050708 obits

2008-05-06T00:00:00Z 050708 obits The Southern
May 06, 2008 12:00 am


Lacy Guy Dunn

PINCKNEYVILLE - Lacy Guy Dunn, 89, passed away in the Pinckneyville Community Hospital Skilled Care Unit at 3:27 p.m. Sunday, May 4, 2008.

Lacy was born March 9, 1919, in Pinckneyville, a son to Walter and Henneritta Louise (Lacy) Dunn.

He served his country in the U.S. Army in World War II.

On Oct. 10, 1946, he married Norma R. Klingenberg in Nashville.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Pinckneyville.

Mr. Dunn was the former owner of Cole, Dunn and Keene Company, where Lacy was a brick layer and masonry contractor and was a member of the Brick Layers Union in Murphysboro. He was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Pinckneyville Panthers, and enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening, but most of all he enjoyed watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up.

He is survived by wife, Norma R. Dunn; three daughters: Linda Dunn of Centralia, Brenda Dunn (Gerry Pratt) of Pinckneyville and Cindy (Larry) Trail of Pinckneyville; one sister, Mary Ann Jeffries of Granite City; six grandchildren, Lori (Mark) Sronce of Corydon, Ind., Lana (Sean) Wilkin of Corydon, Jason Schweizer of Centralia, David Burris of Troy, Robyn (Travis) Bailey of Destin, Fla., and Jared Trail and fiancé Carrie Degenhardt of Pinckneyville; and 11 great-grandchildren, Michael Burris, Braden Smith, Taylor Burris, Gabe Sronce, Noah Bailey, Elijah Wilkin, Evie Sronce, Olivia Wilkin, Kai Bailey, Emma Bailey and Hunter Trail.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter; one brother, James C. Dunn; and four sisters, Alice Hunsacker, Edna Heathman, Marie Cates and Christina McKinstry.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 2008, at Pyatt Funeral Home in Pinckneyville. A private family graveside service will be in Mueller Hill Cemetery.

For more information or to sign an online guest register, visit www.pyattfuneralhome.com.


Mae I. Ebersohl

GLEN CARBON - Mae I. (Dale) Ebersohl, 95, of Fairview Heights, born June 7, 1912, in Union City, died Sunday, May 4, 2008, at her residence.

Mae was an avid bowler. She loved to cook, fish and loved her family. She was a member of the Women's Auxiliary in Anna and Victory Baptist Church in Carterville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John F. Ebersohl; a grandson, Mark Thomas Simons; a great-granddaughter, Linnie Simons; her parents, William and Alice (Settlemoir) Dale; a son-in-law, Ben Caeser; seven brothers; and three sisters.

Surviving are his three loving children and their spouses, Joyce and Robert Simons of Fairview Heights, Margaret Caesar of Palatine and Gale and Susan Ebersohl of Glen Carbon; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Warren Dale of Dongola.

Memorials may be made to Family Hospice, 5110 W. Main St., Belleville, IL 62226.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon today at Lake View Funeral Home in Fairview Heights. Services will be at noon today at the funeral home, with Pastor Rick Dawson officiating. Interment will be in Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights.

Del Fugate

ANNA - Del W. Fugate, 53, died at 4:50 a.m. Monday, May 5, 2008, in St. Francis Medical Center in Center in Cape Girardeau.

Arrangements are incomplete at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

Louise Smith

WOLF LAKE - Louise Smith, 66 died at 1:26 p.m. Monday, May 5, 2008, in Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

She was born May 29, 1941, in Alto Pass, the daughter of Lewis and Annie (Sims) Smith.

Louise was a member of Faith Assembly Church in Wolf Lake.

She was an Avon representative for 37 years.

Louise is survived by her mother, Annie Smith of Wolf Lake; a sister, Irene Stamp and husband, Jim, of Wolf Lake; a nephew, Jeff Stamp and wife, Dishona, of Jonesboro; two great-nephews, Joshua and Jacob Stamp; one great-niece, Amanda Stamp; aunts and uncles; cousins; and other relatives and friends.

Louise was preceded in death by her father, Lewis Smith.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 2008, in Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro, with the Rev. Jim Stamp officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Interment will be in Jonesboro Cemetery.

Martha E. Wheeler

MURPHYSBORO - Martha E. Wheeler, 67, died at 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, May 6, 2008, in Carbondale.

Martha was born in Murphysboro on April 28, 1941, a daughter to the late William Lawson and Pauline Evelyn (Pierson) Buford.

She married Ronald F. Wheeler on Sept. 12, 1994, in Murphysboro. Ronald survives in Murphysboro.

Martha was member of Elm Street Baptist Church and was employed as a clerk in the treasurer's office at the Jackson County Courthouse.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 9, 2008, in Crawshaw Funeral Home in Murphysboro. Pastor Charles Allen of the Elm Street Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park, near Murphysboro. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 2008, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Elm Street Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, Ronald, other survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, DeWayne and Mariann Crowell and Brian and Gail Crowell of Murphysboro; two daughters and one son-in-law, Stephanie Cole and Leandra and Russell Bryant of Murphysboro; one stepson and his wife, Steve and Lisa Wheeler; one sister and brother-in-law, Christina and Chauncey Wilson of Murphysboro; 10 grandchildren, Daniel McRoberts, April Crowell, Adam Crowell, Heather Crowell, Blake Crowell, Jacob Lewis, Sara Cole, Hannah Cole, Luke Bryant and Holly Bryant; and three step-grandchildren, Aaron, Rachel and Evan Wheeler.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Helen Merritt.

To send a condolence or for additional information, visit www.crawshawfuneralhome.com.

Helen Otten

WALSH - Helen M. Otten, 90, of Evansville, died at 10 a.m. Monday, May 5, 2008, in Canterbury Manor Nursing Home in Waterloo.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Pius Catholic Church in Walsh, with Father John J. Joyce officiating. Burial will be in St. Pius Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Evansville.

Memorials may be made to Masses.

Irene Frey

CHESTER - Irene Frey, 82, died at 5:05 p.m. Monday, May 5, 2008, in Chester Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Frey was cremated. A memorial service will be at a later date.

Pechacek-McClure Funeral Home in Chester is in charge of arrangements.


Ralph D. 'Red' Bower

AVA - Ralph D. "Red" Bower, 81, passed away at 7:30 a.m. Monday, May 5, 2008, at his home.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 2008, in Wilson's Funeral Home in Ava, with the Rev. Gilbert Gee officiating. Burial will be at a later date in National Cemetery in Holly, Mich. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Mr. Bower was born May 28, 1926, in rural Ava, on Butternut Hill. He was the youngest son of Samuel and Elizabeth Morgan Bower.

Red was a man of great wealth, in that he would help anyone that would ask him. Red left this area at age 12 and was on his own until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944 while living in Texas. He served in Germany during World War II. He was wounded and received the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for his service.

Red retired in 1988 from the Oakland County Road Commission of Michigan after 20 years of service. Throughout his early life, he moved, lived and worked at many different jobs, including ownership of a service station in Flint, Mich.

He was a lifetime member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 1168 of Holly, the American Legion, VFW in Holly and the DAV of Illinois. He served as governor and other positions throughout his service.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 56 years, Ruby, in 2005; five brothers; two sisters; and his oldest son, Deen Bower, in 2007.

Survivors include his children and their spouses, Karen and Don Cromwell of Burton, Mich., Roger Bower of Fenton, Mich., Marvin and Sue Bower of Panama City, Fla., and Cynthia and Allen Fry of Ava; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, who were the sunshine of his life; brother and sister-in-law, Lee and Betty Bower of Mount Morris; sister and brother-in-law, Irene and Doyle Parker of Flushing, Mich., and many nieces and nephews.

His great-grandchildren lit up his life when there were with him and the family could tell they loved him also. Red also kept his miniature horses close to his heart.

Red moved back to the Ava area after his retirement to be at home. He loved this are and was proud to be from Southern Illinois. Red touched and probably changed people's lives, as he was loved by family, liked by everyone and will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Elzia 'Ed' Fallin

MARION - Elzia "Ed" Fallin, 72, passed away at 6:50 a.m. Sunday, May 4, 2008, at home.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10, 2008, in Duck River Baptist Church in Holly Pond, Ala. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 9, 2008, at Hanceville Funeral Home in Hanceville, Ala. Local visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Blue Funeral Home in Marion. Burial will be in Duck River Cemetery.

Mr. Fallin was born Jan. 19, 1936, in Culman, Ala., to Oan P. and Alvonia (Hann) Fallin.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Glenda and Russell Sutton of Energy and Deborah and Randy Christopher of Carrollton, Texas; grandchildren, Sherry Sutton, Chris Sutton and Bill Hudgens; great-grandchildren, Mathew and Lucas Jones and Emily Grace Hudgens; brothers, Chester Fallin of Culman, Rayford Fallin of Birmingham, Ala., Laster Fallin of Alabama, Troy Fallin of Culman, Morris Fallin of Rockyface, Ga., and Myrtis Fallin of Culman; and many other family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Lurene Hailes, Louise Hopkins and Shirley Ravenscraft; and brother, Lonnie Fallin.

Mr. Fallin was a retired truck driver. He loved his family. He was loved by his family and all who knew him. He will surely be missed by all who knew him.

To view this obituary and sign the register book, visit www.bluefuneralhome.com.


Adolphine F. 'Della' Mitchell

ZEIGLER - Adolphine F. "Della" Mitchell, 92, passed away at 12:30 a.m. Monday, May 5, 2008, in Herrin Hospital.

Della was born Oct. 28, 1915, in Zeigler, to Louis and Frances (Dwarzeski) Sakovich.

She met and married Anthony Mark "Mitch" Mitchell on March 20, 1937, in Detroit, Mich. He preceded her in death Dec. 3, 2002.

She is survived by a daughter, Judith "Judy" Mitchell of Zeigler; a son and daughter-in-law, Judson and Mary Kay Mitchell of Simpsonville, S.C.; three grandchildren, Jana Berman of Ottawa, Anthony Mitchell and wife, Annette, of Ravena, N.Y., and Matthew Mitchell and wife, Melissa, of Troy, Ohio; and six great-grandchildren, Zachary, Rachel, Madeline, Hailey, Luke and Ryan.

Her parents and a brother, Frank Sakovich, preceded her in death.

Della was the former co-owner and operator of Mitch's Tavern in Zeigler, with her husband, for more than 35 years. She was an avid outdoors woman and an accomplished angler, known throughout Southern Illinois.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2008, in Vantrease Funeral Home in Zeigler, with Brother Denton Vaughn officiating. Burial will be in St. Aloysius Cemetery, east of Royalton. Visiting hours will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

For more information and to sign the register book, visit www.vantreasefuneralhome.com.

Londynne Navaeh Lee

MARION - Londynne Nevaeh Lee, newborn, departed this life on Thursday, May 1, 2008, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Graveside services will be at noon Thursday, May 8, 2008, in Maple Wood Cemetery in Marion, with Elder Stephen Robinson Jr. officiating.

She leaves to cherish her memory her parents, Sara Jacques Harris and Larry Lee II of Marion; maternal grandparents, Cynthia and Johnny Harris Sr. of Colp; and paternal grandparents, Pastor Larry and Tryphosia Lee of Marion.

Jackson Funeral Home in Carbondale is in charge if arrangements.

Mary Wiegel

MOUNT VERNON - Mary Catherine Wiegel, 84, of Centralia, formerly of Mount Vernon, died at 3:25 p.m. Monday, May 5, 2008, in St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Centralia.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Mary Catholic Church in Mount Vernon, with Fr. Daniel Jurek officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Springfield, Ohio. Visitation will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Hughey Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Rose Marie Scoffic

JOHNSTON CITY - Rose Marie Scoffic, 91, died at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 5, 2008, at the family home.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Paul's Catholic Church, with Monsignor Ken Schaefer officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Murman and Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Parish Center or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Mary Lee (Girtman) Loback Farmer

PINCKNEYVILLE - Mary Lee (Girtman) Loback Farmer, 71, of Pinckneyville for the past 15 years and a native of Buncombe in Johnson County, died at 11:03 a.m. Monday, May 5, 2008, in Sparta Hospital.

Mary Lee was born Dec. 21, 1936, in Johnson County. She was the daughter of Edward Girtman and Eviah Esther (Walker) Girtman.

Mary Lee was united in marriage to Charles Loback on July 28, 1956, in Corinth, Miss. To this union, two daughters were born, Eva and Kimberly. Charles preceded her in death Oct. 29, 1980. Mary Lee was then united in marriage to Robert H. "Ernie" Farmer on Feb. 12, 1983, in Mount Zion Baptist Church, near Buncombe. He survives.

Other survivors include her children, Eva and Dennis Prater of Anna, Kimberly and Mike Jones of Winston-Salem, N.C., Robert W. Farmer Sr. of Pinckneyville, Dianna Wheat of Baldwin, Vickie and Jim Burke of White Haven, Pa., Patty and Phillip "Jim" Hooten of Steeleville, Steven Farmer of Buncombe, William "Bill" Farmer of Percy, Mike Farmer of Pinckneyville, Jeffery Farmer of Pinckneyville and Janet Jordan of Willisville; 23 grandchildren; and 38 great-grandchildren.

Mary Lee was a 1955 graduate of Vienna High School. She was employed as a ward clerk by the U.S. Department of the Navy in Washington, D.C., and San Diego, Calif. She had also worked at Scott Air Force Base and retired from federal government service at the VA Medical Center in Marion.

She was of the Baptist faith.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 9, 2008, in Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna. Burial will be in Mount Zion Cemetery, east of Buncombe. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4503 W. DeYoung St., Suite 200C, Marion, IL 62959 or to Baptist Children's Home and Family Services, 949 County Road 1300 North, Carmi, IL 62821.

To leave an online message of condolence, visit www.baileyfh.com.


Shirley May Riegger

GRAND TOWER - Shirley May Riegger, 75, passed away at 1:55 p.m. Monday, May 5, 2008, in Rehab and Care Center of Jackson County in Murphysboro.

Shirley was born Sunday, Aug. 7, 1932, in Rahway, N.J., to John and Lillian May (Conger) Leonard.

She married Henry Riegger on March 11, 1948, in Murphysboro.

Survivors include her husband, Henry Riegger of Murphysboro; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Peggy Riegger and Hank and Sue Riegger of Murphysboro; one daughter and son-in-law, Fronie and Glen Blackford of Grand Tower; two brothers, Hank and George Leonard of Rahway, N.J.; one sister, Lillian Richerdson of Grand Tower; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Shirley is preceded in death by her parents and 10 brothers and sisters.

She was employed as a nurse's aid at a nursing home for 25 years.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 2008, in Walker Hill Cemetery in Grand Tower, with the Rev. Peggy Camp officiating. Friends are asked to join the family for food and fellowship at Lighthouse Christian Church in Grand Tower after the service.

Meredith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Harry Pittman

CAIRO - Harry Pittman, 86, a resident of Charleston Manor Nursing Home, formerly of Cairo, died at 4:40 a.m. Saturday, May 3, 2008, at his residence.

Graveside services will be at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in Mound City National Cemetery, with Apostle Larry T. Barnett officiating. Military honors will be provided by Pulaski County VFW Post 8891. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday at Massie Funeral Home in Mounds.

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