Bert Venegoni, Jr. – Christopher, IL

CHRISTOPHER — Bert Venegoni Jr., (Humbert J. Venegoni) 83, passed away at 12:50 p.m. Oct. 15, 2015, in Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon.

venegoniBert Venegoni Jr. was born Sept. 30, 1932, in Christopher, the son of Bert Sr. and Tina Venegoni.

He married the former Grace Hicks on March 8, 1952.

Bert Venegoni Jr. attended Christopher High School, where he played football and basketball.

He then served his country in the U.S. Army, stationed overseas during the Korean War. For his service, Bert Venegoni Jr. was awarded the Korean Service Ribbon with three Bronze Service Stars, the National Defense Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal.

After returning home, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Venegoni moved to Chicago where he attended the Deforest Radio and Television School in Chicago. The family then moved to Springfield, where he was the owner of a contracting company. For the past three decades, Bert was the owner and President of B&G Venegoni Distributing, Inc., an Anheuser-Busch Distributor, until his retirement in early 2015.

Bert Venegoni loved spending time with his family and friends, gardening, fishing, and was well known as a successful businessman in the Southern Illinois area. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, zest for life, and as a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Gracie Venegoni of Christopher; three children, Lisa Lowery, and husband, Rob, of Benton, Laura Schneider, and husband, John, of Town and Country, Missouri, Randy Venegoni, and wife, Marcia, of Christopher; seven grandchildren, Mathew Schneider of St. Louis, Kyle Schneider of Chicago, Christopher Lowery of Benton, Nicholas Schneider of St. Louis, Ryan Lowery of Benton, Lauren Venegoni and Garrett Venegoni of Herrin; sisters, Josephine Byars, and husband, Glenn, of Marion, Catherine Browning and husband, Bill, of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher. Private burial services will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Lung Cancer Foundation of America and will be accepted at the funeral home or by the family.

Fern O. Lance – Sesser, IL

Fern O. Lance, 96, of Sesser, IL passed away October 15, 2015.

She was born October 12, 1919 in Franklin County, the daughter of Arthur Loman and Lilly (Stubblefield) Loman.

Fern was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church, in Sesser.

She married Wayne Lance on June 5, 1937 and he preceded her in death on Nov. 20, 2006.

Fern is survived by her grandchildren, Zachary Wayne Lance, Shannon Thacker and Tawny Groesch; one niece, Deloras Herman, Chicago, IL and a special longtime family friend, Tyann Thacker, Thompsonville, IL.

She was preceded in death by her husband, two children, Randy Lance and Barbara Ann Ford and seven brothers and sisters.

A graveside funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 19, 2015 at Maple Hill Cemetery with Brother Ray Chrisman officiating.

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

 

 

 

 

Obituary – Irma Norene Mueller – Christopher, IL

Irma Norene Mueller, 92, of Christopher, IL died Monday October 12, 2015 in DuQuoin, IL.

She was born in Christopher to Joseph and Mary (Chionio) Falcher on October 23, 1922. She graduated from Christopher High School in 1940. She worked in Chicago during the war years and later in retail stores in Christopher.

After the war she met the love of her life Frank Mueller and they were married on April 12, 1947. They spent 65 years together until his death on December 17, 2012.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother Henry Falcher and one sister Teresa “Gena” Abrassart.

She is survived by two children a son Mark (Rebecca) Mueller of Christopher and a daughter Elaine (Jim) Danielson of Christopher; three Grandchildren Eric Mueller of Christopher, Jeremy (Rachelle) Mueller of Christopher, and Tracey (Cody) Williams of Marshall, IL; four great grandsons Derek Mueller, Tyler Mueller, Logan Mueller, and Gaston Williams.

Her life was devoted to her husband, her children, and all of her family.

In accordance with Irma’s wishes her body will be cremated. There will be no visitation. Graveside services will be on Saturday October 17, 2015 at 11 A.M. at the St. Andrews Catholic Cemetery in Christopher with Monsignor Kenneth Schaefer officiating. Friends and family are asked to go directly to the cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the St. Andrews Catholic Cemetery fund and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Obituary – Christine “Teeny” Blondi – Benton, IL

Christine “Teeny” Blondi, 91, of Benton, died at 4:05 a.m. Sunday, October 11, 2015 at the Helia Healthcare Center of Benton, IL.

Teeny BlondiA Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held at 12 noon Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church of Benton with Rev. Lee Lovett officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to the funeral hour on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the church.

Arrangements are with the Leffler – Poulson Funeral Home of Benton.

Mrs. Blondi was born on May 29, 1924 in Kinmundy, IL, the daughter of Rola Marlow and Blanche (Mulvaney) Marlow. She married Robert D. Blondi on June 3, 1945 and he preceded her in death on October 3, 1997.

Teeny and her husband formerly ran the Chester City Dairy in Benton. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Benton, Methodist Women, and the Franklin County Home Extension.

Teeny was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, she enjoyed flowers and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Blondi is survived by her four children: Pam Finley of Carterville, IL, Tom Blondi and wife Barbara of Scottsdale, AZ, Bobby Blondi and wife Mary of Benton, Betty Taylor of Benton; nine grandchildren: Heath Taylor of Whittington, Chrissy and husband Brian Miller of Sesser, Jason Finley and wife Leslie of Nashville, TN, Jeremy Finley and wife Rebecca of Nashville, TN, Rob Blondi and girlfriend Summer Drysdale of Valier, Brett Blondi and wife Kortni of Benton, Andrea and husband Josh Cleaver of Newton, IL, Jayme and husband Chris Robinson of Redondo Beach, CA, Tyler Blondi and wife Dawn of Azusa, CA; ten great-grandchildren: Ty Taylor, Emma Blondi, Bo Blondi, Ayda Blondi, Nolen Cleaver, Brooklyn Cleaver, Marcus Robinson, Samantha Flores, Eve Finley, Charlotte Finley; a great-granddaughter Dempsey Jane Miller due to arrive in January 2016; a sister Mary Kay and husband Don Humrichouse of Eldora, IA; two brothers: Jerry Marlow and wife Cathy of Collinsville, IL, Danny Marlow and wife Brenda of Marietta, GA; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a sister Hilda Bisel, three brothers: Tommy Marlow, Miram Marlow, Darrell Marlow; and her twin sister Helen Chapman.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 203 West Church Street, Benton, IL 62812.

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

Obituary – Jack Canada – West City, IL

Jack Canada, 80, of West City, passed away October 8, 2015 at his home.

Jack was born on September 1, 1935 in Benton, IL, the son of John and Thelma (Linn) Canada.

He married Patsy (Crawford) on June 24, 1954 in Marion, IL and she preceded him in death on July 27, 2013.

Jack was a loving father, grandfather and brother. He was a 50-year member of the UMWA and a retired coal miner. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Jack is survived by his children, Debbie Canada, of West City, Keith Canada, of West City, Sue McClearin and husband Scott, of Benton and David Canada, of West City; two grandchildren, Jamie Canada, of Benton and Russell Gulley, of Valier, IL; one great-grandson Chase; two brothers Bob and Taina Canada and family of Rockford, IL and Dick Canada and Gigi and family, of Equality, IL; sister-in-law Doris Stewart, of Beecher, IL; extended family members Ron and Carol House and family, of Benton, Nola and Dennis Denham, of West Frankfort, IL, Gordie and Paula Denham, of Cambria, IL, Roy and Debbie Pinkston, of West City, Christi Burke and Paul of Benton. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, a granddaughter Amanda Gulley, a sister Jennie Canada Ward, a sister-in-law Grace Canada and a brother-in-law Arnold Stewart.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday , October 14 at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with the Rev. John Neace officiating. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton.

For those who wish, memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to Hospice of Southern Illinois, Inc. and will be accepted at the funeral home at any time.

Obituary – Gerald “Jerry” Wayne Bate – Valier, IL

Gerald “Jerry” Wayne Bate, 65, of Valier, IL passed away October 7, 2015 at his home.

Jerry was born January 7, 1950 in Cleveland, OH the son of William Bate and Anna (Bowlin) Bate.

Jerry married Kelly (Girten) Bate on November 26, 1993 and she survives of Valier.

He was retired as chief of police at Rend Lake College and also worked for police departments in Christopher, Sesser and Valier.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Valier and was a trustee of the Valier Village Board.

Jerry was an Army veteran and served in Vietnam.

He is survived by his children, Jerry (Sandra) Bate, of Zeigler, IL, Brandy Bate, Brandon “Buck” Bate and Candice Walker of Zeigler, Kirsten (Johnson) and Ryan Goodisky of Mt Vernon and Kelsey Bate of Valier; grandchildren Cody, Mikayla, Landen, Bella, Rylee and Brody Bate, Lauren Goodisky and Dylon Kelly; sister Marilyn (Jack) Holton, Columbus, OH; special uncles Wendell Bowlin, Sesser and Bud Bowlin, Benton; mother-in-law Jo Ann Girten, Valier; brothers-in-law Donnie and Lyndy Girten, Benton and Cord and Lisa Girten, Valier. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, James Bate and Robert Bate.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with the Rev. Zach Waldis officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Harrison Cemetery, in Buckner, IL.

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

Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home, in Sesser, IL, is in charge of arrangements.

For more information go to www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

Obituary – Lloyd Friend – Mulkeytown, IL

Funeral service for Lloyd Friend, of Mulkeytown, IL will be held Friday Oct 9, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Mulkeytown Christian Church.

Visitation will be Thursday from 6 p.m. till 8 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home, Christopher, IL and from 10 a.m. Friday till service time at 11 a.m. at the Mulkeytown Christian Church. Burial will be in the Mulkeytown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial can be made to the Southern Illinois Christian Service Camp in West Frankfort and will be accepted at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, IL.

Lloyd was World War II veteran. He served U.S. Army as a Sergeant in Bombardment Radar and as a radio mechanic. He earned American Campaign, WW II Victory Medal, and Good Conduct Medal.

After his service he became a farmer and married Patricia N. Thompson on Nov.19, 1955 at the Greenwood Methodist Church. Lloyd was lifelong member of the Mulkeytown church where he was a deacon.

Lloyd and Pat raised four children on the family farm.

Survivors include his Wife Patricia,  three children, Joe L. Friend (Cindy), Lyn Rentfro (David), Paul Dean Friend all of the Mulkeytown area.

Other survivors include seven grandchildren Alana Concord(Dan), Amy Joe Cats (Chris), Curtis Rentfro (Heather),Niki Tindall (Jacob), Paul D.Friend (Lexie), Will B. Friend, Audra Friend; four great-grandchildren, Jeffery O. Furlow, Wyatt J.Tindall, Khloe J. Tindall, and Emma L. Rentfro; three sisters, Helen Smith of Anamosa Iowa, Reba Teel of Houston, Texas, Marriane Holdman, of Fairfield Bay, Arkansas.

Lloyd was preceded in death by his parent Lewis S.Friend and Esther E. Friend and his eldest son Jeffery L Friend.

Brenda Joyce Bradley – Christopher, IL

Brenda Joyce Bradley, 68, of Christopher, IL, passed away Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at Herrin Hospital.

Brenda BradleyBrenda was born July 6, 1947 in Vincennes, IN, the daughter of Clarence “Doc” Wilbur Adams and Elizabeth “Betty” Joyce Schultz, of Manteno, IL.

She married George Edward Bradley on March 8, 1966 and he preceded her in death on February 17, 2011.

Brenda was a member of the Light the Way Christian Church and was a member of the UMWA Women’s Auxiliary.

Brenda is survived by her children, Steven Dale Bradley, Christopher, IL, Tina Joyce (David) Bird, Christopher, IL and Amanda Jo Bradley, Herrin, IL; one grandchild, Zoie Danielle (Austin) Frey; brothers and sisters, Paul “P.J.” Adam, Jacqueline “Jackie” (Roy) Howell, Marianne (Dale) Burkhalder, John (Ruby) Adams, Randall “Lee” (Cheryl) Adams, Karla (Bob Bopes) Adams, Bruce Adams, Tamara “Tammy” (Lee) Ferguson, Karen (Glenn) Clark, Sharon Adams, Timothy “Tim” Adams, Angela “Angie” (Doug) Snyder, Patrick “Pat” Adams.

She was preceded in death by her husband and one son, Keith Edward Bradley.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at Gilbert Funeral Home, in Christopher with Minister Robbey Smith, officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 2, 2-15 at the funeral home. Burial will be at Horse Prairie Cemetery, in Sesser, IL. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Celtic Hospice and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

For more information go to www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com

 

 

Obituary – Bill Wilkerson – Buckner, IL

Bill Wilkerson, 89, of Buckner, IL, passed away Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at Frankfort Care Center, in West Frankfort, IL.

He was born May 26, 1926 in Benton, IL, the son of Earl and Janie (Owens) Wilkerson.

Mr. Wilkerson was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army Signal Corps. He was a lifetime member of DAV. Mr. Wilkerson formerly worked for Pinkerton Detective Agency when they were building the Houston Astrodome, in Houston, TX. He worked for Poulson Funeral Home, in Benton, for several years. Mr. Wilkerson was also a truck driver. He would also go with his father in years past to hold revivals at various Apostolic Churches in Illinois.

Mr. Wilkerson is survived by his wife, Betty (Barth) Wilkerson, of Buckner, one son, Bill (Cheryl) Wilkerson, Gulf Shores, AL and one daughter, Faye Carney and husband Jerry, of Foley, AL; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, several stepchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Mr. Wilkerson was preceded in death by his parents and by six brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 4 at Morton and Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Pastor Donnie Hill, of Granite City, IL, officiating. Burial, with military honors by the Benton American Legion and VFW Posts and Illinois National Guard, will be in Franklin Cemetery, in Whittington. Visitation will be after 12 noon on Sunday at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home, in Benton.

For those who wish, memorials may be made to the DAV, and will accepted at the funeral home at any time.

Obituary – Benjamin Lucas McCain – Benton

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He was born Oct. 15, 1989, in Portland, Oregon, the son of Steven Keith and Debra Sue (Scott) McCain.

He loved hunting and fishing. He was an avid outdoorsman. He loved his dogs Molly and Cali. He loved his family and the company of others.

He was a coal miner.

Benjamin is survived by his parents, Steven and Debra McCain of Benton; two sisters, Heather Reed and husband, Eli, of Benton, and Amanda McCain and William Stark of Marion; nephew, Karter Osborne; and niece, Hazel Jane Reed; grandparents, Carolyn and William McCain of Benton; aunt, LaDonna McCain of Benton; uncle, Michael McCain and wife, Bonnie of Freeburg; aunt, Sandy McCain of Macedonia; and several cousins including one special cousin, Dave McCain Jr. of Benton.

Benjamin was preceded in death by a brother, Steven Keith Scott; and uncle David McCain Sr.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, in Morton and Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, with the Rev. Mark Minor officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery in Galatia. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Friday at the funeral home in Benton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

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