Kenneth VanHouten

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Farmington – Kenneth E. VanHouten, 86, of Frostproof, FL, formerly of Farmington, IL passed away Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 1:30 pm at Winter Haven Hospital, Winter Haven, FL.
He was born March 18, 1926, in Peoria, the son of Harry and Grace (Lee) VanHouten and married Leona Wilcoxen on October 3, 1947 in Palmyra, MO. She died February 23, 2008.
Surviving are one daughter, Linda Knox of Frostproof, FL; one son, Edward J. VanHouten of El Cajon, CA; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, George VanHouten of Bella Vista, AR; and one sister, Geraldine Tulley of Peoria.
Also preceding him in death were his parents; three brothers; and five sisters.
Kenneth worked for Keystone Steel & Wire, retiring in 1985.
He was a US Navy veteran, serving during WWII.
Services will be Thursday, November 8th at 11:00 am at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate. Burial will be in Apple Cemetery, Lewistown, IL.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
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Florence Friling

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Peoria- Florence L. Friling, 92 of Peoria passed away at 12:10 a.m. Sunday, October 28, 2012 at her home.

She was born October 29, 1919 in Peoria to Frank E. and Mary J (Kowasch) Behrens. She married Glen J. Friling on May 24, 1941 in Peoria. He predeceased in 1976.

Also predeceased are her parents, her son, Joseph Friling, a granddaughter Leslie Friling and one sister, Margaret Behrens.

Surviving are her son John (Patty) Friling of Peoria; daughter in law, Sue M. Friling or Peoria; 5 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Florence was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Peoria where her funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 1, 2012 with Rev. Terry Cassidy celebrating the Mass. Visitation will be from 9:30 until time of service on Thursday at the church. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Peoria.

Memorials are requested to the St. Ann Parish Hall Fund.

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Chuck Murphy

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Chuck Murphy

Chuck Murphy

Bartonville- Chuck Murphy, 60 of Bartonville passed away at 1:35 a.m. Saturday, October 27, 2012 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born June 17, 1952 in Peoria to William and Genevieve (Sutton) Murphy. He married Shirley Pedersen June 2, 1984 in Peoria. She survives.

Also surviving are two children, Renee (Dennis) Lindsey of Bartonville and Thomas Murphy of Illinois; 3 grandchildren, Breanna Stomberg, Heather Lindsey and Brenna Lindsey; 3 brothers, William (Jeanette) Murphy of Princeville, Billy (Shirley) Crotts of Laura and Tom (Jean) Crotts of Iowa; 2 sisters, his twin Charla (John) Buckley and Jennifer (Paul) Kannerberg, both of East Peoria; and several nieces and nephews.

Chuck was a machinist at Caterpillar, Inc. retiring in 2006 after 31 years. He then worked as a security guard at the Midwest Generation Powerton Plant in Pekin.

Personally, he took great joy in spending time with granddaughter Breanna, who was the light of his life.

Chuck was a tremendous fan of girls softball and was known as a fierce spectator in local leagues. He fearlessly challenged the judgement of misguided and nearsighted officials.

He enjoyed the fellowship of deer hunting with his brother-in-law and nephews, even if the only thing he ever killed was a bag of cheetos.

Chuck’s life will be celebrated at a funeral service at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, November 3, 2012 at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service. Cremation will be accorded following the services.

Memorials are requested to: Illinois Cancer Center, the Eastside Girls Softball Rec League, the Oak Grove Grade School Girls Softball Program, Limestone Community High School Girls Softball team or the Bartonville Fire Department.

To view Chuck’s memorial DVD or submit online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Patricia Leezer

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Pekin- Patricia Leezer, 66, of Pekin, formerly of Smithfield, Abingdon and Colchester passed away Thursday, October 25, 2012 at Pekin Hospital.

She was born July 15, 1946 in Canton to Leonard and Alice L (Glynn) Fidler, whom are predeceased.

She is survived by her son Edward (Chantel) Leezer of Fayetteville, NC; her step-mother, Alice M. Fidler of Avon, IL; her grandson, Paul Leezer; 3 brothers, Larry (Lois) Fidler of Manito, Edward (Liz) Fidler of Prescott, AZ and Richard (Bonnie) Fidler of Farmington; and her sister, Kathy Fidler of Mapleton.

Patricia was a faculty member of Abingdon High School for 25 years, teaching Latin and English. She then served as Principal of Colchester Junior/Senior High School for 10 years, retiring in 2002. After retirement she continued to stay active by substitute teaching at South Pekin Grade School.

She is remembered as a woman of tremendous faith who gave freely of herself to her friends and family.

Professionally, she loved the moments when she would see the light of understanding come alive within her students. She took a definite interest in the children she taught and found fulfillment in watching them grow and mature into adulthood.

Cremation has been accorded. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton. Her brother Richard Fidler will officiate. Burial of ashes will be at Cuba Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the memorial home.

Memorials are requested to the family which will be donated to an education based charity to be determined.

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Betty Lou Rawley

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Canton – Betty Lou Rawley, 64, of Canton, IL passed away Monday, October 22, 2012 at 6:45 am at Graham Hospital, Canton.
She was born August 11, 1948, in Hagerstown, MD the daughter of Clyde and Ella (Judd) Sprecher. Betty married Lester Rawley on January 10, 1974 and he preceded her in death. She later married Russell Rawley on May 10, 1997. He survives.
Also surviving are four children, Tammy (David) Stanton of Lewistown, Julie (Kirk Anderson) Rawley of Canton, Kelly Mitchell of Arizona, and Jesse Rawley of Canton; ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Clarence (Janice) Sprecher of Canton; and two sisters, Catherine Cline of Pennsylvania and Carmalee Ashwood of Canton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Herbert Mortimer and one sister, Virginia Shumaker.
Betty had worked at Sunset Manor, Canton as a CNA.
She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene, Canton and WIBC (Women’s International Bowling Congress). She dearly loved her grandchildren and was an avid Cardinal Fan.
Services will be Friday, October 26th at 2:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Ryan Goode will officiate. Burial will be in Brunswick Cemetery, Trivoli.
Memorials may be made to Komen for the Cure.
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Betty Maria Weaver

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Betty Maria Weaver

Betty Maria Weaver

Farmington – Betty Maria Weaver, 90, of Farmington, IL passed away Sunday, October 21, 2012 at Galesburg Cottage Hospital.
She was born July 15, 1922, in Deerfield Township, IL to Ross Mitchell and Lola (Jacobus) Weaver.
She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Robert J. and Rose Anne Weaver, of Galesburg; two nieces, Janis K. (Chad) Pistell of Galesburg and Debra Anne (Mike) Hendricks of North Carolina; and one nephew, Thomas R. (Lori) Weaver of Minnesota. Others surviving are great nieces and nephews, Kathryn Ann and Jacob Weaver of Minnesota, and Jessica Anne and Andrew Hendricks of North Carolina.
Betty graduated from Canton High School in Canton, IL, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Macomb Western Illinois University. She received her Master’s Degree from Indiana University. In Work War II, she served as a Lieutenant in the WAVES with the United States Navy.
She taught Business Administration at Ohio University before returning to Illinois. In Illinois she served as Business Manager at Graham Hospital in Canton and later worked for the law offices of Baudino, Potter and Maas in Farmington.
She was of the Methodist faith and served as treasurer for the Farmington Methodist Church for many years.
Services will be Thursday, October 25th at 2:00 pm at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Jessica Baldyga will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Fairview.
Memorials may be made to the Farmington Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Lydia Miller

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Lydia Miller

Lydia Miller

Germantown Hills – Lydia Miller, age 101, originally of RR2 Sommerfield Rd, Hanna City, presently of Germantown Hills, died Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 6:10 pm at Riverview Manor Care, East Peoria, IL.
Lydia was born December 1, 1910, in Burlington, Iowa, to John and Anna (Frerichs) Janssen. She married Rolla A. Miller Sr. on December 9, 1934 in Monmouth, IL. He preceded her in passing in 1971, in Peoria.
She is survived by one daughter, Charlene Fisher of Sparta, WI, and one son, Rolla Miller Jr. of Germantown Hills, IL. Also surviving are ten grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. One daughter, Marianne Patton of Urbana, MO, and two sisters preceded her in passing.
She was a bookkeeper for many years in Burlington, Iowa. Alter moving back to the Hanna City area, she was a devoted homemaker and worked at various homes for others.
Lydia was a member of St. Peters Lutheran Church in rural Glasford, IL, and was a member of the St. Peters Knotters where they make many quilts for the Lutheran World Relief.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, October 25th at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in rural Glasford, where visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Pastor Harlan Kaden will officiate. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Marilyn Ash Mosher

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Marilyn Ash Mosher

Marilyn Ash Mosher

Canton – Marilyn Ash Mosher, age 89, passed away October 19, 2012 at Farmington Country Manor. A lifelong resident of Canton, she was born October 23, 1923, in the home of her parents, Singleton W. Ash and Eileen (Lawbaugh) Ash. At that time, Graham Hospital had yet to have a nursery. She married Paul Wilson Mosher on August 31, 1946. He preceded her in death in 1959. She later married Robert Max Hummel who preceded her in death, as did one son, Glenn Ash Mosher.
She is survived by her son, William P. Mosher, Miami, FL, her daughter, Jeanne L. Mosher, Canton, IL, three grandchildren: Holly M. (Kevin) Redemann, Baltimore, MD, Steven W. Mosher, St Louis, Mo, Captain Terrence W. (Yuly) Mosher, Fort Lee, VA, and one great granddaughter, Alyssa J. Redemann, Baltimore, MD.
She graduated from Canton High School, received her AA from Stephens College, Columbia, MO, and her BA and MA from Bradley University, Peoria, IL. She taught school in Canton District #66, Spoon River College and in the Guidance Department at Auburn University, Auburn, AL.
She was a direct descendant of two pioneer Fulton County families: Joseph Beriah Gardiner who came to Fulton County, Joshua Township, in 1834, and Singleton W. Ash who came in 1855 from Virginia.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Chapter BZ, P.E.O. Sisterhood, the Altruistic Club of Canton, Chi Omega Alumnae social sorority, a founding member of the Graham Hospital Service League and a former board member of the Canton Country Club, the Y.W.C.A., the Canton Camp Fire Girls and the Canton Police and Fire Commission. She also held membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution and Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
A graveside ceremony will be held Monday, October 22, 2012 at 3:00 PM in Greenwood Cemetery. Rev. Tim Bauler will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Humane Society.
The family will receive friends following the graveside service at the home of Jeanne Mosher.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Patricia Joan Scrogum

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Patricia Scrogum

Patricia Joan Scrogum

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Patricia Joan Scrogum, 75, of Canton passed away at 7:57 am, Friday, October 19, 2012 at the Graham Hospital. She was born on March 17, 1937 in Canton to Harrison R. and Mable L. (Smith) Miller. Pat married Robert E. Scrogum on October 8, 1955 at the Baptist Church in Canton. He preceded her in death on February 6, 2003. Also preceding her in death were her parents, four brothers, and one sister.
Surviving is five children; Mark Scrogum of Alberta Canada, Karen Scrogum of Urbana, Dale Scrogum of Flanagan, Pamela Scrogum of Moline, and Joy Scrogum of Champaign, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Graveside services will be 11:00 am, Thursday, October 25 at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton. The Rev. Dave Utt will officiate. Cremation rites have been accorded. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorial’s can be to either the American Cancer Society or American Heart Association. Online condolences can be made at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Edna Ferne Murphy

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Edna Murphy

Edna Ferne Murphy

St. David – Edna Ferne Murphy, 81, of St. David, IL passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm at Sunset Manor Nursing Home, Canton, IL
She was born January 6, 1931, in Lewistown, IL., the daughter of Dean and Jennie Mae (Graham) May. Edna married Larry G. Murphy on January 29, 1971 at the Baptist Church in Canton. He died August 10, 2009.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; three children, Douglas Murphy, Cindy Murphy and Becky Mayall; three brothers, Dean, James, and Leo May; and two sisters, Latricia May and Florence Picton.
Surviving are six children, Christine (Gary) Pasley of Canton, Harold (Linda) Mayall of Anniston, AL, Peggy Murphy of Mason City, Bonnie (John) Zukowski of Canton, Harry (Tammy) Murphy of Bartonville, and Lisa (Craig) Bump of Lewistown; thirteen grandchildren; and twelve great grandchildren.
Edna was a comptroller for Caterpillar for 25 years.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
There will be a Graveside Service on Tuesday, October 23rd at 1:00 pm at Fairview Cemetery. Rev. Rick Smith will officiate.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or Harbor Light Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com