Miscellaneous Warren County, Illinois Obituaries


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Ulysses A. “Bud’’ Faralli
Ulysses A. “Bud’’ Faralli, age 78, of Freeport, Illinois, formerly of Abingdon, passed away at 6:38 a.m. Friday, April 16, 1999 at the Freeport Memorial Hospital in Freeport, Illinois. He was born January 30, 1921 in Farmington, Illinois, the son of Antonio and Julia Forneris Faralli. He married Dorothy Helen Kennedy on September 11, 1948 in Galesburg, Illinois. She survives. Other survivors include one son, Anthony (Veronica) Faralli, Moline, Illinois; two daughters, Kathleen (Michael) Cafferata, Dupo, Illinois and Amy (John) Grider, Freeport, Illinois; five grandchildren,Gina Faralli, Katherine and Matthew Cafferata, and Abigail and Zachery Grider and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Patrick Joseph Faralli, several aunts, uncles, sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws. He graduated from Abingdon High School with the class of 1939 and attended the University of Illinois and Knox College in Galesburg. He served in the US Army during WW II as a medic in the 121st EVAC. He was part of many front line invasions in the Pacific Theatre. He was also part of the Occupational force of Japan after the war ended. After the war, he and his wife made their home in Abingdon where he was a small business owner for over 50 years. He first started with his father at Faralli’s Billiard Parlor in downtown Abingdon. He then became owner of the K&G Grocery Store where he sponsored many Little League Baseball Teams. He later became the owner of Bud’s Package Liquor Store on Rt. 41 in Abingdon until retiring in 1984. He was a charter member of Abingdon Kiwanis Club, where he was involved in many activities that included the widening of Rt. 41. He was also a charter member of Abingdon Chamber of Commerce, was Director of Civil Defense during the Cold War, and was instrumental in the development of Abingdon Nursing Home. He was a very active member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Abingdon and served on the building committee for construction of Sacred Heart Church in the early 1960’s Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Abingdon with Father Francis Oman officiating. Burial was in Abingdon Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Abingdon American Legion Post 381. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Chapel in Abingdon was in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Abingdon, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Dupo, Illinois; St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and St. Joseph Catholic Church, both in Freeport, Illinois.

Maxine Frakes
Maxine M. Frakes, age 80, of Avon, passed away at 7:50 a.m. Sunday, April 25, 1999, at Abingdon Blue Bell Towers in Abingdon. Born June 25, 1918, in Plymouth to Randolph and Myrel Waymack Daniels, she married Lucius Arvien Frakes on March 17, 1934, in Missouri. He passed away May 13, 1973. One son and one brother also preceded her in death. Surviving are five grandchildren, Dennis Frakes, of Denver and Daniel Frakes, Alan Frakes, Sandy Frakes and Julie Sloan, all of Avon; and 14 great-grandchildren. She operated the Industry Restaurant in Industry for seven years. She then worked for Gale Products from 1958 to 1978. She later was a cook at Avon Nursing Home. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Greenbush Cemetery in Greenbush with Rev. Rick Kerr officiating. Corman Memorial Home in Avon was in charge of the arrangements.

Lyle E. Gray
Lyle E. Gray, 86, a resident of the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb, died at 4:46 a.m. April 26, 1999, in McDonough District Hospital. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 29, in the First Baptist Church at Macomb with the Rev. Gerald Seabaugh officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens at Macomb. The family were to receive friends from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, in Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the YMCA Senior Citizens Center. He was born on Aug. 8, 1912, in Raritan Township, the son of Earl and Beulah Perrine Gray. He married Nina Heap on May 14, 1933. She died on July 27, 1958. He married Wanda Griffith on Dec. 28, 1958. She preceded him in death on Oct. 6, 1992. Survivors include sons Ron, Jim and Roger Gray, all of Macomb, and Dan Gray of Anderson, Iowa; a daughter, Mrs. Marlin (Elaine) France of Macomb; a stepson, Robert “Fear” Fosdyck of Macomb; 26 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Everett Heap and Harry Griffith of Macomb, and a sister-in-law, Louise Carver of Macomb. He was preceded in death by his parents, both wives and brothers, Orland and Eldon, who died as an infant. Gray moved in 1936 to Industry where he farmed and raised dairy cattle. He moved in 1963 to Macomb where he ran Gray’s F.S. for two years. He worked at WIU from 1964 to 1977, then worked at River Run Apartments from 1977 until his retirement in 1982. Gray was a member of the First Baptist Church in Macomb and was active in the YMCA Senior Citizens Center at Macomb.

Gatha L. McDonald
Gatha L. McDonald, 83, of Colchester, formerly of Swan Creek area, died at 2:26 p.m. Friday, April 23, 1999 in McDonough District Hospital. She was born on Nov. 2, 1915, in Brooklyn Township to Benjamin H. and Gertrude A. Fowler Hillyer. She married Grant Perterson. She later married Raymond McDonald. They are both deceased. She is also preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Delbert Hillyer and two sisters; Dorthea Schisler and Athaleen Hillyer. She is survived by one daughter; Marjorie Sullivan of Macomb, one brother; Willis Gale Hillyer of Shelbyville, TN, one sister; Maber Peterson of Roseville, a special friend; Leo Mowen of Roseville, two grandsons: Gene A. Moon of Lincoln and Marion Jay Moon of Macomb, one granddaughter; Brenda J. Vawter of Macomb, and five great-grandchildren; Ingrid Moon of Lombard, Alia and Alexander Moon of Lincoln, Jayson Moon of Macomb, and Jessica Vawter of Macomb. She lived in the Swan Creek and Roseville areas in Warren County most of her life. She worked as a homemaker for Home Health Care at the Warren Achievement Center in Monmouth. Funeral services were Monday in the Clugston-Tibbits Funeral Home. Burial was in Blackburn Cemetery near Brooklyn.

Edwin Davis
Edwin N. Davis, age 83, of 480 Scotch Elm Lane, Galesburg, passed away at 11:25 a.m. Friday, April 16, 1999, at his home. Born June 11, 1915, in Avon to William Earl and Bess Melton Davis, he married Virginia Trumpy on January 1, 1938, in Avon. She survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Robert (Susan) Lafferty of Oquawka, Mrs. A. William (Melinda) Ruttledge of St. Louis and Mrs. David (Cynthia) Leary of Singapore; three granddaughters; one brother of Avon; and one sister of Avon. A senior vice president of the former First Galesburg National Bank, he also was a director and secretary of the board of directors. He worked at Tompkins State Bank in Avon, the Bank of America in Hollywood, California and the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago. He was a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and the National Commercial Lending Graduate School at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. A former president of the Galesburg Chamber of Commerce and the Galesburg Club, he was a former member of the Galesburg Rotary Club and the Soangetaha Country Club. He was a former treasurer and board member of the Galesburg YMCA. At the time of his death, he was treasurer and director of Dundale Cemetery Company. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Private services were at Avon Cemetery with Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel in charge of arrangement. Memorials may be made to the Community Hospice of America or Galesburg Public Library.

Mary Jane Twomey
A “Mass of the Christian Burial” was held Monday, April 26 at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, for Mary Jane Twomey, 68, of Roseville. Fr. Ron Enderlin officiated and interment was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Monmouth. Ms. Twomey died Tuesday, April 20, 1999 in Sun Coast Hospital, Clearwater, FL. Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel, Monmouth, was in charge of arrangements, where visitation and the Rosary was said Sunday evening. In lieu of memorials, Mass cards and prayers will be appreciated. A daughter of Victor T. and Lucile (McElroy) Twomey, she was born in Macomb, on September 5, 1930. She leaves: two brothers, John E. (Mary) Twomey of Monmouth and Victor L. (Lucille) Twomey of Roseville; a sister, Norma L. (Charles) Kirkpatrick of Roseville; a sister-in-law, Melba Twomey of Roseville; and 22 nieces and nephews, namely-Kay Darlington, Moline; Linda Jones. Elburn; Vicky Gilmore, Carterville; Connie Grant and Jonna Young, both of Roseville; Mary Alice Addis of Brimfield; Holly Kociuba, Liberty Hill, TX; Charles E. Kirkpatrick of Algonquin; Lucy Dougherty of Bedford, TX; Susan Twomey, Sleepy Hollow; Marisa Silvestri of Sarasota, FL; Craig Twomey and Sarah Cunningham, both of Monmouth; Ellen Gerl of Lincoln City, OR; Elaine Segura of Stoughton, WI; Martha Wilson of Cedarburg, WI; Patti Parkins, John Twomey, Lori Lipes and Joni Colclasure, all of Roseville; Teri Missavage, Monmouth; Mark Twomey, Macomb; and 58 great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Loren Patrick Twomey; and a nephew, Joe Twomey.

Raymond E. Arnold
Funeral services for Raymond E. Arnold, 84, Sciota, were held Saturday, April 24 at 9 a.m. in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Raritan. Rev. Carl LoPresti officiated and interment was in St. Paul Catholic Cemetery, Macomb. Mr. Arnold died Thursday, April 22, 1999, at 6:52 a.m. in OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg. Corman Memorial Home, Roseville, was in charge of arrangements, where visitation, and the Rosary was said Friday evening. Memorials may be left to the Roseville Area Ambulance Service. The son of George and Susan Doran Arnold, he was born January 31, 1915 in Sciota. He married Edythe L. Gallahue, August 20, 1936 in St. Augustine, who passed away March 1, 1989. His parents and two brothers also preceded him in death. He leaves: a son, Kenneth Arnold of Raritan; four daughters, Dorothy Oaks of Princeton, Martha Martin of Prairie City, Susan Bushong of Monmouth, and Christine Argenbright of Blandinsville; a sister, Eleanor Mills, Abingdon; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Mr. Arnold was a lifelong resident of Sciota, where he farmed there and in Point Pleasant Township. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Raritan.

Jerald S. Gilbert
Last rites for Jerald S. Gilbert, 48, Morton, were held Friday, April 23, at 10 a.m. in the Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home. The Rev. Dr. Ed Gray officiated and interment was in Hirstein Cemetery. Mr. Gilbert died Monday, April 19, 1999, at his home. Memorials may be made to the Christian Business Men’s Committee. A son of DeWitt (Buck) and Louise Gilbert of Roseville, he was born July 23, 1950 in Burlington, IA. He leaves: his parents; a daughter, Lauren Gilbert of Morton; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Randy (Lesa) Reiman and Mrs. Stacey (Rhonda) Howard, both of Morton; two brothers, Dennis of Galesburg and J. Richard of Bushnell; and eight step-grandchildren. Mr. Gilbert was a pharmacist and owner of Ace Hardware/Our X Drugs in East Peoria. He was awarded his degree in pharmacy from Drake University, DesMoines, IA, in 1975. He was a member of Christian Business Men’s Committee in Morton.

Eva A. Ruth
Final rites for Eva A. Ruth, 86, Roseville, were held Tuesday, April 27, at 10 a.m. at Corman Memorial Home, Roseville. Interment was in Roseville Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Ruth died Sunday, April 25, 1999 at 4:15 a.m. in St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg. The daughter of David and May Alspaw Green, she was born September 27, 1912 in Littleton. She married Clarence E. Ruth, July 2, 1930, in Macomb, who passed away January 14, 1998. Her parents and a brother also preceded her in death. She leaves: a son, Robert Ruth of Dallas; two daughters, Eleanor Coulter and Virgene Goff, both of Roseville; two sisters, Lois McMullen and Lucille Perrin, both of Fair Oaks, CA; eight grandchildren and 15-great-grandchildren. A homemaker, Mrs. Ruth worked in a fruit packing plant in California for several years, and attended the Roseville Christian Church.

Dan G. Williamson
Dan G. Williamson, 68, of 12261 Oak Croft Trail, Laurinburg, NC, passed away on Thursday, April 22, 1999, at Duke Medical Center. Holy Eucharist was celebrated on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Laurinburg, NC with Vicar Jane Bruce officiating. Born April 22, 1931, in Hermon, IL, the son of the Otis and Mable Hedley Williamson. He married Jacqueline Luper. She survives. Also surviving are three sons and their wives, Todd and Lourdes Williamson of Washington, DC, Eric and Karen Williamson of Laurinburg, and Hans and Kim Williamson of Glen Ellyn, IL; a sister, Catherine Lagnese of Abingdon, IL; a brother, Tom Williamson of Richmond, VA,; seven grandchildren: Daniel, Lauren, Alexandra, Matthew, Aaron, Christopher and Richard. He was preceded in death by his parents. He was a graduate of Avon High School, the Caterpillar Apprentice program, and Bradley University. Dan retired from Butler Manufacturing after 35 years of service. He was a member of St. David’s Episcopal Church. He was also an engineer for the John Blue Cotton Blossom Railroad, a hobby for several men, who do restoration work. Memorials may be made to: St. David’s Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall Building Fund, Azure Court at Covington St., Laurinburg, NC 28352 or the John Blue Cotton Blossom Railroad, P.O. Box 187, Laurinburg, NC 28353.

John Wilcoxen
John T. Wilcoxen, age 78, of Galesburg, formerly of Viola, passed away at 8:50 p.m.Tuesday, April 20, 1999, at Knox County Nursing Home in Knoxville. Born March 12, 1921, in Fulton County to Arnold and Maggie Barker, he married Lena Mae Mason on October 18, 1941, in Kahoka, Missouri. He later married Marilyn Lee Ebbert on July 29, 1959, in Bryant. She passed away July 30,1997. He also was preceded in death by one son, Jerry Wilcoxen, four brothers and five sisters. Surviving are four daughters, Sharon McDonald and Sandra Ward, both of Canton, Ruth Fluke, Berwick and Rita Hofer of Seaton; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one brother, Hubert of Knoxville; and two sisters, Leona VanHouten of Knoxville and Charlotte Mayberry of Bryant. An employee of John Deere Plow and Planter in Moline for 21 years, he retired in 1984. He attended Viola United Methodist Church. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton with Rev. Jay Cowell officiating. Burial was in Apple Cemetery in rural Lewistown. Memorials may be made to Knox County Nursing Home.

Marie Hawk
Marie R. Hawk, age 83, of Roseville, passed away at 5:55 a.m. Wednesday, April 28, 1999, at Community Medical Center in Monmouth. Born February 24, 1916, near Smithshire in Warren County to Roscoe F. and Minnie Caroline Hall Ross, she married Harry A. Hawk, on October 20, 1934, in Roseville. He preceded her in death on July 8, 1982. She was also preceded in death by one grandson, three sisters and three brothers. Surviving are two sons, Leroy of Avon and Rick of Moline; one daughter, Mrs. Ivan (Linda) Martin of Raritan; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and two sisters, Norma Hollenberg of Roseville and Marjorie Markley of Knoxville. She was a member of Asbury Methodist Church. Services were held at 1 p.m. Friday at Asbury Cemetery. Corman Memorial Home in Roseville was in charge of the arrangements.

Miriam Darlington
Miriam Howe Wilson Darlington, born December 6, 1920 in Cambridge, Mass., passed away Thursday, April 29, 1999 in her home in Niles, Ohio, of complications from severe pneumonia. Miriam the wife of Dr. Oscar G. Darlington, retired Dean of Liberal Arts at Ohio Northern University, married December 31, 1938, celebrated a 60th wedding anniversary this past December 31, 1998, with all nine children and their families being present. Miriam, taught at home by her parents, Rev. Arthur E. Wilson and Louisa Spear Wilson, attended Radnor High School in Wayne, Pennsylvania, finishing in 1938 at the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. As a girl she was an excellent pianist in Massachusetts as a concert pianist and composer. She wrote extensively for national parenting magazines while her children were little. The Darlingtons are parents of nine children, Helen Scalzi, in Colorado; Dawn Tallman in Champion, Ohio; Mahlon, violinist in Ames, Iowa; Phoebe Reed in Kenton, Ohio; Lynette DePaoli an artist in Verona, Italy; Gerbert a clergyman in Lima, Ohio; Eunice Hutson, co-owner of Eagle Publications, Macomb, Illinois, publishers of the Abingdon Argus, Avon Sentinel, Roseville Independent and Macomb Eagle; Emily-Jane Stuart in San Antonio, Texas; Bernice Brady in Saugerties, New York. Miriam Darlington owned and operated Darlington’s Bridal Shop in Niles, Ohio since 1988, and for twelve years before that in Lima, Ohio, custom making countless special dresses. She always told the brides, “It’s not how you look, but what you say at the altar that’s important,’’ and looked at her talent as a gift from God to minister to others. She was a Republican precinct poll worker, member of the D.A.R., The Research Club, First Presbyterian Church in Niles and Gideons International Auxiliary. A sister, Phoebe Wilson is deceased. She has 16 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. One grandson is deceased. A memorial service for family and friends was held Monday, May 3 at 2 p.m. in the Niles Presbyterian Church on Robbins Ave. The family request material tributes go to the Trent Hutson Memorial scholarship fund in care of Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home, W. Park Ave., Niles, OH 44446.

Barbara Janes
Barbara D. Janes, age 85, of 550 East Carl Sandburg Drive, Galesburg, passed away at 7:06 a.m. Saturday, May 1, 1999, at Seminary Manor Nursing Home. Born July 27, 1913, in Avon to Dr. Ernest E. and Frances Ross Davis, she married Fred L. Janes on June 2, 1937, in Avon. He passed away March 29,1980. Two brothers and two sisters also preceded her in death. Surviving are three daughters, Julia Eyre, of Oak Run, Elizabeth Peterson of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Jennifer Ross Janes Lowe, of Minot, North Dakota; and four grandchildren. She attended Duke University, Millikin University in Decatur and Western Illinois University in Macomb. She was a member of Universalist Church in Avon, the Portia Club of Avon and the Avon Public Library Board. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation was accorded. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Avon Public Library or to Habitat for Humanity.

Denice Newell
Denice “Denny” Newell, 65, of Macomb, died at 4:24 a.m. Saturday, May 8, 1999, in McDonough District Hospital. She was born Nov. 20, 1933, at Saginaw, Mich., to Malcom J. and Isabel Reinhart McMullen. She married Robert W. Newell on June 22, 1957, in Saginaw, Mich. He died May 14, 1996. She is survived by her sons, Daniel of Nashville, Tenn., Peter of Waverly, Iowa, Gregory of San Francisco, Calif., and Michael of Chicago; a daughter, Amy of Macomb; four grandsons and one granddaughter. She was a graduate of Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wis. She taught English in Wisconsin and Michigan in her early life and was a substitute teacher at St. Paul’s School in Macomb. She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church where she was a Catechist and taught in the RCIA Program. She was a member of St. Paul’s Women’s Guild and served on the Advisory Board of Catholic Social Services. She was also a Birthright volunteer. Services were Tuesday in St. Paul’s Catholic Church with Father Richard Pricco officiating. Burial was in St. Paul’s Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Church.

Thomas Sailer
Thomas C. Sailer, an Illinois native who flew with the Flying Tigers in World War II and for Air America in Vietnam, passed away April 27, 1999, in Knob Hill Convalescent Center. He was 80. He was born July 14, 1918, in St. Augustine, Illinois, the son of Clare T. and Margaret Kennedy Sailer. He married Zena Flayer in 1949 in Shanghai, China. Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Peggy Malcolm, Andover, MO; one son, Douglas Sailer, in Luxembourg; three sisters, Kathleen Boone, St. Augustine, Betty Sailer, Des Moines, Iowa, and Virginia Pica, Fort Washington, MD; one brother, Philip Sailer, Rock Island, Illinois; two grandsons, and nieces and nephews. He was graduated from Avon High School in 1937. He attended Army Air Force School at Texas A&M University. Mr. Sailer’s career as a pilot included service with Gen. Claire L. Chennault’s Flying tigers, an American volunteer force that fought the Japanese in World War II, and flying in Vietnam for Air America. Air America, reputed to be a commercial service, was widely reported to be financed by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Mr. Sailer was stationed in Saigon when it fell to the Communists in April 1975, and flew one out of the last plane loads of refugees to Hong Kong. Mr. Sailer’s story was told in an article in the April 21,1985 edition of The Washington Post Magazine. It said, in part: “On April 28, I was sitting around my apartment-on Cong Ly Street-with nothing much to do. “That night there was an attack on the airport. My apartment was on the sixth floor of the building and out the window I could see out near Tansonnhut and it was just a sea of flames out there.I had several Air America pilots over for dinner that night and several of them said that they thought they’s never see their aircraft again. “That night we watched the shelling of the city from the roof of my apartment building. My building was supposed to be a rescue point if it ever got really bad. And that night we thought it was getting pretty bad. We sat around and talked until pretty late in the night. And the other pilots said they thought it would be best if they stayed at my place that night. So they did. “We got up the morning of the 29th, and we were sitting around the table having breakfast, when all of a sudden we heard a chopper approaching..Now the big evacuation was on. As we heard that chopper coming in, we ran out the door and up to the roof. He had already landed there. And he told us, “We’re getting out. Right now. Bring one bag.’’ We were told that all hell had broken loose at the airport. They had been shelled and bombed and sniped at an now some of the Vietnamese were stealing our choppers and taking off in them. Everything was going. “They dropped us off on the ground next to a C-46 and told us to get on board. We did just that.We scrambled onto the plan, started the engines and just started rolling..When I taxied out onto the runway, I saw a line of C-130s all ablaze and people lying dead on the ground around them. Then, as I was coming up the nearest intersection, here came a little French car. It pulled up right in front of me, just like he was preparing to ram. And a Vietnamese major got out. He signaled to me that he wanted to go out with us..My copilot, a kind of hot-headed guy, said, “I’m going back and shoot that guy. He’s a deserter.’’ And I said, “Ah, hell. Let’s take him. It’s all over here anyway.’’ And we threw the ladder down for him and he came on board.. I could have left him there, I suppose. But I really thought we should take him. At the moment it seemed like the right thing to do.. “We took off toward the west because of a westerly wind at the time. Then I turned and headed southeast toward the nearest water. The main thing was to get over the water, so we would be safe from ground fire and SAMs. My last look at Vietnam was through broken clouds as we turned. I looked down and it looked peaceful. Then I headed for Hong Kong.’’ Mr. Sailer’s family moved later to San Francisco. He retired from flying in 1984. Cremation was accorded. A memorial will be held later.

Lois M. Geltmacher
Mrs. Lois M. Geltmacher, 88, of 230 W. State St., Good Hope, died Thursday, May 6, 1999, at 2:27 p.m. in McDonough District Hospital at Macomb. She was born on Feb. 17, 1911, in Macomb, the daughter of Henry T. and Orral Conger Lusk. She married Harry T. Geltmacher on July 3, 1933, in Edwardsville. He died March 21, 1998. Survivors include sons, Harold of Bolivar, Mo., and Larry of Ponte Verde Beach; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and one brother, Ray Lusk of Good Hope. She was preceded in death by one brother, James “Jay” Lusk. She taught school in rural Good Hope and was a member of the Good Hope Order of the Eastern Star. Graveside services were Saturday in the Good Hope Cemetery with the Rev. Ron Green officiating. Sargent-Worthington Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Good Hope Rescue Squad or McDonough District Hospital.

Margaret Dowell
Margaret J. Dowell, 77, of Swedenberg Road, Knoxville, passed away at 8:10 p.m. Friday, May 7, 1999, at Galesburg Cottage Hospital in Galesburg. Born August 2, 1921, in Akron, Colorado, to Frances and Faye Berry Lyon, she married George E. Dowell on September 23, 1945, in Galesburg. He survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Rick (Carolyn) Varner of Berwick and Mrs. Jim (Judy) Rutledge of Galesburg; two sons, Kenneth of Lathrup Village, Michigan, and James of Spokane, Washington; one brother, Robert Lyon of Kent, Ohio; six grandchildren; one step grandchild; two great grandchildren and one great grandson. She worked at Rock Island Arsenal during World War II. She then worked at the Knox County Nursing Home in the crafts department. She was a member of United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Knoxville United Methodist Women and the Ruth Wiertzema Circle. She also was a member of New Horizons of Knoxville and the Western Illinois Antique Car Club. She was a volunteer at In-Touch in Galesburg. Services were held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home in Knoxville with Rev. David Hultberg officiating. Burial was in the Knoxville Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church elevator fund.

Brenda Schreffler
Brenda Schreffler, age 49, of 807 East Hail Street, Bushnell, Illinois, passed away at 5:38 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, 1999, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born November 1, 1949, in St. Joseph, Missouri, to John and Mardella Reed Goad, she married Harry Schreffler on January 14, 1966, in Prairie City. He survives. Also surviving are her mother of Bushnell; one son, John of Bushnell; two daughters, Mrs. Bill (Misty) Morey of Marietta and Mrs. Chad (Angie) Sharp of Prairie City; two granddaughters; one brother, Larry Goad of Canon City, Colorado; two nephews; and one niece. She was preceded in death by her father, one granddaughter and one step granddaughter. She worked at Bridgeway in Macomb for several years. Services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Martin-Hollis Funeral Home with Rev. Norman Waligora officiating. Burial was in Bushnell Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Bethphage Homes.

Cleo Smith
Cleo M. Smith, 82, of Avon, passed away at 1:50 p.m. Sunday, May 9, 1999 at St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg. Born August 17, 1916, in Greenbush to Clete C. and Eunice Trulock Smith, he married Irma Hutchings on February 17, 1940, in Kahoka, Missouri. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Jim “Corky’’ of Houston; one daughter, A. Sue Baxter of Park Forest; four sisters, Wanda Sandburg of Abingdon, Mary Louise Baker of Galesburg, Jane Wall of Avon and Beverly Majors of Stockton; six grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. One brother, one grandson and one great-grandson preceded him in death. He worked for American Sanitary from 1940 to 1955. He then worked for Gale Products for 26 years before retiring. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Corman Memorial Home in Avon with the Reverend Jon Prain officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Babbitt Cemetery Association.

Mary Ruth Rexroat
Mary Ruth Rexroat, 76, of 7760 N. 1200th Road, Colchester, died at 4:12 p.m., Sunday, May 9, 1999, in McDonough District Hospital. She was born Oct. 25, 1922, in Macomb, the daughter of Adolph and Mary Strickland Hare. She married William G. “Bill” Rexroat on Sept. 3, 1946, in Macomb. He survives. She is survived by a son, John Rexroat of Colchester; a daughter, Teresa Rexroat of Macomb; four grandchildren; brothers, Jim Hare of Bella Vista, Ark., and Lee Hare of Macomb, and sisters, Martha Hare of Tucson, Ariz., and Margie Peitzmeier of Metropolis. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and three sisters. She worked for Illinois Porcelain, Sears, and Montgomery Wards in Macomb, and retired from WIU as a payroll clerk. She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church and the McDonough County Genealogical Society. Arrangements were handled by Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. Services took place Wednesday in St. Paul’s Church with Father Richard Pricco officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Church or the McDonough County Genealogical Society.

Alma (King) Justus McManus
Alma (King) Justus McManus, 85, of 2146 N. Highway 96, Nauvoo, died at 11:50 p.m. Thursday, May 6, 1999, at Keokuk Area Hospital. She was born Jan. 4, 1914, in Colchester to Moses and Effie Butterfield King. She married Arthur Justus in February 1937. She married Niel McManus in July 1965. He died in 1981. She is survived by her daughters, Janet George of Keokuk, Iowa and Judy O’Chel of Mobile, Ala.; a step-son, Craig McManus of Davenport, Iowa; a step-daughter, Carol Davis of Long Grove, Iowa; 14 grandchildren and several great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, three sisters, two grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Mrs. McManus graduated from Western Illinois State Teachers College in Macomb in 1936. She had lived most of her life in the Colchester, Macomb and Nauvoo areas. She taught school at Macomb Senior High from 1948 until 1962 and was also the school librarian. She was a member of the Illinois Teachers Association. Clugston-Tibbits Funeral Home of Macomb was in charge of arrangements. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Rev. Lori Harvey officiated at graveside services held Monday at Oakwood Cemetery.

Marguerite N. Martin
Marguerite N. Martin, 98, of Macomb died at 3:55 a.m. Saturday, May 8, 1999, at the Heartland Health Care Center. She was born April 25, 1901, to William and Maude Avery Saffell of Macomb. She married Hansel L. Martin on Oct. 21, 1925, in Macomb. He died Jan. 6, 1994. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Monninger of Bloomington; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents. Mrs. Martin was a lifelong resident of Macomb and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church of Macomb. Funeral services were Tuesday at Dodworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home in Macomb with the Rev. Mark Myers officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Heartland Health Care Center.

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