyd Rodell Beckham Jr., Terry Bruce Clayton, Tracy Dean Clayton, Roger Scott Clayton, Kevin York Clayton, Michael Elliot Moore. Mrs. Fansler, 96, died Saturday, July 31, in St. Louis.

Farnham, Dorothy

Funeral arrangements for Dorothy Farnham, of Wilsonville, are pending at Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie. Mrs. Farnham, 82, died at 12:02 p.m. Sunday, September 6, 1998, in Heritage Manor of Gillespie. Mass of Christian Burial for Dorothy Farnham, of Wilsonville, will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Holy Cross Church there by the Rev. Father Bob Porter. Burial of the cremated remains will be in Benld City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be directed to Staunton Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Farnham died at 12:02 p.m. Sunday, September 6, 1998, in Heritage Manor of Gillespie. She was 82 years old on January 31. She worked for the Illinois Department of Finance for many years before retiring in 1978. She was born in South Wilmington, Ill., a daughter of Anton F. and Pauline Cerutti De Laurent. Her husband, Andrew Farnham, died in 1972. A brother, Anthony DeLaurent, preceded her in death. Surviving are nieces and nephews, Denise DeLaurent Thetard of Oak Park, Renee DeLaurent of Carlinville, Marc DeLaurent of St. Louis and David DeLaurent of Gillespie.

Farrar, Annabel June

Graveside service for Annabel June Farrar, of Litchfield, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Union Miners Cemetery, Mt. Olive, with the Rev. Steve Revisky, pastor of the Christian Church of Litchfield, officiating. Plummer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. There will be no visitation. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Christian Church of Litchfield. Mrs. Farrar died at 9:10 a.m. Thursday, March 4, 1999, in Heritage Manor of Litchfield. She was 82 years old on August 22. She was a machine operator with Roller Derby Skate Corporation for 30 years before she retired. She enjoyed sewing and playing bingo. She was born in Ltichfield, a daughter of Earl and Ethel Kinder White, and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1934. She married Merle E. Farrar on May 1, 1939, in Litchfield. He died in 1958. Surviving are a son, Roy Farrar and wife Debra of Litchfield; sisters, Joan Cox of Litchfield, Mildred Kellenberger of Seneca, Mo.; four grandchildren, Roy M. and David Farrar, both of Litchfield, Paul Farrar of Chesterfield, Mo., Steve Farrar of Raleigh, N.C., and three great grandchildren. Preceding her in death was a daughter, Joyce Farrar. Graveside service for Annabel June Farrar, of Litchfield, was held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Union Miners Cemetery, Mt. Olive. Rev. Steve Revisky, of the Christian Church of Litchfield, officiated. Pallbearers were Denny Cox, Roy M. Farrar, Ron Howard, Bill Jones, Dwight Wright, all of Litchfield, and Paul Farrar of Chesterfield, Mo. Plummer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Farrar, 82, died Thursday, March 4, in Heritage Manor of Litchfield.

Farrar, Wanda E.

Services for Wanda E. Farrar, formerly of Litchfield, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Plymouth Park Baptist Church, Irving, Texas, with the Rev. Ken Branam officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens there. Mrs. Farrar, of Irving, died there Monday, October 4, 1999. She was 65 years old on February 17. She worked in the accounting field for many years. She especially enjoyed square dancing and was a member of the Buttons and Bows Square Dance Club, holding many offices in the organization. She collected cardinal birds and cheered on the Dallas Cowboys. She was born in Athensville, Ill., a daughter of Russell E. and Cornelia Strandridge Stone. She married James A. Farrar in 1971. He survives. Surviving also are sons, H. Russell Copeland of College Station, Texas, Michael J. Farrar of Grand Prairie, Texas; daughter, Tracie A. Draper of Red Oak, Texas; brother, Gayle R. Stone of Sterling, Va.; sisters, Imogene Lovekamp of Jacksonville, Claudena Daniels of Manchester, Joyce Ward of Troy, Ohio; and four grandchildren.

Farris, Herman James

Herman James Farris, formerly of Litchfield, died at 3:45 p.m. Monday, March 15, 1999, in Imboden Creek Living Center, Decatur. He was 93 years old on July 27, and a Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He settled in Decatur following the war and worked for the Hayes Brothers Hatchery until it closed in 1955 and as a custodian of the Grace United Methodist Church until he retired in 1976. As a youth he loved music and pursued that endeavor until his induction into the Army Air Corps on April 1, 1942. Attached to the 554th Army Air Corps base units, he served in the European, African and Middle Eastern theaters. He was awarded a Bronze Battle Star. He was born in Litchfield, a son of James L. and Edna P. Bassler Farris. He married Ruby T. Bacon on December 6, 1944, in Litchfield; she died March 16, 1990. Surviving are a son, James C. Farris and wife Cinda of Decatur; step children, Richard Bacon of Brandon, Mo., Carl Bacon of Coal Valley, Calif., Joan Bacon of Yucaipa, Calif., Carole Margret of Old Towne, Fla.; a sister, Edna Merritt of Sacramento, Calif.; four grandchildren, 21 step grandchildren, and several great grandchildren and step great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were a brother, Paul Farris and a sister, Veta Fry.

Farris, Paul F.

Memorial service for Paul F. Farris, of Ltichfield, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Plummer Funeral Home with the Rev. Jay Johnson, pastor of the Union Avenue Christian Church, officiating. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Cemetery. There will be no visitation. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Union Avenue Christian Church. Mr. Farris died at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 10, 1999, in his home. He was 90 years old on September 15. He was self©employed as a carpenter and built several home in Litchfield. He and his wife also operated The Hatchery in Litchfield. He was a member of the Union Avenue Christian Church, Disciples of christ in Ltichfield and Litchfield Moose Lodge 1634. He was born in Illinois, a son of James Farris. His mother's name is unknown. He married Velma Marie Emmons on June 20, 1929. She died January 16, 1998. Surviving are his brother, Herman Farris of Decatur and a sister, Edna Merritt of West Sacramento, Calif. Preceding him in death was a sister, Veta Frey. A private memorial service for Paul F. Farris, of Litchfield, will be held Thursday in Plummer Funeral Home. Mr. Farris, 90, died Sunday, January 10, in his home. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers memorials be directed to the Union Avenue Christian Church, of which he was a member.

Fassero, James L.

Services for James L. Fassero, formerly of the local area, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the First United Methodist Church, Sixth and Lorena street, Wood River. The Rev. Betty Coffey and the Rev. Dennis Hill will officiate. Burial will be in Woodland Hill Cemetery at East Alton. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today in Marks Mortuary, 633 East Lorena street, Wood River. The family suggests memorials be directed to the American Heart Association. Mr. Fassero, of Brighton, died at 2:44 a.m. Thursday, June 11, 1998, in Missouri Baptist Hospital, St. Louis. He was 62 years old on January 4. He was employed by Olin Corporation in East Alton at the time of his death and had worked for the company for 34 years. He was a member of the Westerner Club, Alton Antique Auto Club, Alton Eagles and the National Rifle Association. He was born in Wilsonville, a son of James and Freida Rademacher Fassero. His first wife was Delores but her maiden name is unknown. They were married April 21, 1956, in Bunker Hill and although they were later divorced, they have remained friends. He married the former Jeannette Cooper on December 27, 1986 in Wood River. She survives. Surviving also are daughters, Teresa Fassero of Gillespie, Lee Ann Tardino and husband Jack of Wood River; and two granddaughters, Andrea and Alyssa Tardino. Others surviving include a sister in law, Doris Fassero of Litchfield; brother in law, Ed Cooper of Mt. Vernon; and parents in law, Chester and Bessie Cooper of Mt. Vernon. Preceding him in death were a son, James R. Fassero and a brother, Gerald Fassero.

Feeley, Mary Eileen

Services for Mary Eileen Feeley, of Gillespie, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Kravanya Funeral Home with the Rev. Father Larry Auda officiating. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery there. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Prayer service will be held at 7:45 p.m. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Gillespie Benld Ambulance Service. Mrs. Feeley died at 3:25 p.m. Thursday, December 10, 1998, in her home. She was 73 years old on February 25. She was born in Mt. Pulaski, a daughter of Scott and Mabel Winchester Turner. She married James Patrick Feeley on May 12, 1950, in Springfield. He died February 19, 1987. Surviving are sons, Larry Feeley of Belleville, James Feeley, Jr., of Gillespie; daughter, Nancy Link of Gillespie; brothers, William Turner of Williamsville, Robert Turner of Louisanna, Mo.; sisters, Betty Sies, June Miller, both of Springfield; nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. Preceding her in death were brothers, Fred and Wayne Turner and a sister, Wilma Harmon.

Fellers, Francis Tal

Services for Francis Tal Fellers, of Litchfield, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Plummer Funeral Home. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemtery. Friends may call in the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Mr. Fellers died at 5:05 p.m. Thursday, March 19, 1999, in St. Francis Hospital. He was 85 years old on February 2, and a Navy veteran of World War II. He worked at the American Radiator Company in Litchfield and then was employed as a personnel supervisor by General Electric in Mattoon. After his retirement, he and his wife operated the Treasurers and Trivia Antique Shop in Litchfield for 17 years. He enjoyed playing cards and golf. He was born in Litchfield, a son of Vallee Rea "Tal" and Irene Elizabeth Campbell Fellers. He married Genevie Lorraine Snow on December 30, 1938, in Litchfield. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Surviving besides his wife are a son, Dennis Fellers and wife Lori of Mattoon; daughters, Peggy Simpson and husband David, Fran Simpson and husband Hal, all of Litchfield; 12 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Services for Francis "Tal" Francis, of Litchfield, were held at 11 a.m. Monday in Plummer Funeral Home. The Rev. Father Ted Schelich, chaplain at St. Francis Hospital, officiated. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Musical selections were "Ave Maria," "In the Garden" and "The Lord's Prayer." Pallbearers were grandsons, Peter Donahoe, Ryan Fellers, Gary Simpson, Mike Simpson, Steve Simpson and Kevin Young. Honorary pallbearers were grandsons, Chuck Brown, Chris Entler, Craig Foster and Mike Hoyle. The flag was presented to Mrs. Genevie Fellers during the graveside committal service by her grandson, Mike Simpson of the Navy and Bill Bates of American Legion Post 436, Litchfield. Following the services a luncheon was provided for family and friends by the women of Holy Family Catholic Church. Mr. Fellers, 85, died Friday, March 19, in St. Francis Hospital.

Felts, Truman H.

Services for Truman Herbert Felts, of Litchfield, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Meinschein Funeral Home with the Rev. Jay Johnson of Union Avenue Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Union Avenue Christian Church. Mr. Felts died at 6:40 a.m. Sunday, September 5, 1999, in St. Francis Hospital. He was 91 years old on August 21. He retired from The Gardens Cafe and Motel after working there for many years. He owned and operated the Home Cafe, the Sugar Bowl and the Overhead restaurants, all in Litchfield. He also worked at Brown Shoe Company. He was a graduate of Litchfield schools and a lifetime member of the Union Avenue Christian Church. He was born in Litchfield, a son of Robert W. and Estella K. Haley Felts. He married Wilma I. Voyles on August 8, 1937, in St. Charles, Mo. She died September 28, 1998. Surviving are sisters, Opal Simpson Weeks of Litchfield, Arla Glee "Skip" Gorsage of Hillsboro, Fern Alee Sexton of Gillespie; Naomi Mai Garman of Sun City, Calif.; two grandchildren, Tami Niehaus and husband Scott of Butler, Tracie Felts of Litchfield; and one great grandchild, Branden Niehaus of Butler. Other survivors include a daughter in law, Gail Felts of Litchfield, along with many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were a son, Truman lee Felts on January 25, 1995, three other sons and a daughter in infancy, Gary, Terry, Ronnie and Connie Felts; brothers, Estell R. Felts, John Charles Felts; sisters, Bonita Helen Felts and Mabel Barry. Services for Truman Herbert Felts, of Ltichfield, were held at 2 p.m. Friday in Meinschein Funeral Home. The Rev. Jay Johnson of Union Avenue Christian Church officiated. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery. During the services Paul Hampton sang "In the Garden," "Sweet By and By" and "How Great Thou Art." Organist was Michelle Sweet. Pallbearers were Don Gorsage, Timothy Garman, Joshua Gorsage, Stephen Evans, Ryan Stokes, Maynard Painter. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. L. George Allen, Dr. Ron Graiff, Larry Hartke, Stan Horst, James Leitschuh, Larry Elvers, Melvin Lowe, Carl Barth and Bob Towell. Mr. Felts, 91, died Sunday, September 5, in St. Francis Hospital.

Felts, Wilma I.

Services for Wilma I. Felts, of Litchfield, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in Meinschein Funeral Home with the Rev. Jay Johnson, of Union Avenue Christian Church, officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Litchfield Sports Boosters or to Union Avenue Christian Church. Mrs. Felts died at 5 p.m. Monday, September 28, 1998, in St. Francis Hospital. She was 81 years old on January 29. She worked in the restaurant business for many years and was especially known for her pies. She came to Litchfield in 1934 from Sorento where she was reared and three years later, on August 8, 1937, married Truman H. Felts in St. Charles, Mo. Together they owned and operated the Home Cafe, the Sugar Bowl and the Overhead restaurants in Litchfield. An avid sports fan, she was a member of the Litchfield Sports Boosters and she was a member of the Union Avenue Christian Church. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, canning and traveling. She was born in Sorento, a daughter of Bert and Emma Compton Voyles. Surviving are her husband, Truman H. Felts; sisters, Nellie Finke of Greenville, Ruth Collmann of Sorento; grandchildren, Tami Niehaus of Butler, Tracie Felts of Litchfield; and a great grandson, Branden Niehaus of Butler. Preceding her in death were sons, Truman Lee Felts on January 25, 1995, and Gary, Terry and Ronnie Felts in infancy; and a daughter, Connie Felts. Services for Wilma I. Felts, of Litchfield, were held at 1 p.m. Thursday in Meinschein Funeral Home. The Rev. Jay Johson, of Union Avenue Christian Church, officiated. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery. Musical selections were "How Great Thou Art," "Sweet By and By" and "In the Garden." Organist was Michelle Sweet. Pallbearers were Ron Tischhauser, LaMoine Collmann, Bill Manning, Dwight Rovey, Ross E. Wilson, Jr., and Carl Barth. Honorary pallbearers were Douglas Gorsage, Maynard Painter, Daniel Gorsage, Larry Hartke, Darrell Stanton, Stan Horst, Timothy Gorman, Larry Elvers, Robert Manning, Ron Graiff, Jim Leitschuh, Melvin Lowe and Dr. L. George Allen. Mrs. Felts, 81, died Monday, September 28, in St. Francis Hospital.

Fenton, Viola L.

Funeral arrangements for Viola L. Fenton, of Hillsboro, are pending at Patton Memorial Home there. Mrs. Fenton, 89, died this morning in her home. Services for Viola L. Fenton, of Hillsboro, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Patton Memorial Home there with the Rev. James Howie of Donnellson officiating. Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery, Sorento. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Hillsboro Educational Foundation. Mrs. Fenton died at 7:30 this morning, Friday, November 26, 1999, in her home. She was 80 years old on May 14. She was a 53-year resident of Hillsboro. Born in Greenville, she was a daughter of William Edgar and Rose A. Rule Hicks. She married Willis Alva Fenton on February 23, 1929, in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Hillsboro. He died October 11, 1988. Surviving are sons, Alva Lee Fenton and wife Margaret Ann, John W. Fenton and wife Alice, Bruce E. Fenton Sr., and wife Barbara Ann, all of Hillsboro; daughters, Vada Carter and husband Spirz of Hillsboro, Gloria June Clayton and husband Marvin of St. Louis, Lynn Guinn and husband Larry, Nellie Moore and husband Sam of Hillsboro; a sister, Ora Cornish of Mattoon; 35 grandchildren, 35 great grandchidlren and two great great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were six brothers and five sisters.

Ferguson, Gladys P.

Gladys P. Ferguson, mother of Ruth Cavins of Nokomis, died at 12:55 p.m. Friday, August 7, 1998, in the Flora HealthCare Center. A resident of Flora, Mrs. Ferguson was 81 years old on July 16. She was born in Clay County, a daughter of George and Sylvia Flexter Stanford. She married Carl Ferguson on July 15, 1933, in Flora. He died April 18, 1981. Surviving besides the daughter in Nokomis are sons, Robert W. Ferguson of Xenia and Tom Ferguson of Flora; other daughters, Sarah Hayes and Joy Ferguson, all of Flora; brother, Roy Stanford of Flora; sisters, Goldie Goff of Flora, Ruby Lindsey of Mission, Texas, Betty Huey of Ridgeway; 21 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were a son, three brothers and a sister. Services were held Tuesday in Flora with burial in Elmwood Cemetery there.

Ferguson, Shane E.

Shane Edward Ferguson, formerly of Litchfield, died at 9:49 a.m. Thursday, March 18, 1999, as the result of an automobile accident in Menard County between Tallula and Petersburg. He was 16 years old last April 21, a son of Terry Lee Ferguson and Delores Ann "Dodie" Nimmons. He was born in Litchfield and attended Litchfield High School through his sophomore year. Now in his junior year, he attended Peterburg - Porta High School where he played varsity football and was a letterman. He enjoyed woodworking class and related projects. He was employed by Hardee's in Peterburg, loved to fish and enjoyed the sport of professional wrestling. Surviving are his father and stepmother, Terry and Dawn Ferguson of Tallula; his mother and stepfather, Dodie and Rick Beechler of Virden; maternal grandparents, Gerald Nimmons and Elda Mae King, both of Litchfield; paternal grandparents, Elsie and Ott Hemken of Walshville, Robert and Marolyn Bishop of Florida, Diane Julies and Bill Friesland, both of Springfield; a brother, Gary Lee Entrikin III of Springfield; sisters, Cha Hamby of Hillsboro, Stephanie Ferguson, Victoria Beechler, Nichole Beechler and Kayla Beechler, all of Tallula. Preceding him in death were grandparents, Edward C. Ferguson and Edith Mae Nimmons. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Plummer Funeral Home where services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Oley Lawson of Walshville will officiate. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to either the Petersburg - Porta High School or Litchfield High School. Law enforcement authorities are continuing to investigate an accident which claimed the life of Shane Edward Ferguson on Thursday. Ferguson, 16 of Tallula, was formerly from Litchfield. The accident occurred about 9:45 a.m. on Five-Point road in Menard county, south of Petersburg. Ferguson and his passenger, Daniel Julius, had to be extricated from the wreckage. Julius, 24, address unavailable, remains in critical conditional at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Driver of the other car was identified as Mary Snow, 52 of Petersburg. She was treated at the hospital and released. Authorities said she was wearing a seat belt when the collision occurred. Police are waiting to talk to Julius before releasing an official report. Ferguson finished his sophomore year at Litchfield High School before moving to Tallula. Funeral services are being held in Litchfield. Turn to page 3 for obituary information. Services for Shane Edward Ferguson, formerly of Litchfield, were held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Plummer Funeral Home. Oley Lawson, Walshville, officiated. Burial was in Elm Lawn Cemetery. Musical selections for the service were "Let It Be" by the Beatles, "Se You on the Other Side" by Ozzy Osbourne and "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Pallbearers were Charlie Flynn, James Flynn, Nathaniel Flynn, Justin Hull, all of Tullula, Charles Frederick, Tommy Jones and Robby Pollard, all of Litchfield. Following the committal service a meal was provided for the family and friends at the Litchfield Moose Lodge. Mr. Ferguson, 16 of Tallula, died Thursday, March 18, in an automobile accident between Tallula and Petersburg in Menard County.

Ferrari, Geno

Services for Geno Ferrari, of Litchfield, will be conducted privately, with Meinschein Funeral Home in charge. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be directed to Fort Thomas Veterans Nursing Home in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, or to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation. Mr. Ferrari died at 8 p.m. Friday, December 17, 1999, in the V.A. Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio. He was 81 years old on April 23, and a Marine veteran of World War II. He was a salesman with Morton Buildings before he retired. He was a member of VFW Post 3912 of Litchfield and Mt. Zion Lutheran Church. He was born in Ohio, a son of Enrico and Sabina Pigati Ferrari. He married Dorothy A. Knaggs on October 27, 1940, in Sullivan, Mo. She survives. Surviving also are daughters, Sharon Cole and husband William of Mt. Zion, Barbara Shoop and husband Larry of Union, Ky.; sisters, Desoline Wolfe of Carlinville, Theresa Billy of Collinsville; four grandchildren, Dr. Todd Cole and wife Jennifer of Mt. Zion, Amy Roesel and husband Pat of Covington, Ky., Shannon Cole of Springfield, Tracy Schaefer and husband Jay of Florence, Ky.; and one great grandchild. Preceding him in death were brothers, Delmo, Eligio and James Ferrari and a sister, Edith Solo. Services for Geno Ferrari, of Litchfield, were held at 4 p.m. Monday in Meinschein Funeral Home. The Rev. Kenneth Sandlin officiated. Committal service was held at noon Tuesday in Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield. Pallbearers were Dr. Todd Cole, Larry Ferrari, Tom Gipson, Bill Cole, Don Billy and Lee Nail. Mr. Ferrari, 81, died Friday, December 17, in the V.A. Medical Center at Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Ferrari, Mary Eileen

Services for Mary Eileen Ferrari, of Litchfield, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Plummer Funeral Home with Brother Ed Diveley, pastor of the South Side Church, officiating. burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Friends may call on Tuesday in the funeral home from noon until the time of service. The family suggests memorials be directed to the South Side Church or the Montgomery West Chapter of the American Cancer Society. Following the services a meal will be provided for family and friends at the Litchfield Moose Lodge. Mrs. Ferrari died at 4:27 p.m. Saturday, March 6, 1999, in Heritage Manor of Litchfield. She was 81 years old on March 2. She was a member of the Baptist church and enjoyed playing pinochle and fishing. She was born in Litchfield, a daughter of William Joseph and Emma Ellen Long Burdell. She married James J. Ferrari on June 6, 1932, in Litchfield. He died March 12, 1992. Surviving are a son, Ronald Ferrari and wife Alice of Crawfordsville, Fla.; daughters, Shirley Ernst, Virginia Ewing and husband Robert, Juanita Young and husband LaVerne, all of Litchfield, and Rose Ellen Hurd and husband Doyle of Pontiac; brother, William "Mose" Burdell and wife Cassie of Litchfield; sisters, Kathleen Reed and husband Rolland of Channon, Norma Hicks and husband James, Betty Law and husband Jack, all of Litchfield; 19 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were an infant son, Jimmie; brothers, Sylvester "Bud" and Harry Burdell; and a sister, Lola Denny. Services for Mary Eileen Ferrari, of Litchfield, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Plummer Funeral Home. Brother Ed Diveley, pastor of South Side Church, officiated. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery. Musical selections were "In the Garden" and "Amazing Grace." Pallbearers were Jay Hurd of Pontiac, Tom Melchert, Gary White, Ernest D. White, Kelly White, Todd White, Joseph Young and LaMar Young, all of Litchfield. Following the services a meal was provided for family and friends by the Women of the Moose. Mrs. Ferrari, 81, died Saturday, March 6, in Heritage Manor of Litchfield. 

Fesser, Ivan J.

Funeral arrangements for Ivan J. Fesser, of Nokomis, are pending at Stiehl Dawson Funeral Home. Mr. Fesser, 94, died at 7:55 p.m. Saturday, August 8, in Golden Manor Nursing Home, Nokomis. Services for Ivan J. Fesser, of Nokomis, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Stiehl Dawson Funeral Home there with the Rev. Mary Etta Skinner officiating. Burial will be in Nokomis Cemetery. Friends may call on Wednesday in the funeral home from noon until the time of service. Mr. Fesser died at 7:55 p.m. Saturday, August 8, 1998, in Golden Manor Nursing Home, Nokomis. He was 94 years old on June 4. He worked for the Illinois State Police for 28 years and was a member of St. Mark's Church. He was born in Nokomis, a son of George W. and Minnie Fesser. He married Ilah Haller and later, Josephine Bost. She died October 14, 1997. Surviving are two grandchildren. Preceding him in death were a son, Ivan Lee Fesser on November 1, 1996; brothers, George and Lester Fesser and sisters, Elda Keiser and Viola Yeske.

Fesser, Melvin H.

Services for Melvin H. Fesser, of Raymond, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Nokomis, with the Rev. James Norton officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul's Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Hough Funeral Home, Raymond. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Melvin Fesser Memorial Fund at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Mr. Fesser died at 9:33 a.m. Sunday, July 12, 1998, in Hillsboro Hospital. He was 86 years old on April 16. He was a retired farmer, member of the Montgomery County Farm Bureau, the Illinois Pork Producers, and St. Paul's Lutheran Church. He was born in Rountree Township, a son of Frank and Hannah Keiser Fesser. He married Betty J. Lipe on December 25, 1943, in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Nokomis. She survives. Surviving also are daughters, Marlene Garard and husband Leroy of Rockford, Donna Wade and husband Gene of Morrisonville; a son, Don Fesser and wife Mollie of Farmersville; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Preceding him in death was a brother, Chester in 1994.

Fesser, Viretta H.

Viretta H. Fesser, sister of Kenneth Smith of Raymond, died Friday, October 29, 1999, in Taylorville Care Center. She was 97 years old on July 16. She was born in Mt. Auburn, a daughter of Harry E. and Mattie Sattley Smith. She married Lester F. Fesser in 1926 in Taylorville; he died in 1970. Surviving besides her brother are a son, Lester G. Fesser of Taylorville; a sister, Maxine August of Columbus, Ohio; a grandson and two great grandchildren. Services were held in Taylorville with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery there.


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