Lois Lee Dunn

Lois Lee DunnFarmington Headline:
Lois Lee Dunn, 89 of 550 E. Carl Sandburg Dr. Galesburg, IL., formerly of Farmington, passed away Sunday July 2, 2006 at 5:00am at the Galesburg Cottage Hospital. She was born April 9, 1917 in Astoria to Harve and Jesse Robison Slaight. She married Ralph Dunn on August 28, 1946 in Canton. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Jack Slaight and two sisters, June Smith Sinnett and Georgia Skiles. She and her husband lived on the Dunn farm outside of Farmington. They later moved to Galesburg ten years ago. She was a beautician and had her shop in the basement of her home. She was member of the Providence Chapel United Methodist Church in rural Fairview. She was a member of the Phillipine Chapter #413 of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Illinois World Organization of China Painters and the Charter Member of Spoon River China Art Guild. There will be a graveside service on Wednesday July 5 at 10:00am at the Providence Chapel Cemetery in rural Fairview. Visitation will be prior from 9-9:45am at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Rev. John Anderson will officiate. Memorials may be made to the Providence Chapel United Methodist Church.

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Frances M. Korth

Frances M. KorthElmwood Headline:
Frances M. Korth, 78 of 701 S. Main St. Farmington, IL., formerly of 2101 N. Cramer Rd. Elmwood, passed away Saturday July 1, 2006 at 7:30pm at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Peoria. She was born April 3, 1928 in Sullivan County, IN. to Parker and Mary Burns Keyes. She first married Charles E. Schnetzler on March 19, 1949. She later married Russell F. Korth on June 23, 1991 in Farmington. He survives. Also surviving are three daughters; Wanda (Robert) Long of Farmington, Lucinda “Cindy” (Dennis) Knous of Canton and Lissa L. Bullock of Lawton, OK., two twin sons; Michael (Tilli) L. Schnetzler of Canton and Steven (Ruthie) Schnetzler of Farmington, three step-sons; Larry Korth of Elmwood, Thomas (Cindy) Korth of Bartonville and Dale (Chris) Korth of Oxford, WI., 22 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers; Willis P. Keyes and Charles R. Keyes, two sisters; Hazel Hill and Edith Mae Bishop and one step daughter. She was a homemaker. She was of the Presbyterian faith. Funeral service will be Wednesday July 5 at 2:00pm at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Visitation will be one hour prior. Rev. William Ferguson will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad.

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John D. Ricer

John D. Ricer, 90, of Sun City West, AZ, formerly of Chicago, died on Sunday, June 25, 2006 at 4:47 pm at Granview Care Center, Sun City West, AZ. He was born July 24, 1915 in Chicago, IL. He married Virginia Dennis, formerly of Farmington, on Oct. 1942 in Peoria, IL. She survives along with one daughter; Suzanne Urwiller of Denver, CO and one grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son; Stephen Ricer. He worked for the United States Bureau of Reclamation for 35 years before retiring to Arizona. He was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church. He was a WWII Army Air Corp veteran. Graveside services will be Tuesday, July 25th at 10:30 am at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, rural Hanna City with Father Bruce King officiating. There is no visitation. Local arrangements were handled by Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington.

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Charles Johnson

Charles JohnsonCanton headline:
Charles Dean Johnson, 88, of Canton passed away at 3:25 p.m. Saturday, June 24, 2006 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born on June 24, 1918, in Canton to Ralph D. and Alma Kastner Johnson. He married Pearl M. Rusch on December 15, 1945, in Canton. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Donald (Maureen) Johnson of E. Peoria; Allan (Judy) Johnson of Springfield; one grand-daughter two step grand-daughters; four step great- grandchildren; two sisters Alvira Hagen of Canton and Frances Marie Lacy of Joliet.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Bruce Johnson.
He was a heavy equipment operator for local #649 Peoria for 41 years retiring in 1981.
He also farmed in the area for many years.
He was member of the Shields Chapel United Methodist Church Canton.
He was in WW II serving as a Tech Sergeant in the Combat Army Engineers.
He was a member of the Fisherman Breakfast Club at the Congregational Church Canton.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home where visitation will be Tuesday from 6-8 p.m… The Rev. Stacy Tomich will officiate. Burial will be at the White Chapel Memory Gardens Canton. Memorials may be made to his church.

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Frank “Shanks” Bigliazzi

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Frank “Shanks” Bigliazzi, 85 of 315 E. Vine St. Farmington, IL. passed away Tuesday June 20, 2006 at 11:30am at the Heartland Health Care Center in Canton. He was born in Farmington February 9, 1921 to Vincenzo and Giustina Nucci Bigliazzi. He married Shirley Suydam Ross on January 12, 1962 in Farmington. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Ron (Linda) Ross of Farmington and Gino (Lorraine) Bigliazzi of Carbondale, two daughters, Leigh Ann (Jerry) Smith of Farmington and Shelley (Tom) Kelch of Washington, eleven grandchildren; Jesse and Kelsey Smith, Corey and T. J. Ross, Ted, Jessica, Chance and Brandy Kelch, Sommer Koons, Mallory and Kelsey Leady, two great-grandchildren, Maggie Kelch and Autumn Szabo. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Jimmy and Bruno, a sister Elda and an infant sister. He worked for the Caterpillar Planning Department for 37 ½ years. He served in the U. S. Navy aboard the USS Miami during World War II. He was a lifetime member of the DAV, the Farmington Moose Lodge #1571, and the Farmington Legion post #140. He was a die hard Chicago Cubs fan and he and Shirley belonged to the Chicago Cubs Boosters Club of Peoria. He bowled the first 700 Series (722) at Ace Lanes in Farmington on December 18, 1959. He loved gardening, woodworking and he was an avid sports fan. He was of the Methodist Faith. Visitation will be Friday June 23 from 10-11:00am at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington followed by a memorial service at 11:00am. Burial of ashes will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington. Rev. Joe Richards will officiate. Memorials may be made to the Victor Venturi Baseball Scholarship Fund.

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Herman Roy Isbell

Herman Roy IsbellHanna City Headline:
Herman Roy Isbell, 80, of 119 S. Isbell Rd. Hanna City, died Tuesday, June 20th at 1:23 pm at Pekin Hospital. Born April 25, 1926 in Hanna City to Earl and Alice E. (Swardinsky) Isbell, he married Mildred F. Whitworth on Sept. 29, 1946 in Hanna City. She survives. Also surviving are one son; Neal E. Isbell of Appleton, WI., two daughters; Donna (Marly) Sipes of Rushville and Jeannie (Ken) McCoy of Hanna City, six grandsons, one granddaughter, two step-grandsons, three great grandsons, three great-granddaughters, one step great-grandson, two step-great-granddaughters, two brothers; his twin, Kerman Ray Isbell of Farmington and Roger C. (Rose) Isbell of Oquawka. Preceding him in death were his parents and one brother, Lt. Merlin Isbell. He worked for the Brass Foundry Co., retiring in 1987. He was the former Mayor of Hanna City from 1965 to 1968. He was currently the supervisor of Logan Township. He was a member of the Hanna City United Methodist Church, the Lancaster Masonic Lodge #106 of Glasford and the Peoria Consistory. He was a US Navy veteran, serving in WWII in the Pacific Theater, aboard the battleship USS Massachusetts.
Services will be Saturday, June 24th at 11:00 am at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with Rev. Joy Schlesselman officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior. Burial will follow at Smithville Cemetery, rural Hanna City. Memorials may be made to his church or American Cancer Society.

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Patricia K. Blue

Patricia K. BlueCanton Headline:
Patricia K. Blue, 44 of 20574 E. Gilchrist Rd. Canton, IL. passed away Thursday June 15, 2006 at 7:10pm at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Peoria. She was born June 28, 1961 in Canton to Carroll and Dorothy Record Blue. She is survived by her daughter Stephanie Blue, one son, Robert Blue, one brother, Robert (Charlie) L. Blue, two sisters, Carol Ann Bruketta and Diana Jones, all of canton, and three special friends; Curt Sprout of Pekin, Colleen Stambaugh and Sherry Baxter, both of Canton. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister. She was homemaker. Graveside services will be on Wednesday June 21 at 11:00am at the Providence Chapel Cemetery in rural Fairview. Visitation will be at 9:30am til 10:30am at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Rev. John Anderson will officiate. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Spoon River Home Health or Doors.

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William Leonard Watson Jr.

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William Leonard Watson Jr., infant son of Bill and Tabitha (Bybee) Watson passed away Wednesday June 14, 2006 at 5:45am at Graham Hospital in Canton. He is survived by his two sisters, Cassandra and Katrina at home, paternal grandparents, Bill and Dorothy Stevenson of St. David, maternal grandparents, Rick and Lisa Bybee and Linda Bybee all of St. David, great-grandfather, Jim Keefauver of Springfield and great-great-grandmother, Eva Keefauver of Fairview. There will be a graveside service Friday June 16 at 10:00am at the Highbridge Cemetery in Dunfermline. Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate. Memorials may be made to the OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Angeline Butler

Angeline ButlerCanton Headline:
Angeline Butler, 90 of 2081 N. Main St. Canton, IL., formerly of 153 W. Fort St. Farmington, IL. passed away Wednesday June 14, 2006 at 8:20am at the Heartland Health Care Center in Canton. She was born in Pekin on February 12, 1916 to Dominic and Angelina Astesono Bessone. She married Earl “Buck” Butler on November 2, 1935 in Peoria. He preceded her in death June 29, 1968. Surviving are two daughters, Dorothy (Victor) Venturi of Farmington and Eileen (Michael) Peerless of La Plata, MD., one grandson, David (Kristen) Peerless of Lusby, MD. She and her husband owned the Farmington Locker from 1941 to 1965 and the Farmington Ice Plant from 1941 to 1976. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Farmington. Services will be 11:00am Saturday June 17, graveside at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington, with visitation from 9:45-10:45am at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Rev. Pat Sileo will officiate. Memorials may be made to the Victor Venturi Baseball Scholarship Fund.

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Walter Karl Strauch

Walter Karl Strauch, 84, of 3611 N. Rochelle St., Peoria, passed away on Wednesday, June 7th at 5:25 am at Sharon Elms Nursing Home, Peoria. He was born March 16, 1922 to Dr. August and Clara (Loos-Tooker) Strauch. Surviving are one son, Mark Strauch (address unknown), one brother, Dr. Franz Strauch and one niece, Barbara Strauch both of Canton. He was preceded in death by his parents.
He worked at Bradley University in the maintenance dept.
He was of the Catholic Faith.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton, handled the arrangements.

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