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Wanda L. Vaughan

October 2, 1935 - October 30, 2015

Wanda L. Vaughan, 80, of Springfield, passed away at 7:05 a.m. on Friday, October 30, 2015 at St. John's Hospice. Wanda was born October 2, 1935 in Coles, IL, the daughter of William C. and Edith E. Wellbaum Rowland. She married Bobby Vaughan on February 9, 1957. Wanda graduated from Sullivan High School. Wanda was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan,...
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Erion L. Park

December 12, 1962 - October 27, 2015

Erion L. Park, 52, of Loami, died at 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at St. John's Hospice. Erion was born December 12, 1962 in Jacksonville, the daughter of Allen L. Park and Sandra "Sue" Wables Park. Erion was a graduate of New Berlin High School and attended Robert Morris University. She was employed as a bank teller for Warren-Boynton State Bank. She was a member of Loami...
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Deanna Maye Milner

May 25, 1938 - October 19, 2015

Deanna Maye Milner, 77, formerly of Chatham, died on Monday, October 19, 2015 at Vondelieth Living Center. Deanna was born May 25, 1938 in Springfield, the daughter of David and Cleo Cowman Simpson. She was a graduate of Chatham Glenwood High School and worked in banking as a young adult. In the 70s and 80s, she partnered with her husband, Al, helping manage Milner Electric, and in the...
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James Joseph Murphy

April 7, 1928 - October 17, 2015

James Joseph Murphy, 87, of Greenview, IL, formerly of Reidsville, NC, died at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at his daughter's home. James was born April 7, 1928 in Chicago, the son of Joseph and Eileen Westray Murphy. He married Thelma Lucille Nelson on April 12, 1947 in Springfield, IL. James was a manager for Lillard Beverage and loved golf, yard work, and spending time with...
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James R. Weistart

January 14, 1942 - October 10, 2015

James Richard Weistart died at his home in Rochester of bone cancer on Saturday, October 10, 2015. James was born January 14, 1942, in Bloomington, the son of Frank and Verna (nee Barth) Weistart, and grew up in Minonk, IL. He graduated high school as co-valedictorian, and subsequently earned undergraduate degrees in both Psychology and Economics at the University of Chicago. He was a...
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Guy Truax

March 14, 1969 - October 5, 2015

Guy Truax, 46, of Carlinville, formerly of Springfield, passed away at 5:36 a.m. on Monday, October 5, 2015 in Carlinville. Guy was born March 14, 1969 in Springfield, the son of Eugene and Carol Mathies Truax. Guy was employed by Taco Bell for 10 years and McDonalds. He enjoyed baseball and basketball, and was an excellent participant of the Special Olympics. Guy loved life, and he lived...
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Terry Wilson, Sr.

August 4, 1943 - September 25, 2015

Terry Wilson, Sr., 72, of Springfield, passed away at 12:59 a.m. on Friday, September 25, 2015 at Memorial Medical Center. Terry was born August 4, 1943 in Springfield, the son of William K. and Jewel Stephens Wilson. He married Gloria Judd on March 14, 1964 at Capital Christian Church. They recently celebrated 51 years of marriage. Terry was a graduate of Feitshans High School. He...
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Dale E. Daniele

August 27, 1940 - September 23, 2015

Dale E. Daniele, 75, of Springfield, passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at Memorial Medical Center following a brief battle with cancer. Dale was born on August 27, 1940 in Springfield, the son of Earl and Mary Martin Daniele. Dale was a graduate of Lanphier High School and later earned a bachelor's degree in Graphic Arts from UIS. Dale was formerly employed with John Crowe...
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Gregory H. Jones

July 22, 1948 - August 14, 2015

Gregory H. Jones, 67, of Springfield, formerly of Ludlow, died at 3:17 p.m. on Friday, August 14, 2015 at his home. Gregory was born July 22, 1948 in Urbana, the son of Howard Smith and Mary Louise Robeck Jones. Gregory attended Ludlow Grade School and later graduated from St. Bede Academy in Peru in 1966. He enjoyed outdoor sports and spending time with his nieces and nephews. He was...
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Vera Lorraine Jourdan

January 19, 1931 - August 6, 2015

Vera Lorraine Jourdan, age 84, passed away peacefully at 10:30 am on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at St. Clara's Manor in Lincoln, Illinois. Vera was born on January 19, 1931 to Shelby Lloyd and Geneva Snider Matthews in St. Louis, Missouri. She graduated from Webster High School in St. Louis. Vera served as secretary at the churches where her husband ministered. She owned and operated the Mod...
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Alan Dale Spann

October 2, 1954 - August 6, 2015

Alan Dale Spann, 60, of Springfield, died at 3:20 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, 2015 in Springfield. Alan was born October 2, 1954 in Lincoln, the son of Benjamin and Ethel Mae Wilham Spann. He married Cindy Lawrence on May 14, 1993 in Springfield. Alan was a graduate of Springfield High School and attended Lincoln Land Community College. He worked for the Secretary of State for over 25...
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John "Jack" R. Robinson

February 15, 1930 - August 1, 2015

John "Jack" R. Robinson, 85, of Springfield, passed away at 6:35 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at St. John's Hospice. Jack was born on February 15, 1930 in Chicago, the son of John R. and Frances Blake Robinson. He married Carolyn Bryan in 1949 in Russellville, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Blake Robinson. Mr. Robinson is survived by his wife,...
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Mark Oldridge

April 7, 1963 - May 13, 2015

Mark Oldridge, 52, of Springfield, died at 11:06 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at his home. Mark was born April 7, 1963 in Springfield, the son of Thomas Oldridge and Marie McGrew. Mark was a mechanic fixing everything from airplane engines at Garrett aviation to 4 wheelers at RTD Motor Sports. He worked at Springfield Park District and loved plants and horticulture. Mark was an animal...
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Elvira Elmore Charles

March 29, 1930 - May 8, 2015

Elvira Elmore Charles, 85, of Lexington, KY, departed this life on Friday, May 8, 2015 in Springfield, IL. She was born March 29, 1930 in Coraopolis, PA, the daughter of Charles Jennings Bryan and Julia Woods Elmore. She was a graduate of St. Catherine's Academy and attended the Kentucky College of Business. She was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, John and Joseph Elmore,...
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Robert "Pip" Pipkin

February 23, 1964 - May 2, 2015

Robert "Pip" Pipkin, 51, of Springfield, passed away at 11:03 a.m. on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at his home surrounded by his loved ones. Pip was born on February 23, 1964 in Springfield, the son of Murray and Marcella Schafer Pipkin. He married Teri Larson on May 28, 2011 in Mechanicsburg. Pip could easily be described as a man with a heart of gold. His generosity and selflessness was...
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Janice "Jan" D. Johnson

January 12, 1943 - May 1, 2015

Janice (Jan) Blomgren Johnson of Edinburg, IL, passed away on May 1, 2015 at the Intensive Care Unit at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, IL. Jan was born January 12, 1943 in Rockford, IL to Marold Otto and Elsie M. (Nelson) Blomgren. She graduated from Rockford East High School in 1961 and the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1965. She married Jerry P. Johnson at Salem Lutheran...
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Thomas S. V. Bartlett, Jr.

December 31, 1947 - April 15, 2015

Thomas Shelley Vallette Bartlett, Jr., 67, of Springfield, died at 10:54 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 peacefully at his home surrounded by family. Tom was born December 31, 1947 in Chicago, the son of Thomas Shelley Vallette and Louise Reynolds Bartlett, Sr. Growing up, Tom and his family spent a great deal of time in Maine. By age 16, he was working in the summer as a crew member on...
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Walter Lamsargis

October 9, 1916 - April 13, 2015

Walter "Tic" Lamsargis, 98, of Springfield, passed away at 6:37 a.m. on Monday, April 13, 2015 at Heritage Health in Mt. Sterling. Walter was born on October 9, 1916 in Springfield, the son of Thadius and Lavakadia Sterbis Lamsargis. He married Marcella Mae Henson in 1940, in Palmyra, MO; she preceded him in death on February 19, 2002. He was also preceded in death by two sons, Terry and...
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Estella Meister

March 11, 1930 - March 8, 2015

Estella Meister, 84, of Springfield, died at 3:45 a.m. on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Memorial Medical Center. Estella was born March 11, 1930 in Mt. Pulaski, the daughter of Clarence A. and Dorothy G. Holmes Dains. Estella was a graduate of Elkhart High School and worked as a beautician for 11 years, worked in retail for 19 years, and worked for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois for 24...
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Julie Ann Low

September 12, 1949 - February 28, 2015

Julie Ann Low, 65, of Springfield, passed away at 12:32 a.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Memorial Medical Center. Julie was born September 12, 1949 in Newport News, VA, the daughter of Ralph and Mildred (Largent) Schwab. She married Thomas W. Low on September 30, 1978 in Champaign-Urbana. Julie was a graduate of Stephen Decatur High School. She earned a bachelor's degree from the U...
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Bette A. Schenk

February 28, 1923 - January 9, 2015

Bette A. Schenk, 91, of Springfield, died at 10:20 a.m. on Friday, January 9, 2015 at her home. Bette was born on February 28, 1923 in Morris, IL, the daughter of David Osbrink and Carrie Doss Laabs. She married Raymond Schenk and he preceded her in death. Bette graduated from Morris High School. She enjoyed needlepoint, reading, watching crime detective shows, but most importantly...
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Laura G. Schaefer

November 10, 1932 - January 3, 2015

Laura G. Schaefer, 82, of Springfield, died at 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Oak Terrace Healthcare Center. Laura was born November 10, 1932 in Benoit, MS, the daughter of Harry and Ruby Celeste Sigmond Gibson. Laura moved to Springfield from Bellflower, CA and has been in the community for eight years. She loved to work, enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, loved to sew, and...
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Sandra Brawner

September 25, 1941 - December 24, 2014

Sandra was born September 25, 1941 in Detroit, MI, the daughter of Glenn Louis and Blanche Elizabeth Chronister Matthews. Sandra married Thomas M. Brawner on June 26, 1959 in Pawnee. She was preceded in death by her parents. Sandra is survived by her husband, Thomas M. Brawner of Springfield; her son, Todd M. (partner,Peter Dickson) Brawner of Atlanta, GA; her daughter, Lori (husband,...
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Donald E. Randolph

November 29, 1939 - December 10, 2014

Donald E. Randolph, 75, of Springfield, died at 8:58 p.m. on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at Memorial Medical Center. Donald was born November 29, 1939 in Jacksonville, the son of John D. and Helen L. Schlemmer Randolph. He married Laura E. McGee on November 24, 1962 in Jacksonville. Donald attended Brown's Business College and earned his bachelor's degree from Illinois College. He was...
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Chad A. Hartwick

March 18, 1966 - December 4, 2014

Chad A. Hartwick, 48, of Springfield, died at 7:32 a.m. on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at his home. Chad was born March 18, 1966, the son of Francis and Sophia Jayne Price Hartwick. Chad attended Southeast High School and studied at MTI in the technical welding program. He most recently owned and operated Capital City Drywall. He was previously employed with Schneider International,...
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Doris Laing

August 28, 1940 - November 14, 2014

Doris Laing, 74, of Union, MO, passed away at 12:50 p.m. on Friday, November 14, 2014 at Mercy Hospital. Doris was born on August 28, 1940 in Springfield, the daughter of Wesley and Dora Mayes Hayes. She married Robert J. Laing on January 10, 1975 in Springfield, IL. Doris was a CNA for 30 years. She enjoyed crafts and was known for being a compassionate person. She was preceded in...
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Joan Boerio

February 11, 1938 - October 21, 2014

Joan Boerio, 76, passed away at 2:20 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at her home. She was born February 11, 1938 in Auburn, IL, the daughter of Camille and Mary Bart. Joan married Joseph Boerio in 1974. Joan lived life to the fullest, never missing an adventure. She loved traveling and spending time with her family and friends. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Jo Stark of...
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Kerry F. Doetzel

October 19, 2014

Kerry F. Doetzel, 55, of Springfield, passed away at 8:20 p.m. on Sunday, October 19, 2014 in Springfield. Kerry was born in St. Louis, MO on January 20, 1959, the son of Leslie G. and Rosaleen G. Harris Doetzel. He was preceded in death by his father and three siblings, Dennis M. Doetzel, Sharon L. Brooks, and Debra L. Harrison. He is survived by his mother, Rosaleen G. Richhart and...
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Bruce C. Jones

January 29, 1945 - October 19, 2014

Bruce C. Jones, 69, of Springfield, died at 11:10 a.m. on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Bruce was born January 29, 1945 in Kirksville, MO, the son of Cleo and Helen Lowe Jones. He married Caren Murphy on September 18, 1993 in Springfield. Bruce was a 1963 graduate of Greentop High School in Greentop, MO and attended Lincoln Land Community College. He...
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Ellery A. Harvey

May 5, 1943 - August 16, 2014

Ellery A. Harvey, 71, of Lincoln, formerly of New Hampshire, died at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Memorial Medical Center. Ellery was born May 5, 1943 in Hinsdale, NH, the son of Kenneth Allen and Grace Lucy Freeman Harvey. He married Gertrud Rau on February 12, 1965 in Augsburg, Germany. Ellery attended school in New Hampshire and proudly served his country in the United...
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Pearl Annette Strode

March 27, 1931 - August 13, 2014

Pearl Annette Strode, 83, of Springfield, died at 2:02 p.m. on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Memorial Medical Center. Pearl was born on March 27, 1931 in Manhattan, NY, the daughter of Giuseppi Argentino and Margaret Iola Webb Youvino. She married Richard Strode on April 2, 1993 in Teaneck, NJ. Pearl attended school to be a chemical engineer at New York University. She was employed with...
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Sharon Dishon

July 25, 1944 - July 29, 2014

Sharon L. Dishon, 70, of Springfield, passed away at 10:40 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at her residence. Sharon was born July 25, 1944 in Springfield, the daughter of Wayne and Thelma Henderson Dishon. She married Gene Smith and they later divorced. He preceded her in death in 2013. Sharon was a graduate of Lanphier High School in Springfield. She was also preceded in death by her...
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Mary L. Welle

December 3, 1920 - July 25, 2014

Mary L. Welle 93, of Springfield, died at 12:35 a.m. on Friday, July 25, 2014 at St. John's Hospital. Mary was born December 3, 1920 in Rochester, the daughter of Christopher and Gertrude Stone Ginder. She married Edward D. Welle on October 31, 1938 in St. Louis, MO; he preceded her in death. Mary was a 1937 graduate of Rochester High School and retired from Franklin Life after 35 years...
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Cheryl (Frederick) Jenkins

May 4, 1950 - July 24, 2014

Cheryl (Frederick) Jenkins, 64, of Springfield, passed away at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Memorial Medical Center. Cheryl was born May 4, 1950. She is survived by her daughters, Velvet Frederick and Sherry Seals, both of Springfield; one granddaughter, Kiara Buchanon of Springfield; and a host of nieces and nephews. Cremation will be accorded by Lincoln Land Cremation...
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Louis William "Bill" Sherer

February 19, 1942 - July 21, 2014

Louis William "Bill" Sherer, an 11-year survivor of lung cancer, died on July 21, 2014 in Springfield, IL under the care of Memorial Home Services Hospice, following a battle with colon cancer. He was born February 19, 1942 in Alton, IL to Louis William Sherer, Sr. and Helen Sullivan Jenks Sherer. His last wife, Wanda Clark Sherer, preceded him in death in November 2000, only 11 months after...
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Carolyn S. Fletcher

July 23, 1947 - June 30, 2014

Carolyn Sue Fletcher, 66, of Kansas City, MO, passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2014 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, IL. She was born July 23, 1947 in Canton, MO, daughter of James and Berniece Robinson. Carolyn was of the Baptist faith. She was retired and enjoying her grandchildren. Survivors include three daughters; Candice Maria Fletcher, Kimberly Victoria Fletcher and Ebony...
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Martin Weller

October 8, 1944 - June 24, 2014

Martin "Marty" Weller, 69, of Springfield, passed away at 11:10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Memorial Medical Center. Marty was born October 8, 1944 in Springfield, the son of Russell and Naomi Ruth Cruthis Weller. He married Dorothy Vaughn Bowdler on February 1, 1974. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Elmer and Lloyd Weller. He is survived by his wife,...
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Taylor Carver Scott, Jr.

December 30, 1920 - June 5, 2014

Taylor Carver Scott, Jr., 93, of Springfield, IL, died Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Concordia Village in Springfield, IL. Taylor was born in 1920 in Bradenton, FL, a son of Taylor and Harper Scott, Sr. He married Emily in 1947; who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his one daughter, Emily Scott and two brothers, Jasper Scott and Thomas Scott. He is survived by his sons,...
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Kathleen Joann Bates

November 30, 1953 - April 20, 2014

Kathleen Joann Bates, 60, of Springfield, died at 12:40 p.m. on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at St. John's Hospital. Kathleen was born on November 30, 1953 in Alton, the daughter of Keith and Loretta Wachter Martin. She married Michael Edward Fifer in 2006 in Springfield; he preceded her in death on January 28, 2013. Kathleen attended Southeast High School and volunteered at the breadline. She...
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Phil D. Cate, Jr.

June 12, 1951 - April 17, 2014

Phil DeAnguera Cate, Jr., 62, of Jefferson City, MO, passed away unexpectedly on April 17, 2014 as the result of a heart attack in Springfield, IL while assigned as Quality Manager on a construction project for URS Corporation. Phil was born June 12, 1951 in Cleveland, TN, the son of Phil DeAnguera and Helen Fitzgerald Cate. Phil was a graduate of Cleveland High School and Cleveland State...
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Jerry Robert Turnbull

March 15, 1938 - April 11, 2014

Jerry died in his sleep, Friday, April 11, 2014. He was born to Ralph and Elisabeth Weaver Turnbull on March 15, 1938 in Springfield. He graduated from Kent School and went on to graduate from Brown University in Providence, RI in 1961. He began his career as a banker at 1st National Bank where he worked from 1963 until 1984, when he became President and CEO of Land of Lincoln Bank. After...
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William "Bill" Warren Martz

March 15, 1940 - February 28, 2014

William "Bill" Warren Martz, 73, of Rochester, passed away at his home Friday evening the 28th of February 2014 two weeks before his 74th birthday. Bill was born on March 15, 1940 in Chicago, the son of William and Dorothy Dawson Martz. He was raised on Chicago's South Shore and later moved to Midlothian, IL. He married Sharron E. LaFollette on January 1, 1983 in Oregon in the mountains...
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George Herbert Southard

October 18, 1941 - February 20, 2014

George Herbert Southard, 72, of Loami, died at 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at St. John's Hospital. George was born October 18, 1941 in Big Mound, IL, the son of Carl Herbert and Mary Louise Weitiekamp Southard. George owned and operated his own tree trimming business, George Southard and Son Tree Service. He was a member of the TRN Club at Lake Springfield and the Knights...
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Gary Turner

January 8, 1958 - January 29, 2014

Gary Turner, 56, of Springfield, died at 4:25 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Memorial Medical Center. Gary was born January 8, 1958 in Springfield, the son of Neal I. and Wanda L. Williamson Turner. Gary was a graduate of Lanphier High School and enjoyed having a good time and spending time with his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is...
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Mary Agnes Lewis

December 17, 1924 - January 20, 2014

Mary A. Lewis, 89, of Springfield, died at 2:05 a.m. on Monday, January 20, 2014 at St. John's Hospital Hospice. Mary was born December 17, 1924 in Springfield, the daughter of Ralph and Elizabeth Scheppman May. Mary graduated from Sacred Heart Academy and worked as an Administrative Assistant for Barber Coleman for 38 years. She was a founding member of Church of the Little Flower. ...
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Michael Andrew "Myke" Turpin

September 9, 1990 - December 28, 2013

Michael (Myke) Andrew Turpin, 23, of Springfield, went to be with God at 4:27 p.m. on Saturday, December 28, 2013 in the company of his family. Myke was born September 9, 1990 in Springfield, the son of Robert and Vickie Turpin. Myke attended grade school at North Elementary School in Taylorville, IL. He attended the first two years of high school at Taylorville High School and graduated...
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Kenneth "Hoppy" Hopkins

June 10, 1939 - December 28, 2013

Kenneth A. "Hoppy" Hopkins, 74, of Springfield, passed away at 11:10 a.m. on Saturday, December 28, 2013. Hoppy was born June 10, 1939 in Vandalia, the son of C. Vaughn and Blenna Luella Noffsinger Hopkins. He married Savannah Sue Beck in 1959. They later divorced in 1987 and she survives. He married Ann L. McMinn on February 25, 1989 in Springfield. Hoppy was a 1957 graduate of Deland...
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Rodney A. Porter

August 17, 1959 - December 3, 2013

Rodney A. Porter, 54, of Springfield, died at 12:14 a.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at St. John's Hospital. Rodney was born August 17, 1959 in Fairfield, IA, the son of Otto and Marcine Glasgow Porter. He married Joyce A. Needham on June 20, 1987 in Springfield. Rodney proudly served his country in the Air National Guard and was owner and operator of SIM-CO in Springfield for 26 years....
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Marcia Miller

October 6, 1952 - October 21, 2013

Marcia Miller, 61, of Good Hope, IL, died at 12:30 a.m. on Monday, October 21, 2013 at her residence. Marcia was born on October 6, 1952 in Canton, IL, the daughter of Francis L. and Jacquelyn C. Campbell Clary. She married John J. Miller on June 16, 1984 in Mackinaw, IL. Marcia was a graduate of Washington High School in Washington, IL and earned her Bachelor's degree in Library Science...
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Mary Lou Rooney

March 13, 1962 - July 5, 2013

Mary Lou (Rees) Rooney, 51, of Springfield, died at 9:06 a.m. on Friday, July 5, 2013 at St. John's Hospital. She leaves behind her mother, Barbara (Welle) Rees of Springfield; three sons, Ryan Johnson of Springfield, SN. Michael Rooney at New London Naval Base in Groton, CT, and Colton Rees of Springfield; two grandchildren, Paige Elise and Julena Rose Johnson both of Springfield; brother,...
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Marjorie Ann Yeager

August 17, 1935 - June 15, 2013

Marjorie Ann Yeager, 77, of Thayer, passed away at 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at her residence. Marjorie was born August 17, 1935 in Philadelphia, PA, the daughter of Amos and Alice Rose Stocky Shannon. She married Raymond Thomas Yeager in 1953; he preceded her in death. Marjorie was dedicated to her family and loved by everyone. She was also preceded in death by her father...
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Sheri L. Cockrum

August 24, 1966 - June 8, 2013

Sheri L. Cockrum, 46, of Springfield, died at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at Memorial Medical Center. Sheri was born August 24, 1966 in Gainesville, GA, the daughter of Darrel Eugene and Mary Lou Arnold Cockrum. After graduating from Quincy High School in 1984, Sheri moved to Sarasota, FL. She worked as an Office Administrator for a chiropractor office. While in Sarasota,...
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Mary Judith Kraus

October 1, 1937 - May 11, 2013

Mary Judith Kraus, 75, of Springfield, died at 6:47 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at St. John's Hospice. Mary was born October 1, 1937 in Springfield, the daughter of Oscar Carl and Mary Agnes Rhoades Johnson. She married Richard Allen Kraus on March 2, 1957 in Peoria, and he preceded her in death in 2001. Mary graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in 1955 and earned a scholarship to the...
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Joe Kelly

February 13, 1955 - May 9, 2013

Joe Kelly died on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at his home in Springfield. He was born February 13, 1955 in Springfield to Irene Elizabeth Flammini Kelly and Amos Calvin Kelly. He was a graduate of Saint Joseph's Grade School and Lanphier High School. Early in his life, Joe worked in construction alongside his brother, Jim, as a cement finisher. He was a part-time photographer and was employed in the...
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Erline Joyce Swenson

June 29, 1932 - March 31, 2013

Mrs. Erline Joyce (Adams) Swenson, 80, died on Easter Sunday, March, 31, 2013 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, IL. Joyce was born on June 29, 1932, in Buchanan, GA, the daughter of Floyd Adams Sr. and Ruby (Rice) Adams. At six years old she incurred an ankle injury on which she had surgery that affected her the rest of her life. Joyce's childhood nickname was "Squirrel" and she was...
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Calvin Howard

September 16, 1931 - March 28, 2013

Calvin Howard, 81, of Springfield, Illinois died on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at St. John's Hospice. Calvin was born and grew up in Litchfield, Illinois. After graduating from high school, he proudly served his country during the Korean War. He worked for McDonnell Douglas, a major aerospace manufacturer and defense contractor during the jet propulsion era. From there he moved into the Mercury...
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Ronald Gene Rees

July 14, 1938 - February 23, 2013

Ronald Gene Rees left this world Saturday morning, February 23, 2013 at 12:15 a.m. to go to heaven to find the best golf course there. He leaves behind his wife, Barbara (Welle) Rees; sons, Eric and Colton; daughter, Mary Lou (Rees) Rooney; grandsons, Ryan Johnson and Michael Rooney; great-granddaughters, Paige and Julena Johnson; brother, Gene (Ramona) Rees; and several nieces and nephews. ...
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Kenneth A. Bunchman

December 3, 1924 - August 13, 2012

Kenneth A. Bunchman, 87, of Springfield, passed away peacefully on August 13, 2012 at St. John's Hospice. Ken was born December 3, 1924 in Springfield, the son of Harry and Helen Rittenbacker Bunchman. He was a member of the Army Air Corps in WWII, serving in the South Pacific. He attended the University of Illinois and earned two master's degrees from Sangamon State University. He was proud...
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David Joseph Boyd

August 6, 2012

David Joseph Boyd, 54, of Springfield, passed away at 3:40 a.m. on Monday, August 6, 2012 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln. David was born October 2, 1957 in Wilmington, OH, the son of Philip V. and Norma Allbright Boyd. He was preceded in death by his mother. He is survived by his father, Philip V. Boyd of Hamilton, OH; three brothers, Richard "Dick" (Kristen) Boyd of...
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Robert John Charneski

May 14, 2012

Robert John Charneski, 62, of Springfield, died at 7:48 p.m. on Monday, May 14, 2012 at St. John's Hospital. Robert was born November 8, 1949 in Decatur, the son of William and Charlotte Frese Charneski. Robert proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy and retired in 2011 from Geene & Bradford as a CAD designer. He was a member of the T.R.N. Club. Robert's family was the most...
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James Kuizin

March 17, 2012

James D. Kuizin, 77, of Springfield, died at 10:33 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Memorial Medical Center. James was born March19, 1934 in Springfield, the son of Anthony John and Eileen Follis Kuizin. He married Jacqueline Simmons. James was a graduate of Lanphier High School and retired from Fiat-Allis after 30 years of service. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army. ...
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Dave Ston

March 7, 2012

Dave Ston, 59, of Divernon, passed away at 9:10 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at his residence. Dave was born June 25, 1952 in Plattsburgh, NY, the son of Bill and Peg Hugley Ston. Dave was a loving and supportive father. He was a re-enactor for the Civil War and French and Indian War. He was a great outdoorsman and loved riding his Harley. He was a comedian at heart and loved an...
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Nancy Kay Einhouse

August 17, 1949 - January 7, 2012

Nancy Kay Einhouse, 62, of Astoria, died at 12:40 p.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at St. John's Hospital. Nancy was born August 17, 1949 in Urbana, the daughter of Kenneth and Eileen Rewerts Collison. Nancy was a member of the United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She is survived by her husband, Rev. Robert B. Einhouse, Jr. of Astoria, IL; two daughters, Jolene (Michael)...
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David James Ishizaki

March 31, 1962 - December 14, 2011

David James Ishizaki, 49, of Springfield, died at 5:33 p.m. on Wednesday, 14 December 2011 at St. John's Hospital. David was born 31 March 1962 in Chicago, the son of Robert Tadashi and Ruth Louise Ishizaki. He married Deanna Marie Craig on October 3, 1987 in Chatham. David was a 1981 graduate of Springfield High School and received a certificate in auto mechanics from Lincoln Land...
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Russell "Russ" Campbell

September 15, 1948 - November 15, 2011

Russell "Russ" Campbell, 63 of Springfield, died at 3:25 a.m. on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at his home. Russ was born September 15, 1948 in Clinton, the son of Charles and Dottie Turner Campbell. He married Katherine Fuller on July 5, 1985 in Greenville, TX. She preceded him in death. Russ was a very honest, dependable and hard-working man whose family meant the world to him. He proudly...
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Thomas L. Gibson

March 22, 1942 - October 18, 2011

Thomas L. Gibson, 69, of Litchfield, IL, passed away at 1:40 a.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield with his family at his side. Born in De Moines, IA on March 22, 1942, he was the son of Thomas and Dortha (Lewis) Gibson. He met and married Donna K. Durbin in 1963 in Phoenix, AZ, which ended in divorce. He married Laura Sagrido in 1996 in Pasadena, TX,...
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Ellanor Peiser White

February 15, 1936 - October 13, 2011

Ellanor Kenney Peiser White, 75, of Michael, Illinois, died Thursday, October 13, 2011 at her daughter's home in Springfield, after a long illness. Ellanor, the daughter of Mark and Leanore Peiser, was born February 15, 1936 in Chicago. She was preceded in death by her husband, John K. White. She is survived by brother, Mark Peiser; niece, Martha, of North Carolina; four children, Karli,...
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Patricia Robb Bennett

August 3, 1942 - September 7, 2011

Patricia Ellen Robb Bennett, 69, of Springfield, passed away at 10:29 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at Memorial Medical Center. Patricia was born August 3, 1942 in Peoria, the daughter of Paul and Eleanore Murphy Robb. Patricia received a bachelor's degree from Ball State University and a master's degree from Northwestern University. ...
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Justin Christopher Hart-Prather

January 12, 2011

Justin Christopher Hart-Prather, 34, of Springfield, died at 7:19 a.m. on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at Memorial Medical Center. Justin was born February 18, 1976 in Decatur, the son of Christopher and Pamela Sutton Hart. He married Valerie Baker on October 18. 2003 at The Beach House. Justin was employed by Above and Beyond Cleaning Service. He liked to spend time with his family,...
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Danny Wayne Wright, Sr.

June 6, 1957 - July 30, 2010

Danny Wayne Wright, Sr., 53, of White Heath, died on Friday, July 30, 2010 at St. John’s Hospital ER of natural causes. Danny was born June 6, 1957 in Danville, IL, the son of Charles and Patsy Keller Wright. He married Lilli Jones on August 10, 1984. Danny was preceded in death by his grandmother, Lucille Wright He attended Southeast High School and earned his certificate for Harley...
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Donna Jean Smith

September 30, 1946 - July 7, 2010

Donna Jean Smith, 63, of Springfield passed away at 10:57 p.m. on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at her home. Donna was born on September 30, 1946 in Springfield, the daughter of beloved father, Frank and Eileen Johnson Riech and biological father, Harold Havener. She was a graduate of Springfield High School and worked at the Sangamon County tax office. She was a member of the Southfork...
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Leroy 'Roy' Copeland

July 15, 1975 - July 6, 2010

Leroy “Roy” Copeland, 34, of Springfield, quite suddenly passed away at 7:57a.m. on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at St. John’s Hospital. Leroy was born July 15, 1975 in Chicago, the son of Leroy and Sharon (Wolfe) Copeland. Leroy was formerly of Chicago and had been a member of the Springfield community for 26 years. He spent a large portion of his life doing maintenance work in profession....
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Joseph "PaPa Joe" Boerio

December 15, 1925 - June 12, 2010

Joseph “PaPa Joe” Boerio, 84, of Springfield, died at his residence on Monday, July 12, 2010 at 6:17 p.m. surrounded by his family. Joseph was born December 15, 1925 in Jeiseyville, the son of Thomas and Costanza Lamongo Boerio. He married Joan Bart on February 2, 1974 in Petersburg. Joseph was a graduate of Kincaid High School and immediately joined the Marine Corp. He received a...
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Russell Daniels

September 21, 1953 - May 21, 2010

Russell Allen Daniels, 56, of Springfield, passed away at 10:10 a.m. on Friday, May 21, 2010 at Memorial Medical Center. Russell was born September 21, 1953 in Springfield, the son of Earl and Yvonne Wilcox Daniels. Russell graduated from West Side Elementary School and Athens High School in 1971. He held various positions as a welder, metal fabricator and machine computer operator for...
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