Mary Lou Brown

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Mary Lou Brown

Mary Lou Brown

Canton – Mary Lou Brown, 90, of Canton, IL passed away at 2:26 am Monday, July 28, 2014 at Renaissance Care Center, Canton.
She was born December 17, 1923 in Canton to Earl N. and Lorraine (Hamilton) Dean. Mary Lou married Dale L. Brown in 1946 in Canton.
Surviving are two children, William (Jeanette) Brown of Golden, CO and Ruth Anne Potts of Davenport, IA; six grandchildren; three step grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; and four step great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were one brother, Leslie R. Dean; and one sister, Donna J. Davies.
Mary Lou was a legal secretary for Scott & Sebo Law Office and was a judicial secretary for the Third District Appellate Court, retiring in 1988.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Canton and was a teacher of its Tusitala Sunday School Class for many years.
Services will be Thursday, July 31st at 11:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation one hour prior.
Rev. Monroe Bailey will officiate.
Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church.
To view Mary Lou’s memorial DVD and submit online condolences to the family visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Anna Leigh Wolf

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Anna Leigh Wolf

Anna Leigh Wolf

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Anna Leigh Wolf, 92, of Canton passed away at 5:40 pm Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Graham Hospital Extended Care Unit surrounded by her loving and dedicated family. She was born on August, 2, 1921 in Fiatt to Joshua and Edna (Pilcher) Tompkins. Anna Leigh married Floyd Everett Wolf on January 1, 1940 in Canton. He preceded her in death on May 12, 1979. Also preceding her in death were her parents, 2 brothers; Jay Tompkins, and Burnett Tompkins, and a sister Helen Phillips. She is survived by 2 children; Donna Jo Sorensen of Huntsville, AL. and Warren (Alison) Wolf of Lewistown, 6 grandchildren; Kirk Sorensen, Kimberly Tralongo, Kristy Howell, Bryan Wolf, Sarah Stewart, Matthew Wolf, 14 great-grandchildren; 1 sister Mary Eileen Rock of Canton; and 1 half brother, Ransom Tompkins of Fairview.
Anna Leigh was a lifelong member of Wesley United Methodist Church, where she was actively involved in church committees and Sunday school; member of LY P.E.O., Altruistic club of Canton, 4-H leader and volunteer for Meals on Wheels. In 1995 was recipient of YWCA Salute to Women of Achievement. She was a best known for home made cottage cheese, chicken and noodles for church bazaar and a spirited game of bridge. Anna Leigh was full partner with her husband at the Sister Creeks farming operation in Little America.
Services will be 5:00 pm Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Canton where visitation will be 1 hour prior to services. The Rev. Jerry Sawyer will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, Meals on Wheels, or Senior Transportation FCRT. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements. To view Anna Leigh’s DVD or make online condolences you can go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Rev. Joel Louis Bensema

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Rev. Joel Louis Bensema

Rev. Joel Louis Bensema

Reverend Joel Bensema, 82, of Sioux Center, IA died Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Sioux Center Health.

Joel Louis Bensema was born March 28, 1932, in Norwalk, California to Harm and Mary Belle (Tharp) Bensema. He was raised in the Bellflower, California and Norwalk, area and lived briefly in Blythe, California during the World War II years. He graduated from Excelsior Union High School, in Norwalk, in 1950. In 1956, Joel graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California with a degree in Ancient History. He continued his education by earning degrees from California Baptist Seminary in West Covina, California and Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. Joel was a life-long learner, avid reader and had a passion for teaching.

On November 20, 1956, Joel was united in marriage to Sylvia Leih in Santa Barbara. To this union, a son, Brandt, was born. Sylvia preceded Joel in death on December 29, 1959.

After a whirlwind courtship of six weeks, on February 12, 1961, Joel was united in marriage to Arlene Franken in Bellflower. To this union, two daughters, Brenda and Brolene and one son, Bryce, were born. Joel and Arlene celebrated over 53 years of marriage.

In May of 1952, Joel accepted the Lord’s call, started college and began preparing to enter into the ministry. Starting in 1955, Joel served an American Sunday School church in Sisquoc, California; a Baptist church in Sunnymead, California; and Reformed Churches in Sioux City, Iowa; Hopkins, Michigan; Hammond, Indiana; Fairview, Illinois; Freeport, Illinois and Erie, Illinois. After “retiring” in 1994, Joel served actively as a “pulpit supply” minister for Reformed and Christian Reformed churches in Northwest Iowa and Southwest Minnesota. Throughout their married lives, Joel and Arlene served together in ministry, supporting and leading the congregations.

All of Joel’s life, he enjoyed traveling. Trips to the Holy Land and Europe, along with numerous trips to Alaska were highlights. Family vacations were usually camping trips, where the family would pursue historical locations throughout the United States and often make the trek between the Midwest and California.

Grateful for sharing his life are his wife, Arlene of Sioux Center; son, Brandt (Brenda) of Fairfax, IA; daughter, Brenda (Bill) Vohland of Canton, IL; son, Bryce of New York, NY and daughter, Brolene (Chuck) Gerwig of Sutton, AK; eight grandchildren: Amy Bensema of Phuket, Thailand; Sara (Jerimiah) Kindrick of Katy, TX; Caty (Colin) Campbell of Farmington, IL; Ross Vohland of Canton, IL; Ben, Joe, Tiffany and Zac Gerwig of Sutton, AK; four great-grandchildren: Cohen, Carlie, Sawyer and Finn. Brothers-in-law and sisters-In-law: Evelyn Bensema, Jeanette Bensema, John (Lorene) Franken, Louise Hulstein, LaVonne Honstein, Cordell (Margaret) Leih, Virgil (Pat) Leih and Laurin (Jean) Leih. Also, he was survived by numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, extended family members and close friends.

Joel was preceded in death by his parents, Harm and Belle Bensema; his first wife, Sylvia; Sylvia’s parents, Cornelius and Rena Leih; Arlene’s parents, Art and Mina Franken; daughter-in-law, Sheryl Bensema, two brothers: Cal and Jim; brothers-in-law and sisters-In-law, Alice (Henry) Van Roekel, Everett (Gert) Franken, Gerrit Robert Hulstein, Darlene Franken and two nephews: Harmon Bensema and Arlin Franken.

Joel exemplified JOY – Jesus, Others and You. His love of the Lord and ministry, his love of family, his compassionate counsel and his subtle mentoring will be Joel’s legacy.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, 7/30, from 10-11AM at Fairview Reformed Church of Fairview, IL. A prayer service will be held at 11AM at Fairview Reformed Church followed by a graveside committal service in Fairview Cemetery of Fairview, IL.

In lieu of flowers or gift items, the Bensema family prefers memorials to Kingdom Air Corps, 39911 N. Glenn Hwy, Sutton, Alaska, 99674.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of local arrangements.
Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Sadie P. Davidson

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Sadie Davidson

Sadie P. Davidson

East Peoria – Sadie P. Davidson, 74, of East Peoria, IL passed away at 4:40 pm Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Timber Creek Nursing Home, Pekin, IL
She was born January 2, 1940 in Trivoli to Frank A. and Opal (Paul) Averill.
Surviving are two sisters, Patricia Williams of Geneseo and Barbara (John) Briggs of Kahoka, MO.
Preceding her in death were her parents; daughter, Ann Marie; companion, Tim Irons, who passed away in 2004; one brother; and one sister.
Sadie was a LPN at Methodist Hospital in Peoria for 30 years.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
A Graveside Service will be held at 1:00 pm Thursday, July 31st at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Canton. Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Edith M. Parkhurst

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Edith M. Parkhurst

Edith M. Parkhurst

Farmington – Edith M. Parkhurst, 86, of Farmington, IL passed away at 9:01 pm Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at her residence.
She was born October 4, 1927 in Farmington to James and Daisy (Lane) Fairburn. Edith married Charles Parkhurst on August 4, 1970 in Peoria. He survives.
Also surviving are six children, Marilyn (Tom) Wilson of Edwards, Tom (Edie) Martin of Jacksonville, FL, Cindy York of Peoria, Evon (Mike) Tatum of Washington, Kathy (Dick) Chapman of Peoria, and Tim (Monica) Martin of Elmwood; seven grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents, two daughters, Alice and Mary, one grandson, Joshua, two brothers, and three sisters.
Edith was a member of the Farmington Bible Church.
Services will be at 11:00 am Saturday, July 26th at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Art Georges will officiate.
Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria.
Memorials may be made to the OSF Hospice.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Carol (Graham) Franklin

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Carol (Graham) Franklin

Carol (Graham) Franklin

Peoria – Carol (Graham) Franklin, 53, of Peoria, IL passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014 in Peoria.
She was born November 2, 1960 in Peoria to Willis R. and Roberta (McKown) Graham. She married Jeff Franklin on October 2, 1982 in Peoria.
Surviving are her mother, Roberta (Sheldon) Orwig of Canton; one son, Christopher (Amanda Erwin) Franklin of East Peoria; one granddaughter, Piper Grace Franklin; two brothers, Steven (Cheri) Graham of Manhattan, KS and Mark (Candace) Graham of Morton; one sister, Ketra (Dennis) Mayer of St. Peters, MO; and three nephews, Jeremy Baker, Patrick (Heidi) Graham, and Nathan Baker all of Chicago.
She was preceded in death by her father; one son, Jonathan Franklin; and one brother, Craig Graham.
Carol graduated from Canton High School in 1978, received her RN from Methodist School of Nursing, and her BSN at Chamberlain Nursing School and was a nursing case manager for Humana Health Care Systems. Previously, she worked as a nurse at Proctor Hospital in Peoria.
She was a member of the Northminster Presbyterian Church in Peoria.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, July 24th at 6:00 pm at the Northminster Presbyterian Church, Peoria.
Rev. Mike Shirey will officiate.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to The Ark Animal Rescue, 447 IL 26, Lacon, Illinois 61540.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Alma Courtney

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Alma L. Courtney

Alma L. Courtney

Canton – Alma Courtney, 83, of Breeds, Il passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Graham Hospital with her family by her side.
She was born September 28, 1930 to Sheldon and Ruth Mary (Ashby) Lingenfelter.
Alma married Lester Courtney on December 13, 1947. He survives.
She was preceded in death by one son, Leslie Courtney, who passed away August 1, 1994; 2 brothers, Eugene Lingenfelter and Virgil Lingenfelter; and 3 sisters, Bernice Johnson, Juanita Crosetto, and Melba Smith.
Also surviving are her 6 children, Robert (Carla) Courtney, David (Pam) Courtney, Susie (Larry) VanMiddlesworth, Laura Clendenny, Virgil Courtney, and Tommy Courtney; three sisters, Donna VanMiddlesworth, Judy Bowman, and Wilma Courtney; and one brother, Sam Lingenfelter.
They have 17 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren; and 2 great great grandchildren who came every weekend and had dinner with them.
Alma loved camping, fishing, bowling, and going on gambling trips. She was a lady that all her children and grandchildren loved and respected and no matter what we did, she told us every day that we were loved. We always got hugs and kisses from her and dad. She was the center of our world. Nothing can compare to the love and friendship that she gave us. When it came to a mom and dad and grandparents, you are the best and you are the reason we are the way we are. You gave us love, hope, and the best family.
Services will be Thursday, July 24th at 11:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton where visitation will be on Wednesday, July 23rd from 5 to 7 pm. Rev. Monroe Bailey will officiate. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, rural Canton.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
To view Alma’s memorial DVD and submit online condolences to her family, please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Mary Jane Meyers

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Mary Jane Meyers

Mary Jane Meyers

Peoria – Mary J. Meyers, 87, of Peoria, IL beloved wife of William C. Meyers went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 7:30 am at the Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, Peoria.
She was born to Floyd and Agness (Musgrave) Lemar in Bartonville, IL on November 28, 1926. Surviving is her husband of 69 years, William C. Meyers. They married on May 26, 1945 in Bartonville.
She was a loving mother to Sharon (John) Phillips of Glasford and Pam (Ed) Locke of Canton. She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren, John (Kathy) Phillips, Stacie (Todd) Randall, Amber (Jerry) Smithers, Ryan (Michelle) Locke, and Jason Phillips. Her great grandchildren, Dylan, Jake, Luke, and Will Randall; Gabe Smithers, Seth Phillips, Cassie and Shaylynn Locke, Camri and Micah Phillips, and Zeke and Lucas Phillips will greatly miss her loving nature and giving of Hershey chocolate bars, balloons and $2 bills. She adored her puppy, Charlie, who will miss her cooking.
She was preceded in death by one grandson, Steve Phillips and her brother and sister.
Mary retired from District 150 after 25 years, being a school bus driver for 8 years and then a custodian for Woodruff for 17 years.
She put her trust and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. She will be sitting and waiting on a bench in heaven for her family, like she said her momma and daddy was waiting for her.
Services will be Friday, July 25th at 2:00 pm at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville with visitation one hour prior. Rev, Kevin VanTine will officiate.
Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery, Peoria.
Donations may be made to the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, who treated her like family her final days.
To view Mary’s memorial DVD and submit online condolences to the family, please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Ruby Marie Zessin

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Ruby Marie Zessin

Ruby Marie Zessin

Peoria – Ruby Marie Zessin, 88, of Peoria, IL formerly of Trivoli, IL passed away at 12:10 am Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Unity Point Health Methodist, Peoria.
She was born July 3, 1926 in Peoria to Clyde and Grace (Brooks) Garrison.
Ruby married Harold R. Zessin on March 18, 1944 in Fairview.
He survives along with their daughter, Marjorie Musgrave of Peoria; two grandchildren, Suzanne (Doug) Mendyke of Wheatfield, IN and Michael (Laura) Rakers of Vernon Hills; three great grandchildren, Amanda, Kristen, and Megan; two step great grandsons, Tyler and Trent; and one step great great granddaughter, Addison.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Pearl.
Ruby was a member of Zion Penn Ridge Church, rural Trivoli.
She sold Avon Products and enjoyed quilting, sewing, and crafts.
Services will be at 11:00 am Friday, July 18th at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington where visitation will be held on Thursday, July 17th from 6 to 8 pm.
Rev. Gary Schmidt will officiate.
Burial will be in Penn Ridge Cemetery, rural Trivoli.
Memorials may be made to the Logan-Trivoli Fire Protection District.
To view Ruby’s memorial DVD and submit online condolences to the family, please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Dominic E. Crosetto

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Dominic Crosetto

Dominic Crosetto

St. David- Dominic E. Crosetto, 54, of St. David passed away at 8:45 am Saturday, July 12, 2014 at his residence. He was born on October 21, 1959 in Canton to Lawrence A. “Doner” and Juanita (Lingenfelter) Crosetto. Dominic is survived by a brother Larry Crosetto of Astoria, a sister Paula (Gary) Lightle of St. David, and nieces and nephews; Rod Lightle, Julie (Josh) Lightle-Russell, Ethan and Eli Russell, Jake Crosetto, Tiffany Crosetto, Emma and Jaxson Wright, Korin Crosetto, Larry Crosetto, Hope (Jarrod Utter) Cox, and Deegan Utter. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Dominic was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in St. David, Canton Elks, was an avid St. Louis Cardinal and Chicago Bears fans, past Knights of Columbus, and loved to fish and visit with friends and family.
Services will be 12:00 noon Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton where visitation will be 2 hours prior to services. Deacon Sam Taylor will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Canton. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Michael’s Catholic Church. To view Dominic’s DVD or make online condolence you can go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com