Norman J. Helle

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Norman J. Helle

Norman J. Helle

Ellisville – Norman J. Helle, 80, of rural Ellisville, Il passed away Monday, January 7, 2013 at 5:25 am at Prairie City Health & Rehabilitation, Prairie City.
He was born August 28, 1932 at home in rural Ellisville to parents, Royal and Alta (Fouts) Helle.
On June 25, 1961 he married Ilene Jones of Sneedville, TN. She preceded him in death on May 9, 2002. Also preceding him in death were his parents, sisters, Joyce Helle and Ava (Emerson) Boyce.
Norman was a 1950 graduate of Bushnell High School and he attended Western Illinois University. He was a carpenter who worked for Leroy Riley Construction in the Canton community and later as a self-employed contractor in Bushnell. He was also a livestock farmer all of his life. In the 50’s and early 60’s he raised Duroc hogs, and over the last 50 years raised Shorthorn cattle. Norman was a conservationist and a true nature-lover. In 2003, he received the Fulton County Conservationist of the Year award.
He is survived by daughter, Paula Helle of Ellisville; sons, Rodney (Jenifer) Helle of Pleasant Plaines and Stacey (Angela) Helle of Ellisville. Surviving siblings are Leila (Frank) Vladich of Tucson, AZ and Glen (Judy) Helle of Loveland, CO. He leaves behind 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by Candis Foster of rural Avon, who has been his dear companion for the last several years.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 10th from 4 to 6 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Services will be held Friday, January 11th at 11:00 am at Wiley Lutheran Church, Ellisville where he was a member. Rev. Nathan Hopping will officiate.
Cremation rites will be accorded after the funeral services.
Memorials may be made to the Historical Ellisville Restoration Organization or Ellisville Goal Getters.
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Betty Selph

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Betty Selph

Betty Selph

Canton – Betty Selph, 78, of Canton, IL, formerly of Rushville, IL., passed away Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 9:30 pm after a 5 year battle with cancer.
She was born June 12, 1934, in Galesburg, IL the daughter of LeRoy and Hazel (Severns) Shinn. Betty married Leroy Selph on March 31, 1951. He survives.
Also surviving are her daughter, Rebecca (David) Wheeler of Canton; two grandchildren, Stacey Marlette and fiancée, Tony Newton of Canton and Ben (Carrie) Wheeler of Canton; five great grandchildren, Natasha Marlette, Marriah Marlette, Caitlyn Wheeler, Benjamin Wheeler, and Abbi Wheeler; eight adopted grandchildren, Audrey Derenzy, Abbi Derenzy, Kaylyn Kinsel, Christopher Spahn, Kara Zuckerman, Sierra Logue, Jaden Hankins and Deb Fraizer; three step great grandchildren, Dakotah, Hannah and Alli Newton; and two brothers, Donnie (Reta) Shinn and Bob (Pauline) Shinn both of Abington.
Betty had worked at Vermont Foundry for 34 years, retiring in 1999.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
A private graveside service will be held at a later date.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Charity May Hill

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Charity Hill

Charity Hill

Canton – Charity May Hill, 72, of Canton, IL passed away Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 2:20 pm at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL.
She was born October 7, 1940, in Pontiac, IL the daughter of William G. and Opal (Dabney) Rodefer and married Rev. Ralph Hill on August 11, 1962 in Malden, IL.
They just celebrated 50 wonderful years together.
He survives along with two children they raised together, David S. Hill and Jolie A. (Mike) Shaw both of Canton; four grandchildren, Grant M. Shaw, April D. Shaw, Ethan S. Shaw, and Dennis Ledbetter; two brothers, Ben Rodefer of Hartsville, SC and Sam Rodefer of Springfield; and two sisters, Hope Harmon of DePue and Faith Carlson of Princeton.
Preceding Charity in death were her parents and three brothers.
Charity graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in 1962 with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught at several schools before becoming the Head Administrator at Nazarene Day Care Centers first in Blue Island, IL from 1970 to 1975, and then Lombard, IL from 1975 to 1979. From 1979 to 2000 she worked as a substitute teacher first in Canton and later Shipshewana, IN. She supported her husband’s ministry for 35 years. She directed the church choir, taught Sunday School, directed Bible Schools and planned many special church events throughout the years. Those who knew her said she was a very special Preachers wife.
She loved her grandchildren and took great pride in being a Grandma. She cherished time spent with family and friends.
She was an enthusiastic collector of “many” things. She loved going to auctions and flea markets and shopping in general. She had a real flair for decorating. She touched many lives throughout her life. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, spiritual leader, and friend.
Charity was a member of the Canton First Church of the Nazarene where her services will be on Friday, January 11th at 11:00 am. Rev. Roy Quanstrom will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday, January 10th from 5 to 7 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton and again on Friday, January 11th from 10 to 11 am at her church.
Burial will be in White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton.
Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Humane Society.
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Dale E. Hatcher

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Dale Hatcher

Dale Hatcher

Pekin – Dale E. Hatcher, 72, of Marquette Heights, formerly of Pekin, passed away Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 10:30 pm at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.
He was born March 25, 1940, in Peoria, the son of Samuel E. and Doris I. (Sylvester) Hatcher. He first married Monika Bierlein in Germany and later married Pamela Veteto on November 21, 1970.
Surviving are four children, Lewaunna Brown of Marquette Heights, Steve (Fe) Hatcher of Pekin, Dale (Mary) Bundy of Gilbert, AZ, and Rolf (Teresa) Bundy of Las Vegas, NV; seven grandchildren, Tyler, Brent, Shelby, Steve Jr., Jade, Tanner, and Paige; three brothers, Doug (Debbie) Hatcher of Germantown Hills, David (Nancy) Hatcher of Honolulu, HI, and Dennis Hatcher of TX; four sisters, Donna O’Keefe of Bloomington, Debbie Martin of Morton, Delores Manson of Shelbyville, and Deanna Hatcher of Abingdon; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents and an infant son precede him in death.
Dale had worked for Keystone Steel & Wire retiring in 2001 after 36 years.
He was a member of the former John Bearce Mustang Club and loved working on and restoring old cars. He was an avid NASCAR fan.
He was a US Air Force veteran.
Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services.
Memorials may be made to the Picka Diabetes Organization.
Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Evelyn Davis

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Farmington- Evelyn L. Davis, 95, a resident of Riverview Senior Living in East Peoria, formerly of Farmington passed away at 5:24 p.m. Thursday, January 3, 2013 at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.
She was born September 24, 1917 in Buena Vista, Wisconsin to Daniel A. and Inda A. (Haskins) Hahn. She married Harold E. Davis on March 18, 1939 in Farmington.
Surviving are 3 children, Gerold (Suellen) Davis of Bella Vista, AR, Roger (Janet) Davis of Yates City and Jo Ann (Robert) Stevens of Peoria; 14 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Ed (Mary) Hahn of Live Oak, FL and Richard (Eleanor) Hahn of Galesburg, IL; and 2 sisters, Alice Myers of Knoxville, IL and Joyce (Gene) George of Live Oak, FL.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 2 children, Barbara Morgan and Daniel Davis and 3 brothers, Jack, Hubert and Dean.
Evelyn worked beside her husband Harold on their farm for 35 years near Elmwood. She also worked as a housekeeper at Bel-wood Nursing Home for 10 years. At the age of 80 she was still volunteering as a driver for Meals on Wheels of Farmington.
She was a member of Farmington United Methodist Church.
Evelyn is remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother and a very caring person to all.
Her funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. The Rev. Jessica Baldyga will officiate. Burial will follow at Yates City Cemetery.
Visitation will be 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Monday, January 7, 2013 at the funeral home.
Memorials are requested to the Farmington United Methodist Church.
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Dixie Rae Gilstrap

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Dixie Gilstrap

Dixie Rae Gilstrap

Farmington – Dixie Rae Gilstrap, 74, of 23228 E. Park Rd., Farmington, IL died Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:43pm at her home.
Born August 11, 1938, in Peoria to Maynard Bruce and Hazel Marie (Dikeman) Kimbrell, she married Robert Dale Gilstrap on October 12, 1956. He survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Robert Bruce (Paula) Gilstrap and Michael Dale (Kim) Gilstrap, both of Farmington; one grandson, Robert Colin Gilstrap of Peoria; three granddaughters, Leslie Gilstrap, Mindy (Greg) Glomb and Mallory Griffith; and three great-grandsons, Bronson Michael Glomb, Mason Patrick Griffith and Logan Michael Griffith and their father, Patrick Griffith, all of Farmington. Dixie also leaves one beloved sister and forever best friend, Cindy Meeks of Farmington along with sixteen nieces and nephews all of whom dearly loved their Aunt Dixie.
Dixie doted on her family and was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She loved family gatherings and parties, especially around the Holidays. She owned and operated Kace Gifts, a Hallmark card & gift store in Farmington for twelve years, retiring in 1990. Having lived her entire life in Farmington, Dixie knew many, many people in the area and loved the small-town life and the good people in the area. We will all sorely miss this charming lady with that lovely smile that was as beautiful as a mid-October sunrise.
The Farmington United Methodist Church was Dixie’s church from early childhood. She was active for many years, especially with the United Methodist Women until illness interfered.
Visitation will be Sunday, January 6th from 4 to 7 pm at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington. Her funeral service will be in her church at 11:00 am, Monday, January 7th with Rev. Jessica Baldyga officiating.
Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington.
Memorials may be made to her church or to the Farmington Rescue 1100.
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Robert E. “Bobby” Roberts

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Robert "Bobby" Roberts

Robert "Bobby" Roberts

Trivoli – Robert E. “Bobby” Roberts, 62, of Trivoli, IL passed away Monday, December 31, 2012 at 4:47 am at his residence.
He was born February 24, 1950, in Vincennes, IN the son of William K. and Norma (Crowe) Roberts. He married Karen Hammond on May 18, 2012 in Peoria County.
She survives along with his brother, Kenneth (Marilyn) Roberts of Pekin; four sisters, Sharon (Danny) Northrup of Trivoli, Inez Gruber of Peoria, Starla Roberts of East Peoria, and Ronda (Ernie) Brewer of Peoria; and many nieces and nephews.
His parents and sister, Vicki Runnels precede him in death.
Bobby was a member of the Bartonville American Legion and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved motorcycles.
He was a US Army Veteran serving as a Staff Sergeant in Vietnam.
Bobby was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for the injuries he received in Vietnam.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
Services will be Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington where visitation will be one hour prior. Pastor Keith Webster will officiate. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Penn Ridge Cemetery, rural Trivoli.
Memorials may be made to Illinois Cancer Center.
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Lou Ella M. Schiller

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Lou Ella M. Schiller

Lou Ella M. Schiller

Canton – Lou Ella M. Schiller, 81, of Canton, IL passed away Monday, December 31, 2012 at 3:43 am at Graham Hospital, Canton.
She was born February 17, 1931, in Chicago, the daughter of William and Alma (Brouillette) Maze. She married Edward P. Schiller on July 14, 1951 at St. Joan of Arc Church. He survives.
Also surviving are five children, Donna (Jon) Branchfield of Canton, Cynthia (George) Noyes of Cheyenne, WY, Patti (David) Schoon of Canton, Beth (Geoff) Fein of Margate, FL, and Sarah Schiller of Cripple Creek, CO; twelve grandchildren, Connie Jo Franciskovich of Cheyenne, WY, Tiffany Branchfield of Canton, Kyle (Tiffany) Noyes of Savannah, GA, Christopher Schoon of Canton, Ben Branchfield of Canton, Chelsey Noyes of Cheyenne, WY, Patrick (Jessica) Schoon of Davenport, IA, JohnMichael Schiller of Fort Riley, KS, Rachael Schiller of Cripple Creek, CO, Hannah Schoon of Canton, Maris Fein of Margate, FL, and Gwen Fein of Margate, FL.; one step grandson, George Noyes of CA; and four great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were one daughter, Luwana Foster and two brothers, William and Henry Maze.
Lou Ella was a 1949 graduate of Downers Grove High School.
She was of the Catholic Faith.
Services will be Friday, January 4, 2013 at 2:00 pm at St. Michaels Catholic Church, St. David, IL. Visitation will be on Thursday, Jan. 3rd from 5 to 7 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Father Gabriel Msoka will officiate.
Cremation rites will follow the services with burial of ashes at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the family c/o Mid American National Bank, Canton.
To view Lou Ella’s memorial DVD or submit online condolences, you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Jack A. Stolte

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Jack A. Stolte

Jack A. Stolte

Galesburg – Jack A. Stolte, 76, of Galesburg, IL. passed away at 1:03 am Saturday, December 29, 2012 at the Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. He was born on August 26, 1936 in Hannibal, Missouri the son of Ralph and Dorothy (Palmer) Stolte. Jack married Jeanette Gates on February 23, 1981 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She survives along with 5 children; Geri (Jim) Powers, Tony Stolte, Jackie (Nick) Puente, Dana (Janine) Stolte, and Brian (Joelle) Stolte, 4 step children; Jody (Rick Long) Gates, James (Bonnie) Gates, Jill (Gary) Lutz, and Jon (Courtney Hiner) Gates, 23 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, a brother Palmer Stolte, and a sister Barbara (Jerry) Akright.
Jack worked for Burlington Northern Railroad and BCZ as a railroad designer. He was a member of Soangetaha Country Club.
Cremation rites have been accorded and services will be at a later date. Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville is charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Safe Harbor Family Crisis Center, 1188 W. Main St. Galesburg, IL 61401. Online condolences can be made at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Margaret Effland

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Margaret Effland

Margaret Effland

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Margaret Effland, 102, formerly of 414 N. First St. Canton passed away at 11:40 pm Friday, December 28, 2012 at Trinity Hospital in Rock Island, IL. She was born on January 15, 1910 in Dunfermline, IL. to William and Janet (MacPhee) Lee. Margaret married Burdette Effland on June 30, 1940 in Peoria. He preceded her in death along with a sister. Surviving are 2 sons; Robert Effland of Waukee, IA, and Richard Effland of Bridgewater, NJ, 4 grandchildren; Branden Feist, Heather Marrin, Brittany Effland, and DuWayne Effland, and 5 great-grandchildren.
Margaret worked in retail at Brown Lynch Scott, J.C. Penney’s, and Denny’s Dry Cleaning and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Canton. She lived at Long View Apartments for over 35 years.
Services will be 11:00 am Friday, January 4, 2013 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton where visitation will be 1 hour prior to services. The Rev. Maureen Stein will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Canton. Memorial contributions can be made to Canton Red Cross Transportation. Online condolences can be made at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com