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Virgie Lee Lowe
Shelbyville

Virgie Lee Lowe, 80, of Shelbyville, died at 11:50 a.m., Thursday, February 14, 2002 in St. Anthony's Hospital, Effingham.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville with Rev. David McHenry officiating. 
Visitation from noon until time of service Sunday. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville.
Memorials may be given to Shelby County Community Services, American Diabetes Association or Alzheimer's Association.
Mrs. Lowe was born on January 1, 1922 in Hidalgo, Kentucky, the daughter of Charles M. and Bertie Guffey Harmon. She grew up in Warrensburg and lived in Decatur for several years before moving to Shelbyville in 1954. She was employed in her younger years at Mallory's in Pana and later the Moose Lodge in Shelbyville. 
She married William E. "Tuffy" Lowe on October 11, 1957. She raised ten children and had twenty eight grandchildren and twenty one great grandchildren.
Surviving are her husband; sons, Charles Canada and wife Lola of Tacoma, WA, Clayton "Butch" Canada of Shelbyville, Steve Canada and wife Theresa of Shelbyville and Bill and John Lowe, both of Shelbyville; daughters, Marilyn Hudson and husband Bob of Shelbyville, Sandy Smith and husband Lloyd of Assumption, Jean Day and husband Bob of Beecher City and Donna Bourey and husband Alan of Decatur; brothers, Charles Harmon and wife Mary Kay of Decatur, Robert Harmon and wife Joan of Decatur, Gene Harmon and wife Alice of Xenia, Dick Harmon and wife Sondra of Salem and Howard Harmon and wife Effie of Farina; sisters, Audie Jones of Pana and Martha Fenn and husband Evan of St. David, AZ, twenty eight grandchildren and twenty one great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; step-mother, Ella Harmon; son Mike Canada; and three sisters, Ora Pearl Maurer, Velma Stephens and Ann Logue.
The family wishes to express appreciation to Dr. Bashar Alzahabi and Dr. Michael Collins and the staff of Sunbridge Rehabilitation in Effingham for their care.

Donald L. Dell
Tower Hill

Donald L. Dell, 69, of rural Tower Hill (Pana Lake), formerly of Decatur, died at 3:32 p.m. Thursday, February 14, 2002 in the Lutheran Care Center in Altamont.
Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday in St. John's Lutheran Church, near Shelbyville with Rev. John P. Schmeling officiating. 
Visitation from 5:00 until 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville. Burial will be in the St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery, near Shelbyville.
Memorials may be given to St. John's ELCA, Shelbyville or Lutheran Care Center, Altamont.
Mr. Dell was born on January 20, 1933 in Quincy, the son of Theodore Roosevelt and Esther Lenore Robinson Dell. He was a teacher for 35 years, teaching in Bethany and later for 26 years in Decatur at MacArthur and Eisenhower High Schools before retiring. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, near Shelbyville. He married Sherrie Leah Lewis on June 11, 1961 in Normal, Illinois.
Surviving are his wife, Sherrie; two sons, Douglas Lee Dell and wife Miriam "Mimi" of Carmel, IN and James Patrick Dell and wife Amy of Decatur, Georgia; and two grandsons, Michael and Matthew Dell of Carmel, IN.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Amie Dell.

Thelma R. Aumann
Ohlman

Thelma R. Aumann, 78, of Ohlman died Wednesday, February 13, 2002 at 6:39 p.m. in Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
She was born on November 4, 1923, the daughter of Ralph and Dorothea (Limer) Waddington.
She was a graduate of Rosamond High School and lived her entire life in the Rosamond and Ohlman area as a homemaker.
She was also very involved in the family businesses, farming and custom hay bailing. She was an avid horse lover.
Mrs. Aumann was a member of the Ohlman United Methodist Church; Womens' group at Fairview United Methodist Church.
She married Melvin N. Aumann on July 4, 1942 in Bowling Green, MO.
She is survived by her children, Lee Aumann and wife Dixie of Rosamond; Nelson Aumann and wife Karen of Nokomis; Dennis Aumann and wife Sue of Ohlman; Sandy Pinkston and husband Mike of Pana; Dorothy Ulrici and husband Paul of Witt. Her daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Aumann of Nokomis, brothers; James Waddington of Pana; Roger Waddington of Pana; Eric "Rick" Waddington of Omaha, NB; sisters, Mary Baker of Pana; Norma Mizeur of Pana; Rosalie McLeod of Pana; Donna Lehman of Nokomis; Marjorie Cearlock of Pana; Betty Temmen of Pana, seventeen grandchildren and twenty eight great grandchildren also survive.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Melvin who died on March 20, 2000; her son, Marion Aumann on October 17, 1999; and two brothers, Marion Waddington on January 20, 1998 and Robert Waddington on July 7, 1999.
Funeral services will be Saturday February 16, in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home in Pana at 10:30 a.m.. with Rev. Richard Miles officiating. 
Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made Ohlman Village Hall Building Fund.

Lydia Hostetler
Shelbyville

Lydia Reber Hostetler, 88, of Shelbyville died at 1:05 p.m. Sunday, February 17, 2002 in Shelby Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday in Cornerstone Community Fellowship, Shelbyville. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville. Burial will be in Mt. Hermon Cemetery, Shelbyville. Memorials may be given to the Mt. Hermon Amish Mennonite Church, Shelbyville.
Mrs. Hostetler was born on October 15, 1913 in rural Shelbyville, the daughter of Joseph, Sr. and Susie Eigsti Reber. Lydia was a homemaker and a member of the Mt. Hermon Amish Mennonite Church, Shelbyville. She married Daniel D. Hostetler on December 31, 1933 in the Mt. Hermon Church. He died on September 19, 1993.
Surviving are her sons, James Hostetler and wife Nancy of Mode and Richard Hostetler and wife Ginnie of Shelbyville; daughter, June Drescher and husband Luke of Harrisonburg, VA; two sisters, Anna Zoss of Roanoke and Alice Swift of Normal; nine grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Daniel; one daughter, Jean Krall; four brothers, Ora Reber, Frank Reber, Ray Reber and Joseph Reber, Jr.; and three sisters, Mary Zoss, Katie Ulrich and Ella Reber in infancy.

Perry E. Pritts
Shelbyville

Perry E. Pritts, 95, of Shelbyville died at 3:05 p.m. Saturday, February 16, 2002 in the Shelbyville Manor.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday in the Lockart & Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville with Dr. Bruce Owens officiating. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in Shelbyville.
Mr. Pritts was born June 15, 1906 in Shelby County the son of James and Mary Fulton Pritts. He married Elisabeth Chapman August 10, 1930 in Shelbyville and she preceded him in death on January 19, 1992.
Mr. Pritts was a member of the United Methodist Church in Shelbyville and was a 50 year member of the Masons. He was a retired school teacher. He taught 20 years in one room schools and was particularly proud of the four students that he taught their entire eight years of grade school at Champion School in Dollville. The last 12 years of his teaching was at Main Street School in Shelbyville. Mr. Pritts was an artist, with several of his oil paintings winning ribbons in the Shelby County art shows. Perry was an avid gardener most of his life.
Surviving are his daughter, Betsy Shimp and husband Douglas of Sullivan; granddaughters, Jackie Zachay and husband Brian of Crystal, MN and Jeanie Parker and husband Gary of Maryville, TN; four great-grandchildren; brother, Marion Pritts and wife Betty of Shelbyville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, one sister and three brothers.

Kelly C. Gross
Taylorville, Illinois Formerly of Shelbyville
Kelly C. Gross, 72, of Taylorville, formerly of Shelbyville, died at 10:53 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 17, 2002) at his residence.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Taylorville Christian Church with Rev. Dick Wamsley officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville and one hour before services in the church. Following the funeral, there will be a visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville. Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. Memorials may be given to Visionway School Building Fund at Taylorville Christian Church.
Mr. Gross was born on November 21, 1929 in Posey County, IN, the son of Eweart C. and Dorothy L. Atchley Gross. Kelly was retired for Prudential Insurance Company. He was a member of the Taylorville Christian Church, where he was an Elder; Shelbyville Rotary Club, 50 year Member of Sheba Masonic Lodge 200, Grayville, Coles County Barbershoppers, Ansar Shrine of Springfield, Royal Arch and Knights Templar and member of the Board of Directors of the Christian County Mental Health Department. He was awarded the 2000 Coles County Barbershopper of the Year and was the 1995 recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award presented by the Shelbyville Rotary Club. He married Peggy Gallagher Sands on July 28, 1990.
Surviving are his wife, Peggy; two sons, Chris Gross and wife Cathy of Lexington, SC and Scott Gross and wife Lea Ann of Champaign; two step-sons, Mike Sands and wife Michelle of Shelbyville and James Sands of Pana; two step-daughters, Victoria Dixon of Arlington, VA and Kristi Bright and husband James of Creve Coeur, mother in law, Lucille Smith of Mt. Zion; one brother, Robert Gross and wife Chris of Carmi; one sister, Nellie Heugel of Evansville, IN; three grandchildren; and six step grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Margie L. Cargino.

Catherine Virginia Goostree
formerly of Beecher City

Catherine Virginia Goostree passed away February 17, 2002 at Mt. Carmel East Hospital in Columbus, OH.
Family will receive friends from 2-4, 6-8 p.m. Friday, February 22 at Schoedinger East Chapel, 5360 E. Livingston Ave., where funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday. Chaplain Eric Williams will be officiating. Internment will be at Glen Rest Memorial Estate. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Catherine's memory to Mt. Carmel Hospice, The American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.
Catherine and her late husband were active members of Reynoldsburg Senior Center. She enjoyed making crafts and being a "Granny" to her grandsons.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Roberta and Lawrence Holmes; grandsons, Jamiel and Justin Holmes of Cambridge, OH; sister, Caroline Linne of Dallas, TX; brother-in-law, Danny Christman of IL; sister-in-law, Alice Larrimore of Greenville, SC; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Jossie Larimore of Beecher City; loving husband of 52 years, James Raymond Goostree on September 27, 1999; brother, Wallace Larimore of IL; and sister Mildred Keyser of IL. 

Iris M. Dailey
Winter Haven, FL
Formerly of Assumption

Iris M. Dailey, 60, of Winter Haven, FL formerly of Assumption passed away on Sunday, February 17, 2002 in her home.
Services will be Saturday, February 23 at 2:00 p.m. at Seitz Funeral Home in Assumption with Rev. Charles K. Jacobs officiating. Visitation will be one hour before service. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Assumption.
Iris was born in Reading, England on November 25, 1941 to Horace and Lily Buttke Hope. She was married on April 2, 1960 in Reading to William E. Dailey of Assumption. They moved to Assumption in 1964 where they lived until their move to Winter Haven in 1994.
Iris is survived by her husband William of Winter Haven; her daughters, Karen of Assumption and Linda and husband Thomas Lahue of St. Louis; sons, Robert and wife Crystal of Assumption and David and fiancee Kelly Edwards of Decatur; brothers, Ron, John and Frank Hope of Reading, England; sister, Joyce Willis of Ontario, Canada; she is also survived by her six beloved grandchildren, Trey, Alex, Colby, Ryan, Shelby and Katie.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father.

Arlene Neece
Pana

Arlene Neece, 79, of Pana died at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 20, 2002 in St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 23 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana with Dr. David Wence and The Reverend Walter B. Carlson officiating. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Friday at McCracken-Dean Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery, Pana. Memorials may be given to the Community Council for the Arts or First United Methodist Church in Pana.
Mrs. Neece was born on May 5, 1922 in Pana the daughter of George "Dode" and LaVeda Marie Bair Proffitt. She married Fred H. "Ted" Neece on July 22, 1942 in St. Louis, MO. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Pana, Community Council for the Arts, Pioneer Heritage Guild, VFW Auxiliary, Past member of Alpha Class at First United Methodist Church, Pana Community Hospital Auxiliary and volunteered at both nursing homes in Pana. Mrs. Neece was a housewife and an American Artist. She was a local artist, known for her artistic abilities, and captured many Pana historical sites such as the bridge at Kitchell Park and the old swimming pool. She lived in Pana until moving to Decatur 3 years ago. Mrs. Neece graduated from Pana High School and attended college at Washington University in St. Louis where she studied art.
She is survived by; daughter, Jacquelyn "Jeanie" Buck and husband Ken of Decatur; son, Gerald Neece and wife Maryann of Andalusia; sister, Alva Ella Niehart of Decatur; seven grandchildren, Ted Keylon, Terry Keylon, Gerald Neece, Jr., Fred Neece, Phil Neece, Donnie Neece and Michael Neece; companion and friend, Wanda Browning of Decatur.
She was preceded in death by; husband, Fred H. Neece on June 18, 1988; father, George Profitt; mother, LaVeda Hilsabeck; brother, George Roger Profitt on February 22, 1981.

Violet D. Bieber
Shelbyville

Violet D. Bieber, 94, of Shelbyville passed away at 9:55 p.m. Tuesday, February 19, 2002 in Shelby Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 23, 2002 in the Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville. Rev. Dan Eloe will officiate assisted by Rev. Phillip Glick. Visitation will be one hour before services. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Mrs. Bieber was born August 18, 1907 in Fayette County the daughter of Joseph and Mary Ellen Little McArdle. She married Paul J. Bieber on June 8, 1929 in Chicago and he passed away on January 8, 1982. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Shelbyville. Mrs. Bieber attended Sparks Business College, Shelbyville and later was employed by the Ford Motor Co. and Stievers Office Service in Chicago, retiring when she was in her 60's. She was also a member of the KeenAgers (senior group of the First Baptist Church of Shelbyville) and the Spit and Whittle Club (alumni club of Sparks College in the Chicago area). She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Shelby Memorial Hospital and she loved to piece material together for quilts.
Surviving are: daughter, Carol Bieber Calza of Washington, DC; five grandchildren, Amy Gallagher D.V.M. of Reno, NV, John Gallagher of Plano, TX, Jim Gallagher of Reno, NV, Sue Saylor of Garden Valley, CA and Michael Calza of Columbus, OH; three great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Janet Bieber Gallagher and two sisters, Edith McArdle and Lottchen Miller.

Forrest H. "Dutch" Wardall
Pana

Forrest H. "Dutch" Wardall, 80, of Pana died at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 19, 2002 in Meadow Manor Nursing Home, Taylorville.
Masonic and Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, February 23 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home in Pana with Rev. Rolland Devor officiating. Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until service time on Saturday. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, rural Nokomis. Memorials to Donor's choice.
Mr. Wardall was born on June 14, 1921 in Christian County, rural Pana the son of Arthur and Mary Cahill Wardall. He married Betty D. Cloe on January 4, 1948 in Pana. Mr. Wardall lived his entire life a mile from where he was born except for a short time when he lived in Detroit, Michigan. He was a retired farmer and a member of; Fairview Methodist Church, Fairview Cemetery Board, Past Master of Pana Masonic Lodge AF&AM #226, Scottish rite, Ansar Shrine, 32nd Degree Mason, Arcana Chapter Order of Eastern Star #493 of Pana, served on Rosamond Township Board for 24 years and had been a member of the Civil Air Patrol in Pana.
He is survived by: wife, Betty; sons, Donald J. Wardall and wife Marjorie of Assumption, David W. Wardall and wife Marylan of Pana and Dale E. Wardall and wife Rena of Taylorville; seven grandchildren, Mason, Morgan, Rebekah and Justin Wardall, Brandy Moore, Austin and Ellis Wardall; one great grandchild, Gavin Moore; brother, Robert Wardall of Hoopeston; sisters, Alice Harrison of Mission Viejo, CA and Maribah Laughlin of Litchfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Clark Schmitt
Strasburg

Clark Schmitt, 86, of Strasburg died at 11:35 p.m. Tuesday, February 19, 2002 in Shelbyville Manor.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Strasburg with Rev. Steven A. Becker and Rev. Gary Fortkamp officiating. Visitation from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Friday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville and one hour before service time Saturday in the church. Burial will be in St. Paul's Cemetery, Strasburg. Memorials may be given to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Strasburg.
Mr. Schmitt was born on April 14, 1915 in Strasburg, the son of Frederick and Clara Krile Schmitt. He was a farmer and a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Strasburg and Shelby County Farm Bureau. He married Helen M. Buesking on February 8, 1939 in Strasburg.
Surviving are his wife, Helen; two daughters, Kathryn Tice and husband David of Shelbyville and Carol Camilotto and husband Louis of West Lafayette, IN; one brother, Roy Schmitt and wife Vera of Strasburg; three grandchildren, Ronda Robinson and husband William J. of Shelbyville, Rochelle Krupp and husband Thomas of Ballwin, MO and Vance Campbell and wife Gretchen of Lafayette, IN; and seven great grandchildren, Kaityln, Karli and Tice Robinson, Joshua and Zachary Krupp, and Alexis and Madisen Campbell.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mamie A. Hawes Vogel
Wamac
formerly of Mode

Mamie A. Hawes Vogel, 77, of Wamac died on Thursday, February 21, 2002 at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Centralia.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 23 in the Pacey Funeral Home in Centralia with Rev. Elaine Smith and Rev. Bill Leppin officiating. Friends may visit Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. until the service hour at the Pacey Funeral Home in Centralia. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Centralia or to the St. Mary's Good Samaritan Home Health Care, and will be received by the funeral home.
Mrs. Vogel was born on February 9, 1925 in Wayne County the daughter of Joseph and Gertrude (Greathouse) Shewmake. She married Benjamin Russell Hawes in 1944 and he preceded her in death on February 1, 1960. On February 13, 1965 she married Bob Vogel in Mode and he survives in Wamac. Mrs. Vogel, a homemaker all her life, lived in Centralia since 1970, moving here from Carlyle. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Centralia and American Association of Retired Persons.
Surviving are: son, Butch Hawes and wife Connie of Mode; step-daughter, Lorraine Nottmeyer and husband Gerald of Centralia; her sisters, Erma Talbert and husband Ted, of Wayne City and Jesse Shewmake of Manhattan, KS; grandchildren, Rodney Hawes, Tracey Nottmeyer, and Danielle Nottmeyer; three step-sisters; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her first husband; parents; four brothers, Elmer Shewmake, Ivan Shewmake, Cloyde Shewmake, Forest Geyer; three sisters, Ethel Talbert, Clara Green, and Lavena Bliss; and one grandson, Randy Hawes. 

Kenneth "Herb" Spracklen
Pana

Kenneth "Herb" Spracklen, 72, of Pana died at 12:01 p.m. Thursday, February 21, 2002 in his residence.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, February 23 at 1:00 p.m. in Rosamond Grove Cemetery, Rosamond with Pastor John Hippard officiating. Memorials to Donor's choice.
Mr. Spracklen was born on April 20, 1929 in Tower Hill the son of Justice and Alice Mitchell Spracklen. He married Donna Jean Esmann on May 2, 1953 in Pana. He was retired from Freeman Coal Company and lived his entire life in this area. He served 3 years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of Pana Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4431 & United Mine Workers of America.
He is survived by: wife, Donna Spracklen of Pana; daughter, Brenda Hickman of Pana; sons, Kenneth Spracklen and wife Carol of Pana, Donald Spracklen of Pana and Keith Spracklen and wife Patricia of Pana; sisters, Mabel Maton of Pana, Peggy Bryson of Pana, Cleo Baker of Irving and Jane Orange of Pana; nine grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Alice House and Justice Spracklen; two sisters and three brothers.

Louis C. "Jim" Lieb
Shelbyville

Louis C. "Jim" Lieb, 85, of Shelbyville, a resident at Olivewood Health Care Center, died at 4:45 a.m. Saturday, February 23, 2002 in Shelby Memorial Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Shelbyville with Father John Sohm officiating. Visitation from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville with rosary service at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. Memorials may be given to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Building Fund.
Mr. Lieb was born on July 11, 1916 in Douglas County, near Tuscola, the son of George F. and Rose Catherine Schweighart Lieb. He was a farmer, farming in Douglas County, Murdock area, until 1945 when he moved to Shelbyville. He later farmed in the Mode area until he retired in 1982. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Shelbyville, life member of Knights of Columbus #8690 of Shelbyville, charter member of Illinois Farmers Union, and member of Moose Lodge #1294 of Shelbyville. He married Maurine Lucille Kantner on February 28, 1948 in Shelbyville. She died on February 1, 1997.
Surviving are: his sons, Larry Lieb of Mode and Lyle Lieb of Effingham; daughters, Linda Lister and husband Wilber "Bill" of Beecher City and Cindy Marquardt and husband Roger of Rhinelander, WI; brother, Leroy Lieb and wife Joyce of Shelbyville; sister Rosemary McDonald of Sidney; seven grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by wife, Maurine; sister, Esther Craig McGilligan; and one grandson, Charlie Lister.

Opal I. Russell
Shelbyville

Opal I. Russell, 89, of Shelbyville, died at 5:00 a.m. Sunday, February 24, 2002 in Shelby Memorial Hospital.
Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville with Dr. Bruce Owens officiating. Visitation from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Tuesday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville.
Mrs. Russell was born on November 4, 1912 in Lakewood, the daughter of Lincoln Robert and Bessie Mary Christy Cutler. Opal and her husband Arnold owned and operated Vincent's Cafe in Shelbyville for many years, before retiring to Florida. She married Arnold Ray Russell on November 14, 1936. He died on March 16, 1999.
Surviving are: her brothers, Russell Cutler of Shelbyville, William Cutler and wife Opal of Rockford and Lindy Cutler and wife Illene of Findlay; sisters, Eloise Robison of Shelbyville and Joan Arthur and husband Gene of Findlay; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arnold; brother, James Cutler; and sister, Ruby Johnston.

Lucille Haycraft
Effingham

Lucille Haycraft, 77, of Effingham died at 12:28 a.m. Sunday, February 24, 2002 in Sunbridge Nursing Center, Effingham.
Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 26 in Brummerstedt Funeral Home, Stewardson. Visitation will be one hour before service time. Burial will be in Stewardson Cemetery, Stewardson. Memorials may be given to Donor's choice.
Mrs. Haycraft was born on November 18, 1924 the daughter of Charlie Wesley Haye and Fannie (Hornback) Haye. She married Minor Haycraft on October 14, 1938 in Litchfield, KY. He preceded her in death in 1979. Mrs. Haycraft was a devoted homemaker.
She is survived by: sons, Jerry and wife Nancy Haycraft of Wappapello, MO, Roger and wife Jane Haycraft of Shelbyville and Dennis Haycraft of Altamont; daughters, Pauline and husband Fred Durbin of Strasburg, Wanda Koontz of Stewardson, Brenda and husband William Binder of Effingham and Linda and husband Dennis Hicks of Cowden; twenty-five grandchildren; thirty-seven great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; huband, Minor; two sons; one brother; two grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. 

Gale A. Beck
Tower Hill

Gale A. Beck, 87, of Tower Hill, formerly of Stonington, died at 2:45 p.m. Friday, February 22, 2002 in Shelbyville Manor.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville with Rev. David McHenry officiating. Visitation from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Monday. Burial will be in Tower Hill Cemetery, Tower Hill. Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Association.
Mr. Beck was born on May 19, 1914 in Fayette co., the son of John and Lillie Cook Beck. He was a retired lineman for the Shelby Electric Co-op and was an avid bowler. He married Audrey Behl on February 3, 1937. He later married Opal Dilley Boyer on December 5, 1969. She died on August 16, 1994.
Surviving are: his sons, Ron Beck and wife Pat of Taylorville and Roger Beck and wife Ginger of Oblong; daughter, Maxine Gregory of Charlotte, NC; step-sons, John Boyer and wife Sue of Palestine, IN and Roger Boyer of Springfield; step-daughter, Mary Lou Keller and husband Bob of Tower Hill; 17 grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; six step-great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; and one step-great great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Opal; three brothers; and two sisters.

Juanita E. Endris
Pana

Juanita E. Endris, 91, of Pana died Monday February 25, 2002 at 12:01 a.m. at her residence.
She was born on February 20, 1911 in Pana, the daughter of George and Velma Smith Bertin.
She married Marcellus F. "Puddy" Endris on June 17, 1931 in St. Patrick's Catholic Church. He passed away on February 11, 1995.
A graduate of Pana High School, she lived her entire life in Pana as a housewife.
She was a member of the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Pana and a former member of the St. Mary's Circle and Catholic Daughters.
She is survived by her children, Eugene Endris and wife Mary Ann of Virden, Illinois; Harold Endris and wife Marilyn of Pana; Leonard Endris and wife Rinkie of Shreveport, LA; fourteen grandchildren and twenty-two great grandchildren and her sister Esther Girouard of Danville.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Delores Hill, sister Loretta Call and one brother in infancy.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at McCracken-Dean Funeral Home with the rosary at 8:00 p.m.
There will be a funeral mass on Friday March 1, 2002 in St. Patrick's Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Don J. Roberts officiating. 
Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Pana.
Memorials may be made to the Sacred Heart School or Pana Community Hospital Foundation.

James "Andy" Brown
Pana

James "Andy" Brown, 90, of Pana died Thursday, February 21, 2002 at 8:00 p.m. in Moweaqua Nursing Center in Moweaqua.
He was born on September 5, 1911 in Oconee, the son of Henderson and Amanda Brown.
He was a coal miner and also worked for J.J. Borders Construction from where he retired in 1976.
He lived in Pana all his life and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Shelbyville; the Labor Local #159 in Decatur.
He married Lula Cora Clutter of September 8, 1936 in Shelbyville and she survives.
He is also survived by his children, Robert L. Brown and wife Mary Kay of Pana; James J. Brown of Pana; Loretta Mullen of Decatur; Connie Vincent of Shelbyville; twelve grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Rozetta Morehead; one great-grandson Jason; his brothers and sisters; Earl, Clint, Hazel, Alda, Dela and Lela.
Visitation was held Sunday February 24, 2002 from 1:00 until service time at McCracken-Dean Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Sunday in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at 2:00 with Rev. Dan Eloe officiating.
Burial was in Price Cemetery in Oconee, Illinois.
 

Dorothy Roennigke
Pana

Dorothy Roennigke, 90, of Pana, died on Sunday February 24, 2002 at 1:30 a.m. in Heritage Manor of Pana.
She was born on March 25, 1911 in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Charles G. and Caroline Sebig Lohman.
She lived most of her life in St. Louis. She also lived in Bloomington, Peoria and came to Pana in 1996.
She worked as a retail clothing manager and was a member of the American Business Women Association, the Girl Scouts, the American Red Cross and the United Presbyterian Church of Peoria.
She married Elmer Pinter Roennigke on March 18, 1934 in St. Louis, Missouri. He passed away on December 26, 1968.
She is survived by her children Carol Allbright and husband Frank of Pana; Laurel Srite and husband Dave of Albuquerque, NM; Cheryl Beyer and husband Jim of Urbana; six grandchildren, Steve, Scott, Suzanne, Mack, Ross, Amy six great grandchildren and her sister Charlotte Burggraf of Colorado Springs, CO.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother Charles Lohman.
Memorials may be made to the National Heritage Society of Pana (Anderson Prairie).
Memorial services will be held at Sunset Memorial Park in St. Louis at a later date.
Arrangements by McCracken-Dean Funeral Home of Pana.

Norma L. Smith
Paxton

Norma L. Smith, 75, of Paxton died at 12 PM (noon) on Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at the Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City, Il.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, March 1, 2002 at the Ford-Baier Funeral Home, 406 E. Pells Street, Paxton, Il. with Reverend Chet Travis officiating. Burial will be in Glen Cemetery, Paxton, Il. Visitation will be held Thursday, 5:00 - 8:00 PM at the funeral home.
Mrs. Smith was born May 18, 1926 at Findlay, Il. the daughter of Cecil E. and Bertha Melcher Coventry. She married Larry E. Smith August 16, 1952 at Findlay, Il. and he survives. Mrs. Smith graduated from Findlay High School and from Millikin College, Decatur, Il. where she received her B.S. and Masters Degree in Fine Arts. She taught in the Paxton school system, both at the East Lawn and West Lawn schools. She also taught in the country schools near Paxton. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Paxton. She enjoyed playing bridge and belonged to several bridge clubs. She loved animals, enjoyed gardening and was a Cub and Illini fan. Memorials may be made to the Champaign County Humane Society.
Surviving are her husband; daughter, Jodi (Jim) Baldwin of Decatur; and four sons, Kevin (Carla) Smith of Mahomet, Kurt (Kim) Smith of Paxton, Kelly (Jennifer) Smith of Monticello, and Kris Smith of Springfield. Also surviving are 9 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and 2 brothers.

Mildred LaVonne Allison
Assumption

Mildred LaVonne Allison, 85, of Assumption died at 10:40 p.m. Sunday in Heritage Manor in Pana.
Services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Friday in Mt. Pleasant Church of God with Pastor David Beerbower officiating with visitation from 11:00 a.m. until service time on Friday.
Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Assumption.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Pleasant Church of God.
Mildred was born in Hinton, the daughter of James Edward Shuck and Mary C. Wallace Shuck.
She formerly worked as a sales clerk and a member of the Mt. Pleasant Church of God.
She married Roy Allison on February 2, 1935.
She is survived by her daughters, Kathryn Edwards of Plain City, Ohio, Ethel and husband Wendell Lindsey of Pana, Connie and husband Dewey Long of Pana, son Alan and wife Teresa of Moweaqua, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, one son and two brothers.

Rosalee K. Fender
Neoga

Rosalee K. Fender, 93, of Neoga, formerly of Charleston and Springfield, died at 7:07 A.M. on Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at Heartland Christian Village in Neoga.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. Swengel-O'Dell Funeral home in Neoga is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Heartland Christian Village in Neoga.
Mrs. Fender was born on April 16, 1908 at Martinsville, Illinois, the daughter of Fred and Daisy (Kelley) Sinclair. She married Leslie Claypool on January 28, 1933 in Chicago. He preceded her in death on January 9, 1974. She then married Joseph C. Fender in Charleston on January 3, 1975. He preceded her in death on December 15, 1986. Mrs. Fender, a homemaker, was a member of First Baptist Church in Herrin, Il.
Surviving are her step-daughter Charlotte Swinford and husband Maurice of Herrin. Also surviving are 3 grandchildren.

Loren Manuel
Pana

Loren Manuel, 90, of Pana, died on Monday February 25, 2002 at 1:50 p.m. in Heritage Manor of Pana.
He was born on October 5, 1911 in Herrick, the son of Howard and Theris Cowan Manuel.
He lived in Oconee most of his life working as a dairy farmer, on the railroad and had a lawn mower repair service.
He was a former member of the Taylorville Christian Church.
Mr. Manuel married Vera Dean Nowlin on September 24, 1932 in Shelbyville. She passed away on May 31, 1999.
He is survived by: his daughters, Doris Hinton and husband Floyd of Tower Hill and Donabelle Oldham and husband Tom of Lincoln; thirteen grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
His brother Jim Manuel of Pana, sisters, Ethel Sallee of Ramsey and Zelma LaRose of Rosamond survive also.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son Howard F. Manuel, one daughter in infancy Lorna Dean Manuel, four great grandchildren, one brother and two sisters.
Visitation will be on Wednesday February 27, 2002 from 5 until 8 p.m. at McCracken-Dean Funeral Home.
Funeral services are Thursday, February 28, 2002 in McCracken Dean Funeral Home at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Darrell Hinkle officiating.
Burial will be in Price Cemetery in Oconee.

Helen Budds
Pana

Helen Budds, 85, of Pana, died on Wednesday February 27, 2002 at 6:00 p.m. in Heritage Manor in Pana.
She was born on November 12, 1916 in Taylorville to William and Roxanna Ladd Kramer.
She was a bookkeeper at Johnson Brothers Implement in Taylorville and at Downs Motor in Pana in the late 30's and early 40's.
She was a graduate of the Taylorville School system and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Pana.
At one time she was active in the church's Women's Society and participated in many activities over the years.
She was an avid card player, both bridge and pinochle and was a member of many card clubs and Marathon Bridge Group.
She married Leon Budds in June of 1939. He passed away on January 3, 1969.
She is survived by her children, David Budds of Pana; Dr. Michael Budds of Columbia, MO; Jeanne Budds of Pana and her sister Caroline Wilson of Shelbyville.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four brothers, Rolland Kramer, Raymond Kramer, C.E. "Spike" Kramer and an infant brother Harry.
Visitation will be Friday from 5 until 8 p.m. at McCracken-Dean Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be on Saturday March 2, 2002 in the McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. with the Reverend Walter B. Carlson officiating.
Burial will be in Rosamond Grove Cemetery in Rosamond.
Memorials may be made to the Carnegie-Schuyler Library Building Fund, a cause very dear to her heart.

Shirley Bechtel
Pana

Shirley Bechtel, 91, of Pana, died Tuesday February 26, 2002 at 1:35 p.m. in Prairie Rose Health Care Center.
She was born on January 2, 1911 in Shelby County to Charles and Ora (Glick) Glick.
She was a homemaker who came to Pana from St. Louis where she had lived for 49 years. She was a member of the Bible Baptist Church in Pana where she was a pianist for several years.
She married Olin Bechtel on February 12, 1934 in Lakewood.
She was preceded in death by her husband on April 29, 1991; her parents, three brothers and two sisters.
Visitation will be Saturday from 1:30 p.m. until service time at McCracken-Dean Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be Saturday March 2, 2002 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Larry Simon officiating.
Burial will be in Price Cemetery in Oconee.


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