Thomas E. “Gene” Chatten

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FARMINGTON– Thomas E. “Gene” Chatten, 77, of Farmington, passed away at 3:42 AM on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Farmington Country Manor. He was born on December 16, 1938 in Peoria to Thomas W. and Margaret (Garlish) Chatten.

Surviving are three children, Michael (Tamara) Chatten of Farmington, Timothy (Tammara) Chatten of Yates City, and Scott (Dee) Chatten of Morris; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Dick (Carol) Chatten of Farmington and Larry (Sheila) Chatten of Farmington.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Gene worked as a self-employed contractor. He was a member of the Farmington Odd Fellows.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Oakridge Cemetery in Farmington, IL. Rev. Dr. Linda Philabaun will officiate. Cremation rites have been established with Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington, IL. Memorials can be made to the donor’s choice. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Betty A. Taylor

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Betty TaylorCanton – Betty A. Taylor, 83, of Canton passed away on Saturday, April 30th at her home surrounded by family.

She was born in Canton on August 24, 1932 to Clifton and Elizabeth (Strode) Kirkpatrick.  She married Dr. Willison I. Taylor in 1964; he preceded her in death in February of 1975. She was also preceded in death by her siblings Eldon Kirkpatrick and Marilyn Mosher and stepson Dr. Daniel Taylor.

Surviving are her daughter Karen (John) Disharoon of Dunlap, stepchildren Nancy Randol of Canton and Gary (Cathy) Taylor of Windsor, CO; 7 grandchildren: Mary (Randol) Mansker, Sue (Randol) Carpentier, Ann Randol, Kelly (Taylor) Russell, Kristen (Taylor) Deweese, Jack Disharoon and Taylor Disharoon; 14 great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild.

A lifelong Cantonian, Betty graduated Canton High School, Graham Hospital School of Nursing and Western Illinois University.  She worked as a nurse at Glenn-McGuire Clinic and Graham Hospital for 11 years and as a health teacher at Canton High School for 18 years.

Betty was heavily involved in the community.  She served on the Spoon River College Board of Trustees for 20 years, was an active member of her PEO, Altruistic Club, Friendship Festival Committee, the Community Concert Association, the Federated Business and Professional Women’s Club, the Fulton/McDonough Mental Health Association Board, and the Canton Community Resources Committee.  She volunteered for many groups including: YMCA, Canton Lions Club Eye Clinic, Cancer Association, and Illinois Heart Association.

Betty was honored with the Canton YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in 2000.

Most importantly, Betty was a compassionate, loving mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend.  She was tireless in her zeal to help others.

A memorial service for family and close friends will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church in Canton on Thursday, May 5th at 10 am with the Reverend Bruce Rushing officiating.

Memorial contributions can be directed to The Spoon River College Multi-Purpose Building Fund or the Wesley United Methodist Church 1895 Building Fund.

Marjorie Louise Bordner

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Marjorie BordnerMarjorie Louise (Rich) Bordner, age 101, of Canton, Illinois, died at 12:02 a.m. on May 1 at Clayberg Nursing Center, Cuba, IL.

She was born December 1, 1914 at rural Macomb-Bardolph, Illinois to Harry R. and Merle (Turner) Rich.  She married Lawrence Inman Bordner at Old Kentucky Home on April 21, 1946 on Easter morning after the Sunrise Service while she was on spring break as Professor at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois.  After the beautiful garden wedding, they went inside the Mansion where Marjorie was invited to play the harpsichord, where Stephen Collins Foster composed several of his well-known hymns including “Old Folks at Home” or something known as “Way Down Upon the Swanee River.” Marjorie enjoyed this so very much and felt it to be a true honor on such a special day in her life.

Surviving are:  one son Larry (and Susan Renner) Bordner of Peoria, one daughter Larrilyn Bordner Bertocchio of Arlington, VA, two granddaughters, Heidi (and Bradley) Schone of Dallas, TX, and Katrina (and Bryan) Keene of Signal Mountain, TN, and five great-grandchildren, Ava, Hahna, and Leia Schone; Kolsten and Kaleena Keene.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence I. Bordner, her sister, Bernice Onilee (Rich) Jackson, and her parents.

She received her Bachelor of Education degree from Western Illinois University in 1936 and went on to the University of Missouri, Columbia, and the University of Illinois, Champaign for her Masters and Doctorate degrees.

She began her teaching career in Fulton County Schools in 1936, first at Little Brick School in Cass Township, then Cuba Elementary School, and next at Smithfield High School.  She also taught in Douglas County and Christian County High Schools before joining the faculty at Western Illinois University in 1943, where she taught chemistry, physics, and directed the campus band.  She continued various activities at Western Illinois University throughout her life, including being appointed by Illinois Governor Jim Edgar to the first state Board of Trustees, served many years on the Alumni Council, the Foundation Board, the Museum Board, and the Library Board and Archives.  She also taught evening classes at Spoon River College in Canton, IL.

She has received numerous awards, including the Jefferson Award in 1981 for community service throughout downstate Illinois, the Canton Area Chamber of Commerce Service Award in 1988, and in professional and educational areas, the Achievement Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1972 and 1980 from Western Illinois University.  She was chosen to serve as Parade Marshal for Canton Friendship Festival in both 1976 and again in 1987.  She served as Fulton County Chairman of the Bicentennial of the Nation in 1976 and again as Fulton County Chairman of the Bicentennial of the Nation’s Constitution in 1987.  In 2005, she was honored by the Canton YWCA as Woman of the Year.

She was a member of National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR,) serving as Regent for the Farmington Chapter and later serving as Organizing Regent and Charter Member of Amaquonsippi Chapter in Canton.  She also served as District Director for Illinois Organization NSDAR and was elected Illinois State Organizing Secretary to serve on the Illinois State Board.  She was Charter Member of Illinois Prairie Colony of National Society of New England Women, where she also served as President.  She was a member of Illinois Chapter of National Society of Daughters of Founders and Patriots.  In addition, Marjorie was a Charter Member of Pimiteoui Chapter Colonial Dames XVII Century, and a member of George Rogers Clark Chapter Daughters of the American Colonists.  She enjoyed memberships in other historical organizations, too numerous to name.

During World War II, Marjorie was a licensed airline pilot with the Illinois Civil Air Patrol.  In addition to this wartime effort, she was one of the first civilians hired in the Administrator’s office of Camp Ellis, a United States Army Training and prisoner-of-war camp during WWII near Bernadotte, IL.   Marjorie was responsible for the hiring of hundreds of individuals to build and maintain the camp throughout the war and continued her effort with the dismantling of this camp when wartime ended.

Marjorie designed the Fulton County logo decades ago, as they didn’t have an official logo at that time.  This design is still used by the County.  In addition, she designed the Fulton County commemorative plate which is showcased in many locations throughout Fulton County.

In 1968, she was one of the founders and organizers of the Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive where she served as President and gave considerable time and effort toward Fulton County tourism.  Decades later, this annual fall event continues to attract thousands of locals and tourists.  Marjorie’s compassion and love for local history and her devotion to her community will be missed, but never forgotten.  She was not just beloved to her family, but to generations of local historians who she impacted over so many decades.

In addition, Marjorie was a well-known author.  Among her books were:  A Spoon River Portrait; Fulton County Heritage; and From Cornfields to Marching Feet, Camp Ellis, Illinois, which won the Illinois State Award for Excellence in 1994.  Marjorie was not just beloved to her family, but to generations of individuals and local historians who she impacted over so many decades.

Marjorie was a long-standing member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Canton.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, where visitation will be one hour prior to service. Rev. K. Bruce Rushing will officiate. Burial will be in White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials made to the Donor’s Choice of charities or to The Marjorie Bordner Memorial Fund, c/o Sedgwick Funeral Home, 209 E. Chestnut St., Canton, IL 61520.  These funds will be donated to community projects and local organizations of the family’s choice.

Special heartfelt thank you to everyone at Clayberg Nursing Center for the quality, loving care they provided Marjorie.  Marjorie’s family invites friends to share memories and condolences at: www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

 

Justin E. Marx

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IMG_0345 Justin E. Marx, 26, of Peoria, passed away at 1:38 PM on Friday, April 29, 2016 in the City of Peoria. He was born on October 28, 1989 in Peoria, a son of Ronald Edward and Dawn Marie Edwards Marx. They survive. Also surviving are two brothers, Brett Alan Marx and Anthony David Marx both of Peoria. He is preceded in death by one sister, Jennifer Marie Marx. Per the Marx’s Family wishes there will be no services. Cremation rites have been accorded. To leave online condolences please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Elizabeth A. “Betty” Weller

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Weller (3)Elizabeth A. “Betty” Weller, 84, of Cuba passed away at 4:55 AM on Friday, April 29, 2016 at Renaissance Care Center in Canton. She was born on June 29, 1931 in Cuba, a daughter of Clarace E. and Ana Mae Reid Bell. She married Donald R. Weller on July 9, 1948 in Canton. He preceded her in death on April 25, 2011. She is also preceded in death by her   parents.

Surviving are her five children, Virginia (Richard) Lyons of Cuba; Don Weller of Pekin; Nina (Ken) Long of Canton; Becky (Glenn) Bitner of Cuba, and Lisa (Bob) Deutsch Of Trivoli, also surviving are eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Doris Murphy of Cuba.

She worked as a School bus driver for Cuba District #3 until she retired. She was a member of the South Park United Methodist Church in Canton; she loved to read and write poetry, and also enjoyed taking care of her animals. But the thing she enjoyed most was taking car rides and going out to eat with her family.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, where visitation will be one hour before services. Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate. Burial will be at White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton. Memorials may be made to Renaissance Care Center in Canton. To view Elizabeth’s DVD or to leave online condolences please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

 

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William T. “Bill” Wilson

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wilsonWilliam T. “Bill” Wilson, 74 of Farmington, passed away at 3:10 AM on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at Unity Point – Methodist in Peoria following a brief illness. He was born on May 31, 1941 in Peoria, a son of David Campbell and Mary Louise Cline Wilson. Bill married Karen M Crane-Goggin on May 3, 2015 in the 1st Presbyterian Church of Farmington. Karen’s late husband, the Rev.Jack Goggin of Pontiac, IL died in 2014. Bill welcomed Karen’s 8 children and 12 grandchildren into his growing family.

Two spouses preceded Bill in death, Jane Blust and Donna Taylor.

Surviving  are two daughters, Sarah (Phillip) Oest, Laura Sebastion both of Watauga, Texas; two sons, Steven Thomas Wilson of North Richland, Texas; Jeffrey P. (Gwen Templeton) Wilson of Holster, CA. also surviving are five grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, one brother, Jim Wilson of Spring Lake, Michigan; one step-brother, Jay McMaster, of Galesburg, and one step-sister, Sue (Bob) Myer of Iowa. A brother, Judge Dean (Winnie) Wilson preceded Bill in death.

Bill was a Graduate of Wabash College in Indiana, a proud member of the Little Giants Basketball Team and Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. He was the Director of Military Contracts for Bell Helicopter in Fort Worth, Texas from 1968 to 2001. After retirement, Bill & Donna made their home in Farmington. Bill was a member and a ruling elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Farmington, President of the Farmington Historical Society and he served on the Boards of the Farmington Academic Foundation, the Farmington Cemetery Board, and the Fulton County Historical Association. He was an avid volunteer for the Farmington Historical Museum, a member of the Farmington Chapter of the Moose and a devoted participant in the early morning “Spit & Whittle” Club, a group of friends that met for coffee at Kersh Cafe.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church in Farmington. Rev. Dr. Linda Philabaun will officiate.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Burial will be in OakRidge Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Historical Museum or the 1st Presbyterian Church of Farmington. To view Bill’s DVD or to leave online condolences please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Keith D. Wolfe

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Keith Wolfe

Peoria – Keith D. Wolfe, 48, of Peoria, passed away at 5:35 AM on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at his residence. He was born on May 4, 1967 in Peoria to Maryellen Walston. He married Teri Egbert on July 29, 2011 in Edwardsville, IL. She survives.

 

Also surviving are two children, Kelli (John) Sadowski of Peoria, and Kylee (Matthew) Boyd of Jackson, MI; six grandchildren, Thomas, Aubree, and Averee Sadowski, and Stella, Talia, and Olivia Boyd; one brother, Jim (Mary Lou) Wolfe of Peoria; two sisters, Deborah Bohm and Connie Wolfe, both of Grovetown, GA.

 

Preceding him in death was his mother, Maryellen.

 

Keith was a truck driver for many years and was self-employed this past year. He enjoyed bowling, Nascar, and was a Cardinals fan.

 

Memorial visitation will be from 12-3 PM on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville, IL. Cremation rites have been accorded. To view Keith’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Joanna Jarvis

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Joanna JarvisCanton – Joanna Jarvis, 89, of Canton, passed away at 8:23 pm on Monday, April 25, 2016 at Graham Hospital. She was born on June 26, 1926 in Industry, IL to Howard and Verna (Olson) Messmore. She married Ora F. Jarvis on June 6, 1948 in Colchester, IL. He preceded her in death on August 25, 2010.

Also preceded are her parents; son, Larry Jarvis; and one brother.

Surviving are three children, Lynn (Phyllis) Jarvis of Canton, Judy (Bill) Leitze of Canton, and Chuck (Denise) Jarvis of Canton; twelve grandchildren; and eighteen great-grandchildren.

Joanna worked at Camp Ellis and also in Galesburg during WWII taking care of wounded vets. She was a member of First Christian Church in Canton. She enjoyed being very active in her church, winters in Florida, and spending time with her family and friends.

Memorial service will be at 12:30 PM on Friday, April 29, 2016 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton where a visitation will be held from 11-12:30 PM. Rev. Glenn Nestlerode will officiate. Burial of ashes will be at Colchester Cemetery in Colchester, IL at a later date. Memorials can be made to her church. To view Joanna’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Philip D. Graham

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Philip Graham0001 Philip D. Graham, 84 of Joliet, IL. formerly of Canton, passed away, on April 23, 2016 at Joliet Area Community Hospice. Phil was born to Ray and Addie Smith Graham from Ipava, IL on September 22, 1931. He graduated with the class of 1949 in Canton. Phil married Patricia A. Wilcoxen from Lewistown, IL on June 9, 1956.

Phil is survived by his wife Patricia, sisters, Norma (Maurice) Russell and Wilma (late Ray Sr.) Widger both of Canton. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Lawrence, William, Robert and Doke.

Phil was employed with the city of Joliet Engineering Department, retiring in 1989 after 30 years. Phil loved watching his “Cubbies” and was a member of Ducks Unlimited. He loved hunting and fishing and spending time with his family.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 12:00 PM at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, where visitation will be from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. The Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded after the services. Memorials may be made to the Joliet Area Community Hospice in Joliet, IL. To view Philip’s DVD or to leave online condolences please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

 

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Jerry J. Picco

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Jerry Picco

Norris – Jerry J. Picco, 77, of Norris, passed away at 6:30 AM on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Unity Point Health Methodist in Peoria, IL. He was born on June 14, 1938 in Canton to Giovannie “John” and Emma (DuFour) Picco. He married Shirley Reed on April 8, 1961 in Norris, she preceded him in death in 2010.

Also preceding him in death are his parents; daughter, Angie Picco; and brother, John Picco Jr.

Surviving are two children, Gina Picco of Brereton, and Steven Picco of Norris; four grandchildren, Tyler, Demitri, Emma, and Erica; one great-grandchild, Lillie; and one sister, Martha List of Canton.

In the early 60’s to mid 70’s Jerry and Shirley operated a small take out business next to their residence. Jerry last worked as a meat manager at Kellers until 1983, then he moved on to owning and operating Picco’s restaurant in Norris. He was a member of United Methodist Church in Norris and Farmington Legion. He enjoyed taking rides in the country, writing poetry, and gardening. Jerry was in the Army Reserves.

Services will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton. Burial will follow the services at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton. Visitation will be from 6-8 PM on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at the funeral home. Memorials can be made to Copper’s Creek Fire Department Norris Unit. To view Jerry’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

 

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