Joel Lee Bates

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Canton – Joel Lee Bates, 69, of Ingatestone, England, formerly of Canton, IL passed away Friday, December 30, 2011 in a nursing home in Ingatestone.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
A visitation will be Saturday, April 21st from 10 to 11 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton followed by a graveside burial of cremated remains at White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton. Rev. Rick Atchley will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
To view Joel’s memorial DVD or submit online condolences, you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Anna M. Smith

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Canton – Anna M. Smith, 85, of Canton, IL passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 11:10 am at Renaissance Care Center, Canton.
She was born February 7, 1927, in DesMoines, Iowa, the daughter of Wayne and Margaret (Becker) Phillips. Anna married Delbert Smith and later married James Wilcoxen, and then Delbert Smith. Both preceded her in death.
Surviving are six children, Bob (Rose) Smith of Creve Coeur, Edward Smith of Canton, Patricia (Bob) Deushane of St. David, Debra (Brad) Gumm of Canton, Ruth (Ron) Reiners of Sandwich, and Sandra (Clifford) Taylor of Canton; twenty one grandchildren; several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; and one sister, Juanita Gerecke.
Also preceding her in death were two grandsons, one brother, and one sister.
Anna had worked as a nurse’s aid.
Her family was very important to her and was an avid St. Louis Cardinal Fan.
Services will be Friday, April 20th at 2:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with Rev. Paul Trilkis officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday, April 19th from 6 to 8 pm. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton.
Memorials may be made to Easter Seals.
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Thomas Conway Maas

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Thomas Maas

Thomas Conway Maas


Fairview-Thomas Conway Maas, 61, passed away peacefully at home on April 14, 2012, after a two-year battle with a brain tumor. He was born September 23, 1950 in Wausau, Wisconsin to Mary and Conway Maas. He married Deon (Lock) Maas on June 30, 1979 in rural Farmington. She survives.

Also surviving are his mother, Mary, Milwaukee, WI; two sons, Adam (Jennifer Anzaldua), Geneseo; Jacob, Champaign/Urbana; two grandsons, Elijah and Luke; two sisters, Patricia (Richard) Holland, Glendale, WI; Marikay (Tom) Concannon, Coral Springs, FL. and many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his father, his brother Roger, and his sister Judy.

Thomas graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh in 1973 and Chicago Kent College of Law in 1976. He worked as an Assistant States Attorney in Fulton County from 1976 to 1980. For the remainder of his law career, he was in private practice as a partner with John Potter, then as sole owner of Baudino, Potter & Maas, finally serving as “of counsel” to Froehling, Weber & Schell,
LLP. Because he so loved the practice of law, he worked part-time through his illness, until six weeks before his death. His primary practice was family and criminal law.

In service to his community, he taught several criminal and juvenile law classes at Spoon River College; was the former president of the Fulton County Bar Association, the Farmington Rotary, the Illinois Association of Boards of Health, and the F.C.R.C Board of Directors. He was a charter member of the Fulton County CASA group; a past Cub Scoutmaster; and a past board member of the Spoon River College Foundation. During his 33-year membership of the Lincoln Douglas Toastmasters, he held many offices, including Division Governor of District 54 Toastmasters, and participated in many speech contests.

Thomas’ hobbies included collecting antiques, reading, jogging, bicycling, and table tennis. He ran the Chicago Marathon two times and biked across Wisconsin and Iowa. He was known for his sense of humor and his love of puns.

Visitation will be Friday, April 20, from 4-7 P.M. at the First Baptist Church, 135 N. West St., Farmington, IL. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 21, at 10:30 A.M. at the First Baptist Church. Donations may be made to the “Thomas Maas Memorial” in care of the Farmington Community Bank, 147 E. Fort. St. Farmington, IL, to help with the modernization of Providence Chapel Church. Cremation rites have been accorded. Private burial will be at a later date.
Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Judine Ann Hubbs

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Canton – Judine Ann Hubbs, 73, of Sunnyvale, CA, formerly of Canton, IL passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 1:30 AM at her residence.
She was born June 2, 1938, in Kansas City, MO, the daughter of Frederick and Margerite P. (Miller) Fultz. Judine married Robert R. Hubbs August 9, 1958 at the First Christian Church Chapel in Canton. He survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Elizabeth; one son, Michael; and one grandson, Zak, all of California; a sister in law, Adrianne Cowan of Macomb; and two of several cousins, Jeri Mack and Sally Meyer.
Preceding her in death were her parents and her grandparents, Vernon & Minnie Miller, which were lifelong residents of Canton.
Judine was a true sports fan and a season ticket holder for the San Francisco Giants for many years.
Judine was diagnosed less than a year ago with malignant brain cancer. She fought the disease valiantly and maintained her insightful wisdom and irreverent sense of humor until the very end.
A visitation will be Thursday, April 19th from 5 to 7 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. A Family Graveside Service will be Friday, April 20th at 10:00 am at White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Canton. Rev. Glenn Nestlerode will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Pathways, or Junior Giants (a group supported by the San Francisco Giants for the benefit of youth), or Friends of Civil War Preservation.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Frank “Sugar” Kovachevich

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Frank "Sugar" Kovachevich

Frank "Sugar" Kovachevich

Canton – Frank “Sugar” Kovachevich, 98, of Canton, IL passed away Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 9:39 pm at Sunset Rehabilitation Center, Canton.
He was born January 29, 1914, in Matherville, IL, the son of John and Josephine (Burich) Kovachevich. He married Pauline Oatman June 6, 1936 in Canton. She preceded him in death.
Surviving are a daughter, Janet (Patrick) Grant of Glenview; two grandchildren, Cynthia (Dave) Johnson and Timothy (Gina) Grant; a granddaughter in law, Mary Grant-O’Hara; seven great grandchildren, Zachary, Hayley, and Perianne Johnson and Patrick, Logan, Maddie, and Sean Grant; a brother, John of Canton; and three sisters, Anne Benac of Canton and Violet (Robert) Hale and Bonnie Schroder both of Ohio.
Also preceding him in death were his parents, one grandson, Stephen; two brothers, Vic and Leonard; and a twin sister, Frances.
Sugar worked at International Harvester in Canton for over 30 years.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Canton and its Knights of Columbus.
He was respected as a hardworking family man and enjoyed working outside and taking good care of his cars. He was never know to complain and will be missed.
A Funeral Mass will be on Thursday, April 12th at 11:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Canton with Father Daniel Ebker officiating. Visitation will be from 9 to 10:45 am on Thursday at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton.
Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Canton.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

John Robert Schleich

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John Schleich

John R. Schleich

FAIRVIEW, ILLINOIS
John Robert Schleich, age 94, of Fairview, Illinois died on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 1:25 A.M. in Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois.
He was born on July 11, 1917 in rural Fairview, Illinois, the son of John Hayes and Belle Dickson Schleich.
He married Georgia Irene Stone on October 27, 1948 in Fairview, Illinois.
She survives of Fairview, Illinois.
Also surviving are:
Daughter: Harriett L. Schleich of Fairview, Illinois
Several Nephews and Great Nieces and Nephews
Several Nurses, Caregivers and Neighbors who have become a part of the family
Preceded in death by his parents; five brothers: Marion, Wilbur “Jack”, his twin, William Roland “Rolly”, Charles “Warnie” and Victor “Eugie” and four sisters: Elizabeth Bath, Margaret Latimer, Lucille Taylor and Victoria Belle Schleich.
He was reared and educated in Fairview, Illinois graduating from the Fairview Community High School in 1935. He was a member of the basketball team that went to the state championships that year. He served in the United States Army Air Force from July 7, 1941 until July 20, 1945. He was a Tech Sergeant specializing in B-17 airplane maintenance. He was a lifelong farmer who experienced farming progress from horses to computerized equipment. He also worked several other related jobs such as dehorning cattle, neighborhood baling and threshing runs; driving livestock semi-trucks for Laurence Archdale, and carpentry work with Boyd Johns.
He was a member of the Reformed Church in Fairview, Illinois for over 50 years where he had served as deacon for several years. He then attended First Christian Church in Canton, Illinois for almost 30 years. He was a member of the Fairview Masonic Lodge # 350, AF & AM for 65 years where he served as secretary from 1972 until 2006 (now merged into Morning Star Lodge # 734, AF & AM of Canton); 65 year member of Fairview Chapter # 99, Order of the Eastern Star of Illinois serving as Worthy Patron for 17 years; Lifetime member of Scottish Rite Valley of Peoria; 48 year member of Mohammed Temple Shrine in Peoria, Illinois; 64 year member of Roy E Miller American Legion Post # 644 of Fairview and the Fulton County Farm Bureau.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, April 9, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Christian Church in Canton, Illinois. Rev. Glenn Nestlerode will be officiating.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 8, 2012 from 4:00 until 6:00 PM at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton, Illinois with Masonic Services conducted at 5:45 PM by Morning Star Lodge # 734, AF & AM of Canton, Illinois.
Graveside Services will be held at 2:00 PM in Fairview Cemetery in Fairview, Illinois with Military Rites conducted by the Roy E Miller American Legion Post # 644 of Fairview, Illinois.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church in Canton, Illinois or the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.
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Eleanor Zessin

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Eleanor Zessin

Eleanor Zessin

Eleanor Zessin
Farmington- Eleanor M. Zessin, 91, of Farmington, died at 6:37 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2012 at Graham Hospital in Canton, IL.

She was born May 14, 1920 in Eden, IL to Clarence E. and Clara “Bertie” (McMeen) McAlister. She married Elmer F. Zessin October 16, 1937 in Farmington, IL. He preceded her in death by exactly 9 years to the day on March 31, 2003.

Also preceding her in death were her parents, a daughter, Lois C. Duncan, brother Everett R. McAlister, and two sisters, Zella N. Sill and Pearl L. Roberson.

Surviving are 3 sons, Elmer “Fred” (Linda) Zessin of Pekin, Donald R. (Patsy) Zessin of Farmington, and Walter C (Amy) Zessin of Yates City; 12 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; and two sisters, Edith E. (James) Richards of Peoria and Dorothy R. Isbell of Hanna City.

Eleanor was a member of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Farmington, where she served as a Deacon, Memento Rebekah Lodge #155 for over 50 years, LEA #17 Encampment and Prairie Quality Quilters.

She enjoyed family gatherings, especially the monthly “Birthday Dinners”, baking cookies with the little children of the family and other activities which made spending time with her special.

Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington with a Rebekah service at 7:00 p.m.
Eleanor’s funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 2012 at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home. Larry Ebersole will officiate. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington.

Memorials may be made to 1st Presbyterian Church of Farmington or to Rebekah Lodge #155.

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James E. Sprague

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Bartonville – James E. Sprague, 82, of 4906 S. Alaska Rd Bartonville, IL passed away Friday, March 30, 2012 at 7:15 pm at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.
He was born November 11, 1929, in Galesburg, the son of Clifford and Della (Vaughn) Sprague. He married Shirley Heitzman July 30, 1949 in Pekin. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Craig Sprague of Mapleton and Brian Sprague of Pekin; one daughter, Kristin Shawhan of Peoria; nine grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and one sister, Darlene Hacker of San Diego, CA.
Preceding him in death were his parents and one brother.
James worked for Commercial Solvents for 17 years, was manager of Wayne Pet Foods for 25 years, worked in maintenance at Limestone High School for 13 years, and was the current owner of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in the Peoria Metro Center.
He was a US Army veteran serving in the Korean War and was a member of the Bartonville American Legion.
Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services.
Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, Mid West affiliate.
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Edna Marie Peterson

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Edna Peterson

Edna Peterson

Canton – Edna Marie Peterson, 90, of Canton, IL passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 10:10 am at Graham Hospital, Canton.
Born April 12, 1921, in Banner, IL, she was raised by loving parents, Frank and Alice (Thompson) Ellis. She married Emery Charles Peterson August 2, 1941 in Palmyra, MO. He preceded her in death on April 21, 1994.
Surviving are two daughters, Linda (Larry) Sprague of Glasford and Vickie (Kent) Beckner of Canton; one son, Larry C. Peterson and Krista Steck of Canton; one sister, Ruth Hootman of Pekin; two granddaughters, Kim Ludolph of Peoria and Shana Peterson of Canton; five grandsons, Ted Shubert of St. David, Tom and Chuck Shubert and Clint Peterson all of Canton, and Rodney Sprague of Glasford; fifteen great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; and one step great grandchild.
Preceding her in death were five brothers and one sister.
Edna was a homemaker all of her life and a wonderful cook. She loved being surrounded by her family and was a beautiful and caring lady. She was a lifelong Cub fan and loved all animals, especially birds.
She was a 46 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary and a past member of Women of the Moose. She was of the Methodist faith.
Services will be Saturday, March 24th at 11:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation two hours prior. Rev. K. Bruce Rushing will officiate. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton.
Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Fulton County.
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Beulah Dominski

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Beulah Dominski

Beulah Dominski

Canton – Beulah Dominski, 95, of Canton, IL passed away Monday, March 19, 2012 at 8:45 pm at Sunset Manor Care, Canton.
She was born November 21, 1916, in Orion Township, the daughter of William and Alice (Albright) Ryno. Beulah married James B. Dominski August 25, 1943 in Rossville, GA. He preceded her in death on April 14, 1975.
Surviving are two nieces, Judith Morse of Canton and Janet Lewin of Palatine; and three nephews, Gary Ryno of Florida, Steve Ryno of Palatine, and Bill Ryno of Appleton, WI.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; two brothers; and three sisters.
Beulah was a 1938 graduate of Graham Hospital School of Nursing. She enjoyed a 36 year nursing career having worked at Graham Hospital as well as some private duty nursing.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Canton and the YWCA.
Services will be Monday, March 26th at 10:30 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation from 10 to 10:30 am. Rev. Tim Bauler will officiate. Burial will follow at White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton.
Memorials may be made to her church.
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