Avery Justin Elliott

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Avery Justin ElliottCanton – Avery Justin Elliott, 71 of Canton passed from this life on Sunday, January 15, 2012 surrounded by family.
He was born on August 21, 1940, in Rushville, to Avery K. “Red” and Vera G. (Rock) Elliott. They preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his sister Anita Jean Aldrich.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 22 years Sharon Elaine (nee Baker) Sandford.
Justin was the loving father of three daughters, Connie (Craig) Weissman, of Arlington Heights; Debbie (Brion) McDonald, of Hanna City; and, Jackie (Tony) Groves of Canton; proud grandfather of AJ Weissman and Ashley Groves. He will be fondly remembered by three step children, Mark Sandford, Becky (Rick) Chaney, and Albert Michael (Deanna) Sandford; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
He attended Brown’s Business College in Springfield, IL, where he studied accounting. While living in Springfield, he worked for Dawson Lumber Company and Allis Chalmers. In 1965, he relocated his family to Canton to operate the family farm. He farmed for over 40 years, and he worked at and operated Central Butane Gas Company for over 20 years. Additionally, he enjoyed construction work and was involved in the building of several homes including his own on the family farm. Upon his retirement in 2005, he and Sharon enjoyed traveling, attending auctions and sales, researching family genealogy, spending time with family and friends, fishing, and mushrooming.
Justin was a member of the First Christian Church of Canton and Farmington Moose Lodge #1571. He was a Joshua Township Official for 30 years and served on the Farm Service Agency.
Visitation will be Thursday, January 19, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., at Murphy- Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. There will be a private graveside service at a later date with burial at Foster Cemetery. Rev. David Swain will officiate. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Martha Glass

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Martha GlassCanton – Martha Glass, 76, of Canton, IL passed away Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 10:15 pm at Renaissance Care Center, Canton, IL
She was born September 30, 1935, in Colbert County, Alabama the daughter of Hiram and Louise (Armstrong) Quillen.
Surviving are two daughters, Martha “Martie” Sue (Mike) Senkler of Dunfermline and Gay (Brad) Livek of Washington; six grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were three husbands, James B. Jones, Frank Holloway, and Alton Glass; one son, Thomas D. Jones; one brother, Bernard Quillen, and one sister, Myra Allen.

Martha was a former supervisor of Cock-A-Doodle-Do Restaurants in Peoria, then a manager for Christy Inc. (Christy Lane) in East Peoria. She owned Sky Park Night Club in Florence, AL from where she retired and moved to Illinois in 1998.

Martha was the first Union Bartender in Tazewell County in the 1960’s. She enjoyed fishing, golfing, and gardening. She also enjoyed collecting antique vases and teapots.

Services will be Friday, January 20th at 5:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation two hours prior. Rev. Dave Utt will officiate.
Cremation rites will be accorded following the services.

Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation.

Charles E. Wright Jr.

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Charles E. Wright JrCanton Headline,
Charles E. Wright Jr., 91, of 25 Stonegate Dr. Canton, IL. passed away at 7:15 pm, Friday, January 13 at Heartland Health Care Center in Canton. Charlie was born on October 7, 1920 in Memphis, TN. The son of Charles E. and Rosa Anna Goforth Wright Sr, he married Ruth Nelson Gonsolin on December 25, 1945 in Tacoma, WA. She preceded him in death on June 30, 2011. Also preceding him were his parents, 1 brother, 1 sister, and 2 half-sisters.

Surviving is a daughter Pat (Larry) Laysalle of Canton, 2 granddaughters; Kelly (David) Taylor and Kathy (Chris) Walljasper both of Canton, 4 great-grandchildren; Jesse and Zach Taylor and Danielle and Rachel Walljasper all of Canton.

Charlie was a broadcaster from 1941-1999. He owned and operated WBYS Radio Station for 46 years. Charlie was a member of several Broadcasting Associations both local and national. He also received numerous Broadcasting Awards. After retiring from WBYS he wrote “Around the Square” articles for Canton Daily Ledger newspaper. He was a member of the Canton Rotary Club, member of Community Concert Association, Canton Planning and Zoning Board, Canton Park District Board for 30 years, Canton Chamber of Commerce where he was President in 1975, 1st Presbyterian Church in Canton, and a WW2 U.S. Navy Veteran. Charlie was very active member of the Canton Community.

Services will be 11:00 am, Tuesday, January 17 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton with Rev. Ken Churchill officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Monday at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow at White Chapel Memory Gardens with Military Honors. Memorial’s can be made to Canton Park District Foundation Veterans Memorial Fund or the Donor’s choice.

Charles CM Kidd

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Charles CM KiddCanton – Charles “CM” Milton Kidd, 76, of 220 W. Locust St. Canton, IL passed away Monday, January 2, 2012 at 9:30 am at Renaissance Care Center, Canton.
He was born May 10, 1935, in Smithfield, IL the son of Charles Albert and Ida Mae Blanche (Nolan) Kidd. He married Alberta Luella Nolan on January 21, 1961 in Lewistown, IL. She survives.

Also surviving is one daughter, Carol (Thomas) Van Horn of Belleville.
Preceding him in death were his parents and two brothers.
CM worked at International Harvester in Canton for 30 years.
He was a US Army veteran serving in the Korean War.
Services will be Thursday, January 5th at 11:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation one hour prior. Rev. K. Bruce Rushing will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton.

Memorials may be made to Renaissance Care Center or Graham Hospital Hospice.

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.
He was born January 9, 1942 in Canton, IL the son of William Robert and Cherrill (McCumber) Bates. He married Barbara Holmes on May 1, 1966 in Ingatestone. She survives.
Also surviving are three children, Jason Bates of Ingatestone, Hardy (Julie) Bates of Kent County, England, and Amber Bates of London; two grandchildren, Ollie and Ryan; one brother, John (Debbie) Bates of Canton, and one sister, Mary Pillow of Morton.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
There will be a memorial service at a later date at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton, IL.

Melba Gaul

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Pekin – Melba Gaul, 76, of Pekin, IL formerly of Peoria, IL passed away Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 1:54 pm at her residence.
She was born March 15, 1935 in Canton, IL the daughter of Jacob A. and Lena (Frame) Pollitt. She married Don Gaul. He preceded her in death.
Surviving are three children, Greg (Teresa) Barrick of Wixom, MI and their children, Doug Barrick and Jennifer (Nik) Fulbright; Debbie (Eric) Uttenweiler of Roselle, IL and their daughter, Rachel (Matt) Stoughton; and Brent Barrick of Scottsdale, AZ and his children, Morgan Barrick and Blake Barrick; one great grandchild, Jacob Stoughton; and two brothers, Francis Pollitt of Mission Viejo, CA and Jack (Mary) Pollitt of Canton.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Melba attended Browns College.
There will be a Graveside Service on Wednesday, January 4th at 11:00 am at Greenwood Cemetery, Canton. Rev. K. Bruce Rushing will officiate. There will be no visitation.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.

Carol Ann Nolan

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Carol Ann NolanCanton – Carol Ann Nolan, 63, of Canton, IL formerly of Trivoli, passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 11:15 pm at her residence.
She was born January 22, 1948, in Canton the daughter of Dale Lee and Nelda Annabelle (Kemper) Kinzer. She married John L. Nolan June 16, 1967 in Peoria. He survives.
Also surviving are three children, Keith Allen Nolan of Canton, Scott Eugene (Kelly) Nolan of Rapatee, and Rebecca Sue Horner of Yates City; three grandchildren, Zach, Alena, and Brook; two brothers, Gene (Donita) Kinzer of Marietta and Roger (Jeanie) Kinzer of Ipava; and two sisters, Beverly Sandefur of Canton and Sharon (David) Byrd of Florida.
Preceding her in death were her parents and one sister, Sandra Orwig.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
There will be a Graveside service with burial of ashes on Wednesday, January 4th at 2:00 pm at Foster Cemetery, Fairview, IL. Rev. Patrick Melton will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements.

James D. Kirk

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James D. KirkEast Peoria – James D. “Pete” Kirk, 68, of Bonita Springs, FL ,formerly of East Peoria, IL passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at Joanne’s House at Hope Hospice, Bonita Springs, FL, where he had been a resident since 2001.
He was born August 5, 1943, in Pekin, IL, a son of Roy and Ann (Powers) Kirk.
He joined Carpenters’ Local 183 in 1963 and retired from Peoria Metro Construction in 2001.
Pete was an avid golfer and member of Hunters Ridge Golf and Country Club.
Survivors are his loving children, Geoffrey Kirk of Pekin, and Katie (Michael) Mueller of East Peoria; his cherished grandson, Milo Mueller; brother, Gary Kirk; and sister-in-law, Rosemary Kirk.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Delbert and Roy.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, December 31st at 1:00 pm at Hunters Ridge Golf and Country Club, 12500 Hunters Ridge Dr., Bonita Springs, FL 34135.
There will also be a memorial service on Thursday, January 5th at 7:00 pm at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville, where visitation will be from 5-7 pm. The Rev. Dave Utt will officiate.
Memorials may be made to Joanne’s House at Hope Hospice.


Frances Fassiotto

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Frances FassiottoCanton – Frances (Franciskovich) Fassiotto, 95, of Canton, IL passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 6:55 pm at Red Oak Estates, Canton.
She was born April 1, 1916, in White City, IL near Fairview, the daughter of Vencel Sr. and Mary (Stanfel) Franciskovich. She married Americo “Micky” Fassiotto October 10, 1926 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Canton. He died May 28, 1996.
Surviving are her caregivers who attended her, grand niece, Ellen Jo Spangler and two nieces, Evelyn Chaney and Mary Riegel; four nephews, Vancil, John, Paul and Jim Franciskovich; several grandnieces and grandnephews; great grandnieces and great grandnephews; and great great grandnieces and great great grandnephews.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; four brothers, Vencil L. Augustin, Peter, and Jon Franciskovich; two sisters, Jennie M. Mitchell and Mary Franciskovich; one nephew, August Clark; and grand niece, Edith Kay Lyons.
Frances was a graduate of Canton High School and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Canton; VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, and an association member of the Fulton County Farm Bureau.
She worked at numerous Café’s and Diner’s in the 1930’s and 40’s. She had also worked for J.J. Newberrys Material and Fabric Department and Dunn’s Greenhouse on East Locust in Canton.
Services will be Tuesday, January 3rd at 10:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church, Canton with Father Daniel Ebker officiating. Visitation will be from 9 to 10 am on Tuesday, at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with the recitation of the Rosary at 8:45 am. Burial will follow the service at Greenwood Cemetery, Canton.

Marlene A. Miesse

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Marlene A. MiessePeoria – Marlene A. Miesse, 78, of Peoria, IL passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 8:20 am at her residence.
She was born June 25, 1933, in Peoria, the daughter of Edwin J. and Catherine (Hinds) Sullivan. She married Lowell Miesse on December 26, 1977 in Peoria. He survives.
Also surviving are six children, David (Corie) Miesse and Kevin Miesse both of Colorado Springs, CO, John G. (Judy) Jones of Peoria, Todd (Diana) Evans of St. Joseph, MI, Marla (Michael) Nash of Waterloo, IA, and Becky (James) Curtis of Big Rapids, MI; ten grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and two brothers, James (Jean) Sullivan of Washington and Larry (Ellen) Sullivan of Bartonville.
Preceding her in death were her parents, one son, Michael Miesse, and one sister, Maxine Masters.
Marlene was a head checker at Ben Schwartz IGA for 30 years, retiring in 1993.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
There will be no services.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville is in charge of arrangements.