Obituary – Hazel Mae Shoemaker – formerly of Sesser

Hazel Mae Shoemaker, 92, passed away Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at Palos Community Hospital, in Palos Heights, Illinois.

Mrs. Shoemaker was born in Sesser, IL on June 2, 1921, the daughter of Gola and Zella (Roberts) Whitlow.  She married Vallie Shoemaker on February, 26, 1940 and he preceded her in death.

Hazel retired from Hotpoint Co. in Cicero, IL.  She was a Baptist.  Hazel loved being around family and friends and she will be truly missed by all.

Mrs. Shoemaker is survived by her daughter, Barbara Pigatto and husband Jack, of Lemont, IL.  She is also survived by seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one sister, Ellie Sulcer, of Sandoval, IL.

Mrs. Shoemaker was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, a son, a daughter, two sisters and a brother.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1 at Johnston Funeral Home in Ina, IL with Brother Dale Burzynski officiating.  Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, in Sesser.  Visitation will be after 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30 at Johnston Funeral Home, in Ina.

Obituary – Cora B. Fisher – Benton

Cora B. Fisher, 96, of Benton, passed away at 6:10 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 at Stonebridge Senior Living Center, in Benton.

She was born in Makanda, IL on December 1, 1916, the daughter of Dorsey and Louie Braden.

Cora married Ben R. Fisher on July 16, 1930, and he preceded her in death on May 9, 1999.

She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton.

She is survived by four children, Richard Fisher and wife Nellie of Sterling, IL, Roland Fisher, of Christopher, Phyllis Harris, of Pikeville, KY and Alice Shanks, of West City.

Also surviving is 18 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son, Curtis Fisher, and four brothers and one sister.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with the Rev. Ron Cremeens officiating.  Burial will be in the Brady Cemetery in Akin.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29 at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home, in Benton.

Obituary – Stanley Melvin Galloway – Sesser

SESSER – Stanley Melvin Galloway, 80, died Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Mount Vernon Healthcare.

Stanley was a coalminer and he loved going camping, working in his garden and being in the outdoors.

Stanley was born Nov. 15, 1933, in Sesser, to Stanton and Irene (Joiner) Galloway.

He was first married to Glenda (Mendenall) Galloway and she preceded him in death. He then married Joann (Bloom) Galloway.

He is survived by his children, Mike and Patty Galloway of Scheller, Steve and Freida Galloway of Sesser, Cynthia Giordano of Walpole, Maine, Cheryl Sanders of Sesser, Jackie McRae of Christopher, and Tracy Galloway of Walpole, Maine; several grandchildren; and one brother, Ray and Beverly Galloway of Sesser.

He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, one brother and two sisters.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, in Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, with Brother Robert Wininger officiating. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, in Sesser. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

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Obituary – Leila E. Merkel – Sesser

SESSER — Leila E. Merkel, 90, died at 12:50 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in Helia Healthcare in Benton.
Leila was born Oct. 27, 1923, to William Green and Fern (Bean) Wells.

She married Andrew Merkel and he preceded in death March 30, 1992.

She was a restaurant owner and attended Apostolic Church in Sesser.

Survivors include daughter, Joyce Hensley of Oregon; brother, Marion and wife, Ruth Wells, of Sesser; sister, Norma Burleson of Belleville; one grandchild; two great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Leila was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one son, Jerry Hensley; six brothers; and four sisters.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Bobby Jo McFarren officiating. Interment will be in Old Baptist Cemetery in Sesser.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to National Kidney Foundation and will be accepted at the funeral home.

For more information, visit www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Obituary – Mary Ann Riley – Christopher

 

CHRISTOPHER – Mary Ann Riley, 93, died Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at Helia Healthcare in Benton.

She was born Dec. 20, 1919, in Christopher to Arthur Luther Hall and Monnie Gladys (Harris) Moore. She married Donald R. Riley in May of 1967, and he preceded her in death.

Mrs. Riley was an LPN and a member of Southside Baptist Church in Christopher.

Survivors include her children, Jeris Hackl and fiancé, Jack Chaplain, of Mesa, Ariz., Kay Vukadinovich of Christopher and Lisa and Bill Robertson of Marion.  She is also survived by five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, a son, Errol “Bud” Hackl, and also brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be at 12 noon Thursday, Nov. 21, at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with the Rev. Pat Giles officiating. Interment will be in Harrison Cemetery in Buckner. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Thursday at the funeral home.

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Obituary – Betty L. Andrews – Benton

Betty L. Andrews, 80, of Benton, passed away at her home on Thursday, November 14, 2013.

She was born in Benton on May 23, 1933, the daughter of the late Ocie and Sophia Baker.

She is survived by her husband, Carl Andrews; son and daughter Dennis Andrews and Jennifer Andrews, both of Eldorado; two grandsons and their wives, Aaron and Natalie Andrews, of Haubstadt, IN and Jonny and Katie Andrews, of Newberg, IN.  Also surviving is one great-grandson, Kayden Cole (Aaron & Natalie) and one great-granddaughter, Kylee Jo (Aaron & Natalie) and a brother-in-law, Herbert Burnell, of St. Louis.

Betty spent 35-plus years in retail sales, first at the Hub Clothing Store and then at three different pharmacies: McCann Drug, McCollum Drug and Benton Drug.

Betty was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, John Baker and two sisters, Nancy Burnell and Judith Baker.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton.  A memorial service conducted by Robert Jilek will immediately follow.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Obituary – John H. “Pappy” Hampton – Christopher

CHRISTOPHER — John H. “Pappy” Hampton Sr.,  82, of Christopher, IL, passed away Nov. 14, 2013 at Herrin Hospital.

Mr. Hampton was born February 16, 1931 in Mulkeytown to Carrol Hampton and Delcena (Short) Hampton.  He married Nina Mae (Clancy) Hampton on June 18, 1951 and she survives.

Mr. Hampton worked for Illinois Central Railroad.  He was an avid fisherman and has held the state record for the largest crappie since 1974.  He was a member of the Izaak Walton Club a kifetime member of the Coal Belt Association and the Coello Fire Department.

He also loved to go to the Maid-Rite and Larry’s Pit BBQ for coffee every morning

Mr. Hampton was a member Church of Christ in Christopher, IL

Mr. Hampton is survived by his children, Dennis (Debbie) Hampton, of Mulkeytown, IL, Tina (John) Hughes, of Sesser, IL, John “Little John” (Georgetta) Hampton, of Mulkeytown, IL and Harry Hampton, of Belleville, IL>

He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren and special friend Phillip Laurent.
Also surviving are two sisters, Rose (Lester) Ramsey, of Coello, IL and Margaret (David) Little, of Kenosha, WS.  Mr. Hampton was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Phillip “PG” Hampton, on brother, Clarence Hampton and one infant brother and two infant sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 18, 2013 at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Brother George Marshall officiating.  Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 at the funeral home.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Obituary – Nolan D. Gulley – Valier

VALIER– Nolan D. Gulley, 81, of Valier, passed away Nov. 14, 2013 at his home.

Nolan was born January 11, 1932 in Valier to Clarence D. Gulley and Henrietta (Galloway) Gulley.

He married Barbara Ann (Wall) Gulley.  He is survived by one son, Dennis Gulley, of Valier.

It was Nolan’s wish to be cremated with no funeral service.  Gilbert Funeral Home, of Christopher IL, is in charge of arrangements.

For more information go to www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

 

Obituary – Virgil Kash, Jr. — Benton

Virgil Kash Jr., 82, of Benton, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 at his home.

He was born in Jefferson County, IL on May 24, 1931, the son of Virgil Kash, Sr. and Sula (Page) Kash.

Mr. Kash was a farmer for more than 60 years.

Mr. Kash is a member of the West City Church of God.

Mr. Kash is survived by his wife Naomi (Tucker) Kash, of Benton.

Also surviving are his children, Mony Kash, of Benton, Carla (Lance) Barnes, of Benton, Terena Kash, of Benton and Ashley (Chad) Sledge, of Mt. Vernon.  He is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Janee Kash, of West City and grandchildren Caden Cambron, Caitlyn Sledge, Hallie Sledge, Tyler Koski, Danielle (Josh) Hatfield, Becky Kash, Tracy Kirk, Elizabeth (Leroy) Hasenjaegeer), Brent (Mindy) VanFossan and Adrea Barnes.  He is also survived by seven grandchildren , one great-grandchild and brothers and sisters, Floyd (Nomalee) Kash, Wayne (Brenda) Kash, Kenneth (Helen) Kash, Bobby Kash, Jack (Audrey) Kash and Glenda (Jimmy) Downen.  Also surviving are brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Phyllis Kash, Bill Pierce, Wilford Allen, George Tucker, Clyde Tucker, Mary Bloom and Rita Tucker.  Mr. Kash was preceded in death by his parents, by his first wife, Beatrice (Sheridan) Kash and by two sons, Daniel Kash and Paul Kash, by two sisters JoAnn Pierce and Norma Kash and by a brother Billy Kash and by sisters-in-law Darlene Kash and Edith Allen.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 at Johnston Funeral Home in Ina with Pastor Harol Whitlock officiating.  Burial will be in the Kirk Cemetery in Ina.  Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home in Ina.  For those who wish memorials can be made to the American Kidney Foundation.

Obituary – Martha Evelyn Reiff – Christopher

CHRISTOPHER — Martha Evelyn Reiff, 80, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Herrin Hospital.
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Martha was born April 27, 1933, in Brookport to Clyde and Ruby Laird.

She married Larry Reiff on June 20, 1955, and he survives of Christopher.  Martha was a member of the Church of Christ in Christopher.

She is also survived by her children, Rodney Reiff of Christopher, David and Marsha Reiff of Belleville and Christopher Reiff and Terri Gunter of Marine.  Also surviving are her grandchildren, Crystal Reiff, Brooke Reiff and Blakely Reiff and brothers and sisters, Myrtle Woolford of Cairo, and Ralph Laird of West Palm Beach, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Doris Laird.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Brother George Marshall officiating.  Visitation will be at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.  Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Church of Christ in Christopher.

For more information go to www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.