Shirley M. White

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Shirley M. White

Shirley M. White

Canton – Shirley M. White, 85, of Canton, IL passed away at 2:55 AM Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at Graham Hospital Extended Care, Canton.
She was born November 17, 1928 in Moline, IL to Edward J. and Myrtle (Apperson) Kaiser. Shirley married David E. White on June 9, 1946 in Canton. He preceded her in death on March 2, 2009.
Surviving are three children, Debbie (Larry) Miller of Canton, Donna (George) Cardot of Canton, and David E. White of Buford, Georgia; four grandchildren, Justin (Susan) Miller, Janel Long, Ashley (Dan) Allen, and David A. White; seven great grandchildren, Tyson Brown, Gage Miller, Drake Miller, Katie Jett, Lauren Long, Cayden Allen, and Brewer Allen; and one sister, Marilyn Cox of Bettendorf, Iowa.
Also preceding her in death were one grandson, Evan White and one brother, Donald Kaiser.
Shirley was a graduate of the Canton High School Class of 1946 and recently attended her 68th class reunion.
She was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Canton, Elks Club #626, and Graham Hospital Service League. She was a Girl Scout leader for many years.
Services will be at 12:00 noon on Friday, October 17th at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Kenny Bloyd will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton with Rev. Sue Harrington officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Congregational United Church of Christ or Christian Service Program.
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Pauline E. Colvin Beecher

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Pauline E. Colvin Beecher

Pauline E. Beecher

Hanna City – Pauline E. Colvin Beecher, 88, of Hanna City, IL passed away at 5:05 PM Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at Unity Point – Methodist in Peoria.
She was born May 4, 1926 in Glasford, IL to Leslie E. and Lillie M. (Burge) Colvin.
Pauline married George L. Beecher on December 7, 1943 in Hanna City. He preceded her in death on March 18, 2001.
Surviving are two children, Elaine K. (Dave) Stufflebeam of Trivoli and Roger L. (Lynnette) Beecher of Hanna City; four grandchildren, Dawn Wyman, Dana Guppy, Kiley T. Beecher, and Erin L. Dray; five great grandchildren, Sydney Dray, Katie Dray, Bre Wieberg, Brogan Wieberg, and Lillie Barrett; and one great-great granddaughter, Callia Thompson.
Also preceding her in death were her brother, Elmer Colvin; sister, Garnet Peters and an infant sister.
Pauline and her husband, George farmed and also owned and operated school buses for Elmwood school for 52 years.
She was a member of the Hanna City United Methodist Church.
There will be a graveside service at 11:00 AM Saturday, October 18th at Maple Ridge Cemetery, rural Mapleton. Rev. Bob DeBolt will officiate.
There will be no visitation.
Memorials may be made to her church or Logan-Trivoli Fire Protection District.
Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Melvin E. Burgett

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Canton – Melvin E. Burgett, 57, of Canton, IL passed away at 12:15 PM Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at his residence.
He was born December 19, 1956 in Grundy, Virginia to Ira and Betty (White) Burgett.
Surviving are his brother, Jimmy Burgett of Wichita, Kansas; sisters, Donna Bedwell of Hanna City and Jennifer Strong of Billings, Montana; five nieces, Crystal, Michelle, Abigail, Bethany, and Charity; and six nephews, Eddy, John, Jamie, Jon, Brandon, and Donald.
His parents preceded him in death.
Melvin was an artist.
He was a US Navy veteran.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
A private service will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Jean Lois Miller

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Jean Lois Miller

Jean Lois Miller

Peoria – Jean Lois Miller, 88, of Peoria, IL passed away at 5:05 PM Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Heartland Health Care in Peoria.
She was born January 29, 1926 in Le Center, MN to Roy and Merle (Eddy) Vollmer. Jean married Milton Earl Babcock in 1945 and later married John M. Miller on December 14, 1989. He preceded her in death in April 2007.
Surviving are four sons, David Babcock of Peoria, James Babcock of East Peoria, Ronald (Eve) Babcock of Lakeside, CA, and Steven (Mary) Babcock of Washburn; ten grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; two brothers, Lloyd Vollmer of Hastings, MN and Roger Vollmer of Le Center, MN; and one sister, Beth Barber of Le Center, MN.
Also preceding her in death were her daughter, Sandra Scoby; grandson, Richard Babcock; and one sister.
Jean worked in the bakery at Kroger’s for fifteen years.
She was of the Lutheran faith and was a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
A graveside gathering will be held at 10:00 AM Monday, October 20th at Lutheran Cemetery, Peoria.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.
Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Dorothy A. Sturgis

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Dorothy A. Sturgis

Dorothy A. Sturgis

Canton – Dorothy A. Sturgis, 80, of Canton, IL passed away at 6:00 PM Monday, October 6, 2014 at her residence.
She was born June 16, 1934 in Peoria, IL to Robert and Elfia (Wiggington) Evans. She married Gary Sturgis on June 21, 1952 in Peoria County. He preceded her in death.
Surviving are three children, Cheryl Ann Sturgis of Pekin, Jerry (Paula) Sturgis of Goofy Ridge, and David Sturgis of Chicago; four grandchildren, Christie (Robert) Mitchell, Cody Anglin, Michael Sturgis, and Chasity Sturgis; ten great grandchildren; sister, Roberta (Myron) Anglin of Forrest City; and many nieces and nephews.
Also preceding her in death were two sisters, Shirley Johnson and Verna Rich.
Dorothy was a school bus driver and custodian at Mid West Central School in Manito.
She attended Abundant Life Church in Peoria.
Dorothy enjoyed bowling, crocheting, making ceramics, and spending time with her grandkids.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, October 13th at Sand Ridge Community Church 26163 County Rd 2500 N. Topeka, IL with visitation one hour prior.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the family c/o Niki Starkey 191 Centennial Court Lincoln, IL 62656.
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William Warnock

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William Warnock

William Warnock

East Peoria – William Warnock, 91, of East Peoria, IL passed away at 5:42 AM Saturday, October 4, 2014 at his residence.
He was born November 23, 1922 in Peru, IL to William J. and Mabel L. (Bennett) Warnock. He married Marian Dailey on June 21, 1957 and she preceded him in death on June 13, 2009.
Surviving are four children, Barbara Cefaretti of the state of Washington, William Kincaid of Peoria, and Linda Warnock and Janet Warnock both of East Peoria; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were his daughter, Mary Myers and brother, Edward Warnock.
He attended Bay View Baptist Church in Washington.
William was a Purple Heart Recipient, serving in the US Army from 1943 to 1946.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Carol “June” Fidler

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Canton – Carol “June” Fidler, 80, of Canton, IL passed away at 4:50 AM Friday, October 3, 2014 at Kindred Hospital, Peoria, IL.
She was born December 21, 1933 in Sparland, IL to Clarence and Myrtle (Swanson) Hodge. Carol married John “Peachie” G. Fidler March 6, 1976 in Canton. He survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Carol Sue Jarrad and Betty Louise Carrigan both of CA; two step-sons, John D. Fidler of Canton and Terry J. Fidler of Morris; eleven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; three brothers, Roger Hodge of Spring Bay, Larry Hodge of NC, and Norman Hodge of Peoria; and two sisters, Joyce Johnson of Peoria and Sharon McCellan of Creve Coeur.
Her parents, one sister, and one grandson, Alan preceded her in death.
Carol was a self-employed bridal seamstress for 30 years.
She was a member of the Smithfield United Methodist Church.
Carol belonged to two Quilt Guilds, Pieces of the Heartland of Canton and Gems of the Prairie of Peoria.
Service will be at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton on Monday, October 6th at 7:00 PM with visitation two hours prior. Rev. Ardith Corsaw will officiate.
Cremation rites will be accorded following the services.
Burial of ashes will be in Walnut Cemetery, Banner at a later date. Memorials can be made to Pieces of the Heartland Quilt Guild.
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Jannette E. Johnson

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Jannette Johnson

Jannette "Jan" Johnson

Elmwood – Jannette “Jan” E. Johnson, 71, of Elmwood, IL passed away at 8:50 PM Sunday, September 28, 2014 at her residence.
She was born November 10, 1942 in Peoria to William and Marie (Millinger) Augsburger. Jan married Carl Johnson on June 29, 1963 in Peoria Heights.
He survives along with three children, Michael J. (Debra) Johnson of Brimfield, Scott C. (Ginger) Johnson of Farmington, and Susan M. (Larry) Sherwood of Elmwood; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and two sisters, Shirley (Melvin) Schroeder of Pesotum, IL and Phyllis (Don) Willems of Philo, IL.
Her parents preceded her in death.
She was a member of the Farmington United Methodist Church.
Jan loved most spending time with family and friends.
She also enjoyed crafting, bead working, gardening, horseback riding, bird watching, and swimming at the Canton YMCA. Jan was a very active farm wife.
Services will be Friday, October 3rd at 11:00 am at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with visitation two hours prior. Rev. Jessica Bladyga will officiate. A private family burial will follow.
Memorials may be made to Graham Home Health Care, Canton YMCA, or Farmington United Methodist Church.
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Cheryl L. Wirebaugh

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Cheryl L. Wirebaugh

Cheryl L. Wirebaugh

Little America – Cheryl L. Wirebaugh, 56, of Little America passed away at 7:03 am Thursday, September 25, 2014 at her residence.
She was born April 9, 1958 in Peoria, IL to Ralph F. and Mable (Emery) Arnett.
Cheryl first married Don Locke on August 6, 1977 and later married Thomas Wirebaugh on July 7, 2001.
He survives along with two daughters, Dawnelle Guyette of McKinney, TX and Samantha (Jiles) Wyant of Decatur; six step children, Rhonda (Thomas) Pattison of England, Roy (fiancée, Terri Branstetter) Wirebaugh of Mackinaw, Michelle Ramirez of St. David, Robert (Jamie) Wirebaugh of Canton, Rebecca (Richard) Ballew of Columbia, MO, and Jackie Williams of Rockford; ten grandchildren; brother, Randy W. (Cindy) Arnett of Lewistown; sister, Lorrie Park of Jacksonville; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents and two brothers.
Cheryl was an accounting manager for FCRC for 28 years.
She was a member of the First Christian Church in Canton, Jobs Daughters, and Illinois Women’s Bowling Association. She was also an assistant Girl Scout leader and was active in Relay for Life, where she was a chairman for five years.
Services will be held at 11:00 am Monday, September 29th at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton where visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm on Sunday, September 28th. Rev. Kevin VanTine will be officiating.
Burial will be in Baughman Cemetery, rural Smithfield.
While Cheryl battled adrenal cancer for 16 years, she never made the journey about herself. She handled it with class, dignity, and determination, while also offering support for others. Her final written words were “Never Give Up.”
Memorials may be made to the Cancer Center of Peoria, FCRC, or Beacon of Hope Hospice.
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Gary D. Welch

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Gary D. Welch

Gary D. Welch

Trivoli – Gary D. Welch, 77, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 24th at his home surrounded by all his children and grandchildren after a four year courageous battle with carcinoid cancer.
Gary was born on March 2, 1937 at home in Hanna City, IL the son of Roy and Ruth (Case) Welch. He married his high school sweetheart, Phyllis Balagna on April 19, 1957. She survives.
Also surviving are his children, Michael (Lynette) Welch of Edwards, Susan (Vern) Newell of Edwards, and Stacey Welch of Champaign; his six beloved grandchildren, Jillian Welch of Peoria, Samantha (Kyle) Stover of Bloomington, Joseph (Brittany) Welch of Peoria, Michael John Welch of Edwards, and Zachary and Matthew Newell of Edwards. His great grandsons are Alexander and Oliver Welch, and great grandson, Mason Stover will be born in three weeks.
Also surviving are his brother, Randy (Kathleen) Welch of Farmington; sister, Bonnie (Richard) Lewis of Edwards; and many nieces and nephews who he always loved.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Ruth; brother, Harlan Dale; and sister, Marsha (Len) Formiller.
His beloved dog, Elsie Anne was his constant companion, lying at his side until the end.
Gary had so many close friends and was very close to his extended family of brother’s and sister’s in-law, his cousin Jerry and Jan Case, and his special daughter, Carol Anderson who will all miss him greatly.
Gary was a warm and loving person who could tackle any problem. He excelled in the workshop, building grandfather clocks for his three children and one for his wife. Many other projects were accomplished.
His love of fishing, hunting, and riding his Harley and Triumphs were shared with his family and friends.
He was a wonderful husband, grandfather, and enjoyed all his family every day.
Gary attended Hanna City United Methodist Church growing up and was a lifetime member of Hanna City Sportsman Club, Farmington Moose, and Son’s of the Bartonville American Legion.
Gary graduated from Farmington High School in 1955, going to work at Keystone for the next 39 ½ years, retiring in April 1994.
Gary played on many ball teams for years. As a Journal Star Carrier, he was on an All Star team who played in Ohio.
Gary raced motorcycles in his twenties and had a spectacular crash at Daytona Speedway that was on the front page in 1964.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to Dr. Knost and the staff of Illinois Cancer Care for their outstanding care during his battle with cancer, and
Unity Point Methodist Hospice’s outstanding staff, that were wonderful and their care so very helpful.
Services for Gary will be held at 3:00 pm Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington, where visitation will be held two hours prior to the service. Rev. Bob DeBolt will be officiating. Interment will be in Smithville Cemetery, rural Hanna City.
Memorial contributions are to be made to St. Jude, Midwest Affiliate or Family House. Both of these organizations help families battle the unexpected problem of having a gravely ill child, and gives hope to everyone involved.
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