Taylorville Obits

Sandra L. (Sandi) Frisina

Sandra L. (Sandi) Frisina, 80, of Taylorville passed away peacefully on November 28, 2022 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. She was born on January 6, 1942 at Cumberland Co. in Illinois. She was the daughter of Josie Gray Evans and Arthur Wesley Evans. Sandi was a High School Graduate of Mattoon, IL, class of 1960 and had been a member of Taylorville First Presbyterian Church where she was a Sunday School teacher while her children were growing up.

 Sandi married Robert Young on August 6, 1960 in Mattoon, Illinois. They had two children, Debbie and Brad. She later divorced and married Jim Frisina Jr. on October 20, 1968 in Springfield, IL and they later divorced.

Sandi had several occupations throughout her life and worked for The State of Illinois Sangamon County State’s Attorney office, owned and operated The Frisina Employment Agency, Taylorville High School and retired from The State of Illinois Corrections in Kankakee.

She is survived by her children: Debbie Young (Tim) Sutton of Taylorville, IL; Bradley Young of Dwight, IL; Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren: Chad (Heather) and Claire Sutton; Dustin (Tabitha), Marleigh, Raelynn, and Caiden Young; Austin (Aubrey) and Sage Young as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceeded in death by her parents, brothers and sisters, her doggy BeauBeau and her loving granddaughter, Aimee Sutton.

Funeral services will be held at Sutton Memorial Home on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. with graveside services held immediately after at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL with Sister Rose officiating.

Memorials may be made to Riley’s Childrens’s Hospital Cheer Guild in Indianapolis, IN and to VisionWay Christian School in Taylorville, IL.

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

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

Ronald W. Lowe

Ronald W. Lowe, 73, of Morrisonville, passed away at 4:55 p.m. on Sunday, November 27, 2022, at Springfield Memorial Hospital.

Ron was born May 30, 1949, in Taylorville, the only child of Robert E. and Beulah G. (Fortin) Lowe.  He graduated from Morrisonville High School and went on to proudly serve our country in the United States Army.  Upon his honorable discharge, Ron graduated from Hardware Marketing in Ottumwa, Iowa. He returned to Morrisonville to work side by side with his parents, operating Lowe Hardware, which he was still operating today.

Ron was a pillar of the community, donating his time and talents to many local organizations and functions.  He was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he served in many different capacities over the years.  Ron also served as Salvation Army Chairman for over 30 years, as well as a member of the Morrisonville Community Club, and Morrisonville Historical Society.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Ron is survived by many cousins, friends, and the Village of Morrisonville and its surrounding area that will greatly miss him.

Visitation:  Friends are invited to pay their respects from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, 304 Carlin Street, Morrisonville, IL 62546.

Funeral Ceremony: 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 1, 2022, at the funeral home with Rev. Jim Ferrill officiating.

Interment with military honors will follow at Morrisonville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Morrisonville Community Ambulance, PO Box 641, Morrisonville, IL 62546.

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

 

Mary Ellen Gibson

Mary Ellen Gibson, 77 of Taylorville passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2022 at 12:07 a.m. at Taylorville Care Center in Taylorville, IL. She was born on May 21, 1945 in Taylorville, IL the daughter of Robert Keith and Hazel (Oats) Edwards. She married C. Howard Gibson on October 1, 1965 in Taylorville, IL. Mary enjoyed spending time with family and friends at Taylorville Lake and on the Illinois river

She is survived by her Husband Howard Gibson of Taylorville, IL; Daughter: Lori (Steve) Harrison of Taylorville; Grandson Eric Harrison of Philadelphia; Sister: Sharon (Terry) Marsango and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor James Jones officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.

Memorials may be made to The American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 7023 Merrifield, VA 22116-7023.

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

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

Julia Ellen Stuart

Julia Ellen Stuart, 95, of Taylorville, and formerly Grove City and Mt. Auburn, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at 7:27 p.m. at Taylorville Care Center, Taylorville.

 

She was born in Mt. Auburn on June 26, 1927, and was the youngest of 4 girls born to Robert and Gladys Greer Hobbs. She fondly remembered her childhood growing up on the farm on Hobbs Curve south of Mt. Auburn. Julia married Elwood Stuart on June 17, 1952, in Taylorville. Julia raised two boys with Elwood, William and Stephen. She worked alongside Elwood or years learning how to drive trucks and operate field tile equipment. She spent many years working at Patton’s Grocery Store in Mt. Auburn. She was a life-long supporter of the Mt. Auburn community and member of the Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and always present at every important event in her family’s life. 

 

Julia is survived by her daughter in laws, Marilyn Stuart of Taylorville and Shirley Stuart of Mt. Auburn; two granddaughters: Karen (Dean) Beck of Edinburg, and Rachel (Sam) Peabody of Taylorville; two great granddaughters, Lola & Grace Peabody of Taylorville; two step-grandchildren: Brent (Mindy) Milburn of Mt. Auburn and Tracy (Jason) Elam of Mt. Auburn; 5 step-great grandchildren; one step-great great grandchild; along with several nieces and nephews. She was proceeded in death by her mother, father, all three sisters, husband, Elwood, and both sons.

 

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at Grove City Cemetery with Les Hohenstein officiating. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements. Memorials in Julia’s name can be made to the Mt. Auburn Farmer’s Picnic Association.

Steven Frank Johnson

Steven Frank Johnson, 57, of Edinburg, IL, passed away on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.  He was born on December 19, 1964, in Springfield, IL, the son of Frank and Victoria (Truax) Johnson.

Steve is survived by his sister, Vickie Sue Edwards (Craig Rider) of Edinburg, IL; nephew, Christopher Edwards (partner, Kevin Collins) also of Edinburg, IL; niece, Courtney (Scott) Michel of Sunrise Beach, MO; great-nephews, Colton, Conrad, and Crue Michel; and his loving labradoodle, Whitney, and cat, Stella.

Steven was a 1983 graduate of Edinburg High School, and a 1987 graduate of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL. where he was a charter member of Sigma Lambda Gamma #3, Sigma Nu fraternity.  Steven was employed as an Auditor with the Illinois Department of Revenue.  He was a member of the Edinburg United Methodist Church where he played the piano and served as President of the church board.  Steven loved to travel all over the world and explore different cultures.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2022, from 10:00am - 12:00pm at the United Methodist Church in Edinburg, IL with the funeral service immediately following at 12:00pm.  Burial will immediately follow at Edinburg Cemetery.

 Memorials in his honor may be made to The American Diabetes Association.

 Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is in charge of arrangements.

Please sign our guestbook at suttonmemorialhome.com

Sherry Anita Spencer

Sherry Anita Spencer, 74, of Taylorville, went to her heavenly home on Monday, November 21, 2022 at Springfield Memorial Hospital. She was born February 15, 1948 in Taylorville, IL. The daughter of Dorice Stephens and Vivian Pickard. Sherry loved the Lord, church, her family, friends, and especially her two grandchildren Drew and Evan.

She is survived by her daughter: Charlene Cloud of Springfield, IL; son: Joshua (Kim) Spencer of Springfield, IL; grandchildren: Drew Cloud; Evan Cloud; brothers: John (Kay) Stephens of Taylorville; Glenn Stephens of Princeton, IL; niece: Shanna (Kelly) Elliott; nephew: Chad (Jenni) Stephens and many great nieces, nephews, and cousins. Sherry was preceeded in death by her parents, most recently by her mother, Vivian.  

A visitation will be held on Sunday, November 27, 2022 from 4:00-7:00 P.M. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 28, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. at Sutton Memorial Home with Pastor Russell Beard officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Christian County Animal Control, located at 300 S. Baughman Rd, Taylorville, IL 62568.

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

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

Carol Roberta Meadows

Carol Roberta Meadows, 75 of Springfield, passed away at 7:41p.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2022 at Springfield Memorial Hospital.  She was born on August 20, 1947 in Taylorville, the daughter of Otis and Bettie (Daniels) Meloon.  She married Earl D. Meadows on December 25, 1966 in Taylorville.  Carol graduated from Taylorville High School and Lincoln Land Community College and held several jobs that involved caring for children.  She was an award-winning jewelry maker and loved taking part in the State Fair Blue-Ribbon culinary competitions.  Carol was an outgoing individual who never met a stranger. 

She is survived by her family: loving husband: Earl Meadows; son: Joseph Meadows; nieces and nephews: Richie (Diane) Meadows, Lorrie (Bobby) Foor, Cassandra (Mike) Padilla, Cherish Bittle, Alex (Melissa) Friedrich and Christian Friedrich; sister-in-law: Grace Meadows; great nephews: Logan, Aiden, Samuel, Josh, and Riley; great nieces: Sydney (Devan), Jordan (Will); great great nieces: Harper, Leah, Nellie Jo; great great nephews: Bentley and Logan; aunt: Louella Durbin; cousins: Darlena (Steve) Krueger, Wendy (Jamie) Marsaglia, Gary (Dawn) Welch, Ronda (Randy) Duncan, and Kathy (Danny) Marron; caregivers: Tiffinie Barnhart and Brendan Barnhart; and her faithful dogs: Darrell and Leonardo.  She was preceded in death by her parents; sons: Doug Meadows and Michael Randall; and brothers: Butch Friedrich and Bob Friedrich. 

Carol will be cremated and the family will host a graveside service at 1:00p.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at Hall Cemetery in Blue Mound with Rev. Brennan Hurley officiating.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Carol, or condolences to her family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

William J. "Bill" Smith

William J. “Bill” Smith, 84 of Taylorville, died on Wednesday, November 16, 2022.  Bill was born on June 21, 1938 in Edinburg, the son of Joseph and Ruth Smith.  He married Natalie Orlandini in 1959 in Taylorville.  Bill graduated from Taylorville High School and Millikin University.  Bill served in the Illinois Air National Guard. He worked for the Illinois Department of Revenue for 35 years.  After retiring, he was the owner and operator of the Credit Bureau of Christian and Montgomery Counties for 18 years.  Bill was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where he served as a lector and eucharistic minister for several years.  He served on the Memorial Hospital Foundation Board, Christian County Mental Health Association Board, Taylorville Country Club Board, and the Christian County Y.M.C.A Board.  Bill was an avid reader and especially enjoyed learning about the Civil War and World War II.  Bill always enjoyed giving back to his community.

He is survived by his wife: Natalie Smith of Taylorville; children: Fr. Nick Smith of St. Louis and Kristin (Eddie) Downs of Michigan; grandson: Dominic Downs (fiancé Kaitlyn) of Michigan; sister-in-law: Donna Castelli of Taylorville and brother-in-law: Nick Orlandini of New Mexico.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Bill will be cremated and a Funeral Mass will be held at 1p.m. on Monday, November 21, 2022 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville with Fr. Nick Smith officiating.  Private family inurnment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Bill, or condolences to the family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Kim L. Brandt

Kim L. Brandt, 63 of Taylorville, passed away at 1:45a.m. on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.  She was born on July 14, 1959 in Taylorville, the daughter of LeeDon and Catherine (Hogge) Vaughn.  She married Lee Brandt on November 12, 2005 and they were together as a couple for 40 years.  Kim worked for over 30 years at the Taylorville WalMart.  She enjoyed spending time outside working in her yard and flower garden.  She also enjoyed crafts and animals of all kinds.  More than anything she loved her grandchildren. 

She is survived by her husband: Lee Brandt; parents: LeeDon and Catherine Vaughn; children: Heather Vaughn, Amanda Brandt (Laramy Oller), and Nathan Brandt; grandchildren: Taylor Vaughn, Ethan Pearson, Rylie Oller, and Camden Oller; brother: Mark Vaughn (Pam); niece: Allyson Vaughn; and nephew: Trevor Vaughn all of Taylorville; and step-children: Tonya Martin (Gordy), Timothy Brandt; and Racheal Brandt.  She was preceded in death by her brother: Matthew Vaughn; father-in-law: Arthur Brandt; and mother-in-law: Edna Brandt.

Kim will be cremated, and no services are planned at this time.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Kim, or condolences to her family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Mary Margaret Holthaus

Mary Margaret (Beyers) Holthaus of Stonington, IL, passed away early Sunday, November 13, 2022 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. She was born on April 30, 1922 in Pana, IL, the second child of Wilfred and Marguerite Beyers. She graduated from Pana High School and worked as a stenographer in the Civil Service before her marriage to Art Holthaus on June 6, 1946 in Pana. She was a long-time member of the Altar & Rosary Society at Holy Trinity Church. Mary and Art lived most of their life in Stonington where Art farmed until his retirement in 1985.

Surviving are Mary’s six children: Donald Holthaus and wife Carol of Decatur, IL, David Holthaus and wife Brenda of Prairieville, LA, Marcia Holthaus, OP of Sinsinawa, WI, Carol White of Stonington, Geralyn Owen and husband Bob of West Liberty, IA, Robert Holthaus and wife Jill of Stonington, IL; ten grandchildren: Chris Holthaus, Amy Holthaus-Little, Jeff and Toby Arceneaux, Clint Shewmaker, Michael and Matthew Owen, Morgan and Maggie Holthaus, Emily Mink; eighteen great-grandchildren; Brothers: Don Beyers, Joe Beyers, Bill Beyers, Mike Beyers; Sisters: Pat Beyers-Holthaus and Bette Beyers-Funneman. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Art, her brothers, Cyril, Nick, Dale, and Lyle Beyers and her grandson, Steven Holthaus and son-in-laws: Chuck Shewmaker and Bill White.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2022 from 8:00-9:00 A.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Stonington. Funeral mass will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 9:00 A.M.  at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Stonington, IL, with Fr. Kosk presiding. Burial will be held in Old Stonington Cemetery.

Special thanks to her caregivers at Taylorville Estates, as well as those who cared for her at Taylorville Care Center.

Memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Church at 308 N. Pine St in Stonington, IL.

Lyle C. Klay

Lyle Curtis Klay, 89 of Springfield, formerly of Stonington, passed away at 1:40p.m. on Monday, November 14, 2022 at Concordia Village Care Center in Springfield.  He was born on February 27, 1933 in Taylorville , the son of Walter E. and Lois (Walley) Klay.  Lyle was raised in Stonington on the family farm.  Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force serving during the Korean War.  He returned to Stonington and married Joyce Dean Huffines on July 24, 1955 in Stonington, and he continued to farm for over 40 years and together they raised twin sons.  He was a member of Stonington American Legion Post 257 for over 60 years, served on the Stonington School Board for 18 years, and was scorekeeper for Stonington High School for 18 years.  Lyle was an active member of the Stonington United Methodist Church where he served in various positions including as treasurer and board chairman.  Another way Lyle gave back to his community was as a blood donor, giving over 20 gallons throughout the years.  Lyle and Joyce also opened their home by hosting 3 foreign exchange students.  Lyle was privileged to go to Washington D.C. with his son Rick in 2015 as a guest of the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight. The family wishes to thank Dr. John Nester for over 20 years of exceptional heart care, and the staff at Concordia Village for making Lyle and Joyce feel “at home”.

He is survived by his wife: Joyce Klay of Springfield; son: Rick Klay (Nancy) of Springfield; grandchildren: Kurtis Klay (Antonette Palumbo), Jared Klay, Ethan Klay, Emily Klay, and Anderson Klay; great grandchildren: Owen Palumbo-Klay and Riley Klay; brother: Roy Klay of Michigan; brother-in-law: Bud Huffines (Sue) of Edinburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; son: Steven Curtis Klay; brother: William Klay; and sister: Esther Cook.

The funeral service for Lyle will be held at 10:00a.m. on Monday, November 21, 2022 at the Stonington United Methodist Church with Pastor Brennan Hurley officiating.  Visitation will take place from 3 until 5p.m. on Sunday at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville.  Burial will be in the Old Stonington Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight or the Stonington United Methodist Church.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Lyle, or condolences to the family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Barbara "Bobbi" Murray

Barbara “Bobbi” Ann Murray of Springfield, previously of Taylorville, was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She left this world on November 11, 2022 at age 81. 

She was born to Laurence and Leola Jones on June 5, 1941. After graduating from high school, Barbara pursued a business degree at Sparks Business College, in Shelbyville where she met her loving husband, Dale Murray. Together, they were blessed with 60 years of marriage and 6 children: Tim (wife Tina) of Ladson, South Carolina, Eric (wife Penny) of Pawnee, Illinois, Ian, Lisa (husband Denis) of Springfield, Illinois, Kristin (husband Kurt) of Springfield, Illinois, and Aaron (wife Raina) of Wentzville, Missouri.  Barbara is survived by her husband, five children, their spouses, 12 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, her brother Arleigh of Tuscola and numerous nieces, nephews, brothers in law, and sisters in law.  Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, stepmother Joan Jones, beloved son Ian Daniel Murray, and great granddaughter Gracie Banks. 

Barbara held various jobs prior to her retirement. She was a secretary, a counselor at the prison, accountant for the State of Illinois, and fulltime Mom.  Barbara loved swimming, tent camping, spending time in the kitchen, cooking from scratch, crocheting, sewing, playing cards, board games, and family time.

 

A visitation is scheduled from 5-7pm on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville.  Funeral service will be held at 11am on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville, followed by burial at Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St Mary’s School in Taylorville or a charity of your choice. Guests are invited to lunch at KofC Hall, Taylorville, immediately following burial.  At the wishes of Barb, guests attending this celebration of life, should dress casually, including anything Cubbie Blue, any apparel displaying cats, and jeans.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Barbara, or condolences to her family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Bobby Greene

Bobby Greene, 69 of Taylorville passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 5:05 a.m. at his “Happy Place” the cabin near Lake Shelbyville. He was born on April 1, 1953 in Decatur, IL the son of Bobby and Peggy (Watson) Greene. He married Karen Mateer-Sebastian on November 27, 1981 in Grove City, IL. He worked and helped his dad at Greene’s Marathon and Bob Greene Auto Sales and he Retired from Caterpillar. Bobby had a love of cars and most anything with an engine. From a young age he even drove an old panel truck around the neighborhood at the age of 14. He always loved corvettes and he had several through the years. His pride and joy is his ’64 red convertible. He had a knack for buying and selling used vehicles, boats, and campers, and he would enjoy going to the car auctions with his dad. Bobby was a fixer and very handy, he could fix and repair most anything, Bobby and Karen enjoyed many years of boating and camping with their kids and friends. Later they built their little cabin in the woods and have had several years of enjoyment there. Bobby and Karen have been blessed with loving families and most of all enjoying time with their grandkids and great grandkids. Bobby always enjoyed family fish fries. He graduated from Taylorville High School in the Class of 1972 and he also served in the Air National Guard for 6 years.    

He is survived by his Wife: Karen Greene of Taylorville, IL; Children: Eric (Nina) Greene and Kara Patrick both of Scottsdale, AZ and Rhonda (Kevin) Law of Owaneco, IL; Grandchildren: Jayla Patrick of Scottsdale, AZ; Quincey Law of Stonington, IL; Maxx Law and C.J. Law of Owaneco, IL; Great Grandchildren: Hendrix and Treven Owens and Quinevere Law of Stonington, IL; Brothers: John (Lori) Greene of Westfield, IN; Chuck (Tina) Greene of Taylorville, IL and Joe (Linda) Greene of Cheboygan, MI; Sisters: Vicky Tarr of Springfield, IL; Jan Lamken of Auburn, IL; Ann (Tom) Swett of Birdsboro, PA; Michelle (Jason) Brown of Blue Mound, IL; Lee Bedinger of Taylorville, IL; Step-Siblings: Ron (Julie) Perona, John (Tammy) Perona; Marianne (Mark) Podeschi and Anna (Greg) Sams of Taylorville, IL; Step-Mother: Lillian Greene of Taylorville, IL; Brothers-in-Law: Mike (Denise) Mateer; Joe (Nancy) Mateer, Ralph (Sue) Mateer; Sister-in-Law: Alice (Gary) Seaton, Uncle: Mike Watson of Decatur, IL; and Many wonderful Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles, Cousin: Ron Howell, Brother-in-Law: Dennis Tarr and Nephew Jason Tarr.   

Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2022 from 10:00-12:00 noon at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. A Celebration of Bobby’s life will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 12:00 noon at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. The family would love their family and friends to share a story or memory as a tribute to Bobby and please wear casual attire.

Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children 4400 Clayton Ave. St. Louis, MO. 63110.

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

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

Martha J. Borgic

Martha Jane Borgic, 96 of Taylorville, formerly of Morrisonville, passed away at 2:30a.m. on Monday, November 7, 2022 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.  She was born on February 12, 1926 in South Fork Township, Christian County, the daughter of George E. and Jessie M. (Craig) Kessler.  She married Darrell J. Borgic on February 12, 1947 in Taylorville, and he preceded her in death on May 15, 2003.  Martha and Darrell were lifelong farmers in the Morrisonville area.  They enjoyed traveling, having visited all 50 States.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and previously St. Maurice Catholic Church and the Morrisonville American Legion Auxiliary.  More than anything she loved her family and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her children: Raymond (Diane) Borgic, Des Plaines, IL, Barbara (John) Rankin, Durango, CO, John (Bonnie) Borgic, Redding, CA, Vincent Borgic, Joliet, IL, Dale Borgic, Taylorville, IL, and Mark (Violet) Borgic, Taylorville, IL; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son: Otto Borgic; brother: James Kessler; and sister: Rita Miller.

A Funeral Mass for Martha will take place at 11:00a.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2022 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service in the church.  Burial will be in the Anderson Cemetery, Palmer.  Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Martha, or condolences to the family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Marvin Dean Brune

Marvin Dean Brune, 83, of Taylorville, IL passed away on Monday November 7th, 2022 at 3:00 a.m. at his residence. He was born on July 16th, 1939 in Harvel, IL. He was the only son of LaWayne Brune and Norma (Prange) Brune. He married Karen S. Neal on December 26th, 1962 in Taylorville, IL. He served in the United States Air Force for 4 years at Takhli Air Force Base in Thailand. He retired as an electrician from Caterpillar after 35 years. He was a life-long farmer, farming and managing the family farm. 

He is survived by his spouse: Karen S. Brune; Sons: Marlin Brune and companion Megan Bryant of Taylorville, IL; Kevin (Lynn) Brune of Flora, IL; Daughters: Shari (Tim) Millburg of Harvel, IL; Susan (Michael) Nation of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Lindsey Brune, Josiah Brune, Kelsey Brune, Savannah Brune, Ashley (Tony) Walch, Amber Millburg and fiance Andy Gardner, Matthew Millburg and companion Abby Burrows, Tyler (Amy) Nation, Sara Nation, Levi (Kassie) Egbert, Lane Brune, Sophie Brune and companion Trenton Jenkins; thirteen great-grandchildren; Sisters: Shirley (Richard) Owens of Girard, IL; Terri (Mike) Moennig of Hernando, FL; and Kim Brune of Taylorville, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. 

Visitation will be held on Thursday November 10th, 2022 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Funeral service will be held Friday November 11th, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Taylorville, IL with Pastor Rodney Blomquist officiating.  

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or Trinity Lutheran Church Day Care in Taylorville, IL.

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

Sharron A, Shotton

Sharron Ann Shotton, 84 of Taylorville passed away on Friday, November 4, 2022 at 9:47 a.m. at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. She was born on April 7, 1938 in Taylorville, IL. The daughter of George Popovich and June (O’ Bryan) Popovich. She married Jimmy Shotton on July 13, 1957 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville, IL. She worked many years as a teacher in Pana, IL and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Sharron’s family was her most important passion in life. She enjoyed traveling to many different places, but her trip to Alaska was her favorite.

She is survived by her Son: Eric (Laura) Shotton of St. Louis, MO; Daughters: Kim (Kurt) Long of Edinburg; Kettie (Tim) Guinn of Taylorville; Grandchildren: Sarah Long; Angelina Guinn; Tommy Shotton; Justin Shotton; Holly Shotton; Great-Grandchildren: Brayden Guinn; Judith Houston; Tate Turner; Brother: Larry Popovich of Colorado; Sisters: Eileen Pharris of Taylorville, IL; Karen (Alan) Collebrusco of Taylorville, IL; Melodie (Jeff) Gaz of New Athens, IL; Melissa (Brad) Driskill of Taylorville, IL. She was preceeded in death by her parents, brother: David Michael Popovich, and her sister: Cheryl Kay Popovich-Murphy.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St Mary’s Catholic School at 422 S. Washington St. Taylorville, IL 62568.

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

 

Richard Dean Hall

Richard Dean Hall, 66, of Taylorville, passed away at 7:54 a.m. on Monday, November 7, 2022, at his residence.

Rick was born November 10, 1955, in Seminole, TX, the son of Jim and Wilma (Reddish) Hall.  He married Peggy Ann Stone Brun, and they later divorced.  Rick then married Karen Durbin, and they later divorced as well.

Rick worked as a bartender for years at many local bars.  He also was a cab driver for B & B Cab Company for many years.  Rick was an avid Cubs and NASCAR fan, and he loved playing pool.  Of all his hobbies and interests, Rick enjoyed spending time with his family the most.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Charlie McKavetz; brother, Jeff Hall; and brother-in-law, Joseph Dozier.

Rick is survived by his children, Holly (husband, Nate) Hapner, Melissa Hall, Jerica Hall, and Justin Hall, all of Taylorville; grandchildren, Dillan Braughton, Haylee Braughton, Kara Braughton, Riese Tirey, Easton Hall, Emylie Hall, and Mason Hall; siblings, Ron (wife, Patti) Hall, Sr. of Taylorville, Dorinda J. Dozier of Taylorville, Lori Hall Munro of Washington state, and Scott Hall of Washington state; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

Graveside Ceremony: 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

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

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

Edith Louise Baran

Edith Louise Baran, 89, of Taylorville, IL, passed away on November 3, 2022, at Taylorville Care Center in Taylorville, IL. Edith was born on October 8, 1933, in Boulder, Colorado, the daughter of Alphonse and Louise (LeFevre) Duquenne Sr. She married Ben Baran Sr. on February 23, 1963, in Taylorville, IL. He preceded her in death on July 5, 2018.
Edith is survived by her children, Tim Baran (fiancée, Jody Post) of Las Vegas, NV,  Ben Baran Jr. (companion, Susan Ferguson) of Springfield, IL and Bruce (Brenda) Pearson of Jackson, MO; grandchildren,  Mason (Valerie) Baran,  Matthew (Cianna) Baran,  Ariel (Scott) Smith,  Bryan (Charissa) Pearson  and Bridget ( Josh) Boley; great-grandchildren, Reid Smith, Calvin Baran, and Andrew Boley;  Brother in Law, James (Sandra) Baran of Springboro, AR; She was also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and infant great-granddaughters, Abigail and Eleanor Boley.
Edith enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her friends at the Christian County Senior Citizens Center in Taylorville, IL. She also enjoyed playing cards and games at home with family. Edith liked to watch television, mainly if it was golf, tennis or figure skating. She and Alan (Ben Sr.) loved to travel in their Winnebago RV anywhere and everywhere, especially spending the winters in sunny Florida after his retirement. Her and Alan were members of Four Winds Winnies RV club. She was also a devout member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville.
A visitation for Edith will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, from 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL.  A funeral service will be held immediately following at 1:30 at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL, with Rev. Charles Edwards officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.
Memorials in Edith’s name may be made to the Animal Protective League of Sangamon County. 
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Mary Kate "Katie" Fraley

Katie Fraley – a dynamic elementary school teacher who influenced countless students over four decades in the classroom, and was an exuberant force in the civic life of the Taylorville community – has died. She was 85.

Mary Kate “Katie” Reeder was born on November 2nd, 1936, in DeWitt, Illinois, just outside of Clinton, to Inez B. and John H. Reeder, who farmed in the area. She was the youngest child and had seven brothers.  

After graduating from Clinton High School, she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in education from Illinois Wesleyan University, where she was a member of the Sigma Kappa sorority.

In 1958, she married Earl Thomas “Tom” Brandon of Clinton. The couple lived briefly in Clinton and in Shelbyville, Illinois, before moving to Taylorville, where Tom was a farm loan manager at what was then the First Trust Bank on the Square. In 1965, following Tom’s death at the age of 31, Katie worked to earn a master’s degree in education from the University of Illinois by attending night school in Springfield and summer school in Champaign, while teaching school in Taylorville and raising her young daughter.

In 1967, she married Taylorville attorney, Vance Fraley, who survives her.

For nearly 40 years, she taught fourth grade at North Elementary School, where she arrived every day flamboyantly dressed and raring to go. A creative and charismatic teacher, she cared deeply about her students, and she took great pride in their accomplishments in the classroom and in all stages of their lives. At North School, she was well known for directing the school’s Christmas musicals, holding an annual Hawaiian luau, and instructing students in the fine art of assembling scrapbooks about Abraham Lincoln. Indeed, after so many years of teaching students about the life of Honest Abe, she became a self-taught authority on him.  

After 41 years in the classroom, she “retired,” leaving teaching but not education. She was elected to three four-year terms on the Taylorville School Board. Her vision – she always had one – was for the school district to build a fine arts center, a goal that, while not realized during her tenure on the board, is now in early planning and fund-raising phases.

Katie was an energetic fixture in many facets of community life – at the Taylorville First United Methodist Church, with the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and through P.E.O., an international women’s education and advocacy organization.

In the mid-1970s, she was one of a small group of families who helped revive the tradition of hosting foreign-exchange students in Taylorville. Her initiative led the Fraleys to become the American Field Service (AFS) host family for a Swedish student, Lena Hallgren, for a school year; more than four decades later, Lena and her family in Sweden remain a part of the extended Fraley family.    

Katie played piano well, and she loved to sing. She delighted in music of all kinds, and she was a presence at virtually all Taylorville music events and musicals over the years, usually nodding her head, tapping her foot, and singing along.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Vance Fraley, of Taylorville; daughter, Karen Brandon (Christopher Woodruff), of Oxford, England; daughter Lenee Soto of Lake Zurich, Ill.; son Derek Fraley (Melissa Fraley) of Edwards, Ill.; and AFS daughter, Lena Kolvik (Jonas Kolvik) of Gothenburg, Sweden; grandchildren Jackson Woodruff and Avery Woodruff of Edinburgh, Scotland; Samuel Soto and Nic Soto of Lake Zurich, Ill.; Madelyn Fraley and Landon Fraley of Edwards, Ill; and AFS granddaughters, Julia Kolvik of Gothenburg, Sweden, and Linnea Kolvik, of Stockholm, Sweden; a cousin, Dorothy Addison (Ken Addison) of Paris, Kentucky; many nieces and nephews; many grandnieces and grandnephews; and countless former students who have said that she was an influential figure in their education and in their lives.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Earl Thomas Brandon; her seven brothers; her son-in-law, Rafael Soto; a niece, Joan Diaz; and a nephew, Galen Reeder.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 12th, at the Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville. A funeral service and celebration of her life will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Taylorville, with burial to follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. 

The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Taylorville Public Schools Foundation, with funds directed to the new fine arts center.

Daniel Patrick Fixsal

Daniel Patrick Fixsal, 56, of Morrisonville, passed away at 4:05 a.m. on Sunday, October 30, 2022, at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

Danny was born May 19, 1966, in Taylorville, the son of Carl H. and Noella (Sparks) Fixsal, Jr.  He married Tammy Morgason on June 19, 1998, in Morrisonville, and they later divorced.

Danny owned and operated Fixsal No Cleanup Tree Service for many years.  Work was his hobby, and he was always tinkering or working on something.  Danny loved leatherworking, carving tree stumps, and being in the great outdoors.  He was especially fond of his horse, Shadow, which he was constantly tending to and riding. Danny was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Morrisonville

He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Alyse Davis; and brother, Carl S. Fixsal.

Danny is survived by his children, Nikki (Kevin) Johnson of Nokomis, Tony (Sarah) Presnell of Pana, Audrey Fixsal of Pana, Jack Fixsal of Morrisonville, Jason Fixsal of Morrisonville, and Lydia (Quintin) Tippitt of Morrisonville; grandchildren, Lyla, Nathan, Kody, Spencer, Wesley, Gavyn, Mason, Avery, Benton, Dean, and Annalyse; siblings, Dale Fixsal of Florida, Marty Fixsal of North Dakota, Matt (Linda) Fixsal of North Dakota, Janie (Bruce) Emerson of Taylorville, Mary (Scott) Hughes of Morrisonville, and Veronica (Paul) Wells of Morrisonville; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation & Funeral Ceremony: The family will receive friends from 10:00-12:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, 2022, at the Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, 304 Carlin Street, Morrisonville, IL 62546.  The funeral ceremony will follow the visitation at 12:00 p.m. with Rev. Chad Foster officiating.

Interment will follow the funeral ceremony at Morrisonville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Danny’s family c/o of Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, PO Box 20, Morrisonville, IL 62546.

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

Joyce Y. Snyder

Joyce Y. Snyder, 86 of Taylorville passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 11:39 p.m. at Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur, IL. She was born on August 28, 1936 in Taylorville, IL the daughter of Julian A. “Nip” and Vivian L. (Rine) Sautelet. She married Frank G. Snyder on May 2, 1959 in Jerseyville, IL. She worked as a homemaker. She was the owner of Snyder’s tropical Fish and Exotic Animals, having many different animals throughout the years. Towards the end of her life she loved her family and Dogs Jesse and Roxie.  

She is survived by her Sons: Kevin F. (Angela) Snyder of Bonita Springs, FL; Robert Snyder Sr. of Taylorville, IL Daughter: Vicki Snyder-Hristov of Taylorville, IL; Sisters: Janet Chamness of Taylorville, IL and Nancy Sautelet of St. Petersburg, Missouri; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and special friends: Lindsey Passoni and Angie Wicker. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Sisters: Julia Eloise Stephens and Mary Millman; Brother: Keith Sautelet.

Visitation will be held on Monday, October 31, 2022 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Doug Chamness officiating. Burial will be in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville.

Memorials may be made to Christian County Animal Control at 300 S Baughman Road, Taylorville, IL 62568.

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

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Joe Glenn LeFavour

Joe Glenn LeFavour, 84 of Taylorville, passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 in his home in Taylorville.  He was born on February 10, 1938 in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, the son of Van Leon and Margaret Carpenter LeFavour.  He married Elcisora Bucio in 1989 in the Philippines.  Mr. LeFavour was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and retired from Firestone.  Joe enjoyed woodworking and spending time boating on local lakes.

He is survived by his wife: Elcie LeFavour of Taylorville; and children: Mike LeFavour (Own) of Michigan, Steve LeFavour (Sue) of Texas, and Joelcie LeFavour of Taylorville.  He was preceded in death by his parents and sister: Cecelia Jonte.

In accordance with his wishes, Mr. LeFavour will be cremated, and no services will he held at this time.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Joe, or condolences to the family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Norma Marie Bota

Norma Marie Bota, 92 of Taylorville, passed away at 7:54p.m. on Monday, October 24, 2022 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.  She was born on March 8, 1930 in Taylorville, the daughter of John and Katie (Pattarozzi) Venturi.  She married Julius Bota Jr. on July 7, 1951 in Kincaid, and he preceded her in death on February 27, 2001.  Norma worked for over 65 years as a hairdresser.  She was owner of Ann’s Beauty Shop and also taught hairdressing for many years.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and the VFW Auxiliary.  She was an avid golfer and bowler.  She and her husband enjoyed traveling, including many trips to Florida. 

She is survived by several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and great nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brothers: Joe Venturi and John Venturi.

Norma will be cremated, and a memorial mass will take place at 11:00a.m. on Saturday, November 5, 2022 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Fr. Alan Hunter officiating.  Following the mass, inurnment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery prior to a luncheon at the Knight of Columbus Hall.  Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or School.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Norma, or condolences to her family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Kenneth Lee Crawford

Kenneth Lee Crawford, 87 of Owaneco, passed away at 9:45p.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at St. Clara’s Manor in Lincoln.  He was born on October 28, 1934 in Taylorville, the son of Kenneth and Lucille (Whitehead) Crawford.  He married Cindy Cochran in 1977 in Taylorville and she preceded him in death on July 3, 2022.  Mr. Crawford graduated from Taylorville High School and went on to work as Allis Chalmers and also farmed.  After retirement he worked at Dukes Office Supply and Taylorville Terrace.  He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge.  He enjoyed carpentry, fishing and going to car shows.  More than anything he enjoyed spending time with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren. 

He is survived by his sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren and was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and daughter. 

Kenny will be cremated, and services will be held at a later date.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Kenny, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Patsy V. Williams

Patsy V. Williams, 92, of Mt. Auburn, IL, passed away surrounded by her three daughters on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, at Taylorville Care Center in Taylorville, IL. Patsy was born on January 10, 1930, in Patoka, IL, the daughter of Daniel and Nellie (O’Neal) Thorpe. She married Nevins Williams on December 23, 1950, in St. Louis, MO. He preceded her in death on April 7, 1970.

She is survived by her children, Diane Williams of Taylorville, IL, Jo Marinacci of Mohnton, PA, and Dee Dee (Chuck) Carey of Mt. Auburn, IL; grandchildren, Deanna (Danny) Spallinger, Katie Marinacci and Tom Marinacci; great-grandchildren, Paige Spallinger and Alana Rafferty.

Patsy enjoyed playing horseshoes, washers, shuffleboard, and was a master of card playing. She was most known for her pies, noodles, fried chicken, jellies, homemade cakes, sewing needs, babysitting, cartwheels, and making Halloween costumes for kids in Mt. Auburn, IL. Patsy was loved by everyone and would never say no.

Patsy was a longtime member of the Illiopolis Bowling League.  

Patsy was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Harry, Fred, John, Bob, Chancey and Edwin.

Memorials in Patsy’s name may be made to the Mt. Auburn Community Center in Mt. Auburn, IL.

A visitation will be held on Monday, October 24, 2022, from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. A funeral service will immediately follow at 11:00 a.m., also at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Mt. Auburn cemetery, with Kenneth Copenbarger officiating.

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

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