Ruth M. Coonley

Ruth M. Coonley, 91, passed away on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 in Farmington, Illinois. A fifty-eight-year resident of North Aurora, Illinois, Ruth moved to Canton, IL in 2013 to live near her daughter Jean and her family.

Born October 18, 1925 in Selman, Oklahoma, Ruth spent her early years growing up on a family farm in Chetopa, KS the daughter of Sylvia Warner Dixon and James Joseph Dixon. She had four siblings, all of whom preceded her in death.

In 1945 in Wichita, Kansas, she met Merle J. Coonley, the Navy sailor she loved for the next forty-five years until his death in 1991. Following his discharge from the Navy, they moved to his hometown of Waupun, WI where they had three children, Allen J. Coonley (Karen) of Montgomery, IL, Sandra C. Blodgett (A. Mason, deceased) of Novato, CA, and Jean M. Arndt (Bill) of Canton, IL. She often commented how welcomed she felt by Merle’s family and friends, especially lifelong friends Phillip and Loretta Claggett. Waupun was their home until 1956 when Merle was transferred to new employment in Aurora, IL.

Ruth loved her family, children, and grandchildren Kim (Coonley) Hyman (Curtis) of Canton, NC, Kathryn R. (Katie) Blodgett of San Carlos, CA, Sarah M. Blodgett of New York City, NY, and Alexandra M. (Lexi) Arndt of West Des Moines, IA. In addition, she had three great grandsons and one great-great granddaughter. She loved to care for her home and garden and took immense pride in both. A fiercely independent woman, she still mowed her own lawn and blew her own snow well into her late 80’s. Her late son-in-law often insisted that “she made pies that would win a pie competition at the County Fair”!

Ruth enjoyed bowling and participated in many leagues, first with her husband, Merle, and later in senior leagues in the Aurora area. As a young married couple, Ruth and Merle also enjoyed square dancing, and, later, annual family camping trips across the country. She was very involved with her church, the former Union Congregational Church of North Aurora, where she sang in the choir. In her later years, she enjoyed quilting.

A graveside service will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at River Hills Memorial Park, 1650 S. River St., Batavia, IL 60510. In recognition of the care Ruth received in the final months of her life the family plans to establish a scholarship fund for CNA/Nursing students who need assistance with tuition.  Memorial contributions for this scholarship may be sent in care of Sedgwick Funeral Homes, 1995 N. Main Street, Canton, IL 61520 in the name of the Ruth M. Coonley Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund. Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Teresa L. Jausel

Maquon – Teresa L. Jausel, 70, of Maquon, passed away at 10:42 AM on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Richard L. Owens Hospice Home. She was born on May 5, 1947 in Peoria to Edward and Mary (Ferguson) Lehman. She married Ervin Jausel on July 19, 1972 in Cheyene, WY, he survives.

Also surviving is one son, Steven (Missy Cooper) Young of Canton; one step-son, Bill Jausel of East Peoria; five grandchildren, Stephanie, Torie, Tabitha, Kimberly, Steven; one brother, Mike Lehman of Peoria; and one sister, Sylvia Miller of Creve Ceour.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, David Young, two brothers, Nick and Lonnie Lehman, and one sister, Connie Lindahl.

Teresa retired from Farmington Country Manor. She enjoyed her flowers, gardening, and sewing.

Private graveside services and burial will be held at Yates City Cemetery at a later date. Memorials can be made to Hope Institute in Springfield, IL. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Mildred E. “Millie” (Chipman) Shafer

Mildred E. “Millie” (Chipman) Shafer, 69, of Canton, IL, formerly of rural Lewistown, lost her courageous battle to breast cancer on June 2, 2017 at 7:50 P.M. at Graham Hospital extended care.

Millie was born on October 1, 1947 in Canton, IL to Ray and Doris (Means) Chipman. She is survived by her son, Michael S. (Missy) Wilkinson of Lewistown, IL, and her daughter, Kelly L. (Darrell) Patraw of Dunfermline, IL; two granddaughters, Whitney Wilkinson and Karly Patraw, and one sister, Laura (Jim) Hardy. Millie was especially blessed with her loving friend and companion Alvin “Cat” Bartlett of St. David, IL, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Millie loved her pets which included horses to trail ride and her cat “Tom”. She will be remembered by those who knew her closely by the same infectious laugh as her father.

Cremation rites have been accorded by Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL and, as per her wishes there will be no visitation or services. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Lewistown, 101 N. Main St., Lewistown, IL 61542 or The American Cancer Society. To make online condolences you may visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com  

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Joann E. Wisniewski

 Joann E. Wisniewski, 84, of Canton, passed away at 5:28 PM on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Graham Hospital. She was born on June 14, 1932 in Portageville, NY to Lawrence and Martha (Gautreau) Waldman. She married Tadeusz Wisniewski on September 17, 1949, he preceded her in death.

Also preceding her in death are her parents and one great-grandson.

Surviving is three children, Larry (Bobbie Wishnevski) Wisniewski of Valpariso, IN, Judy (John) Dudek of Canton, and Mark (Teresa) Wisniewski of Vallejo, CA; nine grandsons, Cory, Justin, Keith, Shannon, John, Joe, Nicholas, Danny, and Jared; and sixteen great-grandchildren.

Joann was a long time dairy farmer and later a rural postal carrier. She was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in DuBois, IL, Catholic Daughters of America, Newman Center, a member of the City Council, and American Legion Aux. Joann loved traveling, friends, gambling, and fishing. She was a very generous person.

Memorial Mass will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in DuBois, IL, where a visitation will be held from 9-11 AM. Father Oliver Nwachukwu will officiate. Burial will follow the services at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Cemetery in DuBois, IL. Cremation rites will be accorded through Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory, Canton. Memorials can be made to St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Jerome “Jerry” Rosich

Canton – Jerome “Jerry” Rosich, 89, of Canton, passed away at 1:05 PM on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at Renaissance Care Center. He was born on May 25, 1928 in Springfield, IL to John Rosich and Duncia Franciskovich. He married Zelma Gilmore on June 4, 1949 in Canton; she survives.

Also surviving are two children, Jerry (Pat) Rosich of Oklahoma City, OK, Gary (Brenda Russell) Rosich of Canton; five grandchildren, Amber (Doug) Hampton, Heather (Al) Goenner, Bryan Rosich, Cody (Tara) Rosich, and Travis (Megan) Rosich; four step grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.

Jerry worked for International Harvester for 30 and ½ years. He was a heat treater, and self-employed masonary. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and the American Legion Post 16. He was an avid fisherman, loving father and worked very hard.

Jerry served in Germany in WWII from 1946-1949 as an Army Corporal.

Visitation will be held from 10 AM to 12 PM on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL, with military rites at 12 noon. Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory. Memorials can be made to St. Mary’s Building Fund or Food Panty. To view Jerry’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Anthony “Tony” Franciskovich

Anthony (Tony, Tony Chuck, Chuckie) Franciskovich, age 72, passed away at Graham Hospital on May 28th, 2017. He always boasted of his Texas roots, being born August 29th,1944 to Anthony and Irma (Powell) Franciskovich in Temple, Texas.  He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and then graduated from Canton High School in 1963.  Tony enlisted in the Navy (“the canoe club”) from 1965 to 1969, and was stationed on the USS Barney and the USS William H. Standley.  He was a great “telephone man” and retired from Ameritech in 1999.

Tony leaves behind his three brothers, Steven, Phillip (Susan) and Rod (Laura) Franciskovich.  He was a second father to his beloved nieces, Nicole (Jeff) Sandberg and Sam (Alan) Franciskovich and the “greatest” uncle to his great niece and nephew Audrey and Will Sandberg.  Also surviving are nephews Nikolas (Alissa) Franciskovich and Casey Franciskovich, and great nephew and niece, Jack and Juniper Franciskovich.  Always ready with a joke or a smart alec comment, Tony will be truly missed by us all.

Graveside services and burial will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Canton. Fr. Daniel R. Ebker will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded through Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory. Memorials can be made to Donor’s Choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Garnette May Dunning

Canton – Garnette May Dunning, 87, of Canton, passed away at 7:46 PM on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at her residence. She was born on June 24, 1929 in East Peoria to Edward and Edna (Wheeler) Potts. She married Robert L. Dunning Sr. on July 5, 1947 in Canton, IL, he preceded her in death on March 10, 1998.

Also preceding her in death are her parents, Edward and Edna; step father, Carl Gittermann; one brother, Paul Potts; and one sister, Opal West.

Surviving are three children, Robert (Late Ginger) Dunning Jr. of San Antonio, TX, Pamela Dunning of Canton, and John (Terri) Dunning of St. David; two grandsons, Cary Churchill and James Churchill; one great-grandson, Ivan Churchill; and one sister, Ruby Pollitt of Canton.

Garnette worked at the nursing center of Canton years ago. She is a member of His River of Life in Liverpool and a 50 year member of the Moose.

Services will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, where a visitation will be held from 12-1 PM. Rev. Sheldon Westerfield will officiate. Burial will follow the services at White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton. Memorials can be made to VITAS Hospice. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Edward L. Riley

Wee-Ma-Tuk – Edward L. Riley, 69, of Wee-Ma-Tuk, passed away at 8:46 PM on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at his residence after a tough three year battle with lung cancer. He was born on January 11, 1948 in Canton to Lester Riley and Betty Evelyn Shubert-Windsor. He married Charlotte Chasteen on September 13, 1997 at Wee-Ma-Tuk; she survives.

Also surviving are two children, Kevin (Gina) Riley of Peoria, Lori (Tim) Loving of Galesburg; three step-children, Julie (Jared) Hardy of Glasford, David (Mandi Bybee) Runyan of Peoria, and Scott Runyan of Peoria; eight grandchildren, Brandon and Morgan Riley, Tori and Eli Loving, Cierra (Ross Swanson) Hardy, Austin Runyan, and Dru and Drake Runyan; one great-grandchild, Adkins Grace Swanson; two brothers, Roger and Johnny Riley; brother-n-law, Ronnie (Sandy) Chasteen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Edward was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws, Wayne and Alice Chasteen.

Edward retired after 36 years of working in the Rod Mill at Keystone. He was a member of the Bargaining Team for the Independent Steel Worker Alliance Union and a former member of Wee-Ma-Tuk Country Club. Edward enjoyed golfing and mushrooming. He loved to go to Florida in the winter in the RV. Edward was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and Chicago Bears fan.

Funeral service will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL, where a visitation will be held from 11 AM to 1 PM at the funeral home. Angy Chasteen will officiate. Burial will follow the services at Shields Chapel Cemetery in Rural Canton, IL. Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory. Memorials can be made to St. Judes Childrens Hospital. To view Edward’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

 

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Linda K. Kimble

Canton – Linda K. Kimble, 71, of Canton, passed away at 2:05 AM on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at UnityPoint Health Methodist. She was born on April 15, 1946 in Canton to Elmer and Ruth (Keith) Riley.

Surviving are two daughters, Dana (Mark) Doubet of Norris, and Vicky (Shane) Jepson of Hanna City; four grandchildren, Justin (Tabitha) Presnell, Bryce Doubet, Jake Jepson, and Cody Jepson; two great-grandchildren, Kaiser and Ryker Presnell; one sister, Glenda (Jim) Schmidt of Dahinda, IL; and one brother, Bill (Vivian) Riley of Canton.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents.

Linda worked as a nurse for many years. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Canton. Linda enjoyed her flowers and her garden, spending time at her farm ground, and her two dogs, Dexter and Rusty Lee.

Graveside services will be held at 11 AM on Friday, June 2, 2017 at White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton, IL. Pastor Greg Ogle will officiate. Cremation rites have been accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. Memorials can be made to Fulton County Humane Society. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Henrietta P. Arends-Uphoff

Trivoli – Henrietta P. (Penn)  Arends-Uphoff, 92, of Trivoli, passed away at 10:05 PM on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Sugar Creek Memory Center in Normal, IL. She was born on January 1, 1925 in Rosefield Twp. Peoria Co., IL to Roy L. and Mabel A. (Johnson) Penn. She married John A. Arends on December 23, 1944 in Belton, TX, he preceded her in death on October 24, 2002. She later married Kenneth Uphoff on March 20, 2004, he preceded her in death on October 12, 2008.

Also preceding her in death are her parents, one infant brother, Robert Penn, and three sisters, Thelma Swanson, Eleanor Bleichner, and Helen McCoy.

Surviving are two children, Gary Arends of Oklahoma City, OK and Trena (David) Glenn of Stanford, IL; two grandchildren, Steve Glenn of Iowa City, IA and Laura Glenn of Stanford, IL; and one brother, Raymond (Doris) Penn of Hanna City, IL.

Henrietta helped her husband on the farm for over 50 years. She was a member of Keystone Square Dance Club.

Services will be held at 2 PM on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington, where a visitation will be held from 1-2 PM. Pastor Jim Reed will officiate. Burial will follow the services at Cottonwood Cemetery in Rural Hanna City, IL. Memorials can be made to White Chapel United Methodist Church. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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