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    Evan Ray Downen

    Evan Ray Downen, 89, of Herrin passed away on Saturday August 25, 2018. He was born on January 17, 1929 in Christopher to Charles and Mammie (Webb) Downen. He is survived by his children Charles Avlbert Downen of Indianapolis, IN and Linda Carol Yedinak of Wentzville, MO; grandchildren Robert, JoAnne, Philip, Elizabeth, Charles “Hunter”, June, Kenneth, Francis, Cassandra, and Cathy; and eleven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Greg Downen, granddaughter Bethany, one sister Reba Cheatham, two brothers Leslie Downen and Charles Downen. He was an Army veteran serving during WWII. He worked for Primo’s pizza. His wishes were to be cremated with a…

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    Marion L. Wells

    Marion L. Wells, 89, of Sesser passed away on August 26, 2018 at his home. He was born on December 5, 1928 in Scheller, IL to William Green and Beatrice (Bean) Wells. He married Ruth (Hannah) Wells on November 25, 1950 and she survives of Sesser. He is survived by his wife Ruth; children Mark (Tammy) Wells of Scheller, Ross (Lawanna) Wells of South Roxana, IL, John Wells of Sesser, Beth (Mickey) Kleiboeker of Waltonville, and Peggy (Alvin) Bernard of Belle Rive; 17 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; 8 great great grandchildren; one sister Norma Jean Burleson of Belleville. He was preceded in death by his parents, eleven brothers and sisters,…

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    Ed Winget

    Ed Winget, 75, of Olmsted, IL formerly of Mulkeytown passed away on August 24, 2018 at his home. He was born on November 20, 1942 in Chicago, IL to Humbert and Clara Elizabeth (Copeland) Winget. He married Donna (Clanahan) Winget and she survives of Olmsted. He is survived by his wife Donna; children Jeff (Katherine) Winget of Waterloo, IL, Tammy (Darrek) Parker of Sesser, IL, Jayme (Jean) Hahn of Lacy, WA, Onna (Eddie) Donovan of Christopher, Jess (Susan) Spohn of Buckner, Jennifer Spohn of West Frankfort, Virginia Spohn of West Frankfort, JoEllen Eldridge of Springfield, IL, Tony Amato of Christopher, and Eli Mancha of Chicago; several grandchildren and great grandchildren;…

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    Patricia Ann Brown

    Patricia Brown, 84, of Christopher passed away on August 21, 2018 at Integrity Healthcare of Marion. She was born on February 24, 1934 in Urbana, IL to Daniel and Hollie (Atterbury) Shipps. She was married to Carl Brown and he preceded her in death. She is survived by her children Teresa Lain of Marion, Jonathon Brown of Chicago, Nancy (Ralph) Loeschen of Mahomet, IL and Gerald Brown of Urbana,IL; grandchildren Daniel Brown, Jennifer Brown, Tabitha Lewis, Sally (Steve) Jamerson, Ralph Loeschen, Jason (Heather) Brown, and Charles (Angela) Loeschen. She was the past president of the Bellflower American Legion Auxiliary. She had worked at State Farm and the University of Illinois.…

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    Charles "Peanuts" Lutes

    Charles ‘Peanuts” Lutes, 91, of Christopher passed away on Saturday August 18, 2018 at SSM Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt Vernon. He was born in Christopher on September 11, 1926 along with his twin brother Carl, whom he would often jokingly remind that he was five minutes older. He was a graduate of Christopher Community High School and was inducted into the U.S. Navy during World War II, stationed in Hawaii, and returned afterward to spend the rest of his life in his hometown, where he was an employee for many years at Bione Truck Line. He was dedicated to public service and the community that he loved. A member…

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    Linda Sue Bradford

    Linda Sue Bradford, 66, of West Frankfort, formerly of Christopher, passed away on Sunday July 29, 2018. She was born on November 2, 1951 in Christopher to Arzie Willard Brown and Cora Mae (Alexander) Wilson. She married Richard Bradford Sr. on July 3, 1968 and he survives of West Frankfort. Survivors include her husband, two sons, Rich (Cindy) Bradford of Christopher and Bobby (Connie Hammons) Bradford of Calvert City, KY; grandchildren Ashley Bradford, Richie Bradford, Cheyenne Bradford and Haylee Bradford. Linda was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Gloria Bates, Mary Ann Brown and one brother Willard Brown. She was a member of the Church of God in…

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    Gary Wayne Murphy

    Gary Wayne Murphy Jul 23, 2018 Gary Wayne Murphy, 63, passed away on July 23, 2018. He was born on July 13, 1955 in Morris, IL to Carl and Thelma Irene (Vice) Murphy. He is survived by two children Nicole and Amber; two brothers John William Murphy and Larry Dean Murphy; two sisters Linda Okes and Brenda Sawyer. His wishes were to be cremated. Private services will be held at a later date.

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    Carolene Powenski

    Carolene Powenski Jul 18, 2018 Carolene Powenski, 91, of Sesser and former resident of Kalkaska, MI passed away on July 18, 2018 at Mt Vernon Countryside Manor. She was born on October 12, 1926 in Sesser to Bill and Anna (Zimny) Rozenski. She married Michael Powenski JR. on September 6, 1950 and he preceded her in death on September 22, 2003. Survivors include her two sons David (Sheryl) Powenski of Centralia, Il and Larry (Kathleen) Powenski of Slaughter, LA; grandchildren Zachary (Amber) Ka…

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    Gwendolyn Risch

    Gwendolyn Risch Jul 14, 2018 Gwendolyn Risch, 80, of St Louis, MO left her loving family and friends on Saturday July 14, 2018. She was born in Christopher, IL on September 4, 1937, the daughter of Glen and Lorita Turner. Besides her many friends, she leaves behind her sons Eric of Napa, CA and Kurt of Eugene, OR; grandchildren Max, Ansel, Ruby of California, and Cassidy of Oregon; one brother Jim Turner of Christopher, one sister Jane Fiorenzi of Herrin, IL and many adoring nieces and nephew…

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    Keith Poropat

    Keith Poropat Jul 11, 2018 Keith Poropat, 70, of Sesser passed away on Wednesday July 11, 2018. He was born on August 20, 1947 in Chicago, IL to John and Frieda (Hart) Poropat. He married Martha (Riggle) Poropat on November 16, 1995 and she survives of Sesser. Keith was a graduate of Rich East High School. He was employed by the Auto Mart in Mt. Vernon. He was a member of Central Christian Church in Mt. Vernon. In addition to his wife Martha, he is survived by a granddaughter Samantha Logsdon…

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    Mary Alice Mitchell

    Mary Alice Mitchell Jul 09, 2018 Mary Alice Mitchell, 83, of Valier passed away on Monday July 9, 2018. She was born on August 24, 1934 in McLeansboro, IL to Bill and Violet (Moore) Holland. She married Darrell Mitchell on February 10, 1996 and he survives of Valier. Other survivors include her children Lee Wininger of Christopher, Robert (Kathy) Wininger of DuQuoin and June Hogan of Benton; two step-children Sheri Gunter of West Frankfort and Jennalee Hood of West Frankfort; nine grandchildr…

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    Richard "Dickie" Bartolotti

    Richard “Dickie” Bartolotti, 71, of Valier passed away on July 4, 2018. He was born on March 13, 1947 in Valier, IL to Libero and Delphine (Bissett) Bartolotti. He married Doris (Jones) Bartolotti on June 12, 1981 and she survives of Valier. Other survivors include his children Jason (Paige) Ashmore of Sesser and Mary (Eric) Millikan of Benton; grandchildren Kaden Millikan, Levi Millikan and one grandchild expected in January 2019; three brothers Lee (Sheila) Bartolotti of Grimsland, NC, Gary (Kathy) Bartolotti of Christopher, and Robert (Jolene) Bartolotti of Coello. He was a Vietnam veteran serving in the United States Marine Corps. and was a Silver Star and Purple Heart recipient.…

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    Richard “Dickie” Bartolotti

    Richard “Dickie” Bartolotti Jul 04, 2018 Richard “Dickie” Bartolotti, 71, of Valier passed away on July 4, 2018. He was born on March 13, 1947 in Valier, IL to Libero and Delphine (Bissetti) Bartolotti. He married Doris (Jones) Bartolotti on June 12, 1981 and she survives of Valier. Other survivors include his children Jason (Paige) Ashmore of Sesser and Mary (Eric) Millikan of Benton; grandchildren Kaden Millikan, Levi Millikan and one grandchild expected in January 2019; three brothers Lee …

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    Glenda Faye Kirkpatrick

    Glenda Faye Kirkpatrick Jul 02, 2018 Glenda Faye Kirkpatrick, 73, of Buckner passed away peacefully on Monday July 2, 2018 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. She was born on August 25, 1944 in Wayne County, MI to Elsworth and Frances Mae (Hale) Case. Glenda married Lloyd Ray “Copper” Kirkpatrick on May 5, 1963 and together they shared 40 years together. He preceded her in death on October 4, 2003. Glenda loved to care for others and she was a very strong, intelligent woman. In the 1970’s she…

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    Virgi Marie Hanks

    Virgi Marie Hanks Jun 30, 2018 Virgi Marie Hanks, 62, of Christopher passed away on Saturday June 30, 2018 at the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. She was born on July 22, 1955 in South Lebanon, OH to James and Freda (Conger) Bennett. She married Bobby Hanks on August 27, 2010 and he survives of Christopher. Other survivors include her children Cherish (Jose) Padraza, Scot Vogel, Christina Gravelle, and Jean Bell; 7 grandchildren; two sisters Donna (Doug) Hornickel and Linda (Butch) Adkins; o…

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    Linda Lou Fred

    Linda Lou Fred Jun 27, 2018 Linda Lou Fred, 81, of Sesser passed away on June 27, 2018 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt Vernon. She was born on December 12, 1936 in Waltonville, IL to Orlie and Reva (Maneese) Kelley. She was married to Richard “Tobe” Darrell Fred and he preceded her in death on September 13, 2002. She is survived by her children Kathy Stewart of DuQuoin, Richard Fred of Sesser, Carroll (Terri) Fred of Sesser and Paulette (Jim) Newbury of Sesser; 7 grandchildren; 8 …

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    Raymond Bauer

    Raymond Bauer Jun 27, 2018 Raymond Bauer, 78, of Baldwin passed away on Wednesday June 27, 2018 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, IL. He was born on July 24, 1939 in Evansville, IL to Leonard and Irene (Veath) Bauer. He is survived by his daughters Marie (Vernon) Homrighausen of Red Bud, Barb Hill of Red Bud, Jane Besher of Waterloo and Angie (Dennis) Evans of Red Bud; 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; brothers Gilbert Bauer of Ruma, IL and Paul “Joe” Bauer of Sesser. He was a…

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    Virginia "Sissy" Lee Saul

    Virginia “Sissy” Lee Saul, 80, of Christopher passed away on Monday June 25, 2018 at her home. She was born on April 29, 1938 in Christopher to Noble and Vanada (Boner) Saul. She is survived by her brothers and sisters Lawrence (Vicki) Saul of Washington, Mike (Paula) Saul of Zeigler, Mary Pulliam of Collinsville, IL, and Linda (Mike) Melson of Coello; and also several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister Joyce Bullock and one brother Kenneth Saul. She had worked for the Secretary of State’s office in Springfield for 40 years until her retirement. She was also a member of Southside Baptist Church…

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    Virginia “Sissy” Lee Saul

    Virginia “Sissy” Lee Saul Jun 25, 2018 Virginia “Sissy” Lee Saul, 80, of Christopher passed away on Monday June 25, 2018 at her home. She was born on April 29, 1938 in Christopher to Noble and Vanada (Boner) Saul. She is survived by her brothers and sisters Lawrence (Vicki) Saul of Washington, Mike (Paula) Saul of Zeigler, Mary Pulliam of Collinsville, IL, and Linda (Mike) Melson of Coello; and also several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister Joyce Bullock…

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    Karl "Mr. Bingo" Keller

    Karl “Mr. Bingo” Keller, 70, of Benton passed away on Wednesday June 20, 2018 in Benton. He was born on November 14, 1947 in Benton to Albert and Ruth (Craddock) Keller. He is survived by several sisters. Graveside services will be held on Sunday June 24, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

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    Karl “Mr. Bingo” Keller

    Karl “Mr. Bingo” Keller Jun 20, 2018 Karl “Mr. Bingo” Keller, 70, of Benton passed away on Wednesday June 20, 2018 in Benton. He was born on November 14, 1947 in Benton to Albert and Ruth (Craddock) Keller. He is survived by several sisters. Graveside services will be held on Sunday June 24, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

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    Charles Emery

    Charles Emery Jun 14, 2018 Charles Eugene Emery, 74, of Herrin passed away peacefully on June 14, 2018 at the Linda E. White Hospice House in Evansville, IN. Charles worked for Southern Illinois Wilbert Vault Company for 42 years and retired in 2005. He loved being around family, friends and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He was a member of the Herrin Elks, Herrin VFW, and the American Legion. Charles was born March 11, 1944 in Herrin to Noles and Myrtle Emery. He is survived by two s…

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    Ricaldo "Rick" Androvandi

    Ricaldo “Rick” Androvandi, 76, of Sesser passed away on Sunday June 10, 2018 at the VA Community Living Center in Marion, IL. He was born on August 3, 1941 in Glen Rogers, WV to Albert and Ceda (Attilli) Androvandi. He married Brinda (Bennett) Androvandi on April 5, 1991 and she survives of Sesser. Other survivors include his children Joe Androvandi of Las Vegas, NV, Shelby Androvandi of Las Vegas, NV, Tom Hancock of Barnhart, MO, Joe Hancock of Fenton, MO and MaLynda Hancock of Valier; one brother Nick (Barb) Androvandi of Valier; and one sister Marie Agoot of Hawaii; also survived by several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a…

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    Ricaldo “Rick” Androvandi

    Ricaldo “Rick” Androvandi Jun 10, 2018 Ricaldo “Rick” Androvandi, 76, of Sesser passed away on Sunday June 10, 2018 at the VA Community Living Center in Marion, IL. He was born on August 3, 1941 in Glen Rogers, WV to Albert and Ceda (Attilli) Androvandi. He married Brinda (Bennett) Androvandi on April 5, 1991 and she survives of Sesser. Other survivors include his children Joe Androvandi of Las Vegas, NV, Shelby Androvandi of Las Vegas, NV, Tom Hancock of Barnhart, MO, Joe Hancock of Fenton, …

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    Carolyn Joyce Atchison

    Carolyn Joyce Atchison Jun 10, 2018 Carolyn Joyce Atchison, 79, passed away on June 10, 2018 at Continued Care Hospital in Paducah, KY. She was born on May 6, 1939 to Margaret Basso and Frank Silas Clark. She is survived by her children Kent Dale Kellerman and Kimberly Kay Ratajczyk of Sesser; grandchildren Ryan Marlo and special friend Sarah Acosta of Valier, Timothy “TJ” and Kara Ratajczyk of Scheller, and Jennifer Troub of Stephenville, YX; great grandchildren Jackson Troub and arriving so…

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    Elmer Ray Loucks

    Elmer Ray Loucks Jun 01, 2018 Elmer Ray Loucks, 57, of Mulkeytown passed away on June 1, 2018 in Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. He was born on March 25, 1961 in Benton, IL to James and Mona (Ingersoll) Loucks. He is survived by his children Natalie (Trevor) Joiner of Valier, Nathan (Roxie) Loucks of Mulkeytown, Bobbie Benedict of Herrin, Danny (Miranda) Nutt of Sesser, and James (Joyce) Nutt of Willow, AR; 11 grandchildren; one great grandchild; one sister Rita Gonzalez of Kaufman, TX; two bro…

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    Leo Furlow

    Leo Furlow May 31, 2018 Leo Furlow, 70, of Christopher passed away on Thursday May 31, 2018 at his home. He was born on May 25, 1948 in East St. Louis, IL to Darrel and Mary Lou (Brasel) Furlow. He is survived by his son Sean (Amy) Furlow of Mulkeytown; two grandchildren Braden and Addison Furlow; uncles Bill (Jean) Furlow of Christopher and Bob Furlow of Christopher; one aunt Betty Furlow; special friends Cindy Furlow, Mark Niblett, Kelley Kerkemeyer and numerous close friends. He was preced…

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    Larry Dale Flowers

    Larry Dale Flowers May 24, 2018 Larry Dale Flowers, age 85, passed away on May 24, 2018 at Parkway Manor in Marion. He was born on June 13, 1932 to Dale and Irene (Brown) in Mulkeytown. On November 23, 1950, he married his red-headed girl, Vera L. Hiller in Christopher. They shared over 66 years of marriage until her death on May 28, 2017. Larry was active in the community and served on the Zeigler Fire and Police Department Auxiliary, was a member of the Christopher Saddle Club, Zeigler Sadd…

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    Linda Lou King

    Linda Lou King May 19, 2018 Linda Lou King, 79, of Royalton passed away on Saturday May 19, 2018 at Hearland Regional Medical Center in Marion. She was born November 12, 1938 in Royalton to Homer and Evelyn (Hodges) Howell. Survivors include her children Vickie (Marty) Smith of Herrin and Marty King of Royalton; 6 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; brothers and sisters Jerry Howell of Royalton, Doris Stewart of Royalton and Ronnie (Linda) Howell of Hurst. She was preceded in death by her …

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    Roger Rentfro

    Roger Rentfro May 15, 2018 Roger Rentfro, 64, of Mulkeytown passed away on Tuesday May 15, 2018. He was born on November 14, 1953 in Peoria to Robert and Anna (Nieukirk) Rentfro. Survivors include his special friend Kim Roberts; children Rachel Rentfro of Bartonville, IL and Melissa (Jade) Miller of Dixon, MO; step-children Ryan Pfordresher of Collinsville, IL, Tory (Drew) Hulse of Minneapolis, MN, and Jennifer (James) Roberts of Medford, MA; grandchildren ShayLyn, Arianna, Jeremy, Caleb, Jos…

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    Francis “Eick” Eickelman

    Francis “Eick” Eickelman May 11, 2018 Francis “Eick” Eickelman, 84, of Valier passed away on May 11, 2018. He was born on September 12, 1933 and spent his childhood in Coello, IL, the youngest son of Grover and Beulah Eickelman, now deceased. He was also preceded in death by one son Tom Eickelman, who died a tragic and devastating death, two brothers Maynard and Orville Eickelman, one sister June Emerson, one sister-in-law Ruby Eickelman and one brother-in-law Harold Emerson, and a very speci…

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    John R. “Bob” Williams

    John R. “Bob” Williams May 10, 2018 John R. “Bob” Williams, 84, of Valier passed away on May 10, 2018. He was born on March 21, 1934 in Macedonia, IL. He was a loving Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandpa. He was friendly and good natured. He always had a smile for everyone he met. He was funny and would do anything for anyone just to see them smile. He loved talking with people, he could talk for hours. He had so many great stories. He served the United States army in Germany for 21 months as a med…

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    DIana Lynn Morris

    DIana Lynn Morris May 08, 2018 Diana Morris, 68, of Buckner passed away on May 8, 2018 at 12:01 AM. She was born on October 31, 1949 in Detroit, MI to Major and Margie Freeman. She married James Morris and he preceded her in death on May 7, 2017. Survivors include her son Stephen Morris of Buckner; two grandchildren Stephen Morris of Buckner and Autumn Morris of Benton; one granddaughter Elliot Morris; one brother Danny Freeman of Kansas City and one sister Teresa Daniels of River Roug, MI. H…

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    Shawn David Flowers

    Shawn David Flowers May 06, 2018 Shawn David Flowers, 45, of Herrin passed away on Sunday, May 6, 2018. Graveside services will be held on Friday May 11, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Mulkeytown Cemetery with Brother Don Wright officiating. Burial will be at the Mulkeytown Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher. Shawn was born April 26, 1973 in Benton. He is the son of David and Brenda (Smith) Flowers of Coello. He was a Union Painter and a membe…

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    Patricia Ann Miller

    Patricia Ann Miller May 05, 2018 Patricia Ann Miller, 70, of Marion, formerly of Christopher, passed away on Saturday May 5, 2018 at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion. She was born on October 28, 1947 in Chicago, IL to Thomas and Florence (Frost) Golec. She married Russell Curtis “Russ” Miller on September 9, 1974 and he preceded her in death on April 1, 2010. Survivors include her children Russell Curtis (November) Miller Jr. of Sesser and Michele (Larry) Mitchell of Marion; grandc…

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    Patricia Ann Miller

    Patricia Ann Miller May 05, 2018 Patricia Ann Miller, 70, of Marion, formerly of Christopher, passed away on Saturday May 5, 2018 at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion. She was born on October 28, 1947 in Chicago, IL to Thomas and Florence (Frost) Golec. She married Russell Curtis “Russ” Miller on September 9, 1974 and he preceded her in death on April 1, 2010. Survivors include her children Russell Curtis (November) Miller Jr. of Sesser and Michele (Larry) Mitchell of Marion; grandc…

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    Bonnie Kerkemeyer

    Bonnie Kerkemeyer May 02, 2018 Bonnie Kerkemeyer, 73, died at 8:02 a.m., Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at home. Bonnie was born September 13, 1944, in Oak Park, IL, the daughter of Stanley and Bette (Camden) Johnson. She married Richard Kerkemeyer on September 12, 1966 and he preceded her in death in 1996. Bonnie attended First Baptist Church of Christopher, was a homemaker, child care provider and with her husband, owner of the S&S Tavern in Christopher. She was a courageous victor over breast…

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    Diane Burroughs

    Diane Burroughs Apr 18, 2018 Diane Burroughs, 52, of Mulkeytown passed away on Wednesday April 18, 2018. She was born on March 6, 1966 in Chicago to Dennis Martin and Linda (Divito) Martin. She was married to Larry Burroughs and he preceded her in death on August 6, 2017. She is survived by her daughter Ashley Akers (fiancé Corey Thomas) of Mulkeytown; granddaughter Bailee Thomas; father Dennis (Mary) Martin of Christopher; and one brother Dennis Martin. She was preceded in death by her mothe…

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    Celina Pool

    Celina Pool Apr 17, 2018 Celina Pool, 74, of Sesser passed away on April 17, 2018 at Helia Healthcare in Benton, with her family by her side. She was born on January 25, 1944 in West Frankfort, IL to Delbert and Irene (Walker) Bowlin. Survivors include her children Jami Somers (Tim Ramsey) of Sesser and Jay Seibert of Sesser; granddaughter Britani Somers of Sesser; and one sister Helen (Don) Edmonds of Valier. Family was very important to her especially her beloved cat of 18 years, Feisty. Sh…