William Wesley Willmore – Benton, IL

William Wesley Willmore, 74, of Benton, IL, passed away September 21, 2106 at SSM Good Samaritan Hospital, in Mt. Vernon, IL.

He was born on June 25, 1942 in Chicago, IL, to Velma (Willmore) Gower, of Sesser, IL.

Mr. Willmore is survived by his ex-wife, Loretta Willmore, of Benton, children Leonard Willmore, of Benton, Suella Howell, of Benton, Tommie Willmore, of Christopher, IL, Hershel Willmore, of Scheller, IL, Jeremiah Willmore, of Jonesboro, IL and Zelma Jones, of Akin, IL; brothers and sisters Mike Maceri, of Benton, Mark Maceri, of Coello, IL, Evelyn Gower, of Sesser and Janie Eubanks, of Sesser.

He was preceded in death by two brothers Ron Maceri and Richard Maceri and one granddaughter Elizabeth Obrecht.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, September 23, 2016 at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser. Visitation will be from 12 noon until the time of the service at 1 p.m. Burial will be at Paradise Prairie Cemetery in Tamaroa, IL.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser to help with funeral expenses.

Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser is in charge of arrangements. For more information go to www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com

Sharon S. Clayton – Benton, IL

Connie Maddox – Sesser, IL

Connie Diann Maddox, 77, of Sesser, IL, passed away September 13, 2016 at Marshall Browning Hospital, in Du Quoin, IL.
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Connie was born August 16, 1939, the daughter of Earl and Emma Beck. She was born at her parents home.
She was a 1957 graduate of Goode-Barren Township High School, in Sesser and worked for many years at area nursing homes and at the Sesser Garment Factory.
Connie will be sadly missed by her three daughters Tammy (Chuck) Gray, of Mt. Vernon, Indiana, Becky (Doug) Eubanks, of Sesser and Penny (Bob) Weaver, of Erie, PA. Also surviving are the loves of her life, her grandchildren Fonda Zimmerman, Dane Eubanks, Reggie Eubanks, Allan Eubanks, all of Sesser, Carly Gray and Elijah Gray, of Mt. Vernon, Indiana and Victoria Weaver and Tyler Hansis, of Indianapolis; great-grandchildren Zane and Zoe Reagan and Kade Zimmerman, of Sesser. The family would also like to offer a special thank you to Curt and Peggy Irwin for all their love and support.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 16, 2016 at Maple Hill Cemetery, in Sesser, with Jim Muir officiating. Friends and family are asked to go directly to the cemetery. Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser is in charge of arrangements.

For more information go to gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Norma “Jean” Dean Myers – Benton, IL

Leona Marie Osborne – Benton, IL

Leona Marie Osborne, age 71 of Benton, passed away at 12:55 p.m. Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the Shawnee Rose Care Center in Harrisburg.

osborneFuneral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, September 15, 2016 at the Leffler Funeral Home, with Elder Willie Huffine officiating.  Burial will be in the Bald Hill Cemetery in Scheller.  Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Thursday until the funeral hour, at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Leona Marie Osborne was born on July 7, 1945 in West Frankfort, IL, the daughter of Edward Eads and Lillian Marie (Donkin) Eads.  She was married to Meredith Lee Osborne, and he preceded her in death on July 4, 2002.

She worked as a CNA and a rehabilitation nurse at many different area nursing facilities, which include Helia Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, Benton Health Care and Rehab., and the Park View Nursing Home.

Leona liked to watch television, especially the “Price is Right” and soap operas, including “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and “One Life to Live.”

Most of all she enjoyed and loved her family. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Leona is survived by her two children: Mike Osborne and wife Anna of Benton, Lisa Osborne and fiancée Paul Johnson of Eldorado; four grandchildren: John Osborne and wife Cindy of Ewing, Justin Osborne of Benton, Jessica Duncan of Benton, Jerica Stubblefield and fiancée Trevor Meyers of Macedonia; five great-grandchildren: Karter Osborne, Ethan Osborne, Lillian Osborne, Addyson Lampley and Ethan Kreowicz.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and a grandson Kaybrin James “KJ” Osborne; two brothers-in-law: Roy Dean Osborne and Devon Osborne.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Franklin County Animal Shelter and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

John Kolisek – Benton, IL

BENTON —John Kolisek, 80, passed away Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 7, 2016.

kolisekMr. Kolisek was born Sept. 22, 1935, in Zeigler, the son of Frank Kolisek Sr., and Julia Kolisek.

On May 16, 1959, he was united in marriage to Janet Simkovich, in the First Christian Church in Benton.

He was a veteran serving in the U.S. Navy.

Mr. Kolisek was a graduate of Southern Illinois Univeristy of Carbondale with a degree in accounting. He was a certified public accountant finishing his 54th tax season this year.

He was a past member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the Illinois Society of Certified Public Accountants.

He was a member, a deacon and a very proud choir member of the First Christian Church in Benton.

He was a member of the Elks BPOE No. 1234 and a Past Exhaulted Ruler. He was a past member of the Benton Country Club Board of Trustees. He was a member of the Boneyard Boccie Ball Club.

He was a “workaholic.” He loved his clients and his work. He always told his sons said that he would work until the day he died …”Mission Accomplished.”

Mr. Kolisek is survived by his wife of 57 years, Janet Kolisek of Benton; sons, Dr. Frank R. Kolisek and wife, Lisa, and John Michael Kolisek, all of Indianapolis, Indiana; four grandchildren, Jake, Charlie, Kelsey and Kenedi Kolisek, all of Indianapolis, Indiana; three sisters, Kay Ellis and husband, Dick, of Fort Worth, Texas, Margaret Rice or Portland, Oregon, and Beverley Kolisek of Benton; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Kolisek was preceded in death by his parents; by three brothers, Frank Kolisek Jr., Fred Kolisek and Jim Kolisek and by three sisters, Irma Canning, Roseanne Kosor and Wilma Nangle.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, in First Christian Church in Benton, with Pastor Kurt Sanders officiating. Burial with military rites by the American Legion and VFW Posts will be in the Masoninc and Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the First Christian Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mr. Kolisek’s memory may be made to the First Christian Church.

Morton and Johnston Funeral Home in Benton is in charge of arrangements.

For more information or to sign the online guest register please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com.

Virginia Waller — Christopher, IL

Virginia Waller, 94, of Christopher, IL, passed away September 5, 2016 at her home.

wallerVirginia was born April 27, 1922 in Mulkeytown, IL, the daughter of Harley Kirkpatrick and Marie (Watson) Kirkpatrick.

She married Willis Burton Waller in November 1938 and he preceded her in death on November 10, 2010.

Virginia is survived by her children Gloria and Jim Jenkins, of Christopher and Vivian Turner, of Energy, IL; grandchildren Shelly and Donnie Baine, of Mulkeytown and Bradley and Sue Johnson, of St. Charles, MO; great-grandchildren Katelyn and Madison Baine; sister Phyllis Grubbs, of Christopher; sisters-in-law Sue Kirkpatrick, of Christopher and Wanda Kirkpatrick, of Benton, IL. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was a member of the Eastern Star and a homemaker.  Virginia was a member of the First Baptist Church in Christopher.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters Hester Salo and Ruby Kirkpatrick, and two brothers Norman Kirkpatrick and Richard Kirkpatrick.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with the Rev. George Biby officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Mulkeytown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is in charge of arrangements.

For more information go to www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

John H. Alexander — Ewing, Illinois

John Hampton Alexander, age 59, of Ewing, passed away at 11:47 p.m. Sunday, September 4, 2016, at his home with his loved ones at his side.

alexanderFuneral services for John will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton with Pastor Jay Kelly officiating.  Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.  Private burial services will take place at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton.

John Hampton Alexander was born on May 20, 1957 in Ramapo, New York, the son of James Arthur Alexander and Francis Jewel Pauline (Oshier) Alexander.  He married the former Kimberly Dawn Parr and she preceded him in death in 2010.

John was a LPN, as well as an avid fisherman and motorcycle rider.

He is survived by his siblings: Robert Eugene Alexander of California, Geneva Harmon-Cremer of Ewing, IL, Mary Denise Gobtop and husband Randall of Macedonia, IL; his children: Eric Powell and wife Tiffany of Sesser, IL, Thomas Gratton Alexander & wife Amber of Sulpher, LA, Michael Andrew Alexander and wife Kendra of Sesser, IL, Michael James Salatas of St. Louis, MO, Jeanetta Kay Speakman of Zeigler, IL, Nicholas John Salatas and wife Emily of St. Louis, MO, Jeffrey David Salatas and wife Lisa of Johnston City, IL, Elizabeth Dawn Salatas-Molitor and husband David of St. Louis, MO, Phillip Robert Salatas of Benton, IL; his father-in-law Leon Parr of Orient, IL; 19 grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.

A special “Thank You” to Geneva and Joseph Alexander for their loving care during John’s illness, and to all of his lifelong friends that uplifted him in his time of need.

John was preceded in death by his parents; wife; four brothers: William A. Alexander, James Arthur Alexander, Jr., Gerald “Harry” Archie Alexander, Thomas Gratton Alexander; two sisters: Rita Lee Davis, Carol Lynn Rand; a sister-in-law Judith Ann Shurtz; and a nephew James Earl Hinton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eternal Friends in Christ Church of Sesser, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Barbara Pierson — Benton, Illinois

Barbara Jean Pierson, age 75, of Benton, passed away at 1:54 a.m. Sunday, September 4, 2016 at the SSM Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.

piersonGraveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton, with Rev. Bert Mitchell officiating.  There will be no public visitation, family and friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery.  Arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Barbara Jean Pierson was born on October 22, 1940 in Benton, the daughter of Louis Trapper and Kathleen (McKinney) Trapper.  She married Bobby Pierson on August 7, 1971 and he preceded her in death on November 23, 2002.

Mrs. Pierson was a homemaker, and formerly worked at St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights, Illinois.

She liked playing Bingo, writing to pen pals, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by a sister Theresa White of Benton; a brother Walter Trapper and wife Janet of Benton; a nephew Steve Trapper of Thompsonville; two nieces: Michelle Dorris and Diana White both of Benton; three great-nephews: Michael Rodriguez, Matthew Rodriguez, and Mitchell Rodriguez.

Mrs. Pierson was preceded in death by her parents, husband, an infant brother Richard Trapper, a brother Charles Trapper, and a sister Angie Swigert.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice agency of the donor’s choice.

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

Wesson Anthony Ken Dudek – Benton, IL

Wesson Anthony Ken Dudek, two-day old son of Misty Renee May Smith and Kyle Anthony Dudek, joined his two brothers in Heaven on Thursday, September 1, 2016.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 4, 2016 at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton, with Grandfather Mark Dudek officiating. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery.

Arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Wesson Anthony Ken Dudek was born at the Heartland Regional Medical Center of Marion on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 and passed away on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis.

Baby Wesson is survived by his parents Misty Renee May Smith and Kyle Anthony Dudek of Benton; maternal grandparents: Kennith and Jodi Smith of Freeman Spur; paternal grandparents: Janice Dudek of Marion, and Mark and Arden Dudek of Georgetown, TX; paternal great-grandmother: LaVeda Warren of Benton; maternal great-grandmothers: Dorothy Lewis of Freeman Spur, and Alice Smith of Marion; aunts and uncles: Melissa Dudek, Joshua Dudek, Jennifer Dudek, all of Marion, Kennith Scott Smith of Freeman Spur, Tina Lyn Smith of Herrin; and several other cousins, great-aunts and uncles.

Wesson was preceded in death by his two brothers; paternal great-grandparents: Marion and Mary Dudek; paternal great-grandfather: Raymond Warren; maternal great-grandfathers: Carl Lewis and Bobby Smith.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family and will be accepted at the Leffler Funeral Home, 401 East Main Street, Benton, IL 62812.

To leave online condolences to the family, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com