Wanda R. Jones

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Wanda R. Jones, 88, of 13200 Jubilee Hills, Brimfield, IL. formerly of Canton passed away at 8:20 pm, Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Graham Hospital in Canton. She was born on July 25, 1922 in Bryant to Faye and Gladys (Howe) Curless. Wanda married Glen Jones on October 3, 1950 in Hernando, MS. He survives along with a son Clark Jones of Metamora, daughter Marsha Oatman of Bartonville, 7 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, a daughter Ellen Yocum, and a brother Howard Curless. Wanda graduated from Graham Hospital School of Nursing in 1950 where she continued on as a registered nurse. She was member of the Graham Hospital Alumni.
Services will be 11:00 am, Wednesday, May 25 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton where visitation will be from 6-8 pm Tuesday, May 24. Donald Bixby will officiate the service. Burial will follow at White Chapel Memory Gardens. Memorials can be made to Graham Hospital School of Nursing.

Arla Gene Knoll

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Arla Gene KnollPeoria-Arla Gene Knoll, 81, of 215 W. Sam J. Stone Ave. Peoria, IL passed away Friday, May 20, 2011 at Heartland Manor Care in Peoria.
Arla was born April 28, 1930 in Peoria, the son of Carl H. and Flora K. Knoll. He was a lifetime member of Christ Lutheran Church. After graduating from Manual High School in 1948, Arla did carpentry until serving in the US Army from 1951-1953 during the Korean War. He returned to Peoria and married Verna Lee Stocking on June 27, 1953. He continued carpentry and then worked at Peoria Plastic Company for 20 years, and retired from Fast Printing.
Arla is survived by his wife Lee, two siblings, Althea M. Fitton of Irvington, VA and Glenn W. Knoll of Henry, IL. Also surviving are three children: Janet (Ron) Smith of Columbus, GA, Marilyn (Duey) Neil of Vista, CA, and Cory (Amy) Knoll of Peoria, IL; six grandchildren: Lindsey, Valerie, Cooper, Ken, Kelsey, Taylor; and one great grandson, Harrison who shares Great Grandpa’s April 28th birthday.
Arla was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and one sister.
Arla was an avid bowler and golfer with 2 holes-in-one, the first in 1979 and the second in 1997. AND, Arla was a lifelong Diehard Cub Fan!
Cremation rites have been accorded.
Funeral services will be Thursday, May 26th, at Christ Lutheran Church, Peoria at 12 noon with visitation 1 hour preceding. Pastor Karl Eckhoff will preside. Burial to follow at Lutheran Cemetery, Peoria.
Memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran Church.
Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville, is in charge of arrangements.

Bernice E. Yerbic

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Bernice E. YerbicCanton Headline:
Bernice Elizabeth Yerbic, 96, of Canton, IL passed away Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 1:22 pm at Heartland Health Care Center, Canton, IL
She was born October 19, 1914, in Colfax, Iowa, the daughter of Kazimir and Katherine (Grgurich) Starcevich. She married John J. Yerbic on August 13, 1938 in Los Angeles, CA and he preceded her in death on April 12, 1985.
Surviving are four children: James (Linda) Yerbic of Kildeer, Diane (Scott) Parks of Springfield, John (Claudia) Yerbic of Tempe, AZ, and Karen (Jim) Malone of Wee-Ma-Tuk, Cuba; seven grandchildren: Teri Wallace, Deborah Rahab, Mark Colvin, John Colvin, Shannon Yerbic, Jason Parks, and Justin Parks; twelve great grandchildren; one brother, Stephen (Patty) Starwyck of Seminole, FL; and one step-brother, Andrew (Darlene) Yerbic of Canton.
Also preceding her in death were her parents, grandson, John M. Yerbic II, two sisters, Jean LaBounty and Barbara Starcevich; and three brothers, Jack Starcevic, Vance Starwyck, and Charles “Bud” Yerbic; two step sisters, and five step brothers.
Bernice graduated from Canton High School in 1932. She worked for the Canton School District retiring in 1985.
She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Canton since 1951.
Visitation will be Sunday, May 22nd from 4 to 7 pm with the recitation of the rosary at 3:15 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. A Funeral Mass will be on Monday, May 23rd at 10:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church, Canton with Father Daniel Ebker officiating.
Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Canton.
A luncheon will immediately follow at St. Mary Parish Center.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or St. Mary Catholic Church.

 

Wendell L. Demery

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Wendell L. DemeryCanton Headline:
Wendell L. Demery, 54, of 739 N. Main St. Canton, IL passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 4:35 pm at Heartland Health Care, Canton.
He was born July 6, 1956, in Canton, the son of James and Mary (Fuller) Demery.
Surviving are his father, James Demery of Abingdon; his mother, Mary Stephens of Canton; one sister, Yolanda (Richard) Kelley of East Peoria; an aunt and uncle, Richard and Janell Wilkinson of Canton; and several cousins.
Preceding him in death was his step-father, Richard Stephens.
He was of the Methodist faith.
Services will be Saturday, May 21st at 1:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Richard Wilkinson will officiate.
Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton.
Memorials may be made to Shields Chapel United Methodist Church.

Richard D. Illman

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Richard D. IllmanCanton Headline:
Richard D. Illman, 83, of 250 S. Main St. Canton, IL passed away Monday, May 16, 2011 at 7:20 am at his residence.
He was born May 26, 1927, in Ipava, IL, the son of William Illman and Mary Gladys (Fey) VanVleet. He first married Marie (Burton) Cowin on April 15, 1946 in Canton. He then married Margaret Evelyn (Kelly) Noe on April 22, 1998 in Lewistown. Both preceded him in death.
Surviving are five children; Linda (Rick) Wamsley of Carman, Louie (Jan) Cowin of Bushnell, Wanda (Mike) Kitch of Canton, MO, Terry Illman and (partner) Danny of Austin, TX, and Don (Polly) Noe of Ipava; fourteen grandchildren; thirty seven great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his parents and nine brothers and sisters.
He first worked for International Harvester in Canton then for Caterpillar as a machine operator in East Peoria, retiring with 30 years’ service.
Richard was a kind hearted gentleman who enjoyed helping friends who needed a hand.
There will be a private graveside service on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Apple Cemetery, Lewistown. Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate.

Willard Sipp

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Willard Sipp, 93, of 16109 W. McDonald Hanna City, IL passed away Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 12:14 am at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria, IL.
He was born April 5, 1918, in Peoria, IL, the son of William F. and Mabel (McDonald) Sipp.
He married Laurel Heggie in March of 1943 in Trivoli. She preceded him in death on January 1, 1988. Also preceding in death was a son, Rodger Sipp, whom they lost in Vietnam, and his parents.
Surviving are one son, Stan Sipp of Mansfield; one daughter, Holly Zessin of Hanna City; two grandchildren, Mary Susan (Calvin) Plumer of Hanna City and Jolene (Chad) Messersmith of Georgetown, TX; six great grandchildren; and one brother, Kenneth Sipp of Hanna City.
Willard was a lifetime farmer and worked for FS during the WWII era driving a feed and fuel truck.
He was a graduate of Farmington High School in 1936. He was a member of the Peoria County Farm Bureau.
Services will be Thursday, May 19th at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington at 10:00 am where visitation will be on Wednesday, May 18th from 5 to 7 pm. Rev. Joy Schlesselman will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Eden, IL.
Memorials may be made to the Logan Trivoli Fire Protection District or the Pleasant Grove Cemetery Association.

Norma J. Eubank

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Norma J. EubankBartonville- Norma Eubank, 81 of Bartonville, died Saturday, May 14, 2011 at
Belwood Nursing Home in Peoria.
She was born November 25, 1929 in Pekin, IL to Peter and Gertrude (Seelye) Walker. In 1946 she married Wayne Van Scyoc in Peoria. They had two children who survive; Linda Little of Hemet, CA and Wayne (Cindy) Eubank of Bartonville. She later married Sam Eubank in 1962 in Las Vegas, NV. He preceded her in death.
Also preceding her in death was one granddaughter, Tina Black, in 2006.
Additional survivors include: 5 grandchildren, Kristina, Russell, Melissa, Lisa and Wayne; 15 Great Grandchildren; 10 Great-Great Grandchildren; one brother, Lewis (Mary) Walker of Steubenville, OH; and two sisters, Betty Barnett of Canton and Patsy Russell of Peoria.
She was a machine operator at Slevin Container in Peoria in the 1970’s and was a Past Worthy Matron of the former Acacia Chapter-Order of the Eastern Star.
Though her education was cut short as a child, Norma was proud that she earned her GED at the age of 65.
The fact that Norma raised her family right is proven in that they are all lifelong St Louis Cardinal Fans, just like her.
She also loved to work in her yard and flower gardening.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville. The Rev. Craig Hislope will officiate. Burial will be in Smithville Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Wednesday.
Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association.

 

Gene Pfeifer

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Gene PfeiferPeoria-Evan E. “Gene” Pfeifer, 82, of 1519 S. Faraday, Peoria, IL passed away Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 3:15 am at his residence.
He was born April 15, 1929 in New Holland, IL the son of Ralph J. and Mildred C. (Worth) Pfeifer and married Barbara A. Bell on October 1, 1955 in Peoria Heights, IL. She survives.
Also surviving are three brothers, Thomas (Marianne) Pfeifer of Bartonville, John (Sheila) Pfeifer of Princeville, and William “Ike” (Sharon) Pfeifer of Peoria; two sisters, Myrtle “Joyce” Vanderheiden of East Peoria and Waltresia “Sally” (Louis) Vanderheiden of Manito; a nephew, Dennis (Cindy) Heskett of Norwood; and good friends, Richard and Patricia Clevenger of Peoria.
Preceding him in death were his parents, one son, Thomas E. Pfeifer who passed away July 8, 2006; three sisters, Dorothy Randle, Rose M. “Peggy” Heskett, and Rena Pfeiffer; and two brothers, Wayne and Gayland.
Gene was a shipping clerk for Hiram Walker’s retiring in 1981 with 30 years’ service.
He was of the Catholic faith and was a charter member of Hiram Walker’s Rod & Gun Club. He was an avid NASCAR fan and loved to hand feed peanuts to the squirrels in his backyard.
Gene was a US Army veteran serving in Korea where he received the Purple Heart.
There will be a visitation Sunday, May 15th from 4 to 6 pm at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville. Cremation rites will be accorded after the visitation with burial of ashes at a later date in Lutheran Cemetery, Peoria.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to South Side Bank % Evan E. Pfeifer 2119 SW Adams Peoria, IL 61602

Carol M. Pagan

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Carol M. PaganCanton Headline
Carol M. Pagan, 63, of 700 N. 10th Apt. 2 Canton, IL. passed away at 1:34 pm, Friday, May 6 at the Graham Hospital Extended Care Unit. She was born on June 21, 1947 in Canton to Cecil and Marilyn Blakesmith Coats. Carol first married Jack Pensinger May 1, 1965. She later married Sam Pagan in June 1979 and he preceded her in death in November 1979. Also preceding her in death were her father, step father Carl “Bill” Norville, and 1 brother. Surviving is 2 daughters; Shawna (Brian) Owings of DuQuion, Erika Burgess of Canton, 2 sons; Michael (Sarah) Pensinger, and Junior Burgess both of Canton, mother Marilyn Norville, 9 grandchildren; Savana, Nicole, Candace, Samantha, Sierra, Tanner, Conway, Angelea, and Michael II, 1 great grandson Parker, 1 brother Larry (Carol) Ellis of Gridley, and 1 sister Sharon (Richard) Pollitt of Little America. Carol loved to camp, fish, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Services will be 11:00 am Wednesday, May 11, graveside in Greenwood Cemetery in Canton. The Rev. Will Ferguson will officiate. Visitation will be from 9-10:45 am Wednesday, May 11, at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home. Memorials may be made to the family.

 

Helen M. Bradford

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Helen M. BradfordBartonville Headline
Helen M. Bradford, 88, of 109 Hedge St. Bartonville, Il. passed away at 11:17 pm Friday, May 6 at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Peoria. She was born on May 29, 1922 in Peoria to Edward and Lillian Killian Kennedy. Helen married Cecil Bradford on July 3, 1948 in Peoria. He preceded her in death on December 9, 1997. Also preceding her in death were her parents 3 brothers; Vincent, Leo, and George Kennedy, and 2 sisters; Virginia Sites, and Shirley Kennedy. Surviving is 3 children; Don (Sue) Bradford of Peoria, Edward (Justine) Bradford of Ocean Side, CA. and Charlene Sears of Terra Haute, IN., 4 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren, and a special niece Joanne (Frank) Welsh of East Peoria. Helen worked at Hiram Walker retiring in 1981.
Private services will be held with entombment at Resurrection Cemetery in Peoria. Memorials may be made to the Donor’s choice. Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville is in charge of arrangements.