Taylorville Obits

Mary Wanda Ostrow

Mary Wanda Ostrow, 85, of Taylorville, passed away at 4:02 p.m. on Sunday, August 14, 2022, at her residence.

 

Wanda was born October 26, 1936, in Carlinville, the daughter of Elmer Ray and Anna Christina (Friend) Lyons.  She married Troy A. Bonnell, Sr., and they later divorced.  Wanda then married Stanley J. Ostrow on July 20, 1980, in Momence.  He preceded her in death on March 17, 2007.

 

Wanda spent most of her adulthood as a homemaker, but prior to that was employed as a file clerk at Manteno State Hospital.  She was a hard worker and devoted mother.  She loved her family, her friends, and her dogs, which she affectionately called her babies.

 

She was also preceded in death by her parents; son, Jeffrey P. Bonnell; daughter, Debra Ann Boyer; and brothers, Lloyd and James Lyons.

 

Wanda is survived by her son, Troy A. Bonnell, Jr. of Taylorville; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Visitation & Funeral Ceremony: The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, 2022, at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.  The funeral Ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m. with Sr. Rose McKeown officiating.

 

Graveside rites will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 19, 2022, at Momence Cemetery in Momence.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

 

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Wanda, or to offer condolences to her family.

John Jay Lanzotti

John Jay Lanzotti, 73 of Taylorville, passed away at 5:35p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2022 at Decatur Memorial Hospital.  He was born on July 24, 1949 in Taylorville, the son of Frank Lanzotti Sr. and Catherine A. (Seward) Lanzotti.

John grew up at the One Mile Inn in Taylorville where he helped with chores during the day and greeted customers each night.

He graduated from 8th grade at St. Mary School and from Taylorville High School with the class of 1969. He enjoyed attending class reunions.

John was one of the first clients at Christian County Mental Health Association’s Developmental Center. He worked there for more than 40 years, often in the wood room where he used skills learned in his high school shop classes.

He lived in a CCHMA group home for more than 25 years. Through the group home and developmental center, he took part in numerous activities like Kids Are Kids dances and trips to the state fair. He competed in Special Olympics, bringing home gold medals for shot put, wheelchair racing, and bowling which was his favorite sport.

John was the ultimate Elvis Presley fan, and, thanks to many thoughtful people, he had a large collection of Elvis movies, music, and memorabilia. He fulfilled his dream of visiting Graceland in Memphis a few years ago.

John was a member of Taylorville Christian Church. For years, kind people in the congregation gave him rides to services every Sunday.

He loved coffee and conversation and, thanks to his friends and local taxis, was a regular at Green Gables, Spring Garden, North Lanes, and the Olde Bowl.

John always led the blessing before family meals. This was his go to prayer: “God is good. God is great. Thank you for our food. Thank you for the wheelchair people. Thank you for my family. Amen.”

He is survived by his sister and brothers: Alberta DiPietro Taylorville, Frank (Pamela) Lanzotti, Jr. Taylorville, and Victor (Kathy) Lanzotti Springfield, IL; nieces: Catherine (Darrell) Robertson, Taylorville; Julie Lilly (Sean Fairclough,) Taylorville; Leanne Lanzotti Urbina, Springfield; and Nicole Lanzotti Davis, Litchfield; nephews: Anthony Lanzotti, Springfield; Andrew Lanzotti, Chicago; and Benjamin Lanzotti, Hutto, TX; several great and great-great nieces and nephews, many cousins, and his family at CCHMA.  He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brothers Terry and James, and brother-in-law Geno A. (Tony) DiPietro.

The funeral service for John will be held at 2:00p.m. on Friday, August 19, 2022, at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Pastor James Jones officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Friday.  Burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.  Memorials in John’s memory may be made to Lee Court, which was John’s home for many years, c/o Christian County Mental Health Association, 707 McAdam Dr., Taylorville.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of John, or condolences to the family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Alberta Mae Allen

Alberta Mae Allen, 96 of Stonington, passed away at 4:47 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2022 at Taylorville Care Center.  She was born on January 2, 1926 in Pemiscot County, Missouri, the daughter of Albert Arthur and Ellen May (New) Brock.  She married Evan Young Allen on May 9, 1943 Perry County, Missouri and he preceded her in death on January 9, 2017.  Mrs. Allen was an active member of the Old Stonington Baptist Church and drove a bus for the Stonington School District for many years.  She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, and playing cards and dominoes.  Alberta was a talented baker and made the best chocolate chip cookies and pies.  She enjoyed camping and her life centered around her family, by whom she will be dearly missed. 

She is survived by her children: Everett Young Allen (Janet) of Pana, Rodney Lee Allen (Rhea) of Stonington, Kevin James Allen (Daniel Menzies) of Champaign, Stephen Ray Allen (Adriana) of Taylorville; grandchildren: Randy Allen, Richard Allen, Ronald Allen, Rena Burkhart, Danny Cook, Jenny Fikan, Brian Allen, Craig Allen, Chad Allen, Zachary Allen, Christian Allen, Selah Allen, Kamila Allen, Kristina Allen, and Evan Allen; 16 great grandchildren and 15 great- great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son: Ivan Leslie Allen; granddaughter: Tracy Lynn Allen; great grandson: Matthew Burkhart; 4 brothers and 1 sister. 

A funeral service for Alberta will take place at 11:00a.m. on Thursday, August 18, 2022 at the Old Stonington Baptist Church with Rev. Scott Parks officiating.  Visitation will be from 10:00a.m. until 11:00a.m. on Thursday at the church.  Burial will take place at the Old Stonington Cemetery.  Memorials in Alberta’s memory may be made to the Old Stonington Baptist Church.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Alberta, or condolences to her family, may be shared at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.  

Alice L. Simmons

Alice L. Simmons, 83, of Illiopolis, formerly of Mt. Auburn, passed away August 10th, 2022 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. Alice was born March 26th, 1939 to Benjamin Franklin Wright and Lucinda Pearl Wright. She married her high school sweetheart, Earl Simmons Sr. on November 29th 1958. They remained married for 53 years until his death in 2012. Alice worked for the State of Illinois. She started in the Department of Revenue where she helped develop and implement tax codes still in use today. She later worked for the Department of Public Health before retiring from the Department of Vital Records. Alice was baptized as one Jehovah's Witnesses on April 5th, 2008. She was a member of the East Springfield Congregation where she became beloved as a genuine sister and mother to all. Alice was a devoted mother and grandmother. She would gladly admit she would have skipped straight to the grandkids if she knew how fun it was. She always made time for the children and made sure she cheered the loudest. She made everyone feel loved and special. To know her was to love her. 

 

Alice is survived by her sister Marie Clifton Morrison of Michigan, children: Sue (Harry) Harter of West Virginia, Rose Beaston of Mt. Auburn, Earl (Jill) Simmons Jr. of Assumption and son-in-law David Loyd of Illiopolis, as well as 15 grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, special nieces Shirley (John) Mattingly and Pam Palmer of Oklahoma and Janet Oyler of Michigan. Alice was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her sisters Wanda and Earlene, and her daughter Linda Loyd.

 

Visitation will be held Friday, August 12, 2022 from 6pm to 8pm at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Graveside services will be held Saturday, August 20th at 10am at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

 

Memorials can be made to Alice's church: East Springfield Congregation 3076 Normandy Rd. Springfield, IL 62703

 

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Patrick J. Porter

Patrick J. Porter, 57 of Decatur, passed away at 9:32a.m. on Monday, August 8, 2022 at Moweaqua Rehabilitation and Health Care.  He was born on June 23, 1965 in Taylorville, the son of Clifford Allen and Margaret L. (Turner) Porter.  Patrick previously worked as a machinist at Caterpillar in Decatur.  He was an avid NASCAR fan and especially enjoyed watching Dale Earnhardt Jr. race.  He enjoyed spending time outdoors, taking walks in nature and going for rides in the country.  Patrick was a jack of all trades, he was a skilled gardener and wood worker, and loved music and attending concerts.  He was rarely seen without wearing his dew rag, often in his favorite color of hot pink.  More than anything he enjoyed time spent with his family. 

He is survived by his daughter: Amanda Fiaoni (Cory) of Taylorville; grandchildren: Zayn Hall and Preston Fiaoni; niece: Kristal Fry (James) of Taylorville; great nephews: Carson Fry and Karter Fry; and aunts: Jean Steele of Morrisonville and Mary Porter of Taylorville.  He was preceded in death by his parents and sister: Kristina Mercer.

Mr. Porter’s body will be donated to scientific research, and the family with host a celebration of his life at a later date.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Patrick, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com. 

Erma M. Bell

Erma M. Bell, 93, passed away on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at Manor Court Nursing Home in Clinton, Illinois.  

     She was born in Farmer City, Illinois, on October 6, 1928  to Jerry and Bessie (Turpin) Lamb.   She is survived by two daughters, Linda Willis of Maryland and Patti (Jesse) Cooper of Clinton, IL.  Survivors also include grandchildren Kimberly (Jeff) Allison, Kristy (Adam) Grzybowski, Kerry (Kevin) Bruffey, Melinda Johnson, Nicholas Willis, all of Maryland; Tricia (Brian) Cooper, Richard (Dena Whitney) Tuggle, Kyle (Rachel) Tuggle, all of Clinton, IL; as well as 14 great grandchildren who were blessed to have her as their GG. 


     Erma was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Anita Jean Howell; husband Reed Bell; 6 brothers and 6 sisters.


     Erma was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She loved her crossword puzzles and playing Scrabble and cards.  Hundreds of rounds of Kings on Corner were played at her kitchen table and those memories will be held dear.


     Private services will be held at a later date.

Shirley Lea Spain

Shirley Lea Spain was a mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She left this world on August 5, 2022 at the age of 85.

Shirley was a hard-working woman who spent countless hours mowing lawns and cleaning houses to provide for her family. She loved being out in nature, and gardening in the summertime. She was known for her green thumb and lovingly tended many house plants. She enjoyed reminiscing of days gone by when she was growing up and listening to the whippoorwills in Southern Illinois.

Her children remember her as someone who loved to doodle, and in lighter moments she could be found dancing to old county western songs in her living room. She loved to say that she was proud that she “did it” her way.

Shirley was born to Harry and Pearl Beesley on July 5, 1937 as the second oldest of seven children, and has 3 surviving siblings: Ray Beesley, Carol (Rod) Jackson and Keith Simmons. She herself had 5 children: Cheryl Schuster, Mike Spain, Denise (Warren) Blankschen, Theresa (Bill) Bright and Brenda Spain. She was called grandma by ten grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 2:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Steve Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Browning Cemetery in Mulberry Grove, IL.

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

Steven Daniel Ackerman

Steven Daniel Ackerman, 59 of Taylorville, passed away on Sunday, August 7, 2022 in his home.  He was born on March 4, 1963 in Springfield, the son of David and Gayla (Harter) Ackerman.  Steven had worked for many years as a welder for ATY Building Systems in Taylorville and previously at Dekalb.  He enjoyed fishing and gardening.

He is survived by his son: Joshua Ackerman and granddaughter: Olena Ackerman both of El Reno, Oklahoma; brothers: Leroy Ackerman (Linda) of Taylorville and Bill Ackerman of Collinsville, Oklahoma; sister: Sharon Castell (Judy) of Springfield; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother: Ed Ackerman. 

Mr. Ackerman will be cremated, and his family will host a celebration of his life at a later date.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Brenda Louise Barker

Brenda Louise Barker, 54, of Taylorville passed away at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 with her family by her side.

Brenda was born February 29, 1968 in Hillsboro, the daughter of Hubert and Betty Louise (Stolte) Barker.  She married Larry D. Grzybinski, and they later divorced.  Brenda then married David L. Lowis, and he preceded her in death on February 10, 2020.

Brenda graduated from Taylorville High School with the Class of 1986.  She worked for many years in the cafeteria at Taylorville High School, and then at Memorial School as a custodian.  Brenda also worked as a bartender at The Patch in Hewittville, and most recently with her grandson, “The John Deere Boy”, providing lawncare. She was a member of The Eagles #1425 in Taylorville, and was a former Secretary of the Mid-State Chapter of A.B.A.T.E.

Brenda was hardworking, generous to those in need, and always late.  She enjoyed riding her Honda Rebel 250, gardening, cooking, baking, fishing, and late night runs for Casey’s Pizza. Above all, her life was her grandchildren, and spending time with them.

She was also preceded in death by her father, and stepfather, Charles V. Babbs.

Brenda is survived by her mother, Betty L. Babbs of Taylorville; daughter, Kaci Louise (husband, DJ) DeVore of Taylorville; grandchildren, Gage Price, Jaylynn DeVore, and Austyn June DeVore, all of Taylorville; brothers, Larry (wife, Vicki), Clarence (wife, Betty), Ralph, and David Barker, all of Taylorville; sister, Tina Babbs of Taylorville; special friend, Missy Zini; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation: The family will receive friends from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 5, 2022, at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.

Funeral Ceremony: 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 6, 2022, at the funeral home.

Interment will follow the funeral ceremony at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.  The family invites friends and family to gather at the Church of the Nazarene in Taylorville for a luncheon following the burial.

Memorial contributions may be made to Brenda’s family c/o Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Brenda, or to offer condolences to her family.

Penny Yonker

Long time Alaska resident Penny Yonker, 78, passed away on July 21, 2022, while hospitalized at Mat-Su Regional Hospital, Alaska.


Mrs. Yonker was born December 22, 1943 in Taylorville, IL, to Betty Bouvet and William Meikle.   She graduated from Kincaid High School in 1962.  She married Stephen Yonker on February 21, 1964 in Taylorville, IL.  She and her family came to Alaska in July of 1975 where she went to work for the Anchorage School District for many years.  She retired from the Anchorage School District as a Cafeteria worker.  After retirement she and her husband moved to Palmer to enjoy a quieter lifestyle and spending time with their family and grandchildren.


She is survived by her husband, Stephen Yonker of Palmer, AK, daughter Sandie Yonker (husband Andy Flores) of Anchorage, son Jeffrey (wife Denice) Yonker of Anchorage, daughter, Tricia Yonker of Palmer, AK, 7 grandchildren, one brother Todd (Marsha) Gehrs and two sisters Billie Robinette and Carla McKinnon along with several nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Bonnie Mulvaney.
 

Richard J. Masterson

Richard J. Masterson, 80, of Kincaid, IL passed from this life at 10:50 a.m. Monday, August 1, 2022, in his home.  He was born Saturday, September 27th, 1941, in Taylorville, IL the son of James R. and Anna (Schmelzer) Masterson Sr.  
He graduated from St. Mary's Catholic School and Taylorville High School with the class of 1959.  He attended Eastern Illinois University, and graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, IL.


He married Judy K. Ricci on October 6th, 1962, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Taylorville, IL. They celebrated 59 years of marriage.


Richard was a member of St. Rita's Catholic Church in Kincaid.  He was owner of the Masterson Funeral Home from 1971 to 2017.  He also partnered with Danny Adams owning and operating Pana Monument Company, later adding Adams and Masterson Memorials in Taylorville from 1974 to 2016.  Richard also ran the Ambulance service in Kincaid providing exceptional service to the the community.  
Richard had previously served as President of the Taylorville Lions Club, and was formerly elected to the South Fork School Board.  He was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Kincaid.


Surviving are his wife Judy of Kincaid, his son Michael (Amy) Masterson of Tovey, daughter Susan Masterson of Cincinnati, OH, grandchildren Alina Duncan and Sarina Duncan both of Cincinnati, Jacob Masterson of Colorado Springs, CO, Gary Fairbrother of Quincy, Lorin Fairbrother of Peoria and Alison Riva of Tovey, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Ida Mae Cambruzzi, brother James R. Masterson II, grandson Michael J. Masterson Jr., and his business partner of 42 years, whom he thought of as a brother, Danny E. Adams.


Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 5th, 2022, at St. Rita's Catholic Church in Kincaid, IL.  Fr. Alan Hunter will officiate.  Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.


Visitation for Richard J. Masterson will be held on Thursday, August 4, 2022, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Masterson Funeral Home in Kincaid.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or Masses in Memory of Richard.
Condolences may also be left at mastersonfh.com 

Beulah Gaynor Dyer Martin

Beulah Gaynor Dyer Martin, 68 of Taylorville, passed away at 11:27p.m. on Monday, August 1, 2022 at Springfield Memorial Hospital.  She was born on January 26, 1954 in Springfield, the daughter of Raymond Patrick and Beulah (Durbin) Gaynor.  She married Thomas Martin in 2003 and he preceded her in death on December 8, 2015.  Beulah was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and previously worked as a car detailer at Bob Ridings as well as her own business.  She truly enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

She is survived by her son: Roger Dyer (Amie) of Taylorville; grandchildren: Clayton Dyer (Tabitha), Caelyn Dyer, and Savannah Blanford; great grandchildren: James Dyer and Jackson Dyer; siblings: Rita Martin of Taylorville and Michael Gaynor (Jean) of Owaneco; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and siblings: Raymond Patrick “Pat” Gaynor, Janette Matthews, and Thomas Gaynor. 

A visitation for Beulah will be held from 3:00p.m. until 5:00p.m. on Sunday, August 7, 2022 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville.  Her family and friends are invited to join together for a celebration of her life, to be held immediately following the visitation on Sunday, at the Funky Monkey, 2100 W Spresser, Taylorville.  Memorials in Beulah’s memory may be left to her family.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Beulah, or condolences to her family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com. 

James Arthur Reed, Jr.

James Arthur Reed, Jr., 75 of Taylorville, passed at 2:27 p.m., Friday, July 29, 2022 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

 

Jim was born on May 20, 1947 in Decatur to James Sr. & Dorothy (Hudson) Reed. He served his country proudly in the United States Navy. Jim was a devoted husband to his wife, Regina (Lonnon) Reed for 54 years, a loving father to his two daughters: Heather (Rusty) Reed-Snyder of Taylorville, and Jessica J. Reed of Taylorville; 4 grandkids: Remy, Corey, Skyler, and Ava; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister: June, and his best canine friend, Eddie Dean.

 

Jim worked as an over-the-road truck driver for 35 years for ADM and Carry Transit, where he ultimately retired. He enjoyed mornings at the local coffee shop with friends and family, and painting on the side. His biggest passion was traveling with his daughters to their horse shows and watching them compete as much as he could. Jim didn’t know a stranger, he could strike up a conversation with anyone and tell a good joke or two. Above anything else, he was a family man. He was a loving husband, dedicated father, and hard working man that would drop everything to help others out. He will be greatly and deeply missed by all the lives he touched in his 75 years here with us.

 

Following Jim’s wish, he will be cremated and laid to rest at Hall Cemetery in Blue Mound. Private family services will be held at a later date. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville, Illinois, is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Jim, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Hector "Dirk" Frank Bustamante

Hector “Dirk” Frank Bustamante, 58 of Taylorville passed away on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 6:55 p.m. at his home in Taylorville, IL. He was born on October 19, 1963 in Fort Stockton, TX the son of Frank and Delores (Uerta) Bustamante. 


He is survived by his Companion of 20 years Angela Peters; Children: Michael (Caitlin) Bustamante of Taylorville, IL, Tristin (Nancy Florez) Bustamante of Texas, Danielle Peters and Fiancé Fletcher Collins Jr. of Taylorville, IL, Janiva Herrea of New Mexico, Grandchildren: Aleece Peters-Westbrook, Flynn Bustamante, Fletcher Collins III, Fhallen Collins, Mother: Delores Bustamante of Texas; Sisters: Priscilla Bustamante of Denver, CO; Jillian Bustamante of Texas and several Nieces and Nephews. He was preceded in death by his Father Frank Bustamante and Brother: Michael Bustamante.


Hector will be cremated and his family will host a celebration of life at a later date.
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 
Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

Leroy Harold Marburger

Leroy Harold Marburger, 87, of Macon, formerly of Palmer, passed away at 2:47 pm on Sunday, July 24, 2022, at Eastview Terrace in Sullivan.


Leroy was born January 11, 1935, in Taylorville, the son of Elmer W and Elsie Mae (Nash) Marburger.  He married Lois Ann Voorhees on January 26, 1957, in Detroit, MI, and they have enjoyed over 65 years of marriage.


Leroy was a skilled welder, and a talented carpenter and furniture maker.  Leroy was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Taylorville, where he helped Lois clean the church.  He was instrumental in the start-up and maintenance of Shadow Home. He was a volunteer fireman for the Morrisonville-Palmer Fire Protection District for 28 years, served on the Palmer Village Board and was a Trustee for Anderson Cemetery for several years.  Leroy enjoyed hunting, fishing, vegetable gardening, training bird dogs and spending time with his grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister and brother-in-law, Bill and Dolores Doyle.

 

Leroy is survived by his wife, Lois Ann Marburger of Macon; children, Harold (Tricia) Marburger of Taylorville, and Kathryn (Glen) Hardeman of Macon; grandchildren, Austin Marburger, Bradlee (McKenzi Whitehead) Marburger, Blake (Katie Goethals) Hardeman, Nathan Hardeman, Matthew Hardeman, and Mikayla Hardeman; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Leroy’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the Eastview Terrace staff for their excellent care and attentiveness to Leroy.

 

Visitation & Funeral Ceremony: The family will receive friends from 9:00-11:00 am on Friday, August 5, 2022, at Calvary Baptist Church, 930 Haner Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.  The funeral ceremony will follow at 11:00 am with Pastor Michael Branch officiating.

 

Interment will follow the funeral ceremony at Anderson Cemetery in Palmer.


Memorial contributions may be made to: Calvary Baptist Church, 930 Haner Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.


The family has entrusted Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville with ceremonies.


Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Leroy or to offer condolences to his family.

 

Ronald Eugene Hughes

Ronald Eugene Hughes, 89, of Taylorville, passed away at 11:22 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

Ronald was born April 29, 1933, in Taylorville, the son of John E. and Leah Fern (Rhodes) Hughes.  He married Patsy “Pat” O. Donoho in Pocahontas, AR.  She preceded him in death on August 3, 2016.

Ronald worked for over 30 years for Peabody Coal, where he received the nickname, “Blackie”. He also assisted his father-in-law for many years with his plaster business. There was nothing that Ronald enjoyed more than working.  He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Taylorville.  Ronald was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Walter Gerald Hughes.

Ronald is survived by his sons, Rickie E. (wife, Susan) Hughes of Taylorville, Kevin L. (wife, Faye) Hughes of Taylorville, and Ronnie L. (wife, Janet) Hughes of Quinlan, TX; daughter, Laurie (husband, Gene) Compton of Mattoon; 11 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; brothers, Herman Edward (wife, Doris) Hughes of Taylorville, and Marvin L. (wife, Judy) Hughes of Mt. Zion; and many nieces and nephews.

A private, family graveside service will be held at Peaceful Valley Cemetery in Odin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ronald’s family.

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Ronald, or to offer condolences to his family.

Bernard 'Bert' Martin Clark

Bernard “Bert” Martin Clark passed away peacefully at 12:30 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2022 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village in Springfield. 

Born the fifth son of a farmer, at St. Vincent Memorial Hospital in Taylorville, on August 26, 1943 to James Wilbur and Bertha Agnes (Howard) Clark.  Bert attended Oklahoma State University and graduated in 1965 with a BS in Agriculture.  He married a beautiful girl, Jane Sue Criner, on August 19, 1965 at St. Maurice Church in Morrisonville, IL and celebrated 47 years of marriage together.

Bert worked as a farmer, carpenter, school teacher, self-employed contractor, agriculture chemical plant manager, crop insurance, certified crop advisor, and security for the State of Illinois.  He was also active in the St. Maurice, St. Rita, and St. Mary’s Catholic churches.  Bert also served as a school board member and president for the St. Maurice and the local public school district.  In 1960, he was awarded the State Farmer Degree from the Future Farmers of America.

He was preceded in death by his wife Janet Sue Clark; parents, James and Bertha; brothers, James L., John A., and William Howard; and sisters, Louise, Lillian, Bernadette and Rose Ann.

Bert is survived by his 4 sons, Matthew (wife, Tabetha) Clark of Springfield, Timothy Clark of Mt. Dora, FL, Nicholas (wife, Glenda) Clark of Edinburg, and Samuel Clark of Valier; sisters, Margaret (husband, John) Latimer of Jasper, IN, Monica Grant of Vancouver, WA, Lenora Spencer of Elizabethtown, KY; brother, Joseph H. (wife, Shirley) Clark of Taylorville; 11 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visitation: The family will receive friends from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, 304 Carlin Street, Morrisonville, IL 62546.

Memorial Mass: 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 22, 2022 at St. Maurice Catholic Church, 706 SE 4th Street, Morrisonville, IL 62546, with Rev. Florent Kanga as celebrant.

Inurnment will follow the mass at St. Maurice Catholic Cemetery in Morrisonville.

Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Maurice Catholic Church, PO Box 45, Morrisonville, IL 62546, or Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center, 500 N. Walnut Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.  Donations of food may be brought to the Knights of Columbus Hall in Morrisonville on Friday morning.

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Bert, or to offer condolences to his family.

Gertrude 'Trudy' Lucille Calandro

Gertrude “Trudy” Lucille Calandro, 98, of Taylorville passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 16, 2022.

 

Trudy was born August 10, 1923, in Thayer, the daughter of Mr. Dominick and Mrs. Gertrude (Bermes) Berta.  She married Tom Calandro on October 22, 1946 and celebrated their 75th anniversary with their four children and extended family and friends last October.

 

Trudy is survived by her husband, Tom; sons, Thomas J. (wife, Sheila) Calandro of Austin, TX., Jerry (wife, Rochelle) Calandro of San Diego, CA, and David (wife, Amy) Calandro of Naples, FL; daughter, Mary Ann Calandro of Waukesha, WI; 5 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; and one sister, Edith Ronchetto of Palmer. Her parents, three brothers, and three sisters preceded her in death.

 

Trudy was a devoted wife and mother.  She enjoyed preparing and serving many delicacies to her friends and family.  Trudy was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where she was active in the Catholic Daughters of America and other various social endeavors.

 

Visitation: The visitation will begin with a prayer service at 4:00 p.m. and following, the family will receive friends until 7:00 p.m. at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.

 

Funeral Mass: 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 22, 2022, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 108 W. Adams Street, Taylorville, IL 62568, with Rev. Piotr Kosk as celebrant.

 

Interment will follow the funeral mass at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 108 W. Adams Street, Taylorville, IL 62568, or to Christian County Senior Citizens, 701 W. Adams Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.

 

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Trudy, or to offer condolences to her family.

Kenneth R. Mahan

Kenneth R. Mahan, 88 of Taylorville passed away on Thursday, July 14, 2022 at 5:29 a.m. at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. He was born on February 8, 1934 in Taylorville, IL the son of Dessie E. and Effie (Stephens) Mahan. He married Freda I. Hunt on February 12, 1955 in Taylorville, IL. He worked as a Machine Repairman at Caterpillar in Decatur, IL where he retired. Kenneth was a Veteran in the United States Navy. He loved hunting, the outdoors and painting.


He is survived by his Sons: Dale (Debbie) Mahan of Rochester, IL; Jon (Marcia) Mahan of Taylorville, IL; Lance (Sheila) Mahan of Paducah, Ky; Grandchildren: Lauren (Matt) Oppliger, Megan (Cody) Miller, Drew (Marissa) Mahan, Tyler Mahan and companion Aryn Dobrinick; Great-Grandsons: Archer Miller, Oliver Miller and Theodore Miller; Brothers: Ronald Mahan and Richard Mahan and Numerous Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings: Helen Mahan, Dale Mahan, Robert Mahan and Shirley (Mahan) Clark.
Visitation will be held on Friday, July 22, 2022 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Memorial Service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 10:30 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Tim Milligan, J.C. Milligan, Lance Mahan and Ted Chapman officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date.


Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 
Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

Gabriel Lucius Green

Born January 17, 2022, Gabriel Lucius Green, cherished son of Sarah Albers and Taylor Green of St Louis, MO, was called to heaven on July 6, 2022. Gabriel was like the morning sun that brought the light to all those who knew him every day. As a baptized child of God he is now basking in the light of his Heavenly Father. So easy to smile and laugh, Gabriel resisted naps and bedtime for fear that he might miss something. He was mesmerized by the outdoors, wide eyed when his feet touch the water of a stream while hiking with Mom and Dad or watching the leaves move in a breeze from the front porch swing at Oma and Opa’s. A ferocious eater of fingers and fists, Gabriel loved to engage with the world around him. In a contest of skill with Finnegan his dog, Gabriel came out on top with his superior drool capabilities. He forever loved the first toy he ever locked eyes on, his precious Monkiki. Gabriel and his monkey were tumultuously locked in battle, with one trying to avoid being swallowed whole and the other desperate to make it work somehow. He forever loved his Dad, in spite of all the times said individual decided that it would be appropriate to fly mister Gabriel around his home at Mach 4. He fervently loved his Mom, even after all the times she just wouldn’t get the spoon full of peas fast enough in his mouth! Affectionately given too many names to count, the name given most was “Sweet Baboo”, which somehow seemed to fit even better than his own name. His parents are sure he figured that was his name instead.

 

Gabriel was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Harvel, IL. Baptized there on April 10, 2022.

 

Besides his parents, surviving family include his Grandparents Terri and John Albers of Harvel, IL, Great Grandparents Becki and Gerald McDaniel of Danville, IL, Aunt Abby (Billy Frazier) Albers of St. Louis, MO, Aunt Jessica Albers of Springfield, IL, Uncle Jason (Gina) Albers of Springfield, IL, Cousins Asher McCormick and Lucy Albers and many Great Aunts and Uncles and cousins.

 

Preceding him in death were Grandmother Karen K. Thomas of Horn Lake, MS, Great Grandmother Vera Thomas of Southaven, MS, Great Grandparents Fred and Joan Albers of Mt Olive, IL.

 

Services Wednesday July 13, 2022 at Becker and Son Funeral Home Mt Olive, IL. Visitation 10 AM to 11. Service at 11 with internment at Mt Olive Lutheran Cemetery. Lunch to Follow at Immanuel Lutheran Church Mt Olive, IL.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations for Gabriel’s memorial stone would be appreciated.
 

Mary Jane Woodard

Mary Jane Woodard, 79, of Morrisonville, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday July 14th, 2022 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.


Janie was born on October 2, 1942, in East St. Louis, to George D. and Devonna Marie (Emmons) Davis.
 

She is survived by her husband, Jerry of Morrisonville; sons, Steve Shinneman of Morrisonville, and Brian Shinneman of Taylorville; siblings, Gloria Romine of Arizona, Bonnie (husband, Jerry) Ross of Nokomis, Jerry Davis of Nokomis, Mary Davis of Langleyville, and Sarah Hayes of Oregon; grandchildren, Christopher Shinneman of Taylorville, Joseph Shinneman of Taylorville, and Michael Shinneman of Pontoon Beach; 6 great grandchildren; step-mother, Edith Petska of Nokomis; nephew, Darcy Metcalf and many more nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents; and son, Michael Shinneman. Siblings Charles Davis, Junior Ewing Davis, George Davis and Verne “Tom” Davis, sister Lela May Metcalf Williamson.
 

Janie graduated from high school in Herrick. She worked for many years as a hairdresser, operating her own salon in Bement. She enjoyed crocheting, and spending time with her family. Janie will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

 

Visitation: The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.
 

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

 

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Janie or to offer condolences the family.

Greta J. Andrighetti

Ms. Greta J. Andrighetti, 95, of Taylorville, IL passed from this life at 3:30 a.m. Monday, July 11, 2022 at Taylorville Care Center.


She was born in Taylorville, IL Monday, December 6, 1926 the daughter of Joseph and Albina (Piacenti) Guerrini.


Greta married James Andrighetti February 24, 1951 at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Kincaid, IL.  He preceded her in death.


Mrs. Andrighetti worked as an inspector at the Ford plant in Chicago during WWII making B-29 airplane engines.  Following the war, she worked at Simplicity Frocks in Kincaid and later at the Rothley Garment Factory in Taylorville, IL.  Greta was a long time member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Taylorville, IL.


She is survived by a daughter Sandra D. Andrighetti of Taylorville and various nieces and nephews.
Greta was also preceded in death by a brother and sister Joseph and Amelia Guerrini in infancy, a step-brother Gene Margelli and 3 step sisters Elide and Anne Margelli and Elena Hubert.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday, July 15, 2022 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville, IL.  Fr. Piotr S. Kosk will officiate.  Masterson Funeral Home in Kincaid is honored to be assisting her family with arrangements.

Gregory A. Verbiski

Gregory A. Verbiski, 60, of Blair, OK formerly of Jeiseyville, IL, passed away at home surrounded by his family on Monday, July 11, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. of pancreatic cancer. He was born on May 29, 1962 in Taylorville, IL the son of Ronald L. and Priscilla A. (Grobosky) Verbiski of Bulpitt, IL. He married Michele R. (Johnson) Verbiski in July of 1985 in Reno, NV. Greg retired out of Scott AFB, IL Headquarters as a Senior Master Sergeant after 21 years of service as a C-141 Loadmaster in the United States Air Force. Throughout his career, he traveled the world and was part of many operations including Operation Deep Freeze (Antarctica). After his military career, he then retired from the Department of Natural Resources for the State of IL in June 2022 after 20 years. Greg enjoyed hunting, fishing, classic cars, and gardening. Greg is survived by his wife Michele of Blair, OK; son Gregory R. (Amy) Verbiski of Altus, OK; granddaughters Peyton and Payslee Verbiski of Altus, OK; sister Mary Baker (David C. Daigh) of Owanaco, IL; nephew Evan German and daughter Rory of Murrells Inlet, SC. as well as many cousins and aunts. He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and several aunts and uncles. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Sunday, July 31st at the South Fork Gun Club Rt 104, Kincaid Lake from 1:00-5:00 p.m. with military honors. Casual wear requested. Bib overalls welcome. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to JCMH Hospice P.O. Box 1139 Altus, OK 73521 “In memory of Gregory A. Verbiski” (checks only). Masterson Funeral Home in Kincaid, IL is assisting the family with arrangements.

Heather G. (Sebben) Hudson

Ms. Heather G. (Sebben) Hudson, 44, of Taylorville, IL passed from this life at 1:10 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Taylorville, IL Friday, December 9, 1977 the daughter of John & Betty (Smothers) Sebben. 


Heather graduated from South Fork High School with the Class of 1996.  She was currently attending college.  Ms. Hudson worked as a Teachers Aid at CEFS HeadStart and as a caregiver at Taylorville Estates.  She enjoyed: playing Bingo, Riding Motorcycles, eating at Charro’s and especially spending time with her daughters, family and her friends.


Surviving are her companion Dean Bailey of Taylorville, IL 2 daughters Alyssa Hudson of Jacksonville, IL and Jayde Hudson of Taylorville, IL her mother Betty Fabian of Taylorville, IL her father John Sebben of Tovey, IL a best friend Danette Newlin of Taylorville, IL her maternal grandmother Helen Smothers of Kincaid, IL 2 sisters Jackie Sebben of Kincaid, IL Shannon (husband Ray) Melton of Edinburg, IL 2 nieces Stephanie Johnson and Courtney McClintock a nephew Brad-Lee Melton and her daughters father Brandon Hudson of Jacksonville, IL.


She was preceded in death by 2 sons in infancy Darian Sebben Williams, Brayden Hudson, step mother Ada Tanner, paternal grandparents Roberta and Victor Sebben, and her maternal grandfather Everett “Dusty” Smothers and a nephew Chad Melton.


A celebration of her life will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 16, 2022 at Masterson Funeral Home in Kincaid and will conclude with a short prayer service at 1:00.

Ella Mae Bates Lomprez

Ella Mae Bates Lomprez, 68, of Taylorville, passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at her daughter’s home surrounded by her family.

Ella was born February 12, 1954, in Chester, the daughter of Ernest and Viva (Smith) Bates.  She graduated from Edinburg High School with the Class of 1972 and went on to work for over 35 years as an account analyst for Franklin Life Insurance and then AIG.  Ella was a longtime member of the Moose Lodge #1516 in Taylorville and was a past treasurer for Red Bland Little League.  Her greatest joy in life was irritating her children.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Wanda Bottoms; and two brothers, Bill and Jim Bates.

Ella is survived by her daughters, Angela (husband, Kenny) Stewart of Taylorville, Dawn (fiancé, Nick Durbin) Pease of Taylorville, and Alicia Daily of Owaneco; grandchildren, Haley Stewart, Coady Stoldt, Courtney Stoldt, Dezaree Daily, Alliyah Daily, Kylee Craft, Wyatt Craft, Bella Kail, and Bre Bottoms; brother, Galen (wife, Linda) Bates of Edinburg; sister, Lola (husband, Jim) Kail of Litchfield; sister-in-law, Marsha Bates of Taylorville; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and hundreds of bonus children.

Visitation: The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 11, 2022, at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.

Graveside Ceremony: 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at Bethel Baptist Cemetery in Sharpsburg, with Pastor Gerald McPhillips officiating.  A celebration of life will follow at the Moose Lodge #1516, 720 McAdam Drive, Taylorville, IL 62568.

Memorial contributions may be made to: American Cancer Society, PO Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Ella, or to offer condolences to her family.

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