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    Leona Louise Sewing

    Leona Louise  Sewing, 97, of Mt. Olive​ died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, at 7 p.m. at Heritage Health of Staunton. She was born​ April 29, 1922 in Livingston Township, a daughter of the late  Herman Sievers​ and Minnie Schoenemann. She married Victor Theodore Sewing Sept. 26, 1948 at Braunswager Church, Livingston. Leona attended Braunswager Grade School in Livingston and was employedas a farm wife. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mt. Olive, and the church’s Lydia Circle and Lydia Circle Quilters​. She also was a home mother for FHA​, a gifted seamstress, loved her garden and loved playing cards  with her card club.​ Survivors include a son,…

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    Kenneth Morland Broyles

    Kenneth Morland Broyles, 80, of Wilsonville, passed away Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 at 6:43 a.m. at the Hillsboro Rehab and Health Care Center in Hillsboro. He was born on Oct. 6, 1939 in Winfield, Mo., a son of Morland and Eveline (Eschbach) Broyles. Mr. Broyles was a career veteran of the United States Military, having served for 25 years and retired in 1990 as an E-8 Master Sargent. Kenny married the former Joyce Winslow Sept. 1, 1962 in Carrollton. She preceded him in death on October 26, 2017. He graduated from Brussels High School. He enjoyed fishing, playing guitar, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was…

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    Caroline Masinelli

    Caroline Masinelli, 78, of Hillsboro, formerly of Wilsonville, died Sunday, Dec. 1, at Hillsboro Rehab & Healthcare, Hillsboro. Caroline was born July 8, 1941 in Carlinville. Her mother was Angelina Bertoletti. She married Albert Masinelli Oct. 15, 1956. He passed away in Oct. 31, 2006. She is survived by her children, Elaine Odle of Taylor Springs, Karen Masinelli of Missouri, Randy, Brian and Allen Masinelli of Wilsonville, Mark Masinelli of Carlinville, Debbi Harvel of Staunton, Angie Taylor of Florida, Tim Masinelli of Edwardsville, Jason Masinelli of Wilsonville and Albert Masinelli Jr. of Roxanna, 20 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother, husband and an infant…

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    Jeannie Teremoana Lam Yuen

    Jeannie  Teremoana Lam Yuen, 35​, of Louisville, Ky. died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, 11:08 p.m. at her residence. She was born July 10, 1984 in American  Samoa, the daughter of  David and Judith Arama Boccaleoni​. She attended school in Mt. Olive and was a member of Ponsonby Church  and Pathfinders.​ Her occupation was a homemaker​. She was a member of the United States Air Force.​ Survivors include a partner,  Charles M. Jett; two sons, Kellen Aramar Jett and  Michael Arama Jett; two brothers, Abraham A. Lam Yuen and Antonio A. Boccaleoni; three sisters, Jacqueline T. Lam Yuen, Adeira F. Lam Yuen and  Clarissa S. Lam Yuen; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Arama; …

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    Jerome “Butch” Scheller

    Jerome Paul “Butch” Scheller, 81, of Mt. Olive died Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, 1:10 p.m. at his residence in Mt. Olive. ​ He was born Jan. 3, 1938 in Mt. Olive, the son of the late Louis Wesley Scheller and Pearl Lillian Lehman​. Jerome married Janet Marion Korunka June 8, 1957 at First United Methodist Church, Mt. Olive. She preceded him in death Feb. 12, 2008. Jerome attended  Mt. Olive Public Grade School and graduated from Mt. Olive High School with the Class of 1956.​ He was a supervisor for the Illinois State Police, Litchfield, until his retirement.​ ​His interests included gardening and outdoors actvities, such as trapping, fishing and…

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    Erwin A. Behme

    Erwin A. “Erv” Behme, 88, of Carlinville, passed away Sunday morning,  Dec. 1, 2019 at Heritage Health Care in Carlinville. Erwin was born Jan. 4, 1931 to Henry C. and Clara (Rhodes) Behme in Carlinville. On February 13, 1954 he married Barbara Beasley at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Carlinville. Erwin retired after 49 years from Prairie Farms Dairy in Carlinville as a maintenance supervisor. Erv served his country as an Airman Second Class in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of Ss Mary and Joseph Catholic Church in Carlinville, B.P.O.E. No. 1412 and American Legion Guy Baird Post No. 554. He loved to…

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    Richard “RC” Elliott

    Richard “RC” Elliott, 92, of Bunker Hill, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019 at Heritage Health of Staunton. He was born August 11, 1927 in Montgomery County, Tennessee. He was the eldest child to the late Gullie E. and Elizabeth (Elrod) Elliott.  RC served his country in the U.S. Army and was discharged in February 1947.  On February 8, 1947 in Hopkinsville, Ky., he married Lena Maxine Forsythe. They relocated to the Alton area where RC was employed at the Alton Box Board until retiring in 1982. He and his wife moved to the Bunker Hill area in 1960 where they resided until death. RC was an avid Cardinal…

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    Ina M. Traylor

    Ina May (Walden) Traylor, 98, passed away Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, at her home in Virden. Ina was born Nov. 27, 1921, in rural Girard. She was the daughter of Carl and Alma Walden. She grew up in Girard and graduated from high school in 1939. Ina attended Brown Business College before marrying Norman (Red) Traylor June 28, 1942. Surviving are her four daughters, Connie (John) Browning of Louisiana Mo., Carla (Don) Scofield of Round Lake Beach, Cathy (Bruce) Paisley of Virden and Caren (Lyndell) Payne of Auburn. She is also survived by one brother, Eldon Walden of Girard; 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and three great great-grandchildren. She was preceded…

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    Norma J. Glassbrenner

    Norma J. Glassbrenner, 90, of Plainview died at Heritage Health of Litchfield Friday, Nov. 29 at 1:22 p.m. She was born Aug. 18, 1929, in Fieldon, to Charles Narup and Catherine (Mossman) Narup. She married Fred E. Glassbrenner Jan. 10, 1953 in Fieldon. He preceded her in death on Nov. 1, 1986.  She worked for the Ben Franklin Store in Bunker Hill for many years, before her retirement in 2002. Norma was a 1947 graduate of Jersey Community High School.  She is survived by her children, Karen (Steve) Bender of Williamsville; Patti Updike of Saint Charles, Mo.; Ann (John) Hilderbrand of Alton; Ralph (Paula) Glassbrenner of Plainview; Paul (Beth) Glassbrenner…

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    Joann R. Foiles

    Joann R. Foiles 88, of Shipman passed away at 8:24 a.m Sunday, Dec. 1, at her home. She was born Aug. 9, 1931, in Plainview, daughter of the late Joseph and Viola (Bullman) Hackney. She married Quentin Foiles Sept. 3, 1948, in Gillespie. They moved to what is now Rutherford Road in 1950. She was told that this marriage would never last due to her young age and “they“ were partially right. It only lasted 60-plus years due to Quentin’s passing away on Feb. 5, 2009.  She was a current member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Shipman and a past member of the Ladies ATA organization in Shipman. Her…

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    Marian M. Gwillim

    Marian M. Gwillim, 89, of Shipman, passed away at 11:46 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, at Alton Memorial Hospital. She was born Aug. 3, 1930, in Piasa, to the late Edwin D. and Stella M. (Schaefer) Lowis. On October 14, 1948, she married Donald D. Gwillim in Medora. He survives. Her family will remember her love for hymnal music and gardening, and in her younger years, sewing and crocheting. She taught Sunday School and played the organ and piano at church. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Brighton. She will be missed by her husband, Donald; her children, Steven (Melea) Gwillim, Diana (David) Brueggemann, James (Kathleen) Gwillim;…

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    Orville H. Johnson

    Orville H. Johnson, 95, of Nokomis passeed away Sunday, Nov. 24, at noon at Tremont Ridge, Hillsboro. Orville, the son of Henry F. and Ruth E. Buse Johnson was born Feb. 20, 1924 in Greenwood Township, Nokomis. He married Dorothy V. Lange June 15, 1947 at the United Church of Christ in Carlinville. She passed away Feb. 27, 2019. He is survived by sons Duane (Christy) Johnson and David Johnson, and daughter, Delores; grandchildren Kyle, Karen, Dayna and Adam; and great-grandchildren Owen, Logan and Evan. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, his parents and brothers, Eldon, Wayne and Ronald Johnson. Services were held Nov. 30 at St.…

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    Barbara R. Carruthers

    Barbara Ruth Carruthers, 86, of Girard passed away Friday afternoon, Nov. 22, 2019 at Carlinville Area Hospital in Carlinville. Barbara was born June 11, 1933 to Joseph H. and Mae (Binderman) Keiserman in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from Charleston High School, West Virginia with the Class of 1951 and attended college in Fullerton, Calif. Barbara served in the U.S. Army (Wac), stationed in Alburquerque, New Mexico during Vietnam. Barbara was an administrative assistant at Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Research Center in Long Beach, Calif. She loved dancing, horseback riding, needlepoint and cooking. Barbara is survived by her daughter, Sharon (Randy) Pierson of Girard; son, Joseph (Rebecca) Carruthers of Vine…

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    Brian N. Cox

    Brian N. Cox, 44, of Sawyerville died in Staunton Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 at 5:20 p.m. He was born Nov. 23, 1974, in Litchfield, to Glen “Buzzy” R. Cox and Barbara A. (Olds) Cox.  He married Khara L. (Sies) Cox Dec. 23, 1994 in Carlinville. She survives. He was a correctional officer for FCI of Greenville. He also helped with the family farm. Brian was a veteran after having served with the U.S. Army. Brian was a member of the VFW Post No. 4547 of Gillespie. Brian belonged to the Recruitment Employment Program at FCI. He also belonged to the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation and was a member of the…

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    Thelma H. Graf Livingston

    Thelma H. Graf Livingston, 94, of Brighton, passed away at 8:53 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at her home. She was born June 8, 1925, in Louisville, Ky., to the late Thomas Irving and Bernice M. (Grice) Bumpus. In June 1955, Thelma married Charles J. Graf in Louisville. He preceded her in death in 1987. She later married Robert A. Livingston, also in Louisville, in July 1991. He passed away in 1999. Thelma attended St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Brighton. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Jeffersonville, Ind., and enjoyed making drapes and playing bridge. She will be dearly missed by her daughter, Stacie Rushing…

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    Lois M. Tipton

    Lois Maurine Tipton, 93 of Girard passed away Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at Sunrise Skilled Care and Rehab in Virden. Lois was born January 22, 1926, in Girard, a daughter of L.T. and Ethel F. Harshbarger Weddle. Lois graduated from Girard High School with the Class of 1944. She married Henry L. Tipton on May 12, 1946, (Mothers Day) at the home farm in Girard. Lois worked as a librarian for Girard Township Library for 25 years, retiring in 1996. She was a member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, Girard Women’s Club, National Historical Society, Board Member of the Lewis and Clark Library System and Church of the Brethern…

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    Sally L. Arbuthnot

    Sally L. (Beiser) Arbuthnot, 75, of Piasa passed away at 3:34 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at her home. She was born July 16, 1944, in Alton, daughter of the late William C., Jr. and Virginia (Stewart) Beiser. On Dec. 22, 1962, Sally married Jim C. Arbuthnot in Godfrey. He survives. Sally had a bright smile and the kindest heart that would fill up a room. She had the strongest love for her husband, daughters, and all of her family. She shared such a special bond with everyone, especially her grandchildren. She loved spending time with her family, going to her grandkids’ sports events, lunch with her granddaughters, and…

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    Shirley M. Knes

    Shirley Marcelean Knes, 93, of Mt. Olive died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, 4:47 a.m. at her son’s residence in Mt. Olive. She was born Nov. 26, 1925 in Mt. Olive, the daughter of Valentine J. Weidler          and Minnie Kleen Weidler​ She married Lawrence Joseph  Knes  Nov. 26, 1950 at Holy Trinity Church, Mt. Olive. He preceded her in death May 15, 1986​ She attended Immanuel Grade school and Mt. Olive High School and was a member of St. John Paul II, formerly Holy Trinity Catholic Church and also a member of The Altar & Rosary Society and the Holy Trinity Quilting Circle.  ​ She grew up…

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    “Tonka” Fred Conklin

    “Tonka” Fred E. Conklin graduated to his eternal home with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at his home with family by his side. Tonka Fred was born Nov. 20, 1948 in Carlinville, to John and Daisy Mae Conklin He married the love of his life Nov. 30, 1968 and shared 51 amazing years with Marie (Wiese) Conklin. They married in Carlinville, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. They resided in Carlinville where he sold insurance and played drums in his band. In 1986, Fred and Marie and children moved to the Lake of the Ozarks and purchased their own insurance agency and later became the owner of Tonka…

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    Jack B. Crider

    Jack B. Crider, 87, of Litchfield, died at his residence on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 at 4 a.m. He was born Oct. 4, 1932, in Wood River to James Crider and Zelma (Hogle) Crider. He married Jacquelyn R. (Effinger) Crider. He retired after having been a laborer for Laclede Steel.  Jack was a veteran of the U.S. Army after having served during the Korean conflict. He is survived by his spouse, Jackie Crider of Litchfield; children, Terry Crider of East Alton, Jack “Punker” (Christie) Crider of Alton and Suzy White of Florida; step children, David (Barb) Crispens of Litchfield, Debbie (Mike) Cerkoski of Florida, John (Kim) Laux of Brighton, Tina…

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    Elaine C. Caselli

    Elaine Caroline Caselli, 90, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019 at Cedarhurst Memory Care in Edwardsville. She was born Dec. 8, 1928 in Carlinville, the daughter of the late Delindo and Lena (Lenzi) Caselli. Elaine was preceded in death by her siblings and their spouses:  Irma (Mario) Bollini, Tiel Caselli, Edie (William) Morris and Guy Caselli and Eugene (Wanda) Caselli. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Jean (Guy) Caselli; nieces, Donna Goodwin, Carole (Robert) Lindner, Patricia Renkosewicz, Sherry (Ron) Kretsch, Janet (Larry) Gersch, and Jeanna (Bill) Supple; nephew, William Morris, Jr. and many great and great-great nieces and nephews. Elaine worked for Prairie Farms Dairy in Carlinville prior to working…

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    Ronald “R.D.” Woolfolk

    Ronald “R.D.” Woolfolk, 82, of Scottville, died Friday Nov. 15, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He was born Jan. 20, 1937 in Scottville, son of the late Charles and Gladys McCann Woolfolk, and had a wonderful childhood growing up with his brothers and sisters. On Oct. 3, 1956 he married the love of his life, Donna Ralston, and she survives. Also surviving are four daughters, Karen Woolfolk, Jo Blanton (Jeff) and Mary Cope (Steve Bridges) all of Scottville; and Linda Tomlinson (Allen) of Plainview; grandchildren, Amanda Kaufman, Sarah Wallace (Eric), Brian Blanton (Mary Elizabeth), Sam Cope and Jamie Emmons (Dave); great-grandchildren, Eric Michael, Marley, and Andy Wallace, Joe…

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    Wilma “Chris” Schoen

    Wilma “Chris” Schoen, 87, of Gillespie, died at her residence on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. She was born Sept. 2, 1932, in Auburn, to Christopher C. Allen and Rosie (Byers) Allen. She married Edward Schoen. He preceded her in death on August 25, 1991. She was a machine operator at Roller Derby and later a CNA at St. Francis Hospital.  She is survived by her sons, Michael (Pat) Schoen of Pennsylvania; Greg (Sharon) Schoen of Hillsboro; Mark (Jill) Schoen of Gillespie; Jeff Schoen of Gillespie; and Terry Schoen of Gillespie; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren. Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, spouse, grandsons, Kyle Schoen,…

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    Charles “Bill” Jennings

    Charles W. “Bill” Jennings, 91, of Greenfield, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019 at Hallmark Nursing Home in Carlinville.  He was born Sept. 15, 1928 in Macoupin County to Homer and Nancy (Hagan) Jennings. He married Mary Newton, June 1, 1948 at the Fayette Baptist Church. She preceded him in death on March 20, 2015. Surviving are two daughters, Mary Kay (deceased husband Ray) Ketchum of Carrollton and Barbara Tallman of Carlinville; one son, Charles E. “Chuck” Jennings of Greenfield; eight grandchildren, Ryan (Elizabeth) Ketchum, Cary (Karen) Ketchum, Jodi (Earl) Womas, Jaque Saffell, Allison (Bryan) Morehead, Noah Jennings, Marc Jennings and Luke (Crystal) Jennings; 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. He…

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    Susanne Day

    Susanne Day, 91, of Rossini Road, Shelter Harbor, Rhode Island, formerly of Springfield, died peacefully on Oct. 27, 2019 after a brief illness. She was born in Springfield Sept. 5, 1928, the daughter of the late Eugene G. and Esther (Whipple) Day. She was also preceded in death by her brother Eugene “Tony” Day Jr. She entered Springfield High School in Springfield and graduated from Ferry Hall School in Lake Forest. Susanne attended Pembroke College/Brown University and graduated with the Class of 1950. She was honored to serve as a junior counselor, president of the senior class, and was named the top woman athlete of the college at graduation. Sue…

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    Jill Loeschner

    Jill Lynnette Loeschner, 51 of Springfield, passed away Friday afternoon, Nov. 8, 2019, at Carlinville Rehab & Health Care in Carlinville. Jill was born October 18, 1968, in Baton Rouge, La., a daughter of Edward Butler and Carole Ferguson. Jill graduated from Girard High School with the class of 1986 . She married Dewey B. Morris in 1990 and Lonnie Loeschner in 1998. Jill  had worked as an assistant manager-clerk at Dollar General and Auto Zone in Kentucky. She truly enjoyed being a stay at home mom. She enjoyed crocheting, cooking, crossword puzzles. Her favorite pastime was watching the New Orleans Saints football team. Jill was preceded in death by…

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    Mary Rands

    Mary Geneva Rands, 93, of Carlinville, passed away Saturday morning, Nov. 9, 2019 at Heritage Health Care in Carlinville. Mary was born Dec. 13, 1925, in Avon, in Fulton County, a daughter of Oren Lyle (Jack) and Leora (Lyall) Wagner. She married Marvin Rands July 19, 1943, in Aberdeen, Md. where he was stationed in the service. They raised one son, Gregory Marvin Rands, and he passed away on May 5, 1985. Mary was employed by the Department of Public Aid, state of Illinois for 26 years and prior to that was a secretary for the Greenfield High School. Before moving to Carlinville in 2007, they resided at their farm…

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    Mary Ansell

    Mary Eugenia Ansell, 89, of Brighton passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, at Jerseyville Manor. She was born Jan. 18, 1930, in Alton, daughter of the late Bearlie and Vallie (Jackson) Starkey. On May 8, 1951, she married Sidney Ansell, in Alton. He preceded her in death in August of 1999. Mary enjoyed passing time by crocheting and doing crosswords. She loved her family so much, including her dogs. She will be missed by two daughters and their husbands, Linda and Edward Bodkins of Brighton; and Janice and Jim Klug of Brighton; three grandchildren, Stephanie Bodkins, Jimmy Klug, and Amy (Joe) Hubbard; and one great-grandson, Jacob Klug. In addition…

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    Victor Tigo

    Victor E. Tigo, 84, passed away Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, at Heritage Manor in Carlinville. He was born Aug. 7, 1935, to John and Lucy (Talbert) Tigo; both of whom preceded him in death. He married Jean Heinemeier Dec. 18, 1971; she also preceded him in death. Victor was a machine operator for Pennsylvania Machine Works, formerly Ketrings, over 30 years. He was also the owner and operator of a small engine repair shop. He enjoyed gardening and reading. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather who was very dedicated to his family. He is survived by his children, Bonnie Tigo and Jaime Knappenburger; grandchildren, Ashli (Steven) Asbury, Preston…

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    Mary Jo Reiher

    Mary Jo Reiher, 69, passed away at 2:45 a.m. Nov. 4 2019 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Charles, Mo. She was born on Jan. 13, 1950 in Carlinville, the daughter of Joseph and Gertrude (Guthrie) Reiher. Mary Jo was a dedicated teacher for 34 years in the East Alton School District where she taught for deaf-ed and elementary classes.  An advocate for her peers, she was an active member of the EAEA and IEA serving as Region 6 Chair. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, going on vacation, celebrating holidays with family and trips to the casino. Mary Jo is survived by a daughter and son-in-law,…