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CHOBANIAN, MICHAEL
Pekin IL-
Michael N. Chobanian 83, of Pekin passed away Friday November 19, 2010 at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin. He was born October 13, 1927 to John and Elizabeth Campbell Chobanian in Racine, WI. He married Dolores J. “Dolly” Kalenofske May 29, 1954 in Racine, WI. She preceded him in death April 3, 1997. He is also preceded in death by his parents, and brothers; James and Charles. He is survived by his children; Michael (Danette) Chobanian and John (Cheryl) Chobanian both of Pekin, and Joan (Ann Montgomery) Chobanian of Taylorville. He is also survived by his grandson; Derrick (Jodi) Heflin and great-granddaughter; Ella Heflin. Michael served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He received his BA from Upper Iowa University in 1953 and his MA from Bradley University in 1964. He was an English Teacher at Pekin Community High School retiring in June 1991. He was an avid coin collector and a lover of history. Michael was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin where a Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday November 23, at 10am Father Tim Nolan will officiate. Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Pekin. A Visitation will be held Monday November 22, from 5-7pm with a Wake Service at 7pm at Abts Mortuary in Pekin. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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EERTMOED, ROBERT
Pekin IL- Robert J. Eertmoed, 86, of Pekin, passed away at 8:55 a.m. Saturday, November 27, 2010 at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.  Born April 28, 1924 in Pekin to Albert B. and Theda (Groenhagen) Eertmoed, he married Dorothy L. Black on March 2, 1947 in Pekin. She survives.  Also surviving are one son, Kim R. (Angela) Eertmoed of Peoria; two grandchildren, Nicholas A. (Andrea) Eertmoed and Tobias J. Eertmoed, both of Peoria; one great-grandson, Andrew Eertmoed and one brother, Marion K. Eertmoed of Macomb.  He was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters and four brothers.  A World War II Navy veteran, Robert served in the Pacific Theater and was a Yeoman First Class.  Robert worked for the Peoria Journal Star, where he was manager of advertising sales for food and discount stores. He retired from the Journal Star in 1976 with 20 years of service. He then worked as a sales agent for American General Life for 7 years, last working in 1986. Robert started his career with the Pekin Daily Times under F.F. McNaughton. He was a former member of the Peoria Downtown Kiwanis Club, the Peoria Toastmasters Club and Pekin Elks Lodge 1271. He was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Pekin, where he was a longtime usher.  His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Pekin. The Rev. Dwight E. Borden will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. Arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ, 101 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or to American Cancer Society, 4234 North Knoxville Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614.
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STEINER, BARBARA
Pekin IL-Barbara Jean Steiner, 77, of Pekin, passed away at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 27, 2010 at Pekin Manor. Born September 13, 1933 in Rockford to Reuben M. and Evelyn (Larson) Peterson, she married Jarvis L. Steiner on June 16, 1956 in Moline.  He survives. Also surviving are two sons, Dean Steiner of Mapleton and Brad (Jean) Steiner of Mansfield, Texas; two grandchildren, Andy (Shelly) Steiner of Arlington, Texas and Mollie (Ryan) Culpepper of Mansfield, Texas; three great-grandchildren, Leah Steiner, Elijah Steiner and Lillian Culpepper; one brother, James (Agnes) Peterson of Franklin, Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. Barbara was a member of the Pekin First Church of God. She was an art teacher at Washington Junior High in Pekin for many years.  She was a member of the Tazewell County Retired Teachers Association. In addition to teaching art, she enjoyed painting, needlepoint and making dolls.  She shared her talent by creating "chalk talks" for various churches and civic groups.  She also was an exhibitor at several craft shows including the Pekin Marigold Festival.  She enjoyed donating some of her dolls to nursing home residents and through her church's missionary work in Haiti. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 3, 2010 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  The Pastor Johnny Creasong will officiate.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  Additional visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral on Friday.  Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. Memorial contributions may be given to the Pekin First Church of God Missions Fund 2520 Maywood Ave., Pekin, IL 61554 or to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.
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JOST, NICHOLAS
Pekin IL-  Nicholas B. Jost, 86 of Pekin, passed away at 10:45 am. Sunday, November 28, 2010 at his residence.  Born April 26, 1924 in Peoria County to Nicholas and Louise (Gerdes) Jost, he married Wilma Reader on June 27, 1946 in Pekin.  She survives. Also surviving are his daughter, Scarlet R. Jost of Tulsa, OK; one grandson, Jeremiah Johnson of Pasadena, CA; and one brother, Donald (Vivian) Jost of Peoria. Nicholas was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert Jost on April 15, 1999 in Mapleton. Nicholas served in the United States Marine Corps in the South Pacific Theater during World War II. He worked as a bricklayer and was later in the maintenance department at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, retiring in 1998. Nicholas was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ.He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Bricklayers Local Six. There will be no services or visitation per the family's request.  Cremation will be accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to St. Paul United Church of Christ, 101 North 8th St., Pekin, IL 61554.
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LAWSON, CARMIE
Marquette Heights IL-Carmie Jane Lawson, 98, of 134 Cahokia Rd., passed away at 1:15 p.m., Sunday, November28, 2010 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She was formerly of Brookview Apartments in Pekin. Born January 12, 1912 in Maytown, KY. to Stephen and Candace (Bowman) Lawson, she married Zollie Lawson on Mach.6, 1928 in Lewistown.She was preceded in death by her husband on November 24, 1960; 2 grandchildren; 4 brothers; 3 half-brothers; 2 sisters; and 1 half-sister. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mary Tucker of Mapleton and Dorothy Peacock of Marquette Heights; 1 son, Ralph (Renee) Lawson of Pekin; 6 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and 1 half-sister, Alma Bair of Canton. Carmie worked as a housekeeper for many Peoria families for 35 years, retiring in 1972.  She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Peoria.A graveside service will be at 10 am Wednesday at Maple Ridge Cemetery in rural Mapleton.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes and Crematory in Pekin. Memorial contributions may be made to the Children's Home, 2130 N. Knoxville Ave., Peoria, IL 61603
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HANCOCK, ARTHUR
Pekin IL- Arthur A "Yibby" Hancock 96 of 3636 Sheridan Road in Pekin, passed away at 11:25 am Sunday November 28 2010 at OSF Saint Francis Medican Center in Peoria.  Born October 27 1914 in Pekin to Thomas and Elsie Larimore Hancock, he married Doris Fern Reed on May 14 1938 in Keokuk Iowa.  She died October 28 2004 in Pekin.  He also was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; and two sisters.  Surviving are one daughter, Marilyn Judith "Judy" (Robert) Brining of Pekin; one granddaughter, Holly R. Brining of Austin, Texas; four step grandchildren, Carol McElfresh of East Peoria, Sheryl Christi in Oklahoma, Cliff Brining of Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan and Dough Brining of Kimberling City Missouri; six step great-grandchildren; and several step great great grandchildren.  An avid softball player, Yibby began playing in Pekin City leagues at age 15, playing for several teams.  He established the record in the junior league of no hits and no runs (struck out 21 of 27 men) when he played on the A & E Bakery team during a game against Boley's Ice Company team.  He continued to play softball for many years.  Yibby worked for Caterpillar Inc for 23 years before retiring in 1977 as a power truck operator.  He also tended bar for many years, mostly at the Saratoga in downtown Pekin.  He was a member of South Pekin Congreatational Church, where he was a longtime deacon.  He also was a member of Pekin Moose Family Center 916.  Yibby liked to fish and enjoyed vacationing with family in Minnesota for many years.  He also was an avid St. Louis Cardinal's fan.  His funeral will be at 10 am Saturday December 4 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  The Rev. Eric A Branch will officiate.  Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 pm Friday at the funeral home.  Memorial ctributions may be made to South Pekin Congretational Church, P.O. Box 525, South Pekin IL 61564. 
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SISCOE, MAYNARD
Morton IL- Maynard Kenneth Siscoe 92, formerly of Morton, passed away at 6:55 am Tuesday November 30 2010 at Apostolic Christian Skylines in Peoria.  He was born March 10 1918 in Hopedale to Kenneth and Phoebe Nafziger Siscoe.  He married Alice Sieh on August 03 1940. She survives.  Also surviving are one son, Michael Siscoe of Morton; six brothers, Armund (Dusty) Siscoe of Missouri, Norman "Shorty" Siscoe of Tremont, Weldo "Doug" (Shirley) Siscoe of Danvers, Estelle "Eddie" (Marge) Siscoe of Delavan, Galen (Jo Ann) Siscoe of Peoria Heights, Lyneal "Doc" (Marilyn) Siscoe of Tremont; and three sisters, Beryl Siscoe and Virginia Siscoe, both of Springfield, and Lavon (Loren) Wittrig of Hopedale.  He was preceded in death by two sisters, Meredith Wilson and Wenona Rhoades; and two brothers, Elvern and Levon Siscoe.  Maynard worked as a machinist for 50 years and retired from Caterpillar Inc. in 1990.  He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II. He was a member of Tremont United Methodist Church, where he served on the board of trustees.  He was a life member of the American Association of Engineers.  His funeral will be at 10:30 am Thursday December 02 at Tremont United Methodist Church. Chet Travis, pastor, and Pat Gareau, pastor, will officiate.  Burial will be in Mennonite Cemetery in Hopedale.  Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:15 am Thursday at the church. Davis Mortuary in Tremont is in charge of arrangements.  Memorial contributions may be made to Apostolic Christian Skylines or to his church.  The family wants to express their appreciation for the wonderful care Maynard received at Apostolic Christian Skylines in Peoria and also St. Francis Hospice.
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WILT, H. JACK "Dr"
Pekin IL- Dr. H. Jack Wilt 77 of Pekin, passed away at 3:02 am Monday November 29 2010 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Centery in Peoria.  Jack was born February 05 1933 in Monroe County Missouri to Nelson M and Lucille (Obert) Wilt.  He was the firfth of six sons.  Jack is survived by his wife DeDe; children, Lisa, Kevin, Leeann and son-in-law, Rich; grandchildren, Jonathan, Stephen, Katie, Maggie, Erin and Amber; great-grandchildren, Emily Ann and David; and his extended family, Troy and Sheri, Tracy and Mary, Trent and Tracy and their families. Jack is also survived by his brother, George, sisters-in-law Anna Jean, Helen, Linda and Dorsey, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.  Jack's father, mother, four brothers and one sister-in-law preceded him in death.  Jack was a great husband, father and friend.  He was loving, kind, caring and very loyal, and he was always fair with everyone.  He loved many people, great ideas, golf, good martinis, chocolate and all sports, especially Missouri football and basketball.  He proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1953 until 1955.  Jack really loved his job, all aspects of it.  Most important to him were children.  He influenced hundreds of lives and relished the successes he witnessed and read about.  He was a teacher and coach at LaBelle High School in LaBelle Missouri from 1958 to 1961.  In 1961 Jack began a long career as superintendent (chief school administrator) for numerous school districts.  He served as superintendent for Shelby County C-1 Schools in Shelbyville Missouri from 1961 to 1965, PORTA C.U. 202 in petersburg, IL from 1965 to 1968, Harlem Consolidated Schools in Loves Park IL from 1969 to 1975, Chicago Ridge High School in Chicago from 1975 to 1976, Edwardsville High School in Edwardsville IL from 1976 to 1977, Rock Falls High School District 301 in Rock Falls, IL from 1978 to 1985, and last for Pekin Community High School District 303 from 1985 until retiring in 1994.  In 2004, Jack went back to work as superintendent of Creve Coeur School District 76.  He retired for the last time in 2007.  He earned his doctorate of education administration degree in 1969.  Jack belonged to Phi Delta Kappa and many civic and professional organizations.  Jack's family wishes to thank the Neuro Critical Care Unit at OSF Saint Francis Hospital for their amazing expertise and wonderful care.  Following Jack's wishes, there will be no service or visitation.  Private burial will be in Shelbina Missouri. Jack was an organ donor.  Arrangements are Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 243 Derby St. Pekin IL 61554 or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Midwest Affiliate, 4722 N. Sheridan road, Peoria IL 61614.
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KEGLEY, HUBERT
Pekin IL- Hubert M Kegley 82 of 601 Caroline Street Pekin, passed away at 3:07 am Wednesday December 01 2010 at Pekin Hospital.  Born April 21 1928 in Lebanon Virginia to Turner and Goldie Hughes Kegley, He married margaret Daming on August 01 1953 in Rockport Indiana.  She survives.  Also surviving are four daughters, Vicki (Bill) Hart, Valerie (Vic) Bricka, Kimberly Miller and Angela (Tom) Williamson, all of Pekin; five sons, Anthony (Geri) Kegley, Patrick Kegley, Keith Kegley, and Christopher (Beth) Kegley, all of Pekin, and Kevin (Dawn) Kegley of Danvers; 21 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Betty ( Bill) Owen of Canton N.C., Sue (Carter) Chafin of Lebanon Virginia and Judy (Paul) Brooks of Castlewood Virginia;a nd two brothers, James (Betty) Kegley of Lebanon Virginia and Ed (Connie) Kegley of St Paul Virginia.  He was preceded in death by his parents, eight brothers and sisters and two grandsons.  Hubert was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin.  He worked 35 years as a construction electrician in Kentucky, Virginia, Indiana and Illinois.  He later worked for 10 years for Midwest Generation, retiring in 1991.  He was a lifelong Chicago Cubs baseball fan and loved fishing and taking walks.  His funeral mass will be at 11 am Saturday December 04 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin, with recitation of the Rosary at 7 pm.   Additional visitation will be from 10 to 10:45 am prior tot he funeral Saturday at the church. Memorial contributions amy be made to St. Joseph Catholic School, 300 S. Sixth St. Pekin IL 61554.
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YORK, GARLAND
Pekin IL- Garland Guy York 89 of Pekin, passed away at 6:10 pm Wednesday December 01 2010 at his home.  Born November 30 1921 in Mt. Sherman Arkansas to Tony and Lenora Brown York, he married Ruby Hunt on May 15 1949 in Pekin.  She died March 04, 2002.  He later married Ruth Cook McKinzie on March 16 2003 in Pekin.  She survives.  Also surviving are three daughters, Phyllis (Larry) Anderson of Tremont, and rebecca ( Dale) Meischner and Debra (Marvin) Diveley, both of Pekin; two sons, Garland (Darlene) York of Pekin and Jerry (Rachel) York of Manchester, Iowa; four stepsons, Quinn (Pam) McKinzie, John (Ann) McKenzie and Paul McKenzie, all of Pekin, and Steven McKenzie of Kankakee; on stepdaughter, Linda (David) Ide of Naperville; nine grandchildren, 11 step grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; six step great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Donald (Roma) York of Harrison, Arkansas and Anthony (Peggy) York and Daniel (Sharon) York, both of Pekin; and three sisters, Nina Eller and Linda Draves, both of Harrison Arkansas and Frances (Donald) Schott of Pekin.  He was also preceded in death by his parents; one infant daughter, Anna Marie York; one infant son, Joseph York; one stepson, Warren McKenzie; one great-granddaughter; one brother, David York; one infant brother; and one infant sister.  He was a United States Army veteran of World War II.  Garland worked for Caterpillar Inc. for 32 years, retiring in 1982 from maintenance.  He was a charter member of First Assembly of God in Pekin, where he was a longtime deacon, Sunday school teacher and youth leader.  Garland lived his life for God.  Garland enjoyed gardening and fishing.  His funeral will be at 10:30 am Monday December 06 at First Assembly of God in Pekin.  David Carrington, Pastor, Quinn McKenzie and John McKenzie, pastor, will officiate.  Burial will be in lakeside Cemetery in Pekin where military rites will be accorded by the United States Army and the Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team.  Visitation will be from 4 to 6 pm Sunday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Memorial contributions may be made to First Assembly of God, 1209 N. Parkway Drive, Pekin IL 61554. 
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VOGEL, LOIS
Pekin IL- Lois Vogel 58 of 1461 Valle Vista Blvd Unit 12 Pekin, passed away at 5:33 am Sunday December 05 2010 at Pekin Hospital. Born October 13 1952 in Moorhead Minnesota to Wayne and Eleanor Kaldor Ostlund, she married Kenneth E Vogle on November 27 2004 in Sarasota Florida.  He survives.  Also surviving are one son, Seth (Jen) Ostlund of Pekin; two step daughters, Darci (Steve) Burns of Wakefield Massachusetts, and Paige Vogel of Indianapolis Indiana; one grandchild; one stepgrandchild;a nd three sisters, Betty (Jim) Themanson of Kewanee, Carol Harker of West Branche Iowa and Lorna Johnson of International Falls Minnesota.  She also leaves her mother of Myville ND.  Lois was a paralegal with Vonachen Lawless Trager and Sleven for 18 years, retiring in 2004.  Lois was of the Lutheran Faith. She loved watching sports, especially watching her son bowl or play softball.  She also enjoyed sewing and painting.  Cremation will be accorded.  Her memorial service will be at 6 pm Thursday December 09 at Preston-Hanley Fuenral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  The Rev. Michael McLeod will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour before the service.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Midwest Affiliate, 4722  N Sheridan Road, Peoria IL 61614.
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DAVIS, JOYCE
Pekin IL= Joyce Marie Davis 73 of Pekin, passed away at 10:20 am Sunday December 2010 at timbercreek Rehab and Health Care in Pekin.  Born April 14 1936 in Kansas City Missouri to Hugo and Marie Susie Niles Storr, she married Wayne Lloyd Sansale on February 14 1955 in Galesburg.  He died November 07 1970 in Moline.  She married later Laurence L Davis on July 25 1975 in Peoria.  He died June 19 2009 in pekin.  She also was preceded in death by her parents.  Surviving are three daughters, Rebecca S (Stan) Gorzney of Moline, Nancy J (Jerry) Baughn of Tremont and Cynthia M (Gary) Schwartz of Moline; two sons, Bobby J (Kathy) Sansale of Lake Ridge Virginia and Michael W (Meg) Sansale of Rincon, Georgia; 17 grandchidlren and 22 great grandchildren. Joyce worked for 15 years in the Quad Cities as a nurses aide.  She then worked at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria for two years on the urology floor.  She next worked for IPMR in Peoria as a therapist for one and half years.  She also worked for Women's Strength for two years as head advocate adn resident.  Joyce also later worked two years as a social worker for Lutheran Social Service.  She last worked at Walmart for seven and a half years.  Joyce was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin, where she also was a member of the Council of Catholic Women.  She was a former member of the church choir and had served the church in prison and WATCH ministries. S he also ahd participated in Cursillo and Walk to Emmaus. She was a former member of the a capella choir at Benedictine Oblate of Saint Mary's Monastery in Rock Island and at Illinois Central College.  She was a member of William Schaefer American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 44 and Roy L King Veterans of Foreigh Wars Post 1232 ladies Auxiliary, both of Pekin.  Her funeral Mass will be at 2 pm Friday December 10 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin.  The Rev. James Pankiewicz will officiate.  Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.  Visitatonw ill be from 1 to 1:45 pm Friday at the church.  Arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 303 S. Seventh St. Pekin Il 61554.
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DARR, DONITA
Pekin IL- Donita M.C. Darr 50 of Pekin, passed away Wednesday December 01 2010 at Pekin Hospital.  She was born June 24 1960 in Pekin to Edwin and Teresa Marley Cassidy.  She married Jesse Darr September 24 1982 in Rolla Missouri.  He survives.  Also surviving are her sons Zachary Cassidy, Elizah Marley and Gabriel Jesse Darr, all of Pekin, her mother and stepfather, Teresa and Jessie Knobeloch of Ohlman IL; a brother, Greg Cassidy of Bloomington Illinois, a sister Patricial Rusnak of Pekin; a stepbrother, Jeff Knobeloch in Texas; stepsisters, Linda Palmers in Illinois and Mardie Ellington in Texas; a gradnson, Ezra Kane Darr, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Her father and brothers Lawrence and William Cassidy preceded her ind eath. Donita was a homemaker who cherished the memories of her trip to ireland, loved working with angiques, gardening, restoring her family home and collecting angels.  She was an organ donor.  She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where a memorial Mass will be at 2 pm Saturday December 11 with a visitation one hour prior to services at the church. The Rev Jim Pankiewicz will officiate.  Burial of cremated remains will follow at St Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Pekin.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Jesse Darr, in care of Commerce Bank, to help with medical expenses.  The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co., Pekin/Peoria, through Abts Mortuary in Pekin, is in charge of arrangements.
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McCABE, ELMA
Pekin IL- Elma Louise McCabe 60 of Pekin passed away at 4:25 pm Monday December 05 2010 at her home.  She was born November 21 1950 in Dallas Texas to Wilson and Theda Harrison Ellison. She married Phillip McCabe on April 25 1980 in Dallas.  He survives.  Also surviving are her mother, Theda Ellison of Dallas; daughter, Jodie L (Randy Kersey) McCabe of Garland Texas and their son, Noland David; three sons, Joshua L McCabe of Bloomington, and Justin L McCabe  and Jason L McCabe, both oof Pekin; one stepson, Shawn P (Fiance Gabriella Gehr) McCabe and their children, Aaron McCabe, Ashley McCabe, Ashton McCabe, Roger C Sharlow III, Richard J Sharlow and Claus P. P. Sharlow; and a sister Linda (Dabney) Johnson of Dallas.  She was preceded in death by her father.  Louise graduated from North Texas State University with a bachelor's degree in education.  She taught education, home economics and earth schience in Dallas from 1977 to 1984.  She also was a teacher at Homebound in Pekin for many years. Louise last worked as a CNA at the Sharon Health Care facilities.  Louis loved her family deeply.  She was an avid hockey fan and loved to watch all of her children play in the youth hockey league. A visitation will take place from 4 to 6 pm Sunday December 12 at Woolsey Funeral Home in Pekin.  Burial will be in Dallas at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
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DUNN, BRYAN
North Pekin IL- Bryan Leslie Dunn 35 of 211 Allen Street North Pekin, passed away at 10:54 am Tuesday December 07 2010 in the emergency room at Pekin Hospital.  His funeral service will be at 10 am Saturday December 11 at Preston hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in pekin.  Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 pm Friday at the Funeral Home.
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JANOSKY, ROSE
Delavan IL- Rose Janosky 79 of Delavan, passed away at 12:34 am Wednesday December 08 2010 at the home of her daughter in Rural Pekin. SHe was born April 23 1931 in Hopedale to Alvin and Emma Burgener Denight.  She married John Janosky on April 23 1949 in Havana.  Surviving are three sons, Daniel (Peggy) Janosky of Green Cove Springs, Florida, Joseph Janosky of East Peoria and John E Janosky of Pekin; one daughter, Stacey (Terry) Kull of Pekin; 12 grandchildren, 21 great grandchidlren, four great-great grandchildren; and one sister Anna (Fred) Parkhurst of Delavan. She was preceded in death by her parents, one infant son, two grandchildren (including John Janosky), and three brothers.  Rose was a homemaker.  She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Delavan where a funeral Mass will be at 10 am Saturday December 11.  The Rev. Gerald Verdun will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Rural Delavan.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 pm Friday at Davis Mortuary in Delavan.  Gifts for Masses may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Delavan.
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COLLOM, WANDA
Pekin IL- Wanda Juanita Collom 80 of 301 Parkway lane Pekin, passed away at 6:15 am Wednesday December 08 2010 at her daughters home in Pekin.  Born September 01 1930 in Salado Arkansas to Willy Ross and Mariam Wycough Hughes she married Bobby C "Bob" Collom on January 11 1947 in Cave City Arkansas.  he survives.  Also surviving are one daughter, Cathy J (Joe) McAllister of Pekin; two grandchildren, Mark (Hope) McAllister and Jason (Laurie) McAllister, both of Pekin; five great-grandchildren, Tyler, Cate, paige, Jack and Luke McAllister; and one sister, Billie Barnett of Batesville, Arkansas.  She was preceded ind eath by her parents; two brothers; and one infant sister.  Wanda co-owned and operated with her daughter and a friend, a craft business Lakeside plaster Craft, in Pekin for many years.  She was a faithful member of Liberty Baptist Church in Pekin where she served the church in teh food pantry.  She and her husband also surved on adult mission trips to both Mexico and Oklahoma.  She was a member of the Circle Eights Square dance club and her hobbies and interests included quilting, crocheting, making bears and gardening.  Her funeral will be at 10 am Saturday December 11 at Liberty Baptist Church in Pekin.  The Rev. Dr. Timothy Najpaver will officiate. Burial will be in farmdale Cemetery between Morton and Washington.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 pm Friday at Preston Hanley Funeral Home and Crematory in Pekin.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty Baptist Church Food pantry 2105 Sheridan Road, Pekin IL 61554.
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PETERSON, SYDNEY
Pekin IL- Sydney Jean Peterson 68 of 2912 Black Oak Drive Pekin, passed away at 7:31 pm Tuesday December 07 2010 at her residence. She was born March 01 1942 in pekin to Jacob and Hilda Van Horn Johnson.  Her parents preceded her in death.  She also was preceded in death by her longtime husband, Charles "Skip" Peterson, who passed away in 1998.  Surviving is her life partner with whom she shared a home, larry Bailey. She also leaves some extended family and many dear friends.  Syd worked for the State of Minnesota for 30 years in Special Education, retiring in 1992.  She formerly resided in Brainerd Minnesota where she volunteered at St. Joseph's Medican Center.  She will be remembered as a creative person who enjoyed painting and also decorating.  Syd also had a love for animals, especially her dogs, Leroy and Rowdy.  Private graveside services will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Brainerd, Minnesota at a later date. Per her wishes, cremation will be accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.   Memorial contributions may be made to Tazewell Animal Protective Society 100 Taps Lane Pekin IL 61554.
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THURSTON, FRANK
Washington IL- Frank Thurston 78 of Washington, died at 9:10 pm Thursday December 09 2010 at his residence.  A funeral service to celebrate Frank's life will be at 10 am Monday December 13 at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington.  The rev. Bob Debolt will officiate. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memory Gardens in Morton.  Visitation will be from 2 to 4 pm Sunday at the funeral home.
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SEIPPEL, JOELENE
Panama City Beach, Florida- Joelene Loree Seippel 40 of Panama City Beach Florida, passed away Tuesday November 16 2010 following an extended illness.  She was born February 19 1970 in Pekin Illinois to robby and Cheryl Howey Williamson.  Her grandfather Robert Dean Williamson preceded her in death.  She is survived by her loving husband, Tom Seippel; a son and daughter, Justin and Elisa Perez of Dallas Texas; her mother Cheryl (Joe) Lentz of Panama City Beach; her father Robby Williamson in Colorado; two brothers, Michael (Sara) Parker of Panama City Beach and Joe (Tina) Lentz of Leonardtown MD; her grandparents, Donald and Deloris Robertson of Pekin and Mary Aberle of Bartonville IL; several aunts, uncles, and cousins in Illinois; and her beloved nephew and niece, jordan and kaedynce Parker of Panama City Beach.  "Joli" attended Washington Junior High and Pekin Community High School.  She lived in Iowa and Texas prior to moving to Florida in 2008.  She was a caring Christian woman who worked as a medical assistant until earlier this year.  Cremation was accorded.  Private memorial services are planned for a later date.  Kent Forest Lawn Funeral Home in panama City Beach was in charge of arrangements.
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SHERMAN, JAMES
Pekin IL- James O Sherman 72 of 230 Court Street Apt 609, passed away at 6:37 pm Friday December 10 2010 at Pekin Hospital.  He was born May 13 1938 in Pekin to Clarence and Della Null Schurman (that's how it's spelled in newspaper).  Surviving are one daughter, Jaimee Noble of Galesburg; three sons, James (Carla) Worlow of Pekin; Joshua Sherman of Phoenix Arizona and Brian "Mike" Sherman of Tulsa Oklahoma; 12 grandchildren; four brothers, Willard Schurman, Charles Schurman and Robert (Wanda) Schurman, all of Pekin, and David (Wilma) Schurman of Eureka and three sisters Roberta (Howard) Durham of Edmond Oklahoma, Jane (William) Lasley of South Pekin and Glenna Sapp of Pekin.  Jim was a driver for Pekin/Peoria Yellow Checker Cab Co for many years, retiring in 2003.  Previously he was a truck driver, working out of Teamsters and Chauffeurs Union 627 in peora.  He was a former member of the Salvation Army.  Jim enjoyed fishing, collecting eagle figurines and was a Green Bay Packers football fan and a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball fan.  His funeral will be at 10 am tuesday December 14 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  May Jerry O'Neil will officiate.  Burial will be at 1 pm Tuesday in Cmp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the furneral. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army 243 Derby St Pekin IL 61554.
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HALE, ALMA
Pekin IL- Alma Mae Hale, 76, of Kissimmee, Floridaa., formerly of Pekin, passed away on Tuesday, December 07, 2010, at Florida Hospital Orlando in Orlando. She was born July 05, 1934, in East Prairie, Missouri., a daughter of Ralph and Orpha Flick Moore. She married W.D. Hale on June 9, 1951. He survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Barbara M. Avery of Kissimmee, Florida.; Brenda K. (Clint) McDaniels and Becky S. (Dennis) Gifford of Pekin; two sons, Bobby D. Hale of Kissimmee, Florida. and Benny D. Hale of Pekin; 17 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Sylvia (Cal) Isacc of Morton; Sarah Moore of Pekin and Ethel (David) Egan of Topeka and six brothers, Gene Moore of Bowling Green, Kentucky.; Elmer T. Moore of Oklahoma; Charles Moore, Curt (Wanda) Moore, James (Linda) Moore all of Pekin and Roger (Denise) Moore of Creve Coeur. Alma was preceded in death by one son, James Russell, one grandson, two brothers, one sister and her parents. Alma was employed by Brown Derby at Walt Disney in Orlando for 15 years. She previously was the owner and operator of Alma’s Beauty Salon for 20 years. She was a member of South Side Business Association and Bethel Baptist Church in Pekin. She enjoyed selling Florida tomatoes in Pekin and Mary Kay cosmetics. She also enjoyed bingo, Texas Hold-em, soap operas, the St. Louis Cardinals, fishing, collecting Walt Disney pins and buying the newest technology gadgets. She was like a social butterfly.  She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who would go above and beyond for her family. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, at Woolsey Funeral Home in Pekin. The Rev. Jim Dawson will officiate. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery in Pekin. Visitation will be tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at Woolsey Funeral  Home in Pekin. Memorial contributions may be made to Mooseheart Child City and School in Chicago or to the American Caner Society. There will be a reception at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, 1303 S. 10th Street, Pekin, IL.
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SINGLEY, BETTY
Pekin IL- Betty J. Singley 80 of 1540 El Camino Drive Pekin, formerly of Manito, passed away at 11:40 p.m. Saturday, December 11, 2010, at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin. She was born September 10, 1930, in Elmwood, the daughter of Samuel O. and Bessie I. Meeker Kastner. She married William R. Singley March 28, 1951 in Manito, and he preceded her in death on February 4, 2007. Betty also was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Kenneth Kastner, Oscar Kastner and Harvey Kastner. Betty is survived by three sons, Steve (Kim) Singley of Manito, Gene (Sue) Singley of Pekin, and Carl (Dawn) Singley of Tremont; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren; one sister, Flora Gebhardt of Pekin; and two brothers, Robert (Leona) Kastner of San Jose and Roland (Diane) Kastner of Minnesota. Betty and her husband farmed in rural Manito for more than 32 years. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, where she participated in the church choir, Church Ladies League, and the Hannah Circle. Betty loved her Lord, church, and family. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 16, 2010 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. The Rev. Robert Hagen will officiate. Interment will be in Meadow Lawn Cemetery, Manito. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 15, at the Maas Funeral Home, Manito. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Manito, Illinois.
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CARVER, SHIRLEY
Pekin IL- Shirley M. Carver 84 of 2700 S. 14th St., passed away at 6:35 a.m. Monday, December 13, 2010, at her residence. Born August 26, 1926, in Pekin to Clarence L. and Lola A. (Bandy) Henry, she married Joseph W. Carver on August 8, 1944 in Lewistown. He died February 28, 2009 in Pekin. She also was preceded in death by her parents and one brother. Surviving are two daughters, Jo Lynn Carver and Sue Werner, both of Pekin; three grandchildren, Sharlyn (Tim) Sombeck of Downers Grove, Jens (Evin) Werner of Vail, Colorado., and Kealy Werner of Pekin; and five great-grandchildren, Jack Sombeck, Joseph Sombeck, and Jared Sombeck, all of Downers Grove, and Murphy Paige Werner and Thomas Jensen Werner, both of Vail, Colorado. Shirley worked for Pekin Public Schools District 108 as a secretary at Franklin and Jefferson Primary Schools and later at Broadmoor Junior High School. She also had worked as a secretary at Pekin Insurance. Shirley was active in her church and in the community. She was a faithful member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Pekin, where she was a longtime Sunday school teacher. She was a member and past president of the local Silver Cross Circle and a member of the Pekin Friends of the Library. She was a former member of the Dirksen Center Guild, King’s Daughters and the Pekin YWCA Board of Directors. She also was a former member and board member of the Pekin Woman’s Club. In earlier years, she served as organization chair for the Kickapoo Council of Girl Scouts and as past president of Washington Junior High School Mother’s Club. Joe and Shirley were honored for their community service in 1994 as Grand Marshals of the Pekin Marigold Festival. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 16, 2010, at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Pekin. The Rev. Dwight E. Borden will officiate. There will be no visitation. Burial will be in Maple Ridge Cemetery in Mapleton. Arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ, 101 North Eighth Street, Pekin, IL 61554.
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BRANDT, HAZEL
East Peoria IL- Hazel Marie Brandt 86, of East Peoria, died at 1:12 a.m. Monday December 13, 2010, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Hazel was born on July 28, 1924 in Spring Lake Township, Tazewell County, IL to William and Nellie (Thompson) Paine. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Bill Brandt, three sisters and four brothers. Surviving are a son, Robert (Patty Quilter) Brandt of Roanoke, Virginiaa.; two daughters, Judy (Gary) Little of Tremont, and Karen (Bud) Grimm of Pekin; six grandchildren, Holly Little, Christopher (Michelle) Little, Kim (Brian) Benassi, Scott (Georgia) Kellogg, Dena Humbird and Chealsea Brandt; two step-grandchildren, Mark (Kerry) Grimm and Scott Grimm; thirteen great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Verla Goss and Mary Gardner, both of Pekin. Hazel retired from OSF St. Francis Medical Center as a clerk in the dialysis department. Graveside services will be at noon Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at Glendale Memorial Gardens. Visitation prior to services will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Henderson Funeral Home in Pekin. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
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BROWN, PHYLLIS
Pekin IL- Phyllis Ruth Brown 69, of 1010 Sheridan Road, passed away at 9:09 a.m. Wednesday December 15, 2010, in the emergency room at Pekin Hospital. Born September18, 1941, in Terre Haute, Indiana, to the Rev. Leslie and Faye (Gehlert) Archer, she married Ronald L. Brown on January 10, 1960 in Canton. She later married Clarence “Sarge” Brown Sr. on August 11, 1973, in Decatur. Surviving are her husband; a son, Matthew (Suzana) Brown of Laguna Beach, California; two step-sons, Michael Brown of St. Petersburg, Floridaa., and Clarence J. Brown Jr. of Kensington, Maryland.; a step-daughter, Suzie (Erik) Steen of Belrose West Australia; six grandchildren; a brother, Donald (Jan) Archer of Venice, Floridaa.; a sister, Marianne (John) Hoffmiller of Rock Falls and special friends, Ed, Jody, Brock and Dalynn McFarlin.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson.  A homemaker, Phyllis was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Pekin. She enjoyed sewing, reading, doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles, cross stitching, and dining out. She was proud that she had eaten at 21 different Monical’s Pizza locations. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 18, at First United Methodist Church in Pekin. The Rev. Terry Edele will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, December 17, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes and Crematory in Pekin, and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the church. Entombment will be in American Mausoleum in Peoria.  Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 1315 Court St., Pekin, IL 61554.
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KNOWLES, JOE
Washington IL- Joe Knowles 47 of Washington died at 9:04 p.m. Tuesday December 14, 2010, at his home. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday December 17, 2010 at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington. Cremation will be accorded after the visitation. Memorials may be made to the Joseph L. Knowles Memorial at Heartland Bank in Washington. Joe’s memorial website is available at www.deitersfuneralhome.com, where condolences may also be sent to the family.
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KITCHELL, JACQUELINE
Pekin IL- Jacqueline Sue “Jackie” Kitchell 51 of 1329 Fenley Ave passed away at 8:55 p.m. Tuesday December 14, 2010, at her home. She was born March 12, 1959, in Pekin, to Jack Ray and Dixie (Karnes) Kitchell. Surviving are a daughter, Heidi (Chad) Calmes of Pekin; a son, Corey Kitchell of Pekin; two granddaughters, Brittany Calmes and Madison Calmes; her step-father, Roger Hamby of Peoria; grandmother, Edna Mae Kitchell of Pekin; three sisters, Terri (James) Crowley of Bonita Springs, Floridaa., Robin (Pastor Tim) Kruzan of Jacksonville, Kelly (Bret) Kerstetter of Metamora; three brothers, Larry (Yvonne) Rynearson of Pekin, Brad Kitchell and Danny Clayton, both of California.; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Dixie Hamby. Jackie was a registered nurse at Pekin Manor. She also had worked at several area nursing homes, including Fondulac Woods Health Care Center in East Peoria and Methodist MedPointe in Pekin. Jackie had a passion for being a nurse and caring for others. She also enjoyed playing her guitar and singing. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday December 18, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin, where visitation will be one hour before the funeral. The Rev. Tim Kruzan will officiate. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
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HOLMES, SHIRLEY
Washington IL- Shirley Holmes, 73, of Washington died at 4:40 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 at her home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010 at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington. The Rev. Mark Schoenhals will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memory Gardens in Morton. Memorials may be made to her church or to OSF Hospice. Shirley’s memorial website is available at www.deitersfuneralhome.com, where condolences may also be sent to the family.
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GLEASON, WALTER
Pekin IL- Walter Daniel “Walt” Gleason 70 of 623 Hillyer St., passed away at 8:08 a.m. Thursday December 16, 2010, at his residence. Born October 13, 1940 in Lincoln to Thomas Richard and Loretta Gwendola (Lee) Gleason, he married Myra Jean Mote on May 28, 1966, in Lincoln. She survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Rhonda (Bill) Hodges of Mapleton, Jill Gleason of Pekin, and Erin (Michael) Powell of South Pekin; six grandsons, J.J. Pyatt of Springfield, Dallas Fardel, Jared Pyatt and Cole Pyatt, all of Pekin, Connor Powell of South Pekin and Billy Hodges of Mapleton; three brothers, Leo (Joyce) Gleason of Clawson, Michigan, John Gleason and Frank (Rosemond) Gleason, both of Berkley, Michigan. He also leaves his former son-in-law, Jerry (Karen) Pyatt of Pekin. He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Dakota Fardel; three brothers and two sisters. Walt served in the U.S. Army Military Police in Germany from 1958 to 1964. He was a member of the George M. Maple AMVETS Post 235, the William Schaefer American Legion Post 44, the Roy L. King Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1232, the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1869, and the Tobin Nanninga Marine Corps League Detachment 85, all in Pekin. He also was a former member of the Pekin Family Moose Center 916. He also served as a member of the Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team Honor Guard in Pekin. Walt was of the Catholic faith. He worked for Caterpillar Inc. in East Peoria and Mapleton as a heat treat operator for 27 ½ years, retiring in 1994. Walt enjoyed babysitting his grandchildren and volunteering for Pekin Youth Hockey. He also was a fan of the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 21, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes and Crematory in Pekin, where military rites will be provided by the United States Army and the Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team. Deacon Ernie Whited will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, December 20, at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following services. Burial of ashes will be at a later date in Zion Cemetery in Lincoln. Memorial contributions may be given to the Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team in c/o Mary Kerby, 1104 Court St., Pekin, IL 61554.
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CHANCE, SKYLER
Pekin IL-Skyler Lynn Chance, infant son of Elizabeth Moore and Kevin Chance, of 1409 S. 12th St., was stillborn at 2:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, at Pekin Hospital. A graveside service will be at noon Monday at Lakeview Cemetery in Pekin. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes and Crematory in Pekin.
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HACKER, DONNA
Tomahawk WI- Donna Lee Hacker, 78, of Tomahawk, Wis., passed away at 4:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, at Golden Living Center-Riverview in Tomahawk. She was formerly of Pekin. Born May 12, 1932, in Pekin, to Harry and Beverly (Carver) Hayes, she married Denny Rose. Surviving are two daughters, Denise “Dee Dee” (Tom) Kondrat of Peoria and Janet (Mike) Buzick of North Pekin; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Ronald Rose. Donna worked in the office at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria for many years. She enjoyed sewing and cooking. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, at Swan Lake Memory Gardens Mausoleum Chapel in Peoria. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes and Crematory in Pekin. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.
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NIEMAN, DOLORES
Pekin IL- Dolores Ellen Nieman 89 of St. Clair Dr., Pekin, passed away at 9:05 a.m. Thursday December 16, 2010, at Heartland at Riverview in East Peoria. Born February 20, 1921 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Harry and Ellen Olsen Swensen, she married John Rudolph Nieman on July 12, 1942, in Peoria. He passed away January1983. Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Earl and Richard.  Surviving are one son John W. Nieman of Danville; two daughters, Cynthia (Brian) Koopmans of Sorrento, Florida. and Joellen Nieman of Pekin; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Dolores worked as a secretary for the USDA Agriculture Research Center and for Caterpillar, Inc. both in Peoria, but worked most of her life as a mother and homemaker. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Pekin, where she was a deaconess and was involved in the shut-in ministry. She was also active with the Pekin Christian Women’s Club. Dolores was an avid reader and loved caring for her grandchildren. Cremation will be accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes and Crematory in Pekin. A memorial service will be held on Sunday January 2, 2011, at First United Presbyterian Church in Pekin, time TBA. Memorial contributions may be made to Kemmerer Village, 941 N 2500 East Road, Assumption, Ill. 62510.  Kemmerer Village is a private, non-profit human service agency established in 1914 whose mission is to support families and children who face stress and turmoil in their lives.  
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SMITH, MINNIE
Washington IL- Minnie V. Herrmann Smith 93 of Washington Christian Village, died at 2:15 p.m. Thursday, December 16, 2010 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She was born February 20, 1917 in White Cloud, Kansas to Abraham and Lavina Christian Troxell and grew up in Sabetha, Kansas. She married John C. Herrmann on November 24, 1937 in Seneca, Kansas. He died March 30, 1989. She later married Lester Ray Smith on October 25, 1997 in Morton. He died Sept. 15, 2008. She was also preceded in death by her parents; four brothers; five sisters; and two daughters-in-law, Sandy Herrmann and Linda Herrmann. Minnie is survived by four sons, Ed (Myra) Herrmann of East Peoria; Don Herrmann of Pekin; Gary (Nancy) Herrmann and Jim Herrmann, both of Peoria; one daughter, D’Ann (Paul) Rowell of Worth, IL.; one stepson, Ray Lynn (Sandi) Smith of Morton, 14 grandchildren; one step-granddaughter; 24 great-grandchildren; two step-great-granddaughters and two great-great-granddaughters. She is also survived by one sister, Mildred Jones of Frankfort, Kansas.; one sister-in-law, Alice Herrmann of Sabetha, Kansas. and many nieces and nephews. She was a devoted and loving mother. After she raised her family, she cooked in several restaurants in the Morton and Peoria areas. She had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed people. She loved to work crossword and word search puzzles and enjoyed china painting and painting scenery. She also loved music, especially when Jimmy Binkley played the piano. Minnie attended Grace Church and later Bethel Lutheran Church, both in Morton. Services will be at 10 a.m. today, Dec. 20, 2010, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton, with Paul Rowell, her son-in-law, officiating. Burial will be in the Morton Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services today at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Washington Christian Village, 1201 Newcastle Road, Washington, IL 61571, or to an organization of the donor’s choice.
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KELSO, MELVILLE
Morton IL- Melville W. “Mel” Kelso 76 of Morton died at 5:40 p.m. Saturday December 18, 2010 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.  He was born September 07, 1934, in East Orange, N.J., to Leonard and Helen Kreiss Ryon. Helen later married Ivan Kelso. Mel married Dorothy Heineken on May 16, 1959 in Emden, IL. She preceded him in death on October 26, 2010. He also was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. Surviving are two sons, Steve (Christine) Kelso of Grand Rapids, Michigan and Scott (Carrie) Kelso of Chicago; one daughter, Leann (Bill) Dexter of Tremont, IL. and three step-grandchildren, Philip, Nathaniel and Ellen. He was a graduate of the Spaulding Academy in Peoria. Mel worked as a photographer  for WEEK-TV 25 and the Peoria Journal Star. He also owned and operated Kelso Studio in East Peoria until the early 1970s. He then worked for Caterpillar Inc. for nearly 30 years, retiring as a certified quality engineer. He was a member of Advent Lutheran Church in Morton. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 22, 2010, at Advent Lutheran Church in Morton. The Rev. Dennis O’Brien will officiate. Burial will be in Roberts Cemetery in Morton. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 21, and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, both at Advent Lutheran Church in Morton. Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the John Muir National Historic Site through the National Park Service for home care and preservation, 4202 Alhambra Ave., Martinez, CA 94553. The Kreiss family owned the Muir House in Martinez, California., from 1937 to 1955. This house is a national historic site and was Mel’s boyhood home.
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MABEE, CLARA
Washington IL- Clara Louise Morrison Mabee 88 of 1112 Court St., passed away at 7:28 a.m. Saturday December 18, 2010 at Pekin Hospital. She was formerly of 1206 Janssen St. in Pekin. Born May 28, 1922, in Pekin to William Henry and Alice Elsie Mabee Hermes, she married Wilton D. Morrison on Decwmber 31, 1938, in Palmyra, Missouri.  He died Nov. 28,1966. She later married Stanley David Mabee on August 04, 1971, in Pekin. He died June 19, 1989. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Carolyn Bell Pearcy; and three brothers, Eugene Hermes, William Hermes and Walter Hermes. Surviving are three sons, Robert (Ellen) Morrison and Alan (Beth) Morrison, both of Pekin and James (Desi) Morrison of Jacksonville, Fla.; one daughter, Marjorie Wilson of Pekin; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Clara worked as a waitress at Westbrook’s for many years. She also had worked at Patsy’s Bakery in Pekin. She was a member of Deer Creek Baptist Church in Deer Creek. Clara enjoyed sewing, quilting, cooking and baking. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 21, 2010, at Glendale Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel. Burial will follow in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Memorial contributions may be made to Deer Creek Baptist Church, Post Office Box 243, Deer Creek, IL 61733.
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BARBOUR, ADA
Pekin IL- Ada Louisa Barbour 78 of 1320 Executive Court, passed away at 8:50 a.m. Friday December 17, 2010, at Morton Terrace Care Center in Morton. She was formerly of 1009 Mechanic St. in Pekin. Born November 21, 1932, in Peoria, to Louis C. and Josephine A. McGarvey Zeeck, she married Floyd Keyes. She later married Robert Barbour and Jerry Howell.  Surviving are two sons, Floyd (Joy) Keyes II, and John (Pam) Keyes, both of Pekin; two daughters, Belynda (Ed) Nash and Joetta (Trent) Pullum, both of Pekin; 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents. Ada worked as a packer at Nestle/Libby’s in Morton for 30 years, retiring in 1993. She was a member of The Salvation Army in Pekin and its Home League; Pekin Union Mission and its Carrie M. Club for over 50 years; Teamsters Local #627 Retirees Club and AARP.  Ada enjoyed scrapbooking, Bible studies and playing Wii Bowling while at John Evans Supportive Living Community in Pekin. Her memorial service will be at 4 p.m. today at The Salvation Army in Pekin. Captain Martin Thies will officiate. Cremation will be accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army, 243 Derby Street, Pekin, IL 61554.
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BECKER, MELVIN
Pekin IL- Melvin L. Becker 88 of Pekin, died at 7:53 a.m. Saturday December 18, 2010, at his home. Melvin was born April 25, 1922 in Pekin to John and Stella Hampton Becker. He married Lois M. Heaton on January 01, 1942, in Pekin. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Donald M. (Linda) Becker of Peoria and Randal L. (Margaret) Becker of Blowing Rock, N.C.; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death are his parents; five brothers, George, Kenneth, Eugene, Alvin and Raymond; and one sister, Viola Schlottman. Melvin was employed at Caterpillar Inc. as a carpenter for 41 years, retiring in October of 1982. He was a WWII veteran of the United States Air Force, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Pekin. Private services will be held. Burial will be in Sand Prairie Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Henderson Funeral Home in Pekin. Memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran School, 3201 Court St., Pekin, IL 61554 or St. Johns Lutheran Church, 711 Court St., Pekin, IL 61554.
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CONNELL, MARY
Delavan IL- Mary E. Connell 97 of Delavan, passed away at 5:20 p.m. Saturday December 18, 2010 at Hopedale Nursing Home in Hopedale. She was born August 26, 1913 in Hopedale to John and Bridget Murphy Eidenmiller. She married Arthur Connell on October 04, 1934, in Delavan, and he passed away on October 28, 1988. Surviving are two daughters, Norma (Ed) VanHoorn of Delavan and Jan Connell of Peoria; two sons, John (Kathy) Connell of Reno, Nevada, and Steve (Pat) Connell of Delavan; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Mildred Hartter and Irene Wiemer; one brother, Robert Eidenmiller; and one granddaughter, Beth VanHoorn Naffziger. Mary was a homemaker and later enjoyed working at Hartzler’s Variety Store and The True Value Store, both in Delavan. She was happiest when surrounded by her family. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Delavan, where a funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 23. The Rev. Gerald Verdun will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in rural Delavan. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday at the church. Davis Mortuary in Delavan is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Hopedale Nursing Home or to her church. The family would like to thank the staff at Hopedale Nursing Home for their excellent care and love shown to Mary over the past several years.
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BLACK, RONALD
Washington IL-Ronald D. Black 75 of Washington, died at 8:12 a.m. Saturday December 18, 2010 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday December 23, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Washington, with the Rev. Joseph P. Donton officiating.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory in Washington, where a prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Additional visitation will be from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday at the church. Cremation will be accorded, with his remains being distributed from his U.S. Navy ship, the USS Sullivans DD-537.
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Washington IL-Ronald D. Black, 75, of Washington, IL died at 8:12 a.m. Saturday, December 18 2010, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL. Born on January 03, 1935 in Peoria, IL, to Walter D. and Jessie Gabriel Black, he married Shirley Rappe on January 18, 1958, at St. John's in Peoria, IL. She survives. Also surviving are his children, Lori (Daniel) Prater of Washington, IL., Randy Black of Peoria, IL, Greg (Brandi) Black of Monticello, Florida., Rhonda (Terry) Larson of Washington, IL, and Paul Huber of Washington, IL Grandchildren are Tanya and Justin Prater of Washington, IL., Alex Black and Gage Cook of Peoria, IL, Hanna and Justice Black of Monticello, Florida., and Sydney and Spencer Larson of Washington, IL. Also surviving are his sister, Patsy Hagen of Springfield, IL; and sister-in-law, Betty Carlton of Washington, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Penny Black and Glenda Ulrich; and one brother, Richard Black. Ron was always giving to his community. He spent 20 years volunteering at Northern Tazewell Fire Department and reached the rank of fire inspector. He was a current member on the Board of Trustees. He also was a pioneer in organizing and a charter member of the EMT program in the State of Illinois. Ron was a strong patriot who gave 34 years to the
United States Navy in defense of our country, achieving the rank of chief petty officer. He served aboard the USS The Sullivans DD537 and at the time of his death was an executive board member of the USS The Sullivans DD537/DDG68 Association. He served in the Korean War and was certified as a craft master at Pearl Harbor and forever a Tin Can Sailor. He was also awarded the Navy Commendation Medal. Ron was a firefighting instructor at the Great Lakes in Chicago for reservists. One of his greatest joys in recent years was working with the Tin Can Sailors on his ship, the USS The Sullivans DD537, in Buffalo, N.Y. He spent 44 years at CILCO in the gas service department working in Peoria, Washington and Pekin. He was the last serviceman for the City of Peoria's Steam route. In more recent years, Ron also enjoyed greeting customers at Touch of Homespun in Washington, IL. Rons' extensive volunteer work included the WTVP Channel 47 Auction and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. He was a member of the Crawlers Inc. Car Club, St. Patrick's Dartball League, Parkside Walleyball League and River Valley Sportsman's Club. Ron also worked for the Red Cross as a First Aid Instructor. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, Father John Menco Council 6707 in Washington. He was also a coach at Northern Tazewell Recreation Association, where his children and grandchildren are still involved. One of his greatest loves in life was being able to attend almost every sporting event in which his children and grandchildren participated. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 23, 2010 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Washington, with Father Joseph P. Donton officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington, where a prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Additional visitation will be from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday at the church. Cremation rites will be accorded, with his remains being distributed from his ship. Memorial contributions may be made to Northern Tazewell Recreation Association (NTRA), c/o Tony & Sons in East Peoria, or Northern Tazewell Fire Department (NTFD) in Sunnyland.
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RODGERS, RHONDA
Pekin IL- Rhonda Arla Rodgers 42 of 1801 St. Clair Drive Pekin, passed away at 8:55 p.m. Sunday December 19, 2010, at Pekin Hospital. She was born September 17, 1968, in Pekin to Ronald Lee and Ramona Evelyn Wells Caruso. Surviving are her father, Ronald Caruso of Washburn; her mother and “other” father, Ramona and Bill Howard of Pekin; two daughters, Felicia Stone and Tory Stone, both of Pekin; one son, Jimmy Cross of Pekin; one brother, Chad Lee Caruso of Pekin; one half-sister, Carla Promison of Bushnell; grandparents, Vernie and Doris Shallenberger of Pekin; three aunts, Regina (Johnny) Martin of Pekin, Frankie (Robert) Freeman of South Pekin and Lynn Caruso of Manito; two uncles, John (Debbie) Shallenberger of Creve Coeur and Michael (Linda) Caruso of Benton, KY; and Christina Gibson of Pekin, whom she helped raise. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ray T. Wells, Arla Webster and William Caruso; her mother-in-law, Sandra Wolfe; and uncle, Gary Shallenberger. Rhonda worked for the city of Pekin as the inventory control clerk in the vehicle maintenance department for the past 10 years, last working December 10, 2010. She also had tended bar at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1232 in Pekin. Previously, she worked as the manager of the Freedom Oil Co. on South Second Street in Pekin and at Koenig Body & Equipment in Peoria. She was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1232 Ladies Auxiliary in Pekin, Teamsters Local 627, and was a life member of the VFW National Home. Rhonda loved animals and was a Minnesota Vikings football fan. She was a very loving mother, daughter, sister and friend. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday December 23, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Dowice Ashley, pastor, will officiate. Entombment will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Pekin. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 TAPS Lane, Pekin, IL 61554.
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HELLMERS, WILLIAM
Pekin IL-William Craig Hellmers 83 of 418 Caroline St. Pekin, passed away at 12:43 p.m. Monday December 20, 2010, in the emergency room at Pekin Hospital.  He was born March 09, 1927, in Pekin to Rudolph and Esther Hannah Davidson Hellmers. His parents preceded him in death. He also was preceded in death by one brother, Lawrence John Hellmers. Surviving are one daughter, Rosilea E. “Rosie” (Thomas) Gueldner of Port Aransas, Texas; three grandchildren, Hayley Gueldner, Joshua Gueldner and Zachary Gueldner, all of Port Aransas; seven great-grandchildren, Banya, Ryley, Clinton, Michael, Malachi, Makayla and Mackenzie and one sister, A. Gertrude “Trudy” Hellmers of Pekin. Craig was a World War II Marine Corps veteran and attained the rank of Private First Class. A graduate of the former St. John’s Lutheran School in Pekin, he was a 1945 graduate of Pekin Community High School. He graduated from Bradley University with a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1949. He was a longtime art teacher at Edison Junior High School for Pekin Public Schools District 108. Craig will be remembered as an artist, carver and teacher. He formerly had his studio near Spring Lake State Conservation Area and the Chautauqua National Refuge where he spent much of his time in the field. He also raised upland game birds and waterfowl for close-up study. His work, featuring wildlife and the American West, is in galleries and private collections in the U.S., Canada and Australia. Many of his carvings, as well as those of his students, have won awards in major international competitions. He also worked as a commercial artist.  He was of the Lutheran faith. Craig was also proud to be a life member of the National Rifle Association and a longtime Eagle Scout leader. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday, December 27, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. The Rev. Mark A. Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin, with military rites accorded by the United States Marine Corps and the Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team. Visitation will be one hour before the funeral. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, 7020 AC Skinner Parkway, Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32256.
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BURNS, ROBERT
Washington IL- Robert Lee Burns 23, of Washington passed away at 5:32 p.m. Friday, December 17, 2010 in Peoria. He was born on June 30, 1987 in Peoria, the son of Scott L. and Kathleen Lightbody Burns. Surviving are his parents and one brother, Joe Knollenberg, all of Washington; and grandparents, Robert and Beverly Burns of Port Charlotte, Floridaa., Linda Grier of Peoria and Harold and Ruth Lightbody of Bartonville. He is also survived by his aunts and uncles, Susan (Kent) Riley of Arizona, Sandy Bell of Peoria, Russell (Chris) Burns of Port Charlotte, Florida., and Kelly Fulks, Shawn Lightbody, Christine (John) Sandoval and Theresa Lightbody, all of Peoria; as well as numerous cousins. Twin sisters preceded Robert in death in 1984. His favorite pastimes were spending time with his three nieces, Ariana, Alexis and Alyson, who nicknamed him Uncle Shrek, and playing his video games. Robert attended Washington High School and was working as a seasonal employee for United Parcel Service in East Peoria. Cremation rites have been accorded with a celebration of life service from 3 until 9 p.m. Thursday December 23, 2010, at the American Legion Hall in Bartonville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family to TAPS.
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CLARK, TROY
Pekin IL-Troy Morris Clark 29, of Pekin died at 10:20 a.m. Thursday, December 23, 2010, at his home. His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday, December 27, 2010, at Davis Mortuary in Delavan. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the mortuary. Cremation will be accorded, and private disposition of remains will be at a later date.
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DeBOER, RAYMOND
Pekin IL- Raymond Richard "Ray" DeBoer, 51, of 216 Maple Park Drive passed away at 11:41 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008, in Buckhart Township, rural Fulton County. He was born March 8, 1957, in Pekin to Richard Victor and Charlene L. (Watkins) DeBoer. He married Mona Lyn Ryan on Oct. 1, 1982, in Pekin. She survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Brooke L. (Craig Hopper) DeBoer of Bloomington; one son, Ryan R. DeBoer of Pekin; one sister, Terry DeBoer of Pekin; and one nephew, Thomas Cross of Austin, Texas. He also is survived by Marvin and Bailey, his dogs. His parents and one sister, Tracy L. Krager, preceded him in death. He was a 1975 graduate of Pekin Community High School in Pekin. A millwright for 32 1/2 years, Ray began working as a millwright in January of 1976 for Carpenters Local 644 in Pekin, and in August of 1989, transferred to Millwright Local 1051 in Lincoln, last working Tuesday. He was a long-time executive board member for Local 1051. He was a member of the Pekin Moose Lodge 916, Pekin Eagles Aerie 1869, Ducks Unlimited, Peoria Sportsmen's Club in rural Manito, and an auxiliary member of the Tobin-Nanninga Marine Corps League Detachment 85 in Pekin. Ray enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing and watching NASCAR. He was a fan of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears. His visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. There will be no services, and cremation will be accorded. Following the visitation the family will receive friends at a gathering at the Marine Corps League in rural Pekin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ryan DeBoer Education Fund in care of CEFCU or the Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 TAPS Lane, Pekin, IL 61554.
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DeBOER, ALBERTA
Alberta L. DeBoer, 94, of Lutheran Home, formerly of 514 E. Corrington, died at 1:27 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2001, at Proctor Hospital. Born Sept. 11, 1907, in Pekin to Allison and Tilly Meinen Breedlove, she married Carl DeBoer Sr. on Jan. 8, 1938, in Kentland, Ind. He died Feb. 9, 1973. She also was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother. Surviving are one son, Carl Jr. (and Janice) of Peoria; one daughter, Scherrill Mesecher of Hastings, Neb.; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Virginia Deiner of Washington, Ill., and Helen Breedlove of Elizabethtown, N.J. A teacher for Peoria School District 150, she taught at Kingman Grade School from 1927 to 1938 and was a substitute teacher from 1952 until she retired in 1965. She was a member of First English Lutheran Church and its Business Women's Club. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at her church, where visitation will be one hour before. The Rev. Barbara Ziah will officiate. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery. Arrangements are by Wilton Mortuary. Memorials may be made to the Lutheran Home or her church.
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DeBOER, RUTH
Pekin IL- Ruth Neoma DeBoer, 84, of Lake Manor, formerly of 408 Caroline St., died at the home at 3:29 p.m. Friday, March 17, 2000. Born Jan. 15, 1916, in Kingston Mines to Lawrence and Clara Counterman Collins, she married Myron Wallace DeBoer on Feb. 24, 1934, in Pekin. He died Oct. 20, 1979, in Pekin. She also was preceded in death by two sons, Myron ''Mick'' on Nov. 28, 1996, in Pekin, and Richard on July 6, 1936, in Kingston Mines; one grandson; five brothers; and four sisters. Surviving are three daughters, LaVetta (and Gary) Sevier and Pamela (and Jerry) Whitney, both of Pekin, and Cathy (and Richard) Walters of Ottawa, Kan.; one son, Virgil (and Sandy) of Mount Vernon; 12 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; two greatgrandchildren; one sister, H. LaVonne (and George) Emery of Kingston Mines; and four brothers, Harry Collins of Mapleton, Robert (and Judy) Collins and Melvin ''Jake'' (and Pat) Collins, both of Kingston Mines, and John Collins of Tucson, Ariz. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. Ralph Cordes will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Second Reformed Church, 600 State St., Pekin, IL 61554 or Harbor Light Hospice in Peoria.
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EERTMOED, CHARLES
Pekin IL- Charles "Chuck" Eertmoed, 86, of 1113 S. 18th St. died at 2:48 p.m. Thursday, March 25, 2004, at Pekin Hospital. Born Nov. 24, 1917, in Pekin to Fred E. and Irma VonBoeckman Eertmoed, he married Edna Evelyn Kunder on April 6, 1946, in Waukegan. She died Nov. 26, 2001, in Pekin. He also was preceded in death by eight brothers and four sisters. Surviving are one son, Donald (and Connie) of Pekin; two daughters, Carol Kral of Lockport and Frances (and David) Crouch of Pekin; two grandchildren; one great-grandson; one great-great-grandson; one brother, Robert "Lindy" of Las Vegas; and one sister, Irma Cooper of Pekin. He worked at Pekin Water Works from 1943 to 1963, was the custodian of the Pekin Community High School gymnasium from 1963 to 1983 and also worked as a laborer for Ken Thomas Construction for 20 years. He was a member of Laborer's Local 231. He was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1994 as a friend of basketball. He was Pekin Singles Bowling Champion from 1954 to 1955 and a member of the 700 Bowling Club of America. He was a life member of Second Reformed Church in Pekin, where services will be at 11 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Harman Heeg will officiate. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Noel-Henderson Funeral Home. Burial will be at Glendale Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to his church or the American Cancer Society in Peoria.
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EERTMOED, FLORENCE
Pekin IL- Florence E. Eertmoed, 91, of 12429 S. 14th St. died at 3:51 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2001, at Pekin Hospital. Born April 12, 1910, near South Pekin to William ''Rush'' and Udie Larimore Hull, she married Fred I. Eertmoed Jr. on Sept. 26, 1926, in Pekin. He died Aug. 23, 1999, in Pekin. She also was preceded in death by two infant sons, Robert Wayne Eertmoed and James Richard Eertmoed; two grandchildren; four sisters; and five brothers. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. James (Shirley) Baker of Meredosia; one son, Fred (and Sally) of Pekin; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. She was a life member of Pekin Hospital Auxiliary. A member of Second Reformed Church since April 26, 1933, she was a member of the Loyal Daughters, Voyagers, Friendship Circle and Prayer Chain. She was in charge of the home department for many years and also had served as a deaconess and Sunday school teacher. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at her church. The Revs. Harmen Heeg and Ralph Cordes will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery. Arrangements are by Noel-Henderson Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Second Reformed Church youth scholarship fund.
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