Taylorville Obits Archives for 2023-03

Frances Verbiski

Frances Verbiski, 79 of Kincaid, IL passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at Aperion Capital Care Nursing Home in Springfield, IL. She was born on February 9, 1944 in Taylorville, IL, the daughter of William Gudausky and Josephine (Norville) Gudausky. Frances married John Verbiski on September 7, 1969 in Kincaid and he preceded her in death on March 25, 2002.

In her spare time, Frances loved watching old westerns on tv, including Gunsmoke, The Andy Griffith Show, and Bonanza. She found joy in fishing, quilting, and playing bingo Above all, she loved spending time with her grandchildren and her family.

She is survived by her Sons: Jonathan Verbiski; Timothy Verbiski; and Brian Verbiski; Grandchildren: Nathan Verbiski; Trevor Verbiski; Zachary Verbiski; Great-Grandchild: Archer Verbiski; Brothers: Richard Gudausky; Frank Gudausky; Sisters: Monica Gudausky; and Carolyn Petro.

She was preceded in death by her Husband: John Verbiski; Parents: William Gudausky and Josephine (Norville) Gudausky; Sisters: Beverly Sieker and Marie Macis; and Brothers: Stanley Gudausky and William Gudausky.

Visitation will be held on Monday, April 3, 2023 from 11:00-12:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Funeral service will begin at 12:00 p.m. with Pastor Vance Massengill officiating. Interment will follow at Glenhaven Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Kincaid Church of God.

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

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

Paul Gregory Mann

Paul Gregory Mann, 72, of Langley, OK, formerly of Taylorville, passed from this life at 11:50 a.m. on Sunday, March 26, 2023, at his home after a brave battle with cancer.

Paul was born November 14, 1951, in Taylorville the son of JoAnn Tonks (husband, William) Stone and Harold Mann, Sr. He graduated from Taylorville High School with the Class of 1969, and enlisted in the United States Army.  He proudly served our country from 1969-1973 and was a Vietnam Veteran. Paul married Debra Cohoon in 1974, and they later divorced.  He then married Donna Morris on August 24, 1983, and they enjoyed nearly 40 years of marriage.

Paul spent most of his life in Central Illinois, retiring from Guardian West in Rantoul and then relocating to Langley, OK in 2017.  He was a Harley Davidson guy, owning several throughout his life.  Paul made several cross-country trips with Donna. Paul loved Oklahoma, and enjoyed his last years of his life boating, fishing, and camping with family and friends.  He also loved his dogs.  They were always by Paul’s side.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Mann, Sr.; stepfather, William Stone; and siblings, Cheryl Mann Kneeland and Harold Mann, Jr.

Paul is survived by his wife, Donna Mann of Langley, OK; mother, JoAnn Stone of Taylorville; children, Shane (wife, Jamie) Mann of Virginia Beach, VA, Carmen Mann of Chatham, and Virginia Coontz, Austin Mann, Alliyah Mann, and Alyssa Mann, all of OK; 5 grandchildren, Madisyn, Caleb, and Cason Mann, Alexia Jones, and Jaeda Mercer; siblings, Linda Mann (husband, Ted) Fleming of Taylorville, Beverly Dameta of OK, Donna Mann Parson of OK, and Marla Mann Gooding of OK; and several nieces and nephews.

Paul's ashes will be escorted from Oklahoma to his final resting place by three of his friends, as they ride their Harleys in honor of Paul.

Graveside ceremonies with full military honors will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, 2023, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville with Pastor Don Beetem officiating.  Family and friends are invited to attend a dinner at the Evangelical Free Church in Taylorville immediately following the graveside ceremonies, to continue celebrating Paul’s life.

Memorial contributions may be made to: V.F.W. Post #4495, N. West Ave, Taylorville, IL 62568, or Christian County Animal Control, 300 S. Baughman Rd, 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 Paul, or to offer condolences to his family.

 

Doris Shirley Stone

Doris Shirley Stone, 101 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, March 27, 2023 at Taylorville Care Center. She was born on June 1, 1921 to Joseph Halbert and Rose Hambush. Doris married Orval Stone on August 10, 1942 and they spent 52 happy years together before he preceded her in death.

Doris loved her church and Jesus Christ. She led the Senior Ministry at Joy Assembly of Stonington, IL and she found joy in hosting parties, whether that be for her family or her church. Doris enjoyed cooking for her family and was known for her fried chicken and milk gravy that she frequently made for her grandchildren. Her family meant the world to her.

She is survived by her Daughter: Kay Louis Magos; Grandchildren: Lori (Robert) Blevins of Atlanta, GA; Tim Magos of Cleveland, TN; Kristi (Joel) Vicente of Tampa, FL; Great-Grandchildren: Elizabeth (Christopher) Johan of Atlanta, GA; Justin Vicente of FL; Josiah Vicente of FL; Joseph Vicente of FL: Will (Mary) Blevins of Atlanta, GA; and Jack Blevins of Atlanta, GA.

Doris was preceded in death by her Husband: Orval Stone; Parents: Joseph and Rose Halbert; Brother: Kenneth Halbert; Sister: Dixie Halbert; Maxine Jarris; and Pearl Patterson.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2023 from 11:00-1:00 p.m. at Kincaid Church of God in Kincaid, IL. Funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Vance Masengill officiating. Interment will follow at Edinburg Cemetery.

Memorials in her honor may be made to Kincaid Church of God, located at 120 Market St., Kincaid, IL 62540.

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

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

Angela Lucia (Ciotti, Grove) Greear

Angela Lucia (née Ciotti, Grove) Greear, 67, of Bowling Green, Missouri, formerly of Kincaid, Illinois, passed away on March 25, 2023, at Parkside Manor in Bowling Green, Missouri.  Angela was born on August 19, 1955, in Pekin, IL, daughter of Tullio and Mary Dorothy (Bateson) Ciotti of Kincaid. She married in 1979 and later divorced. She married Stanley Greear in 2005, who preceded her in death in 2008.  She graduated Kincaid High School in 1973, graduated as an LPN from St. John’s School of Nursing in 1975, and earned her Associate’s Degree in Health Care Administration from Lincoln Land Community College in 2000. It was her calling in life to care for others any way she could, whether as a nurse at Taylorville Care Center until she retired in 2004, or through crafts. She loved sewing, knitting and crocheting blankets, clothes, hats, scarves, and gloves for family, friends, and anyone who needed them. She was a member of St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Kincaid and a member of the St. Rita’s Altar and Rosary Sodality until she entered assisted living in 2008. During her daughter’s youth, she was also a Girl Scout Troop co-leader and served on the Board of Directors of the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra. Most of all, she loved visiting and talking with family.  Angela is survived by her brother: Martin Ciotti; daughter Sarah (Matt) Porter; nephew Tony Ciotti; granddaughters: Hope Porter and Joy Porter; great-nieces and nephews: Richard Casarez, Autumn Casarez, Camille Howard, and Forrest Howard; and several cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; niece Erin (Ciotti) Howard; nephew Ryan Ciotti; and sister-in-law Flo Ciotti.  The funeral Mass will take place at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, March 30, 2023 at St. Rita Catholic Church in Kincaid with Fr. Piotr Kosk officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service, in the church on Thursday. Burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.  Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Masterson Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Kincaid is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Marcia "Lou" Smith

Marcia “Lou” Smith, 84, of Palmer, IL, passed away on Sunday, March 26, 2023 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. She was born on August 26, 1938, the daughter of Guy Ballard and Virginia Dowdy. Marcia married Robert “Bob” Smith on December 6, 1958 at Free Methodist Church in Taylorville, IL.

Lou worked for 37 years at Taylorville St. Vincent’s Memorial Hospital where she was a CNA on the acute care and skilled nursing units. She took pride in taking great care of her patients. Lou was a loving wife to Bob Smith for 55 years. Although they had no children of their own, they had a hand in raising many in their family.  Jenny Huddleston Foster was Lou’s niece but more like a daughter. Lou’s “grandchildren” were the light of her life. She enjoyed reading her Bible, listening to Christian speakers, and going to church while she was able. Lou looked forward to meeting with a group of her local friends for coffee on Wednesday mornings. She was a great seamstress and a wonderful cook. Lou enjoyed visiting with family while drinking sweet tea on the porch. She also enjoyed working puzzles in her spare time with her niece, Amy Postin. Lou will be remembered for her large and outgoing personality, which was a joy to so many.

She is survived by her Niece: Jenny (Chad) Huddleston Foster of Palmer, IL; Grandchildren: Seth Foster; Gabrielle Foster and Sophia Foster; Siblings: Marlene Dunn of Blue Mound, IL; David (Marcella) Ballard of Tovey, IL; and Marie Crowder of Palm Coast, FL, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her Husband: Robert E. Smith; her Father: Guy Ballard; her Mother: Virginia Dowdy; two sisters: Barbara Stafford and Patricia Huddleston; and her Niece: Laura “Missy” Huddleston.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 31, 2023 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Chad Foster officiating. Interment will follow at Anderson Cemetery. Family welcomes friends to a dinner following at the Palmer Community Building.

Memorials may be made to The First Baptist Church of Morrisonville.

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

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

Kevin Charles Ganey

Kevin Charles “Blade” Ganey, 63, passed away peacefully on March 23, 2023, after a long illness.  Kevin was born in Springfield, Illinois, on May 19, 1959, the son of Ardel and Betty Lou (Jacobs) Ganey.  He resided in Indianapolis, Indiana for a period of time, but lived most of his life in Taylorville, Illinois, where he participated in many sports, but excelled at basketball, earning him his nickname. Kevin is survived by his siblings James (Betsy Smith) Ganey, Bridget Ganey, Heather (Steve) Mills, and Patrick (Sara) Ganey, and by his many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews who loved him so very much: Jake (Trisha) Phillips- Kaylie, Keagan, Cole, and Camri; Clark (Beth Dinges) Mills-George, Teddy and Oscar; Bridget (Bryan) Jones-Hadley, Holden, Hayden and Hannah; and Maggie, James, Sean and Mary Ganey. Uncle Kevin was a favorite to all the kids. He is also survived by several cousins with whom he shared so many fond memories.

Kevin was preceded in death by his Father Ardel Ganey, his Mother Betty Ganey, his cousins Denis Ganey, Kathleen Ganey and Deborah Dougherty. The Family would like to thank Lynn Bialas for all of his care, support and friendship to Kevin during Kevin’s illness.

Services for Kevin will be held on Friday, April 14, 2023, beginning with visitation at 12:00 p.m., and a memorial service to follow at 1:00p.m. with Fr. Piotr Kosk officiating at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville, Illinois.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to: Quarterback Club, c/o Bruce Barry, 3603 East Lake Shore Drive, Taylorville, IL 62568 where they will benefit the Taylorville High School basketball program in memory of Kevin.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Kevin, or Condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefunearlhome.com.

Mrs. Beulah G. Szabo

Mrs. Beulah G. Szabo, 93, of Pawnee, IL., passed from this life at 10:57 P.M. Friday, March 24, 2023 at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL.

She was born in Springfield, IL., October 22, 1929, the daughter of Andrew and Beulah L. (Heyland) Danner.

Beulah married John A. “Jack” Szabo June 11, 1949 in Springfield, IL., and he preceded her in death October 20, 2005.

Mrs. Szabo graduated from Feitchans High School in Springfield, IL in 1948.  She along with her husband owned and operated Oak Grove Resort in Nisswa, MN.  She was a member of St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Kincaid, IL., the Alter and Rosary Society of St. Rita’s.  Beulah volunteered at the Food Pantry in Pawnee, IL., and enjoyed fishing, bowling, playing cards and Bingo.

Surviving are her children: Jackie Szabo of Des Moines, IA., John (Teresa) Szabo of Augusta, IL., David (Julie) Szabo of Pawnee, IL., William (Juli) Szabo of Broomfield, CO., Thomas Szabo of Pawnee, IL., Mary (Todd) Treese of Des Moines, IA., Karen (Doug) Ahle of Baxter, MN., son in law Harry Schnepp of Springfield, IL., her siblings: Mabel Croutcher Evelyn (Gary) Lazar, Ernest (Mildred) Danner, along with many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jack, a daughter Sandra Schnepp, siblings Frances Jackson, Florence Aiello, Kathleen Snow, Phyllis Dorworth, and Louis Danner.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at St. Rita Catholic Church in Kincaid, IL.  Fr. Piotr Kosk will officiate.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Pawnee.  Visitation for Mrs. Beulah G. Szabo will be held from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at St. Rita’s.  Masterson Funeral Home in Kincaid, IL is assisting with arrangements.  A meal will follow services at the church.  In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to St. Rita Catholic Church – P.O. Box 439 - Kincaid, IL 62540 

 

Anita C. Badman

Anita C. Badman, 69 of Palmer, IL, passed away on March 23, 2023 at her residence. She was born on February 3, 1954 in Fort Campbell, KY, the daughter of Harold Shanks and Elena Gifford. Anita married Billy Badman on August 19, 1972 in Taylorville, IL.

She is survived by her Husband: Billy Badman; Daughter: Lori (Jake) Williams of Edwardsville; Son: Josh (Jen) Badman of Springfield, IL; Grandchildren: Olivia and Elliana Williams and Lyla and Brooks Badman; Siblings: Mary Lou Harris; Barbara (Buzzy) Lancaster; Bonny (Greg) Buesking; Vicki (Greg) Gaillard; Pete (Mary) Shanks; Brenda (Jim) Gillenwater; Sandy (Dwight) Roberts; and Steven (Jacqueline) Gifford.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Harold Shanks and Elena Gifford; her sister: Sharon Griffiths; her son: Billy Ray Badman; and her granddaughter: Emmie Badman.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. A funeral service will take place the following day at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home with Pastor Chad Foster officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. Family welcomes friends to a meal held afterwards at the Palmer Community Building.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Anita’s honor can be made to The American Cancer Society or the Every Day for Emmie Foundation.

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

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

Jeffrey Miller

Jeffrey “The General”  Brian Miller, 63 of Fillmore, IL, passed away on March 22, 2023 at Hillsboro Area Hospital in Hillsboro, IL. He was born on September 25, 1959 in Litchfield, IL, the son of Leonard Miller and Melba Haines. He married Brenda (Wayne) Miller on June 4, 1982 in Fillmore.

Jeffrey was a co-owner and operator at Millers Lime Service and was an active member of Fillmore Baptist Church. In his free time, Jeff enjoyed woodworking and making wooden trucks and tractors. Above all, he loved spending time with his family.

He is survived by his Wife: Brenda Miller of Fillmore, IL; Daughters: Elizabeth Koski of Fillmore, IL; Julie (Bobby) Collman of Ramsey, IL; Grandchildren: Samuel Collman, Brilea Koski, and Addilyn Collman; Mother: Melba Miller of Taylor Springs, IL; Siblings: Everett (Kay) Miller of Coffeen, IL; Leona Miller of Macon, IL; Debbie (Mike) Jackson of Fillmore, IL; Cindy Miller of Sandoval, IL; Sue (Wayne) Jackson of Vandalia, IL; Gary (Joyce) Miller of Fillmore, IL; Paula (Tony) Fullerton of Westervilt, IL; Mother-in-Law: Virginia Wayne of Fillmore, IL; and Brother-in-Law: Raymond (Gena) Wayne of Neoga, IL.

He was preceded in death by his Father: Leonard Miller; Father-in-Law: Samuel Wayne; and his Brother-in-Law: Perry Wayne.

Visitation will be held on Monday, March 27, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Fillmore Baptist Church in Fillmore, IL. A funeral service will be held the following day at 11:00 a.m. at Fillmore Baptist Church with Pastor Mike Plummer officiating. Interment will follow at Bost Hill Cemetery.

Memorials in his honor may be made to Fillmore Baptist Church.

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

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

Dallas C. Stout Jr.

Dallas C. Stout Jr, 85, of Pawnee, IL passed away on Saturday March 18, 2023 at 2:00 pm at Carle Bromenn Hospital in Normal IL with his loving daughter, 2 sisters and brother at his side.  He was born July 1, 1937 in Cooper Township, IL the 2nd out of 12 children of Dallas C. Stout Sr and Helen L. (Howard) Stout. He met the love of his life at a community dance and after years of courtship, he married Roberta (Smothers) Stout on October 7, 1962 in Pawnee Presbyterian Church. They were married 57 blissful years which he said wasn’t nearly enough.

 

Dallas was retired from Illinois & Midland Railroad formerly Chicago & Illinois Midland Railroad where he served as a Freight Train Conductor for many years. Dallas was also proud to be a United States Marine Corps Veteran.  He was the caregiver for his beloved wife, Roberta; her Mother, Dorothy Smothers; and her Uncle Elmer Boehme.  He was a 50 year plus member and Past Master of Pawnee Masonic Lodge #675 A.F. & A.M., member of Ansar Shrine, member of the Kerr-Mize Post #168 Pana American Legion in Pana, IL and member of Pawnee United Methodist Church.  In his free time, he remodeled his home, built his daughter an extraordinary playhouse, planted an annual garden, restored his 1938 Pontiac Business Coupe, participated in many car shows and paraded with the Ansar Shrine Classic Car Division. In his later years, he enjoyed sitting on his patio, feeding the squirrels, visiting with his neighbors/friends and spending time with his family.

 

He is survived by his Daughter: Sheila Stout of Arlington Heights, IL; Brother:  James R. Stout of Pana, IL; Sisters:  Mini L. (Sam) Power of Crowder, OK, Mary Martha Stout of Pana, IL and Connie S. Harlan of Pana, IL; Sisters-in-Law: Betty Sutton of Taylorville, IL and Bonnie Hart of Decatur, IL and Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Wife, Daughters: Catherine Louise and Darla Sue Stout, Parents, Brothers and Sisters: Dale F. Stout, Leona M. O’Dell, Frederick W. Stout, Helen Patsy Beck, Larry F. Stout, Jerry L. Stout and Iva M. Bisby; Brothers-in-Law: Larry Sutton and John Hart.

 

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 24, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. A funeral service will be held the following day at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home with Pastor Bennie Fisher officiating. Interment will follow at Chatham Memorial Cemetery in Chatham, IL.  Masonic Rites by Pawnee Masonic Lodge #675 A.F. & A.M. and Military Funeral Honor Ceremony by the Pana Veterans Honor Guard

 

Memorials may be made to the Pawnee Masonic Lodge #675 A.F. & A.M., Kerr-Mize Post #168 Pana American Legion or the Pawnee Food Pantry.

 

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

 

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

Sean Justin Paul

Sean Justin Paul, 27 of Taylorville, IL passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 2:27 p.m.  at Hillsboro Hospital in Hillsboro, IL. He was born on March 29, 1995 in Taylorville, IL the son of Justin David Paul and Teresa (Johnson) Paul.

Sean graduated from Taylorville High School in 2016 and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He loved to dance and sing and was involved in the Kids are Kids Special Olympics in basketball and bowling skills. Sean loved going out to eat, everything food and enjoyed watching cooking shows, especially Paula Deen. He loved Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes, SpongeBob, plus many dog-themed and animated movies. Sean had a hello and a smile for everyone. He was a pure joy and loved everyone he met. He was a social butterfly with no filter and kind innocence. Sean loved to give and receive hugs. He made every day better just because of his sweet disposition and personality. He knew everybody and will be remembered for being a friend to the world.

He is survived by his parents: Justin Paul, Pam Rollefson and Teresa Paul; brother: Nicholas Paul; step-brother: Shane Rollefson; step-sister: Kirsten (Skully) Rollefson; grandmother: Ruth Johnson; uncles: Daniel (Tia) Johnson; Brian (Jessica) Johnson; aunts: Bonnie Johnson (Clayton) Beck; Erika Paul Davis; cousins: Paige Johnson: Shay Johnson; Amber Davis; Josephine Beck; Annabelle Beck; Nathaniel Beck; Jenna Scott and those who knew and loved Sean.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Oreland Johnson; David Paul; Geri Paul; Shirley Paul; aunt: Susan Patterson and great-uncle: Terry Paul.

Visitation will be held on Monday, March 20, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Taylorville, IL. A funeral service will be held the following day at 10:00 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church with Pastor Chad Zeuck officiating. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Assumption, IL.

Memorials may be made to Kids are Kids Special Olympics.

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

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

Donald E. Blakeman

Donald E. Blakeman, 88 of Taylorville, formerly of Stonington, passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at Taylorville Care Center.  He was born on October 13, 1934 in May Township, the son of Wilbur and Mabel (Moomey) Blakeman.  He married Mary Agnes DeMichael on June 27, 1959 in the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Stonington.  Mary preceded Donald in death on July 23, 2019, shortly after celebrating 60 years of marriage.  Donnie worked for Caterpillar for many years and after retirement worked for several area farmers.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was active with the Stonington American Legion where he served as Adjutant for many years.  He served his community in a number of other ways including as President of the Stonington School Board, Stonington Village Board, and the Stonington Fire Department.  He was an active member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. He played softball for several years, and along with his brother Leroy, umpired games for 20 years.  Donnie was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, enjoyed playing cards with his friends at the Legion and watching Gameshow Network, and never passed up a bowl of ice cream.  More than anything, he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. 

He is survived by his children: John F. Blakeman (Shannon) of Taylorville, Joseph Blakeman of Springfield, Michael Blakeman (Denise) of Taylorville, Daniel Blakeman of Stonington, Thomas Blakeman of Stonington, and Mary “Missy” Wemhoener (Todd) of Belleville; grandchildren: Lauren Blakeman, John R. Blakeman, Katie Wemhoener, Dustin Blome, Aaron Blome, and Ashley Kochniarczyk; several great grandchildren; sister: Marilyn Wattelet; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; infant daughter: Margaret; 4 brothers and 4 sisters. 

The funeral Mass for Mr. Blakeman will take place at noon on Monday, March 20, 2023 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Stonington with Fr. Piotr Kosk officiating.  Visitation will be held from 10:00a.m. until the time of the service at noon, in the church on Monday.  Burial, with military honors, will take place at Old Stonington Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be made to the Stonington American Legion or the Stonington Fire Department.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Donnie, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Beverly Ann Cross

Beverly Ann Cross, 84, of Morrisonville, passed away at 12:45 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at her residence.

Beverly was born August 9, 1938, in Roodhouse, the daughter of Gerald M. and Maxine (Crabtree) Newingham, Sr.  She married Wilbert Ray Walden, and they later divorced.  Beverly then married Gerald D. Cross on December 28, 1987, and they enjoyed over 34 years of marriage.  He preceded her in death on April 29, 2022

Beverly was the best mother that a son could ever ask for.  As a mother of eight boys, she showed them her love every day, and she never showed favoritism. She was a hardworking homemaker for her entire life.  Beverly enjoyed making crafts, and she especially enjoyed sharing her talents with others.  It brought her great to joy to bring the crafts she made around the holidays to the workers at Casey’s in Morrisonville.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; sons, Walter Walden and Randy Walden; and siblings, Gerald M. Newingham, Jr., Carl William Newingham, Wanda Newingham, and Kathy E. Summers.

Beverly is survived by her sons, Dennis (wife, Della) Walden of Jacksonville, Steven Walden of Jacksonville, Kenny Walden of Meredosia, Craig (Shannon Smith) Walden of Morrisonville, Neil (wife, Alice) Walden of Morrisonville, and Andy Walden of Morrisonville; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Barbara (husband, Bill) Chamberlain of Kissimmee, FL, Norma Cross of Taylorville, and Michael (wife, Cherrie) Cross of Mineral Wells, TX; brother, Joe (wife, Mellisa) Newingham; sisters, Vickie Lynn Cleer, Lisa (fiance, Mike Bauser) Wilkinson, and Barbara F. Miller; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Private burial will be held at Morrisonville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Morrisonville-Palmer Food Pantry, 309 SE 6th Street, Morrisonville, IL 62546.

The family has entrusted Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home in Morrisonville with ceremonies.

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

John Wayne Foster

John Wayne Foster, 83 of Harvel, IL, passed away on March 14, 2023 at Mercy Hospital South in St. Louis, MO. He was born on April 5, 1939 at the Hillsboro Area Hospital in Hillsboro, IL, the son of Lester Seward Foster and Bessie May (Nee Kraner).

John served in the United States Army from August 15, 1962 until July 6, 1964 where he was stationed near Fairbanks, Alaska at a missile site. He was an active member of the Community of Faith Church in Raymond and farmed with his father. John was also a business partners with Jerry and Donna Wagahoff and Neil Wagahoff in Home Oil.

He is survived by his nieces: Myra Hubbard of Anderson, CA; Lucy Anderberg of Raymond, IL; nephews: Tom Anderberg of Oakland, CA; Stephen Anderberg of Austin, TX; and Peter Anderberg of San Antonio, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Loretta (George) Anderberg and his brother, Joe Foster.

Visitation will be held on March 17, 2023 from 10:00-12:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Funeral service will begin at 12:00 p.m. with Pastor Jonathan Wagahoff and Pastor Jim Wagahoff officiating. Interment will follow at Asbury Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Asbury Cemetery.

Sutton Memorial Home is assisting with arrangements. 

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

Steven Allen Clayton

Steven Allen Clayton, 67 of Stonington, IL, passed away on March 7, 2023 at Memorial Health Center in Springfield, IL. He was born on December 29, 1955 in Decatur, IL, the son of Rolla and Patsy Lee (Burns) Clayton. He married Sherry Moyer on June 7, 1975 at Berea Christian Church in rural Niantic, IL.

Steve lived his life proclaiming his faith in YaHuah (The Creator) and Yahushua (The Messiah, The Christ). His love and devotion for his family was always the first thing others noticed about him.  When he was not working for his customers in the garage, he spent all of his spare time with his children building cars, while also building special bonds and teaching each of them to live a faith-based life with their own families.  He spent just shy of 48 years dedicating his life to his wife Sherry.  His love for Sherry and their family was everything.  He touched so many lives and will be missed by everyone who knew him.
 
He is survived by his wife: Sherry Clayton; Sons: Greg (Tonya) Clayton; Shane (Tiffany) Clayton; Heath (C. Elizabeth) Clayton; Lucas (Sara) Clayton; Troy (Shyler) Clayton; Daughter: Jessica Stafford; Grandchildren: Jolene; Elyse, Paul; Josie; Alayna; Haydin; Amelia; Israel; Rikki; Shallynn; Jabe; Cruz; Aubrey; Dylan; Mia; Job; Ezra; Great-Grandson to come: Kayson Grae; Mother: Patsy Lee (Burns) Clayton; Brothers: Rick (Bonnie) Clayton; Rolly “Bud” (Mary) Clayton; Sister: Christy (John) Rogers; and Cindy Clayton. He is preceded in death by his father, Rolla Clayton.

Memorials may be made to Joy Assembly in Stonington, IL.

Cremation rites have been accorded and a celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Joy Assembly Church in Stonington.  

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Lester Otto Fabicheski

Lester Otto Fabicheski, 85 of Taylorville, passed away on Monday, March 6, 2023 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. He was born on August 26, 1937 in Taylorville, IL the son of Lester “Pat” Fabicheski and Hope Bates. He married Peggy Ellinger on July 21, 1962 in Taylorville, IL.

Lester served in the United States Air Force and later went on to work for Georgia Pacific for 20 years, Caterpillar in Decatur for 5 years, Taylorville School district for 20 years and he owned and operated Betty and Lester’s Upholstery Shop. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Taylorville, Mound Lodge #122 AF & AM in Taylorville, the Scottish Rite Consistory for 55 years and the Taylorville American Legion.

In his free time, Lester enjoyed fishing, painting, bird watching, working outside with his flowers and in his garden.  Every Wednesday morning, he looked forward to having coffee with his friends at Spring Garden and he was especially fond of sharing the memories he made while on the Honor Flight. Above all, Lester enjoyed spending time with his family, whom he loved dearly.

He is survived by his wife: Peggy Fabicheski; daughter: Lynette (Greg) Tally of Springfield, IL; son: Eric (Cinda) Fabicheski of Taylorville, IL; grandchildren: Grace Tally and Jay Tally; Emilee (Jason) Forsythe-Krampf; Alicia (Josh) Lehman; and Hope (Ismael) Fabicheski; great-grandchildren: Tyler, Tanner (Savannah), and Tori Forsythe; Trenton and Garrett Lehman; Frances Fabicheski-Zendejas; sister: Sandra Krueger of Shelbyville; and half-sister: Joann O’Connor of Springfield. He is preceded in death by his parents and half-brother, Billy Joe Faber.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 10, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m., and interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Taylorville or the Taylorville American Legion.

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

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Peggy Dolores Mitchell

Peggy Dolores Mitchell, 99 of Taylorville, passed away at 2:00p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  She was born on July 24, 1923, in Taylorville, the daughter of Louis Joseph and Marguerite (Kuntzman) Bertucci.  She married John Richard Mitchell on December 31, 1943, in St. Louis, Missouri. Peggy attended St. Mary’s Hospital College of Nursing in East St. Louis and Jersey City State College.  She retired as the Director of Nursing at United Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.  She was a member of the Taylorville First United Methodist Church where she was active in many areas including United Methodist Women. Peggy had a passion for giving back to her community and did so in a number of ways including being a member of the Christian County University Women, Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Christian County Historical Society, Order of Easter Star, and the Ansarettes.  She also enjoyed baking, canning, crafts, embroidery, crocheting, French glass beading, and flowers.

She is survived by her Grandson: Ian Scott and wife Dawn of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania; great grandchildren: Liam Andrew Mitchell and Aidan Duglas Mitchell; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son: John Gregory Mitchell.

A funeral service for Peggy will be held at 11:00a.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at the Taylorville First United Methodist Church in Taylorville with Rev. Becky Lembke officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral in the church and burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  

Agnes L. Hunter

Agnes L. Hunter, 97, of Taylorville, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at Taylorville Care Center.

Agnes was born May 24, 1925, in Taylorville, the daughter of Fred and Birdie Ann (Peck) Gelonek.  She married Elwaddell John Hunter on December 24, 1943 at the First Baptist Church in Taylorville.  He preceded her in death on December 11, 2009.

Agnes graduated from Taylorville High School with the Class of 1943, where she was an honor roll student.  She went to work for Consolidated as a telephone operator until her retirement.  In her retirement years, Agnes owned and operated Agnes’ Beauty Shop for several years.  She was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Taylorville, and she volunteered for many years as a Girl Scout Leader.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law, Larry LeRoy Whitehead; brothers, Robert and Jack Gelonek; and sister, JoAnn Hernandez.

Agnes is survived by her daughter, Karyn K. Whitehead of Aviston; granddaughter, Tammy (husband, Zach) Biggs of Aviston; sister, Mary Hamel of Taylorville; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation & Funeral Ceremony: The family will receive guests from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 7, 2023, at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.  The funeral ceremony will follow the visitation at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Brennan Hurley officiating.

Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10306.

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

 

Elma Elizabeth Patrick

Elma Elizabeth Patrick, 98, of Taylorville, IL, passed away on February 28, 2023, at Taylorville Care Center. Elma was born at home on March 9, 1924, in Christian County, IL, the daughter of William and Edith (Parsons) Gilpin. She married Orrin Aloysius Patrick on September 20, 1941 in Missouri. He preceded her in death on July 26, 1987.

 

She is survived by her 12 children: sons,  Leslie (Sandy) Patrick, Jack (Jean) Patrick, Wade Patrick, David (Tate) Patrick, Dwight (Kim) Patrick, Duane (Kathy) Patrick;  daughters, Beulah (Lester) Crawford , Sandy (Bob) Young, Glenda (Mike) Brown, Shirley (Bob) Etherton, Barb (Joe) Gillock, and Bonnie (Rick) Clayton; 31 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and 1 great-great-great grandchild; as well as several step-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Carol Patrick and several nieces and nephews.

 

Elma was preceded in death by her husband; grandson, Steven Patrick; one great granddaughter, Shelby Powers; one great-grandson, Beau KirkPatrick; sons-in-law, Howard Clark, Lyle Brown and Larry Gideon.

 

Apart from raising her 12 children, she worked at Memorial hospital in housekeeping. Elma enjoyed quilting and road trips, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her large family.

 

A visitation for Elma will be held on Monday, March 6, 2023, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00- p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. A funeral service will be held immediately following at 12:00 p.m., with Pastor Charlie Carver officiating. Interment will follow at Edinburg Cemetery in Edinburg, IL.

 

Memorials in Elma’s name may be made to SouthTower Community Church or Joy Assembly Church.

 

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. has been entrusted with arrangements.

 

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Philis Dale Riaska

Philis Dale Riaska, 79 of Mesa, Arizona, passed away at 9:45a.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2023 in her home with her daughter at her side.  She was born on June 16, 1943 in Taylorville, Illinois, the daughter of Lucian M. McLean and Vemba (Buckmire) McLean.  She worked for many years at the Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, California, first as a nurse, and then upon receiving a master’s degree in finance, she worked in administration at the hospital.  She loved cats and had several she cared for.  She enjoyed bowling and played in leagues in California for many years. Philis enjoyed entertaining family and friends by hosting many holiday gatherings in her home. 

She is survived by her daughter: Dale Lee Riaska of Mesa, Arizona; brother: Roger McLean of Ennis, Texas; and cousins: Sharon Jamison (Mike) and Karen DeMichael both of Taylorville and Bruce Buckmire (Shelia Wareham) of Owaneco. 

A graveside service for Philis will be held at 1p.m. on Monday, March 6, 2023 at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville with Rev. Brennan Hurley officiating.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.   

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