Betty R. Travers, 89, formerly of Canton, passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 5:45 pm at The Clayberg Nursing Home, Cuba, IL.
She was born, November 12, 1921, in Canton, the daughter of Hiram and Rose (Mummert) Lockard. Betty married Berlyn “Dick” Travers on June 29, 1947 in Canton. He died July 4, 1984.
Surviving are a daughter, JoEllyn (Mark) Welch of Cuba; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Lockard of Galesburg and Velda Lockard of Canton; one nephew, David Lockard of Spokane, WA; three great nieces, Deb (Todd) Mahr of Onalaska, WI, Susan (Dennis) Stieren of Omaha, NE, and JoAnne (Alec) Riss of Lindenhurst; and six great great nieces and nephews.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; siblings, Floyd Lockard, Murlena Westerfield, and Wayne and Bob Lockard; one niece, Nancy Browning; one nephew, Dick Westerfield; and one great niece, Katlyn Mahr.
Betty was a homemaker and had worked part time at International Harvester, Spurgeons, and the Canton News Stand. She was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, the Graham Hospital Service League, and also volunteered at the Graham Hospital Gift Shop.
Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a Memorial Service on Wednesday, August 24th at 2:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with an hour prior visitation. Burial will follow in Cuba Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to The Clayberg Nursing Home or the Wesley United Methodist Church of Canton.
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Thomas R. Leadley, 57, of Yates City, died at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 13, 2011 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.
He was born February 19, 1954 in Peoria to Eugene and Frances (King) Leadley. He married Laurel Kroepel February 14, 1976 in Glasford, IL. She survives of Yates City.
Also surviving are a daughter, Emilie (Timm) Gillick of Peoria; a son, Vincent (Kerith) Leadley of Atlantic Beach, FL; five grandchildren; two brothers, Robert (Paula) Ward of Avon and Edgar (Kathy) Ward of Peoria; and a sister, Peggy Young of Missouri.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-father, Frank Ward, who raised him; one grandson and one sister.
Thomas worked as a welder at Caterpillar, Inc.
He was a US Navy veteran during the Vietnam era and was a member of the American Legion Post 212, Elba-Salem Fire Department, Hanna City Sportsman’s Club, and the Village Board of Yates City. He was active in the Yates City Community.
Cremation rites will be accorded. Services will be scheduled at a later time.
Memorials may be made to the Elba-Salem Fire Department.
Cuba, IL-Roy W. Gerecke, 91 of Cuba, died at 11:00 p.m. Friday, August 12, 2011 at Graham Hospital in Canton.
He was born June 24, 1920 in Campsville, IL to Karl John and Minnie (Schumann) Gerecke. He first married Ella Ballard who preceded him in death in 1988.
Also preceding in death are a daughter, Ruth Gerecke; a brother, Marvin “Bud” Gerecke; and 2 sisters, Irene Rodgers and Eva Rosa.
He then married Juanita Phillips Williams on December 13, 1988. She survives of Cuba.
Also surviving are a daughter, Norma (John) Coder of Arvada, CO; 3 grandsons; 1 granddaughter; 1 great grandchild; two brothers, Harry and Norman Gerecke, both of Meredosia, IL; and one sister, Helen Oettle of Meredosia.
Roy worked for the Army Corps of Engineers as a Shift Chief on the Joliet Lock & Dam.
He was a US Army veteran.
Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services or visitation. Burial of cremated remains will be in Meredosia Cemetery in Meredosia at a later time.
Dorothy L. Opper, 90, of 160 E. Walnut St. Canton, IL passed away Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 11:50 pm at Sunset Manor Nursing Home, Canton.
She was born April 14, 1921, in Canton, the daughter of Vernon and Hazel (Pippitt) Suydam. She married John Opper in 1939 at Fort Madison, Iowa. He survives.
Also surviving are two sons, William (Shirley) Opper of Lincoln and Terry (Sheila) Opper of Morton; eight grandchildren; and twenty two great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents and one brother.
Dorothy worked 21 ½ years at Jack and Bills clothing store in Canton as a seamstress, retiring in 1982. She was a member of AARP and a former member of the Canton Women’s Bowling Association.
Services will be Saturday, August 13th at 2:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation one hour prior. Brian and Vince Opper will officiate.
Burial will follow in White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton.
Nathan P. Keefauver, 25, of 706 W. Ave. E Lewistown, IL passed away Monday, August 8, 2011 in Lewistown.
He was born May 12, 1986, in Canton, II, the son of Jimmie and Joyce (Workman) Keefauver.
Surviving are his parents of Canton; three children, Ethan W. Hopwood, age 4, Logan D. Keefauver, age 2, and Skyler L. Keefauver, age 1, all of at home; his fiancé, Heather Hopwood of Lewistown; paternal grandparents, Jimmie Sr. and Tomye Keefauver of Springfield; and two brothers, Jimmie Keefauver III and Matthew Keefauver both of Canton.
Preceding him in death were his paternal grandmother, Harriet Keefauver and maternal grandparents, Lyle and Edna Workman.
Nathan was a grain handler at ADM in Havana, IL.
Services will be Monday, August 15, 2011 at 10:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton where visitation will be on Sunday, August 14th from 5 to 7 pm. Rev. Monroe Bailey will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to his children % Farmers State Bank, Lewistown, IL.
Janice Grant, 70, of Canton, IL passed away Sunday, August 7, 2011 at 2:55 am at her residence.
There will be a Graveside Service on Wednesday, August 10th at 12:00 noon at White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton with Paul Tamkin officiating.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.
Leona Holford, 86, of 321 Rose Norris, IL passed away Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 7:25 pm at her residence.
Born October 16, 1924, in Berwick, IL, the daughter of Henry and Sophia Edith (Ray) McGee she first married Ernest Welker on June 1941 in Kahoka, MO and later married Berthal Holford on October 1957. He preceded her in death on June 1, 1991.
Surviving are one son, Jim (Irene) Welker of Ellisville; two grandchildren, Becky and Jimmy “Bud” Welker; and several nieces and nephews.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; three brothers; and four sisters, including her twin, Leota.
Taking care of her family was her main joy in life and she especially enjoyed having family dinners.
Services will be Wednesday, August 10th at 1:30 PM at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate. Burial will follow at Norris Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Murlea Charity Carter Roberts, 103, of Canton, IL celebrated her last birthday and peacefully passed away to be with our Lord on Friday August 5, 2011 at 4:50 AM.
Murlea was born August 5, 1908 to Thomas and Nettie Pittman Carter on a farm south of Canton. She was married to William M. Roberts on November 2, 1932 and spent the next 57 years of her life on the Roberts’ farm south of Bryant. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, her parents, her three younger brothers, Paul, Leslie, and Carl Carter, and one grandson, James Gregory Brecher. Murlea is survived by a son, Charles Roberts of Canton and a daughter, Martha Arnold of Cave Creek, AZ. Also surviving are four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Murlea grew up in the Shields Chapel Community and as a youth was a member of the Shields Chapel Church. She spent the majority of her years as an active member of the Bryant Methodist Church. When Murlea moved to Canton, she joined the Wesley United Methodist Church and continued to quilt & sew aprons for the Christmas Bazaar.
As a young woman, Murlea attended Macomb Teacher’s College and taught school at Hyatt, Science Hill, and Tatum Schools until her marriage. During WWII, she was called back to teaching and taught at Morning Star and Antioch Schools.
Murlea’s life spanned from the “horse and buggy days” to the days of moon exploration. She learned to drive a car during her early teaching days and along with several other teachers traveled to such destinations as California and Washington D.C. Her companions often included Helen Jamieson and Moneta Downs. While visiting her daughter in England, Murlea & Bill had the privilege to travel to the Holy Land at which time they gave presentations to various organizations.
Murlea and Bill were married just months short of 50 years when Bill passed on. Hard work and long hours sustained them through the depression. No task was too big, no crises too great that could not be overcome with hard work and faith. Murlea could be seen sorting livestock and then in the kitchen preparing a meal for the men. The basement was full of home canned food, the freezer full of meat and the garden to be harvested. Murlea is a member of that generation lauded by Tom Brokaw as “THE GREATEST GENERATION”.
Services will be Monday, August 8th at 10:30 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation one hour prior. Rev. K. Bruce Rushing will officiate.
Private burial will be at a later date in Maryville Cemetery, Bryant.
Bartonville – Peggy L. (Pitzer) Gross, 61, died Friday, August 5, 2011 in the comfort of her home.
She was born December 11, 1949 in Peoria, IL to John and Edna (Schooley) Pitzer.
In 2005, she retired from teaching business education at Limestone Community High School after 33 years of service. As Past-President, she remained actively involved with the Illinois Business Education Association. She was an avid reader, collector, and gardener who enjoyed spending time with and taking care of friends and family.
Surviving are two daughters, Jessica Gross of Bartonville and Jennifer Gross of Peoria; two sisters, Pam (Pete) Petersen of Adamsville, TN and Pat (David) Herring of Yates Center, KS; one brother, John Pitzer of Bartonville; one aunt, Mildred Saloom, of Morton; one uncle, Jim Shaw of Pekin; three nieces; three nephews; and seven great-nieces and nephews.
Peggy was preceded in death by her parents; three aunts; two uncles; one infant nephew; and her beloved cat, Emily.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at the Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville. Cremation will be accorded following visitation. Private services will be held at the time of burial in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.
Charlotte Williams-Brod, 62, of 8405 Shyrock Rd. Glasford, IL passed away Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 5:46pm at her residence.
She was born October 18, 1948, in Peoria, IL, the daughter of Cliff and Kathryn (Scudder) Behm. Charlotte first married David Williams Sr. and later married Roger Brod. He survives.
Also surviving are her father, Cliff, of Hanna City; two children, David (Cheryl) Williams Jr. of Hanna City and Donna (Larry) Butterfield of Loves Park; four grandchildren, Shelbee, Kendall, Christopher, and Sydney; four brothers, Cliff Jr. (Sandy) Behm, Joe (Cheryl) Behm, and Frank (Brenda) Behm all of Peoria, and Al (Linda) Behm of North Pekin; and six sisters, Alice (Bob) Farden and Mary (Larry) Reese both of Pekin, Cindy (Marshall) Parks of Norwood, Candy Behm of Peoria, Alberta (Pete) Stillsmoking of Hanna City, and Kathy (Raymond) Moreland of Florida.
Preceding her in death were her mother and brother, Mike.
Charlotte had worked at Fleming & Potter and Gemco both of Peoria and was a CNA with Heartland Clinic in Peoria last working in 2009.
She was co-founder of the Neighborhood Watch in Peoria. She was a diehard Cubs fan who loved flowers and being outdoors. Charlotte was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother whose loyalty, love, and commitment will be forever remembered.
Services will be Saturday, August 6th at 11:00 am at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville, with visitation two hours prior. Rev. Bill Pierce will officiate. Burial will follow in Lancaster Cemetery, Glasford.