MABRY, Llizabeth (sic) - b. 12 Feb. 1818, d. the 1st ult., near Vandalia, Fayette Co., Ill. Converted 1834. Survived by her husband, D. H. Mabry Esq. (Central Christian Advocate, Vol. 1, 20 May 1853, p. 79. submitted by K. T.)
MASON, JAMES OLIVER
James Oliver Mason, 80, of rural Farina, retired from U.S. Army and carpenter, died at 5:10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Old Loogootee Cemetery, Loogootee. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Claggett Funeral Home, Brownstown. James Oliver Mason, 80, of rural Farina, died at 5:10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Old Loogootee Cemetery in Loogootee. Burial will be in Old Loogootee Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Claggett Funeral Home in Brownstown. Mr. Mason was born on June 28, 1926, in Decatur, the son of Tim T. and Gladys E. (Claytor) Mason. He was retired from the U.S. Army, and also was a carpenter. He was affiliated with the Baptist Church, a member of the Crawford-Hale American Legion Post in Vandalia, and Gieseking-Schwerdtfeger VFW Post 7676 in Altamont. He married Betty R. Thompson. Mr. Mason is survived by a son, Tim E. and his wife Caryn Mason of rural Farina; a stepson, Gary Landes of Hopewell, Va.; daughters, Paula M. and her husband Timothy A. Sr. Bradley of Brownstown, and Jamie and her husband Barry Jr. McFadden of Hopewell, Va.; borthers, Harold E. and his wife Darlene Mason of Farina, and Glen T. and his wife Nancy Mason of Altamont; sisters, Evelyn and her husband Les Wilson of Springfield, Mo., Bonnie B. Gorby of Houston, Texas, Sheila A. and her husband Gary Malone of Farina, Lily Lewis of Brownstown, and Barb Becker of Farina; 13 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Patricia A. Shewmake; two brothers; and two sisters. [submitted by Sandy Bollhorst]
William E. Madden, 69, of Effingham, formerly of Farina, died Saturday, April 15, 2006, at 5:50 a.m. at Lakeland Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, Effingham. There will be no local visitation or funeral service. A graveside service and burial rites will follow at a later date in Claremont, where he will be buried next to his father. Kull Funeral Chapel, Altamont, is in charge of arrangements. [submitted by Sandy Bollhorst]
MAHON, JANE LEE
October 06, 1920 - August 12, 2006
Jane L. Mahon age 85 of Farina, Illinois died 5:45 PM Saturday August 12, 2006 at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital Effingham Illinois. Memorial service and burial will be at a later date at Mound Cemetery Charleston, Illinois. No visitation is scheduled. Kessel Funeral Home Saint Elmo is in charge of arrangements. Jane was born on October 6, 1920 in Charleston, Illinois the daughter of George B. and Nelle (Newman) Abbott. She married Herschel D. Mahon on July 4, 1942 in San Angelo, Texas and he preceded her in death on May 14, 1999. She was a homemaker and Charter/Lifetime Member of the Saint Elmo Golf Club. Jane is survived by One Son: Jim (Wife: Cecilia) Mahon of Farina and One Sister: Carolyn Paul of Charleston, Five grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and one niece. She is preceded in death by: Her parents, husband, and one brother: George Abbott Jr. [submitted by Sandy Bollhorst]
MANUEL, ROSE MARIE
Rose Marie Manuel of Gainesville, Florida, died on June 27, 2012 after a 16 year battle with multiple myeloma. Rose was born on December 2, 1936, in Ramsey, Illinois, the daughter of Robert and Evelyn (Donaldson) Mueller. She attended Ramsey schools and graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a B.S. Degree in Education. She was a member of Pi Omega Pi honorary fraternity and Delta Zeta Sorority. She married Tony D. Manuel of Effingham, Illinois, in 1959. They happily became the parents by adoption of two children, Ronald Allan and Lynn Marie.
She was a teacher at Effingham (IL) High School and also, in Texas, Indiana and Alabama. Tony's newspaper advertising career and military service took them to many areas of the U.S.: Augusta, GA; San Antonio and Austin TX; Tallahassee, FL; Franklin and Greencastle, IN; Alexander City, AL; Rock Hill, SC, and Hendersonville, NC. After moving to Gainesville, Florida, in 1983, Rose was a secretary at Fort Clarke Middle School and then a Program Assistant at the University of Florida College of Medicine in the Department of Orthopaedics until retirement in 2001. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where she had taught Sunday School, was a member of the handbell and choir chimes choirs and United Methodist Women, and was a Stephen Minister. She was also active in the Healing Touch Cancer Support Group and the UF/Shands Multiple Myeloma Support Group. In earlier years, with her children, she was active in the Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Campfire Girls organizations. She enjoyed needlework, bird watching, the outdoors, traveling, reading, church work, and especially her family and friends. Her husband Tony preceded her in death in 2010. Survivors include her children, Ron and Tammy Manuel of Wellington, Florida, Lynn Manuel of Jacksonville, Florida; brother and sister-in-law, Robert JR and Sharon Mueller, Ramsey, Illinois; and grandchildren, Jonathon and Jacob Lifsey, Rebekah, Sarah and Allan Manuel, and Amanda Rosa. She was also preceded in death by her parents. Celebration of Life services will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 10 am with Dr. Dan Johnson officiating. A reception will follow in the Atrium at the church. Interment of ashes will take place in Trinity Memorial Garden following the services. [Gainesville Sun, The (FL) - Tuesday, July 3, 2012-submitted by A. Newell]
MARTIN, ANNA B.
Anna B. Martin, 71, of St. Elmo, homemaker, died Monday, April 24, 2006, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham. Funeral services will be held at a later date, no visitation will be held. Kessel Funeral Home, St. Elmo, is in charge of arrangements. [submitted by Sandy Bollhorst]
McDONALD, BESSIE M. SMITH
Bessie M. Smith McDonald, age 95, passed away May 22, 1991 at Price, Utah. Born December 21, 1895 in Ina, Illinois to Ozias and Mary Trexler Roe. Married Edward D. Smith March 15, 1915. Ed was a school teacher. He passed away in 1944. Essie and daughter, Marjorie moved to Utah. Married Frank McDonald in 1948. He died in 1972. Essie lived in Salt Lake City for 37 years. She was a resident of Highland Cove Retirement Center for five years. Member of the Rose Park First Southern Baptist Church, Salt Lake City, Utah. Survivors: son, Harold E. Smith, Saline, Mich.; daughter, Mrs. Mark (Marjorie) Predovich, East Carbon, Utah; brother, Leslie Roe, Masonic Home, Sullivan, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. A son, Voris Smith and a grandson Jack Predovich preceded her in death. Funeral services will be held at Miller Funeral Home, Vandalia, Illinois on Tuesday, May 28, 1991, at 11:00 a.m. Burial in McInturiff Cemetery, Mulberry Grove, Ill. [Deseret News, The (Salt Lake City, UT) - Friday, May 24, 1991-submitted by A. Newell]
McDONALD, MARILYN I.
PLANT CITY, FL -- MARILYN I. McDONALD, 66, of Plant City died Thursday. A native of Ramsey, Ill., she moved to the area in 1964. She was a homemaker and member of Springhead United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, Ervin; two sons, Dale of Winter Haven and Dean of Plant City; four daughters, Judy Brown of Lakeland, Joyce Sumrell and Deborah Johnson, both of Plant City, and Shelvie Hill of Wilmington, Ill.; a brother, Dale Rhodes of Wilmington; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City. [Tampa Tribune, The (FL) - June 12, 1999 - Submitted by Anna Newell]
MEYER, MARY PEYTON
Mary Peyton Meyer, 102, of Vandalia and formerly of the St. Peter area, died at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 22, 2008, at Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care in Vandalia. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church in St. Peter, with the Rev. Bill Emrick officiating. Burial will be in Wilberton Cemetery, St. Peter. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until time of services on Tuesday at the church. Memorials: St. Peter Lutheran Church Cemetery or Wilberton Cemetery.
Mrs. Meyer was born on Dec. 31, 1905, in Fayette County, the daughter of Willis Orville and Nellie Lee Curry Peyton. She married Clarence Frank Meyer on Feb. 14, 1931, in Vera; he died on Aug. 24, 1969. She retired after teaching for 42 years in the Fayette County area, and continuing serving as a substitute teacher until just a few years ago. She was a Frogtown area correspondent for The Leader-Union in Vandalia for more than 85 years. Her tenure as the Frogtown correspondent earned her full-page coverage in The Chicago Tribune and an appearance with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. She was a member of the Fayette County Retired Teachers Association, a former director for the Fayette County Mental Health Association and a former secretary for FAYCO Advocates, the support group for FAYCO Enterprises, a sheltered workshop for the developmentally disabled. She is survived by several nieces and nephews; and many friends and former students. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and adopted son, Robert Lee Williams. [Vandalia Leader - Union, c. May 2008; Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]
ORLANDO, FL-- LEE MEYERHOLZ, 73, Nebraska Street, Orlando, died Monday, Dec. 14. Mr. Meyerholz was a preparation chef. Born in Ramsey, Ill., he moved to Central Florida in 1961. He was an Army veteran. Survivors: wife, Edith; sons, Rodger Borie, Tennessee, Terry Taylor, Illinois, Ronnie Taylor, Umatilla, Larry, Alaska; daughters, Michelle Miller, Pensacola, Suzanne Stoddard, Tennessee, Kathy Donnelly, Tampa, Linda Lowe, California; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home, Orlando. [Orlando Sentinel, The (FL) - December 16, 1998] - Submitted by Anna Newell]
MILLER, LLOYD F.
BROWNSTOWN - Lloyd F. Miller of Brownstown passed away Sunday (Feb. 11, 1996) in Centralia, Ill., from complications following surgery. His remains will be interred in Zion Cemetery, Sefton Township, following memorial services in the First United Methodist Church of Brownstown at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. Visitation with his family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Claggett Funeral Home, Brownstown. Mr. Miller was born in Sefton Township on June 25, 1914, the son of George and Daphne Hazenfield Miller. He graduated from Brownstown High School before attending Charleston State Teachers College (now Eastern Illinois University). He graduated from Eastern with degrees in education and industrial arts, having been inducted into Epsilon Pi Tau, the industrial arts honorary fraternity. He then taught at the Rigdon and Camp Creek rural elementary schools in Sefton Township, north of Brownstown. On Oct. 11, 1941, he was united in marriage with Helene Fischer and they established their home in Chicago, where he was employed at Republic Steel before joining the Army during World War II. He was a military policeman in the 1252nd Military Police Company, seeing duty in North Africa and Europe before being honorably discharged. Returning stateside, he briefly farmed with his father and also worked as a carpenter, to which craft he devoted the majority of his working life, before retiring in 1979. The Millers also gave birth to their only child, a son, David Lloyd Miller, who is a Vandalia attorney.
Christened at an early age in the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sefton Township, Mr. Miller was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church in Brownstown, which church he faithfully served in many capacities over the years. He was an accomplished singer and faithful choir member. He was a member of the Southern Illinois Carpenters Union 634, which organization he served as secretary for several years. Above all, he was a steadfast Christian, a devoted husband, and loving father and grandfather. His parents preceded him in death. Left with fond and loving memories are his wife, Helene, at home in Brownstown, his son and daughter-in-law, Dave and Rita Miller, his grandchildren, David L. Miller Jr. and Sara Leah Miller, and his sister, Hazel Miller Logue of Peoria. [Herald & Review (Decatur, IL) - Tuesday, February 13, 1996-submitted by A. Newell]
MOORE, THOMAS CARLYLE
Thomas Carlyle Moore, age 67, of Glendale, Arizona, died May 11, 1997. Mr. Moore was born in Vandalia, Illinois. He was a U.S. Marine and served in the Korean War. At the time of his death he was a property manager. Survivors are his wife, JoLinda Moore; daughters, Kim Nagy, Kelly Jones, Geneva Seiwart, Lori Ibarra, Amy Whitfill, Rachel, Jacqlyn and Christine Moore; sons, Gary Jacobs, Terry, Mark, Bruce, Kevin, Keith and John Moore; his mother, Neoma Moore; brothers, Lamire, Paul and John David Moore; 24 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Services will be May 15, 1997, at First Southern Baptist Church of Phoenix, 3100 W. Camelback, Phoenix, Arizona 85017, at 7:00 p.m. [Austin American-Statesman (TX) - Wednesday, May 14, 1997-submitted by A. Newell]
William Lee "Bill" Myers, 67, of St. Elmo died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008, at 1:40 p.m. at his residence. Funeral services will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Kessel Funeral Home, St. Elmo. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., also at the funeral home. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Effingham. Memorials may be made to the Myers family or Fayette County Health Department Hospice. Online condolences may be made at www.KesselFH.com. Bill was born June 12, 1941, in St. Elmo, the son of William W. and Minnie (Naylar) Haslett-Myers. He was a retired school bus edriver for St. Elmo School District. He also owned and operated Bill's Used Furniture in downtown St. Elmo for 15 years. He enjoyed attending auctions, hunting for bargains and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Assembly of God church. He married Joan Edwards Aug. 1, 1962, in St. Elmo. He is survived by his wife, Joan; four daughters, Deborah Trivitt, Claudia (husband, Steve) Edwards and Jill (husband, Tim) Mason, all of St. Elmo, and Billie (husband, Chuck) Enlow of Brownstown; daughter-in-law, Amy Myers of Teutopolis; two brothers, Marion Haslett of Hattiesburg, Miss., and Alfred Haslett of Salem; three sisters, Ida (the late Truman) Rhodes of Brownstown, Lina (husband, Abe) Scoles and Sue Riley, both of St. Elmo; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by two sons, infant Erick in 1970 and Joe in 2003; his brother, Herbert Haslett; and sister, Darlene Roach. [Published in the Effinhgam Daily News from 10/29/2008 - 10/30/2008 - Submitted by Rachel Goodman]
MILLER, BLANCHE L.
Fort Worth, TX - BLANCHE L. MILLER, a retired teacher, died Wednesday at a Fort Worth hospital. She was 91.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Miller Funeral Home in Ramsey, Ill. Burial will be in Welch Cemetery in Ramsey. Harveson & Cole Funeral Home is in charge of (local) arrangements.
Mrs. Miller was born in Ramsey and lived in Fort Worth for several years. She was a member of Union Christian Church in Ramsey, Ill. Mrs. Miller was the wife of Archie C. Miller, who died in 1990. Survivors: Son, Curtis Miller of Austin; three daughters, Avice Donaldson of Rockford, Ill., Barbara Riley of Trophy Club and Eloise E. Austin of Fort Worth; sister, Elsie Jackson of Taylorville, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - March 25, 1993 - Submitted by Anna Newell]
Body Of Boy, 13, Pulled From Creek
VANDALIA, IL--Divers recovered on Monday the body of a 13-year-old boy who fell into a creek Saturday afternoon near Vandalia, Ill., authorities said. The victim, BRANDON NASH of Ramsey, Ill., was found in Ramsey Creek in about 4 feet of water about 4:40 p.m. by Illinois State Police divers. He was about three-fourths of a mile downstream from where he fell in, said Fayette County Sheriff Dan Taylor. Ramsey is about 12 miles north of Vandalia. County Coroner Gary Blurton said the boy and his brother, Dustin, 10, had gone horseback riding and had tried to cross the rain-swollen creek on horseback. Brandon fell off his mount and apparently drowned after swimming about 50 yards in the swift current, Blurton said. Dustin stayed with his horse and managed to get to the bank. The other horse also swam to the bank, Blurton said. Search teams looked for the boy throughout the weekend, but divers were hampered Sunday when the depth of the creek reached about 14 feet after a rainstorm Saturday night, Taylor said. By Monday, the water level had dropped to 4 feet, he said. Brandon was a seventh-grade pupil at Ramsey Community Grade School. Also surviving are his parents, Ronald and Nancy Nash, and a sister, Brandi, 15. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) - May 15, 1990 - Submitted by Anna Newell]
NEWBY, GLADYS D.
Gladys Darnell Newby died March 13, 1994 in Salt Lake City. Born August 13, 1910 to Luther Melvin and Mary Darnell in Vandalia, Illinois. She lived in Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio, Phoenix, Arizona and moved to Salt Lake City in 1927. Graduated from Westminster High School and attended Westminster Junior College. She worked at the Paris Co. from 1928 - 1939 as head cashier and asst. superintendent. Married Gordon L. Newby August 12, 1934. She was a member of First Baptist Church from 1927 until her death. Worked at the University of Utah Purchasing Dept. as expeditor from 1963 until retirement in 1975. Survived by her husband, two children, Gordon Darnell Newby and Patricia Newby Dyches; four grandchildren, Susan, Melisa and Timmothy Dyches; and Rebecca Newby; a brother, Donald D. Darnell and sister, Pauline Dickerman. A graveside service will be held Thursday, 11 a.m., at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 1342 East 500 South. Funeral Directors: Neil O'Donnell & Sons. [Deseret News, The (Salt Lake City, UT) - Wednesday, March 16, 1994-submitted by A. Newell]
OLIVER, MRS. FURBY ANN
75 yrs old, widow of the late James Richard Oliver, died in the Alton state hospital Thursday evening, May 12. Her maiden surname was Mills and she was born Jan. 24, 1869. She and Mr. Oliver were married in 1889. His death occurred several years ago. They had eight children, two of whom died in infancy and Billy who died at Mattoon in November, 1938. <Submitter's Correction: 25 Nov. 1937- Thanksgiving> Surviving are three sons, Marvin, address unknown; Raymond, Bluff City and George, Seattle; a daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Daniels, this city, 13 grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Services were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 14,1944 in the Barkley funeral home, by the Rev. W.E. Bush, pastor of the Methodist church. Burial in South Hill cemetery. [The Vandelia Leader, pg 5, Thur., 18 May 1944, Vandalia, IL Submitted by Marlene Olson]
POWELL, GRAIL V.
Grail V. Powell, 79, of Carmi, formerly of St. Elmo, who was a certified first class electrician employed by Exxon Oil Company before his retirement and a veteran having served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, died at 10:40 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006, at home. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kessel Funeral Home, St. Elmo. Burial with military rites will be in Griffith Cemetery, Brownstown. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral on Saturday at Kessel Funeral Home, St. Elmo, and from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Campbell Funeral Home, Carmi. [submitted by Sandy Bollhorst]
PRENTICE, COL. CHARLES
Col. Charles Prentice was found dead in his bed, at the National Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri, on the morning of the 22d ult. He died of apoplexy. He was a highly respectable citizen of Vandalia, Illinois, and was Register of the General Land office. Captain Linn, of that place, was sleeping in the same room, but heard the deceased make no complaints of illness; on the contrary, he appeared well and in good spirits the evening preceding. [Sun (Baltimore, MD), December 2, 1837; transcribed by A. Newell]
RAMES, Dr. DONALD H.
Dr. Donald H. Rames, 84, of Vandalia, died at 7 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at his family home. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, with Dr. Roger Grimmett officiating. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday at the church. Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia was in charge of arrangements.
Dr. Rames was born on Feb. 4, 1928, in Butler, S.D., the son of Harry S. and Mae Bigler Rames. He married Phyllis Johnson on Aug. 21, 1951, in Harvard, Ill. He was a physician. He graduated from Watertown High School in 1946, the University of South Dakota in 1950 and the University of Illinois School of Medicine in 1954. Dr. Rames was a charter member of the American Academy of Family Practice, and a member of the Illinois State Medical Society and American Medical Association. He was a member of the Fayette County Medical Society, and held all of the society's offices; and he served as vice president of Medical Affairs of BJC Hospital. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, served on the First National Bank of Vandalia Board of Directors, served on the Vandalia School District Board of Education from 1962-71 and was a member of the Vandalia Rotary Club. He was a past president of the Fayette County American Heart Association, Fayette County American Cancer Society and Fayette County Board of Health, and served on the Operation OUTING Board of Directors. He was chosen as the Fayette County Citizen of the Year in 1963, and was presented with an Abe Award for community service by the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce. He served in the Army. He is survived by his wife; son, Dr. Richard Rames and his wife Sue of St. Louis, Mo.; daughters, Ann Rexroat Duncan of Coppell, Texas, and Mary Rames Orr and her husband Mike of Brentwood, Tenn.; and grandchildren, Lindsay, Richard, Douglas, Alexandra, Laura, Mary, David, Andrew, Katherine, Sarah, Michael, Christopher, Andrea and Sam. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Dr. Douglas Rames; and a brother, Duane A. Rames. [Vandalia Leader-Union (IL) - Tuesday, September 18, 2012-submitted by A. Newell]
REEDER, ANITA BELLE
Austin, Texas-- Anita Belle Strobel Reeder (100) died Sunday, December 21, 2014, at Westminster, where she had been a resident for over twelve years. Born July 1, 1914 in Ramsey, Illinois, Anita was the first child of Fletta Waverly Sharp Strobel and Charles Christopher Strobel both deceased. Anita grew up in Ramsey, Illinois, and was preceded in death by both her younger siblings, Mary Strobel Thompson and Charles Christopher Strobel, Jr. After high school graduation, Anita attended Business College in Illinois where she trained as a stenographer. Upon graduation Anita worked for the Illinois Archives Department in Springfield, Illinois as an assistant to Eleanor Norton, Chief Archivist. On June 19, 1937, in Ramsey, Illinois, Anita married Eugene M. Reeder, Sr. and began a happy, long marriage of over forty-nine years, ending December 13, 1986 upon the death of her beloved husband. Anita is survived by two sons and two daughters, Gene Reeder (Peggy) of Georgetown, Texas; Lyn Davis (Michal) of Frisco, Texas; Yvon Jensen (Allen) of Vienna, Virginia; and Charles Reeder (Karen) of Dallas, Texas. Grandmother to Cara Aguirre, Kendra Kilmer, Michelle Smith, Marcy Shinrock, Kym Rogers, Gene Davis, Courtenay DeGinder Gannon, Walter Tinsley, Waverly Tinsley, Adam Reeder and Clark Reeder and great grandmother of sixteen. Anita was a resident of Austin, Texas for over sixty years and an active member of the Susanna Wesley Class of the First United Methodist Church. While in Austin, Anita worked for Scholastic Books and the Internal Revenue Service. Also during her long life, Anita did volunteer work with the Girl Scouts of America, as a docent at the LBJ library, local PTAs, taught Sunday school, and many church related charities. An avid bridge player and world traveler, Anita was a loving friend to all and will be greatly missed. Services will be held on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm at Weed-Corley-Fish, 3125 North Lamar Blvd, 78705 with a reception to follow. Pallbearers will be grandsons and spouses of granddaughters. [Austin American-Statesman (TX) - Thursday, December 25, 2014-submitted by A. Newell]
Bertha Reiss, 93, of Salem died Monday, January 8th, 2007 at Doctor's Nursing and Rehab in Salem. She was a housewife. Funeral services for Bertha Reiss will be held Thursday, January 11th, at the Salem Lutheran Church beginning at 10:30, with burial to follow at the Paradise Cemetery in Salem. Visitation will be Wednesday night from 6-8 at the Rogers-Atkins Funeral Home in Salem. Survivors include 3 sons; Roger and Nancy Reiss of Carlyle, Roland Reiss of Centralia and Randy and Linda Reiss of Mt. Vernon, daughter; Marilyn and Richard Bousman of California, 3 sister-in-laws; Eileen Bruns of Salem, Betty Reiss of St. Peter and Irma Reiss of Brownstown. 6 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 5 step-great-grandchildren and 3 step-great-great-grandchildren also survive. [submitted by Sandy Bollhorst]
Frederick Remann, Representative from the Eighteenth Illinois district, died in Vandalia, Illinois, yesterday, after an illness of mroe than three months. He was born in Fayette County, Illinois, in 1847, and at the age of seventeen enlisted in the army. Since the war he had been engaged in commercial business. He had been an enthusiastic republican and in 1876 was a member of the State Legislature. [New York (NY) Herald, July 15, 1895; submitted by A. Newell.]
BROWNSTOWN — Ida Lucille Rhodes, 83, of Brownstown, a baker and cook at Stuckey’s Carriage Inn, Altamont, for more than 20 years, died at 1:36 p.m. Monday, April 19, 2010, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Fairview United Methodist Church, Avena Township. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Kessel Funeral Home, St. Elmo, and one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, Avena Township. Memorials may be made to Kessel Funeral Home. [April 21, 2010, Effingham Daily News - Submitted by Rachel Goodman]
SHIFLET, NELLIE B.
Kirtland, Ohio -- NELLIE B. SHIFLET, 84, of Kirtland, Ohio, died Thursday at Lake West Hospital, Willoughby, Ohio. A native of Ramsey, Ill., she lived in Fort Wayne most of her life before moving to Kirtland in 1988. She retired in 1970 after 30 years as manager for Indiana Institute of Technology bookstore. She was a member of West Creighton Avenue Christian Church. Her husband, Charles E., died in 1981. Surviving is a nephew. Calling will be 2 to 4 p.m. tomorrow at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Homes, Wayne Street Chapel, 420 W. Wayne St., with services following. Burial will be in Ramsey Cemetery, Ramsey, Ill. [News-Sentinel, The (Fort Wayne, IN) - January 2, 1993 - Submitted by Anna Newell]
SLUDER, HAROLD E.
September 06, 1927 - August 16, 2006
Harold E. “Gene” Sluder age 78 of Saint Elmo died Wednesday August 16, 2006 at 1:30 PM at his home. No Funeral Services are scheduled. Visitation will be Friday August 18, 2006 from 5 to 7 PM at the Kessel Funeral Home Saint Elmo, Illinois. Burial will be at a later date at Pleasant Grove Cemetery Beecher City, Illinois. Gene was born on September 6, 1927 in Decatur, Illinois the son of: Ora H. and Daun (Fritz) Sluder. He married Leora C. Morrison on April 2, 1958 in Brownstown, Illinois. He was the owner/operator of Sluder Grocery Store on Route 40 from 1969 until 1993 when he retired. He is survived by: His wife: Leora, One Son: Roger Morrison of St. Elmo, Illinois One Grandson and Three Great Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by: His parents, One Son: Michael Sluder in 1990 and One Grandson: Benji Morrison in 1999.
SMITH, CECIL MURL
Fort Wayne, IN -- CECIL MURL SMITH, 77, of Ramsey, Ill., died Tuesday. The Fayette County, Ill., native was a veteran of World War II and a retired driver for United Trucking Co. His first wife, Thresa, died in 1970. Surviving are his wife, Lelah; daughters, Betty J. Rhodes of Bluffton, and Patricia A. Harden and Cindy L. Meyer, both of Fort Wayne; a stepdaughter; three sisters, including Gladys McAtte of Fort Wayne; a brother; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Services are 11 a.m. tomorrow in Miller Funeral Home, Vandalia, Ill. [News-Sentinel, The (Fort Wayne, IN) - January 4, 1996 - Submitted by Anna Newell]
SPIRES, LORENE S.
DECATUR — Lorene S. Spires, 93, of Decatur died 9:10 p.m. Saturday (August 29, 2009) in Fair Havens Christian Home. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 2, 2009) in the First Baptist Church of Ramsey, Illinois with Rev. Glenn Sparks and Dr. Robert Poinsett officiating. Visitation will be one hour before service in the church. Burial will be in the Ramsey Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Ramsey. Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge of arrangements.
Lorene Brown Spires was born May 13, 1916 in Fayette County, Illinois, daughter of Rev. Ed and Noy Rhodes Brown. She graduated from Vandalia High School and was a secretary for the Ramsey Township Supervisor. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ramsey. She married Fred Spries March 11, 1936. He preceded her in death March 4, 2005. Surviving are her son, Myrle and wife Janet Spires of Carbondale, IL., daughters, Brenda Poinsett and husband Bob of Union City, MO., Judy Mills and husband Norman of East Peoria, IL., Linda Cochran and husband Butch of Decatur, IL., sister, Louise O'Dell, 12 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, Marilyn Spires Dothager and 2 brothers. Thanks to Dr. Wall for caring for her so many years. The family would also like to thank Dr. Khan for the care he gave her during her stay in the nursing home. We want to thank all of the staff that worked at station four. We appreciate the love and care you gave our Mother.
Obituary written by family members. [Herald & Review (Decatur, IL) - Monday, August 31, 2009-submitted by A. Newell]
Irvin Storck, 91, of Vandalia, formerly of Farina, retired farmer and custodian of Methodist Church in Farina, died at 12:55 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, 2006, at Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, St. Peter, with the Rev. Stephen Gallo officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery, St. Peter. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Pagel Funeral Home, St. Peter, and for one hour prior to the funeral on Friday at the church.
THOMPSON, IVAN E.
Ivan “Jack” Thompson, 66, of Farina passed away Thursday, November 3, 1988, at the Lakeland Health Care Center, in Effingham, IL. He was born on April 1, 1922, in Marion County, IL, a son of Fred and Lucy (Mulvaney) Thompson. He was a retired carpenter. Survivors include a son Dennis of Alamogodo, New Mexico; a brother Lloyd “Red” Thompson of Farina; sisters, Marjorie Pierce of Brookport, Neita Williams of Brownstown; Josephine Thompson of Taylorville; Fredia Wright of Fayetteville, N.C.; Blanche Chasteen of Kinmundy; and Normagene Hopper of Metropolis; and three grandchildren. [THE FARINA NEWS, NOVEMBER 1988, submitted by Sandy Bollhorst who adds: Note to this obit that I copied from an old newspaper: "Pvt. First Class Ivan E. Thompson now with the third Army Occupational Forces stationed in Czechoslovakia, has been awarded four bronze battle stars for participation in the campaign of Northern France, Ardenores, The Rhineland and Central Europe."]
VOLGERG, HAZEL S.
HAZEL S. VOLBERG, 83, of Vandalia, Illinois and Boynton Beach died Saturday, July 11, 1998 in Greenwood, South Carolina. Mrs. Volberg moved to Boynton Beach in 1952 and was preceded in death by her husband, Murl, in 1967. She was a dressmaker for many years and an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Boynton Beach until the time of her illness. Mr. & Mrs. Volberg did not have any children but considered Rode Jean James and his family as their family. Mr. & Mrs. Volberg moved into the James' home for a year and cared for Rode Jean and his brother, Gerald James, as their parents were unable to care for them due to life threatening health problems of Mrs. James at the time of Rode Jeans' birth. The families have remained close all these years.
Mrs. Volberg is survived by Rode Jean James and his wife Alva Jane James of Greenwood, SC; two grandsons, Christopher W. James of Greenville, SC and Timothy W. James of Hendersonville, NC; and great granddaughter, Christina Marie James, Springhill, KS. She is also survived by Gerald Morrice James and his wife, Joyce N. James and their two daughters' families. Longtime friends, John and Ann Hawken and their families of Boca Raton, and Bonnie Jo Hertz of Boynton Beach. Friends may call at the SCOBEE-COMBS-BOWDEN FUNERAL HOME, U.S. Hwy #1 & E 15 Ave., Boynton Beach, Monday, July 13, from 9 am until service time at 10 am, with Rev. Robert A. Hahn, Sr. of the First United Methodist Church of Boynton Beach officiating. Burial will follow in the Boynton Beach Memorial Park. [Palm Beach Post, The (FL) - Sunday, July 12, 1998-submitted by A. Newell]
WHITEHEAD, KELLY JAMES
Kelly James Whitehead, 28, of Farina, died at 11:51 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006, in rural Farina, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Funeral services were to be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at Liberty Christian Church in rural Brownstown, with Darrel Brandon and Doug Wodtke officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in rural St. Peter. Visitation was held on Monday at Claggett Funeral Home in Brownstown. Mr. Whitehead was born on Feb. 18, 1978, in Centralia, the son of Bert and Sherri (Goodson) Whitehead. He was a correctional officer at Vandalia Correctional Center. Mr. Whitehead is survived by his parents, Bert Whitehead of rural Farina, and Harlan and Sherri Beckel of rural Brownstown; a brother, Seth Whitehead of Freeport; maternal grandmother, Doris Goodson of Vandalia; and fraternal grandparents, Lowell and Phyllis Whitehead of St. Peter. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Joseph Goodson; and an uncle, Brad Goodson. [submitted by Sandy Bollhorst]
A 28-year-old Farina man has died in a single vehicle accident in Fayette County. State Police say Kelly Whitehead ran off Fayette County Road 18-75 East five miles northwest of St. Peter after losing control in the loose gravel. He was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. State Police say the wreck apparently occurred early yesterday morning, but was not discovered until 11:16 yesterday morning. Whitehead was pronounced dead on the scene. [submitted by Sandy Bollhorst]
WHITTEN, LOUIE GLYN
INVERNESS, FL--WHITTEN, LOUIE GLYN, 75, of Inverness, died Friday (Sept. 13, 1991) at home. He was born in Bingham, Ill., and was a retired administrator at a nursing center. He co-owned Tyrone Medical Inn, St. Petersburg, was former administrator at the Inverness Health Care Center and Cypress Cove, former clergyman and a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Survivors include his wife, Lois; a son, David A., San Mateo, Calif.; a daughter, Donna King, Reardon, Wash.; his mother, Linda F., Bingham; six brothers, Loren E. and Jesse, both of Bingham, H. Lee, Stevensville, Md., Casey E., Oreana, Ill., W. Carl, Glendale, Calif., and Bill, Altamont, Ill.; two sisters, Ila Grigg, Decatur, Ill., and Loretta Bolte, Nokomis, Ill.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Hooper Funeral Home, Inverness. [St. Petersburg Times (FL) - Saturday, September 14, 1991-submitted by A. Newell]
WILLIAMS, MAGGIE ALBERTA
ST. ELMO - Maggie Alberta Williams, 101, of St. Elmo, formerly of Mulberry Grove, died Tuesday (June 15, 2004) in her home. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday in Kessel Funeral Home, St. Elmo, with visitation 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in McInturff Cemetery, Vandalia. Maggie was born April 12, 1903, in Tamalco, the daughter of Edward and Mary Belle (Coin) Gum. [June 17, 2004, Herald & Review (Decatur, IL), Page: D3; submitted by Sandy Bollhorst]
Country-Western Star Tex Williams, 68
LOS ANGELES, CA--Country-western singer, songwriter and actor TEX WILLIAMS, best known for his million-selling single "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette," has died at the age of 68. Williams, who enjoyed his greatest popularity in the 1940s, died Friday evening at Newhall Community Hospital of complications from cancer diagnosed several months ago, Dr. Bienvenido Tan said. Besides "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke," which told of the determination of smokers to keep puffing their cigarettes, Williams also received critical acclaim during the 1940s and early 1950s for his singles "California Polka," "Texas in My Soul" and "Leaf of Love." Although Williams was a heavy smoker who went through as many as two packs a day, the cancer that killed him began in his bladder, forcing doctors to remove it, and later spread to his liver, said his daughter, Sandi Aiello. In the end, she said, Williams died of kidney failure.
Born Sol Williams on Aug. 23, 1917, in rural Ramsey, Ill., Williams had his own one-man band radio program on a local station by the age of 13. After completing high school, he moved to Los Angeles, where he broke into movies in a film called "Rollin' Home to Texas" with Tex Ritter. From the late 1930s to the early 1950s, while under contract to Universal International, Williams appeared in another 24 movies, with such co-stars as Charles Starrett, Buster Crabbe and Judy Canova. During that time, he played with Peggy West and her Rocky Mountaineers, Cliff Goddard and his Reno Racketeers and the Colorado Hillbillies headed by Walt Schrum. During his first recording session after he joined Spade Cooley's band as lead vocalist, Williams sang "Shame on You," which was a major country-western hit during the mid-1940s. In 1946, Williams formed his own 12-piece band, the Western Caravan, and signed with Capitol Records, soon establishing himself as one of that label's major artists. For almost 10 years, the group drew capacity crowds in such places as the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles and Chicago's Aragon Ballroom and Oriental Theatre. Up to the time the group was disbanded in 1965, it was regularly featured on major radio and television programs, including the Grand Ole Opry, National Barn Dance and Gene Autry's Melody Ranch. Williams also starred for a time in his own network program, "Riverside Rancho." Although his performing career slowed in the 1960s and 1970s, Williams remained active in the country music community, becoming the first president of the Academy of Country and Western Music. In 1983, Williams' name was added to the Newhall Western Walk of Fame, which is dedicated to actors who made Old West movies in the Santa Clarita Valley. Williams produced one of his last albums, "California Express Featuring Tex Williams," in 1981. He staged his final performance last New Year's Eve. In addition to his daughter, Williams is survived by his wife, Dallas, and a 3-year-old granddaughter. [Los Angeles Times (CA) - October 13, 1985 - Submitted by Anna Newell]
Katie Willis, 77, of Vandalia, Ill., died Nov. 5, (1982) in Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care Center there. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Nov. 8 in Hohlt Funeral Home, Vandalia, with the Rev. Lowell Fogler officiating. Burial was in Fairlawn Cemetery, Vandalia. Mrs. Willis was born Feb. 24, 1905 in Randolph County (AR), a daughter of the Rev. W. T. and Mary Shoffet. She was a member of Crown Point Community Church, rural Vandalia. She married Walter Willis on Sept. 31, 1931 in Arkansas. Surviving are her husband; daughters, Mrs. John (Geneva) Holbrook of Shobonier, Ill., and Mabel Turner of Buna, Texas. One daughter preceded her in death. [Pocahontas (AR) Star Herald, Nov 25, 1982; submitted by Freda Roberts]
Rose Wuehler, 85, of St. Peter died at 2:55 a.m. today, April 10, 2006, at Fayette County Long Term Care Unit, Vandalia. Arrangements are incomplete at Pagel Funeral Home, St. Peter.
Isaac M. Zent, a former Auburn citizen, and known all over our county, died Saturday at Vandalia, Illinois, at the home of his mother, where he went to spend Christmas. While there he took sick with pneumonia, recovering so as to be about, later suffering a relapse and died. He left Auburn about 8 years ago, having been prominently connected with many Auburn industries. In 1882 he was made Wabash station agent at Auburn and served 28 years there, and in 1910 was appointed postmaster. Mr. Zent was very active politically, serving a number of years as treasurer of the Republican committee. The body was returned for burial. [Saint Joseph County, Indiana newspaper, 9 Feb 1933, submitted by Ida Maack Recu]
ZENT, JESSE J
JESSE J. ZENT DIES AT HOME
Was Harvester Company Representative
Jesse J. Zent, 81, died at 1:15 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at his home at 1040 Rivermet avenue, following a seven-month illness. A retired branch manager for the International Harvester company for 45 years, he served as the company's first representative in South America and later traveled in Europe. Mr. Zent was a member of the Masonic lodge at Auburn and of the Scottish Rite here. His wife, Mrs. Christine Zent, died in March, 1939. Survivors include a daughter, Miss Mary Zent, Instructor at Central high school; two sons, Gerald of this city and Moody Zent of Indianapolis; one grandchild; a sister, Mrs. George Capps, and a brother, Rollie Zent, both of Vandalia, Ill. The body was removed to Klaehn & Sons' funeral home and will be taken home at 3 o'clock this afternoon. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the residence. Dr. George William Allison officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery at Auburn. [Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (Indiana) July 14, 1943 - Submitted by Ida Maack Recu]