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Wayne Fredrick Schaffner, age 70 of Macedonia IL, passed away Monday, November 28, 2016 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN.

Wayne’s wishes were to be cremated.

A Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 4, 2016 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Military Honors given by the Benton American Legion Post 280, Benton V.F.W. Post 2671, and the Army National Guard out of Marion, officiating. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Wayne Fredrick Schaffner was born on November 4, 1946 in East St. Louis, IL, the son of Anitta (Fleshing) Schaffner. He married the former Marilyn Gail Fisher on Dec. 31, 1985 and she survives.

Mr. Schaffner was the Mayor of the Village of Macedonia. His prior working career consisted that of being an Iron Worker where he was also a member of the Iron Workers Local 392 located in East St. Louis.

He served his Country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, and received the Purple Heart.

Wayne enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn Schaffner of Macedonia; his four children: Christina Phillips and husband Steve of Macedonia, Todd Schaffner and wife Barbara of Marissa, IL, Timothy Schaffner and wife Charity of Macedonia, and Krystle Nordhaus and husband Michael of Effingham; twelve grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers: Dennis Schaffner of Greenville, IL, and Michael Schaffner and wife Sue of St. Charles, MO; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Schaffner was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister-in-law Carol Schaffner.

A Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 4, 2016 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Military Honors given by the Benton American Legion Post 280, Benton V.F.W. Post 2671, and the Army National Guard out of Marion, officiating. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Memorial contributions may be made to aide homeless veterans through the Marion VA Medical Center Voluntary Services, 2401 West Main Street, Marion, IL 62959.

To leave the family online condolences, or to share memories of Wayne, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com

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Mrs. Della Eickelmann – Christopher

Della L. Eickelmann, 90 of Christopher IL della-eickelmann-picture11272016, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and loved ones on Saturday November 26, 2016.  Della was born April 10, 1926 to John and Millie (Pyles) Martin on Karber’s Ridge in Gallatin County Illinois. Della’s youth was spent on High Knob attending a one room school house with her 10 brothers and sisters.

On January 1, 1944 she married Cecil Cole Eickelmann of Buckner who preceded her in death. They had three children, Gary Cole, Raymond Dale and Gaila Marie.  They shared a happy life together and enjoyed square dancing, gardening, fishing, spending time with loved ones.  Della worked as a cook at Christopher, Herrin, and Benton hospitals and as a seamstress for many years. She enjoyed playing pinochle with the same group of ladies for 54 years.  Della loved cooking, canning, crocheting and quilting.

She is survived by her children Raymond Eickelmann of Valier and Gaila Carpenter of Buckner; Grandchildren: Theresa Eickelmann of Centralia, John Eickelmann of Valier, Nicole Pace of Union KY and Mackenzie Stephenson of Marion;  Great Grandchildren:  Drew, Samantha, Ginger, Jacob, Makaylah, Shelby, Riley and Anne-Marie. Brother William Floyd Martin of Marion, and sister Mary Barker of Jamestown, Tennesee, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Della in death are her parents, husband Cecil, sons Cecil Cole and Gary Cole. Grandson Richard Eickelmann and siblings Frank Martin, Annabelle Carnahan, Lawrence Martin, Phoebe Davis, A.B . “Pepper” Martin, John Martin, Rosetta Colbert and Treva Chisler.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday November 30, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher.  Burial will be in Harrison Cemetery in Buckner. Visitation will be on Tuesday November 29, 2016 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital or March of Dimes and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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