Nicole Lynn Drinkwater

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Nicole Lynn Drinkwater

Nicole Lynn Drinkwater

Canton – Nicole Lynn Drinkwater, 19, of Canton, IL passed away at 1:53 PM Thursday, March 26, 2015 at her residence.
She was born May 24, 1995 in Canton.
Surviving are her mother, Jackie Downey of Canton; maternal grandmother, Shirley Downey of Canton; brother, Marshall Lee Drinkwater Jr. of Macomb; sister, Kaylyn Drinkwater of Canton; aunt, Evelyn Matheny of Cuba; and two uncles, John (Amy) Downey of Leesburg, GA and Freddy Clark (Mary) Downey of Fruitland Park, FL.
Nicole was a Canton High School graduate.
Services will be at 2:00 PM Wednesday, April 1st at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with Rev. Greg White officiating.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 PM Tuesday, March 31st at the funeral home.
Cremation rites will follow the services.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association
To view Nicole’s memorial DVD and submit online condolences to the family, please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Amy Beth Mercer

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Amy Beth Mercer

Amy Beth Mercer

Canton – Amy Beth Mercer, 48, of Canton, IL passed away at 1:27 AM Thursday, March 26, 2015 at OSF St. Francis in Peoria.
She was born March 18, 1967 in Peoria, IL to Roland and Harriette (Snyder) Koeppel.
Amy married Kevin Mercer on April 26, 1986 in Pekin.
He survives along with their son, Kevin Mercer Jr. of Pittsburg, PA, formerly of Canton; 3 brothers, David Koeppel, Bud Koeppel, and Kevin Heady; 2 sisters, Julie Buhr and Tamra Brown; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Amy graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelors Degree in History.
She was an office manager at Wesley United Methodist Church in Canton.
Amy was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Canton.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 AM Monday, March 30th at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton.
A Funeral Mass will follow at 11:00 AM at St. Mary Catholic Church with Father Daniel Ebker officiating.
Burial will be in Zion Cemetery, rural Fiatt.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary Food Pantry.
To view Amy’s memorial DVD and submit online condolences to the family, please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Shirley J. Hedden

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Shirley J. Hedden

Shirley J. Hedden

Trivoli – Shirley J. Hedden passed away peacefully at Unity Point Methodist Hospital in Peoria at 7:15 PM Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at the age of 87.
She is survived by her husband, Virgil of Trivoli; her son, Scott (Diane) Hedden of Trivoli; grandson, Brett J. (Kirsten) Hedden of Lake Camelot; and great grandson, Kyle Fremont Hedden.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Shirley was born on October 2, 1927 in Trivoli to Fremont and Mabel (Lapsley) Opie. She graduated from Farmington Community High School in 1945 and married Virgil L. Hedden on February 26, 1950 in Trivoli.

A lifelong resident of Trivoli, she began working for her father’s bank, Trivoli State Bank (now Heritage Bank), in May 1945. Through her years with the bank, she held the positions of bookkeeper, head teller, Asst. Cashier, and Vice-President, retiring in 1992. She also served on the Bank’s Board of Directors for 36 years.
Shirley was a dedicated wife and mother. She lived her entire life in the Trivoli area. After marriage, she lived on both the Hedden and Opie family farms with the love of her life, Virgil. Outside of her family, her passion in life was traveling. During her lifetime she was fortunate to have visited all 50 states. In her retirement years, she traveled extensively overseas. She visited the Swiss Alps, cruised the Panama Canal, climbed the Acropolis in Greece, and rode a camel in Australia. She was always planning her next trip until age and time finally caught up to her.

In addition to traveling the world, she loved to spend time in the winter at their trailer near West Palm Beach, Florida as she loved the ocean and the beach.
Shirley also loved singing and dancing and was a member of the Canton Sweet Adelines barbershop chorus for many years. Her love of music ranged from the Glenn Miller Band to Elvis. The last major trip she was able to make was to Memphis and Elvis’ home, Graceland, for her 80th birthday.
She was a lifelong member of the Trivoli United Methodist Church where she was active with the TUMC Evening Circle. She also was a member of the Peoria County Homemakers, Prairie Quilters, and Farmington Red Hats. For several years, she also served on the finance committee of the Rural Peoria County Council on Aging.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 pm Sunday, March 29th and again on Monday, March 30th from 10 to 11 am at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington. The funeral services will follow at 11:00 am at the funeral home with Pastor Bob DeBolt officiating.

Burial will be in Penn Ridge Cemetery, Trivoli.

Memorials may be made to the Trivoli United Methodist Church, Trivoli Volunteer Fireman, or Donor’s Choice.
To view Shirley’s memorial DVD and submit online condolences to the family, please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

John “Kelly” Duchardt Jr.

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John "Kelly" Duchardt Jr.

John "Kelly" Duchardt Jr.

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John “Kelly” Duchardt Jr, 73, of Cuba, IL. passed away at 7 am March 24, 2015 at Lutheran Home Samaritan Place in Peoria, IL. He was born July 19, 1941 in Canton, Illinois to John Kelly Duchardt and Martha (Engle) Duchardt Sr. He married Linda Ann (Williams) Duchardt December 23, 1966 in Canton, she preceded him in death on June 20, 2013.
He is survived by two daughters: Gretchen (Michael) Petrunich of Brownsburg, IN, and Megan (Aaron) Donnelli of Germantown Hills, five grandchildren he adored; Sydney, Jacob, and Marisa Petrunich, and Anna and Katie Donnelli and two brothers; Gene (Janette) Duchardt of California and David (Sherry) Duchardt of Morton, IL.
He attended Bradley University and Purdue University, graduating with a degree in civil engineering.
Mr. Duchardt was a hard and dedicated worker from a young age. He started work at age 12, working in the family meat market, meat cutter 3 years at C-W super market. He spent 4 summers working as an engineering technician at IDOT and Warren-Van Praag Consulting engineering. In college, he worked at Harry’s Chocolate Shop as a bartender at Purdue. He worked at International Harvester as an assistant mechanical engineer, and was division head of industrial engineering at Hart Carter Company, becoming a manufacturing manager over 2 plants, purchasing, industrial and manufacturing engineering. He became a State Farm Agent in 1979, and retired after 27 years with the company.
Mr. Duchardt loved his community and participated by donating over 124 units of blood. He was an E-5 in the United States Army Reserves. He was also a member of the Presbyterian Church, First Christian Church, and Wesley United Methodist Church, and a past certified lay speaker, Sunday school teacher, and president of the men’s group and won the spark plug award from Peoria District United Methodist Church. He was a school board member for 13 years in Mendota and Canton school districts. Serving as past secretary on the Mendota Board, and past president on the Canton Board. He served as a chairman of the Canton planning and zoning board, and a 30 year member of the Mendota and Canton Kiwanis Club, serving as distinguished secretary and twice past distinguished President of the Canton Kiwanis.
Mr. Duchardt was a board member of the Chamber of Commerce in Mendota and past president of the Chamber of Commerce in Canton. He also served on the boards of the United Way, and the Wee Ma Tuk Water District.
Mr. Duchardt loved travel, and traveled in eleven northern European countries, New Zealand, and to China. He enjoyed sharing his joy of travel with his family, and sharing his love of the outdoors and fishing with his dear friends, traveling over 100 times to the north-woods of Minnesota, and Canada where he fished, canoed, and went dog sledding.
There will be a Celebration of Life from 1- 3 pm, Saturday, March 28th at Wesley United Methodist Church in Canton. Memorials can be made to Illinois Cancer Care Foundation. Cremation rites have been accorded. To view Kelly’s DVD or make online condolences you can go to www.sedwickfuneralhomes.com. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Barbara J. Dozard

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Barbara J. Dozard

Barbara J. Dozard

Farmington – Barbara J. Dozard, 42, of Farmington, IL passed away at 2:45 PM Saturday, March 21, 2015 in Peoria County.
She was born May 20, 1972 in Canton to Andrew and Mildred (Rogers) Dozard.
They preceded her in death.
Surviving are two children, Rhiannon Perry and Cole Ballard both of Farmington; brother, Dan (Gail) Dozard of Peoria Heights; sisters, Lisa (Gearl) Richardson of Banner and Linda Paul of Peoria; and several nieces and nephews.
Barbara enjoyed genealogy.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday March 28th at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington.
Memorials may be made to the Barb Dozard Memorial c/o Bank of Farmington.
Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Margaret E. Reissen

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Farmington – Margaret E. Reissen, 87, of Farmington, IL passed away at 2:30 PM Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at her residence.
She was born May 28, 1927 in Sedalia, MO to Paul and Lilly (Lind) Fiedler.
Margaret married John Reissen on August 21, 1948 in Sedalia and he died May 31, 1988.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; son, James A. Reissen Sr.; grandson, Dennis “Bucky” Smith; brother, Paul Fiedler; and sister, Hazel Fiedler.
Surviving are nine children, Margaret Harmon of Sedalia, MO, Clara Johnson of Washington, IL, Catherine (David) Sizek of Norris, Carolyn Herrick of Peoria, John (Connie) Reissen Jr. of Canton, Rose (Bob L.) Smith of Creve Coeur, Norma (Dave) Williams of Fort Myers, FL, Paul Reissen of London Mills, and Robert Reissen of Canton; twenty grandchildren; several great grandchildren; several great-great grandchildren; brother, Charles of Sedalia, MO; step-brother, Robert Brown of Kansas City, MO; and sisters, Clara Paxton and Mary Mullens both of Sedalia, MO.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
Burial of ashes will be at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad #1100.
Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Harold R. Zessin

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Harold R. Zessin

Harold R. Zessin

Peoria – Harold R. Zessin, 92, of Peoria, IL passed away at 12:15 PM Monday, March 16, 2015 at Sunset Manor Nursing Home, Canton.
He was born February 1, 1923 in Trivoli to Ernest and Ella (Schubert) Zessin. He married Ruby M. Garrison on March 18, 1944 in Fairview and she died on July 15, 2014.
Also preceding him in death were his parents; step-great grandson, Tyler; 2 brothers; and 1 sister.
Surviving are his daughter, Marjorie Musgrave of Peoria; 2 grandchildren, Suzanne (Doug) Mendyke and Michael (Laura) Rakers; 3 great granddaughters, Amanda, Kristen, and Megan; 1 step great grandson, Trent; 1 step great-great granddaughter, Addison; and 1 sister, Martha Morby of Galesburg.
Harold had farmed for 70 + years in Trivoli.
He was a member of Mt. Zion “Penn Ridge” Church.
Harold was a jack of all trades and could fix anything.
Services will be at 11:00 AM Saturday, March 21st at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington where visitation will be held from 6 to 8 PM Friday, March 20th. Rev. Gary Schmidt will officiate.
Burial will be in Penn Ridge Cemetery, Trivoli.
Memorials may be made to Logan-Trivoli Fire Protection District or Mt. Zion “Penn Ridge” Church.
To view Harold’s memorial DVD and submit online condolences to the family, please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Lois “Fern” Brown

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Lois "Fern" Brown

Lois "Fern" Brown

Canton – Lois “Fern” Brown, 94, of Canton, IL passed away at 7:25 AM Monday, March 16, 2015 at Heartland Health Care, Canton.
She was born January 29, 1921 in Pleasant Township, Fulton County, IL to Harry Edgar and Ora May (Hopping) Malott.
Fern married Gerald William Brown on January 11, 1947 in Lewistown and he died on December 20, 2004.
Also preceding her in death were her parents and one sister, Dorothy L. Drumm.
Surviving are 3 daughters, Betty Jean Brown of Perkinston, MS, Beverly Kay Harness of Lees Summit, MO, and Gerri Sue Brown of Springfield, MO; 2 grandchildren, Tabitha Brown and Taylor Harness; 2 step-grandchildren, Chelsea Harness and Maile McCoy; 1 great grandson, William Harness; 4 step great grandchildren; and two sisters, Irene Malott and Gladys Malott both of Canton.
Fern was a seamstress, babysitter, and enjoyed doing handicrafts.
Services will be at 11:00 AM Thursday, March 19th at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton where visitation will be one hour prior. Jeff Thayer will officiate.
Burial will be in Summum Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
To view Fern’s memorial DVD and submit online condolences to the family please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.

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Thelma J. Goetze

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Bartonville-Thelma J. Goetze, 88, of Bartonville, passed away at 10:01 AM Friday, March 13, 2015 at the Unity Point-Methodist emergency room, Peoria.
She was born in Glasford on September 23, 1926 to Gilbert and Jesse (Sonnemaker) Chamberlain. She married Chester E. Goetze on March 31, 1948 in Peoria. He preceded her in death on November 4, 2009. Also preceding her in death were her parents; and four sisters, Lucille, Ruby, Goldie, and Vera.
Surviving are two sons, Gilbert (Dottie) Goetze of Edwards, MO and Philip O. (Donna) Goetze of Bartonville; one sister, Lillian Haney of Glasford; and several nieces and nephews.
Thelma was a farm wife, helping in the fields and taking care of the house.
She attended the Glasford United Methodist Church.
Services will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville, where visitation will be held one hour prior. Phil Hartzler will officiate. Burial will follow in Maple Ridge Cemetery, rural Mapleton.
Memorials may be made the donor’s choice.
To view Thelma’s memorial DVD or to leave the family online condolences, please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Charlotte Florence Rennie

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Charlotte F. Rennie

Charlotte Florence Rennie

Canton – Charlotte Florence Rennie, 97, formerly of Canton went to meet the Lord on March 10, 2015 at the UnityPoint Hospice, Taylor House, in Des Moines, IA.
Charlotte was born September 24, 1917 in Fulton County to Ernie and Lela Raker. She married Maurice Mitchell Rennie on Dec. 4, 1937 in Lewistown and lived most of her life in Canton.
She lived in Sebring, FL for 10 years and Ankeny, IA with her daughter and son-in-law for her last 3 years.
Surviving are her children, Wayne Maurice (Rosemary) Rennie of Shrewsbury, MA and Susan Kaye (Gurney) Masters of Ankeny, IA. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Shan Robert (Lucy) Pollitt of Zumbrota, MN, Stacey Lynn (Dale) Koppedryer of Clarks Grove, MN, and Ellen (William) Tripp of Coventry, Conn; and six great grandchildren, Mitchell, Robert and Zachary Pollitt, Samantha and Stefanie Koppedryer, and Ellie Tripp.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and one brother, Woodrow Raker.
Charlotte was an 80 yr member of Royal Neighbors of America, a 50 yr member of Eastern Star of Illinois, and a member of the Maples Mill Church in Maples Mill, IL.
She enjoyed sharing holidays with the grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed playing cards, golf, and traveling. She will be missed greatly by all.
There will be a visitation from 6 to 8 pm Friday, March 13th at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton.
Graveside services for the immediate family will be the following day.
Memorials may be made to the Taylor House Hospice-Des Moines, 3401 East Douglas Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50317.
Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com