Obituaries and Death Notices
of Sangamon County, Illinois

S - Surnames


Sarah Matilda Sampson
Died – Near this city on the 13th, at the residence of Mr. F. F. Sampson, Sarah Matilda, only child of Jacob F. and Rebecca Sampson.  “The Lord giveth an d the Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of the lord.” - Communicated. [Sa ngamo Journal (Springfield, IL) – October 8, 1841]

Pearl Mae Seaton
Pocahontas, AR--Mrs. Pearl Mae Seaton, 79, of Springfield, Ill., passed away in Memorial Medical Center there, Sunday (Nov 10, 1985).  She was born May 2, 1906 in Naylor, Mo., a daughter of the late William and Mary Elizabeth Lamb Watson. She is survived by three sons, Buster Seaton of Neosho, Mo., and Bill and Sam Seaton of Springfield, Ill.; four daughters, Mrs. Mary Wilkerson of Ravenden Springs, AR, Mrs. Goldie Hall of Alexandria, La., and Mrs. Christena Burch and Mrs. Jerrie Marie Gates of Springfield; a brother, Frank Watson of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; 23 grandchiildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home (Pocahontas) with Butler Smith officiating.  Burial followed in Charter Oak Cemetery with McNabb's in charge. [Pocahontas (AR) Star Herald, Nov 14, 1985; submitted by Freda Roberts]

John H. Shaffer

John H. "Ted" Shaffer, 74, of Roodhouse, died early Tuesday morning, Aug. 16, 2011, at his residence. Born in St. Louis Jan. 4, 1937, he was the son of the late George and Jessie (Hoskins) Shaffer. He married Linda Sue Miller on Jan. 8, 1994, in Roodhouse, and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, George (Brenda) Shanks of Chico, Calif., and Donald (Robyn) Shaffer of Shreveport, La.; a daughter, Pamela Ray of Unico, Tenn.; one stepson, Charles "Sam" Tupper Jr. of Chicago; seven grandchildren, Tamela Rash, Eleni Shaffer, Jacob Shaffer, Jessica Breault, Jarred Ray, Tristen Flower and Casey Camp; a stepgrandson, Joseph Tanner; eight great-grandchildren, Emirie Tanner, Kadin Harelson, Eion Glacken, Nova Glacken, Kelsey Dodge, Michael Milam, Makayla Milam and Jackson Tanner; and a sister Johanna Cox of White Hall. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Letricia Buchanan and Mary Canady; and a brother, Lester Shaffer. He worked for 15 years as a GE Telephone contractor. He served in the U.S. Navy for 30 years. He enjoyed old cars, scratch offs, he loved to cook and was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan. He was very kind to his neighbors taking them to various appointments. Graveside funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield where military services will be conducted. Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Roodhouse is in charge of arrangements. [Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Robert D. Sheppard
Robert D. "Bob" Sheppard, 62, of Franklin, passed away at 1:10 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2011, at Memorial Medical Center. Bob was born March 17, 1949, in Springfield, the son of Ruth Marie Sheppard. Bob graduated from Franklin High School in 1967 and proudly served his country in Vietnam in the Marine Corps earning the Purple Heart. He worked as a postal carrier for over 40 years and was known for his great sense of humor. He was preceded in death by his brother, Theodore "Ted" Sheppard. He is survived by his daughter, Kelsey Rae Hearin of Palmyra; mother, Ruth Marie Bess of New Berlin; sister, Frances A. (husband, Norman) Casson of New Berlin; brother, Charles Leo Kissick of Alexander; several aunts and uncles; two nieces; two nephews; three great-nieces; one great-nephew; and several cousins. Cremation was accorded by Butler Cremation Tribute Center prior to ceremonies. Memorial ceremony will be held 1 p.m. on Friday at Berlin Christian Church, 2580 S. Wake Road, New Berlin, with the Rev. Warren Brosi officiating. The family of Robert "Bob" D. Sheppard is being served by McCullough-Delaney & Butler Funeral Home, 714 E. Gibson St., New Berlin. [Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Ruth Sidener
Illinois State Journal, 6-4-1940, p. 16:
"SIDENER, MRS. RUTH CANFIELD – 0f 227 Milton avenue, died at 8:25 pm. Monday June 3, 1940 at Springfield hospital. Age 33 years. Survived by husband, Thomas; two daughters, Marianne and Betty Jane; six sons, Thomas, Jr.; Hohn, Harry, Robert, Carl Joseph and Raymond Louis; six sisters, Mrs. Mary Hoffa, Pontiac, Mich.; Mrs. Ruby Hibbs, Mrs. Helen Misdonski, Mrs. Myrtle Young and Mrs. Edna Schaffner, all of Springfield; two aunts, Mrs. Jane Voelker and Mrs. Pearl Spates, both of Springfield; three uncles, John Canfield, Charles Nickelson and William Nickelson, Bradfordton. Remains at Ellinger & Kunz funeral home. Funeral announcements later." Donated by Carla Leber

Thomas Sidener

Illinois State Journal, 5-7-1950, p. 8:
"THOMAS SIDENER – Funeral services for Thomas Sidener, 50, of 2036 E. Monroe St., who died at 3:15 a.m. yesterday at St. John's hospital, will be held at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at Bisch Memorial home. Rev. Donald J. Finley will officiate and burial will be in Oak Ridge cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 3 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until time of services tomorrow. Mr. Sidener is survived by five sons, John, Harry, Bob, Joe and Raymond; two daughters, Mrs. Betty Chase and Mrs. Mary Ann Eddington, all of Springfield; one sister, Mrs. Bessie Hughey, Curran, and two grandchildren." Donated by Carla Leber

George Arthur Sills

George Arthur Sills, 66, of Roodhouse, died Sunday afternoon, Aug. 14, 2011, at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Peoria. Born in Iuka, Oct. 21, 1944, he was the son of the late Herschel and Frances (Walker) Sills. He married the former Shirley Hardwick Short on July 11, 2009, in Jerseyville, and she survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Cathy (Wayne) Fortner of Herrin and Penny Crow of Salem; a son, Phillip Sills of Taylorville; five stepdaughters, Jennifer (Jorge) Koranyi of Hawaii, Penny Everts of Jerseyville, Jessica (Michael) Stromske of Grafton, Kathy (Martin) Short of Jerseyville and Lisa Burch of Minnesota; two stepsons, James Ray of White Hall and Andy Ruek of Springfield; five grandchildren, Justin (Lindsay), Trenton, Brandon and Levi Fortner and Brittany Crow; and five stepgrandchildren, Branden Everts, Kaitlyn Everts, Jacob Everts, Joshua Koranyi and Magan Stromske. A sister, Vera (Nick) DeWeese of Flora; and two brothers, Sherman Sills of Tennessee and Ellis (Pat) Sills of Shelbyville, also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter, Brenda Sills. He was a member of the White Hall First Christian Church and the Moose Lodge in Jacksonville. He worked for 27 years for Pony Graves at Illiopolis and three years at Morrow Bros. Ford in Greenfield as a master mechanic. He later worked at Walmart and for Home Depot in Jacksonville. He worked part time for the City of Roodhouse. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday at the Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Roodhouse. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Illiopolis. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Illiopolis. [Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Bertha Ida Smith

SMITH, MRS. BERTHA IDA- of 125 West Jefferson Street, died at 5 p.m. Saturday March 21, 1936, age 39 years. Survived by one son, William: one daughter, Mrs. Iva Mae Vespa, both of city; father, Fred Weber, Neeleys Landings, Missouri; mother, Mrs. Fred Murray, Murphysboro; one sister, Mrs. Al Lueck, city, three half-brothers, Remains to Ellinger & Kunz [Illinois State Journal, 3/22/1936; Submitted By Jean Hohimer]

George W. Smith
Death's Decree: Geo. W. Smith, one of Prairie Hill's best citizens, born in Sangamon county, Ill., died of kidney trouble Monday, February 10, 1908, aged 65 years, A wife survives him. His remains were laid to rest with Masonic honors in McCurry cemetery, near Hamden, Tuesday. [Chariton Courier. (Keytesville, Chariton County, Mo.), 14 Feb. 1908; sub by KT]

Marceline Mae Reincke Smith
died: June 13, 1997
TAYLORVILLE - Marceline M. Smith, 69, of Taylorville, formerly of Stonington, died Friday at Memorial Medical Center.
Survivors: a son, Allen D. "Butch" Smith of Taylorville; two daughters, Monica Harrold and Dee Ann Smith, both of Taylorville; four grandchildren; and mother, Opal Reincke of Taylorville.
Services: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Connolly-McClure Funeral Home, Taylorville. Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Taylorville. State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, June 15, 1997

Herald & Review, Decatur, IL, June 15, 1997 same info as above with the following additional:
Member: Fairview United Methodist Church.
Preceded by: father and two brothers.
Submitted by Sara Hemp

Olive L. Southwell Smith
Olive L. Southwell Smith, 97 of Beardstown, met the Lord surrounded by 25 of her family and friends at her home on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011. She was born Nov. 23, 1914, in Beardstown, the daughter of Lorenzo Edwards and Olive Gwendoline Weare Southwell. She married Edward Mitchell Smith on March 3, 1931, in Gem, Kan., and he preceded her in death on May 5, 1969. Surviving are her children, E. Marie Bunker of Redondo Beach, Calif., C. Victor (wife, Nikki Kaul) Smith of Frederick, E. Mitchell Smith (companion, Edie Pedigo) of Havana, Mary M. Smith of Evansville, Ind., A.C. "Burr" Smith, Nolan L. "Lanny" (wife, Mary Ann Fishel) Smith and Sandra S. "Sandy" (husband, John) Wilcox, all of Beardstown, and Ruth H. Smith (companion, Dee Richardson) of Torrance, Calif.; one foster son, John W. Aten (wife, Alta Connor) of Beardstown; 23 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; and numerous great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two grandchildren, Claudia S. Riner and John W. "John John" Wilcox; three sisters, Addie Lawless, Sarah Robinson and M. Mildred "Midge" Gilmore; four brothers, Warren F. "Whitey" and Robert P. "Bob" Southwell, and Oliver and Benjamin Southwell, both in infancy; and her significant friend, Ivan Kettering. Olive attended Beardstown schools. During school she left to help with her family farm and later began working and retired from the State Mental Hospital in Jacksonville. She obtained her GED and associate's degree and was recognized as a member of the Beardstown class of 1934. In 1984, she was honored as having eight children graduate from Beardstown High School. Olive attended Beardstown First Christian Church, and was a life member of the VFW Post 1239 Ladies Auxiliry of Beardstown. She was also the widow of a World War I Veteran. Olive was a caller for the Red Cross Blood Drives for many years. She enjoyed crocheting, playing the piano, gardening and canning food, and making wine. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. As she requested, her body will be donated to the Illinois Anatomical Gift Association. A Celebration of Life will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, at Beardstown First Christian Church. Private graveside services will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery at a later date. [Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Ralph J Smith
Ralph J. Smith, 46, Springfield, was found dead in his bed in a Sterling motel at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday. His body was discovered by the motel manager after a maid was unable to get into the room Wednesday afternoon. Smith had registered Tuesday night at the motel. He was listed as a representative of the Master Craft Furniture Co., Omaha, Neb. Whiteside County Coroner John Ardapple said death was apparently due to natural causes. A later autopsy revealed that death was caused by a fatal heart attack. The body was returned from the Grennan and Son Funeral Home to Springfield this morning by the Staab Funeral Home of that city, where funeral services will be held Saturday morning. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, August 10, 1967 - Thursday, pg 2] Submitted by Melva L. Taylor

Thomas D. Smith
In Memory of Thomas D. Smith. Born October 29, 1942.
Date of Death April 1, 2003.
Services from Bramley Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m., Friday - April 4, 2003.
Clergy Officiating is Rev. J.L. Penfold. Final Resting Place will be at Auburn Cemetery in Auburn, Illinois. Services conducted by Bramley Funeral Home in Auburn, Illinois.

William T. Spencer
Taken from the Auburn Citizen

Former Citizen of Auburn Answers Deaths Summons
William T. Spencer died in Chicago Sunday, November 14th. He was born in Auburn, The 27th January, 1800. He is survived by two brothers, Lloyd G. of Chicago and George W., now residing in Dallas, Texas. Many of the old citizens of Auburn and vicinity will remember him very well.

Charles Squires
Charles Squires, a Mexican war veteran, fell dead at Illiopolis from heart disease, age 70 years. [The Watseka Republican, 13 April 1892; Sub. by: dmcneeley]

Sarah Stonham
Died, at 11:10 o'clock Saturday night, Feb. 18, 1911, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Maggie Chonister [sic], at Salisburg [sic], Mrs. Sarah Stonham, aged 52 years. The remains were brought at 7:30 o'clock last evening to the residence of the decenent's [sic] daughter, Mrs. Frederick Steil, 1607 South Eleventh street. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Mrs. Stonham was born in Menard county, but had been a resident of this city the last thirty years until, because of ill health, she removed to the home of her daughter at Salisbury three months ago. She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal church. Decedent is survived by two sons, Charles and George Stonham, both of this city, five daughters, Mrs. John Cawley, jr., Mrs. Frederick Steil and Mrs. Frank Steil, all of Springfield; Mrs. Henry Chonister of Salisbury, and Mrs. Samuel Reynolds of Buffalo." [Illinois State Journal, 2-20-1911, p.7, Springfield, IL; Donated by Carla Leber]

Charles Stonham
Illinois State Journal: 2/3/25, p. 10, Springfield, IL

"STONHAM, CHARLES EDWARD –Died at 8:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 1925, at St. John's hospital of complications, aged 39 years, 5 months and 28 days. Survived by one brother, George; five sisters, Mrs. John Cawley, Mrs. Henry Cronsiter, Mrs. Samuel Reynolds, Mrs. Fred Steil and Mrs. Frank Steil. Remains to Bisch & Son's Home for Services. Funeral announcements later." Donated by Carla Leber

George E. Stonham
Illinois State Journal: 2-7-36, p. 3 Springfield, IL
"GEO. E STONHAM DIES FOLLOWING LONG ILLNESS – Was World War Veteran; Funeral Services Will Be Held Tomorrow: George Ember Stonham, 1609 South Walnut street, died at 6:15 a.m. yesterday, following a long illness. For more than twenty years he wa an employee of the Central Illinois Light company. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow at the Bisch Memorial home and at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal church, of which he was a member. Rev. Edward Haughton will officiate and interment will be in Oak Ridge cemetery. Mr. Stonham was a veteran of the World war, serving with Co. A, twenty-first infantry, at Camp Kearney, Calif. Surviving are his wife, Ruth; two daughters, Mildred and Georgia; one son, John; five sisters, Mrs. John Cawley, Mrs. Margaret Groat, Mrs. Fred Steil and Mrs. Frankl Steil, all of Springfield, and Mrs. Sam Reynolds, Bedford, Ind."

Funeral notice

Illinois State Journal 2-8-36, p. 12, Springfield, IL: "STONHAM – Funeral for George E. Stonham, 1609 South Walnut street, will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Bisch Memorial home and 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal church, Rev. Edward Haughton officiating. Interment in Oak Ridge with Sangamon post No. 32, American Legion, holding rites at grave. Bisch & son in Charge." Illinois State Journal: 2-8-36, p. 12.

Catherine Illinois Strong
Died – On the 25th inst. in this city, Catherine Illinois Strong, the youngest dau ghter of Mr. and Mrs. Schuyler Strong. [Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL) – Fr iday, October 1, 1841]


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