Rosa L. Linsley

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scan0008Peoria – Rosa L. Linsley, 92, of Peoria, IL, passed away on Saturday, August 29th, 2015 in Peoria, IL. She was born on May 27th1923, to Adolph and Alma (Fragel) Fisher.

Rosa was married on March 22nd, 1947 to Robert J Linsley. Surviving is one child; Dennis (Leslie Stoens) Linsley and one daughter-in-law Patti Linsley of Peoria, two grandchildren; Ryan (Katlyn) Linsley and Jay Linsley, and one great grandchild, Dawson. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two children; Robert B. Linsley and Carol Ann Linsley.  Also preceded in death are 2 brothers, Walter and Raymond Fisher and two sisters Isabell Adams and Bertha Morse.

In 1933 at age 10, Rosa played with Farrow (Little) Chickens. Moving to the big team in 1938 at age 15 at second base. Farrow Chix were State Champions 1939 and advanced to the national tournament at Soldier Fields in Chicago. She played one more year with the Chix. In 1941 she started playing for the Cat Dieselettes. She played for Cat from 1941-1946. Rosa’s father, (Shug), was coach and then manager in 1943 leading the team to a fourth successive State Championship and Regional title in Fort Wayne, Indiana with a National Tournament appearance.

She played one more year in 1946 with the Laramie Street Coalettes, a spin-off of the Farrow Chix. While with the Chix in 1939, at age of sixteen, then Commissioner Baumgarden called her “the best women second baseman he had ever seen” and he was entering her into the Hall of Fame of Illinois. While with Caterpillar, she was offered a contract to play in the women’s Professional Baseball League with the Rockford Peaches. Rosa also participated in several bowling leagues and tournaments.

She retired to become a wife and mother. She enjoyed watching her two sons and grandsons play sports. Later, in life, she enjoyed visits with her new great grandson, Dawson, watching the Cubs and Bears on T.V.

Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 10 a.m., St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Bartonville with Father David Heinz officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 1, 2015 from 5-7 p.m. at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home with scripture reading at 4:15 p.m. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in West Peoria. Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Illinois Alzheimer’s Association or St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. To express online condolences, or view the memorial DVD, please go to


Andrew Vanderschoor

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Andrew Vanderschoor

Canton- Andrew Vanderschoor, 98, of Canton, passed away at 3:00 PM Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at Renaissance Care Center, Canton.

He was born June 28, 1917 in Mt. Greenwood, IL (Chicago) to Jacob M. and Alida (Beukinga) Vanderschoor.  He married Dorothea J. McGinnis on April 18, 1947.  She survives.

Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Haijo (Wyllo) Vanderschoor, Rudolph (Helen) Vanderschoor, and Jacob (Vera) Vanderschoor; sisters Albertha (John) Snyder, Alida (Walter) Haedrich, and Elizabeth (Raymond) Sprague.

Andy’s family moved to Canton when he was 12 years old.  He graduated from Canton High School in 1935.  Andy enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942 and spent time in the South Pacific, where he was promoted to Sergeant.  He loved his country and the flag.

He was a White Sox and Chicago Bears fan, win or lose.

He enjoyed golfing, bowling, fishing, and traveling.

Andy worked as an assistant in the Fulton County Circuit Court and then accepted a position at International Harvester, where he retired from in 1981 with 40 years of service.  He also sold real estate until 1985.

He was a member of Wee-Ma-Tuk Hills Country Club, Canton Country Club, Elk’s Lodge, American Legion Post 16, and Shields Chapel United Methodist Church.

Services for Andy will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton, where visitation will be held one hour before the service.  Rev. Walter Carlson will officiate.  Burial will follow in White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton.

Memorials may be made to the church.

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Glenn A. Brown

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Glenn A. Brown

Mapleton- Glenn A. Brown, 69, of Mapleton, passed away at 12:07 PM Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.

He was born August 18, 1946 in Peoria to Donald W. and Phyllis M. (Patton) Brown.  He married Edith Bogenhagen on October 30, 1965 in Bellevue, IL. She survives.

Also surviving are his mother, Phyllis of Bartonville, IL; two children, Tana M. Brown of Washington, IL and Jeff A. (Wendy) Brown of Marquette Heights, IL; three grandchildren, Andrea M. Smith, Skylar Bailey, and Jacob A. Brown; one brother, Dennis (Cynthia) Brown of Bartonville, IL.

He was preceded in death by his father.

He was a Logistics Engineer for Caterpillar, retiring in 2003, after 38 years of service.

He was a member of Bartonville Community Bible Church.

Glenn served in the United States Navy, serving on the USS Forrestal during the Vietnam War.

Services will be held at 2:30 PM Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville, where visitation will be held one hour before the service.  Rev. Chase Fisher will officiate.  Burial will follow in Maple Ridge Cemetery, Mapleton.

Memorials may be made to Bartonville Community Bible Church.

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William A. Neal Jr.

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scan0006Elmwood – William (Bill) A. Neal Jr., 73, of Elmwood, passed away on Friday, August 21st, at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL. He was born on March 25th, 1942 to William A. Neal Sr. and Betty V. (Jennings) Eberly. Surviving are three children; Jason Neal of Farmington, Lacey Neal of Canton, and Adam (Angie) Neal of Trivoli and his five grandchildren. Also surviving are his sister, Peggy (Scott) Weyler of Indianapolis and Michael (Lenora) Neal of Bradenton, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Bill served in the US Army from 1961 – 1964 as a paratrooper. Cremation rites have been accorded and a private memorial service will be held at a later date. Anderson-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Farmington is in charge of arrangements.

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Patricia A. (Cato) Cyphers

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Pat Cyphers

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Patricia A. (Cato) Cyphers, 71, passed away at 5:00 AM, Wednesday, August 19,2015 at Heartland Health Care Center in Canton. She was born on February 19, 1944 in Table Grove, IL. to Dean Reedy and Beatrice (Fawcett) Howard. Pat married Tom Stufflebeam in 1961 and later married Gary Lee Cyphers. Gary survives along with 3 children; Rodney L. Stufflebeam of Bushnell, IL, Robyn Stufflebeam and Michael Stufflebeam both of Lewistown, IL, 1 brother Gene Howard, 4 sisters; Kathy J. Howard of Canton, Jamie D. Howard of Springfield, Billie Furgerson of Canton and Roxann Fernetti of Canton, 9 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Roger “Ramjet” Howard and a sister Donna Herrin.

Pat was a retired beautician, and a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in rural Lewistown, and VFW Auxiliary in Lewistown.

Cremation rites have been accorded and a Celebration of Life will be held at Mt. Pleasant Church at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to American Cancer Society or Veteran Administration. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton is in charge of arrangements. To make online condolences you can go to

Vivian L. Gilpin

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Vivian L. Gilpin

Brereton- Vivian L. Gilpin, 87, of Brereton passed away peacefully surrounded by family at 9:45 AM Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at Graham Hospital, Canton.

She was born December 30, 1927 in Canton to Sidner and Ruby Catherine (Ford) Orwig.  She was raised by her step-father, Joshua “Dot” Orwig.

She married David Curtis Gilpin on November 1, 1945. He preceded her in death on December 9, 2006.

Also preceding her in death are her parents and three siblings, Vera Ellis, Verda White, and Harley Orwig.

Surviving are one son, David Lee Gilpin of Brereton; three granddaughters, Tracy (Greg) Kitchen of Canton, Stacy Vaughn of Dunfermline, and Rachel Gilpin of Indiana; five great-grandchildren, Curtis Gilpin of Missouri, Dalton and Walker Kitchen of Canton, and Morgan and Conner Vaughn of Dunfermline; and several nieces and nephews.

She was a homemaker.

Vivian loved her family with all her heart.  She was an awesome and wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend.  She will be deeply missed by her family and friends, until we meet again.

Services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, August 24, 2015 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton.  Rev. Jim Menne will officiate.  Visitation will be held one hour before the service.  Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

To view Vivian’s memorial DVD or to leave the family condolences, online, please visit

Keith A. Workman

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Keith A. Workman, 55, of Hanna City passed away Friday, August 14th 2015.  He was born on September 28th, 1960 in Peoria to Jim and Dianna (Bauwens) Workman. He was preceded in death by his mother. Keith is survived by his Father, one brother, Rick Workman of Hanna City, three nieces; Kristen, Courtney, and Samantha.  Keith worked for Combined and Dempster insurance companies.  He was a member of the Hanna City Sportsman Club, avid Cardinals and Vikings fan, and loved all sports.

Funeral services will be Thursday August 20th,  at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington at 2:00 pm with a visitation 1 hour prior.  Rev. Dave Utt will officiate.  Burial will be in Smithville cemetery in rural Hanna City.

Memorials may be made to the Logan-Trivoli Fire Dept.  To view Keith’s memorial DVD or to leave online condolences go to

Sally S. Fleming

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Sally Fleming

Sally Fleming

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Sally S. Fleming, 71, of Smithfield passed away at 9:00 am Sunday, August 16, 2015 at her residence. She was born on May 20, 1944 in Canton to Archie and Francis (Werry) Strode. Surviving is a son Eric (Amy) Fleming of Galesburg, 4 grandchildren, and 2 sisters; Nancy Brown of Maquon and Linda Slaight of Canton. Sally was preceded in death by her parents and a son Kirk. She worked at Wal-Mart and enjoyed fishing and feeding birds.

Services will be 11:00 am Thursday, August 20, 2015 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton where visitation will be 1 hour prior to services. The Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Canton. Memorials can be made to Fulton County Humane Society. To make online condolences you can go to

Larry G. Runkle

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Larry Runkle

Larry Runkle

Larry G. Runkle, 73, of Peoria passed away at 12:46 pm, Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at his residence. He was born on May 18, 1942 in Avon to Harold D. and Mildred (Billeter) Runkle. Larry married Geraldine Jackson on November 2, 1971 in Macomb. She survives along with 2 sons; Michael Runkle of Bartonville, and Brad Runkle of Peoria, and 3 brothers; Everett Runkle and Roy Runkle both of Alabama, and Walter Runkle of California. He is survived by cousins, Richard McCann, Jerry Billeter, and Bernard St. Ledger; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Larry was a self employed contractor and a member of First Christian Church in Peoria. He was a compassionate, caring, loving, giving, and hardworking man. His life was one of giving. He and his wife loved to travel and went on many mission trips and enjoyed helping those in need. He loved the Lord and served him well. Larry was a loving husband and devoted father. The family wishes to thank the staff of Unity Point Hospice for their exceptional care.

Services will be 11:00 am Saturday, August 22, 2015 at First Christian Church in Peoria with the Rev. Karen Merrick officiating where visitation will be one hour prior. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial’s can be made to the American Cancer Society. To view Larry’s DVD or make online condolences you can go to Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton is in charge of arrangements.


Janice Odorizzi

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Janice Stanfel Odorizzi, 74, of Canton passed away at 7:59 am Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at the Graham Hospital in Canton. She was born on July 29, 1941 in Canton to Rudy and Olive (Smith) Stanfel. She married Wayne Odorizzi on April 17, 1993 in Canton. He survives along with 4 sons; Mark (Jo Ann) Odorizzi of Mt. Olive, IL, Mike (Juli) Odorizzi of Highland, IL, Marion (Jean) Odorizzi of Edwardsville, IL, and Matt (Lisa) Odorizzi of Mt. Olive, IL, seven grandkids; Rosemary Rae Ann, Kourtney, Jake (Carissa), Anna, Joe, Ashley, and Hailey, sister Sondra Rumler, and 2 nieces; Andrea, and Alysia. Janice was preceded in death by her parents.

She worked for 52 years as a legal secretary for Ralph Froehling. Janice was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Canton where she was a choir member. She was a member of Fulton County Legal Secretary’s Association. Janice loved to polka dance and her Croatian heritage.

Funeral Mass will be Saturday 11:00 am August 15, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Livingston, IL. with Father George Radosevich officiating. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Livingston, IL. Visitation will be from 5-8 pm Thursday, August 13 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton with Rosary at 7:40 pm and also 9:30-11:00 am Saturday at the Church in Livingston, IL. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to St. Mary’s Food Pantry or Fulton County Humane Society at Canton and Altar & Rosary Society in Livingston. To make online condolences you can go to