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Virgil D. Burge
SPRINGFIELD - Virgil Dean Burge, 56, of Springfield died Friday, Oct. 31, 2003, at St. John's Hospital.
He was born Jan. 18, 1947, in Springfield, the son of Virgil and Mildred DeCroix Burge. He married Jeanette Plummer in 1965 in Springfield.
Mr. Burge was a deputy sheriff for the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office for 20 years, retiring in 1999. He was a member of Third Presbyterian Church, Eagles Club in Riverton and Blue Knights.
Survivors: wife, Jeanette; three daughters, Christina (husband, Christopher) Jordan and Amanda Burge, both of Springfield, and Shawn (husband, Michael) Aebel of Athens; a son, Brian Burge of Springfield; seven grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; a sister, Kay (husband, Mark) Marada of Springfield; two brothers, Gary (wife, Paula) Burge of Springfield and Ronnie (wife, Mary Ann) Burge of Riverton; three stepsisters, Donna Burge of Springfield, Lynda (husband, Carroll) Moss of Tallula and Carol (husband, Tom) Vinson of Mechanicsburg; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Staab Funeral Home, H. Warren Wilkewitz officiating. Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery.

Paul W. Cook
SPRINGFIELD - Paul W. Cook, 86, of Springfield, formerly of Virden, died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003, at Memorial Medical Center.
He was born Dec. 28, 1916, in Auburn, the son of Leslie and Ida Hagen Cook. He married Marjorie J. Denton in 1939 in St. Louis.
Mr. Cook retired from the state of Illinois as a stationary engineer in 1983 and co-owned and operated Cook's Drive Inn in Virden for 27 years. He also worked at Fiatallis for 10 years and for the Illinois Department of Transportation as a maintenance truck driver. He was a Republican precinct committeeman in Virden for many years.
Survivors: wife, Marjorie J.; a son, Wayne R. (wife, Loretta) Cook of Springfield; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Calvert and Ferry Funeral Home, Virden, the Rev. Vaughn Beeman officiating. Burial: Virden Cemetery.

Ruth E. Crawford
MAROA - Ruth Edith Crawford, 92, of Maroa, formerly of Litchfield and Templeton, Calif., died Friday, Oct. 31, 2003, at her daughter's home in Maroa.
She was born May 26, 1911, in Farmersville, the daughter of Jess and Ora I. File Cranford. She married Theodore Lynn in 1928 in St. Charles, Mo.; they divorced. She married Charles Edward Crawford in 1953 in Edwardsville; he died in 1981. Her ex-husband and two stepsons, Ray and Kenneth Crawford, also preceded her in death.
Mrs. Crawford was a homemaker and a member of Assembly of God Church in Atascadero, Calif.
Survivors: four sons, Donald (wife, Anita) Lynn of Oregon City, Ore., Theodore (wife, Marilyn) Lynn Jr. of Yuma, Ariz., Richard (wife, Carol) Lynn of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Thomas (wife, Fran) Lynn of Mountville, Pa.; two daughters, Patricia (husband, Richard) Alvarez of Templeton, Calif., and Carolyn (husband, LeRoy) Maschoff of Maroa; a stepson, Charles (wife, Judy) Crawford of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; three stepdaughters, Loeta Pruitt of Tucson, Ariz., Letha Bergman of Litchfield and Edith Pruitt of Butler; 19 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; many great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Robert (wife, Ruth) Cranford of Litchfield.
Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Meinschein Funeral Home, Litchfield, the Rev. Thomas Lynn officiating. Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, Litchfield.

Artemus A. Day
SPRINGFIELD - Artemus Alligris Day, 90, of Springfield died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003, at Memorial Medical Center.
She was born June 9, 1913, in Litchfield, the daughter of S.L. and Kissie Comer Porter. Her husband, Alfred D. Day died in 1987.
Mrs. Day was a homemaker.
Survivors: three daughters, Vera (husband, James) Merrifield and Alleyene and Alfredia Day, all of Springfield; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, the Rev. Silas Johnson officiating. Burial: Camp Butler National Cemetery.
Bisch and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Harold M. Fornoff Sr.
SPRINGFIELD - Harold M. Fornoff Sr., 76, of Springfield died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003, at Memorial Medical Center.
He was born April 22, 1927, in Montgomery County, the son of George L. and Gladys M. Follis Fornoff. He married Peggy Niewold in 1992.
Mr. Fornoff was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a transport driver for 42 years, retiring from ABF in 1989. He was a member of the VFW and Teamsters Local 916.
Survivors: wife, Peggy; a daughter, Patricia Ann Dauer of Marion; a son, Harold M. Fornoff Jr. of Alexandria, Va.; a stepson, Gregory L. Niewold of Springfield; three sisters, Carolyn M. (husband, Frank) Lanham, Evelyn I. Martin and Alberta J. (husband, Ralph) Carter, all of Springfield; a brother, Walter Eugene (wife, Joyce) Fornoff Sr. of Athens; two aunts; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Staab Funeral Home, the Rev. Peter Wehrly officiating. Burial: Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Helen V. Harvey
MASON CITY - Helen Virginia Harvey, 76, of Mason City died Friday, Oct. 31, 2003, at Keokuk Area Hospital in Keokuk, Iowa, while vacationing.
She was born Aug. 15, 1927, in Havana, the daughter of Howard H. and Ruth Russell Caldwell. She married Richard "Dale" Harvey in 1946 in Lincoln.
Mrs. Harvey was of the Catholic faith.
Survivors: husband, Richard "Dale"; two sons, Stephen V. (wife, Barbara) Harvey of Easton and Richard A. (wife, Brenda) Harvey of Mason City; six grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Remains were cremated. Private services: at a later date.
Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy E. Hempel
JACKSONVILLE - Dorothy E. Hempel, 86, of Jacksonville died Friday, Oct. 31, 2003, at Barton W. Stone Christian Home in Jacksonville.
She was born July 3, 1917, in Winchester, the daughter of John and Myrtle Collins Myers. She married Harold Hempel in 1956; he died in 1992.
Mrs. Hempel, a registered nurse, graduated from Jacksonville High School and Our Saviour's Nursing School. She was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Survivors: a daughter, Marcy McMeans of Jacksonville; and a niece.
Graveside services: 2 p.m. Monday, Diamond Grove Cemetery.
Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville is in charge of arrangements.

Walter G. Lane
ROCHESTER - Walter G. Lane, 86, of Rochester died Friday, Oct. 31, 2003, at St. John's Hospital.
He was born Feb. 18, 1917, in Springfield, the son of George W. and Anna H. Kasawich Lane. He married Doris L. Doggett in 1939.
Mr. Lane was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a prisoner of war in Germany. He was a meter tester for Sangamo Electric Co. for 36 years, retiring in 1972. He was a member of Clementine Memorial Presbyterian Church.
Survivors: wife, Doris L.; two daughters, Dee (husband, James) Winterbauer and Connie (husband, Dale) Bounds, both of Springfield; a son, George (wife, Mary) Lane of Springfield; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Graveside services: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Vaughn Beeman officiating.
Staab Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Genevieve L. Noll
SPRINGFIELD - Genevieve L. Noll, 88, of Springfield died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003, at St. John's Hospital.
She was born Nov. 24, 1914, in Springfield, the daughter of Lewis and Lena Schmidt Wolf. She married Clyde Noll in 1941 in Palmyra, Mo.
Mrs. Noll retired from the Illinois Department of Revenue in 1980. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and Abraham Lincoln Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, where she was a past worthy matron.
Survivors: husband, Clyde; four daughters, Billie Lou Hall of Bakersfield, Calif., Barbara Pritchett of Springfield, Bonnie (husband Wayne) Carroll of Petersburg and Connie McGuire of Sherman; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Bisch Crematory will accord cremation rites.
Private inurnment: Oak Ridge Cemetery. Memorial services: at a later date.
Bisch and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Anita F. Paynter 
CARLINVILLE - Anita Fay Paynter, 83, of Carlinville died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003, at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield.
She was born Oct. 4, 1920, in Polk Township, the daughter of William and Fay Thompson Yowell. She married Harold E. Hurry in 1949; he died in 1967. She later married Lawrence Paynter in 1971; he died in 1983. An infant son also preceded her in death.
Mrs. Paynter graduated from Carlinville High School in 1940, where she retired as a secretary in 1982 after 41 years. She was a member of Church of Christ in Carlinville.
Survivors: a brother, William A. Yowell of Osage Beach, Mo.; two sisters, Hazel Dowland of Chesterfield and Claribel Deruy of Springfield; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Heinz Funeral Home, Carlinville. Burial: Shipman Cemetery.

Robert G. Pittman
SPAVINAW, Okla. - Robert G. Pittman, 88, of Spavinaw, formerly of Springfield, died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003, at his home.
He was born Oct. 16, 1915, in Chicago, the son of Hudson H. and Mabell Dixon Pittman. He married Ellen Stravens. He later married Elsie J. Adams in 1963. A son, Phillip J. Pittman preceded him in death.
Mr. Pittman attended Springfield High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran or World War II, serving in Europe. He was a captain and received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. He worked at Illinois Casualty Co. and Mid-Continent Casualty Co. of Tulsa, Okla., retiring as vice president in 1993. He owned and operated Spring Valley Ranch in Spavinaw.
Survivors: a son, Robert H. Pittman of Springfield; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Vesper Bennett of California; and a brother, Phillip Pittman of Russellville, Ark.
Private memorial services: at a later date.
Ellis Family Funeral Home in Grove, Okla., is in charge of arrangements.

Robert W. Reese
PITTSFIELD - Robert Wayne Reese, 75, of Pittsfield, formerly of Perry, died Friday, Oct. 31, 2003, at St. John's North.
He was born Sept. 3, 1928, in Perry Township, the son of Charles August and Hazel Marie Six Reese. He married Martha Joyce Plemmons in 1951 in Beardstown.
Mr. Reese was a grain and livestock farmer near Perry, retiring in 1986. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, serving as a corporal in Battery B, 91st Antiaircraft Battalion, 101st Airborne Division from 1951-53.
He was a member of Pittsfield First United Methodist Church, serving as a lay member at annual conferences for many years. He was treasurer, Sunday school superintendent and taught the young married couples class at Perry United Methodist Church. He was a member for Pittsfield Lodge 790 AF&AM, Quincy Consistory, Ansar Shrine Temple, Legion of Honor, Pike County Shrine Club, Pike County Consistory, Order of Demolay advisory board, Pike County VFW Post 9513 and Pike County Order of Rainbow for Girls advisory board and was a recipient the Grand Cross of Color.
He was a past patron of Order of the Eastern Star 195. He was a past member of Perry School Board and Griggsville Genealogical Society. He was a past commander of Perry American Legion Post 1040 and Pittsfield Post 152.
Survivors: wife, Joyce; two sons, Charles Robert Reese of Springfield and Paul Christopher (wife, Debra Rutledge) Reese of Grenada, Miss.; a daughter, Barbara Kathleen "Kathy" (husband, John A.) Hoover of Pittsfield; five grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Pittsfield First United Methodist Church, the Rev. Dale Wilfong officiating. Burial: Wilson-McCord Cemetery, Perry.
Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield is in charge of arrangements.

John D. Rondelli
SPRINGFIELD - John D. Rondelli, 88, of Springfield died Friday, Oct. 31, 2003, at his home.
He was born Jan. 24, 1915, in La Salle, the son of Nazareno and Felicia Ginochetti Rondelli. He married Josephine Sloper in 1939 in Springfield; she died in 1971. He later married Miriam Mattix in 1973 in Springfield. A daughter, Jean Marie Gremo, also preceded him in death.
Mr. Rondelli was a machinist at Allis-Chalmers for more than 30 years. He was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, United Auto Workers and 55 Club at First National Bank.
Survivors: wife, Miriam; a son, Dave Rondelli of Springfield; a stepson, Ed Mattix of Leawood, Kan.; three grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services: 9:30 a.m. Monday, Kirlin-Egan and Butler Funeral Home, the Rev. Thomas R. Liebler officiating. Burial: Calvary Cemetery.

Julia Skuba
BENLD - Julia Skuba, 89, of Benld died Friday, Oct. 31, 2003, at Heritage Manor in Litchfield.
She was born Oct. 7, 1914, in Witt, the daughter of George and Anna Hardy Gabor. Her husband, Mike Skuba, died in 1979.
Mrs. Skuba was a homemaker.
Survivors: two sisters, Irene Marcisz of Medford, Ore., and Margaret McGuire of Eagle Point, Ore.
Services: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Holy Dormition Church, Benld, the Very Rev. Paul Waters officiating. Burial: Holy Dormition Cemetery, Benld.
Kravanya Funeral Home in Benld is in charge of arrangements.

Folgert VanDerWal Jr.
SPRINGFIELD - Funeral Mass for Folgert "Bud" VanDerWal Jr. will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Larry Brunette officiating. Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery near Riverton.
Mr. VanDerWal, 61, of Springfield died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, at his home.
Kirlin-Egan and Butler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

James L.G. Whitt
SPRINGFIELD - James LeVern George Whitt, 62, of Springfield died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, at his home.
He was born June 14, 1941, in Decatur, the son of Edward and Georgia Eubanks Whitt. He married Janice Harvell in 1963.
Mr. Whitt graduated from West High School in Rockford. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in physics from Illinois Wesleyen University in Bloomington and a master's degree in business administration from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. He worked for the Illinois Department of Central Management Services.
He was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Illinois Association of Minorities in Government, many community and civic boards and Union Baptist Church, where he was a deacon, Sunday school teacher, men's chorus director, member of Voices of Union and a chair member of Project 2000 building program.
Survivors: wife, Janice; two sons, Frederick (wife, Wanda) Whitt of Birmingham, Ala., and Michael (wife, Michele) Whitt of Temecula, Calif.; a daughter, Terry Whitt (husband, John) Bailey of Muncie, Ind.; three grandchildren; mother, Georgia Whitt Mayfield of Bloomfield, Conn.; a stepbrother; a stepsister; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services: noon Tuesday, Union Baptist Church, the Rev. T. Ray McJunkins officiating. Burial: Oak Ridge Cemetery.
James D. Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


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