Obits

2009-05-06T00:00:00Z Obits The Southern
May 06, 2009 12:00 am

William Carrel

VIENNA - William Dean Carrel, 50, died at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2009, in Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna, with Brother Roy Elledge officiating. Burial will be at Belknap Masonic Cemetery. Visitation will be after 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Mary Rowley

PERCY - Mary "Elizabeth" Rowley, 62, passed away at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2009, at her home.

Mary Elizabeth was born March 1, 1947, in Metropolis, the daughter of Henry Walton "H.W." and Verna (Dye) Holifield.

She married Gary Rowley in Brookport Sept. 29, 1973.

Mrs. Rowley taught school at Lincoln School in Pana from 1969 to 1973. She was retired from Trico School District after more than 24 years of service. She was a member of First Christian Church in Sparta, Trico Education Association and Illinois Educators Association. Mrs. Rowley loved and appreciated her time at Trico School and always cherished her memories of friends and students.

Survivors include her husband, Gary Rowley of Percy; two sons, Shad (Angela) Rowley of Aurora and Sage (Kristen) Rowley of Effingham; two sisters, Margie (Boyd) Kinsley of Lansing, Mich. and Marie (Robert "Hawk") Taylor of Murray, Ky.; two brothers, Wayne (Pat) Holifield of Mississippi and Steven (Susie) Holifield of Bloomington; a special friend, Marilyn Heine; and many friends at Trico.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 10, 2009, at First Christian Church in Sparta, with the Rev. Erik Helm officiating. Burial will be private at Percy Village Cemetery. It was Mrs. Rowley's wish to be cremated. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Wilson's Funeral Home in Percy.

Memorials may be made to Randolph County Humane Society or First Christian Church in Sparta.

To sign the guestbook, please visit www.wilsonsfuneralhome.net.

David Rodman

ANNA - David Christopher Rodman, 42, died at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at his home.

David was born May 26, 1966, in Highland the son of Harry L. and Marilyn J. Corzine Rodman.

He is survived by his parents, Harry and Marilyn Corzine of Anna; one sister, Julie Rodman and Mark Steddom of Davenport, Iowa; and a brother, Joe Rodman of Davenport, Iowa; other relatives and many friends.

Services for will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 8, 2009, at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, with the Rev. Tony Foeller officiating. Interment will be at the Anna City Cemetery. Friends may call after 10 a.m. until the funeral hour Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Juanita Morgan

MOUNT VERNON - Juanita A. Morgan, 92, died at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at her home.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, with the Rev. Nathan Boldt and the Rev. Gary Davenport officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to South Hickory Hill Church.

Robert Shanahan

CARTERVILLE - Robert W. Shanahan, 84, of Lakewood, formerly of Carterville, died May 6, 2009, in St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

Arrangements are incomplete at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville.

Roy M. Haney

GOREVILLE - Roy M. Haney, 78, died at 4:46 a.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2009, in Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, Ky.

Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Blue Funeral Home in Goreville, with the Rev. Dale Billingsley officiating. Burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery in Equality. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Lillian Zoeller

MARION " Lillian Beatrice Zoeller, 88, died at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2009, in Parkway Manor in Marion.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Blue Funeral Home in Marion, with Dr. Bob Dickerson officiating and David Zoeller giving the eulogy. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Rema Summers

ELDORADO - Rema Summers, 74, died Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at her home.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Watson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Steve Dunning officiating. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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Beulah Nolen

WEST FRANKFORT - Beulah A. Nolen, 91, passed away at 3:40 a.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2009, in Herrin Hospital.

She was born June 5, 1917, in Franklin County to Wesley and Sophia Gunter.

Beulah was married to William Noble Nolen and he preceded her in death.

Beulah attended the Spillertown Baptist Church in Marion. She had formerly worked at Smolers Dress Factory and Olin Industries. She was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed sewing for many years.

Survivors include a son, Robert, and wife Jean Ann Nolen of West Frankfort; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; a brother, Ralph Gunter of Gilman; a daughter-in-law, Gloria Nolen of West Frankfort; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Ronald Nolen; and a grandson, David Nolen.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9, 2009, at Parker-Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort, with the Rev. Edward Shorty Alsip and the Rev. Larry Stewart officiating. Burial will be at Denning Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the donor's choice and will be accepted at the funeral home.

To sign the guest register, please visitwww.parkerreedyfuneralhome.com.

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Elizabeth Obrecht

WEST FRANKFORT - Elizabeth Michelle Obrecht, 14, departed this life Tuesday, May 5, 2009.

She was born March 13, 1995, in Carbondale, the daughter of Clifford Obrecht and Zelma Willmore. She attended Frankfort Central Junior High School and was due to graduate this year.

She is survived by her father, Clifford Obrecht of West Frankfort; her mother, Zelma Willmore of West Frankfort; brothers, J. R. Obrecht of West Frankfort, Damian Jones of West Frankfort and Levy Obrecht of West Frankfort; sisters, Shelby Obrecht of Buckner and Shaylea Obrecht of West Frankfort; paternal grandmother, Bille Obrecht of Benton; maternal grandparents, William and Loretta Willmore of West Frankfort; paternal great-grandmother, Doris Bose of Benton; maternal great-grandmother, Velma Gower of Benton; and many cousins and a multitude of friends and schoolmates who will miss her very much.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandfathers.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9, 2009, at Varis-Stone Funeral Home. Interment will be at Tower Heights Cemetery. Friends of the Elizabeth Obrecht family may call after 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

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Zora Saylor

HARRISBURG - Zora "Sissy" Saylor, 62, passed away at 2:05 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at her family home.

Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, 2009, at Maryhill Catholic Cemetery in Niles, with Deacon Peter Meehan officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Murman and Wilson Funeral Home in Johnston City, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. conducted by Sr. Catherine Wellinghoff.

Zora was born May 9, 1946, in Chicago, the daughter of Jack and Zora (Allen) LaRue.

She married Virgil Lee Saylor on Feb. 14, 1994, in Chicago. He preceded her in death March 17, 2008.

Zora was a retired dry cleaner and of the Catholic Faith.

She is survived by two sons, Fransisco Carl Vazquez of Harrisburg and Miguel Angel Vazquez of Chicago; three daughters, Dede Lea Vazquez of Harrisburg, Anna Marie Vazquez of Harrisburg, and Sabrina Lorraine Vazquez of Rockford; grandchildren, Mariah, Jasmine, Brian, Jessica, Jasmar, Confe Jr., Richard, Matthew, Mickey Jr., Maria, Isabella, and Jordan; great-grandchildren, Ariana, Peyton, and Nelea; three stepchildren, Timothy Saylor, James Saylor, and Tiffany Saylor; two brothers, Jeffrey Lynn LaRue and wife Lynn of New Lenox and Jerry Baron Larue and wife Sherry of Marion; and one sister, Elma Christine Prince and husband Carl of Johnston City.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Sharon Lane; and one brother, Jackie V. LaRue.

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

Sheri Coleman

COLUMBIA " Sheri Coleman, 31, and her sons, Garrett, 11, and Gavin, 9, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at their home.

Arrangements are incomplete at Pechacek-McClure Funeral Home in Chester.

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Elizabeth Waldron

CARBONDALE " Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Waldron, 82, passed away at 5:35 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2009, in Oak Grove Rehab and Care Center in Carbondale.

Betty was born Monday Sept. 13, 1926, in Carbondale to William Calvin and Mariah Ann (Baker) Young.

She was a homemaker and a member of Victory Christian Church of Murphysboro, and a former longtime member of Drury Christian Church of Carbondale.

Survivors include her son, Gary Wayne Waldron of Carbondale; a grandson, John Wayne Waldron of Carbondale; and a brother, Harold Young, of Carbondale.

She was preceded in death by one son, Mark Calvin Waldron on May 17, 1981; three sisters; and two brothers.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 8, 2009, at Wolf Creek Cemetery in rural Carbondale, with Pastor Frank Voorhees officiating. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of service Friday at the cemetery.

Meredith Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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John L. Lyerla

ENERGY " John L. Lyerla, 89, passed away at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at his residence.

John was born Dec. 14, 1919, in Stonefort to A. C. and Cecil (Heck) Lyerla.

He was united in marriage with Helen Deloris King on Nov. 28, 1946, in Herrin. She preceded him in death on Nov. 20, 2008.

Mr. Lyerla formerly owned and operated the Lyerla Body Shop in Herrin for many years.

He was a member of the Herrin Elks, Baker-Ladd V. F. W. Post 1567 in Herrin and a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Tony Ronzio of Beecher; and two grandsons, Jimmie L. White of Lansing and John F. (Debbie) White of Thornton.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; two sisters, Edna Elliott and Virginia Babcock; and an infant brother.

In following with John's wishes, private family services will be at Oddfellows Cemetery in Marion. There will be no public visitation or services.

Services have been entrusted to Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home in Herrin.

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Louise Ward

MURPHYSBORO - Louise Ward, 91, of Murphysboro, died peacefully at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, May 3, 2009, at the residence of her daughter in Manchester, Mo.

She was born Oct. 3, 1917, in Murphysboro, the daughter Charles H. Baxmann and Beulah Tackwell.

On Aug. 17, 1942, she married Delmar E. Ward, the former Jackson County Clerk. He preceded her in death.

Louise was a writer with the Murphysboro Daily Independent newspaper, having her own column reporting on social events and the local mining industry. She continued her career with the Southern Illinoisan newspaper until her retirement in 1982. She was a life member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Murphysboro and an active member of Murphysboro Senior Citizens and Jackson County Democratic Party.

She is survived by her two children, Patricia Ward of Manchester, Mo. and Gene Ward of Ann Arbor, Mich.; six grand children; eleven great-grand children; several nieces and nephews; and many life-long friends and neighbors.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Lorraine Giles.

A private graveside service is scheduled for Monday, May 11, 2009, at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, with Pastor Timothy A. Bean presiding.

Memorials may be made to the building fund of First Lutheran Evangelical Church in Murphysboro.

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Claude Smith Jr.

HERRIN - Claude Smith Jr., 84, passed away at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at his home in Herrin.

Claude was born in Pittsburg on Nov. 10, 1924, the son of Claude and Aliene (Walker) Smith.

He married Alice Frick in Energy Methodist Church on June 23, 1945. They shared 63 years of marriage. She survives in Herrin.

Mr. Smith was a business entrepreneur, running Herrin's South Side Lumber. He was a 50-year member of the Herrin Masonic Lodge, and also a member of Herrin Elks and Illinois Lumber Dealers.

Claude was a true gentleman and a hard worker. He was a great father, husband, and grandfather. He enjoyed playing golf, loved a clean house and working in his yard. Claude cherished his trips to Florida. Most of all, he was known for the success of South Side Lumber.

Survivors include one son, Kent and Terri Smith of Herrin; two grandchildren, Cecily K. Smith and Elliott J. Smith of Herrin; godson, Brandon Switzer of Herrin; niece, Cindy Schreck of Colorado; nephew, Keith Shaddox of Colorado; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Naomi Shaddox; infant sister, Thelma Smith; and cousin, F.L. Walker.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Kevin Oestmann, Dr. Cuartas, Lois Guy, Frankie Miller, Brenda Lence, and Jeri Riley. Your wonderful care is deeply appreciated.

The family would like to announce that South Side Lumber will be closed all day Friday, May 8, 2009, in loving remembrance of Claude.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 8, 2009, at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin, with the Rev. Louis Frick, the Rev. Donnie Colson, and the Rev. Brent Fitzgerald officiating. Burial will follow at Herrin City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home, with Masonic Rites being conducted at 5 p.m.

For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to Herrin Education Foundation or American Parkinson Disease Association-Southern Chapter. Envelopes will be available and accepted at the funeral home.

For more information, or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit www.hughesfuneralhomes.com

Larry Hackleman Sr.

ROYALTON - Larry Edward Hackleman Sr., 68, of Royalton, formerly of Du Quoin, passed away at 9:27 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2009, in Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion.

Larry was born Sept. 21, 1940, in Du Quoin, a son to William and Alice (McElroy) Hackleman.

Before his retirement, he worked at Du Quoin Packing Company and Turco. He enjoyed rockabilly music, played in the band Rocking Rebel's and appeared in the Lucky Leroy Show. Larry will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his children, Carrie (Bart) Griffin of Royalton, Larry Hackleman Jr. of West Frankfort, Betty Hackleman of Benton, Lori (Fred) Hall of Royalton and Kay (fiance: Todd Robey) Hackleman of Christopher; three sisters, Betty Walters, Marion Blight and Shirley Bunton; thirteen grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many dear nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Billy, Bobby and Jack; and one sister, Rosetta Anheuser

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 8, 2009, at Pyatt Funeral Home in Du Quoin. Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

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

Dorothy Groves

WOODLAWN - Dorothy J. Groves, 85, died at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at her home.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, with Mr. Jim Piercy officiating. Mrs. Groves will be cremated following the funeral service. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Good Samaritan.

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Rita Niederkorn

HERRIN - Rita Ruth Niederkorn, 76, passed away at 1:43 p.m. Monday, May 4, 2009, in Herrin Hospital.

Rita was born in Granite City on Feb. 19, 1933, the daughter of Frank Robert and Ruth Mary (Barkley).

She married Donald E. Niederkorn in Wood River on June 3, 1950. They shared 58 years of marriage. He survives in Herrin.

Mrs. Niederkorn was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin. She was retired from Herrin Security Bank.

Survivors include, two daughters, Sue Ann Wolters and husband Willard of Red Bud and Linda Lee Dunteman of Chesterfield, Mo.; six grandchildren, Julie Baxter of Lincoln, Leeann Watson of West Frankfort, William Christopher and Carie Wolters of Battlecreek, Mich., Laura Jane and Matthew Westbrock of Lindenhurst, Ariel Paige Dunteman of Chesterfield, Mo. and Aubrey Noele Dunteman of Chesterfield, Mo.; three great-grandchildren, Blake, Annaless, and Leroy Baxter of Lincoln.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents; one son, David A. Niederkorn; and one great-grandson, Christopher Michael "CJ" Wolters.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2009, at Saint Patrick's Cemetery in Godfrey. Family and friends are asked to gather directly at the cemetery. Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin is assisting the family with arrangements.

For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to Pets Are Worth Saving (PAWS); 139 E. Vienna Street; Anna, IL 62906 or Paralyzed Veterans of America; 801 18th Street NW; Washington, DC 20006-3517.

For more information, or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit www.hughesfuneralhomes.com

Laverne Sivels

CARRIER MILLS - Laverne Darnell "Dewey" Sivels, 59, died at 1:50 p.m. Sunday, May 3, 2009, in Harrisburg Medical Center.

He was born Dec. 28, 1949, in Herrin to Carl Wilton and Helen Marie (Day) Sivels. He attended school in Springfield and retired from Palmer College in the Quad Cities area, and had worked at the John Deere Foundry in Silvis, and was an over the road truck driver for many years.

Survivors include three sons, Laverne (Brandy) Sivels, Jr., Shawn (Natalie) Sivels and Kevin Sivels, all of the Quad Cities area; eight grandchildren; three brothers, Carl (Francine) Sivels, Jr., Wayne (Cherry) Sivels of the Quad Cities area, and Stanley Sivels of Springfield; many aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews; and cousins.

He was preceded in death by a son, Robin; and his parents.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today in the temporary location of the Shaffer Chapel A.M.E. Church in Colp. Friends may visit with the family at 2:30 p.m. today. Another memorial service will be in Springfield next week.

Jackson Funeral Home in Colp is in charge of arrangements.

To sign the register book or send condolences, visit www.sj-r.com/obits.

Billy Barber

SPARTA - Billy Bernard Barber, 86, died at 2:50 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2009, in La Plata Nursing Home in La Plata, Mo.

He was born July 5, 1922, in Missouri to Alex Barber and Grace Bradley Barber. He married Lora Lee Brandon on Jan. 11, 1942, and she preceded him in death May 19, 2001.

He was employed by the Illinois Power Company for 42 years, where he worked as an engineering clerk. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Sparta, Hope Lodge 162 AF&AM, Scottish Rite, Valley of Southern Illinois Scottish Rite, Easter Star 411 and Ainad Temple.

Survivors include a daughter, Billy (Jack) Wray of Kirksville, Mo.; a son, Paul (Patti) Barber of Gillette, Wyo.; sister, Edith Grace Hoover of Rockledge, Fla.; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; one sister; one stepsister; one stepbrother; and stepmother.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9, 2009, at McDaniel Funeral Home in Sparta, with the Rev. Marvin "Bud" Bennett officiating. Burial will be at Caledonia Cemetery in Sparta. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 8, 2009, and from 8 a.m. until the hour of service Saturday at the funeral home. Masonic service will be at 7 p.m. Friday.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital.

McDaniel Funeral Home of Sparta is in charge of arrangements.

For more information, visit the website www.mcdanielfh.com.

Lela Stevens

MILLER CITY - Lela Maude "MumMum" Stevens, 89, of Deer Park, Texas, formerly of Miller City, died Monday, May 4, 2009, at her home in Texas.

She was born July 26, 1919, in Miller City to the late David Arthur Houston and Mary Alice (Davis) Houston.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Maxine and Don Craddock of Memphis, Tenn.; daughter-in-law, Janice Stevens of Katy, Texas; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and four great great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Americus "Mack" Stevens; and a son, Arthur Frederick Stevens on Feb. 28, 1994.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9, 2009, at Spencer Heights Cemetery in Mounds, with the Rev. Earnest Brown officiating. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery prior to services.

Jones Funeral Home in Tamms is in charge of arrangements.

Rudelle Fulford

CHESTER - Rudelle Fulford, 80, passed away at 2:50 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2009, in Memorial Hospital in Chester.

Rudelle was born to the late Fred and Emma Bell (n©e Krug) Fricke Feb. 10, 1929, in Rockwood.

She married John Fulford on Feb. 12, 1949, in Chester. He preceded her in death Dec. 2, 1993.

Rudelle was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church in Chester, Methodist Women, V.F.W. Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, Chester Eagles Auxiliary and the Chester Women's Club.

Survivors include two daughters, Janet (Mike) Vasquez of Chester and Rhonda (Roy) Brockmeyer of Chester; three brothers, William (Janice) Fricke of Rockwood, Fred (Barbara) Fricke of Chester and Edward (Pat) Fricke of Rockwood; two sisters, Claude (Dale) Hasemeyer of Ellis Grove, and Mary Helen Reynolds of Chebanse; five grandchildren, Trevar (Susan) Vasquez of Chester, Trent (Angie) Vasquez of Chester, Trisha (Peter) Jany of Chester, Anitra Farris of Pinckneyville, and Adrianne Brockmeyer of Chester; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; two brothers, Henry and Charles Fricke; and one sister, Ruth Gross.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Pechacek-McClure Funeral Home in Chester, with the Rev. Gary Mosimann officiating. Interment will be at Fulford Cemetery in Rockwood. Visitation will be from 7:30 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Fulford Cemetery or to Three Springs Lodge Activities Fund.

Dorothy Bilderback

SPARTA - Dorothy M. Bilderback, 85, died at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2009, in Columbia Convalescent Center in Columbia.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at McDaniel Funeral Home in Sparta. Burial will be at Caledonia Cemetery in Sparta. Friends may call from 12:30 p.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

McDaniel Funeral Home in Sparta is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Wheeler

BROUGHTON - Mary Barker Wheeler, 78, died at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2009, in McLeansboro Health Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro, with the Rev. Robert Sefried officiating. Burial will be at Hickory Hill Cemetery near Broughton. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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John Loss

HERRIN - John W. Loss, 91, of Herrin, formerly of Benton, died at 5 a.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at his son's residence in Herrin.

There will be a memorial visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 8, 2009, at Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home in Benton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Mr. Loss was born Oct. 5, 1917, in Janesville, Wis., the son of Orley Loss and Loretta (Roach) Loss. John was well known in Southern Illinois as the founder and owner of the Benton Bowl in Benton. He was very easy going and liked by all who knew him. After retirement, he moved to Florida and pursued his passion for golf. He moved to Herrin five years ago. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and a member of Antioch Church in Colp.

Surviving relatives include three sons, Roger "Taco" Loss and wife Susanne of Herrin, Donald Loss and wife Cathi of Lenoir, N.C., John Loss of Coconut Creek, Fla.; one daughter, Arlene Langenin and husband Bob of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; 10 grandchildren, Alan Loss of Thompsonville, Ed Daech of Oswego, Shawn Loss of Melbourne, Fla., Elizabeth Griffith of Carterville, Jonathon Loss of Granite Falls, N.C., Melody Losier of Denver, N.C., Chris, Brittny, Bethany, and Michael Loss, all of Herrin; and several great-grandchildren. He was loved and will be missed by all.

For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, visit www.hobbsjohnsonfuneralhome.com.

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Violet Mefferd

WEST FRANKFORT - Violet E. "Harper" Mefferd, 82, died at 10:21 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2009, in Shawnee Christian Nursing Home in Herrin.

She was born Sept. 25, 1926, in West Frankfort, to William L. Harper and Maude M. (Murphy) Harper. She married Albert Mefferd on May 1, 1947, in Chicago, and he survives.

Besides her husband, Albert, she is also survived by a son, Dennis and wife Brenda Mefferd of Ypsilanti, Mich.; a granddaughter, Nicole and husband Chris Hoag of Auburn Hills, Mich.; and two step grandsons, Greg and Kenny Olson of Ypsilanti.

She is also survived by three sisters, Linda S. Mefferd of West Frankfort, Ramonia Wenk of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Ruth Malbon of Tucson, Ariz.; and two brothers, Harold D. Harper of West Frankfort and Robert D. Harper of Travoli; as well as many nieces; nephews; loved ones and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Daina; and brothers, Charles and Terry Harper.

Mrs. Mefferd worked as a secretary for a disposal company for 24 years. She was a member of the Grace Baptist Church in Waterford, Mich.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 11, 2009, at Parker-Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort, with the Rev. Dale Williams officiating. Burial will be at the Denning Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 10, 2009, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home.

To sign the guest register, please visit www.parkerreedyfuneralhome.com.

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