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SANDS, LUCINDA JANE, was born on the old Sands homestead on Crawford Creek, Calhoun County, Illinois, on the 28th day of March 1858, and departed this life on Tuesday, March 14, 1922, making her age 63 years, 11 months and 16 days. Her father, Wm. Sands, came from Indiana, and her mother Lucindia, came from Tennessee, and was among the pioneer settlers in Calhoun County. "Aunt Lucinda" as we all knew her, was married to John W. Buchanan, May 27, 1880. Deceased was one of a family of 10 children to-wit: Mary, Benjamin, Jeptha, Abram, John, the subject of this sketch, William, Stephen, a daughter unnamed and Thomas. But three of that once large family remain, namely Jeptha, John and Thomas. Besides the three brothers, the deceased leaves four children to mourn her departure, they are: Charles and Harvey Buchanan of Alton, and Mrs. Willis "Brade" Blackorby and Harry Buchanan of Hamburg. "Aunt Lucindia" was a member of the Church of Christ at Indian Creek and her work of love will long be remembered by all who knew her. She was like until Dorcas of Acts 9:39 working with her hands that others might enjoy the fruits of her labors. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, from henceforth their labors and works do follow them: Rev. 14:13. The body was laid to rest in the Indian Creek Cemetery after words of comfort spoken by Eld. John S. Wilson. Funeral was held at the church at two o'clock P.M., Friday, March 17, 1922.
Submitted from Fannie Guthrie Buchanan's scrapbook by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

SCHUMANN, John Michael
John Michael Schumann, Birth; 13 Jul 1880, Death; 23 Mar 1971
The oldest child of William Schumann and Catherine (nee Schumann) Schumann, John was married to Matilda J. "Tillie" Gerecke. They were the parents of 3 children. John died at a nursing home in Pittsfield, Illinois at the age of 90 years. He was survived by 2 sons, Pete and Bob Schumann; 2 grandsons; 1 brother, Lawrence Schumann of Kampsville, Illinois; and 2 sisters, Minnie Gerecke of Meredosia, Illinois, and Della Foiles of Boulder, Colorado. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife, Tillie, in 1961; and 1 daughter, Edna Trowbridge. Visitation was held at St. John's Lutheran Church in Kampsville on 25 Mar 1971. Funeral services were conducted there at 2 p.m. the following afternoon. The C. C. Hanks Funeral Home in Hardin, Illinois was in charge of arrangements.
[Submitted by Cheryl Clendenny - Dec. 27, 2016]

SCHUMANN, Matilda J. Mrs.
Mrs. Matilda J. Schumann, wife of John M. Schumann of Kampsville, died at 9 p.m., Wednesday in Jersey Community Hospital. She had been in failing health for some time, but hospitalized only a few days. Mrs. Schumann, 79, was born in Kampsville, a daughter of the late Herman and Barbara Seiberman Gerecke. She was married Nov. 7, 1915, to John Schumann. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Walter, Hardin. and John, Kampsville; three brothers. Henry Gereeke, Kampsville: Carl, Meredosia. and Arthur. Pekin; four sisters, Mrs. Carrie Waldheuser, Mrs. Rebecca Jacobs and Miss Elizabeth Gerecke, Kampsville. and Mrs. Anna Oerter, St. Louis, and two grandchildren. Mrs. Schumann was a member 0f the Lutheran Church, Kampsville, and funeral rites Saturday at 2 p.m. will be conducted in the church. Burial will be in Summit Grove Cemetery.
[Alton Evening Telegraph - Wed. Dec. 14, 1961 - Submitted by Cheryl Clendenny]

Hardin - Charles E. Sconce Sr., 67, a farmer, died unexpectedly at his home in Hamburg, Sunday at 4 p.m. He was born in Calhoun County, March 5, 1892, and was married 43 years ago to the former Miss Goldie Swearingin, who survives. Mr. Sconce was serving as the Republican committeeman of Hamburg precinct; was a former county commissioner, and member of the Indian Creek Church of Christ. Also surviving are a son, Charles Sconce Jr., two half brothers and half sisters, who are Homer Fieldler and Mrs. Daisy Bunce of St. Charles; Mrs. Sadie Hanks, East Hardin, and Roscoe Fiedler of Peoria; two grandchildren. The body will be moved from Hanks Funeral Home in HArdin, to the residence, where friends may call after 12 noon Tuesday. Funeral rites at 2 p.m. Wednesday will be in the Indian Creek Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
[Alton Evening Telegraph 20 Apr 1959, Mon. page 19 - Submitted by Cheryl Clendenny]

Nina L. Sessler, 72, of Kampsville, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy with her family by her side.
She was a homemaker. She graduated from Clendenin High School in Clendenin, W.Va. and upon graduation joined the U.S. Navy, where she proudly served her country. Born June 6, 1938, in Wilbur, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Everett and Lucy (Hickman) Stewart.
Surviving are a son, Ron Sessler of Scott, Ark.; two daughters, Deanna Stamper of Pittsfield and Kim (Dan) Wilcox of Kampsville; 18 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Ron Drummond.
A memorial visitation will be held Thursday, Feb, 17, 2011 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hanks-Gress Funeral Home in Hardin. Burial will be private and at a later date in West Virginia. [PikePress - Submitted by Bill Browning]

Lester Shaw, 78, of Pleasant Hill died at 4:04 p.m. Monday (Feb. 23, 1987) at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield, after an extended illness. Mr. Shaw was a retired farmer and a member of Farmers Ridge Church of Christ. Surviving are his wife, two sisters, Mrs. Ann Scranton of Pittsfield and Mrs. Ruby Noble of Louisiana, Mo.; a brother, Russell Shaw of Griggsville and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by seven brothers and two sisters. Services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Ward-Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill by Brother Wilson Ramsey. Burial will be in Summit Grove Cemetery near Kampsville. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. [Unknown newspaper, c. Feb 1987; Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas who add: Mr. Shaw was born in Calhoun County June 19, 1908, a son of Calvin and Minnie Martin Shaw. He married Mary C. Barnes in Louisiana, Mo. Jan. 21, 1946. She survives.]

SIDWELL, Kenneth
Hardin- Funeral services for Kenneth Sidwell were conducted by Brother Eugene Winter of the Pittsfield Church of Christ at the Hardin Presbyterian Church here Monday afternoon. Masonic rites were observed at the graveside in Hardin Cemetery. Death from thrombosis came suddenly Wednesday in Tempe, Ariz., where the family had been living for the past several years. The body reached Hardin Saturday afternoon and remained at the home of his parents, Dr. and Mrs. E. L. Sidwell, until the funeral service. Sidwell was born in North Calhoun Oct. 8, 1907. He attended grade school in Kampsville and graduated from the Jerseyville High School. After graduation from high school he attended a school of embalming in Chicago and subsequently established a funeral home here. He and his wife later lived for some time in Wood River, where he was stricken with an illness which made it necessary for them to locate in Arizona for the benefit of his health. He was converted and baptized into the Jerseyville Church of Christ when he was a high school student. Later he transferred membership to the Wood River church. There being no church of that faith in Tempe, the family had been attending the Congregational Church there. He was a member of Hardin A.F. and A.M. Lodge No. 792, where he had served as master in 1941. Survivors are his wife, the former Esther Fowler, a son, Jerry and a daughter, Joan. Jerry who is in the navy, was at sea and was unable to attend the funeral. Joan was to graduate with her high school class in Tempe Friday night. He is also survived by his parents and one sister, Mrs. Ted Ringhausen, of Fieldon, and by a large number of relatives.
[Alton Evening Telegraph 29 May 1951, Tue. page 18 - Submitted by Cheryl Clendenny]

Albert Lee Slone, 60, of Hamburg , died Thursday, October 8, 1998 at Christian Hospital Northeast in St. Louis . A construction laborer, he was a member of Local 968 in Hardin and retired in 1991. He was a member of the Indian Creek Church of Christ in Hamburg , where he served as an elder, teacher, song leader and treasurer faithfully for many years. He also served as sexton of the cemetery for several years. He served as village trustee for four terms on the Hamburg Village Board and had served as a volunteer fireman in Hamburg until his failing health. Born December 3, 1937 in Kampsville, he was the son of the late Charles L. and Gertrude Varble Slone. He married Shirley A. Carroll August 31, 1959 in Hamburg and she survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Anita M. Bogan of Pittsfield, two sons, Kenneth L. Slone of Hamburg and Dennis L. Slone of Hardin; one brother, Charles L. Slone Jr of Bethalto; two sisters, Betty Lammy and Eileen Doerr both of Hamburg; one half brother, Danny Rulon; eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one sister, Geneva Pyatt. Visitation was held Sunday at Hanks-Gubser Funeral Home in Hardin. The funeral was conducted Monday, October 12, 1998 at Indian Creek Church of Christ in Hamburg with Brothers Art Rowland and Ray Shup officiating. Burial was in Indian Creek Cemetery in Hamburg . Memorials may be made to the Indian Creek Church of Christ, church cemetery and Calhoun ambulance service. [Submitted by Christine Walters]

Mary Snider Died Friday At Age 85
Mrs. Mary F. Snider was born September 4, 1858 in Brooklyn, Indiana, the daughter of Silas and Martha Eli Hiatt and passed away October 29, 1943, at Kampsville, attaining the age of 85 years, 1 month and 25 days.
She had been a resident of Calhoun county 64 years. She was united in marriage to John A. Snider on May 7, 1880 in Hardin by the late Stephen McDonald. Mr. Snider died in 1939.
She was the mother of ten children, four of who survive, Mrs. Wylis Arnett, Carlinville; Allen D. Snider, Hardin; Ernest A. Snider, Alton; Mrs. Laura Sheff, Los Angeles, California; one sister, Mrs. Laura White, Thorp, Washington; 21 grandchildren 28 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted at the Pentecostal church in Hardin at 2 p.m. Tuesday, the Rev. Frank Cook officiating. Interment was in Hardin cemetery under direction of C.C. Hanks Funeral Service. [Unknown Contributor - Thanks!]

Mrs. Lela Mae Steinberg, wife of Edward Steinberg of near Pleasant Hill, died Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. in Illini Hospital, Pittsfield. She was 65. Born in Calhoun County, Aug. 20, 1901, at Village Green, she was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Thomas. For the past 21 years she lived near Pleasant Hill. She was married April 14, 1920, at Hardin to Edward Steinberg. Surviving beside her husband are a son, Glenn, East Alton; four daughters, Mrs. Bernetta Dobernick, Nokomis; Mrs. Helen Winchell, and Mrs. Wanda Polston, Pleasant Hill, and Mrs. Jean Howland, Hamburg; two sisters, Mrs. Ola Hobbs, Nebo, and Mrs. Freda McBride, Pittsfield. There are 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Mrs. Steinberg was a member of the Church of Christ, Nebo, where services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Summit Grove Cemetery. The body is at Ward Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, where friends may call after Friday afternoon and until time of the funeral. [Alton Evening Telegraph, 22 Sep 1966, Thu. page 33 - Contributed by Cheryl Clendenny]

Suhling, Herman M.
Herman M. Suhling, 71, of Hammond, and a Calhoun County native, died at Friday, March 19, 2010, at St. John's Hospice in Springfield. He was born June 24, 1938 at Hillcrest in Calhoun County, a son of Charles W. and Wilhelmina B. Goetz Suhling. He married Sandra J. Thomas Sept. 22, 1959 in Pittsfield and she survives.
Herman was a long time employee of the Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company, beginning his career in Pleasant Hill and retiring from the Tuscola plant.
He was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam conflict and a life time member of the Pleasant Hill American Legion Post and also a life time member of the Harman House Museum in Pleasant Hill. He enjoyed hunting and was a member of the National Rifle Association. Most importantly, he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra J. Suhling of Hammond; a daughter, Debra (David) Hinds of Decatur; two granddaughters, Amanda and Chelsea Retherford; two great-grandsons, Clayton B. and Evan Michael Retherford; five sisters, Maxine Trosley of Moro, Virginia Frye of Alton, Annette Clark of Hannibal, Mo., Ann Marie Bollinger of East Alton and Rachel Asmus of Overland Park, Kan.; also two brothers, Aloys C. Suhling of St. Charles, Mo. and Roy E. Suhling of Pleasant Hill; numerous nieces and nephews; a mother-in-law, Bessie Thomas of Pleasant Hill; a brother-in-law, John Thomas of Pleasant Hill; and a sister-in-law, Georgia Smith of Granite City. Herman was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Evelyn Simmons and Betty Jean Suhling in childhood and by a brother, Virgil Suhling.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 23 at 11 a.m. at the Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Burial, with military honors, followed at Crescent eights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. Visitation was held Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Crescent Heights Cemetery Association, St. John's Hospice in Springfield or to the charity or organization of the donor's choice. Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill is handling the arrangements.
[Pike Press - Submitted by Bill Browning]

Joseph Adrian Suhling, 82, died at 9:25 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, at St. John's Hospice, Springfield, following a brief illness. He was born Sept. 15, 1927, near Kampsville, the younger son of Walter R. and Mary Blanche (Christner) Suhling. He graduated from Kampsville High School before entering the Army. He began working at Mrs. Tucker's (later Anderson Clayton Foods) in Jacksonville, Ill., in 1955, until his retirement in 1993. He lived in the Woodson/Jacksonville area most of his life until moving to Pleasant Hill in 2001.
He married the former Shirley Jayne Penn on Aug. 14, 1949. She preceded him in death on Jan. 14, 1999. He married Corda Lee Hagen on July 28, 2001, who survives.
He is also survived by three children, daughters, N. Christine Suhling of Denver, Colo., Brenda J. (Mark) Allan of Auburn, Ill., and son, Vaughn J. (Darlene) Suhling of rural Arenzville, Ill.; one grandchild, Casey Lauren Suhling of St. Louis; one brother, Walter R. (Mary) Suhling of Perry, Ill. He is also survived by two stepdaughters, Tambra (Jim) Stewart of Springfield, Ill., and Melody (Larry) Clark of Fulton, Mo., and several stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.
His hobbies included woodworking and collecting antique farm tractors. He had been involved in Prairieland Heritage Museum in Jacksonville, Ill., and was a member of the American Legion in Pleasant Hill. He had been a longtime member of various Methodist churches in the Jacksonville area, especially being involved in vocal choirs and Methodist Men. He later became a member of the Belleview Community Evangelical Church, Belleview, Ill., having been Sunday school superintendent and song leader.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at Lummis Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.
Services will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at Belleview Community Evangelical Church, followed by graveside services at Diamond Grove Cemetery, Jacksonville, Ill.

Hardin - S. Earl Sweeney, DDS, 72, died Tuesday at his home in Hardin. He had been a dentist in Wellston, St. Louis, Mo. for 48 years before moving to Hardin 10 years ago. He was born Feb. 15, 1899, in Columbus, Ind. and was a member of the Presbyterian Church and Shriner's Clayton Lodge. Surviving are his widow, the former Eva Pontero; three brother, Irwin of St. Louis, Sherman of St. Jacob, Ill. and Carl of Neosho, Mo.; and a sister, Mrs. Margaret Richardson of Miami, Okla. Friends may call after 2:30 p.m. today at Hanks Funeral Home in Hardin, where the Rev. James O. Jarrell will conduct funeral services at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Presbyterian Church in Hardin. Burial will be in Valhalla Mausoleum in St. Louis. The Heart Fund and the Shriner's Crippled Children's Fund have been names as memorials.
[Alton Evening Telegraph Wed. Jun. 23 1971 - Submitted by Cheryl Clendenny]

Eva Sweeney, 83, of Hardin, died at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 25, 1984 at Normandy Osteopathic Hospital in St. Louis. She was born in Calhoun County, daughter of the late Louis and Etta (Gardner) Pontero. She married S. Earl Sweeney who preceded her in death in 1971. Surviving are a sister, Annette Frey of St. Louis; and a brother Milo Pontero of Kampsville. Visitation was after 6:30 p.m. Friday, December 28, 1984 at Hanks Funeral Home in Hardin. Services were conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 29, 1984 at the Presbyterian Church in Hardin with Rev. Dan Johnson officiating. They moved to Valhalla Mausoleum in St. Louis whre there was a short visitation at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 29, 1984. Memorials are suggested to the Hardin Presbyterian Church of which she was a member.
[Submitted by Cheryl Clendenny]

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