Connie Hamm-Sesser, IL

Connie Hamm, 65, of Sesser, passed away on Monday, September 20, 2021 at her home.

She was born on November 22, 1955 in Canton, IL to Lewis and Lucille Harn. She married Kenneth A. Hamm on June 23, 1994.

She is survived by her husband Kenneth A. Hamm; father Lewis Harn; children Amy (Tim) Bays, Marty Hamm, Kenneth L. Hamm and Gregory Hamm; 12 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; three sisters Jan, Judy and Lisa and two brothers Dave and Richard.

She was preceded in death by her mother and one son Joseph Hadsall.

Her wishes were to be cremated with no services.

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Frances Jean Collins – Carmel, IN

Mrs. Frances Jean Collins, age 92, of Carmel, IN, passed away at 10:17 p.m. Monday, September 13, 2021, at St. Vincent’s Hospital of Indianapolis, Indiana.

A Graveside Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 23, 2021, at the Brady Cemetery, East of Akin, with Rev. Ron Cremeens officiating. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery.
Mrs. Collins wishes were to be cremated. Arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.
Frances was born on September 3, 1929, in Akin, Illinois, the daughter of Chalon Hungate and Mary Ellen (Cardwell) Hungate. She was married to Elmer Eugene “Rip” Collins, and he preceded her in death on January 31, 1989.

She was a retired retail salesclerk.

Mrs. Collins formerly attended the Akin Missionary Baptist Church.
She enjoyed the Hungate Historical Society, playing BINGO, arts and crafts, playing slot machines.

Through her husband’s military service in World War II, and her sons time served in the Vietnam War; she was an active supporter of the V.F.W. and their Ladies Auxiliary.

Most of all she enjoyed her time spent and visiting with family.

Surviving is her son Kevin Collins and wife Gerda of Zionsville, IN; grandchildren: Jonathan David Collins of Indianapolis, Deborah Ruth Collins of Indianapolis, Scott Fenech, Theresa Ellenwood; great-grandchildren: Emmarie, Audra, Amanda, Megan and Alex; a brother: Randell Hungate and wife Carol Sue of Benton, IL; best friend Shirley Dial of West Frankfort, IL; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons: Michael David Collins, Phillip Lee Collins; two sisters: Sandra Fay Hungate Skinner, Leatrice June Benedetto; and a great-granddaughter Lily Johanna Collins.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mrs. Frances Jean Collins, may be made to V.F.W. Auxiliary and will be accepted at the services, or can be mailed to the Leffler Funeral Home, 401 East Main Street, Benton, IL 62812.

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Barbara Summers – Christopher, IL

Barbara Sue Summers, age 78, of Christopher, passed away at 5:36 p.m. Saturday, August 21, 2021, at the Herrin Hospital.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 25, 2021, at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton, with Pastor Larry Adams officiating. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery. The Leffler Funeral Home of Benton is in charge of arrangements.

Barbara was born on September 9, 1942, in Benton, Illinois; the daughter of Robert Adams and Helen (Prince) Adams. She married Robert Summers on December 15, 1962, and he survives.
Barbara was a retired legal secretary.

She was a member of the West City Baptist Church, where she played the piano and organ.
Mrs. Summers enjoyed cooking, fishing, and being around her children and grandchildren.

Surviving is her loving husband of 58 years, Robert “Bob” Summers of Christopher, IL; two sons: Jeff Summers and wife Lori of Dallas, TX, Robbie Summers and wife Lisa of Louisville, KY; five grandchildren: Jennifer Summers of Eldorado, IL, Jordan Summers of Louisville, KY, Mitchell Summers of Farmington, MO, Liam Kirk and Laney Kirk, both of Benton; a brother Robert Adams of Enfield, MO; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: Merrell Adams and Dean Adams; a sister-in-law: Jean Adams; and a nephew Ronnie Adams.

Memorial contributions in memory of Barbara Sue Summers, may be made to the West City Baptist Church, and will be accepted at the services, or may be mailed to the Leffler Funeral Home, 401 East Main Street, Benton, IL 62812.

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Mike McDaniel – West Frankfort, IL

Mike McDaniel, 45, of West Frankfort, passed away on Monday, September, 20, 2021 at the St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.

He was born September 9, 1976 in Carbondale, Illinois to Charles McDaniel and Sharon ( Wicker ) McDaniel.

He is survived by his parents, Charles and Sharon McDaniel of West Frankfort, his fiancé, Toni Sinks and children, Lucas and Makinley Roberts of Ewing a son, Hunter McDaniel of Benton, two brothers, Mark ( Carla ) McDaniel of West Frankfort and Tim (Amy) McDaniel of Carterville.

Also surviving are nieces, Kylie and Logan Cameron, Kourtney McDaniel ( Kodey Costello ) and Morgan McDaniel ( Jimmy Drennon ), nephews, Tyler McDaniel ( Alayna Scholz ) and Ethan Mathes and great niece, Addison Cameron.

Mike was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Helen and Verron McDaniel, his maternal grandparents, Harry and Zelma Wicker and by a aunt, Cathy Wicker Harkins.

He was a member of the Whittington Church. He was also a member of the West Frankfort Masonic Lodge #567 and the Fraternal Order of the Police.

Mike was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan and also a Notre Dame Football fan. He was very active in the Shop With A Cop program in Benton.

He was a police officer having worked for the City of Benton for 19 years.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. at the Parker-Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort with Terry Lybarger officiating.
Burial will be in the Denning Cemetery on the Orient road. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Hunter McDaniel Scholarship Fund for his education and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Due to new COVID-19 restrictions, it is recommended that you wear a mask for the visitation and funeral per a mandate by the Governor of Illinois.

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Patrick Wilson Delar – Johnston City, IL

Patrick Wilson Delar, 69, of Johnston City, passed away at 5:00 a.m., on Sunday, September 19, 2021, at his residence.

Mr. Delar was born on May 11, 1952, to Frank and Marian (Dailey) Delar in Chesapeake, VA. On June 2, 1998, he married Donna Book.

Patrick is survived by his loving spouse of 23 years, Donna Book Delar; mother, Marian (Dailey) Delar of Virginia Beach, VA: brother, Frank “Sonny” Delar of Smithfield, VA; sister, Bonnie Delar of Clemmons, NC; daughter, Ann Ethridge of Jarvisburg, NC; and son, Pat Delar, Jr. of Colorado Springs, CO.

He was preceded in death by Father, Frank Delar.

Services have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, IL.

Per Mr. Delar’s wishes cremation will take place.

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

Lyndell V. Chamness – Benton, IL

Mr. Lyndell Vernell Chamness, age 79, of Benton, passed away at 12:26 p.m. Thursday, September 16, 2021, at Carle Hospital of Champaign, IL.

A Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 23, 2021, at the West City Church of God, with Rev. Harol Whitlock officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the West City Church of God.

Arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Lyndell was born on August 6, 1942, in Herrin, Illinois; the son of Lester Vernell Chamness and Mabel (Williams) Chamness. He married the former Shirley Ann Niblett on July 7, 1967, and she survives.

He was a retired maintenance foreman with Old Ben Coal Company.

He was a member of the West City Church of God. Lyndell enjoyed worshipping his Lord with his church family, whom he loved like family. He also enjoyed the food and fellowship with the “Eating Out Crew,” and all church activities and services.

Lyndell liked hunting, fishing, and playing golf.

Surviving is his loving wife of 54 years, Shirley Ann Chamness of Benton, IL; three children: Tina Harpool and husband Kevin of Benton, IL, Keith Chamness and wife Misty of Benton, IL, Michael Chamness of St. George, UT; grandchildren: Brittany Elliot and husband Eric of Edwardsville, IL, Bryson Harpool and wife Anna of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Sydney Chamness of West Frankfort, IL, Dillan Chamness and fiancée Katelyn of Mt. Vernon, IL, Tyler Chamness of Benton, IL, Faith Vernaci and husband Trey of Jackson, MS, Chris Chamness, Alex Chamness, Sara Chamness, and Devon Despotopulos of Benton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Ronnie Chamness; two sons: Kevin Lee Chamness and Craig Chamness.
Memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Lyndell Chamness, may be made to West City Church of God, and will be accepted at the services.

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Thomas “Tom” Dean Witges-Albers, IL

Thomas “Tom” Dean Witges, 60, of Albers, IL (formerly of Sesser, IL) passed away on Thursday September 16, 2021 at his home.

He was born on March 15, 1961 in Franklin Co., IL to Leonard Arthur and Isabell (Czerwinski) Witges. He married Lisa (Dublo) Witges on December 15, 2006.

He is survived by his wife Lisa Witges of Albers; two sisters Sandra Kinion of Florida and Diann (Tom) Reed of Springfield; one Brother Joe Witges of Sesser; sister-in-law Sheila Lappin; brother-in-law Jeff (Leeda) Dublo; nephews Zachary Witges, Jacob (Meghan) Witges and Jeffrey Dublo; nieces Ashton Lappin, Madyson Dublo and Morgan Dublo; great niece and nephew Makinlee Witges and August Witges.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a special friend of his sister Sandra, Wayne Bradford.

Tom loved to do woodworking, fish and hunt, especially with his nieces and nephews. He had worked at Waltonville Grain Elevator and then worked at Continental Tire, where he retired on March 1, 2011 after 30 years of service.

Funeral service for Tom will be on Friday September 24, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Mark Kabot officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday September 23, 2021 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the St Judes Children’s Research Hospital, Shriners Children’s Hospital and Siteman Cancer Center. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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Dixie Lee Spotanski-Sesser, IL

Dixie Lee Spotanski, 87, of Sesser, passed away on Thursday September 17, 2021 at Helia Healthcare in Benton.

She was born on March 3, 1934 in DuQuoin, IL to Earl and Emma (Eubanks) Beck. She married Leonard Spotanski and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by her son “JR” Tepovich, of Waltonville, and one daughter Crystal Laird of Mt Vernon; several grandchildren and great grandchildren and one sister Clatie Bursich of Sesser.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter Melody Minchif, three sisters and one brother.

Her wishes were to be cremated.

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Julia Irene (Odom) Whittington – Marion, IL (formerly of Benton, IL)

Julia Irene (Odom) Whittington, 86, of Marion and formerly of Whittington, passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at Integrity Healthcare of Carbondale.

Irene was born in Benton, IL on August 31, 1935, the daughter of Paul and Julia (Beaty) Odom.

She married her high school sweetheart, Noel K Whittington, on December 12, 1952. He preceded her in death on September 19, 2007.

Prior to a prolonged illness, Irene attended First Freewill Baptist Church in Ina. She was proud to have been a homemaker, working alongside her husband on the family farm. Irene spent countless hours working in her yard and was often seen doing yard work by the light of a lawnmower. She loved her kids & grandkids, sewing, and cooking for friends and family.

Mrs. Whittington is survived by her: Children: Marsha Whittington Rea of Benton Michael (Donna) Whittington of Marion
4 Grandchildren: Whitney Rea Winstead of Benton Haley (Cory) Rea Smith of Benton Lindsay (Nate) Whittington Bisel of Bowling Green, KY Nathaniel Whittington of Marion

5 great grandchildren: Bentley Rea, Blakely Pavin and Bristol Leeann Smith Sawyer Michael and Harper Amelia Winstead.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her Husband, infant daughter Patty Jean, Son-In-Law Monty Rea, and her brothers James Odom and Everett Odom.

Funeral service will be conducted by Morton-Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, with Pastor Mark Minor officiating. Those attending the service are requested to please meet at the Funeral Home and stay in your vehicle. Procession to graveside funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Burial will be in the Masonic and Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton.
For more information or to send online condolences please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com

Loretta (Mazie) J. Walker – Benton, IL

Loretta (Mazie) J. Walker passed away on September 13, 2021.

She was born in Murphysboro, IL on October 19, 1926 to Charles Maes & Lena Maes.

Mrs. Walker was preceded in death by her husband Leroy Walker, 3 Brothers: Charles, Navarre & Bob Boudet and 1 sister: Alberta Boudet.
Mrs. Walker is survived by: 2 nephews: Albert & Bill Boudet of Murphysboro and 2 nieces: Rita Boudet of Salem, IL & Sue Hamm of O’Fallon, IL.

Loretta enjoyed playing cards & fishing. She was a longtime member of the Benton Boccie Ball Club and a former state champion Boccie Ball player. She was a devout Catholic and member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Benton.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, September 18th at Pleasant Grove Memorial Park in Murphysboro, IL. There will be No Visitation, those attending the services are requested to meet at the cemetery.

For more information or to send online condolences please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com

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