Elise Berniece Locke
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
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
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
Thomas Jacob Sunkel, 89, of Paris, died at 11:53
p.m. Saturday (April 6, 2002) at Paris Community Hospital. He was a professional
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
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
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
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,
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
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
Charles Arthur Austin, 70, of Macon, formerly
of Moweaqua, died at 1:53 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2002, in St. Mary's Hospital,
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,
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
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 "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
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
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
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
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
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, 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
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,
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
"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."
By Jesse M. Allen
April 30, 1924
Nelson (Tiny) Russell
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
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
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,
Memorials may be made to the Lakewood United
Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.
Sadie Ellis Steele
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
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
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
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
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
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
She was preceded in death by great-grandparents
Waldo and Dorothy Harmen.
Gretchen L. Schumacher
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
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
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 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, 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
Bessie Helen Johnston, 79, of Toledo, formerly
of Shelbyville, died at 7:00 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2002 in Shelby Memorial
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,
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.