Gary Blaine Grief – Christopher, IL

Gary Blaine Grief, 62, of Christopher, IL passed away April 18, 2015 at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, IL.

Gary was born September 26, 1952, the son of James “GG” Grief and Donna (Baker) Grief, of Paducah, KY.

He married Lee Ann (Ballard) Grief on February 14, 1997 and she survives of Christopher.

Gary is also survived by his children, Rocky Grief, Buckner, IL, Megan and Chris Funkhouser, Collinsville, IL and Blaina Grief, of Christopher; grandchildren Joselyn Funkhouser, Anison Funkhouser and Blaine Funkhouser; two sisters, Sami Grief, of Florida and Gina Garnett, Kevil, KY.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher.  Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

There will be a graveside service at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Paducah, KY.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the funeral home

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is in charge of arrangements.

For more information go to gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

 

Lucille Webb – Christopher, IL

Lucille Webb, 92, Christopher, IL, passed away April 18, 2015 at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center, in Mt. Vernon, IL.

Lucille was born January 13, 1923 in Denning, Arkansas, the daughter of Mike Johnson and Etta (Williams) Johnson.

She was a homemaker.

Lucille married Donald Webb on December 23, 1939 and he preceded her in death on July 30, 1988.

She was a member of New Life Church of God in Benton, IL.

Lucille is survived by her children, Donald Webb, Larry Webb and Pam McGhee, all of Christopher; grandchildren Andrea Kelley, Robyn Hammonds, Kevin Webb, Scott Webb, Kim Webb, Nicole Burkitt and Jessica Webb; great-grandchildren  Allisa Webb, Kassidy Prebstle, Kamryn Prebstle, Randy Hammonds Jr., Ryan Hammonds, R.J. Kuh, Jake Burkitt and Morgan Hagerman; one great-great grandchild Karcin Hagerman and one sister Pauline Mezo, of Lawrence, MI.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two grandsons Jeff Webb and Robert McGhee, two brothers Garfield Johnson and Earl Johnson, sisters Jeneva Johnson, Olive Pendall, and one infant sister.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Gilbert Funeral Home, in Christopher. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Zeigler City Cemetery.

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is in charge of arrangements. For more information go to gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

 

Diana Carol (Gunn) Read-Eldorado, IL

On April 12, 2015 Diana Carol (Gunn) Read passed away from her temporary home on earth to meet her Lord and Savior.

Diana was born October 4, 1958 in Rockford, IL and currently resided at Magnolia Manor in Eldorado, IL.

Her survivors include her father John T. Gunn and wife Fran Gunn of Bradenton, FL, mother Bonnie A Mace and husband Robert E. Mace of Sesser, brothers John D. Gunn and wife Michele of Benton, Justin C, Gunn of Creve Coure, IL, sisters Bonnie McNeal Clark of Christopher, Allie Cosma and husband Jon Cosma of Damascus, OH, Elizabeth Gunn of Sesser, Sara Gunn Pedigo of Sesser, Karen R. Clark and husband Rennie Clark of Christopher, and many nieces and nephews.

Rev. 14:13 “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their Labours: and their works do follow them.”

Diane was a very thoughtful person, who loved her family very much. She was one of the most generous people you could know and was known for giving her last dollar to someone in need. She grew up in Rockford, IL a happy child who loved to play outside, ride bikes, climb trees, and her most favorite of all to jump rope. She graduated high school from Elpaso High School in Elpaso, IL and furthered her studies in later years in cosmetology and veterinary assistance. After she was diagnosed with schizophrenia in later years she had many struggles of which required much caretaking and treatment but remained virtually positive through it all even to the end. She loved her family very much and they loved her, she will forever be in our thoughts and fondest memories, until we meet again,

It was Diana’s wishes to be cremated with a service at a later date.

Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral in Sesser is handling the arrangements.

For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com

Mark Ray Blair – Sesser, IL

Mark Ray Blair, 59, of Sesser, IL passed away April 11, 2015 at his home.

Mark was born Oct. 27, 1955 in Benton, IL the son of James Blair and Eleanor (Chaffin) Blain.

He is survived by his first wife, Cheryl Blair Hedge, of Sesser and by one brother, Clifford Blair, of Benton and one sister, Nancy Vandom, of Benton. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mark will be cremated with graveside services at Maple Hill Cemetery at a later date.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ann Chwarczinski — Christopher, IL

CHRISTOPHER — Ann Chwarczinski, 91, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Frankfort Healthcare in West Frankfort.

Ann was born Aug. 19, 1923, in Beaucoup, the daughter of Ben and Francis (Gustoski) Krolikowski.

She was a homemaker.

Ann married Joe Chwarczinski and he preceded her in death.

Ann is survived by her children, Robert and Tonya Chwarczinski of West Frankfort, Leonard Chwarczinski of Christopher, David and Theresa Chwarczinski of Christopher, Jimmy Chwarczinski of Zeigler, and Paul and Earline Chwarczinski of Christopher; and several grandchildren and great- grandchildren.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one sister, Jessie Kaminski; two brothers, Mathew Krolikowski and Leo Krolikowski; and two daughters-in-law, Rita Chwarczinski and Loretta Chwarczinski.

A memorial service will be held at 12 noon on Monday, April 13, in St. Andrews Catholic Church in Christopher with burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Monday, April 13,  at Gilbert Funeral Home.

For more information, visit gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

Obituary – Wilma Lovell Carlile – Thompsonville, IL

Wilma Lovell Carlile, 101, of Thompsonville, passed away at 7:45 p.m. Sunday, April, 5, 2015 at Fifth Season Residential, in Benton.

Lovell was born in Parrish, IL on November 10, 1913 to Charles and Stella (Melvin) Woodrow. She married Roscoe Carlile on May 11, 1932. Lovell and Roscoe worked at Lincoln Development Center, in Lincoln, IL, Lovell as a beautician and Roscoe as a teacher. After retiring they returned to their home in Thompsonville.

Lovell was a member of the Thompsonville First Baptist Church. Lovell loved the Lord and kept her Bible close.

Lovell was a survivor of the Great Tri-State Tornado of 1925. Her memories of the tornado never faded. She recorded the events of the day for her family.

Lovell is survived by two sons, C.L. Carlile and wife Phyllis, of Thompsonville and Normal Carlile and wife Jean, of Benton; five grandchildren, Cathy (Speck) Fletcher, Lisa (Scott) Page, Kenton (Jane) Carlile, Christy (Rob) Chrostosky and Daren (Shelly) Carlile; 13 great grandchildren, Wade and fiance Becky Fletcher, Stacey (Wade) Finnie, Heather (Ryan) Stock, Ashley Page, K.C. (Casey) Carlile, Whitney (Mike) Hammond, Devon Carlile, Zane Carlile, Emma Carlile, Robbie (Jason) Roberts, Christopher (Shannon) Chrostoski, Jennifer (Derek) Stathis and Rick (Cali) Adams; 20 great-great-grandchildren and four nieces. Lovel was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers Gene Woodrow and Nealy Ray Woodrow and sister Francis Daniels.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with the Rev. Cecil Sullivan officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, in Thompsonville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home.

Donald L. Middleton – Buckner, IL

BUCKNER — Donald L. Middleton, 80, of Buckner, IL, passed away April 5, 2015 at Franklin Hospital, in Benton, IL.

Donald was born February 21, 1935, in Steger, IL, the son of Gene Middleton and Anna (Waggner) Middleton.

Date & Place of Birth: February 21, 1935 in Steger, IL.

He married Jacqueline (Rendant) Middleton on November 25, 1989 and she survives of Buckner.

Donald was an Army veteran and worked as a forklift operator for the Ford Stamping plant in Chicago Heights, IL.

He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in West Frankfort, IL.

Donald is survived by his children, Sandra Killian, Beacher, IL, Diana and William Rogers, Cedar Lake, IN, Ronald and Tonya Middleton, Portage, IN, Mary Rogers, of Buckner, IL and Walter and Helen Smith, of Walterboro, SC; grandchildren Chrysta and Mathew Staley, Mulkeytown, IL, Thomas and Ashley Rogers, West Frankfort, IL, Jamie and Steve Schmidt, St. John, IN, Jason Pelton, Beacher, IL, Donald and Candice Rogers, Cambria, IL and Ashley Middleton, Portage, IN. He is also survived by eight great-grandchildren.

Donald was preceded in death by three sisters, Bertha Williams, Dorothy Bricks, Zetta Settler, five brothers Gerald Middleton, Roy Middleton, Dwight Middleton, Louis Middleton, Marvin Middleton and one great grandson Logan Rogers.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, in West Frankfort, IL  with Pastor Alan Janneke officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 from 4 p.m. until the time of the service at 7 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, in West Frankfort and will be accepted at the church.

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, IL is in charge of arrangements. For more information go to gilbertfuneralhomes.com

 

 

 

 

 

Nathan A. Valleroy – Christopher, IL

Nathan A. Valleroy, 86, of Christopher, IL passed away March 28, 2015 at his home.

He was born October 16, 1928 in Modoc, IL, the son of Henry Valleroy and Catherine (DeFousse) Valleroy.

Nathan was a retired engineer for Missouri Pacific Railroad. He served in the National Guard.

He married Adelaine (Casley) Valleroy on Nov.1, 1947 and she survives.

He was a member of St. Andrews Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus in Christopher and a former member of Christopher Lions Club and Masonic Lodge and Shriners.

He is survived by his children, Elmer and Cheryl Valleroy, of Benton, IL; grandchildren Timothy Learned, Casondra Chwarczinski, Jacob Learned, David Valleroy, Christina Bivins, Daniel Valleroy, Wesley Dunn, Sarah Valleroy, Katherine Valleroy and several great grandchildren; one sister Eugeneia Kemp, of Columbia, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter Diana Lynn Learned, two brothers, Charles and Graden Valleroy and one infant brother.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 6, 2015 at St. Andrews Catholic Church, in Christopher, IL with Father Joseph Trapp officiating.  Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Monday until the time of the service at 1 p.m. at Gilbert Funeral Home, in Christopher, IL. Burial will be at St. Andrews Cemetery.

Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. For more information visit gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharon Sue Meehan – Benton, IL

BENTON — Sharon Sue Meehan, 74, of Benton, died on Sunday, March 29th at 4:00 a.m. in Marion, Illinois of complications from a stroke.

sharon meehanFuneral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at the Leffler – Poulson Funeral Home of Benton, with Dr. Sammy Simmons officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton.. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Leffler – Poulson Funeral Home of Benton.

She was born on March 21, 1941 in Christopher, the daughter of Carl T. and Geraldine “Jerry” Mitchell, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her grandparents, Andy and Esther Mitchell and Ezra and Ida Bowlin and by her husband, Bill Meehan, whom she married in 1999.

She is survived by a daughter, Shay (Denny) Richey and two grandchildren, Amelia and Jordan Richey of Benton, IL, three step-children, Charles (Kitty), Christopher (Mary Ann) and Elizabeth Meehan and three step-grandchildren, Nicholas, Blair and Anna. A brother, Ted (Linda) Mitchell of Edwardsville, IL, two sisters, Clark-Ann (Dave) Haas of Millstadt, IL, and Kelly (James) Talley of Benton, IL, one nephew, Ethan Talley, and three nieces, Emily (Jeremiah) Furr, Hilary (Allen) Duncan and Kaitlyn Talley, and many loving cousins and lifelong friends.

Sharon graduated from Benton High School and attended SIU where she was a theater major. Having a beautiful voice, Sharon helped pay for college by singing in many area weddings and church services. She had an appreciation for the performing arts and loved attending productions throughout her life.

She worked in Benefits at the UMWA and Freeman Coal and later worked part-time at Dillard’s.

An avid reader, she instilled her love of reading in her grandchildren as she spent many hours with them at the library. She also was a natural story teller and amused people with her witty take on events in the family. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed entertaining the entire family for birthdays and holidays.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Benton.

Memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association, American Stroke Association, or the Brown Bag Lunch Program at the First Baptist Church of Benton.

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

Christina Conner Dame – Benton, IL

BENTON — Christina Conner Dame, 92, of Benton, IL, passed away Thursday morning March 26, 2015 at Franklin Hospital, in Benton.

Christina was born in Tracy City, TN on September 12, 1922, the daughter of Chris and Thelma (Gibbs) Mincheff.

She was married to Elza Conner and Dwight Dame and both preceded her in death.

Christina was a member of Whittington Church and worked as a secretary for Strout Realty for more than 25 years.

Christina is survived by her son, Jerry Conner and wife Marilyn, of Benton; grandchildren Natalee Poindexter and husband David, of Collierville, TN, Jared Conner and wife Lisa, of St. Peters, MO, Chris Conner, Melissa Paul and Jennifer Wilson; great-grandchildren Thatcher Poindexter, Hayley Conner, Chelsea and Paige Sullivan, Abby and Emily Haskins and Zane Wilson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, by two sons, Richard Conner and John Conner and by two brothers and one sister.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday March 30, 2015 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, with the Rev. Mark Minor officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Franklin Cemetery in Whittington, IL.

Morton and Johnston Funeral Home, in Benton, is in charge of arrangements. For more information or to sign the guest book go to mortonandjohnstonfuneralhome.com.