Bartonville – Marie Louise Smith, 91, of Bartonville, passed away at 2:05 PM on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Pekin Manor. She was born on May 9, 1926 in Glasford, IL to Louis and Teresa (Sazana) Barber. She married Maurice Smith on November 22, 1941 in Palmyra, MO, he preceded her in death in 2007.
Also surviving are two sons, Larry (Mary) Smith of Pekin, IL and Randall (Patricia) Smith of Naperville, IL; two grandchildren, Michelle Jakoby of Killeen, TX and Adam (Jennifer) Smith of Oswego, IL; two great-grandchildren; and one brother, Gene (Susan) Barber of Chillicothe, IL.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and three sisters.
Marie was a member of Faith Missionary in Bartonville, IL. She loved teaching children bible studies, and was a homemaker.
Memorial service will be held at 12 PM noon on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville, IL. Rev. Craig Hislope will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded with Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville, IL. Memorials can be made to Faith Missionary in Bartonville, IL. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com
Canton – James M. Franciskovich, 72, of Canton, passed away at 7:40 AM on Monday, January 8, 2018 at Sunset Rehabilitation Center. He was born on September 8, 1945 in Canton to Vancil and Marjorie (Smith) Franciskovich. He married Maureen Preece on January 7, 1977 in Canton. She preceded him in death on November 25, 2016.
Also preceding him in death were his parents.
Surviving is one son, Doug (Stacy) Kosier of Canton; two grandchildren, Isabella and Ian Kosier; three brothers, John Franciskovich of Canton, and Vancil and Paul Franciskovich of Wee-ma-tuk; and one sister, Mary Riegal of Canton.
James worked at Caterpillar for 35 years. He was a member of the Canton VFW and the American Legion in Canton.
James served in the United States Army.
Per James request there will be no services. Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. Burial of ashes will be held at a later date at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton, IL. Memorials can be made to Fulton County Humane Society. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com
CANTON- Melba P. Davis, 95, of Canton, passed away at 10:30 AM on Friday, January 5, 2018, surrounded by her loving family at Pine Acres Nursing Home in Dekalb, Illinois. She was born on April 26, 1922 in Fairview, IL, a daughter of Raymond and Alta (Brokaw) Voorhees. She married Harold P. Davis on November 26, 1941 in Canton. He preceded her in death on June 21, 1994. She later married Palmer Wardwell in March of 1997, he preceded her in death on March 9, 1999.
Also preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Mary Ann Orwig, two brothers, three sisters, and one grandson, Christopher Riesen.
Surviving are her loving children, son, H. Richard and Marilyn (Orwig) Davis of Lincoln, IL; grandson, Kevin R. and Kelly (Weaver) Davis, and great-grandchildren, Michael A. Davis, Chelsea & Dillion (Stewart) Atkins, Briana Davis, Abigail Davis, Katelyn Davis, Naomi Davis, Levi and Tomie Weaver; granddaughter, Terri & Randy (Davis) Tennison and great-grandchildren, Coden & Amanda (Knerr) Tennison, Colten Tennison, McKenzie Tennison, Caden Tennison; granddaughter, Sherri and Michael (Davis) Reaves, and great-grandchildren, Davis Reaves, Myla Reaves, Nyah Reaves; son, Robert L. “Bob” and Sue (Harwick) Davis, of Canton; granddaughter, Andrea & Tony (Davis) Lane, and great-grandchildren, Raele Lane, and Hayden Lane; grandson, Eric & Kathy Davis, great-grandchild, Grace Davis, Hope Davis, Isaiah Davis, Josiah Davis; granddaughter, Leanne Davis, grandson, Bryan & Tefinie Orwig, great-grandchildren, Chandler Orwig, Makenna Orwig, Taryn Orwig; grandson, Chad & Patty Orwig, great-grandchildren, Kaylie Orwig, and Keith Orwig; grandson, Craig & Amy Orwig, great-grandchildren, Taylor Orwig, Matthew Orwig, and Lillie Orwig; daughter, Janene and Wayne (Davis) Riesen of Dekalb, IL, grandsons, David & Samantha Riesen, Christopher Riesen, and Tucker Riesen, granddaughter, Emily & Zach (Riesen) Herzog, great-grandson, Jordan Herzog; one great-great-granddaughter, and one son-in-law, Duane Orwig of Washington, IL.
Melba graduated from Galesburg Practical Nurse program as an LPN in 1968, and worked for the Coleman Clinic in Canton for several years and was also a homemaker.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 12, 2018 at Covenant Community Church in Canton, where visitation will be from 9:00 AM until the time of the services. Rev. Kevin Van Tine will officiate. Burial will follow the services at Fairview Cemetery in Fairview, IL Memorials can be made to the International fellowship of Christians and Jews, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 4300, Chicago, IL 60602-2584. To leave online condolences or to view Melba’s DVD please visit: www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com
John R. Grigsby Jr. 65, of Canton, passed away at 4:28 PM on Friday, January 5, 2018 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born on March 17, 1952 in Canton, a son of John Sr. and Lorraine (Lenhausen) Grigsby. John married the love of his life, LuAnn Schnieder on July 12, 1974 in Canton. She survives.
Also surviving is one daughter, Sarah (Brian) Strode of Canton; two granddaughters, Natalie and Payton Strode; one brother, Kevin (Angie) Grigsby of Lewistown, and his parents of Canton.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Mike Grigsby.
John graduated from Canton High School in 1970, and was employed by Caterpillar, and retired after 30 years. He also was a local business owner of several businesses for the past several years.
John was a friend to everyone, and enjoyed helping anyone who needed it. His love for his family and life will live on in those he cared for most. John was especially fond of his granddaughters, and found pleasure in spending time with them through the last years of his life.
Per John’s wishes there will be no visitation or services, cremation rites will be accorded through Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton. Memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. To leave online condolences please visit: www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com
Liverpool – Karen Lynn Sheets, 53, of Liverpool, passed away at 5:15 PM on Friday, January 5, 2018 at her residence. She was born on January 18, 1964 in Canton to Otis and Carol (Smith) Heffren. She married Randy Sheets on September 16, 2017 in Liverpool, IL. He survives.
Also surviving is her father, Otis; two children, Otis R. Schrodt of Lewistown and Amanda L. Richardson of Washington; two step children, Chris Sheets of Lewistown and Randi Jo (Josh) Black of Lewistown; six grandchildren; two sisters, Debra Heffren of Lewistown and Rebecca (Alfred) Seward of Ipava; lifelong friend, Patti Oest; and her fur babies, Sophie and Molly.
Karen is preceded in death by her mother, Carol and one brother, Donald Otis Heffren.
Karen had 20 plus years working at Headstart in Lewistown, IL. She loved boating, dancing, shuffleboard, and a clean house. Karen was always happy and the life of the room.
Services will be held at 12 PM noon on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL, where a visitation will be held from 10-Noon. Jayson Herrick will officiate. Following the service, burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lewistown, IL. Memorials can be made to Fulton County Humane Society. To view Karen’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com
Canton – Vivian C. Hubbard, 96, of Canton, IL, passed away on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Clayberg Nursing Home. She was born on July 24, 1921 in Fairbury, IL to Dan and Nellie (Baker) Metz. She married George W. Hubbard Jr. on September 13, 1944 in LaSalle County, he preceded her in death on July 27, 2012.
Vivian was also preceded in death by her parents, one son, David Hubbard, and two brothers, Wally and Gene Metz.
Surviving are two sons, John (Carol) Hubbard of Dunfermline, and Tom (Carol) Hubbard of Chandler, AZ; four grandchildren, Nathan (Becky) Hubbard, Emily (Dennis) Bowers, Judson (Kari) Hubbard, and Thaddeus (Elizabeth) Hubbard; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Vivian graduated from Long Point High School, and later graduated from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing. She worked as a registered nurse and was also co-owner of Hubbard Insurance for several years. Vivian was a member of First Christian Church in Canton, IL. Early in her life she enjoyed being a nurse before starting their family. She also enjoyed needlework, taking family vacations to Minnesota and gardening.
Services will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL, where a visitation will be from 10-11 AM. Pastor Ben Williamson will officiate. Burial will follow the services at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton, IL. Memorials can be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. To view Vivian’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com
Dunlap – Sandra L. Fleisher, 73, of Dunlap, passed away peacefully at home at 6:30 PM on Thursday, January 4, 2018. She was born on October 10, 1944 in Peoria to James and Geneva (Corrie) Scott. She married Thomas “Tom” Fleisher on July 11, 1975 in Peoria, IL, he survives.
Also surviving are four children, Tracy Lee, Brian Lee, David Lee, and Adrian Fleisher; four grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Lou Conn and Paula Conn; several nieces; and lifelong friends, Joan (Richard) Faulkner-Owen.
Sandra was preceded in death by her parents.
Sandra first worked at Hiram Walker in Peoria and later at Venture Department Store. She then relocated to Arizona in 1984 to work for America West Airlines. Once retired in 2009 they returned to Peoria. She was a member of the Elks Emblem Club. Sandra enjoyed family functions, walking her dogs, and loved bowling in her younger years. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. The family wishes to thank OSF Hospice for the loving care they provided in her final days.
Per Sandra’s wishes there will be no services. Cremation rites will be accorded with Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington, IL. Burial of ashes will be held at a later date. Memorials can be made to Alzheimer’s Association or ASPCA. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com
Christopher A. Hobbs, 22, of Bartonville, formally of Canton, passed away at 9:55 PM on Monday, January 1, 2018 at his home. He was born on September 15, 1995 in Peoria, IL to Marc M. Hobbs and Regina M. (Sheridan) Hobbs.
Surviving is his brother, Marcus of Bartonville; sister, Madeline of Canton; paternal grandmother, Jane Hobbs of Canton, paternal great-grandma, Sally Krulac of Canton; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, mother, paternal grandfather, and maternal grandparents.
Christopher loved traveling, Peru was a favorite destination. He loved history and was especially fascinated with anything concerning John F. Kennedy. He loved flying and has finished a number of hours toward his pilot’s license. He loved working and being outdoors and aspired to have his own business one day. Christopher was a gentle soul and now he is at peace.
Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. A private burial of ashes will be at Greenwood Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to OSF Children’s Hospital of Peoria, Fulton County Humane Society in Canton, or a charity of the donor’s choice. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com
Canton – Jean Elizabeth (Landis) Mulligan, 89, of Canton, went to be with her lord and family at 11:00 AM on Monday, January 1, 2018 at Renaissance Care Center in Canton. She was born on December 6, 1928 in Jackson, MN to Perry and Herritta (Hansen) Landis. She married Louis D. Mulligan on October 11, 1947 in Canton, he preceded her in death on April 2, 2007.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; one grandson, Nathan Watson; two brothers; one sister; and several sisters in laws and brothers in laws.
Surviving are two children, Crystal (Gary) Malinowski of Canton, and Michael Mulligan of Canton; one grandson, Ryan (Kara) Watson of Peoria Heights; two great-grandchildren, Ryleigh and Keighley Watson; brother in law, George “Fred” Mulligan of Canton; and three sisters in laws, Nelda (Lloyd) Wages of FL, Donna (Nelson) Maxwell of TX, and Peggy (Michael) McCreight of N.C.
Jean was a past member of Evangelical Free Church in Canton, IL.
Graveside service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton, IL. Rev. Bill Walder will officiate. Memorials can be made to Alzheimer’s Association. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com
Canton – Francenia “Topsy” Bell Gibbs, 86, of Canton, Illinois, passed away suddenly at her home on December 30, 2017. Born in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1931, she lived in Canton since 1964. She graduated from nursing school at Garfield Park Hospital, where she met her husband Dr. Jack L. Gibbs. They were married a year later in June 1953.
A devoted wife and loving mother, she is survived by her husband, her four children; Michael (Cindy), John ( Annamarie), Anne (Matthew), and Jennifer; ten grandchildren, Jack, Ryan, Rebecca, Jacquelin, Samantha, Adam, Megan, Joseph, Sarah, Abigail; one great-grandchild, Adele; one brother, Richmond ; two sisters, Winona and Ruth.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Hamilton Fleming.
Mrs. Gibbs was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Canton, PEO, DAR and the Altruistic Club. She was the first president of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Mason District Hospital in Havana, Illinois, and together with her husband supported the founding of the hospital, which opened in 1957. Mrs. Gibbs was a registered nurse. When her children were older she spent several years working for the Fulton County Public Health Department.
A memorial service is scheduled at 11:00 AM Thursday, January 4, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church in Canton, and the family will be receiving friends and family starting at 10:00 AM. Burial will take place at the Waterford Cemetery in rural Lewistown. Rev. Tim Bauler will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded through Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory, Canton. As a life-long animal lover, Topsy requested donations be made in lieu of flowers to the Humane Society of Fulton County, 22988 Route 9, Canton, IL 61520, or to the Presbyterian Church of Canton, 275 Linden Street, Canton, IL 61520. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com