Donna R. Wilcoxen Mansker, 79, of 641 S. Main St. Farmington, IL passed away Monday, March 14, 2011 at 8:40 pm at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria, IL.
Born November 2, 1931, in Peoria, IL, her parents were Harry and Myrrhl (Moran) Worsfold. She married Stephen F. Wilcoxen and he died in 1987. She later married Wiley “Bill” Mansker. He survives.
Also surviving are four children, Tom Mattson, Debby (Jeff), Steve (Patti) Wilcoxen, and Lynn (Mark) Voland; eight step children, Larry (Judy) Wilcoxen, Dan (Leann) Wilcoxen, Terry (Mona) Wilcoxen, Mary Jean Hunter, Don (Sue) Mansker, John (Mary) Mansker, Lonna Hall, and Vickie Mansker; ten grandchildren; sixteen step grandchildren; twenty two great grandchildren; and one sister, Shirley (Harold) Hahn.
Donna was the supervisor at Bradley University Library from 1970 to 1996. She was a member of the Farmington Bible Church.
Services will be Friday, March 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington. Rev. Tony Severine will officiate. There will be no visitation. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington.
Memorials may be made to the Faith Bible Camp or Methodist Hospice Kourage Kids Camp.
Becky Mulvaney, 43, of Bartonville, died at 6:05 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2011 at her parents home in Bartonville.
She was born September 8, 1967 in Peoria to Roger and Norma (Johnson) Mulvaney.
Surviving are her parents of Bartonville; 2 brothers, Steven (Christine) Johnson of Peoria and Ghlee (Lorie) Mulvaney of Washington, IL; 3 nephews, Casey (Kim) Johnson, Kyle Johnson and Slade Mulvaney; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Becky was a 1985 graduate of Peoria Manual High School and the owner and operator of The Dream Hut Ice Cream Shop in Bartonville for the last 14 years.
She loved training and teaching the young girls who worked for her at the Dream Hut.
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 14, 2011 at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville. Cremation will be accorded after the visitation with private burial of remains at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kickapoo in the future
Raymond E. Widger, 83, of Canton, IL passed away Sunday, March 6, 2011 at 1:40 pm at the Renaissance Care Center, Canton.
He was born April 27, 1927, in Canton, the son of Clyde O. and Dora Mae (Beechamp) Widger. He married Wilma Graham on June 13, 1949 in Petersburg. She survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Cheryl Moshier of Canton; a son, Raymond (Brenda) Widger Jr. of Canton; six grandchildren, Stacy Moore of Charlotte, NC, Raynee (Steven) Kessler, Stefanie (Nicholas) Pribble, Shannon (Eric) Meier, Katie (Ryan) Gray all of Canton, and Jessica Widger of Davenport, IA; two great grandsons, Matthew and Grant Kessler; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents and sister, Patricia Edwards.
Raymond was first a meat cutter at A & P and Kroger then was a Canton Policeman for several years. He then worked at International Harvester in Canton as a lathe operator where he retired.
He attended the First Christian Church of Canton and was a member of the American Legion Post #16 and VFW Post #1984. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, hunting, and being with his family. Raymond was an avid Cubs fan.
He was a US Navy veteran serving in the South Pacific during WWII.
Services will Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with an hour prior visitation. Rev. Kevin Kessler will officiate. Burial, with military honors, will be in Summum Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation PO Box 515 Northampton, MA 01061-0515
Jackie D. Williams, 73, of Farmington passed away at 5:01 am, Saturday, March 5 at Graham Hospital Extended Care Unit. He was born on November 8, 1937 in Farmington to Ellis P. and Georgia F. Tompkins Williams. Jackie married Rosalee Columbia on August 11, 1962 in Farmington. She survives along with 2 children; Kathleen McDermott and Steven D. Williams both of Farmington, 4 grandchildren; Daniel McDermott, Amy Williams, Dustin Williams, Samantha McDermott, 1 great-grandson, and 2 sisters; Judith (Edward) Morrow of Banner, and Florence May (Keith) Bach of Hanna City. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 son Patrick Williams. Jackie worked at Caterpillar for 46 years, last working in the office. He was a member of Farmington Moose #1571, very active in his community where he had served on the City Counsel and a Boy Scout volunteer. Jackie was an Air Force veteran, serving from 1960-1964. Services will be 11:00 am, Thursday, March 10 at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington, where visitation will be from 9-11 am. Father Bruce King will officiate. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington. Memorials can be made to the family, Farmington Rescue Squad, or Farmington Historical Museum.
Leatha F. Cowser, 96, of Morton, IL, formerly of Glasford, passed away Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 6:00 AM at Apostolic Christian Restmor Nursing Home in Morton.
Leatha was born July 14, 1914, in Glasford, IL, the daughter of Elmer E. and Goldie Mae (Nightengale) Prior. She married Harley D. Cowser on January 20, 1934 in Glasford, who preceded her in death on November 24, 2001.
Also preceding her in death were her parents, two brothers, and one sister.
Surviving are three children, Marlin (Barbara) Cowser of Greeley, CO, Col. Gail (Carol) Cowser of Glasford, and Vanessa (Rev. Jeffrey) Black of Max Meadows, VA; nine grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.
Leatha was a member of the Hanna City Presbyterian Church and enjoyed sewing, cooking, and friendship with her many Christian Church friends.
Services will be Friday, March 11, 2011 at 11:00 am at the Hanna City Presbyterian Church where visitation will be from 9 to 10:45 am. Rev. Jeffrey Black and Dr. Don Johnson will officiate. Burial will follow in Maple Ridge Cemetery, Mapleton.
Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Hanna City Presbyterian Church or Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton.
James Ewing, 63, of Canton, IL passed away Thursday, March 3, 2011 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL. He was born January 12, 1948, in Canton, IL, the son of Carlos and Dorothy Ewing. Surviving are five children, Chad (Malina) Ewing of Bentonville, AR, Brett Ewing of St. David, James Ewing Jr. of Saratoga Springs, NY, Chris Ewing of Pekin, and Tracy (John) Doyle of Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska; several grandchildren; and three sisters, Kathy, Sue, and Judy. He was preceded in death by his parents. He was a mechanic and was a US Air Force veteran. There will be a visitation on Monday, March 7th from 5 to 7 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. There will be no service. Cremation will follow the visitation. Memorials may be made to the Children’s Miracle Network.
Mary Etta Major, 88, formerly of Bartonville passed away at 10:45 am Thursday, March 3, 2011 at OSF St. Clare Home in Peoria Heights. Mary was born October 29, 1922 in Clinton, IN to Lawrence Herbert and Minnie Lorena Jones Keyes. She married Charles R. Major whom preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were her parents and two brothers. Mary is survived by 3 children; Mickey Behrends of Bartonville, Larry (Mugs) Major of Morton, and Charlene (Dwain) Gallaway of Peoria, 6 grandchildren; Lucy O’Neill, Doug Behrends, Stacie Bailey, Shawn Major, Nathan and Chris Gallaway, 5 great-grandchildren; Katie and Sarah O’Neill, Ashla McCammon, Aidan Bailey, and Amber Gallaway, and 2 great-great-grandchildren; Markie and McKenna O’Neill. Mary was a registered nurse for over 50 years and worked as a surgical nurse at Proctor Hospital in Peoria. She was a US Army Nursing Corps veteran serving during WWII. Services will be Monday, March 7, 2011 at 11:00 am at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Dennis O’Brien will officiate. Burial will follow in Swan Lake Cemetery, Peoria. Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Trust
Helen Andeway, 84, of Lewistown, IL passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 6:35 pm at the Renaissance Care Center, Canton, IL. She was born April 1, 1926, in Canton, the daughter of Paravon and Bayzar (Der Krekorian) Norsigian. They precede her in death along with an infant daughter and four brothers. She is survived by a sister, Loni (Fred) Benson of Canton and two nephews, Eric Benson of Atlanta, GA and Chris (Carol) Benson of Palatine, IL. She was a clerk for the Illinois Department of Human Services in Lewistown and was of the Methodist faith. Helen loved fishing, hunting, and dogs. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a Memorial Service on Monday, March 7th at 2:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate. Burial of ashes will be at a later date in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton. Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Humane Society.
Marilyn M. McCracken, 76, of 790 W. Main St. Fairview, IL passed away Monday, February 28, 2011 at 5:16 am at her residence. She was born February 17, 1935, in Kilbourne, IL, the daughter of Marshall and Lola (Clark) Clark. She married Billie R. McCracken on June 6, 1954 in Kilbourne. He preceded her in death on June 4, 2010. She is survived by three daughters, Brenda Kling, Debbie (Fred) Franzoni, and Jill (Dave) Freeman all of Fairview; ten grandchildren, Bryan and Nikki Franzoni, Jordan, Whitney, Dylan, and Carrie Freeman, Travis and Taylor Kling, Jimmy Greathouse, and Heather Miller; nine great grandchildren, Lindsay, Brayden, Seth, and Isaiah Franzoni, Faith and Emma Greathouse, Rayne Kling, Caden Freeman, and Sebastian Miller; and the family pet Boomer. She was also preceded in death by her parents and son-in-law, Ricky Kling. She was a member of the Union Church of Rapatee. Services will be Friday, March 4, 2011 at 10:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton where visitation will be on Thursday, March 3rd from 5 to 7 pm. Rev. David Swain will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Fairview Rescue Squad
Mary B. Nickerson, 94, formerly of Canton, fell asleep in the loving arms of our Lord, February 28, 2011 at 9:15 pm at the Lodge at the Harbours Assisted Living, Noblesville, Indiana. She was born July 9, 1916 to John and Esther (Bell) Trudgen and was married to Norman A. Nickerson who preceded her in death. Surviving are two daughters, Karen J. (Gene) Weimer, Sylvania, Ohio and Kathryn A. (Rod) Dorich, Noblesville, Indiana; one stepdaughter, Lynn (Ron) Berg, Rice Lake, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Mark R. Weimer (Lisa), Sylvania, Ohio; Aaron D. Weimer (Kristi), Toledo, Ohio, Ann E. Daniel, (Jim), Lafayette, Indiana, and Kristin M. Dorich, New York, N.Y.; three great-grandsons, Jacob Richard and Samuel Joseph Weimer, Sylvania, Ohio, Jameson Paul Daniel, Lafayette, IN and two great-granddaughters, Emma Madelyn Daniel, Lafayette, IN and Lauren Brynn Weimer, Toledo, Ohio; one sister, Betty J. Ross, St. Joseph, MI, three nieces and one nephew. She was a lifetime member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Canton and a former member of the church choir and the Sarah Circle. She previously served as Secretary of the Church Council for 9 years. She was a former member of Sigma Phi Gamma Sorority, Beta Psi Chapter and a former member of Graham Hospital Service League for 23 years volunteering as a surgery hostess and also in the registration department serving as a patient escort. Visitation will be Friday, March 4 from 1-2 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton followed by graveside service at Greenwood Cemetery. Rev. Maureen Stein will officiate. Memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.