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Harold Earl 'Doc' Heilig

PULASKI - Harold Earl "Doc" Heilig, 83, died at 8:35 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008, in Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008, in Pulaski Christian Church with Dave Cheuvront officiating. Interment will be in Green Lawn Memorial Gardens in Villa Ridge with full military honors provided by members of Pulaski County VFW Post 8891 in Mounds, Cairo VFW Post 2649 and American Legion Post 178 in Villa Ridge. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008, at Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge. Masonic services will be conducted at 7 p.m. by members of Caledonia Masonic Lodge of Olive Branch.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of memorials to Pulaski Christian Church, c/o Mr. Danny Thurston, 819 Sandusy Road, Pulaski, IL 62976, or to the American Heart Association (Greater Midwest Affiliate), Memorial and Tributes, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674.

Mr. Heilig worked at Frank Roberts Blacksmith Shop in Pulaski. He later became a partner of Heilig Bros. Fertilizer Services and Heilig Bros. Ace Hardware in Pulaski. He retired as a farmer.

He was a World War II Navy veteran.

He was a member and elder of Pulaski Christian Church, charter and lifetime member of VFW Post 8891 in Mounds, charter member of American Legion Post 178 in Villa Ridge, charter member and past secretary of Pulaski County Fair Association and member of Caledonia Masonic Lodge 47 AF/AM in Olive Branch.

He was born Dec. 3, 1924, in Pulaski to Warren William Heilig Sr. and Edna Earl (Hennington) Heilig.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy (Parker) Heilig of Pulaski; three daughters and a son-in-law, Teresa and Dave Cheuvront of Eugene, Ore., Paula Jo "PJ" Heilig of Murray, Ky., and Donna Jean Heilig of Pulaski; stepdaughter and stepson-in-law, Vicki and Gene Prokopf of Jackson, Mo.; stepson, Keith Kerr of Villa Ridge; two sisters, Virginia Thurston of Pulaski and Sarah Taake of Ullin; four grandchildren, Nicola (Andy) Howard, Jeremy (LaShandra) Cheuvront, Kyle (Samantha) Parker and Wyatt Dagla Severs, three stepgrandchildren, Lia Prokopf Cale, Cheyenne Kerr and Howard Bradley Cale, five great-grandchildren, Madeline Annette Howard, Hannah and Addyson Kate Parker, Savannah Parker and Howard Bradley Coleman, two sisters-in-law, Lorene Heilig and Betty Reynolds, and a brother-in-law, Bob Reynolds, all of Pulaski; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mildred R. (Schnaare) Heilig, on Feb. 12, 1973; his brother, Warren William "Hill" Heilig Jr., on Nov. 17, 1981; and his son-in-law, Richard Dean "Rick" Parker, on March 28, 1981.

Nedra Alice Dierks

PERCY - Nedra Alice Dierks, 80, died at 4:53 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008, in Three Springs Lodge in Chester.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008, in St. Peter Lutheran Church in Campbell Hill with the Rev. Gregory J. Schultz officiating. Burial will be in Paradise Cemetery in Steeleville. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Wilson's Funeral Home in Steeleville and 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Memorials may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church General Fund or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Mrs. Dierks was retired from Spartan Printing. She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Campbell Hill.

She was born March 24, 1928, in Jackson County to Edward and Marie (Waltemate) Westerman.

She married Everett L. Dierks on Nov. 21, 1948, in Campbell Hill. He preceded her in death April 14, 2000.

She is survived by her children, Karen (Steve) Deppe of Percy, Larry (Deborah) Dierks of Steeleville, Michael (Sue) Dierks of Steeleville; five grandchildren, Joseph (Amy) Dierks and expected great-grandchild of Arnold, Mo., James (Nickki) Dierks of Barnbridge, Ind., Cody Dierks of Steeleville, Zachary Dierks of Jacksonville and Eli Dierks of Steeleville.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

To sign the guest book, visit http://www.wilsonsfuneralhome.net">www.wilsonsfuneralhome.net.

Donald Smith

SALEM - Donald Leon Smith, 83, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008, in Indianapolis.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Salem Bible Church. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Jessen Funeral Home in Whiteland, Ind., is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Jane Pritchard

WEST FRANKFORT - Mary Jane Pritchard, 96, formerly of West Frankfort, passed away Monday, Oct. 6, 2008, in Lincoln Manor in Decatur.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008, in Dawson and Wikoff West Wood Street Funeral Home in Decatur. Burial will be in Zion Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Tabernacle Baptist Church or Carmi Children's Home. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at http://www.dawson-wikoff.com">www.dawson-wikoff.com.

Miss Pritchard worked at West Frankfort Main Street Bakery 16 years. She retired in 1975 as a nurse at Wheaton Convalescent Home.

She was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church and Rebekah Lodge 767.

She was born Jan. 17, 1912, in West Frankfort, the daughter of John S. and Eliza Isaac Pritchard.

She is survived by her nieces, Mary Ann (Paul) Nartker of Decatur, Ella Marie Hall of Greenview and Connie Pritchard of Boody; nephews, Bill Pritchard of Arkansas, Jim Pritchard of Boody and John Pritchard of Pennsylvania; 18 great-nieces and nephews; 25 great-great-nieces and nephews, whom she loved very much; and close friends, Peggy Desabro and Erma True, both of Decatur.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Herman and William Pritchard; and nephew, Jerry Pritchard.

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George Biley

HURST - George Biley, 87, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008, in his home.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Thursday in Riggin-Pillatsch Funeral Home in Carterville with the Rev. Gary Billiet officiating. Burial will be in Blairsville Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Herrin VFW and American Legion posts. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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

Gary Gendron

CUTLER - Gary W. Gendron, 54, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008.

Arrangements are incomplete at Wilson's Funeral Home in Steeleville.

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Billie J. Hartwell

MARION - Billie J. Hartwell, 84, passed away peacefully at 4 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008, in his daughter's home in rural Creal Springs.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008, in Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home in Marion with the Rev. David Hancock presiding. Interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Marion, where military graveside honors will be accorded by VFW Heyde-Pillow Post 1301, American Legion Post 147 and members of the Illinois National Guard. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

The family has requested memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Southern Illinois. Memorial contribution envelopes will be available at the funeral home or may be mailed in care of the Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, P.O. Box 370, Marion, IL 62959.

Bill was self-employed and worked from 1964 to 2008 doing monument lettering design and repair. He first worked for Thurmond Monument Company in Marion and later for other area monument companies and funeral homes in Illinois and surrounding states. He worked for 66 years in the monument business.

He answered the call of this nation by enlisting in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was a member of Cana Baptist Church in Creal Springs. He was a member of American Legion Post 147, a member of AMVETS, a member and chaplain of VFW Men's Auxiliary from the time it was formed and a member of Eagles Lodge 2457, all of Marion.

His hobby was his work and, when he found the time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved to travel and, when he had the opportunity, he would gather with friends and family, play his guitar and enjoy an evening of dancing. He always enjoyed his family and many friends and the times they shared together. He will always be remembered by those who knew and loved him.

He was born Jan. 7, 1924, in rural Creal Springs, the son of William Virgil "Bill" and Velma Edna (Laney) Hartwell.

He was united in marriage to Mary Marie Jolly on Oct. 16, 1945, in Marion. Together, they shared more than 57 years until the time of her death Oct. 6, 2003.

He is survived by his two daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Greg Sallee of Neosho, Mo., and Glenna and David Miller of Creal Springs; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Harold and Sherry Hartwell of Jacksonville, Fla., Charles and Debra Hartwell of Creal Springs and Michael Hartwell of Creal Springs; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one sister and brother-in-law, Jeanette and Eugene Blumenstock of Creal Springs; one brother and sister-in-law, Charles Lloyd and Niki Hartwell of Creal Springs; one sister-in-law, Ruby Simpson and husband, Jim, of Marion; one brother-in-law, Howard Jolly and wife, Ruth, of Thompsonville; several nieces, nephews, other extended family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary; sister, Dorothy Lemasters; two infant grandchildren; and one nephew, Jerry Groves.

For additional information or to leave an online condolence or memory for the family, visit http://www.wilsonmcreynolds.com">www.wilsonmcreynolds.com.

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William G. Smith

CARBONDALE - William G. Smith, 74, departed this life at 12:45 a.m. Friday, October 3, 2008, in his home.

A memorial service will be at noon Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, in Rock Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Carbondale with the Rev. Sidney Logwood officiating. Burial will be private.

Jackson Funeral Home of Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.

Mary E. Stephens

MARION - Mary E. Stephens, 88, passed away at 2:40 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008, in Fountains Nursing Home in Marion.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008, in Blue Funeral Home in Marion with Earl Heberer officiating. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Marion. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois; envelopes are available at the funeral home or may be sent c/o Blue Funeral Home, PO Box 411, Marion, IL 62959.

Mrs. Stephens was a Bible student and member of Third Baptist Church. She worked as assistant director of Marion Ministerial Alliance. She also worked at the homeless shelter, where she touched many lives.

She was born Jan. 28, 1920, in Marion to Robert Byron and Stella (Grant) Penn.

She married Jay Stephens on Aug. 21, 1937, in Terre Haute, Ind. He preceded her in death Jan. 30, 1984. Together, they shared 46 years of marriage.

She is survived by her son, Edward Stephens of Florence, S.C.; son and daughter-in-law, Howard and Iretta Stephens of Marion; grandchildren, Howard II and Nicole Stephens, Anthony and Dyana Stephens, Vanessa and Anthony Holan, Ronna Dugdale, Diane Treen, Michael Stephens, William Stephens and Jaye-Lynn Crawford; great-grandchildren, Austin and Mason Stephens, Alex and Madelyn Stephens, Hanna, Toni Jo and Graci Holan, Cariane Shaw, Sonia Treen, Matthew Stephens, Joshua Stephens, Peter Stephens, Jeremy Stephens, Dawn Carderelli and Thomas Crawford; great-great-grandchildren, Ramo Carderelli, Rachael Carderelli and Codi Shaw.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jay Stephens; and brothers, Kenneth Penn and Robert Penn.

To view this obituary and sign the register book, visit http://bluefuneralhome.com">bluefuneralhome.com.

Ray Severs

MOUNT VERNON - Ray A. Severs, 79, died at 1:45 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008, in White Oak Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Mount Vernon .

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Newell Funeral Home in Mount Vernon with Pastor Chuck Ellis officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Mount Vernon. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Park Avenue Food Pantry.

Harry Stout

HERRIN - Harry Floyd Stout, 79, died at 7:15 a.m. Monday, October 6, 2008, in his home.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin with the Rev. Terry Griffith officiating. Entombment will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens in Herrin. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to TIP Hospice and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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Pearl Katherine (Wayman) Spain

FRANKLIN COUNTY - Pearl Katherine (Wayman) Spain, 90, formerly of Franklin County, passed away Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008, in her home in St. Louis.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008, in Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home in Benton. Burial will be in Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Ms. Wayman was retired from Bussman Fuse in St. Louis, where she had worked for many years. She attended Christy Park Baptist Church in St. Louis. She attended McQuire Grade School and spent her early childhood years in what was known as the Pout Out Community.

She was born Sept. 14, 1918, in Franklin County, the daughter of Thomas and Carrie (Smith) Wayman.

She is survived by a special nephew, Richard Wayman of Du Quoin; and several other nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers; four sisters; and a special friend, Carolyn Pendleton.

For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, visit http://www.hobbsjohnsonfuneralhome.com">www.hobbsjohnsonfuneralhome.com.

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Helen Mae Bozue

JOHNSTON CITY - Helen Mae Bozue, 82, passed away at 12:33 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008, in Herrin Hospital.

Services will at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008, in Murman and Wilson Funeral Home in Johnston City with the Rev. Ed Hoke officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Johnston City. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Easter Seal Society. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Helen retired from Charles Todd Uniform. She had previously worked at Olin's and Smoler Brothers. During World War II, she worked at Emerson Electric in St. Louis and Jefferson Barracks.

She was of Pentecostal faith.

She was a very devoted wife, mother and grandmother who always put her family first.

She was born Aug. 7, 1926, in Herrin, the daughter of Delbert West and Lucy Long.

She married Arthur "Rabbit" Bozue July 17, 1943, in Herrin; he survives.

She is also survived by a daughter, Cathy Dobraski and husband, Bob, of Johnston City; a son, Arthur "Buzz" Bozue Jr. of Freeburg; four grandchildren, James Bozue of Modesto, Calif., Pablo Bozue and wife, Kimberly, of Freeburg, Samantha Mae Soto and husband, Jose, of Belleville and Robert Blake Dobraski and wife, Tiffany, of Johnston City; three great-grandchildren, Austin Bozue, Andre Bozue and Hebert Soto; a brother, Fred Ice of Herrin; two nieces, Luana Nicks and Wanda Burks; and two nephews, Butch Smith and Darryl Ice.

She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Khristal Dawn Dobraski; a brother, Eddie Ice; a sister, Barbara Lucas; and a sister, Vivian Ice, who died in infancy.

To sign the guest register or for more information, visit http://www.murmanandwilson.com">www.murmanandwilson.com.

Tirzah E. Reid

CHESTER - Tirzah E. Reid, 88, of Rockwood died at 3:20 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008, in St. Ann's Healthcare Center in Chester.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today in Pechacek-McLure Funeral Home in Chester with the Rev. Marvin "Bud" Bennett officiating. Interment will be in Ebenezer Cemetery in Rockwood. Visitation will be from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Rockwood Presbyterian Church or Ebenezer Cemetery.

Tirzah was retired after 44 years of teaching.

She was a member of Rockwood Presbyterian Church, where she played the piano for more than 60 years. She was a 4-H leader and 73-year member of Royal Neighbors of America. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association, Chester Women's Club and the VFW Auxiliary in Chester.

She is survived by one brother, Harry Glenn "Chub" Reid of Red Bud; two sisters, Tottie C. Bady of Cottage Hills and Alice Reid of Rockwood; one sister-in-law, Eugenia Reid of Rockwood; one nephew and his wife, David and Janice Reid of Percy; two nieces, Debra Reid of Charleston and Diana Bady of Cottage Hills; one great-nephew, Jonathan; and one great-niece, Nikayla.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, John Russell "Bissell" Reid and Arthur "Connie" Reid.

Chester Prusaczyk

WEST FRANKFORT - Chester Prusaczyk, 84, died at 12:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6, 2008, in Memorial Hospital of Belleville.

Arrangements are incomplete at Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort.

Jake Germann

MOUNT VERNON - Jacob Warren Germann, 80, died 11:40 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008, in Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Newell Funeral Home in Mount Vernon with Brother Bob Davis and Tom Smith officiating. Burial will be in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Mount Catherine Cemetery and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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Dewey Denzel Crabtree

ELKVILLE - Dewey Denzel Crabtree, 69, passed away at 11:48 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008, in his home.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today in Pettett Funeral Home in Murphysboro with the Rev. Gary Pruitt officiating. Burial will be in Murdale Gardens of Memory with military services conducted by American Legion Post 127, VFW Posts 7190 and 2605 and the Jackson County DAV Chapter 69. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.

Dewey had worked at a sawmill and then 18 years in the coal mines and 15 years at D & D Roofing.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict. He was a member of American Legion Post 127, VFW Post 7190 and Carbon Lake Club. He also was a licensed EMT for many years.

He was born July 8, 1939, in Vienna to Curtis Crabtree and Mary (Miller) Crabtree.

He married Julie Stone July 13, 1984, in Murphysboro, and she survives in Elkville.

He is also survived by six brothers, Don Crabtree of San Benito, Texas, Doyle Crabtree of Carterville, Jeff Crabtree and Jessie Crabtree, both of Murphysboro, Dean Crabtree of Elkville and John Crabtree of Gorham; three sisters, Lela Caswell of Murphysboro, Hazel Johnson of Benton and Margie Braden of Carterville; several nieces and nephews; four very special friends, Mike and Sharon Williams of Carbondale, Shirley Robertson of Murphysboro and Donald Booth of Elkville; and three co-workers whom he adopted, Eugene Cane, Roy Yarbrough and Michael Neff.

He was preceded in death by one son, Dewey D. Crabtree, on Oct. 25, 2004; sister, Carole Gribbohm; and parents.

Robert Johnson

ELDORADO - Robert "Bob" Enman Johnson, 82, of Warren, Mich., formerly of Eldorado, died at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008, in Michigan.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Wolf Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in Colonial Terrace Funeral Home in Eldorado.

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Lois Christina (Short) Wallace

CARTERVILLE - Lois Christina (Short) Wallace, 77, passed away Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008, in her home in rural Carterville, surrounded by her family.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today in Walker Funeral Home in Hurst with the Rev. Greg Parker and Brother Ralph Brandon officiating. Burial will be in Blairsville Cemetery. Visitation was Monday evening.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois Blue West of Marion.

Lois was a member of Hurst Christian Church, American Legion Auxiliary and Daniel Brush Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Genealogy was her passion and she had extended family from coast to coast and Canada. Her special loves were family and her music. She was a gifted pianist and soprano vocalist and began playing with the church at a very young age.

She was born May 30, 1931, in her family home in Hurst. She was the daughter of Paul and Nellie (Eagleson) Short. Due to her mother's death, Lois was raised by her maternal grandparents, Fred and Florence (Bovard) Eagleson.

She married James L. Wallace on June 15, 1950, in Piggott, Ark. Jim passed away March 19, 1990, in Carbondale after a two-year battle with cancer.

She is survived by her sons, Jim and Diane Wallace of Carterville and Warren Wallace of Hurst; daughters and sons-in-law, Christine and David Juvers of Colp, Linda and Charles Hogg Jr. of Carterville and Julia and Larry White of De Soto; 11 grandchildren, Amanda and Matt Corzine, Michael and Matthew Wallace, Jennifer and Bill Sons, Matthew and Chris Juvers, Christy and Brian Calonne, Neil Wallace, Nichole and Rick Galloway, Nathaniel White, Crystal and Dan Hochalter and Emily Hogg; great-grandchildren, Jessica and Ashley Sons, Madison Galloway, Dylan, Hunter, Matthew and Austin Juvers and Rylan Calonne; brother, Ronald Short of Glendale, Ariz.; cousins, Froncie Foote of Austin, Ed and Lola Short and Marylin Short; and special sister-in-law, Betty and Tom Jennings and family in De Soto.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; great-grandson, Warren D. Wallace Jr.; and great-grandson, Brayden Lee Galloway.

Rosalie Hampton Waldron

CARTERVILLE - Rosalie Hampton Waldron, 92, of New Edgewater, Md., formerly of Carterville, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008, in Maryland.

Services will be in the spring in Carterville.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Cheasapeake/Mandrin House, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401, or The Caring Collection, 1692 N. Harbor Court, Annapolis, MD 21401.

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Nick D. Leasck

WEST FRANKFORT - Nick D. Leasck, 63, died at 1:36 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. 2008, in his home, surrounded by family and friends.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008, in Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort with Father Trevor Murry officiating. Interment will be in Denning Cemetery in West Frankfort. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home with a prayer service at 6 p.m. Military rites will be conducted by VFW Post 5764 of West Frankfort and American Legion Post 1961 of Orient.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Roan Center and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Mr. Leasck was retired from the State of Illinois after having worked for 27 years for the State Treasurer's Office.

He was of Catholic faith.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and member of VFW Post 5764 of West Frankfort and American Legion Post 1967 of Orient.

He was born May 17, 1945, in West Frankfort to Joe and Mary (Bridick) Leasck.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Melinda and Larry Kline of Springfield; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Toni Kay and Buddy Walton of West Frankfort and Nancy and Richard Opiela of Pensacola, Fla.; aunt, Ann Drake of West Frankfort; several nieces and nephews; three stepgrandchildren; and dear friend and companion, Sue Stubblefield of West Frankfort.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a niece, Angela Walton.

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Helen A. Jackson

SPARTA - Helen A. Jackson, 92, formerly of Marissa, died Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, in Coulterville Care Center.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today in Friedens United Church of Christ in Marissa with the Rev. Gail Geisel officiating. Burial will be in Marissa Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today at the church.

Memorials may be made to Friedens United Church of Christ.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Jackson was a homemaker and also worked as a cook at Marissa Grade School.

She was a member of Friedens United Church of Christ. She was a member and former chairman of the Friedens Women's Guild. She sang in the church choir and taught Sunday School. She was the first employee and helped set up Marissa Grade School Library during the WPA era.

She was a gifted seamstress who worked as a tailor at several dress and uniform shops. She also taught beginner sewing lessons in her home. She won a county and state Grange competition for sewing and then served as a judge for future Grange contests.

She was born May 5, 1916, in Marissa to Adam and Amanda (Beimfohr) Schickedanz.

She married Chester B. Jackson July 8, 1939, in Flat River, Mo. He died July 1, 2005.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Emily Jackson of Sparta; two grandsons, Chris Jackson of Jacksonville, Fla. and Rob Jackson and wife, Talia, of Minneapolis, Minn.; great-grandson, Nadav Doran Jackson; brother and sister-in-law, Irving and Mabel Schickedanz of Marissa; many nieces and nephews; and two sisters-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Ray A. Severs

MOUNT VERNON - Ray A. Severs, 79, died at 1:45 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008, in White Oak Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Mount Vernon.

Arrangements are incomplete at Newell Funeral Home in Mount Vernon.

Lavada Burnett

MCLEANSBORO - Lavada Jane (Martin) Burnett, 88, died at 8:40 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008, in Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro with the Rev. Robert Sefried officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery in McLeansboro. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Oscar Ward Tucker

MCLEANSBORO - Oscar Ward Tucker, 84, of Heritage Wood Assisted Living Center in Mount Vernon, formerly of McLeansboro, died at 2:05 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6, 2008, in Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Marion.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in First United Methodist Church of Dale with the Rev. Robert Sefried officiating. Burial will be in Digby Hill Cemetery in Dale. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Dale or Digby Hill Cemetery.

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