Obituary – Teresa Rae Darnell – Sesser

Teresa Rae Darnell, 61, of Sesser, IL, passed away December 14, 2014 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Teresa was born on Dec. 23, 1952 in Sesser, IL,  the daughter of Raymond Darnell and Hazel (Wingo) Darnell.

Teresa enjoyed knitting and watching St. Louis Cardinals’ baseball.

She is survived by her mother Hazel Darnell and three siblings, Michael Darnell, of Sparta, IL, Sheryl Wilson and husband Steve, of West Frankfort and Wendell Darnell and wife Linda, of Pekin, IL.  Also surviving are aunts and uncles, Bess and Jack Mygatt, of Sesser, Sue and Gene Utlaut, of Sesser, Ella and Cecil Webb, of Sesser and Etta Eubanks, of Sesser; special cousin Paula Peila, of Sycamore, IL. Teresa was preceded in death by her father Raymond Darnell and grandmother, Gladys Wingo. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 12 noon with Brother Larry Cook officiating.  Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 12 noon.  Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery, in Sesser.

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Obituary – Cleona Rea George

Cleona Rea George, 92, died peacefully at home on December 13, 2014. She was the daughter of John Palmer Rea and Norma Ethel Kreis Rea.

She was born on April 9, 1922 in Benton, in Franklin County, Illinois. After graduating from Valier High School, she received her BA from Southern Illinois University in 1942. She later received her MS from University of South Florida.

Mrs. George taught Kindergarten in Springfield, Illinois and Ozona, Florida before she retired from teaching in 1983. She was an active member of The Alachua Arabian Horse Association and Westside Baptist Church. Mrs. George is survived by 4 children: Cherry (James) Steinmeier, Derek (Donna) George, Cynthia (Dale) Young, and Alicia Patterson, 9 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to especially thank her caregivers, Lisa and Lucy, for their gentle and loving care of Mom during the last several months.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 20, at 2:00 pm at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, Illinois with Reverend Richard Rea officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Association, c/o Connie Sample, 11326 Lincoln Rd., Benton, IL 62812.

Obituary – Dennis E. Odle – Benton

Dennis E. Odle, 61, of Benton, passed away on Dec. 11, 2014 at St. Louis University Hospital.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton.

Obituary – Oscar Glen Adelsberger – West Frankfort

 

Oscar Glen Adelsberger, age 75 of West Frankfort, passed away at 11:36 p.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014 at the Benton Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

A Memorial Celebration of the Life of Oscar Glen Adelsberger will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 14, 2014 at the Thompsonville Seventh Day Adventist Church, with Pastor John Lomacang officiating.  Burial will be at a future date at the Boner Cemetery in West Frankfort.  Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the church.  Funeral arrangements are through the Leffler – Poulson Funeral Home of Benton.

Oscar Glen Adelsberger was born on March 11, 1939 in Long Beach, CA, the son of Walter Joe Adelsberger and Nannie Lucille (Jones) Adelsberger.
Mr. Adelsberger was self-employed as a carpet cleaner for thirty five plus years.  When he was younger he worked with his parents on their fruit farm.  He also formerly worked for Spiller Construction and Darnell Heating and Air Conditioning.

He was a faithful deacon of the Thompsonville Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Mr. Adelsberger is survived by his children: Buddy Joe Adelsberger and wife Gail of West Frankfort, Dianna Piercy and husband Gary of Benton, Elizabeth Tatjenhorst and husband Steve of Irvington, IL, James Adelsberger and wife Iva Dell Clay of West Frankfort, Vickie Cullen and husband Randy of Princeton, KY, Terry Johns and wife Brenda of Benton; twelve grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; a brother Allan Adelsberger and wife Susan of Granite City, IL;  a sister Helen Ehrenspberger and husband Don of Crystal Lake, IL; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three wives: Dora Mae Muir, Harriet Marie Johns, Della Ledbetter; and two sons: Samuel Scott Adelsberger and Kevin Todd Adelsberger.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Benevolent Fund at the Thompsonville Seventh Day Adventist Church.
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Obituary – Mary Link – formerly of Franklin County

Mary L. Link, 99, a former Franklin County resident passed away at 7:45 a.m. Tueday, Dec. 9, 2014 at the Auburn Nursing and Rehab Center.

She was born in Macedonia, IL on October 20, 1915, the daughter of Robert and Eva (Braden) Flannigan.

She married Marion Jefferson “Jeff” Link, the love of her life for 61 years, and he preceded her in death on April 28, 1997.

She was a member of the Order of Easter Star. Her purpose in life was to care for her family, friends, church and community. She ended her career as a consultant at the University of Kentucky, helping families make a better life for themselves.  She loved to cook, sew and dance with Jeff and socialize with her family.

Mrs. Link is survived by two children, Virgil H. “Bud” Link and wife Gail, of Arlington Heights, IL and Karen Link Springer, of Springfield, IL; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, several great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Link was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a daughter-in-law Delores Link Hawthorne, of Paducah, Ky, by three brothers, Eual, Oscar and Sam Flannigan, three sisters, Colleen Darnell, Lorene Marquis and Hallie Flannigan, of the Benton, IL area.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home, in Benton.  Burial will follow at Thurmond Cemetery in Ewing, IL.  Visitation will be after 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home, in Benton.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice or to the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of the state of Illinois-Endowment Fund at Sullivan, IL or LaGrange, IL and may be mailed to PO Box 4147 Springfield, IL 62708.

Obituary – Toni (Riley) Ratajczyk

COULTERVILLE — Toni Ratajczyk, 55, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

toni ratacyzkToni was born Aug. 22, 1959, in Paris, to William Ron and Alma Betty (Hargraves) Riley.

She married Randy Ratajczyk on Dec. 31, 1991, and he survives of Coulterville.

Toni was a decorative painter and was of the Christian faith.

She loved fishing and spending time with her grandchildren. Family was very important to her, and she was loved by many.

Toni is survived by her children, R. Thad Riley and Cindi Hankla of Pinckneyville, Ryan D. and Grace Fico of St. Louis; grandchildren, Blaine Riley, Jade Riley, Lua Riley, Grayson Fico and Riley Fico; sister, Tanya Riley and Chuck Berry of Freeburg; and nephew, Derek Davison of St. Louis.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, in Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

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Carl Eugene “Gene” Lampley – Benton

Carl Eugene Lampley, age 84 of Benton, passed away at 6:28 p.m. Saturday at the Franklin Hospital Emergency Room in Benton.

Gene Lampley mediaFuneral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at the Leffler – Poulson Funeral Home of Benton, with Rev. Bert Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton.  Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to the funeral hour at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Carl Eugene Lampley was born on September 4, 1930 in Franklin County, the son of John Lampley and Juanita (McCann) Lampley.  He married the former Shelva Hutchcraft on September 2, 1978 and she survives.

Mr. Lampley was a retired union brick mason and a member of Laborers Local 529. He also formerly was employed with Old Ben Coal Company Mine 24, where he worked for eight years.

Gene was a member of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church of Macedonia until it closed, and currently he and his wife attended the West City Baptist Church.

Gene loved to garden, go camping, fishing and hunting.

He is survived by his wife Shelva Lampley of Benton; step-children: Pam Edmondson of Goodyear, AZ, Mark O. Hall and wife Lori of West Frankfort; three grandchildren: Jennie Dotson, David Dotson and girlfriend Ashley, and Clint Lampley; a brother: Bill Lampley of Benton; a sister: Mildred Eubanks and husband Harry of Benton; two sons: Dennis and Larry Lampley of Benton; three close friends that have been very supportive and offered their time and care: Leann Sizemore, Lucille Elko and Stella Gulley; several nieces and nephews, and numerous other friends.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; a sister Helen Gulley and husband Glendale; and a brother John Lampley.
Memorial contributions may be made to the West City Baptist Church and will be accepted at the funeral home.
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Obituary – Meritta Madge Simpkins – Christopher

Meritta Madge Simpkins, 92, of Christopher and formerly of Huntington, West Virginia, passed away December 5, 2014 at Marshall Browning Hospital in Du Quoin, IL.

She was born November 8, 1922, in Mulkeytown, IL, the daughter of William Avery Cook and Mary E. (Jones) Cook.

She was a homemaker and a member of Greenwood Methodist Church, in Mulkeytown.

She was married to Edward C. Simpkins and he preceded her in death on February 17, 2007, after 67 years of marriage.

She is survived by one daughter, Joy Simpkins, New York City, NY.

Surviving Children: Joy Simpkins of New York City, NY

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son Charles E. Simpkins, one daughter Janet S. Cave, and one brother Kenneth Cook.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with the Rev. Richard Sullins, officiating. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery, in Mulkeytown.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Greenwood Methodist Church, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, IL is in charge of arrangements.  For more information visit our web site at gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

 

Obituary – Donald Christensen – Macedonia

Donald Christensen, age 65, of Macedonia, passed away Friday, November 28, 2014 at his home.

Christensen 1Private family services will be held.

Leffler – Poulson Funeral Home of Benton is in charge of the arrangements.

Donald Christensen was born on November 1, 1949 in Madison, Wisconsin, the son of Wilford Christensen and Lucille (Van Horn) Christensen.

Donald enjoyed gardening, and sharing the produce he grew. He was a family historian and loved researching genealogy, loved to read and enjoyed listening to music.

He is survived by his companion, caretaker and best friend Charlotte Elam of Harrisburg; four children: David Shultz and wife Terri of Beloit, WI, Deanna Shultz of Brodhead, WI, Amanda McCredie of Madison, WI, Donald Christensen, Jr. of McLeansboro, IL, fourteen grandchildren with one to be born in the next few days, six great-grandchildren, and two brothers and their families David Christensen and wife Ida Levine of Morris Plains, NJ, Dennis Christensen and wife Sue of Seneca Lake, SC.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents.

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Obituary – Leonard Albert “Spike” Burnett – Benton

Leonard Albert “Spike” Burnett, age 80, of Benton, passed away at 11:10 p.m. Monday, December 1, 2014 at the Franklin Hospital in Benton.

Leonard Burnett mediaFuneral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 5, 2014 at the Leffler – Poulson Funeral Home with Rev. Harold Whitlock officiating. Burial with military rites conducted by the Benton American Legion Post # 280, Benton V.F.W. Post #2671 and the U.S. Air Force will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton. Visitation will be held Friday, December 5, 2014 from 12:00 noon until the funeral hour at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Leonard Albert Burnett was born on July 15, 1934 in Pittsburg, Illinois, the son of George M. Burnett and Elsie (Farmer) Burnett. He married the former Naomi McDonald on Nov. 25, 1956 and she survives.

Mr. Burnett served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, where he was assigned to the Military Police and was responsible for guarding President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s plane. He was also responsible for guarding nine atomic bombs and was stationed in Morocco and Casablanca.

Leonard worked with the Franklin County Highway Department as a maintenance worker. He also formerly worked at Bracy’s Store on the square in Benton, Petroff Packing, and was a former delivery man with Chester Dairy, all of Benton.

He enjoyed fishing, mowing and doing yard work, painting by numbers, keeping a daily journal of family and world events and the weather. He enjoyed his dog “Spot” and reading his daily newspaper. He could be seen almost always having a large cup of ice water in his hand.

Mr. Burnett is survived by his wife of 58 years Naomi Burnett of Benton; four children: Danny “Smiley” Burnett and wife Diane of Benton, Karen (Burnett) Hancock and husband Jeff of West Frankfort, Kathy (Burnett) Hill and husband Tom of Benton, Judy (Burnett) Jordan and husband Allen of Bethalto; seven grandchildren: Dedra Rowe and husband Brent of Benton, Danessa Burnett of Benton, Dylan Burnett of Benton, Hunter Hancock of West Frankfort, Shawn Hill of Benton, Kyle Hill of Benton, Ashley Santos and husband Marco of Dallas, TX; three great-grandchildren: Trenton Rowe, Zachary Rowe and Orion Mandrell; three brothers: Bob Burnett and wife Pam of Benton, Jim Burnett of Bolingbrook, IL, Mark Burnett of Benton; three sisters: Shirley Snow and husband Cletus of Mt. Vernon, IL, Donna Burnett of Mt. Vernon, IL, Carol Stark of Portland, OR and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Burnett was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers: Glenn Burnett, Bill Burnett and Donald Burnett, and three sisters: Wilma Gibbs, Norma Benard and Patty Young.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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