Wayne Gardner

Wayne GardnerWayne Gardner, 49, of Farmington passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2007 at 8:52 pm at Graham Hospital Emergency Room, Canton. Born, August 15, 1957, in Peoria, IL to Ferd and Alberta (Young) Gardner, he married Janet Southard on January 28, 1980 in Peoria, IL. She survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Misty (Charles) Kincaid of Abingdon and Jennifer (Dennis) Rook and Amber Gardner both of Farmington; one granddaughter, Tiffany Lynn Rook and two sisters, Phyllis (Steve) Coffman and Joyce (Johnnie) Whitby both of Peoria. He was a US postal carrier in Peoria. He was a US Army veteran. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services. Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements.

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JoAnn V. Johnson

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JoAnn V. Johnson, 60, of 414 N. 1st Ave. Canton, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007 at 1:14 pm at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria. Born in Peoria on January 12, 1947 to Joseph and Lillie (Carson) Charron, she married Gary Johnson. Surviving are her ex-husband, Gary Johnson, one daughter, Frieda (Terry) Evans of Decatur; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild and a very special friend, Dwight Casey. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Gary L. Johnson Jr. and a half brother, Mark L. Bearce. She was a homemaker. She was of the Catholic Faith. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services. Burial will be at a later date in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lewistown. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.

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Della Lou Merna

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Della Lou Merna, 75, of Canton passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at 6:15 pm at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria. Born in Galesburg, IL on March 8, 1931 to Eugene and Della (Peacock) DeWitt, she married William Merna on Sept. 3, 1949 in Peoria. He survives along with three son, Bill Merna of Metairie, LA, Timothy (Carol) Merna of Canton and Thomas (Lisa) Merna of Peoria; two daughters, Nancy (Larry) Hindle of Hillsboro and Phyllis (Lynn) Jarvis of Canton; eleven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three brothers, Elbert “Mose” DeWitt of Galesburg, Frank (Joyce) DeWitt of Sunnyland and Larry DeWitt of Germantown Hills and two sisters, Bernice Ricci of North Fort Myers, FL and Evagene Gilchrist of Canton. Preceding her in death were her parents, four brothers and one sister. Della was a loving mother, grandmother and homemaker. She worked for Multi-Ad in Peoria and Canton School District #66 in the cafeteria. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Canton where she baked for and helped with the Funeral Dinners. She was co-chair of the International Knights of Columbus Camporee. A Funeral Mass will be Saturday, March 3rd at 10:30am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Canton with Father Arthur D. Meyer officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Canton. Visitation will be at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton on Friday, March 2nd from 6 to 8 pm with recitation of the rosary at 5:45 pm. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or St. Joseph Cemetery Fund.

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Edna J. Kraft

Edna J. Kraft, 91, of 250 S Main St. Canton, passed away Monday February 26, 2007 at 6:00am at Sunset Manor Nursing Home, Canton. Born November 29, 1915 in Camden, NJ to William and Belinda (Marston) Voigt, she married Clifford Kraft in 1936. He preceded her in death in 1988. A devoted Grandmother, surviving are three grandchildren; Kim (George) Blackburn of Chillicothe, IL, Vicki (Richard) Versace of Canton, IL and Charles Hatfield of Daytona, FL; two great-grandchildren, Michael Hatfield and Joey Napoli of Peoria and two sisters, Grace McLaughlin of Mt. Laurel, NJ and Norma Clark of Delran, NJ. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, William and Henry Voigt and one sister, Caroline Lowe. An accomplished painter and seamstress, she first worked for Hunt Pen in Philadelphia then she and her husband owned and operated Kraft Fruit and Produce Stand on Rt. 130 in Pennsauken, NJ. Cremation rites have been accorded. Services and burial of ashes will be at a later date. Burial will be at Bethel Cemetery in Pennsauken, NJ. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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Reva F. Samuels

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Reva F. Samuels,77, formerly of Farmington, passed away on Monday, February 26, 2007, at 2:00 pm at Sunset Manor, Canton. Born in Banner on January 9, 1930 to Cecil and Sadie (Lightbody) Dare, she married Les Samuels. He preceded her in death. Surviving are one daughter, Karen (Buddy) Hoops of Farmington; three grandchildren, Todd (Judy) Strohmaier, Tammy (John) Copeland and Tracy Strohmaier all of Farmington; four great-grandchildren and one sister, Veda Dare of West Valley, Utah. Also preceding her in death were her parents and one son, Tom Samuels. She was a member of the Farmington United Methodist Church and the Business and Professional Women where she was a past president. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial of ashes will be at a later date. Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements.

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Zelma Lee Thompson

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Zelma Lee Thompson, 91 of 239 E. Locust St. Canton passed away at 1:30 am, February 24 at the Clayberg Nursing Home in Cuba. Born February 14, 1916 in Meredosia, IL. to Cloran and Katherine Jordan Powers. She first married Melvin L. Brown, then Orlo Sprout Sr. and later married John L. Thompson on February 8, 1960 in Lewistown. He preceded her in death on July 26, 1982. Surviving is 4 sons: Clarence Smith of Canton, Orlo Sprout Jr. of Peoria, Barry Sprout of Toulon, and Wilbert Thompson of Pekin, 2 daughters; Mrs. Billie D. Day and Mrs. Joyce Hawkins both of Cuba, 14 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and several great great-grandchildren, 3 brothers; William Powers of Washington D.C., Junior Powers of Colorado, and Ed Powers of Henry, 3 sisters; Helen Carpentier, Hazel Jenkins and Alice Booth all of Canton. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one sister. She last worked as a Nurses Aid at the Graham Hospital. She was member of the Christian Church. Services will be 2:30 pm Tuesday February 27 at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home where visitation will be one hour prior to services. The Rev. Stacy Tomich will officiate. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton and memorials may be made to the Clayberg Nursing Home.

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Lora M. Williams

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Lora M. Williams, 94, of Hanna City passed away on Friday, Feb. 23, 2007 at 4:15 am at the Farmington Country Manor, Farmington. Born in Lamar, MO. on Sept. 6, 1912, to Frank and Mary (Jeffery) Snodgrass, she married Walter H. Williams on December 25, 1932 in Hanna City, IL. He died on August 15, 1976. Surviving are one granddaughter, Cheryl (Bob) Dennin of Aurora, one grandson, Scot Williams of Aurora, two great-grandsons, Michael and Preston Williams and many nieces and nephews. Also preceding her in death were her parents, one son, Walter J. Williams, one infant daughter, Nancy Williams; four brothers and three sisters. She was a member of the Hanna City United Methodist Church. Services will be Wednesday, Feb. 28th at 2:00 pm at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington where visitation will be Tuesday, Feb. 27th from 5 to 7 pm. Rev. Joy Schlesselman will be officiating. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery, Hanna City. Memorials may be made to her church.

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L. Pauline Shuh

L. Pauline ShuhL. Pauline Shuh, 76, of Canton passed away Thursday, February 22, 2007 at 2:13 pm at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria. Born in Kinmundy, IL to James Walker and Frieda (Doolen) Walker-Currie, she married John W. Shuh on August 30, 1958 at the First Baptist Church in Canton. He survives along with one son, Tony Shuh of Canton; one daughter, Lori (Doug) Moser of Canton; two grandchildren, Dustin Shuh and Ryleigh Moser both of Canton; four step-grandchildren, Andy, Justin and Mallory Moser all of Canton and Shylo Churchill of Springfield; two brothers, John Walker of Beecher City and James Walker of Moro and one Aunt, Marie L. Green of Patoka. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Jerry Walker of Iowa. She graduated in 1948 from Kinmundy High School and also from Telegraph School. Pauline worked for Western Union as a manager in Pana, IL then moved to the Canton office in 1953 until it closed in 1961. She then worked in the Pekin office until its closing. She worked at WBYS in Canton from 1973 to 1980. She then worked for OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria in the admitting department from 1985 until she retired in November of 1992. Pauline loved music, flowers and going on bus trips and music concerts. Her most precious times were spent with her family and most of all her grandchildren. She was a member of the OSF Senior Saints, Fulton County Civic Singers and Canton Community Concert Association. She was a member of the First Baptist Church for over 50 years. Services will be Tuesday, Feb. 27th at 11:00 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton where visitation will be on Monday, Feb. 26th from 5 to 7 pm. Pastor Will Ferguson will officiate. Burial will be in Highbridge Cemetery, Dunfermline. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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Henrinetta Miller

Henrinetta MillerHenrinetta A. Miller, 81, formerly of 435 Cass Place, Canton, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007 at 4:07 pm at Sunset Manor, Canton. Born in Macomb on May 6, 1925 to Frederick and Dorthea (Koeing) McCullough, she first married Clyde M. Bollinger. She later married Charles B. Miller. He died Feb. 23, 1987. Surviving are one son, Michael (Pauline) Bollinger of Buckeye, AZ; three daughters, Mary Hukill and Marjorie (Richard) Horvath both of Canton and Patricia (Jon) Williams of Cuba; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Also preceding her in death were her parents, one grandson, three brothers and two sisters. She first worked at Atwood-Dana Corp in Havana for 25 years until the plant closing then she worked at the YWCA in Canton until retiring. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Canton. She was a member of the Eastern Star Lodge, Canton VFW Post #1984 and Canton Moose Lodge #784. Services will be Sat. Feb. 24th at 10:30 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton where visitation will be on Feb. 23rd from 6 to 8 pm. Rev. Kevin Van Tine will officiate. Burial will be in Bushnell Cemetery, Bushnell. Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Humane Society.

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William Howard Malmgren

William Howard MalmgrenWilliam Howard Malmgren, 94, of Canton, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007 at 5:35 pm at his residence. Born Oct. 28, 1912, in Canton, the eldest son of Edward Theodore and Goldie Lee (Todd) Malmgren, he married Gladys Stansbury on Jan. 10, 1942 in Palmyra, MO. She died on Feb. 16, 2006. Surviving are one son, James H. Malmgren of Tucson, AZ; one daughter, Sonja Lee (Rick) Roudebush of Canton; four grandchildren, Zach (Elvia) Malmgren of Peoria, Matthew J. Malmgren of Canton, Erik C. Malmgren of Tucson and Cassandra Lee (Aaron) Taraboletti of Bartonville; two great-grandchildren, Rhiannon and Thorin Isaiah; one brother, Frederick Malmgren of Aurora; niece, Susan Ravasi of Aurora; family friends, Carl (Linda) Walter and two special friends, Joyce Cook and Marilyn Grubor. Preceding him in death were his parents and one brother, Edward Todd Malmgren. He graduated from Lake Forest College and first worked in the office at International Harvester in Canton for 18 years. He then graduated from the University Of Illinois College Of Law and was admitted to the bar on Nov. 17, 1952. In addition to his private practice of law, he served from 1969 to 1977 as Canton City Attorney. He served as City Attorney during the year of the fire on the North side of the Canton Square and the 1975 tornado and advised in the legal matters of rebuilding. He also served for four years as Fulton County State’s Attorney. He was perhaps best known for his criminal defense in what became the United States Supreme Court case of Miller v. Pate, 386 U.S. 1 (1967). He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Canton. He was one of the first members of the Lincoln-Douglass Toastmaster Club where he was a Distinguished Toastmaster, Area Governor, Division Governor and was awarded Outstanding District #54 Division Governor. He was instrumental in the club receiving the #1 Toastmaster Club in the World award in 1992. He was a 56 year member of the American Legion Post #16 where he was a past post commander, a 57 year member of the Morning Star Masonic Lodge #734, A.F. & A.M. He was a past member and Exalted Ruler of the Elks Club. He was a 54 year member of the Illinois State Bar Association where he remained until his death. He played the lead part of Norman in the Fulton County Playhouse presentation of “On Golden Pond”. He was a WWII veteran of the US Army Air Forces serving in the Pacific. Services will be Monday, Feb. 26th at 11:00 am at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Canton with Rev. Maureen Stein officiating. Visitations will be Sunday, Feb. 25th from 2 to 4 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton and Feb. 26th from 10 to 11 am at the Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton. Memorials may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church.

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