Janice A. Fletcher – Akin, IL

Pete Rotolo – Benton, IL

Pete Rotolo, 86, of Benton, IL,  passed away Friday afternoon, July 22, 2016 in Benton.

He was born in Marion, IL on August 25, 1929, the son of Dominick & Jennie (Cuccia) Rotolo. He owned and operated Pete’s Sound Center in downtown Carterville for many years. He retired from LACO Electronics. He was a Gideon &  He was a Deacon of the 1st Baptist Church of Carterville. Mr. Rotolo was a very active member of  North Benton Baptist Church. He was a member of the Lion’s Club in Carterville and a very proud foster grandparent at Benton Elementary School. He married Bonnie Mae (Denham) in 1948 and she preceded him in death on 1969. He then married Lucille Rose in 1970 and she died in 1990. He married Lavina Bean in 1991 and she survives.

He is survived by his son David Rotolo and wife Doris of Benton, daughterNancy Skokan & husband Jim of San Antonio, TX; grandaughters Dee Rotolo and Rodney Robinson of Vergennes, Sandy Ridings and husband Lyndon, of Benton, Elizabeth Switek and husband Dan, of Austin, TX, Jennifer Almaguer and husband Roy, of San Antonio, TX; great-grandchildren Dustin Lynch, Kassie Lynch, Rylee Ridings, Jacob and Adam Switek, Andrew and Allyson Almaguer.

Mr. Rotolo was preceded in death by his parents, by four brothers and 3 sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 27th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Rev. Gary West officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be after 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of Flowers, memorials in Pete’s name may be made to the Benton-West City Ministerial Alliance-Food Pantry.

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

Jo Ann Joiner – Benton, IL

Jo Ann Joiner, 72, of Benton passed away Sunday morning, July 24, 2016 at the Herrin Hospital.

She was born in Gary, IN on October 7, 1943, the daughter of John & Mildred (Eldridge) Hall.

She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of West City. She was a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Sister & Sister-in-law. She was always doing something for Others. She worked long hours at many different jobs. She had a generous nature, and came from a large family and she was very proud of them, They always came first. She was a very caring individual.

Mrs Joiner is survived by three sons, Steve Brown and wife Linda of Brunswick, Maryland, Kevin Brown and wife Laura of Granite City, Jeffrey Brown and wife Lisa of Benton; grandchildren Natalie Brown and Bobby Stark, Kristoffer Brown, Jessica Brown, Dusten Brown and wife Michele, Kelsea Peacock and husband Cory, Jonathan Brown, Brandtlee Brown, Elissa Brown; great-grandchildren Katlyn Brown, Jailyn Brown, Avery Brown, Lily Pigg and Kevin, Aiden and Camden; sisters Susie Willis, of Benton, Ruth Zeboski, of Benton, and Linda Ward, of Benton, brother Don Hall and wife Mary of Richardson, TX; special brother-in-law Robert “Ike” Crnokrak of Benton; sister-in-law Sharon Hall, of Benton

Mrs. Joiner was preceded in death by her parents, husbands-Carl Brown, Dean Bowman & Ronald Joiner, by a daughter and son-in-law Karla and Alan Rost and by their children-Stephanie, Jason and Charlie Rost, by a grandson Joshua, by a sister Norma Crnokrak and by two Brothers Wesley Hall and Ronald Hall.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 29th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Rev. Bert Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8:00 P.M. Thursday at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton.

In lieu of Flowers, memorials in Jo’s name may be made to the First Baptist Church of West City.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Fifth Season Staff & to the caregivers at Herrin Hospital for the excellent care given to Jo.

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

Frank M. Senka – Christopher, IL

Frank M. Senka, 75, of Christopher, IL, passed away July 22, 2016 at his home.

Frank was born September 6, 1940 in Chicago, IL the son of Robert Senka and Regina (Krol) Senka.

Frank was a school teacher. He was a member of St. Andrews Catholic Church, in Christopher.

He is survived by cousins Ronald Pickett, of Burbank, IL, Edward Pickett, of Crestwood, IL, Lee Pickettt, of Worth, IL and Chad Pickett, of Romeoville, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Daniel and Robert Senka.

Frank’s wishes were to be cremated with no services. Burial will be in St Andrews Catholic Cemetery.

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

Lillie V. Prather – Christopher, IL

Lillie V. Prather, 83, of Christopher, IL, passed away July 21, 2016 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

She was born August 28, 1932 in Desoto, IL, the daughter of Sarah Lucille (Hood) Dickerson.

Lillie married James Prather and he survives of Christopher.

She is survived by her children, Tamela and Gary Cornaglia of Christopher, Kimberly and James Hanks of Harrisburg and Robin and Larry Smith of Christopher; grandchildren: Robbie (Laura) Prather, Carrie (Kip) Davis, Joshua (Sarah) Smith, Kaley Smith, Zachary Hanks, Brian (April) Hanks, Addie Hanks; great-grandchildren: Riley Davis, Zane Davis, Jett Davis, Lex Davis, Christopher Prather, Caleb Prather.

She was a devoted wife and mother, and she also loved working part-time as a retail clerk at Lot-O-Savings in Christopher. Lillie was a member of Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her mother, one son James Walter Prather Jr., and two sisters Betty Pinkston and Helen Million.

A memorial service will be held Sunday July 24, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, with Brother Mark Miller officiating. Visitation will be on Sunday July 24, 2016 from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Lillie’s nephew Nathan Barnes to ease the burden of his medical expenses.

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

John L. Gass – Mt. Vernon, IL

Richard H. Holt – Christopher, IL

Richard H. Holt, 65, of Christopher, IL, formerly of Bloomington, IL, passed away Wednesday, July 20th following a courageous 9-month battle with cancer.

holtRick was born August 3, 1950, in Centralia, IL, to Richard “Tex” Holt and Mary Holt.  He graduated from Centralia High School in 1968.  He completed a tour of duty with the US Army in Vietnam from 1970-1971. Upon his return, he attended SIU Carbondale and spent several years teaching special education in Carbondale and Schaumburg. Rick left teaching  in 1979 to open his business, Functional Furniture, in Bloomington, where he was able to pursue his passion as a master carpenter and cabinet maker.

He moved his business to Christopher in 2004, and married Diane Holt on February 14, 2007.  Since that time, he has added prize-winning jelly maker (Ma Holt) to his resume, and has been actively involved in the Lion’s Club of Christopher.  He was also actively involved in the Young Musicians Project based in Centralia, without his tireless efforts, support, and fundraising efforts, including the “Bathhouse Band Reunion Jam” from 2011-2012 and “Missing the Sixties” from 2014-2016, the Young Musicians Project would not be as successful as it is.

Rick was a proud member of the Disabled American Veterans Franklin County Chapter 51, whose single purpose was empowering disabled Veterans and their families to lead a high-quality of lives with respect and dignity. Rick gave tirelessly of himself during his time with the DAV in his service to our ill and injured heroes, which he was one of. Rick spent hours upon hours raising money to help those in need and visiting our Veterans in the hospital and in long-term care. He held several titles during his tenure with the organization to include most recently as the Adjutant/Treasurer. A title he held for several years as he was the glue that held the chapter together. The most important title he held was mentor and friend to all those he encountered. His patriotic sense of compassion was exhibited daily and his leadership and friendship will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

Rick was a loving husband, father, brother, and uncle.  He never met a stranger, and will be missed by all who knew him and loved him.

He is survived by his wife of nine years, Diana Lambert Holt; daughters Elizabeth (Brian) Holt-Schwab of Chicago, and Ericka (Craig) Louer of St. Louis; step-sons Beau (Jamie) Forbes of Oak park, and J.J. Forbes of Royalton; one grandson Ronan Alexander Forbes, brothers John (Pam) Holt of Carbondale, and Jim Holt of Centralia; nephews & nieces Philip (Jillian) Holt of Seattle, WA, Dion (Marianne) Holt-Phoenix of Gig Harbor, Wa, Vanessa Holt-Phoenix of Murphysboro, Cassy & Matt Gregge of Herrin, Colleen Price of Carterville, Nick Dodson of Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother Charles “Chuck” Holt.

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is handling the arrangements.

The family would like to thank the entire staff at Carbondale Memorial Hospital for their exceptional care over the past month, and his team at Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis.  Rick’s wishes were to be cremated, a celebration of life for all who knew and loved him will be held at a future date.  Memorials can be made in his name to the Disabled American Veterans Charity (DAV) and will be accepted at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher.

And as Rick would say, “Once an Orphan, always an Orphan”

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

Robert “Howdy” Mandrell – West Frankfort, IL

Della “Sue” Blomquist – West Frankfort, IL

WEST FRANKFORT — Della “Sue” Blomquist passed away suddenly Jan. 9, 2016, from a stroke.

dellaBeloved daughter of Ann and Frank Ezell, Della (Sue) was born and raised in West Frankfort.

She married her college sweetheart, Jon, moving to the Chicago area, where they raised their daughter, Beth. She and Jon moved to the Denver area in 2014 to live near their daughter.

Della made friends wherever she went, always involved in the community. She didn’t go anywhere without running into someone she knew. There was always a garden in the yard, where she enjoyed watching the wild birds and butterflies that were attracted to the native plants. She continued the trend when she moved to Colorado, filling her balcony with flowers. Della collected teddy bears, with one for every occasion and season, sharing them with others. Genealogy was her other passion. She researched both her family and her husband’s, meeting relatives and interested people around the world. She was rarely without a book at hand. Her first act after moving to Colorado was to locate the closest library and used bookstore.

Della’s passing leaves a hole that we will never be able to fill. She is survived by her husband Jon; daughter, Beth; sisters, Judy Summers and Edna Ezell; and countless precious nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 23, in Bethel Cemetery.

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

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

In Della’s memory, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, stjude.org, Bears and Blankets, http://www.bearsandblankets.org/#!donate/c1d1z; and the Freedom to Read Foundation http://www.ftrf.org/donations/.

Connie Lee Carso – Christopher, IL

Connie Lee Carso, 71, of Christopher, IL, passed away July 19, 2016 at Herrin Rehabilitation and Nursing, in Herrin, IL.

Connie was born on February 5, 1945 in Oklahoma City, OK, the daughter of John Carso and Ruth (Crain) Woods.

Connie is survived by sisters Karen and Dennis Parrent, of Christopher and Laina Hembree, of Du Quoin, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Graveside funeral services will be held at Mulkeytown Cemetery on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 10 a.m. with Brother Jason Todd officiating. The family requests no flowers. Donations can be made to the Mulkeytown Cemetery and will be accepted at the funeral home. Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, IL, is in charge of arrangements. For more information go to www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.