091708 obits

2008-09-16T00:00:00Z 091708 obits The Southern
September 16, 2008 12:00 am

Larry Mace

WEST FRANKFORT - Layard "Larry" R. Mace Jr., 74, died at 11:45 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15, 2008, at his residence.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Parker-Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort. Visitation will be after 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.


Lona Hubbard

JOHNSTON CITY - Lona Hubbard, 64, passed away at 7:47 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15, 2008, at her residence.

Lona was born Jan. 20, 1944, in Herrin to Charles and Mary (Murphy) Davies.

She married Howard Hubbard on Dec. 21, 1963, in Johnston City. Together they shared more than 44 years of marriage.

Lona was an elementary school teacher in Johnston City Unit One School District for 41 years. She was twice awarded the State of Illinois Teacher of the Year. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Johnston City. She served in various capacities at the church. She was a member of National Education Association and Illinois Education Association. She treasured her grandchildren and the lives of the children she taught.

Survivors include her husband, Howard Hubbard of Johnston City; son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Tarea Hubbard of Herrin; daughter, Stephanie Hubbard of Marion; four grandchildren, Camren Anderson and Nickolas Hubbard of Herrin and Jordan and Morgan Alexander of Marion; two aunts, Lona Rae Smith of Nashville and Jewell Murphy of Ferges; three brothers-in-law and their wives, David and Marilyn Hubbard of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Bob and Aline Hubbard of North Port, Ala., and Victor and Elane Hubbard of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; sister-in-law, Margie Hood of West Frankfort; two cousins and their wives, Joey and Diana Davies of San Angelo, Texas, and Jerry and Sue Ranchino of Ferges; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, several aunts, uncles, a brother-in-law and a sister-in-law.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, in Pyle Funeral Home in Johnston City, with the Rev. Ted Hartley officiating. Interment will follow in Lakeview Cemetery in Johnston City. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Pyle Funeral Home.

Memorial may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or First United Methodist Church of Johnston City.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Southern Illinois, Dr. Cuartas and the staff of Heartland Oncology, family and friends for the support given during Lona's courageous battle with cancer.

Please join the family in honoring the memory of Lona Hubbard by visiting www.pylefuneralhome.com and posting memories and tributes.

Donald R. Darnell

WEST FRANKFORT- Donald R. Darnell, 65, died at 3 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008 in the Westside Care Center, West Frankfort.

Arrangements are pending at the Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort.


Larry Gene Pierce

ROYALTON - Larry Gene Pierce, 69, of Elgin, formerly of Royalton, passed away at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008, at the Sherman West Nursing Home in Elgin.

Larry was born in Royalton on Dec. 1, 1938, to Lyman and Bertha Pierce.

He is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Inez and Roger Bolinger of Colorado; two sisters-in-law, Sandy Pierce of Royalton and Ruth Robinson of Herrin; three nieces, Marjorie and Robbie Carter, Cynthia Watson, Rebecca Pierce; 10 nephews, Ivan and April Pierce, Kevin Pierce, Terry and Julie Pierce, Evan Pierce, Nathan and Ashley Atwood, David Pierce, Steven Pierce, Andrew and Melissa Pierce, Richard Bolinger and Darryl Bolinger; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

His parents, a sister, Janet Lynn Pierce and two brothers, Ivan L. Pierce and Richard Pierce and a loving companion, Dorothy "Angie" Williams preceded him in death.

Mr. Pierce retired as dietitian administrator from Elgin Mental Hospital after 35 years of employment.

Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008, in Mulkeytown Cemetery, with Brother Ralph Brandon officiating. Family and friends are asked to gather at the cemetery before the services.

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Maryann Dusek

CARBONDALE - Maryann Bobcik Dusek, 87, of Carbondale, was born March 25, 1921, in East St. Louis and died Monday, Sept. 15, 2008, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Maryann was a World War II veteran serving in the Women's Army Corps. She served on Gen. Eisenhower's staff in North Africa and was a member of the American Legion in Murphysboro.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank J. Dusek; her parents, Stephen and Mary Macek Bobcik; a sister, Lillian George; and a brother, Steven Bobcik.

She is survived by her two children, Geraldine Tanya J. McKown of Pueblo, Colo., and Richard F. (Brenda) Dusek of Orchard Lake, Mich.; four grandchildren, Laura, Dan, Kathy and Debbie; two stepgrandchildren, Omar and Layla; four great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Cleo Bobcik; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorials may be made to The Women's Memorial (Women in Military Service for America).

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.kasslyfuneral.com.

Funeral procession will leave at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2008, from Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights, for an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, with Father Ray Schultz officiating. Interment will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, at Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights.


Virginia Lou Etta Riggs

CARTERVILLE - After a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, Virginia Lou Etta Riggs went to meet our Lord on Monday, Sept. 15, 2008.

She was born Sept. 9, 1922, to John and Etta (Clapp) Cartner in Tamms.

She married Wardell I. Riggs Sr. on April 21, 1940. They shared 49 years of marriage before his death in 1989. He remained her one and only true love throughout life and death.

Virginia was a member of Carterville First Baptist Church, The Women's Club and Royal Neighbors. She volunteered for many years to deliver Meals on Wheels and visited frequently at local nursing homes. Gardening was one of her past times, along with "lunch with the Betty's." Her hobbies included reading and playing games with her family. She spent many hours on bible study and tried to live her life by the good word. This was shown in her actions, calm manner, and absolute beauty. Her life ultimately revolved around her children, grandchildren, and friends. The love and patience she gave was a precious gift.

She is survived by five children, Ludawn Hegney and husband, Alen, Wardell Riggs Jr. and wife, Patricia, Sara Riggs, Patrick Riggs and Daniel Riggs; 12 grandchildren, Delaine Cook, Matt Hadfield, Jim Hadfield, Mikki Pender, Terra Vineyard, Charlene Jarvis, Chrissy Whitaker, Jason Siebert, Marisa Lannom, Brian Siebert, Lisa Siebert and Jessica Hegney; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; son, Michael Riggs; great-grandson, Bruce Jarvis; and 10 siblings, Earl, Rex, Ted, Lotus, Merial, Clifford, Bea, Barney, Phyllis and Terry.

The family would like to thank Carterville First Baptist Church, Hospice, Golden Circle and the many friends who helped her daughter, Sara, care for her these last few years.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, in Riggin-Pillatsch Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. Ralph Brandon officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Marlene J. Schultz

CAIRO - Marlene J. Schultz, 70, died at 5:20 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, in the Daystar Care Center in Cairo.

Services will be at noon, Friday, Sept. 19, 2008, in Massie Funeral Home in Mounds. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the service time Friday at the funeral home.

Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, at the Mound City National Cemetery.


Lindell Payne

JOHNSTON CITY - Lindell Payne, 73, of Johnston City passed away at 9:35 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008, at his family home.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2008, in Murman and Wilson Funeral Home in Johnston City, with the Rev. Joe Daniels officiating. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery in Marion. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association or Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Lindell was born March 1, 1935, in Herrin, the son of Noah and Mattie (Walker) Payne.

He married Maryann (Tkocz) on Sept. 26, 1954, in Corinth, Miss., and together they shared 53 years, 11 months and 16 days of marriage.

Lindell was a coal miner for 25 years working at Consolidated Coal. He worked for 13 ½ years as an overhead crane operator for Ryerson Steel in Chicago. He was a member of UMWA.

Lindell was a devoted family man who loved cars and his tractor. He took great pride in his home and yard.

He is survived by his wife of Johnston City; two sons, Brian Payne and wife, Sharon, and Tim Payne, all of Johnston City; one daughter, Debbie Belt and husband, Steve, of Texas; grandchildren, Amber Robinson and husband, Tim, Lindy Jo Payne, Daniel and Samantha Payne, Chad, Derek and Nikki Belt, and Carley Payne; great-grandchildren, Alyvia Payne and Amya Robinson; sister, Marilyn Harper and husband, Paul, of Herrin; sister-in-law, Candace Kochinsky; daughter-in-law, Anita (Payne) Binns and husband, Jon; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Wilburn, Hubert, Troy and William; sisters, Lillian Rushing, Virginia Morgan and Elizabeth Spiller; and his eldest son, Michael Payne, who passed away April 4, 2005.

To sign the guest register or for more information, visit www.murmanandwilson.com.

Ruth E. Stritzel

CHRISTOPHER - Ruth E. Stritzel, 73, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008, in Herrin Hospital.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008, in Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, with the Rev. Ron Fergurson officiating. Burial will be in Harrison Cemetery, Buckner. Visitation will be after 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2008, at the funeral home.

She was a coalminer at Consol and Burning Star 4.

She was a member of First Christian Church in Christopher and treasurer of Christopher Library.

She was born Feb. 12, 1935, in Christopher to Opal Neal and Ethel (Kester) Flowers.

She was married to Larry Stritzel, and he survives.

Other survivors include one child, Britt Towers of Christopher; two stepchildren, Stanley Stritzel of Witchita, Kan., and Mikel Stritzel of Christopher; grandchildren, Rachel Towers, Austin Simion and Haley Stritzel; brothers and sisters, Marlyn Teel of Christopher and Norman Flowers of O'Fallon.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Mary Boyd.

For more information, visit gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

James M. Piper

ELKVILLE - James M. Piper, 64, passed away at 10:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, 2008, at his home after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Arrangements are incomplete at Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin.

Mary Sickler

MURPHYSBORO - Mary J. Sickler, 81, died at 1:50 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008, in Murphysboro.

Arrangements are incomplete at Crawshaw Funeral Home.

Jason Gerlach

SPARTA - Jason W. Gerlach, 33, died at 4:36 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, 2008, in Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Loyalty Missionary Baptist Church in Eden, with Brother Tom Foster Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Paradise Cemetery, Steeleville. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at McDaniel Funeral Home in Sparta and from 8 to 10 a.m. Friday at the church.

Memorials may be made to Buena Vista National Bank in Chester in care of Madison Gerlach Trust Fund.

John L. Robinson

GOREVILLE - John L. Robinson, 88, of Goreville, formerly of Douds, Iowa, died at 11:55 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, 2008, in the Shawnee Christian Nursing Home in Herrin.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date by the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.


Doris N. Middleton

COBDEN - Doris N. Middleton, 91, of Cobden died and went to be with her Lord at 1:50 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008, at her home in Cobden.

She was born Oct. 30, 1916, in Charleston, Mo., the daughter of John Meade and Minnie Frances (Potter) Bibb.

She married Glenn E. Middleton on Nov. 15, 1931, in Charleston, Mo. He preceded her in death Nov. 20, 1995.

Doris was a member of First Baptist Church of Cobden, and she taught Sunday school in various churches over her lifetime. She was a 40-year member of Cobden Women's Club, and she was a reporter for the Cobden News section of the Gazette Democrat.

Doris is survived by her children, JoAnn Yates and husband, Dean, of Anna, Midge Stewart and husband, John, of Cobden, Johnnie Middleton of Cobden, Nina Lofton and husband, Mike, of Cobden, and Sherri Lukes and husband, Brian, of Cobden; two sisters, Faye Grace of Columbus, Ohio, and Freda Powell of Taluca Lake, Calif.; 17 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Glenn E. Middleton; two children, Glenda Wingerter and Deanna Walker; and one sister, Florence Busby.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, in First Baptist Church in Cobden, with Kim Capel and Rev. Allen Speer officiating. Interment will be in Cobden Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden and after 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church in Cobden or TIP Hospice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and church.

Gene Abney

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS - Arthur Eugene "Gene" Abney, 89, of Springfield, formerly of Harco, died at 12:27 p.m. Tuesday, sept. 16, 2008, in St. Josephs Home in Springfield.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Staab Funeral Home in Springfield, with Pastor Paul Olson officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Milestone Inc. in Loves Park.

Vesta Ward

PITTSBURG - Vesta Ward, 74, of Pittsburg, formerly of Cambria, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008, in Sunset Healthcare Center in Union, Mo., after a short illness.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Hinchcliff Cemetery in Cambria, with the Rev. Danny Ward officiating.

Memorials may be made to Williamson County Historical Society, 105 S. Van Buren St., Marion, IL 62959.

Riggin-Pillatsch Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements.

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