Miscellaneous Wabash County, Illinois Obituaries

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Flossie Baird
Flossie Baird, 89, Mt. Carmel, died Sept. 17, 2000, at St. Johns Mercy Hospital in Washington, Mo. She was born April 27, 1911, in Bridgeport, the daughter of Bert and Amanda (Highsmith) Robinson.

She married Dwain F. Baird on Sept. 23, 1939, in Henderson, Ky. and he preceded her in death on Jan. 16, 1994.

Mrs. Baird attended St. Mary's School of Nursing in Evansville, Ind. and retired from nursing at Wabash General Hospital. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Mt. Carmel and Lawrenceville.

Surviving are three sons, Richard Baird, Leslie, Mo.; Jon Baird, Hanover Park; Joe Baird, Jupiter, Fla.; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, four brothers, Ralph, Harvey, Glenn, and Bill Robinson and a sister, Goldie Garrard.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at Highland Memorial Cemetery in Mt. Carmel.

Friends may call from noon until the hour of service at Short Funeral Home in Mt. Carmel.
 

Gerald "Jerry" Askren
Gerald "Jerry" Askren, 54, Princeton, Ind. died Sept. 16, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital in Evansville, Ind. due to a heart problem.

He was born Aug. 2, 1946, in Fort Branch, Ind., the son of Ray and Olive (Deffendall) Askren.

Gerald married Darlene Reed on April 5, 1968, in Mt. Carmel, and she survives.

Mr. Askren was a farmer and later became a coal miner. He was a member of the Apostolic Church in Johnson, Ind. and the VFW. He was in the United States Army and served in Korea and Germany.

Surviving are his mother, Olive Askren, Owensville, Ind., his wife of 32 years, Darlene Askren, Princeton, Ind.; a daughter, Jerri Lynn Askren, Mt. Carmel; twin sons, Tommy and Johnny Askren, Princeton, Ind.; a sister, Lois Wright, Princeton, Ind.; and a brother, William Askren, Mt. Vernon, Ind.

Preceding him in death was his father, Ray Askren.

Funeral services will be 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, from the chapel of Short Funeral Home in Mt. Carmel with burial in Highland Memorial Cemetery.

Friends may call Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Short Funeral Funeral Home.

B. Dale Lane 
B. Dale Lane, 82, of Vincennes, Ind. died at 9:30 p.m., Aug. 14. 2000.

Helen E. Abby 
Helen E. Abby, 75, Mt. Carmel, died Aug. 19, 2000, at Wabash General Hospital.

Donna Joan Ahlfield
Donna Joan Ahlfield, 65, of West Salem died Saturday, Aug. 19, 2000, at 4:17 p.m. in the Pana Hospital, Pana, Ill. 

Mabel G. Birkhimer
Mabel Genevieve Birkhimer of Cape Coral, Fla. died Aug. 3, 2000, at the Gulf Coast Village Retirement Center in Cape Coral, Fla. 

Opal Ellen Black 
Opal Ellen Black, 75, Mt. Carmel, died Aug. 17, 2000, at her residence. 

Helen McClain Wetzel
Helen McClain Wetzel, 94, Mt. Carmel, died Oct. 29, 2000, at Wabash General Hospital. She was born, June 24, 1906, in Mt. Carmel, the daughter of James Hurbert and Anna (Sparks) McClain.

Mrs. Wetzel was a member of the Allendale Christian Church.

She married Charles Harry Wetzel, May 15, 1938, in Lawrenceville, He preceded her in death Nov. 19, 1971.

Surviving are a nephew, James Puswaskis, Bourbonnais, and a niece, Donna Harenski, Clifton.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, two sisters, Lucille McClain and Margaret Puswaskis.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, at Highland Memorial Cemetery.

There will be no visitation. Short Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Reba Patton
Mary Reba Patton, 85, of Keensburg, died at 4 p.m. Sunday Nov. 5, 2000, at Oak View Heights Rehabilitation Center in Mt. Carmel.

Robert E. Griesemer
Word has been received of the death of Robert E. Griesemer, 78, of Carlsbad, N.M., on Oct. 22, 2000, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas.

Jamie Janee Cessna Ault
Jamie Janee Cessna Ault, 23, died at 4:22 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

She was born, May 25, 1977, in Olney, the daughter of Robert and Tammy (Reeves) Cessna.

She married Jesse Ault Aug. 23, 1996, in Lawrenceville.

She was a member of the Calvary Apostolic Church of Lawrenceville and active in its ministry. Jamie was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband; daughter, Angel, 3; two sons, Grant, age 2 and Aric, age 1, all at home; her father, Robert Cessna of Mt. Carmel; step-mother, Becky Cessna; mother, Tammy Reeves, Lawrenceville; one brother, Gary Reeves of Emison, Ind.; a half-brother, Arron McKinney; a half-sister, Mary Cessna of Mt. Carmel; a step-brother, Richard Strainer of Mt. Carmel and a step-sister, Heather Strainer of St. Francisville.

Friends may call Tuesday, Feb. 6, 6-9 p.m. and Wednesday at 1 p.m. until service hour (at the church).

Services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 7 at Calvary Apostolic Church, East of Lawrenceville; Pastor Jason Donaldson and Pastor Kyle Stoops officiating.

Burial will be in City Cemetery, Lawrenceville.

Memorials may be made to the Calvary Apostolic Church through the Smith Funeral Home.

Irene Reiber
Irene Reiber, 95, of Remington, Ind., died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2001, at 1:20 p.m. at the George Ade Memorial Health Care Center, Brook, Ind. 

Robert "Bob" McGuire 
Robert "Bob" McGuire, age 70, died April 9, 2001, in Gillette, Wyo. after a brief illness. 

William E. Crabtree
William E. Crabtree, 83, of Owensville died at 6:05 p.m. Sunday at the Owensville Convalescent Center.

He was born on Feb. 11, 1918, in Gibson County, Ind. He was preceded in death by his parents, James I. and Dessie (Smiley) Crabtree; and his wife, Rita (Smith) Crabtree in 1986.

He retired from Lappe Heating and Air Company in Evansville.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Davis; and a son, Donald Crabtree of Owensville; two sisters, Iva Robinson of Owensville and Gladys Gish of Evansville; four grandchildren, Todd, Derrick, Doug and Jannaria Crabtree; and two great-grandchildren, Kaci and Tyler Crabtree. 

Graveside services will be held Monday, June 25 at 2 p.m. at the Owensville Cemetery. Rev. Bob Douglas will officiate.

There will be no visitation at Holder Funeral Home in Owensville.

Donald R. Leach 
Donald R. Leach, 59, Marion, Ill., formerly of Mt. Carmel, died June 10, 2001, in Windsor, Canada.

Mary Veronica Renck
Mary Veronica Renck, 91, Mt. Carmel, died June 14, 2001, at Shurtleff Manor Nursing Home.

Juanita Stice "Gran Gran" Allen
Juanita Stice "Gran Gran" Allen, 93, Mt. Carmel, died April 16, 2001, at Wabash General Hospital. 

She was born, Jan. 14, 1908, in Knox County, Ind., the daughter of the late Orie and Cynthia (Smith) Williams.

Mrs. Allen was a homemaker.

She married John A. Allen on Oct. 13, 1943, in Vincennes, Ind. and he preceded her in death.

Survivors include two sons, Jack (Angeline) Stice, St. Cloud, Minn.; Terry (Hazel) Allen, Mt. Carmel; two daughters, Bette Durland, Tampa, Fla.; Gloria (Jesse) Dixon, Dyer, Ind.; 11 grandchildren and several great- and great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband and a brother, Claude Williams.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at Lawrenceville City Cemetery in Lawrenceville.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Short Funeral Home in Mt. Carmel.

Mrs. Allen was a special lady and loved by many.

Marguerita J. Holsen
Marguerita J. Holsen, 91, of Allendale, died Sunday, April 15, 2001.

She was born Aug. 28, 1909, in St. Francisville, the daughter of J. Clint and Harriet (Schafer) Robinson.

Mrs. Holsen graduated from Lawrenceville High School, attended Eureka College and received her BA degree from Oakland City College. She was an elementary teacher with the Allendale Schools for 17 years, and a member of the Allendale First Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands Dwight L. King and Frederick Holsen; foster sister, Hattie Schafer Canedy; and ex-husband Delbert Saxe.

She is survived by three daughters, Diane C. (King) Gay and husband William D. of Tucson, Ariz., Mary L. (King) Taujillo of Las Vegas, N.M.; and Norma Jean (Saxe) Colborn of Indianapolis, Ind.; brother, Conrad Robinson and wife Wanda of Mt. Carmel; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 19, at the Allendale Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ingram Funeral Home in Allendale.

Jeannette C. Ensor 
Jeannette C. Ensor, 81, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001, at 9:45 p.m. at the Lawrence County Memorial Hospital.

Joseph Amrol 
Joseph Amrol, 86, died Aug. 10, 2001, at Wabash General Hospital. 

Minnie Goldman Miser 
Minnie Goldman Miser, 70, died Aug. 9, 2001, at Leesburg Regional Medical Center from respiratory failure. 

Donovan David Balding 
Donovan David Balding, 65, of Effingham, Ill., formerly of Albion, died at 3:17 a.m. on Friday, August 10, 2001, at the St. Anthony Hospital in Effingham.

Joan R. Xanders Mace 
Joan R. Xanders Mace, 75, of Edwardsville, Ill., formerly of Mt. Carmel, died Aug. 11, 2001 at her residence.


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