Obituary – Patrick T. Styve – Sesser

Patrick T. Styve, 51, of Sesser, died July 29, 2014 from injuries sustained in a car accident on State Highway 148 South.

Patrick Styve

Patrick Styve

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 2 at 11 a.m. at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Kirk Packer officiating.  Visitation will be on Friday, August 1, 2014 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, in Sesser.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to an education fund for Patrick’s children, Jake and Grace Styve, and will be accepted at the funeral home or by going to www.gofundme.com/cbzinw.

Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

A complete obituary will be posted later.

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Obituary – Ted Denham – Ewing

EWING — Ted Denham, 79, passed away Saturday morning, July 19, 2014, in Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mount Vernon.

ted denhamTed was born Feb. 21, 1935, in Frisco, the son of Orville and Vada (Cunningham) Denham.

He married Maxine (Fagan) on Feb. 5, 1956, in Corinth, Mississippi.

Mr. Denham was owner and operator of Denham Masonary from 1971 to 2012.

He was an avid gun enthusiast, and loved the outdoors. He was a lifetime member of the NRA. First and foremost he was a family man.

Mr. Denham is survived by his wife, Maxine Denham of Ewing; three daughters, Toni Metheney and husband, Kirbie of McLeansboro, Terri Ladage and husband, Duane, of Loami, and Tracy Fletcher of Gulf Shores, Alabama; five grandchildren, Laura Halstead and husband, Travis of Dwight, Lisa Offermann and husband, Ryan, of Bourbonnais, Cortne Fletcher of Benton, Sadie Fletcher of Benton, and Hunter Fletcher of Benton; four great-grandsons, Landon, Rylan, Blayze and Breckin; and brothers and sisters, Shirlene Capps and husband, Burton of Whittington, Diana Neal and husband, DeWayne of Ina, Jack Denham of Whittington, and John Denham of Whittington.

Mr. Denham was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, in Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, with the Rev. Mark Minor officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Frisco. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m Tuesday at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Denham’s memory may be made to the American Lung Association, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Verlean (McDonnough) Henson – Christopher

Verlean (McDonnough) Henson, 84, of Christopher, passed away July 19, 2014 at Pinckneyville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, in Pinckneyville, IL.

Verlean was born April 18. 1930 in Pinckneyville to Bob McDonnough and Effie (Davis) McDonnough.

She was a retired garment worker and a member of First Baptist Church in Christopher.

Verlean married Donald Henson on Jan. 13, 1968 and he preceded her in death on February 1, 2006.

She is survived by one brother Pete (Wilma) McDonnough, Pinckneyville, IL; one sister Deloris (Jim) Getzie, Pinckneyville; two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Koenigstein, Florida and Phillis McDonnough, Tennessee.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, five brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, IL, with the Rev. Richard Lance officiating.  Visitation will be Monday, July 21, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Mueller Hill Cemetery, in Pinckneyville.

Memorials can be made to the Alzheimers Association 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obituary – Alma “Betty” Elizabeth Riley – Christopher

Alma “Betty” Elizabeth Riley, 76, of Mascoutah and formerly of Christopher, passed away July 8, 2014 at Terrace on the Park in Mascoutah.

Betty was born August 31, 1937 in Royalton, IL, the daughter of George Alexander Hargraves and Della Elizabeth (Thomason) Hargraves.

Betty was married to William Ronny Riley, who was killed in a mining accident on May 1, 1979.

She worked as a seamstress and had worked at Bridal Originals and also sewed boat seats at Crownline.  She also did in home care for the elderly.Church.  Betty was a member of First Christian Church in Christopher.  Betty was an avid reader, enjoying biographies and true crime stories, and “The Scandal” sheets. She was a seamstress and enjoyed making her children’s clothing and also making wedding dresses. She was a talented doll maker, she enjoyed making crafts and created many pieces of art and costumes throughout the years. She also loved taking care of her cats.

Betty is survived by two daughters, Tayna Riley and Chuck Berry, of Freeburg, IL and Toni and Randy Rataczyk, of Coulterville, IL.  Also surviving are grandchildren Derek and Trin Davison, of St. Charles, MO, Thad Riley and Cyndi Hankler, of Pinckneyville, Ryan and Grace Fico, Mehlville, MO; great-grandchildren, Blaine, Jade and Lua Riley, Olivia Davison, Grayson Fico and yet to be born, Riley Fico.

Betty is also survived by one brother, James Hargraves and wife Marla, of Fairfield, IL and Judy Hargraves, of Royalton.

Surviving Sisters & Brothers; James Hargraves and wife Marla of Fairfield

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, infant son William Ronnie who was stillborn in 1963, three sisters Linda Sue Hargraves, Ella Francis “Sodie” Jones, and Georgia Ann Moore and one brother Charles Hargraves.

Memorial Service will be on Saturday July 12, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Gilbert Funeral Home, in Christopher with Brother Dennis Jones, officiating.  Visitation will be on Saturday July 12, 2014 from 12 noon until the time of the service at 2 p.m.

Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser at a later date

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Perry County Humane Society

Gilbert Funeral Home Christopher IL is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary – Nancy Ellen Bushong – Sesser

Nancy Ellen Bushong, 63, of Sesser, passed away on July 14, 2014 at Helia Healthcare in Carbondale, IL.

Nancy was born September 8, 1950, in Du Quoin, to Pete Mikulonis and Ella Mae (Robinson) Mikulonis.

Nancy was a registered nurse at Franklin Hospital.  She was a member of Hazel Dell Freewill Baptist Church, in Sesser.

Nancy married Jerry Bushong on May 12, 1974 and he preceded her in death on April 23, 1999.

She is survived by her children, Charles Gale and Wendi Bushong, of Buckner, IL and one granddaughter, Emily Crews.  Also surviving is one brother Joe Robinson, of Sesser and sisters Denise Lewis, of Thompsonville, IL and Jamie Mikulonis, of Sesser.  Nancy was preceded in death by her parents and by her husband.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home, in Sesser, with Pastor Eric Drake officiating.  Visitation will be at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m.  Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery, in Sesser.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made tot he American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the funeral home.

For more information visit gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Obituary – Don Akin – Benton

BENTON — Don Akin, 100, passed away Sunday afternoon, July 13, 2014.

Don was born Nov. 19, 1913, near Akin, the son of Wallie and Lulu (Gaither) Akin. He and his family moved to Benton five years later when their home burned.

He married Viva Mae McAfoos on June 27, 1936. She preceded him in death in 2005, 20 days before their 69th wedding anniversary.

Survivors include his daughter, Ava Jackson of Indianapolis; daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and James Page of Benton; grandsons, Aaron Jackson of Norfolk, Virginia, and Jared Jackson of Summerville, South Carolina; granddaughters, Chelsea (Page) and Dusty Crisp, and Courtney (Page) and Josh Chady, both of Benton; and six great-grandchildren.

Don graduated from Benton Township High School (later renamed Benton Consolidated High School) in 1932. He graduated from Bradley Polytechnic Institute in Peoria with specialities in watch and jewelry repair.

He opened Akin Jewelry Store in 1934 and retired in 1988 after 54 years of business in the same location. Drake’s Jewelry is in that location today.

A World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Navy, Don was stationed in the Admiralty Islands in the South Pacific. He was honorably discharged Dec. 14, 1945.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Benton and American Legion Post 280 since 1946. He was a past member of the Rotary Club, Benton Chamber of Commerce, Elks, VFW, Benton Country Club and Lake Wales Country Club.

Don enjoyed playing golf (achieving three holes-in-one), working in his yard, Sudoku puzzles and remaking old clocks.

On his return to Benton in 2012, he relished being with his friends and family and enoyed going out to eat and reuniting with people he knew. He always surprised people when they learned his age, since he looked, thought and acted like someone much younger.

According to his wishes, private services will be at a later date.

Donations may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, Inc., 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959-5058.

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

Obituary – Betty K. Moschino – Benton

Betty K. Moschino, 74, of Benton, passed away June, 17, 2014 at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.

Betty was born February 4, 1940 in Mulkeytown, IL, the daughter of Oliver Evan Rogers and Mary (Campbell) Rogers.

She was married to Frank Moschino and he survives in Benton.

Betty was a retired coal miner, last working at CONSOL Rend Lake Mine. Betty was a member of the First Christian Church in Christopher, IL and the UMWA.

She is survived by her children, Kathy Esposito, Mulkeytown, IL, Richard Johnston, Christopher, IL and Angela and Brent Gossett, Coello, IL.

Betty is also survived by her grandchildren, Chasity Shaffer, Nicole Washington, Rachael Johnston, Keenan Johnston, Lorrie Horton, Emily Gossett, Maddie Gossett and Grace Gossett; great-grandchildren, Wardell Williams, Jayla Williams, Brittany Washington, Zuri Swarthout-Yoop, Savannah Smith, Amber Smith, Grant Smith, Ashley Smith, Jude Crawford and Gabriel Horton.

Also surviving are her brothers and sisters, Maxine and Earl Giacomo, Mulkeytown, IL, Connie and Fred Samples, Benton, IL, Wanda and Dick McCreaken, Zeigler, IL, Val Gene Rogers, Crainville, IL and Richard and Sue Rogers, Texas.

She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Lauri Johnston, granddaughter Ashley Biggs and sister-in-law Anita Rogers.

Funeral services will be Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 11 a.m. At First Christian Church in Christopher. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. on Friday at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher and 10 a.m. Saturday until the time of the service at the church.

Burial will be in Mulkeytown Cemetery Mulkeytown IL

Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary – Donald “Fonz” Acosta – Sesser

Donald “Fonz” Baird Acosta, 55, of Sesser, passed away on Monday, June 16 at 11:23 p.m. at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.

He was born August, 29, 1958, in Chicago Heights, IL, the son of Al Acosta and Linda (McBride) Acosta. Both parents are surviving and live in Sesser.

Donald worked for the township for many years.

He is survived by his children, Dalton Acosta, Sesser, IL, and Sarah Acosta, of Valier, IL; one grandchild, Gavin Johnson.

He is also survived by three brothers, Alfonso Acosta, Kevin Acosta, Dale and Lorissa Acosta, all of Sesser, IL and one sister, Susan and Harlan Payne, of Ina, IL.

Also surviving are nephews Dillon Payne, Justin Payne, Anthony Acosta, Jared Acosta, and Cash Acosta and several aunts, uncles and cousin. He was preceded in death by one grandson, Mathew Acosta.

Donald had lots of friends, and the Acosta family would like to give a special thank you to Brother Larry Cook

Funeral services will be held Sunday June 22, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, IL, with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Visitation will be on Sunday, June 22, 2014 from 11 a.m until the time of service at 2 p.m.

Donald’s wishes were to be cremated after the funeral service and his ashes will be buried at the Mitchell cemetery in Sesser at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Bear Point Freewill Baptist Church, Sesser VFW, or donations can be made to the family.

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

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Obituary – Frances “Frannie” Marberry – Sesser

SESSER — Frances “Frannie” Jean Marberry, 35, died at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014, at home.

Frances was born Oct. 10, 1978, in Effingham. Her father was Michael Loren Marberry and he preceded her in death. Surviving are her mother and stepfather, Dianna and Curt Williams of Sesser.

Survivors also include sisters, Jennifer and Arthur Lemons of Sesser, Laura Marberry of Sesser; nieces, Gillian and Cordelia; stepsisters, LaDonna Field of Galatia, Cindy Williams and Jessica Williams, both of Harrisburg; grandparents, Burt and Jean Crocker of Sesser; aunts and uncles, Janet and Larry Jones of Harrisburg, Brenda and Keith Kramer of Sesser, Randall and Cindy Crocker of Sesser, special caregiver, Patty Kopec and several cousins.

Frances was preceded in death by her father, grandparents, Loren and Juanita Marberry and aunt, Mary Drake.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, June 16, 2014, in Valier First Baptist Church in Valier, with the Rev. Harl Ray Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Huntington’s Disease Society.

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

For more information, visit www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Obituary – Kenneth Leadabrand – Mulkeytown

MULKEYTOWN — Kenneth Leadabrand, 61, passed away Thursday, June 12, 2014, at his residence.

He formerly worked at Prestige Trailer Manufacturing in Du Quoin.

Kenneth was of Presbyterian faith.

Kenneth was born Jan. 15, 1953, in Red Cloud Nebraska, to Raymond and Betty (Rutledge) Leadabrand. His mother survives of Campbell, Nebraska.

Kenneth was married June 16, 1973, to Lorraine (Ahlers) Leadabrand and she survives of Mulkeytown.

Survivors include children, Michael and Kathy Leadabrand of Royalton, granddaughter, Ashley Leadabrand; sisters, Virginia Heinrich of Hastings Nebraska, and Carol and Allen Kumke-Campbell.

He was preceded in death by his father; brothers, Philip and Roger Leadabrand; and a nephew, Justin Kumke.

As per Kenneth’s wishes, he will be cremated with his ashes buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery in rural Lebanon, Kansas.

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is in charge of arrangements.

For more information, visit gilbertfuneralhomes.com.