Hermina St. Clair

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Hermina St. ClairCanton Headline
Hermina St. Clair, 92, of Canton, IL. passed away at 6:30 am, Thursday, June 16, 2011 at the Heartland Health Care Center in Canton. She was born on December 8, 1918 in Canton to Ray and Cora Hall Ashby. Hermina married Guy L. St. Clair on February 22, 1936 in Canton. He preceded her in death on January 9, 1990. Also preceding her were her parents and sister Mildred Johnson.
Surviving is 4 children; Joyce Latimer and the late Larry H. Latimer, Sarahann Reith and the late Ronald H. Reith, Donald L. (Mary) St. Clair, and Gary L. (Lora) St. Clair all of Canton, 11 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and 20 great-great-grandchildren.
Hermina was a member of First Church of the Nazarene, Eastern Star of Canton, Royal Neighbors, and American Legion Auxiliary for 42 years. She loved her grandkids and great-grandkids.
Services will be 11:00 am, Tuesday, June 21 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton. Visitation will be from 5-8 pm Monday, June 20 at the Funeral Home. The Rev. Ryan Goode will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery in Canton. Memorials can be made to St. Jude’s Mid-West Affiliate, Graham Hospital Hospice or First Church of the Nazarene


Violet A. Brennan

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Violet A. Brennan, 95, of 339 E. Vine St. Farmington, Il. passed away at 3:00 am, Wednesday, June 15, at her residence. She was born on December 10, 1915 in Geneseo to Luther and Kathryn Gerstner Henander. Violet married Donald Brennan on January 20, 1934 in Wyoming, IL. He preceded her in death on October 22, 1993. Also preceding her were her parents, daughter Sally Blodgett, 7 brothers, and 1 sister.
Surviving is three children; Donna (Leon) Tice of London Mills, Don (Mary) Brennan of Peoria, and Cheryl (George) Dunivant of Jensen Beach, FL, 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 9 great-great-grandchildren, and a special friend Dorothy Perry of Farmington.
Violet was a member of United Methodist Church of Farmington, Women of the Moose, and Tri-County Senior Center in Farmington. She loved to play cards, piano, sew, knit, crotchet, wallpaper, paint, and bowl. Violet was a breast cancer survivor for 15 years and enjoyed all of her grandchildren’s activities. She was famous for her chicken and noodles.
Services will be 11:00 am, Saturday, June 18 at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Visitation will be from 6-8 pm on Friday at the Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington. Memorials can be made to either her Church or Farmington Rescue Squad.


Gerald Oatman

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Gerald OatmanCanton- Gerald Oatman, 90, of Canton, died at 5:22 p.m. Monday, June 13, 2011 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born September 27, 1920 in Canton, IL to Melvin and Florence Phillips Oatman. He married Lois Louise Nebergall on May 23, 1948 in Canton. She survives along with 3 children, Gerald Leon Oatman of Green Valley, IL, Diana Lynn Kohrt of Rochester, MN and Rebecca “Becky” Jo (Kenny) Marold of Glasford, IL; 5 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and three step great-grandchildren, two brother-in-laws; Frank Kovachevich, and Dick Maxwell, two sister-in-laws; Louise Oatman, and Mary Lou Oatman, and many neices and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Randal Craig Oatman, 4 brothers; John, James, Richard, and infant brother Melvin, and 3 sisters; Ineta, Charlotte, and Pauline

Gerald was a 1938 graduate of Canton High School and attended Glasford Baptist Church.

He was a WWII Army Veteran.

Gerald was retired after working as a custodian at Parlin Ingersoll Library and the National Bank of Canton. He also provided lawn care for many people.

Gerald was an avid gardener,and enjoyed tending his vegetables and flowers. He has gone to heaven where the flowers are always in bloom and the weeds never grow.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 17, 2011 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton. Pastor Paul Cook from the Glasford Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton. Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday at the Memorial Home.

Memorials may be made to Glasford Baptist Church.


Veronica Lucas

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Veronica LucasBartonville- Veronica Lucas, 55, of Bartonville, died at 10:30 am Friday, June 10, 2011 at Rosewood Care Center in Peoria.
She was born August 18, 1955 in Peoria to Leland and Patsie (Taylor) Ely. She married David Lucas on June 21, 1980 in Chillicothe, IL. He survives.
Also surviving are one son, Michael, of Bartonville, and two brothers, Paul (Georgianna) Ely of Liberty, MO and David Ely of Peoria.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a nephew, Christopher Ely.
Graduating from ISU-Normal with a Bachelors degree in accounting, Veronica was a CPA with Baumann & Associates in Bartonville for 30 years.
She most loved her family and attending her son’s sporting events. She enjoyed knitting, reading, and spending time with friends and family
Veronica was a precious soul who will be dearly missed by everyone.
Memorial services will be at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, June 18, 2011 at the East Peoria Free Methodist Church. The Rev. Steve Clason will preside. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Cremation rites have been accorded by Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville. Burial of cremated remains will be at Blue Ridge Cemetery near Chillicothe.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Susan G. Komen Foundation.


Mike Bouris

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Mike BourisPekin-Mike Bouris, 59, of Dunlap, formerly of Pekin, died at 6:28 p.m. Thursday, June 9, 2011 at his residence.
He was born July 13, 1951 in Pekin to Robert G. “Bob” and Donna L. Smith Bouris.
Surviving are two children, Luke and Lisa Bouris, both of Pekin; his father, Bob Bouris of Peoria; his step-father, Kenneth “Woody” Good of Pekin; 3 brothers, Brian (Becky) Bouris of Groveland, Dick (Kathy) Bouris of El Paso, IL, and Randy Bouris of Morton, IL; and 2 sisters, Kay (Don) Westemeyer and Keli (Greg) Maloney, both of Pekin.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Donna L. Good on April 1, 2007.
Mike graduated from Pekin Community High School in 1969.
He was a member of UAW Local 974 and retired from Caterpillar in 2009 after 35 years.
Mike loved being outdoors and was a passionate Cubs and Bears fan.
Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville assisted the family with cremation, which has been accorded.
Memorial visitation will be 4:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 16, 2011 at Henderson Funeral Home in Pekin. Cubs and Bears attire is requested. Services will be private. Burial of cremated remains will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.
Following the burial, the family invites friends to join them at Pekin Moose Lodge 916 for a memorial luncheon beginning at 12:00 Noon on Friday to share stories and celebrate Mike’s life.
Memorials are suggested to the Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria.

Jed Lafferty

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Jared A. “Jed” Lafferty, 35, of 1022 W. Hickory St. Canton, IL passed away Monday, June 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm in Alto Township, Lee County, IL.
He was born September 3, 1975, in Canton, the son of James and Connie (Whelchel) Lafferty. He married Sha Westerfield on September 17, 2005 in Canton. She survives.
Also surviving are his mother and step father; Connie (Marty) Kucinski of Canton; two daughters; Mahala Elizabeth and Alaina Grace Lafferty both of Canton; and one brother; Chad (Jean Anne) Lafferty of Canton.
Preceding him in death was his father; grandparents, John and Mahala Lafferty; his Aunt Kathleen Kinsel and his Uncle Joe Lafferty, with whom he started Route 9 Auction.
Jed’s roots ran deep in farming. His father taught him how to drive his first John Deere Tractor at the age of 8.
Jed graduated from Spoon River Valley High School in 1993, Blackhawk Junior College and Western Illinois University with a degree in Agriculture. Jed then graduated from Missouri Auction School and was an auctioneer and owner of Route 9 Auction, Canton. He also was awarded the American Farmer Degree from Kansas City.
He was a member of Locust Lane United Methodist Church and was a supporter of FFA and Spoon River College Agriculture. He volunteered his auctioneer service for many organizations and was an avid Dale Earnhardt Jr fan.
He was a loving husband and father and adored his girls. In his short time he touched everyone’s lives that he came in contact with.
There will be a Graveside Service on Friday, June 10th at 11:00 am at Locust Lane Cemetery, Canton with Rev. Kevin VanTine officiating. There will be no visitation. For those attending the graveside service, there will be shuttle service from the Route 9 Auction Services to Locust Lane Cemetery.
A Celebration of Jed’s Life will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to his children’s education fund % Ipava State Bank 74 East Pine St. Canton, IL 61520.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.



Rosemary Johnson

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Rosemary Johnson, 75, of 208 E. Market, Yates City, IL passed away Friday, June 3, 2011 at the Farmington Country Manor, Farmington, IL
She was born September 14, 1935, in Farmington, the daughter of James and Matilda (Bronz) Nichols. She married Everett Johnson on October 13, 1958 and he died on November 8, 2007.
Surviving are two daughters: Lorna Long of Yates City and Tammi Lansford of Farmington; two sons: Troy Lee Johnson and Shawn Allen Johnson both of Farmington: eleven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and two brothers: David and Jim Nichols both of Canton.
Also preceding her in death were her parents and one son, Boyd Johnson.
Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a Graveside Service with burial of ashes on Wednesday, June 8th at 5:30 pm at Yates City Cemetery, Yates City. Rev. Patrick Melton will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the Yates City Rescue Squad and Fire Department.
Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements

Inez I. Heller

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Inez I. HellerBartonville Headline:
Inez I. Heller, 86, of Canton, IL formerly of Bartonville, passed away Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 2:45 pm at Sunset Manor Care, Canton.
She was born November 3, 1924, in Princeton, IL, the daughter of Elmer and Minnie (Carrico) Morris. She married Ethan Heller on June 16, 1946 in Tiskilwa and he died August 1, 1981.
Surviving are two daughters: Barbara (Brett) Sechler of Rockford and Amy (Keith) Boone of Glasford; three grandchildren: Renee (Todd) Baer, Valerie (Kip) McCoy, and Katy (and fiance, Justin De Vlieger) Sechler; four great grandchildren: Tyler Baer, Hannah Baer, Hailey McCoy, and Logan McCoy; and one sister, Evelyn Wright of Sparta.
Also preceding her in death were her parents and two brothers.
Inez graduated from Tiskilwa High School and then attended Brown’s Peoria School of Business. She worked at War Production Board; Kellstedt’s and last at the Bradley University Diagnostic Center.
She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bartonville and was active in its Joanna Circle, W.E.L.C.A. and many different church activities.
Services will be Thursday, June 2nd at 11:00 am at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Mike Jones will officiate. Burial will follow at Providence Chapel, rural Farmington.
A special thanks is given to her caregivers at Sunset Manor Nursing Home and Habor Lights Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Senior World at IPMR or Alzheimer’s Association, Peoria Chapter


Charles Loren Brashers

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Charles Loren BrashersHanna City Headline:
Charles Loren Brashers, 83, of 218 S. Murphy Hanna City, IL passed away Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 11:55 am at Toulon Health Care Center, Toulon, IL.
He was born September 26, 1927, In Charity, MO, the son of John Robert and Orvilla (Nottingham) Brashers. He married Viola Ellen Derrick on November 26, 1946 in Elkland, MO. She died in 1991.
Surviving are six children: Nancy Utsinger of La Crescenta, CA, Robert (Becky) Brashers of Washington, Charles W. Brashers of Pekin, Elizabeth (Kevin) Wilcox of Farmington, Sheila Heady of Hanna City, and Barbara Stivers of Macomb; fifteen grandchildren; two step grandchildren; twenty four great grandchildren; five step great grandchildren; five step great great grandchildren; and one brother, John L. Brashers of East Peoria.
Also preceding him in death were his parents, two grandchildren, one great grandchild, four brothers, and three sisters.
He served in the Army during WWII, after which he and Viola farmed in Charity, MO until 1950. He worked at Caterpillar, East Peoria, from 1950 to 1982 mostly on third shift. He also worked on several farms in the Hanna City area during planting and harvesting.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing and learned to ice fish after retiring. He liked to play horseshoes and pinochle with his family and friends. He and Viola enjoyed gardening and he kept honey bees for many years when they lived in Trivoli.
Charles was a member of the Brunswick Bible Church in rural Trivoli and also the National Rifle Association.
Services will be Friday, June 3rd at 10:30 am at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with visitation from 9 to 10:30 am. Pastor Terry England will officiate. Burial, with military rites, will be in Brunswick Cemetery, rural Trivoli.
Memorials may be made to his church.

Wanda L. Blase

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Wanda L. BlasePeoria-Wanda Lea Blase, 75, died on Friday, May 27, 2011 at her residence on Mesa Drive in Peoria, IL, having been cared for during the last several months by the wonderful nurses of OSF Hospice.

She was born March 30, 1936, in Peoria, and raised by her Aunt Myrtle Umdenstock. She married Robert E. Blase on September 21, 1957 in Peoria. He preceded her in death on November 11, 2004.

Surviving are three sons: Robert, Randal, and Michael (Angela) Blase all of Peoria; two sisters: Shirley Korth of Yates City and Glenda Shellenberger of Bellevue; three granddaughters: Melinda, Dana, and Rebecca Blase; three grandsons, Michael, Robert and Christian Blase; a Great grandson, Trevor Blase and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Thomas; two brothers, Bernard Wieland and Edward Carpenter; two sisters, Emma Mae “Pat” Ulferts and Marlene Carpenter; and one granddaughter, Christine Blase.

Wanda was a vault attendant at Southside Bank for 14 ½ years retiring in 1990.

She was the Past President of Demolay Mothers Club; Past Worthy Matron of Creve Coeur Chapter 946 Order of Eastern Star; and a past member of Teamsters Retirees. She was also past treasurer for the Limestone Ladies Auxiliary and was a Cub Scout leader for several years.

She was of the Baptist faith.
She was a great mother who loved traveling with her kids and grandkids in their RV across the country. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Eastern Star services will be held at 12:30 P.M. Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at Endsley Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville with visitation to follow until funeral services begin at 1:30 P.M. at the funeral home with Pastor Ted Deal officiating. Burial will be at Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria.

Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children.