Ronald “Tree Climber” Mendenhall, 63, of 20 S. Ave. B Canton passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2007 at 9:35 am at his residence. Born, January 26, 1943, in Macomb to Bill and Sarah (Barnes) Mendenhall, he married Sandra Hand in 1971 in Canton. She survives along with three sons, Ronald L (Lisa) Mendenhall Jr, William (Christine) Mendenhall and Robert (Laura) Mendenhall all of Canton; one daughter, Sue (Todd) Putnam of Canton, fifteen grandchildren, four great grandchildren, one brother, Jeff Alexander of St. David and one sister, Tina Crawford of Canton. Preceding him in death were his parents and one grandson. He did tree work for the City of Canton. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held Friday, Jan. 5th at 2:00 pm at the First Christian Church in Canton with a one hour prior visitation. Rev. Matthew Keith will officiate. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Canton.
Nina M. Lenzi, 90, of 168 N. Cone St. Farmington passed away on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006 at St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Born, Nov. 14, 1916, in Farmington to Frederick E. and Grace I (DeClarke) Sutton, she married Ernest V. Lenzi on Jan 11, 1936 in Detroit. He died on Feb. 12, 2000. Surviving are three sons, Virgil (Jane) Lenzi of Edwards, E. Vance (Shirley) Lenzi of Portsmouth, RI and Dr. Victor (Geralyn) Lenzi of Brimfield; two daughters, Margo (Ronald) Warfield of Peoria and Mary Ellen (Richard) Chatterton of Avon; nineteen grandchildren, twenty five great-great grandchildren and two sisters, Dorothy Sutton Conway of Anderson, CA and Gracie (Doyle) Fayhee of Smithfield. Preceding her in death were her parents, four brothers and three sisters. She was a member of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church of Farmington and its Altar and Rosary Society and the Farmington Women of the Moose, Chapter 470. Services will be Friday, Jan. 5, 2007 at 10:00 am at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Farmington, with Father Bruce King officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 4th from 5 to 7pm with the rosary at 6:45 pm at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad or to her church.
Martha Marie Watts, 80, of 29929 N. Delost Rd. Norris, formerly of Banner, passed away on Friday, December 29, 2006 at 5:40 pm at the Farmington Country Manor, Farmington. She was born January 1, 1926 in Eldon, Iowa to Florence Seitz Gray. Surviving is one daughter, Sue Ruggeri McIntire of Norris. She was a self employed beautician. Cremation rites have been accorded. Graveside Services will be Friday, Jan. 5th at 1:00 pm at Green Valley Cemetery, Green Valley, IL. with Rev. Kevin Van Tine officiating. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mildred Maxine Utt, 92, of Huntington Beach, CA formerly of Canton, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006 in Huntington Beach, CA. Born, February 18, 1914 in Ellisville, IL. to William “Jim” and Odessa “Dessie” (Minks) Myers, she first married Daniel Lee Utsinger. She then married Elbert Walter “Shag” Utt on Oct. 4, 1941. Surviving are one son, Larry (Sue) Utt of St. David, two daughters, Leona (Joe) Chapman of Dayton, TX and Doreen (Bill) Curtis of Huntington Beach, CA; seven grandchildren, Larry (Beth) Utt Jr. of Canton, Brad Utt of CA, Michelle Burd of CA, Renee (Bryan) Ballard of TX, Joe Chapman Jr. of TX, Kevin Curtis of CA and Jenni (John) Lane of CA and nine great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, one daughter, Jeannette Odessa Utsinger, four brothers and five sisters. Mildred spoke with great fondness of the years growing up in Ellisville. She will be remembered for her ability to play the piano so beautifully. She began playing the piano after hearing songs at her church at the age of 3 and was an accomplished pianist by age 11. She played the piano on the WBYS Radio Station’s 1st broadcast and several following broadcast. The family formed a band with her brothers, Robert (Bob) (lead guitar/vocals) Charles (vocals) and Leslie (guitar) Myers, sister, Leona Schubert (mandolin) and herself on piano. They played numerous dances and events for Canton, Cuba and surrounding areas. On occasion, her mother, Dessie (violin) and father, Jim (banjo) would accompany them. She was offered contracts from radio stations and recording studios but turned them down to stay closer to her family. She worked at International Harvester Co. in Canton during WWII to assist with the war efforts. She was a member of the Methodist Church, Moose Lodge and Musicians Local. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Graveside Services will be Friday, Jan. 5th at 2:30 pm at Maryville Cemetery, Bryant with visitation from 1 to 2 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Rev. Gary Kruzan will officiate.
Deanna Jones, 39, of 430 S. Ave. A Canton passed away on Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at 4:41 am at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. She was born on February 12, 1967 in Canton to Carroll and Dorothy (Record) Blue. Surviving are one son, Truc Krystosek of Canton; one daughter, Nika Krystosek of Canton; one brother, Robert (Charlie) Blue of Canton; one sister, Carol Ann Bruketta of Canton and several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her parents and one sister, Patricia K. Blue. She was a seamstress, working out of her home for many years. She was a member of the First Nazarene Church of Canton. Services will be Friday, Dec. 29th at 2:00 pm at the First Nazarene Church of Canton, with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Jim Book will officiate. Burial will be in Providence Chapel Cemetery, Fairview. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to her church.
Violet M. Morse, 92, of 129 S. 1st Canton, formerly of Middlegrove, passed away on Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at 8:10 am at Sunset Manor, Canton. Born, August 1, 1914, in Adair to James T. and Estella M. (Hollar) Lovell, she married Raymond L. Morse on March 10, 1932 in Cuba, IL. He died on Nov. 13, 1994. Surviving are four sons, Richard (Nancy) Morse of Greenwood, SC, Stanley “Skip” (Dianna) Morse of Florida, Tim (Cindy) Morse and Raymond (Brenda) Morse both of Canton; three daughters, Kathleen Geeseman of Galesburg, Patricia (Larry) Morse of Gilbert, AZ, and Ethel (Del) Miller of Banner; eighteen grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and sixteen great-great grandchildren. Also preceding her in death were her parents, one son, Danny Morse; one daughter, Dorothy Lancaster; one brother, Park Lovell and two sisters, Evelyn Morse and Lucy Anderson. She was a homemaker. She worked in several restaurants and cleaned houses in the area. She loved her children, coon hunting, her St. Louis Cardinals and playing pitch. She was a member of the Middlegrove Church and a past member of the Farmington Moose Lodge #1571. Services will be Tuesday, January 2nd at 11:00 am at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington. Rev. Wes Malone will officiate. Visitation will be Monday, Jan. 1st from 6 to 8 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in Providence Chapel Cemetery, Fairview. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
William “Bill” Whitlatch, 57, of 14803 W. Riekena Rd Hanna City, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006 at 10:27 pm at St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Born, Dec. 21, 1949, in Pana to Carl and Virginia (Henry) Whitlatch, he first married Linda Saurs. He then married Diane Berndt on Nov. 11, 1988 in Peoria. She survives along with one son, Dennie (Stephanie) Whitlatch of Hanna City; one daughter, Penny Whitlatch of Peoria; two step-sons, Gary (Linda) Zinser of Davenport, IA and Greg (Wendy) Zinser of Glasford; nine grandchildren, one sister, Judy (Duane) Burk of Germantown Hills and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Terry Whitlatch. He owned and operated Bowes Automotive Distributing and the local Phillips 66 Service Station and also worked at Caterpillar for 33 years, last working on the engine line at the Mossville Plant. He was a member of the Hanna City Sportsman Club and Cat Motor Sports. Services will be Wed. January 3rd at 11:00 am at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with Pastor Terry England officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan 2nd from 6 to 8 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in Smithville Cemetery, Hanna City. Memorials may be made to a memorial fund for Bill Whitlatch @Heritage Bank of Central Illinois.
Opal Marie Riley, 84, of 750 Old West Locust, Canton passed away on Monday, December 25, 2006 at 11:45 am at Heartland Health Care Center, Canton. Born, June 2, 1922 in Carlisle, Indiana to Iva Quick, she first married Darwin Hostetter. He died in 1971. She later married John Riley on August 30, 1992 at the Monterey United Methodist Church. He survives along with one daughter, Rae Jean (William) Rognas of Marseilles; one son, Darwin Thomas (Phyllis Chambers) Hostetter of Freeport; four grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She was a waitress and also a custodian for Canton Union School District 66. She was of the Nazarene Faith. She was a member of the former Eagles Lodge and the Moose Lodge both of Canton. Services will be Thursday, Dec. 28th at 10:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation on Wednesday, Dec. 27th from 6 to 8 pm. Rev. Phil Riley will officiate. Burial will be in White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton. Memorials may be made to the family.
Delma “Kathy” Brown, 62, of 22030 E. Co. Hwy 6 Canton passed away on Sunday, December 24, 2006 at 9:45 pm at the home of her daughter in Canton. Born, July 26, 1944, in Jamestown, TN to Roosevelt and Clara Bell (Rosenbaum) Layne, she married James Walter Brown on April 28, 1962 in Jamestown, TN. He preceded her in death. Surviving are four children; Teresa A. Scott and her daughter, Rachel of Farmington, Gloria “Jeannie” (Joseph) Monroe and their children, Stefanie, Daniel and Blake of Canton, James Walter Brown Jr. and his children, Chasity, Katie, Erika, Jonathan and Brian of Williamsfield and Melisa (Brent) Claudin and their children, Scott and Brandi of Washington; two great-grandchildren, Cadence Hartness and Dylan Welker and two sisters, Chestine (Bobby) Smith of Dothan, AL and Maxine Pearcey of KY. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Ray and Paul Layne. She was a member of the Farmington United Methodist Church. She was a housewife and devoted Grandma. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 30th at 1:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Her ashes will be placed with her husbands at the Cumberland and Oboe River Junction. Memorials may be made to the Fresh Fire Church in Canton.
William Cecil Roseboom, 96, of 2081 N. Main Canton, formerly of Clinton, passed away Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006 at Heartland Health Care Center, Canton. Born, June 17, 1910 in Norris, IL to William and Lena (Wilson) Roseboom, he first married Ineta Oatman in 1933 in Fulton County. She died on April 30, 1983. He then married Garnet Foulk Cover on Oct. 25, 1986 in DeWitt County. She survives along with two daughters, Shirley (Jack) Price of Waynesville, IL and Dorothy (Kenneth) Cameron of Nevada, MO; four grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters. He worked for Caterpillar as a machinist in both Peoria and Decatur. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Clinton. He was a 50 plus year member of the DeWitt Masonic Lodge #84. He was a 33rd Degree Mason. He was an honorary member of many Masonic Lodges. Services will be Saturday, Dec. 23rd at 2:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with Rev. Steve Knudson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior with Masonic rites at 1:40 pm. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton. Memorials may be made to the Presbyterian Church of Clinton.