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Elise Berniece Locke
Decatur

Elise Berniece Locke, 83, of Decatur died at 4:04 p.m. on April 4. 2002 at home.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, April 8, 2002 in Seitz Funeral Home, Moweaqua, with Pastor Steve Battiste officiating. Visitation was held Sunday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Bethany Cemetery, Moweaqua, IL. Memorials may be made to the General Baptist Church and the Westervelt Christian Church.
Mrs. Locke was born in Moweaqua on June 28, 1918, the daughter of Alva Otto Bryson and Ella Simpson Bryson. She was a member of the Westervelt Christian Church in Westervelt, IL. She married Walter H. Locke in Gays, IL on May 29, 1936.
Surviving are sons; Lyle and wife Jean of Pana, Hal and wife Janice of Amberg, WI, and Michael and wife Sandra of Bloomington, IL; six grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three sisters and two grandchildren.

William K. Young
Pana

William K. Young, 77, of Pana passed away at 1:55 a.m. Monday, April 8, 2002 in the Pana Community Hospital in Pana.
Mr. Young was born Nov. 13, 1924 in Shelbyville, the son of Homer and Irma Baxter Mullinix.
Mr. Young formerly attended Sparks Business College in Shelbyville and was a bookkeeper for Burlington Mills in New York City for many years. 
He is survived by sisters Pat Talbot and Nita Nohren and husband Ward of Lakewood, IL. Also, several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, niece Janice and nephew Gary.
Memorial services will be held in Ridge Cemetery on Williamsburg Hill, Shelby County at a later date. Arrangements are by Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville.

Maxine H. Smith
Orlando, FL
Formerly of Windsor

Maxine H. Smith, 87, of Orlando, FL, formerly of Windsor died April 7, 2002 in Mariner's Health Care in Orlando, FL.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 12th in the Ash Grove Christian Church, Windsor with Rev. Richard Eident officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until service time. Burial will be in the Ash Grove Cemetery. Arrangements are by Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home in Windsor.
Mrs. Smith was born on May 27, 1914 in Charleston, the daughter of Bronzie A. and Josie Shafer Ferree. She married Vernon Hartsell and he preceded her in death. She then married Dale Herbert Smith and her preceded her in death. Mrs. Smith was a graduate of Charleston High School and the National School of Cosmetology of Chicago.
Surviving are: stepsons, Jim Smith of Miami Beach, FL and Richard Smith of Thousand Oaks, CA; four step-grandchildren; and one step-great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands and one brother.

Thomas Jacob Sunkel
Paris 

Thomas Jacob Sunkel, 89, of Paris, died at 11:53 p.m. Saturday (April 6, 2002) at Paris Community Hospital. He was a professional baseball pitcher.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday (April 10) at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, with Rev. Fr. William Overmann as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. A wake prayer service is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Stewart and Carroll Funeral Home, and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Mr. Sunkel was born Aug. 9, 1912, at Paris, the son of Alonzo Sunkel and Ellen McFall Sunkel. He married Ivadean Perry on Jan. 15, 1937, at Shelbyville, and she survives.
He is also survived by one brother, Richard Sunkel of San Diego, Calif.; one sister, Margaret Jane Tiffin of Terre Haute, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter; three brothers, Charles, Scott and John; and one sister, Marian Kooker.
Mr. Sunkel was a pitcher in minor league baseball before moving to the major leagues. He pitched in the major leagues for 20 years for the Cardinals, the Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Following his retirement from baseball, he worked for the city of Paris and managed the Paris Lakers Baseball Team.
He was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 860 and the American Association of Professional Baseball Players.
The family suggests that memorial donations be made to Knights of Columbus Council 860.

Edna L. McBride
Shelbyville

Edna L. McBride, 98, of Shelbyville died at 10:10 p.m. Monday, April 8, 2002 in St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville.

Lindy L. Cutler
Findlay

Lindy L. Cutler, 73, of Findlay, died at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2002 in his residence.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville with Rev. Tom Compton officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville with military rites by Clarence Bixler American Legion Post #409 of Findlay. Memorials may be given to the Findlay Ambulance Service. 
Mr. Cutler was born on April 14, 1928 in Lakewood, the son of Robert Lincoln and Bessie Mary Christy Cutler. He was a member of Operating Engineers #965 of Springfield where he was a heavy equipment operator working in road construction. He was a veteran of the Korean War and a member of Clarence Bixler American Legion Post #409 of Findlay and V.F.W. Post #4829 of Shelbyville. He married Ilene Wicker on April 18, 1954 in Shelbyville.
Surviving are his wife, Ilene; sons, Daniel Cutler (Brenda) of Westervelt and Robert K. Cutler of Findlay; daughters, Sandy Hedderman (Jim) of Shelbyville and Pam Krutsinger (Garry) of Mulberry Grove; brothers, Russell Cutler of Shelbyville and William Cutler (Opal) of Rockford; sisters, Eloise Robinson of Shelbyville and Joan Arthur (Gene) of Findlay; eight grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James Cutler; and sisters, Ruby Johnston and Opal Russell.

Lois N. Riley
Herrick 

Lois N. Riley, 73 of Herrick, died at 4:25 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2002 in St. John's Hospital in Springfield.
Memorial services will held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Lockart and Sons Funeral Home, Cowden. Burial will be in Victorville CA at a later date. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and Make a Wish Foundation.
She was born November 1, 1928 in Sergeant, Nebraska, the daughter of Vernon and Marie Sleppy Costor. 
She married Billie D. Riley, January 20, 1945 in Los Angeles, CA. 
She attended the Christ Tabernacle Church in Herrick. She was secretary for B. D. Riley Plastering Company in Hesperea, CA. 
Surviving are her husband; son Steven and wife Joyce of Hesperea, CA; daughter Lois N. Whited and husband Billy of Hesperea, CA; sister Viola Mikesell of Dimas, CA; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Marie Wilson and Vernon Costor, daughter Nylene and grandson Billy.

Ellen Louise Keown
Findlay

Ellen Louise Keown, 84, of Findlay died at 11:18 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2002 in Sullivan Health Care Center.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 17th in Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan with Pastor Tom Compton officiating. Visitation will be from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Marrowbone Township Cemetery, Bethany. Memorials are suggested to the donor's choice.
Louise was born on March 10, 1918 in Beecher City the daughter of Vern and Martha Allen Dinwiddie. She had been a sales clerk for Hamilton's Clothing Store in Sullivan and an aide at the Illinois Masonic Home, Sullivan. She was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church, Racine, WI, Crystal Chapter #39 Order of the Eastern Star and was Worthy Matron in 1958 and a member of the White Shrine. She married Charles C. Keown on August 25, 1934 in Bethany.
Surviving are: her husband, Charles C. of Findlay; sons, Charles A. Keown of Hillsboro, MO and Cecil L. Keown of Elkhorn, WI; daughter, Mrs. Kevin (Sherry) Presser of Sturtevant, WI; fifteen grandchildren; and fourteen great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Delta Kay Levy and great granddaughter Kelly Faye Blue.

Charles Arthur Austin
Macon

Charles Arthur Austin, 70, of Macon, formerly of Moweaqua, died at 1:53 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2002, in St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, in Seitz Funeral Home, Moweaqua, with the Rev. Betty Mahaffey officiating. Visitation will be 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Westside Cemetery, Moweaqua, with full military honors by Moweaqua American Legion Post #370. Memorials may be given to Moweaqua Tree Park.
Mr. Austin was born in Macon on January 29, 1932, the son of Carl Austin Sr. and Flossie McQuality Austin. He retired from A.E. Staley Mfg. Co. in 1992, with 42 years service. He was an Army veteran. He married Nellie Dresick on April 30, 1956, in Pana. She preceded him in death September 9, 1982. He married Ethel Stoneburner on June 17, 1992, in Tennessee.
Surviving are his wife, Ethel; children, Charles Arthur Austin, Jr. of Macon; Kathy and husband Joe Readnour of Moweaqua; Candy and husband Jim Bowling of Moweaqua; Brenda and husband Don Clark of Westervelt; Jennifer and husband R.C. Bollinger of Decatur; Shawn Perkins of Moweaqua; Michael and wife Leanne Stoneburner of Indiana; Alan Stoneburner of Indiana; Carol and husband Brian Howard of Indiana; brothers, John and wife Linda Austin of Moweaqua; Jerry Austin of Florida; sisters, Dorothy Thompson of Lovington; Darlene and husband Vince Durbin of Blue Mound; Judy Hutchins of Arthur; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and one brother.

Ivan O. Keller
Effingham

Ivan O. Keller, 78, of Effingham, formerly of Strasburg, died at 12:06 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2002 in St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital, Effingham.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday in Grace Lutheran Church, Strasburg with Rev. Michael Mohr officiating. Visitation from 5 - 8 p.m. Friday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home in Strasburg. Burial with military honors by Strasburg American Legion Post #289 will be in Grace Cemetery, Strasburg. Memorials may be given to Grace Lutheran Church, Strasburg.
Mr. Keller was born on August 26, 1923, in rural Strasburg, the son of Walter O. "Slats" and Opal A. Kull Keller. He was a graduate of Strasburg High School, a veteran of WW II serving in the Army, operated a grocery store in Strasburg and retired from Blaw Knox in Mattoon. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Lions Club and American Legion Post #289 all of Strasburg. He married Nona Belle Cruise on June 15, 1952. She died on September 8, 1983.
Surviving are his son, Dean Keller and wife Donna of Effingham; brothers, Don Keller and wife Mary of Strasburg and Walter Jr. Keller of Colorado Springs, CO; sister, Gail Rentfro of Neoga; and four grandsons, Matthew, Michael, Thomas and Stephen Keller all of Effingham.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Nona Belle; son, Mark Keller and sister, Ruth Thurman.

Venedea Wallace
Shelbyville

Venedea "Martha" Isles Baird Wallace, 68, of Shelbyville died at 5:05 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2002 in Shelbyville Manor.
Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville with the Rev. Lynette DeAtley officiating. Visitation one hour before services in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville. Memorials may be given to the Shelbyville Manor.
Mrs. Wallace was born on December 2, 1933 in Fairfield, the daughter of Charles and Mabel Switzer Isles. She received her Certificate of Practical Nursing in 1977 and her Associate Degree in Nursing in 1980 from Lake Land College. She was a Registered Nurse working in the Emergency Room of Shelby Memorial Hospital and later as Director of Nurses for Shelbyville Manor. She enjoyed antiquing and yard work. She married William Baird in 1950. She later married Vaughn C. Wallace on April 18, 1975. He died on August 6, 1933.
Surviving are: sons, Terry Baird and wife Marla of Springfield and Randy Baird and wife Marcy of Shelbyville; step-daughters, Jill Warrick of Edwardsville and Margot Benham of Phoenix, AZ; brothers, John Isles of Kalispell, Montana, David Isles of Wilmington, SC and James Isles of Fairfield; sister, Lorena Marshall of Centralia; six grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; daughter, Sonja Ann Baird Butler in 1984; step-son, David Wallace; brothers, Robert Isles and Charles Isles, Jr.; and sister, Shelby Richards.

Roger Lee Perryman
Decatur

Roger Lee Perryman, 55, of Decatur, died at 8:25 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2002 in his residence.
Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. Visitation one hour before services in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville.
Mr. Perryman was born on May 6, 1946 in rural Shelbyville, the son of Joseph Ezra "Joe" and Vivian A. Hilliard Perryman. He was a graduate of Stephen Decatur High School in the Class of 1964. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the Navy for six years and later in the Army for five years. He was an instrumentation and calibration technician for several nuclear power plants.
Surviving are his son, Brandon Lee Perryman of Decatur; mother, Vivian Perryman of Decatur; brother, Stephen Perryman and wife Elizabeth of Warrensburg; sister, Connie Patient and husband Aaron of Decatur; three grandchildren, Brianna, Kasey and Paige Perryman; one niece; and three nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Perryman; brother, Joey Perryman; and grandparents.

Alberta Grace Mootz
Formerly of Mode

Alberta Grace (Allen) Mootz, 92, of Phoenix, AZ, formerly of Mode, died at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2002 in Phoenix Baptist Hospital, Phoenix, AZ.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville.

Charles W. "Chuck" Shuemaker
Neoga

Charles W. "Chuck" Shuemaker, 61, died at 12:57 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2002 in his residence in Neoga.
Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 21, 2002 at Swengel - O'Dell Funeral Home, Neoga, with Rev. Judith Curry and Rev. Richard Coen officiating. Visitation will be after 6 p.m. Saturday, April 20 at the funeral home. Burial will be at Gaskill Cemetery, Ash Grove Township, in Shelby County. Memorials may be given to Grace United Methodist Church Building Fund in Neoga or to Gaskill Cemetery, near Neoga.
Mr. Shuemaker was born April 12, 1941 in Agoura Hills, CA., the son of Ralph E. and Ella N. (Price) Shuemaker. He married Virginia A. Price in Hopkinsville, KY. Mr. Shuemaker was a driver for Service Equipment Trucking in Mattoon.
Surviving are his wife, Virginia; sons Keith, of Junction City, KS; Gregg and wife Nidia, El Paso, TX; Charles "Chris" and wife Lisa, of Bremerton, WA; and Michael, of Irving, TX.; brother, John Shuemaker and wife Marge, of Neoga; sisters, Barbara Palmer and husband Gordon, of Sandy Hook, CT; and Beverly Nottingham, of Cooks Mills; 8 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, and 1 sister.

Margaret R, Bruns
Shumway, IL

Margaret R, Bruns, 91 of rural Shumway, died at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2002 in Maryland Heights, MO.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Monday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home in Shelbyville, with Rev. Robert Litteral officiating. Visitation from 4-7 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be in Stewardson Cemetery, Stewardson. Memorials may be given to donor's choice.
Mrs. Bruns was born on May 19, 1910 in rural Shumway, the daughter of George & Florance Warren Roberts. She was a school teacher at White School in Shumway and homemaker. she married William A. Bruns on September 19, 1931 in Union, Missouri. He died in August 1990.
Surviving are her daughter, Carol B. Dill and husband Richard of Bridgeton, MO; three grandchildren Nancy Cook & husband Kevin of St. Louis, MO, Stephen Dill and wife Peggy of Bridgeton, MO and Susan Hayes and husband Michael of Maryland Heights, MO; seven great grandchildren, Ryan, Christopher and Andrew Cook, Ricky, Dill, Sean, Zachary and Danielle Hayes; sisters-in-law, Delores and Marie Bruns both of Shelbyville, Wilma Bruns of Taylorville, Louise Roberts of Florida, and Evelyn Roberts of Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William; parents; three brothers, Warde, Frank, Everett Roberts; two sisters, Rose Appelt and Alice Kessler; and one great grandson, Timothy Cook.

Kathryn Giberson
Lakewood, IL

Kathryn Giberson, 93 of Lakewood, IL passed away at 1:45 a.m. Friday April 19, 2002 at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete at Lockart and Sons Funeral Home.

Alberta Allen Mootz
Phoenix, AZ
formerly of Mode

Alberta Grace (Allen) Mootz, 92, of Phoenix, AZ formerly of Mode, passed away peacefully at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2002 in Phoenix Baptist Hospital Hospice Care Unit, Phoenix, AZ.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville. Visitation will be from 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Sunday, April 21. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville.
The youngest of five girls, Alberta was born on July 19, 1909 on the family farm, in Mode Township, to Jesse and Eva (Harrison) Allen. She attended primary school at the old school house at Mode, IL and church at the old Mt. Zion Methodist Church, which was founded and built by her paternal grandfather, Jedadiah Allen, an early settler of the region. She spent the first two years of high school at Shelbyville High, Shelbyville and in 1925, the family moved to St. Louis, MO, where she enrolled at Central High School of St. Louis, the historic, first high school in the United States, to be established west of the Mississippi River. While there, she survived the devastating tornado of 1927, that razed the city, and killed 86, including 5 of her school mates that perished on that fateful day.
The following year, prior to her graduation, she became engaged to Dr. Robert Thiel, a recent graduate of the Medical School at St. Louis University, and native of upper Sandusky, OH. With marriage plans in the future, she opted to forego furthering her education immediately, and began to follow a dream. She auditioned for, and was accepted as a member of a dance troupe based out of St. Louis, and spent the next three years traveling throughout the Midwest. As both a dancer and singer fronting the orchestra, she played a variety of upscale night and supper clubs from Kansas City to Chicago. At one point, she was offered a run at the prestigious Kit Kat Club, in London, England.
Tragedy struck in the spring of 1932, when her fiance, the young Dr. Thiel, was suddenly felled by an attack of acute appendicitis, which ultimately claimed his life. In shock and grief stricken, Alberta immediately left her dance life behind, even refusing a recent offer to become a vocalist with the world renowned Paul Whiteman orchestra.
Moving to Chicago to live with her older sister Edith and her brother-in-law Henry Field, Alberta tried a change of locale in an effort to heal form the effects of Dr. Thiel's death. And in the Fall of 1934, at Chicago's famous Aragon Ballroom, she met and danced with a handsome young Chicagoan, Joseph Christiano. And after a short courtship, the couple married, and in 1936, welcomed a healthy baby girl they named Catherine Sue. Later, during WWII, while Joe was overseas in the south pacific with the Seabees, Alberta volunteered as a nursing assistant with the American Red Cross.
Sadly, the marriage ended after twenty some odd years, but during that time as they raised their daughter, Alberta had decided to work outside the home, and with her recent war time health care experience behind her, she decided to , and trained successfully for a career in the dental field. She worked as a dental assistant and office manager for several oral surgeons in Chicago, before ultimately taking a position as head of the x-ray department at the Dental School at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Originally accepting the position in the 1950's, it found Alberta not only running the day to day operations of the x-ray facility, but also serving as guest lecturer for advanced classes at the university, and at a variety of professional conventions and seminars. As a working single woman in a position of authority in the 50's, she never realized how far ahead of her time she was. She stayed at the university until 1968, when she retired, and planned to move to a new home she had recently purchased in Effingham.
But by her retirement, she had become reacquainted with Edward Mootz, an old friend and widower, and in December of 1969, she accepted a proposal of marriage, and the two were wed at the courthouse at Effingham. The couple stayed in Effingham for another year, and decided to relocate to a warmer climate. So, the following spring found them moving to Phoenix, Arizona.
The couple settled in the Arcadia neighborhood near Scottsdale, and found their days filled with the joy of desert living in the southwest. Every morning they would have coffee by the pool and under the palms, watching hummingbirds feed among the myriad of flowers and plants that Alberta had cultivated. Nights were filled with music from their diverse record collections, or cards played with the many friends they made while in Phoenix. And in keeping with her medical field connection, Alberta volunteered at both Scottsdale Memorial Hospital, and the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Phoenix. It was, as she would later proclaim, "Some of the happiest years of my life".
Ed passed away in 1978, and Alberta remained at their home in Phoenix, where she continued to volunteer, and also resumed her old passion, travel. She was able to fulfill a life long dream, and make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, along with Greece, and the Greek Islands, including Patmos, where the Apostle John was believed to have written the Book of Revelation while in exile.
Health concerns in recent years had forced her to curtail travel, and she retired from the volunteer staff at Scottsdale Memorial just six years ago, in 1996. At that time, she was the Officer of the Day, in charge of the volunteer staff, having accumulated over 5,000 hours of service. After her retirement she remained active at home with her garden and yard.
She was preceded in death by her husband Edward Mootz, parents Jesse and Eva (Harrison) Allen, and sisters, Edith, Osa, Mary and Faye.
She is survived by: her devoted daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Dan Feld of Chicago; loving grandchildren, Richard Feld of Nashville, TN, April (Feld) Pecora and husband Mark of Chicago, and Charles Feld and wife Laura of St. Louis Park, MN; great grandchildren, Julia and Jack Feld, and Vincent Pecora; niece, Jane Longfield of Terre Haute, IN; and grand-nieces, Becky Sweet and Amy Papinchock, also of Terre Haute.

"There is a realm where the rainbows never fade, where the stars will spread out before us like the islands that slumber in the ocean, where beautiful beings which pass before us like shadows, will stay in our presence forever."
From "TAPS"
By Jesse M. Allen
April 30, 1924

Nelson (Tiny) Russell
Shelbyville

Nelson (Tiny) Russell, 86, of Shelbyville passed away at 5:41 Monday, April 22, 2002 in the Shelby Memorial Hospital, Shelbyville.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 24th in the Lockart & Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until service time on Wednesday. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. Memorials may be given to Shelby Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Russell was born on November 28, 1915 in rural Shelby County the son of Simon Edward and Rausa Hart Russell. He married Betty Jane Vanderpool on June 25, 1939 in St. Charles, MO. He was a charter member of the Moose Lodge and the First Christian Church, Shelbyville. Mr. Russell was manager of the Oliver Farm Sales Store, Shelbyville. He also worked at the Oliver plant and later was foreman of Connelly Wood Products. He retired from P & H Manufacturing in 1978. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and outdoorsman.
Surviving are: his wife, Betty; son, John Russell and wife Donna of Shelbyville; daughter, Karen Clausen and husband Charles of Assumption; grandchildren, David Russell, Darin Russell and wife Amy all of Shelbyville, Chris Clausen and wife Jennifer of Murphysboro and Lori Guebert and husband Craig of Moweaqua; great grandchildren, Jaclyn Sallee, Connor Russell, Kyler Guebert, Morgan Russell, Drew Guebert and Lauren Kate Russell; brother, Delbert Russell of Pana; and sister-in-law Glendora Russell of Shelbyville.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; sisters, Beatrice Stein and Emily Roley; brothers, Arnold Russell and Charles Russell.

Kathryn Lucille Giberson
Lakewood

Kathryn Lucille Giberson, 93, of Lakewood, died in her home on April 19, 2002 at 1:00 a.m.
Graveside services were held at 3:00 p.m. Monday April 22, 2002 at Ridge Cemetery on Williamsburg Hill, near Lakewood with Rev. Rodney Herrick officiating. Private Family visitation was held prior to the service in Lockart & Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville.
Mrs. Giberson was born December 1, 1908 in Erick, Oklahoma, the daughter of Jesse and Mary Craig Shell. She was a member of the Lakewood United Methodist Church. She married Dale Woodrow Giberson on August 30, 1934, and he survives. 
Also surviving are sons, Edward Giberson and wife, Lois of Niles; Robert Giberson and wife, Bethel of Lakewood; daughter, Sharon Sheets and husband, Gary of Decatur; nine grandchildren, Kathy Penar of Niles, Dale Giberson of Crystal Lake, Deanna Krukowski of Pennsylvania, Christina Little of Tower Hill, Julia England of Lakewood, Mark Sheets, Matthew Sheets, and Jason Sheets of Decatur, and Dana Foster of St. Charles, MO.; and twenty-one great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Rollo and Harold Shell; one sister, Hazel; and an infant daughter, Shirley.
Memorials may be made to the Lakewood United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.

Sadie Ellis Steele
Pana

Sadie Ellis Steele, 91, of Pana passed away at 6:02 a.m. Friday, April 19, 2002 in Pana Community Hospital.
Funeral services were held on Monday, April 22nd at 10:30 a.m. in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home in Pana with Rev. Larry Meyers officiating. Visitation was from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Sunday. Burial was in Ash Grove Cemetery, Windsor. Memorials may be given to the Pana Free Methodist Church.
Mrs. Steele was born on May 5, 1910 in Sullivan the daughter of William Albert and Lucy Rawson Leiby. She was a 1928 graduate of Shelbyville High School and a graduate of Brown's Business College. She married Joseph O. Steele on April 10, 1930, he died November 30, 1966. Mrs. Steele lived in Shelbyville, Windsor & Evansville, IN. She came to Pana 46 years ago. She was an attendant at Moon's Laundromat for 18 years. Mrs. Steele also worked in many nursing homes and restaurants. She was a member of the Free Methodist Church of Pana, Prime Timers, and Helping Hand Club of Pana.
Surviving are: sons, Thomas Wayne Steele and wife Nelekel of Decatur and William O. Steele and wife Sue of Pensacola, FL; daughter, Patsy May Roberts of Pana; daughter-in-law, Darlene Steele of Preston, MO; fifteen grandchildren; twenty-eight great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Mary Martz of IN.
She was preceded in death by: sons, Clarence Raymond Steele, Robert Eugene Steele and Merle George Steele; daughter, Mary Ellis; one grandson; brother, Daniel Martz; and one sister, Grace Woods. 

Louise Camfield
Shelbyville

Louise Camfield, 80, of Shelbyville, died at 9:25 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2002 in Shelbyville Manor.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville with Rev Greg Breeden officiating. Visitation from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 22, 2002. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. Memorials may be given to First Church of the Nazarene, Shelbyville.
Louise was born on November 18, 1921 in Lakewood, the daughter of Jason and Fairie Robertson Williams. She graduated from Shelbyville High School, Class of 1940, and was a hairdresser in Shelbyville for many years. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene, Shelbyville. She married Bob Camfield on December 6, 1941.
Surviving are her son, Mark Camfield and wife Rhonda of Grange, IN; daughters, Dianne Atteberry and husband Jim and Yvonne Stirrett and husband Roger, all of Shelbyville; sister, Judy Collins and husband Richard of Windsor; brother-in-law, Russell Cutler of Shelbyville; grandchildren, R. Brent Stirrett and wife Carla, Jeffrey Stirrett and wife Lisa, Brian Stirrett, David Camfield, Craig Atteberry and wife Tonya, Tia Whitford and husband Mark, and Mark Atteberry; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Jean Cutler.

John Harold Kenworthy
Neoga

John Harold Kenworthy, 74, of Neoga, was found dead at his residence at 8:25 p.m. Sunday, April 22, 2002. 
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 2002 at Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home in Neoga with the Rev. Judith Curry officiating. Burial will be in Neoga Memorial Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the VFW Post #4325 of Mattoon, IL. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of Grace United Methodist Church in Neoga.
Mr. Kenworthy was born September 22, 1927 in Neoga, the son of John and Jennie (Gammill) Kenworthy. He married Betty L. Womack on June 20, 1954. He was a United States Army Veteran of the Korean War, a Life Member of VFW Post #4325 in Mattoon and a member of the Eagles Club in Mattoon. He was a retired farmer, a former EMT, and worked with the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home. He also was a former school bus driver for the Neoga School District.
Surviving are his wife, Betty L. Kenworthy of Neoga; sons, William Kenworthy and wife Jannie of Neoga; James Kenworthy and wife Sherri of Cowden; Tony Kenworthy and friend Carol of Neoga; daughter, Jennie Hahn and husband Jim of Mattoon; grandchildren, Tom Kenworthy, Amy Kenworthy, Amanda Hahn, Ryan Hahn, Eric Hahn, Tyler Hahn, Brandon Kenworthy and Brett Kenworthy. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Jocelyn Rose Poorman
Casey

Jocelyn Rose Poorman, 15 months, passed away at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, April 20, 2002 in her home at Casey, IL from the results of a fire in her residence.
She was born January 16, 2001 in Terre Haute, IN, the daughter of Nicole Snyder and Joe Poorman II.
Surviving are her mother of Casey, IL; her father of Marshall, IL; a brother, Joe Kevin Poorman III of Casey, IL; maternal grandmother Dawn Snyder of Marshall, IL; maternal grandfather Randy Snyder of Centralia, IL; paternal grandmother and her husband Katie (Mickey) Clark of Terre Haute, IN; paternal grandfather, Joe Poorman of Marshall, IL; maternal great grandparents, Joyce and C.W. Schoen of Bluford, IL; Freddie Chapman of Hidalgo, IL, Rosalee Snyder of Moweaqua, IL, George Snyder of Indonesia; paternal great grandparents, Grace and Dean Poorman of Marshall, IL; maternal uncle, Nathan Snyder of Marshall, IL; paternal aunts, Wendy Poe of Marshall, IL and Nicole Hinkle of Clinton, IN; several great aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her paternal great grandparents, Paul and Dorothy Huey.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the Pearce Funeral Home in Marshall with Rev. Robert Craig officiating. Burial will be in the Livingston Cemetery, rural Marshall, IL. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Marie E. Beals
Mattoon Formerly of Trilla

Marie E. Beals, 85, of Mattoon, formerly of Trilla passed away at 2 a.m. Monday, April 22, 2002 at her residence in Mattoon. 
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 26, 2002 at the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home in Neoga with the Rev. Ed Stephens of Mattoon and the Rev. Danny Morgan of Cooks Mill officiating. Burial will be in Trilla, Illinois. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 25 at the funeral home.
Mrs. Beals was born December 4, 1916 in Woodbury, Illinois, the daughter of Thurman and Edith (Tolch) Wallisa. She married Lawrence R. Beals on November 1, 1936 in Trilla and he died November 14, 1971. She was a former employee of the Brown Shoe Company in Mattoon, the Mattoon Garment Company in Mattoon and Kern Manufacturing in Neoga. She attended the Buck Grove Community Church, Mattoon, IL and was a member of the Moose Lodge of Mattoon and the Eagles Club of Mattoon.
Surviving are a son, Jerry Beals and wife Barbara of Charleston, a daughter, Verna Boyer and husband Jack of Kimberling City, Missouri; brother Victor Wallisa and wife Florence of Indianapolis, IN and sister Ruth Greenwood and husband Lee of Mountain View, CA. Also seven grandchildren and several great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and one daughter, Linda Prows.

Payton Michelle Butts
Warrensburg

Payton Michelle Butts, infant daughter of Jonathan L. and Kelly S. Grotts Butts, of Warrensburg, died Friday, April 19, 2002 at 6:44 a.m. in St. John's Hospital, Springfield.
Payton was born April 19, 2002. Private family graveside services will be in Linwood Cemetery with Rev. Marilyn Rauch of Pana Presbyterian Church officiating. Arrangements by McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana.
She is survived by her parents; twin sister, Madison Lynn Butts, sister, Taylor S. Butts; brother, Jonathan "Luke" Butts; grandparents Sam and Sue Grotts of Pana, Marilyn D. Butts of Pana, and Wesley F. Butts of Bowie, Maryland; and great grandmother Marie Grotts of Pana. 
She was preceded in death by great-grandparents Waldo and Dorothy Harmen.

Gretchen L. Schumacher
Shelbyville

Gretchen L. Schumacher, 85, of Shelbyville, died at 11:50 p.m. Sunday, April 28, 2002 in Shelby Memorial Hospital in Shelbyville.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home in Shelbyville with Dr. Bruce Owens officiating.
Visitation from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church of Shelbyville or Shelby Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Schumacher was born on April 12, 1917, in Strasburg, the daughter of Edward and Grace Ethel Barker Duncan. She graduated from Windsor High School in 1934.
She later received her Associates Degree from Blackburn College and her Bachelors Degree from Eastern Illinois University in Home Economics.
In 1938, she taught Home Economics and founded the Art Department at Altamont High School. 
She married George C. Schumacher on April 5, 1940 near Windsor. They lived in Altamont until 1955 when they moved to Shelbyville. After 13 years of traveling with Presley Tours, George and Gretchen began hosting for Home Extension Tours. 
In 10 years they organized, in the surrounding states, a total of 32 tours of one, two or three days.
They later hosted overseas tours and cruises for Rural Route Tours of Kansas City, MO.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Shelbyville, where she was active in the Kum Dubble Sunday School Class and United Methodist Women. She was a charter member of Shelby County Home Extension.
Surviving are her daughters, Barbara Schumacher of Quincy and Jane Lively and husband Tom of Brentwood, TN; and grandchildren, Matthew Lively and wife Cathy of Murfreesboro, TN and Jill Stevens and husband John of Nashville, TN.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband George on October 10, 2000; and one sister in infancy.

Janet L. Beckhoff
Shelbyville

Janet L. Beckhoff, 68, of Springfield, formerly of Shelbyville, died at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28, 2002 in her residence.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville with Dr. Paul Pryor officiating. Visitation from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. Memorials may be given to the First Christian Church, Shelbyville or the Shelby County Senior Center.
Mrs. Beckhoff was born on February 5, 1934 in Sullivan, the daughter of Oscar "Jack" and Zelma G. DeVore Starwalt. She graduated from Shelbyville High School in the Class of 1951. She worked for Allred's Janitorial Supply and Equipment in Shelbyville and also for several years in the kitchen at Shelby Memorial Hospital. Janet was a member of the First Christian Church of Shelbyville and was also active as a Senior Center volunteer. She married Clarence "Bud" Beckhoff on January 6, 1951.
Surviving are her husband, Clarence "Bud"; daughters, Debbie Mandujano and husband Tony of Guanajuato, Mexico and Brenda Rathsack and husband Andrew of Springfield; brothers, Lloyd Starwalt and wife Pat of Sherman and Donald Starwalt and wife Linda of Kirksville, MO; three grandchildren, Kendra Fearnside, Benjamen Rathsack and Sarah Rathsack; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.

Carol Gimmestad
Shelbyville

Carol Louise Gimmestad, 68, of Shelbyville died at 4:40 a.m. Friday, April 26, 2002 in the Shelby Memorial Hospital.
Private graveside services were held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Windsor Cemetery with Rev. Richard Eident officiating. Arrangements were made by Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home in Windsor.
Ms. Gimmestad was born April 9, 1934 in Shelbyville, the daughter of Robert Lewis and Opal C. Love Beem. She was formerly employed in Dietary Services Department of the Shelby Memorial Hospital. 
She is survived by son, Rick Gimmestad of California; three grandchildren, Joseph Gimmestad, Jacob Gimmestad and Jillian Gimmestad; brothers, Donald Beem of Windsor and Robert Beem of Bloomington, IN.; and sister Mary Ann Rowan of Cisne.

Ted Risley
Windsor

Ted Risley, 81, of Windsor died at 4:40 p.m. Sunday April 28, 2002 in the Sullivan Health Care Center. 
Arrangements are incomplete at the Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home, Windsor.

Bessie H. Johnston
Toledo

Bessie Helen Johnston, 79, of Toledo, formerly of Shelbyville, died at 7:00 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2002 in Shelby Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville with Rev. Robert Litteral officiating. Visitation one hour before service time. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville.
Bessie was born on September 27, 1922 in Jasper County, Illinois, the daughter of Benjamin Harrison and Elsie Bales Thompson. She married Ezekiel Carl "Zeke" Johnston on October 4, 1942. He died on February 11, 1992.
She is survived by her daughter, Janet Orsborn and husband Chester of Toledo; brothers, Jim Thompson and wife Jo and Mike Thompson and wife Juanita, all of Windsor; sisters, Lois Ogle and husband Mac of Shumway, Elsie Orsborn and husband Albert of Neoga, and Daisy Hanna and husband Ray of Sweeny, TX.; grandchildren, Toby Ault and wife Amber and Brandon Ault, all of Toledo; and great granddaughter, Adrin JoAnn Ault.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Junior, Leonard, Bill, Dale, Wayne, Orville, and Shelby Thompson; and sisters, Blanche Wilson and two in infancy.


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