Charles Galayda – Buckner

thumbnail_IMG_5256Charles Galayda, 93, passed away on March 3, 2017 at the VA Medical Center Nursing Home in Marion.

Charles was born on February 26, 1924 in Buckner, IL to Stephen and Anna (Krochta) Galayda.  He married Vera (Chamness) Galayda on November 9, 1947 and she survives of Buckner.

Other survivors include her children Susan (Mike) Rude of Marion and their children Michael “Andy” Rude of Manchester, NH and Dr. Thomas (Jessica) Rude of St. Louis; Elizabeth (Patrick) Boyland of Vienna and their children Page (Jamie) Kirkpatrick and their children Camben, Olivia, and Isla all of Royalton, Amanda Yosanovich and her children Drake and Charley all of Buckner; Chuck (Wanda) Galayda of Buckner; Toni (Darrell) Young of Buckner and their children Justin Young of Clearwater, FL, Kaylea Young of Buckner, and Jacob Young of Buckner. Brothers and sisters Michael (Joann) Galayda of West Frankfort, Steve (Jean) Galayda of Park Ridge, IL, Eli (Rose) Galayda of Buckner, Elizabeth (Virgil) Adkins of Mokena, IL and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his parents and three sisters Mary, Helen, and Estelle.

He was an avid Cubs fan, and a member of the DAV and American Legions in Christopher and Benton.

Funeral Services will be on Monday March 6, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Russian Orthodox Church in Buckner with Father Frederick Janecek officiating.  Visitation will be on Sunday March 5, 2017 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher and also on Monday from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM at the Russian Orthodox Church in Buckner.  Burial will be in the Russian Orthodox Cemetery in Buckner.

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Michael Tate – Marion

Michael Lynn Tate, 65, of Marion, passed away at 11:55 p.m., on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at the Marion VA Nursing Home in Marion, IL.

He was born on December 12, 1951, to James and Blubell (Owens) Tate in Herrin, IL.   On January 28, 2004, he married Melba Roseme and she survives.american flag

Michael was a member of American Legion and Boccie Club. He was also a member of the East Benton Baptist Church. He enjoyed traveling, hiking, and his dogs. Michael was a huge Pittsburgh Steelers and St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Michael is survived by his loving spouse, Melba; a son, Christopher Roseme and wife Tracie; two brothers, John Tate and wife Kim and Ransom Tate; three grandchildren, Rashea Roseme, Nichole Johnson, and Aaron Roseme; and  two great-grandchildren, Bradley Johnson and Emily Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Thomas and Blubell Tate.

Services have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Visitation will be held Sunday, March 5, 2017, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main Street, Benton, IL.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 5, 2017, at 1:00 p.m,. at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.,  Military rites by the Benton American Legion Post 280, VFW Post 2671 and the National Guard Honors Team.

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

Online condolences can be given at www.patefh.com.

 

Mark Pierce – Sesser

thumbnail_Mark PierceMark Robert Pierce, 49, of Sesser, IL,  passed away at 7:15 a.m., on Sunday, February 26, 2017, in the Franklin Hospital ER.
  
He was born on May 25, 1967, to Harold Pierce and Betty (Chandler) Owen in Lawrenceville, IL.  Mark was the Pastor of Sesser Church of God and loved fulfilling his calling for the Lord. On August 28, 1998 he married Malinda Shelby and she survives.
  
Mark enjoyed fishing, camping, boating and mushroom hunting, as well as grilling and using his electric smoker. 
  
Mark is survived by his loving spouse of  18 years, Malinda, three daughters, Amber (Mike) Knope, Tristian (Troy) Smith and Megan (Neil) Giese; two sons, Michael Scroggins, his companion Nichole; and Jonathan Pierce; one brother, Kenny (Kelli) Pierce; two sisters, Kim (Danny) Martin and Dana (Jeff) Carter; one step-sister, Cathy (Bill) Long; three step-brothers, Kevin (Marilyn) Owen, Jeffrey (Shannon) Owen, Eric (Shelley) Owen; mother-in-law, Judy Shelby; father-in-law, James Shelby and 10 grandchildren.
  
He was preceded in death by his step-father, Brad Owen.
 
Services have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, IL.
  
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the New Life Church of God707 N. DuQuoin St. Benton, IL with State Overseer, Rick Whitter, District Pastor Rod Joplin and Reverend Bob Wininger, officiating.
  
Per Mark’s wishes cremation was held.
  
Memorials may be made to Pate Funeral Home to assist the family with funeral expenses.
 
Online condolences can be given atwww.patefh.com.

Gina Forsythe-Walsh – Benton, IL

Gina L. Forsythe-Walsh, 46, of Benton, passed away at 9:58 a.m., Sunday, February 26, 2017, at her residence surrounded by her family to be with Christ who she accepted as her Lord and Savior at Immanuel Baptist Church where she was a member.

gina forsytheShe was born on June 1, 1970, to Sandy and Barbara (Woodrow) Forsythe in Benton, IL.  Gina worked as an executive assistant in the real estate business. She lived most of her life in the Indianapolis, Indiana area and loved the Indy race cars, especially the #3 driver, Helio. Gina had many friends who will never forget her. She never met a stranger and had a kind smiling face. She will be truly missed.

Gina is survived by her parents, Sandy Forsythe and Barbara Forsythe, both of Benton, IL; aunts and uncles, Barbara Forsythe, Terry and Helen Forsythe, Paul and Darla Forsythe, Aunt Jean and Uncle Norman Carlile as well as Lisa and Scott Page and Daren and Shelly Carlile and several other cousins; her buddy’s from Benton, Libby, Susan, Ginger, Amanda, Joelle and Susan and her two K9 kids, Canyon and River.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Colleen and Gene Woodrow; paternal grandparents, Nellie and Robert Forsythe and one uncle Bobby Forsythe.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL. Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 1, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Pate Funeral Home,  301 S. Main St., Benton, IL.     Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 1, 2017,  at 1:00 p.m. at the Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL, with the Reverend Ronald Cremeens, officiating. Burial will follow services in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery, Benton, IL.

Memorials may be made to the Second Chance Rescue of Franklin County and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be given at www.patefh.com.

David Flannigan – formerly of Mulkeytown

David Flannigan, 59, of McKinney, TX formerly of Mulkeytown passed away on Wednesday February 22, 2017 at his home.

He was born December 18, 1957 to Raymond and Linda (Swisher) Flannigan. He was married to Paula Jean (Eppes) Flannigan on July 20, 2013 and she survives of McKinney, TX.

David Flannigan PictureSurvivors include his wife Paula Flannigan of McKinney, TX, father Raymond Flannigan of DuQuoin, one step-son Kyle Melberg of McKinney, TX, two brothers Mark Flannigan of DuQuoin and Tracy Flannigan of McKinney, TX, special aunts and uncles Charles (Judy) Swisher of Mulkeytown, Evelyn Swisher of Coello, Janice (Norm) Tilley of DuQuoin, Debbie (Jerry) Stanley of Mulkeytown, mother-in-law Doris Muncey of Littlerock, AR, brothers and sisters-in-law Pam (Gary) Cobler of Richardson, TX, Sheila Jones of Littlerock, AR, Jeanna Bradford of Littlerock, AR, niece Shana Flannigan of White Bluff, TN and two great nieces and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother Linda Flannigan, maternal grandparents Dobber and Verble Swisher, paternal grandparents Bill and Margaret Mitchell, father-in-law Bobby Delleppes, and one uncle Bob Swisher. He was a great musician and loved to play music.

Funeral services will be on Tuesday February 28, 2017 at 12:00 PM at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Brother Don Wright officiating. Visitation will be on Tuesday February 28, 2017 from 10:00 AM until the time of the service at 12:00 PM. Burial will be in Mulkeytown Cemetery.

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

For more information go to our website at gilbertfuneralhomes.com

 

Geraldine “Gerry” Mercer-Valier, IL

Geraldine “Gerry” Jean Mercer, 84, of Valier, IL passed away on Thursday February 23, 2017 at 9:05 p.m. at her home.

Gerry was born on April 30, 1932 in Franklin County, IL to Frank and Sophia (Dubonouski) Mick.

She married Dean Mercer on June 29, 1951 and he preceded her in death on November 14, 2001.

She was a medical secretary for Dr. J.P. Durham in Benton until her retirement.  She was also a member of the Valier First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her children Frank (Melody) Mercer of Valier, Kathy (Donnie) Smith of Benton, Amy (John) Prudent of Valier; grandchildren Joshua (Brandi) Smith, Samuel Waters, Jacob Waters, Lucas Prudent, Jillian Prudent, David Smith, Trisha (Justin) Morgan, and Donnie (Brooke) Smith; great grandchildren Victoria, Jordyn, Jaycob, Clayton, Sage, Liam, and Lyndi; one sister Marsha Coady of Valier; and one brother Ron Mick of Valier.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Funeral services for Gerry will be on Monday February 27, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with George “Zip” Biby officiating.  Visitation will be on Sunday February 26, 2017 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Valier.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the St Jude’s Children’s research hospital and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Wanda Wayman – Benton

Wanda Wayman (1)Wanda P. Wayman, 90, of Benton IL, passed away at 3:39 p.m., on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at SSM Good Samaritan Hospital, Mt. Vernon, IL.

She was born on September 20, 1926, to Calvin and Vina (Robinson) Mabry in Franklin County, IL. Wanda retired as an instructor at Trend Beauty College. She married  R. Paul Wayman and he preceeded her in death on October 17, 1990.

She was a member of the North Benton Baptist Church.

Wanda is survived by her two sons, John Wayman and wife Karen of Mt. Vernon, IL, and Terry Wayman and Janet of Evansville, IN; three granddaughters, Kelly Oreskovic and husband Bob of Washington, MO, Michelle Autry and husband Dan of St. Louis, MO, and Alissa Eastham and husband Ryan of Evansville, IN; six great grandchildren; and one brother, Calvin L. Mabry of Belleville, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Calvin and Vina Mabry, her husband, R. Paul Wayman, two brothers, James L Mabry and Ray Mabry and three sisters, Freda Shaw, Eva Shapkoff and Lucielle Conner.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, Benton IL.

Visitation will be held on Monday, February 27, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Pate Funeral Home,301 S. Main St., Benton, IL.

Funeral services will follow visitation on Monday, February 27, 2017, at 11:30 a.m., with Rev. Gary West officiating.

A private graveside service will take place in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Benton Ministerial Alliance and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be given at www.patefh.com.

Danny Shelton – Christopher

Danny Shelton, 65, of Christopher, passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2017, in his home.

He was born on May 25, 1951, in Christopher to Ralph Shelton and Morna (Park) Shelton Demaret.

He was a Coal Miner at Old Ben 26 and Ziegler 11 and a member of the UMWA. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, horses, motorcycles, cars, hanging out with his friends at the tavern and credited his health to cold Stag beer.  He will be remembered for his fearless personality, always leader and never a follower.

He is survived by his loving daughter, Dayna Riggs of New York and son, Cody Shelton of Carterville, grandchildren Paige, Tysan, Damian, and Kendyl, two sisters Janice and Jim Noel and Joyce and Andy Wilson all of Christopher.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

His wishes were to have private services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Gilbert Funeral home and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Gilbert Funeral home in Christopher is handling the arrangements.
For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com

 

Mark Rohr, Jr. – Benton

Edwin Martin “Mark” Rohr, Jr., age 59, of Benton IL and formerly of Morton Grove, IL, passed away at 6:15 a.m. Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Fairview Healthcare in Du Quoin, IL.

Edwin Martin Rohr, Jr. was born on August 6, 1957 in San Diego, CA, the son of Edwin Martin Rohr, Sr. and Mardell Fern (Parks) Rohr. He married the former Christiane Burkholder on October 27, 1984 and she survives. Mark was a self-employed carpenter.

He enjoyed his dogs, working and watching Westerns on the television.

Mark is survived by his wife Chris Rohr of Phoenix, AZ; his mother Mardell Gingles of Benton; a daughter Jennifer Elyse Soriano and husband Ricardo of Phoenix, AZ; four grandchildren: Jasmyn Capri Ellis, Jacen Delano Ellis, Lyliana Grace Soriano, Gabrieyla Teresa Soriano; his sister Jacqueline Rohr of Elk Grove, IL; his mother-in-law Phyllis Burkholder of Phoenix, AZ; a sister-in-law: Carol Anne Burkholder of Prescott Valley, AZ.

Mr. Rohr was preceded in death by his father Edwin Martin Rohr, Sr.; his step-father Joseph Gingles, Jr.; and a sister Karol Rohr.

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Rev. Steven Flach officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Graveside burial will take place at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 25, 2017 in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Anti-Drug Fund through the Franklin County Sheriff Department, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Robert “Bobby” Reiger — Sesser, IL

Robert “Bobby” Eugene Reiger, 62, of Sesser, IL passed away on Monday February 20, 2017 at 2:58 AM at the Herrin Hospital.

He was born February 6, 1955 to Bonnie Reiger and she preceded him in death.  He married Kelly (LaMour) Reiger on April 10, 1992 and she survives of Sesser.

He worked for the Sesser-Valier school district for 27 years and then retired from Walmart after 17 years.

He was a volunteer firefighter for 25 years with the Sesser Fire Protection District.

He is survived by aunts and uncles Dorothy and Kenny Lipe of Sesser, Irene Newell of Sesser, Lonnie Reiger of West Frankfort, Kitty Santay of Whiting, IN.

Funeral services will be on Friday February 24, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday February 23, 2017 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

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

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