0229 Obits

2008-02-28T00:00:00Z 0229 Obits The Southern
February 28, 2008 12:00 am

James Jacobs

BRIGHTON - James M. Jacobs, 68, died at 8:04 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, in St. Anthony's Hospital in Alton.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today in Herrin City Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital in St. Louis.

Targhetta and Wooldridge Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lucille Gibson

CAIRO - Lucille Gibson, 76, died at 7:26 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008, in Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. John Praise and Worship Center in Pulaski, with Apostle Larry T. Barnett Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Garden in Villa Ridge. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Massie Funeral Home in Mounds is in charge of arrangements.

Helen Lind

CAVE IN ROCK - Helen Louise Lind, 81, died at 12:36 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, in Hardin County Hospital.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg, with the Rev. Dewayne Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Charles Brooks

CARBONDALE - Charles L. Brooks, 52, passed into eternal peace on Feb. 19, 2008, in Omaha, Neb.

He was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on Dec. 17, 1955.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert L. and Ruby I. (Henson) Brooks; grandparents, Charles L. and Juanita Brooks, Beulah and Charlie Garavaglia and Grover C. and Mertie D. Henson; and special aunt and uncle, Dr. Clyde E. and Mary E. Henson.

He is survived by his brother, William D. Brooks of Omaha and numerous cousins and friends.

Burial was Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008, in New Hope Cemetery in Liberty, Mo.

Condolences may be sent care of Church-Archer-Pasley Funeral Home, 119 E. Franklin St., Liberty, MO 64068.

Mary Penny

SPARTA - Mary Alberta Penny, 80, died at 9:20 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, in Memorial Hospital in Belleville.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Sparta, with the Rev. Edmonson officiating. Burial will be in Caledonia Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

McDaniel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Bernice M. Hale

WOLF LAKE - Bernice M. Hale, 94, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., formerly of Wolf Lake, died at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, in Oakdale Care Center in Poplar Bluff.

She was born April 14, 1913, in Wolf Lake, the daughter of Alvin and Pearl Hood Belcher.

She was married to Lewis "Bill" Hale on May 23, 1936, in Cairo.

Bernice is survived by her two sons, Wendell Hale and wife, Dee, of Naylor, Mo., and Donnie Hale and wife, Linda, of Dallas, Texas; two brothers, Lloyd Belcher of Granite City and Waymon Belcher of Wolf Lake; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Lewis "Bill" Hale.

She was a member of Wolf Lake United Methodist Church.

Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. today, Feb. 29, 2008, in Jonesboro City Cemetery, with the Rev. John Prather officiating. Friends are asked to meet at the cemetery before the service.

Memorials may be made to Wolf Lake United Methodist Church.

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Charles Moore

MURPHYSBORO - Charles E. "Tut" Moore, 77, departed this life at 4:40 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2008, in Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. James E. Jackson officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Mound City National Cemetery in Mound City at 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 3, 2008.

Jackson Funeral Home of Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.

FLAG Andy Miskowsky

WEST FRANKFORT - Andy Miskowsky, 89, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, in Marion V.A. Hospital.

The body will be cremated. His ashes will be interred in Russian Orthodox Cemetery in Buckner.

Union Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Miskowsky was a cardiac technician at Hines Hospital for 34 years.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific. He was a life-time member of Moose Club 795 in West Frankfort. He also enjoyed making and playing violins.

He was born Sept. 6, 1919, in Rend City, to Pete and Justina Dytko Miskowsky.

He is survived by four sisters and a brother-in-law, Ann Leddin of Chicago, Nancy Meister of Chicago, Justina Parrish of Fort Worth, Texas, and Eva and Earl Kirk of West Frankfort; nieces; nephews; and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Jensen of Chicago; and brother, Nick Miskowsky of West Frankfort.

Inez Flannigan

CHESTER - Inez Flannigan, 87, of Henderson, Nev., formerly of Chester, died at 11:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008, in Marble Manor Assisted Living Center in Henderson.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Pechacek-McClure Funeral Home in Chester, with the Rev. Mike Fogerson officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Chester. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

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Leroy Welch

CARBONDALE - Leroy Welch, 88, died at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, in Helia Healthcare of Carbondale.

Arrangements are incomplete at Jackson Funeral Home of Carbondale.

Ethel Campbell

MARION - Ethel Campbell, 86, died at 11:25 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, in Helia Healthcare of Carbondale.

Arrangements are incomplete at Jackson Funeral Home of Carbondale.

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Carolyn Sue Eldridge

STEELEVILLE - Carolyn Sue Eldridge, 65, passed away at 11:23 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, in Sparta Community Hospital.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, March 3, 2008, in Murman and Wilson Funeral Home in Johnston City, with the Rev. Greg Sutter officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Johnston City. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Carolyn was born Sept. 2, 1942, in Herrin, the daughter of Carl E. and June (Thomas) Smith.

She married Richard Eldridge on July 7, 1962, in Johnston City. He survives.

Carolyn was a retired school teacher and had taught fourth grade at Trico Elementary for 35 years. She was a member of the IEA, NEA, National Humane Society and was a strong supporter of animal rights. She was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church in Ava.

She is survived by her mother of Johnston City; one daughter, Vicki Jo Delinger and husband, Scott, of Edmonton Alberta, Canada; one granddaughter, Kathryn Delinger; one brother, Carl L. Smith and wife, Ardith, of Johnston City; two brother-in-laws, Gene Eldridge and wife, Diane, of Boone Grove, Ind., and Robert Eldridge and wife, Barbara, of Lake Station, Ind.; one sister-in-law, Barbara Mota and husband, Allen, of Modesto, Calif.; two aunts, Helen Davies of Chicago Ridge and Letha Thomas of Troy; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father.

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

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William H. Halbin

JOHNSTON CITY - William H. Halbin, 94, passed away at 7:25 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, in Fountain Nursing Home in Marion.

Services will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2008, in Blue Funeral Home in Marion, with a eulogy by Bob Nolen. His wishes were to be cremated and buried next to his wife in East Lawn Memorial Gardens in Energy. Visitation will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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

Mr. Halpin was born July 10, 1913, in Centralia to Lee and Hazel (Hindman) Halbin. He was raised later in life by his father and stepmother, Namathe Halbin.

He married Elizabeth Crenshaw. They were married 55 years before her death on Dec. 8, 1993.

Survivors include caregivers and special friends, Kressie and Connie McNew of Marion; best buddies, T.J. Barthelman, Robin and Corey Ward, Renea and Randel McNeely, and Kaylee and Kara McNeely; son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Addie Halbin of Kansas City; five grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; brother, Jerry Halbin; half-sisters, Sue Clarida, Jo Ann Smail and Lottie Smail; sister-in-law, Jean Halbin; and special cousin, Patsy Lowes.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; stepmother; brothers, Lee, Bud and Robert; and sister, Nadine.

Mr. Halbin was a member of Christian Covenant Church in Carterville. He retired from the coal mines and Marion Memorial Hospital. He enjoyed life by working on his farm, planting trees and gardening. He was also a very good carpenter. He loved people and as long as someone would listen he could tell one story after another.

His friends and family would like to give a big thanks to Fountain Nursing Home Staff for the care given to Mr. Halbin.

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

Anna G. Ledford

MARION - Anna G. Ledford, 92, passed away at 1:44 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008, in Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2008, in Blue Funeral Home in Marion, with the Rev. Richard G. Mohr officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens in Energy. Visitation will be from 1 until 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Ledford was born Aug. 4, 1915 in Tyler, Pa., to Frank and Irene (Manfredo) Geraci.

She married Lowell "Sam" Ledford on Aug. 20, 1955. Together they shared 52 years of marriage.

Survivors include her husband, Sam of Marion; several nieces and nephews; and special friend, Wanda Ferguson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers and one sister.

Mrs. Ledford was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion. She was employed by the Marion VA Hospital in the admitting office one week after the hospital opened and later as a teller at the Bank of Marion for 22 years. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the Marion Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

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

Anne Graskewicz

WEST FRANKFORT - Anne Graskewicz, 98, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, in Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2008, in St. John's Catholic Church in West Frankfort, with Father Trevor Murry officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John's School or Frankfort Historical Museum of West Frankfort. Donations will be accepted at the funeral home.

Mrs. Graskewicz was a member of St. John's Catholic Church since 1918 and was the oldest living St. John's Alumni and parishioner. She was a volunteer of Frankfort Historical Museum for 34 years and member of West Frankfort Business and Professional Women's Club, Meals on Wheels, UMWA Hospital Auxiliary and St. Bernadette's sodiality.

She was born April 22, 1909, in Mahanoy, Pa., to John and Mary Evanich Biros.

Anne was united in marriage with Ed Graskewicz.

She is survived by her daughter, Joan Broy and husband, Tom, of West Frankfort; grandchildren, Tom Broy and wife, Julie, David Broy and wife, Amy and Missy Tango and husband, Danny, all of West Frankfort and Vincent and Kris Grave of St. Louis; great-grandchildren, Tyson Broy, T.J. Broy, Joel Grave and Macy Broy; and niece, Harriet Cohen and husband, Norman.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; two sons, Edward Eugene Graskewicz and Walter William Graskewicz; and her sister, Mary Cappelli.

Ellen Light

DONGOLA - Ellen A. Light, 88, died at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, in Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

She was born October 28, 1919, in Wolf Lake, the daughter of Homer A. and Edna McMahan Frogge.

She married Hoke S. Light on Nov. 20, 1940, in Jackson, Mo.

Ellen is survived by three sons, Carlyn Light and wife, Mary, of Dongola, Gaylon Light and wife, Cindy, of Vergennes and Lee Light and wife, Betty, of Dongola; four grandchildren, David Light of Ava, Jeremy Light of Perryville, Mo., Darla Lingle of Dongola and Chad Goines of Dongola; eight great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Hoke S. Light; two sisters, Beatrice Belcher and Geneva Heckes; and two brothers, Robert Frogge and Charles Allen Frogge.

She was a member of Wolf Lake Sewing Club and she always looked forward to attending the Wolf Lake class reunion.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 1, 2008, in Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, with the Rev. Paul Sadler officiating. Interment will be in Jonesboro Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Maple Grove Baptist Church Dream Fund.

FLAG Edward Crockett

METROPOLIS - Edward L. Crockett, 70, of Tulsa, Okla., died at 9:39 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008, in the Cancer Treatment Center in Tulsa.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home, with Danny Boggs officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Massac County. Visitation will be after 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Earl McNeely

ANNA - Earl Chester McNeely, 83, died at 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, in Jonesboro Rehabilitation and Health Center.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens in Energy. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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John Sokovich

DOWELL - John Sokovich, 85, of Highland, Mich., formerly of Dowell, passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008, in DMC Sinai Hospital in Commerce, Mich.

John was born Feb. 22, 1923, in Dowell, to Charles and Anne (Birch) Sokovich.

He married Juliann Menzik on Sept. 13, 1952, in Southgate, Mich. She preceded him in death Feb. 11, 1992.

He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Paul Soave; a grandson, Jay Preston; a granddaughter, Jasmine Soave all of Highland; and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Chuck and Mary Sokovich of Mississippi and Mike and Jo Sokovich of Dowell.

His parents and two brothers, Mickey and Alex Sokovich preceded him in death.

Mr. Sokovich taught physical education at Schafer High School in Southgate for over 35 years and was inducted into the Southgate High School Football Alumni Hall of Fame on Nov. 7, 1998. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of St. Pias Catholic Church in Southgate. John enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, traveling, eating desserts and was an avid golfer.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 1, 2008, in St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Royalton, with Father Trevor Murry officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Orthodox Cemetery, east of Royalton, with military grave side rites courtesy of the Zeigler American Legion, West Frankfort VFW and Orient American Legion. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Vantrease Funeral Home in Royalton.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 620 E. Walnut Street, Carbondale, IL 62902.

Velma Skelton

ELDORADO - Velma Jean Skelton, 79, died at 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, at her daughters home in Valier.

Services will be at noon today in First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Walter Baker officiating. Private burial will be in Lindale Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon today at the church.

Memorials may be made to Eldorado Memorial Library or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

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