Obituary – Frank Krajnik – Benton

Frank Krajnik, 90, of Benton, passed away at 8:55 p.m. Friday, January 3, 2014 at Helia Health Care in Benton.

He was born in Benton, IL, on May 8, 1923, the son of Frank and Josephine (Jedlicka) Krajnik.

Mr. Krajnik was a Korean War veteran, serving in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by two nephews, Ron Burlison and wife Patti, of Benton, IL and Dr. John Burlison and wife Christy, of Lake Havasu City, AZ.

Also surviving are two great nephews, Raymie Burlison and wife Vanessa and their children Raymie Jr. and Major, of Benton, IL and Jared Burlison, of Albuquerque, NM.

Mr. Krajnik was preceded in death by his paretns, two sisters, Mary Krajnik and Martha Burlison.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Friday, January 10 at the Buck Road Cemetery in Collinsville.  Military honors will be conducted at the cemetery. There will be no visitation.

Morton & Johnston Funeral Home, in Benton, is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary – Wanda Maxine Threlkeld – Benton

Wanda Maxine Threlkeld, 93, of Benton, passed away at 9:10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 at Helia Healthcare in Benton.

She was born in Benton, IL on Oct. 23, 1920, the daughter of William Loren and Gertrude (Dial) Epps.

She married Harry Threlkeld on Dec. 22, 1940 and he preceded her in death on July 10, 1999.

Mrs. Threlkeld was head cook at Grant Grade School and Washington Grade School in Benton, and retired as head cook from Benton Middle School.  She was a member of the Good Sams Camping Club and a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, in Benton.

Mrs. Threlkeld is survived by a daughter, Rita Doty and husband Ken, of Benton and a son, Richard Threlkeld and wife Marlene, of Carbondale.  She is also survived by four grandchildren, Steven Doty and wife Susie, of Scheller, David Doty and wife Amber, of Mt. Vernon, IN, Chad Threlkeld, and wife Heather, of Benton and Kimberly Threlkeld, of Carbondale; six great-grandchildren, April, Emily, Anthony, Caleb, Branden and Loganl; and three great-great grandchildren, Michael, Alex and Kayana.

Mrs. Threlkeld was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, Buddy Epps and Bill Epps and by a half-sister, Louise Parrish.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 6, 2014 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home, in Benton, with the Rev.  Ron Cremeens officiating.  Burial will be in Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton.  Visitation will be after 9 a.m. on Monday at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home, in Benton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church or to the Murdale Baptist Church, in Carbondale.

Obituary – Ruth W. Rice – Benton

Ruth W. Rice, 94, of Benton passed away Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 at 8:40 p.m. at Helia Health Care, in Benton.

She was born on January 1, 1919 in Thompsonville, the daughter of Francis Elmer and Lionne (Conover) Warren.

She married Arthur Gordon Rice on Dec. 4, 1937 and he preceded her in death on Sept. 22, 2004.

Mrs. Rice is survived by her son, Kevin Warren Rice, of Bourbonnais, IL and a daughter Kay Kotval, of Benton, IL.  She is also survived by nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.

Mrs. Rice was preceded in death by her parents, by a son, Gordon Richard Rice, by a grandson, by three sisters, Beatrice Barger, Emma Tessier and Ida Brainard and a brother, Ervin Warren.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home, in Benton, with the Rev. Steve Shotts officiating.  Burial will be at Brady Cemetery in Akin.

Obituary – Shirley Nadine Price – Valier

Shirley Nadine Price, 85, of Valier, died January 2, 2014 at 1:45 a.m. at Herrin Hospital.
Shirley was born March 20, 1928 in Valier, the daughter of Harry Mercer and Bessie (Farmer) Mercer.  She married John Price in October 1949 and he preceded her in death on October 31, 2009.

Shirley was a retired seamstress from Bridal Originals.  She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her children, Glenn Price, of Valier, IL, and Janet Biby, of Christopher, IL.  She is also survived by one granddaughter, Jamie Fitzgerald, of Springfield, IL.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and one brother, Dean Mercer.

Graveside funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Mulkeytown Cemetery, in Mulkeytown, IL with the Rev. Bert Mitchell officiating.

Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and will be accepted at the funeral homeGilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, IL is in charge of arrangements.  For more information visit gilbertfuneralhomes.com

 

Obituary – Lauretta Irene Chwarczinski – Christopher

CHRISTOPHER — Lauretta I. Chwarczinski, 60, died on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, in Herrin Hospital.

She was born Jan. 24, 1953, in Mount Vernon, to Dale and Nettie (Cook) Wooters of Odin.

She married Leonard Chwarczinski and he survives of Christopher.

Lauretta was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, children, George and Casondra Chwarczinski of Kell, Joseph and Jeanine Chwarczinski of Boonville, Ind. and Amanda Fraley of Herrin.  She is also survived by grandchildren, Mikayla Chwarczinski, Aaron Chwarczinski, Ava Chwarczinski, Jonathon Chwarczinski, Izaiah Fraley, Jolene Fraley and Harley Hardin and brothers, Stuart Wooters of Louisiana and Brian Wooters of Odin.  Also surviving are sisters, Jaclyn Capps of Belle Rive, Dalane Terrell of Land-O-Lakes, Fla., Joyce Daniel of Alabama, Elvina Wiley of Alabama, , Karen Sharon of Wilmington and Diana Lacey of Wilmington.

Lauretta was preceded in death by her mother; one sister, Gretta Roseanne Casillas; and stepmother, Gretta Wooters.

Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31 in Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home

Obituary – Jessie E. Bowlin – Benton

BENTON – Jessie E. Bowlin, 86, died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Helia Healthcare in Benton.

Mrs. Bowlin was a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church in Benton.

She also was a member of Eastern Star in Benton for more than 60 years, former Grand Adah of Illinois, Grand Representative of Louisiana in Illinois, and Past Worthy Matron, Grand Lectures, White Shrine.

She was born April 21, 1927, in Buckner to James Oscar and Flora Bell (Allen) Lunsford. She married Alva “Bud” Bowlin on Aug.10, 1946, and he survives in Benton.

Other survivors include her children, Christi Kirkman and husband, Dwayne, of Benton; grandchildren, Jonathon and Korby Kirkman and Adena Bowlin; great-grandchildren, Kailey McCain and husband, Dave, and Zack Kirkman; great-great-grandchildren, David McCain, Keegan McCain, Zaedyn McCain and Roxzyn McCain; and daughter-in-law, Gay Bowlin of Benton.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Cyril Bowlin; five sisters, Effie Furlow, Bessie Hicks, Essie Utley, Eva Lunsford and Geneva Lunsford; and four brothers, Bill, Roy, Alfred and Hubert Lunsford.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, in Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Brother Rob Joplin officiating. Interment will be in Harrison Cemetery in Buckner. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church in Benton, or the charity of the donor’s choice , and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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Obituary – Nancy C. Sample – Formerly of Sesser

SESSER – Nancy C. Sample, 68, of Mundelein, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, in Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.She was born Jan. 31, 1945, in Baldwyn, Miss., to Norris and Hattie (Scott) Burns and she survives.

Survivors include children, David Clinton and Marina Sample, Matt and Tricia Sample; grandchildren, Taylor, Karsen, Payton, Chase, Bradley, Savanah and Spencer; great-grandchild, Bentley; and brothers and sisters, Clara Maland, Richard and Diane Burns, Sue Fitzgerald, Mickey and Ann Burns and Kathy Brown.

She was preceded in death by her father; husband, David Caroll Sample and her brother, Donnie Burns.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30, at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, with Brother Mark Miller officiating. Interment will be in Horse Prairie Cemetery in Sesser. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society , 100 Tri-State International Parkway, Lincolnshire, IL 60069 or the ALS Association, 1275 K Street NW Suite 250, Washington DC 20005

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

For more information, visit www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Obituary – George O. Smith – Benton

George O. Smith, 90, of Benton passed away Thursday evening, Dec. 19, 2013 at Nature Trail Health Care Center in Mt. Vernon.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013 at the Franklin Cemetery in Whittington.  Military rites will be conducted by the Benton American Legion and VFW Honor Squad.  Visitation will be after 11 a.m. on Sunday at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton.

Obituary – Walter Vandekerhove – Sesser

Walter Vandekerkhove, 97, passed away at 3:30 a.m. on Thursday December 19, 2013, with his loving family by his side.

vanderWalter, better known as Jeff Vander, was born January 26, 1916, in Skidmore, Kansas.  He was the last of seven children born to Gus and Marie (Menu) Vandekerkhove.

He married Madeline OpdeBeeck in Skiplaken, Belgium, on January 10, 1946, and she preceded him in death in June, 1991.

Walter is survived by daughters Pat (Bob) Boles, Irma (Darrell) Kimmel, Trudy Irvin, and Connie (Danny) Flowers, and one son Walter Jr.  Papa Jeff leaves behind 9 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brothers, Gustave Jr., John and Louis, and sisters Julia, Susan and Garman.

Walter was a WWII Army veteran serving in Belgium as a Jeep mechanic and driver where he met Madeline.  He returned to Illinois with his new bride and began working second shift in the coal mines and opened his life-long business, Vander’s Gas & Appliance.  Jeff and Madeline sold their business in 1975 and retired to Tarpon Springs, FL.

Walter was a member and past-commander of both the American Legion Post 560 and VFW Cox Post 4753 in Sesser, member of the Sesser- Goode Masonic Lodge #744, and lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles.

Funeral services will be on Monday December 23, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser.  Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery with military graveside rites courtesy of the Sesser American Legion and VFW Post.  Visitation will be from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Sunday December 22, 2013 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to the American Cancer Association and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Obituary – Melvin Thomas Hamilton – Sesser

Melvin Thomas Hamilton, 88, of Sesser, IL, died Dec. 18, 2013 at 5:20 p.m. at the VA Medical Center, in Marion, IL.

He was born Sept. 12, 1925 in McLeansboro, IL, the son of Warner Hamilton and Ida G. (Turtine) Hamilton.

Mr. Hamilton is the former owner of the Print Shop, in Sesser.  He was a member of North Benton Baptist Church in Benton, IL.

He was a Navy veteran serving during World War II.

Mr. Hamilton is survived by his children, Ralph and Cindy Hamilton of Christopher, IL, Nancy and Lee Kinsey of Sesser, IL, Norma and Daryl Webb of Ewing, IL, Melvin Randal and Katty Hamilton of Pheenix, AL and Richard and Michelle Hamilton of Colorado Springs, CO.  He is also survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are brothers and sisters, Effie Tevebaugh of McLeansboro, IL, Charles Hamilton of Lincoln, IL, Helen Haynes of Denver, CO and Anna Lee Cox of Cumming, GA.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two sisters and one brother.

Funeral services  will be held Sunday December 22, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, IL, with the Rev. Mark Minor officiating.

Visitation will be on Saturday December 21, 2013 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Odd Fellows Cemetery, in McLeansboro, IL. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Whittington Church or to The Veteran’s Tribute.

Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

For more information go to www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.