Elizabeth Louise Neff, 88, of 1605 N. Main St. Canton, IL passed away Monday, March 22, 2010 at 1:30 am at Graham Hospital, Canton. She was born June 20, 1921 in Canton, IL the daughter of Frank H. and Pearl D. (Hughes) Ball. She married Ronald Eugene Neff December 26, 1941 in Hannibal, MO. He survives along with two daughters; Susan (Joe) Massillo of Peoria, AZ and Jean (Rick) Kimball of Hobart, IN; four grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. Preceded her in death were her parents; one brother; and two sisters. She was a teacher for the Cuba School District retiring in 1983 with 20 years service. She was of the Methodist faith and was a member of the Royal Neighbors. Services will be Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 11:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with an hour prior visitation. Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate. Burial will follow in White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Theresia Chrysentia Andes, 76, of 22293 E Cty Hwy 8, Lewistown, IL, passed away Saturday March 20, 2010 at 7:33am at her residence. She was born December 15, 1933 in Florence, AL to Andrew and Theresia (Grossheim) Engel. She is survived by seven children; Joan (John) Harper of Lewistown, Mary Hampton of Lewistown, David Rikard of Lewistown, Donna (James) Jackson of Canton, Lorraine Marchland of Washington, Roberta Kolowski of Bartonville and Kenneth Andes of Canton, one sister, Loraine Elizabeth (James) Gass of Chillicothe, 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers; Andrew Joseph Engel, Eugene Aloyious Engel, Lawrence Edward Engel, Winfred Thomas Engel, Clarence Adam Engel and Leon Walter Engel and one sister, Patricia Rose Engel. She was a homemaker. She was of the Catholic faith. She loved spending time with her family, playing cards and watching birds. There will be a private family service. Cremation rites will be accorded.
William F. “Bill” Vowiell, 85, formerly of Brimfield, IL passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 9:45 am at Farmington Country Manor, Farmington. He was born November 16, 1924 in Treece, Kansas the son of Harry LeRoy and L. May (Campbell) Vowiell. He married Mary L. Greulich January 16, 1946 in Joplin, MO. She died December 5, 2007. Surviving are two daughters, Paula J. Fredericks of El Cajon, CA and Diana V. Trunick of San Diego, CA; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his parents; one son, William A. Vowiell; one granddaughter, Kelly Hager; three brothers; and two sisters. Bill worked for FS in Brimfield until his retirement. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brimfield and was a WWII Navy veteran serving in the Normandy Invasion. Services will be Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with an hour prior visitation. John Trunick will officiate. Burial will follow in Brimfield Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association
Winnivere Helen “Winnie” (Schoonover) Bennett, 90, formerly of Farmington, IL passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 1:30 am at Heartland Health Care, Canton, IL. She was born December 10, 1919 in Hickards, MO the daughter of Eddy and Annie (Faler) Schoonover. She married George Kenneth “Bootjack” Bennett on September 7, 1940 in Kahoka, MO. He died August 16, 2006. Surviving are two sons; George Kenneth (Bobbie) Bennett of Naples, Florida and John Edward (Lori) Bennett of Edwards; five grandchildren; Tim (DeAnn) Bennett of Bloomington, Tom Bennett of Peoria, Jeff Saltzman of Naples, FL, Scott Saltzman of Chicago, and Paul (Katie) Bennett of East Peoria; her granddog; Emmy of Edwards; and four great grandchildren; Alex, Austin, and Meghan Bennett and Brody Saltzman. She was also preceded in death by three sisters; Rachel Meyers, Wanda Cathcart, and Lila Wahfeldt; five brothers; Art, Albert, Howard, Paul, and Orville Schoonover; and one grandchild, Catherine Elizabeth Bennett. Winnie worked as a homemaker and was a devoted wife to her beloved husband. She enjoyed gardening, square dancing, and was an avid letter writer. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her favorite moments were watching her grandsons’ hockey, basketball, football, and baseball games. She will be remembered for her kindness and love to her family, friends, and neighbors. Winnie is eternally at her beloved husband’s side. She was a faithful member of the Farmington United Methodist Church; a lifetime member of the Eastern Stars and the Farmington Sportsman’s Club. We wish to thank Heartland Healthcare Center of Canton for the loving care they have given Winnie the past four years. Services will be at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 2:00 PM with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Jarrett Wells will officiate. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington. Memorials may be made to her church or the Farmington Rescue Squad
Violet June Petritis, 84, of Liverpool, IL passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 4:10 pm at the Countryview Care Center, Macomb, IL. She was born June 9, 1925 in Canton, IL the daughter of Orville R. and Goldie (Skillman) Rilea. She married John J. Petritis August 16, 1947 in Lewistown. He died June 9, 1988. Also preceding her in death were her parents; her sister-in-law and best friend, Helen Rilea; two brothers; Orville Allen and Melvin Glen Rilea; and two sisters. Surviving are several nieces and nephews and several great nieces and great nephews. Violet had worked at International Harvester in Canton for 18 years. She then did private duty work as a home health care provider until 1998 and also worked at the Supper Club in Liverpool. She was of the Baptist faith and was a member of the Canton Moose Lodge. She was also an avid Bunco player. Violet was a wonderful aunt and will be greatly missed. Visitation will be Monday, March 22, 2010 from 6 to 8 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Service will be Tuesday, March 23rd at 10:00 am at the funeral home with Rev. Keith Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Liverpool Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Graham Hospital Hospice.
Louis Michael “Sonny” Zedric, 86, of Canton, IL passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 1:26 pm at Heartland Health Care, Canton. He was born July 22, 1923 in St. David, IL the son of Louis and Pauline (Cernich) Zedric. He married Joyce A. Clark December 30, 1950 in Canton. She died December 13, 2009. He is survived by a son; Louis Clark (Gretchen) Zedric of Decatur; and two grandchildren; Andrew and Robert Michael. He was also preceded in death by his parents, one brother; and four sisters. Sonny had first worked for Little Sister Coal Mine and upon its closing worked for Consolidated Coal Co. in Norris. He retired at Consolidated Coal in Pinckneyville, IL as Preparation Plant Operator. He attended the Wesley United Methodist Church, Canton and was a member of the Canton American Legion Post #16; UMWA; and Fulton County Conservation Club. He was a US Marine Corps veteran serving during WWII. Services will be Monday, March 22, 2010 at 11:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with an hour prior visitation. Rev. Roger Russell will officiate. Burial, with military honors, will follow in White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
M. Elaine Griggs Youngblood, 94, a resident of Farmington, Fulton County, IL, died Monday, March 15, 2010, at 5:20 pm at the Farmington Country Manor. She was born December 15, 1915 in Farmington, IL, the daughter of James Fenton Patterson and Alfretta Howerter and she was the step-daughter of Theresa Elizabeth Emans. She married John Elisha Griggs, on September 10, 1936 in Farmington. He preceded her in death on October 19, 1965. She then married Roy O. Youngblood on June 5, 1978 in Farmington. He preceded her in death on May 15, 1984. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her son, Joe E. Griggs, and her brother, Harold Irving Patterson. Surviving are two children, Joan Etta (Allan) Gingerich of St. Charles, MO and John E. (Mary Jo Sutton) Griggs of Okemos, MI; four grandchildren, Dee Ann Smyth of St. Charles, MO, Michael Allan Gingerich of Bourbonnais, Karen Lynn Griggs of Carrollton, TX, and Kimberly Jo Griggs of Lansing MI; and six great grandchildren, Jared Michael, Jacob Wesley, and Kaitlyn Nichole Gingerich and Liam Patrick Dillon Kelly Elaine, and Moira Elizabeth Smyth; and her sister Carol Mae Parry of Rockford. Elaine was a 1933 graduate of Farmington High School. She received her teaching certificate in 1937 from Western Illinois Teachers Collage in Macomb and graduated in 1970 from Bradley University in Peoria. She taught school in Trivoli, Hanna City, and Farmington. She volunteered at the Farmington grade school and the Wildlife Prairie State Park for over eight years. Elaine was a member of the United Methodist Church of Farmington, Rebekah Lodge, the Order of the Eastern Star, Delta Kappa Gamma, and the American Association of University Women. Visitation will be held at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington on Saturday, March 20, 2010 from 1:00 to 1:45 pm pm followed by a 2:00 pm graveside service at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington. Rev. David Swain will be officiating
Homer R. “Bill” Herink, 81, of 40 Winegar Dr. Canton, IL. passed away at 7:39 am, Tuesday, March 9th at his residence. Bill was born on August 20, 1928 in Canton to Frank and Ana Spenny Herink. He married Margaret Shell on December 24, 1948 in Chatsworth, IL. She survives along with 3 children; Constance (Hal) Maples of St. Charles, MO, Ronald (Judy) Herink of Borden, IN, and Frederick (Karol) Herink of Canton, 6 grandchildren; Leia Knapp, Adam Herink, A.J. Herink, Tim Herink, Amy Herink, and Joe Herink, and 1 great-grandchild Keira Knapp. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and 5 brothers; Robert, Roy, Frank, Art, and James.
Bill was the former Superintendent at Henry and Oblong School Districts. He was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church and a current member of the First Presbyterian Church in Canton, Cuba Masonic Lodge, Past Master Mason, Grand Lecturer, District Deputy Grand Master for 3 years and Area Deputy Grand Master for 1 year. Bill also liked to hunt, fish, and enjoyed woodworking. Services will be Friday March 12 at 10:00 am at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Visitation will be Thursday from 6-7:45 pm at the funeral home, with Masonic Rites following. Pastor Mary Babcock will be officiating. Burial will be in White Chapel Memory Garden, Canton.
Shawn Clark, 36, of 414 N. 1st St. Canton, IL passed away Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 2:46 am at his residence. He was born in Canton, IL August 6, 1973, the son of Lonnie Leon and Nancy (Gray) Clark. Surviving are his father of Beardstown; his mother, Nancy Gray of Canton; his step-father, Lee White of Canton; two children, Teisha Clark and Gavin Clark both of Havana; one brother, Chad Clark of Canton; two half brothers, Josh Clark and Lane Clark both of Beardstown; and one step-brother, Jason (Emily) Brown of Beardstown. Shawn had previously worked at XL in Beardstown. He attended the Salvation Army in Canton. Visitation will be Friday, March 12, 2010 from 6 to 8pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. There will be no services. Cremation rites will follow with burial of ashes
at a later date at Salem-Wilcoxen Cemetery, rural Bryant. Memorials may be made to the Dialysis Unit at Graham Hospital.
Allen “Al” Klarich, 88, long-time resident of Trivoli, passed away Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 1:15 pm, peacefully at his home. He was born in St. David, IL on November 28, 1921, the son of Frank A. and Eva (Zaborac) Kauzlarich. He married Beatrice Rafalko she preceded him in death April 10, 1973. Surviving are two daughters, Pat (Tim) Daugherty of Canton, Teresa (Bob) Casas of Peoria and Atlanta, GA, his caretaker and sister-in-law, Viola Kauzlarich, five grandchildren: Matt Daugherty (Leslie) of Lebanon, Meghan Daugherty of Collinsville, Natalie Casas of Minneapolis, Evan Casas of Peoria, Mason Daugherty of Collinsville; and two great-granddaughters, Roxana and Nora. Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Brother Frankie L. Kauzlarich, and two daughters, Michelle and Cathy. He served six years in the Marine Corps. He served in the South Pacific in the Second Marine Division, and he also served in the Korean War in the First Division. After returning from the service, he worked as an electrician at Keystone Steel and Wire Company for forty years, retiring in 1986. He farmed in the Trivoli area and raised Polled Hereford cattle. Al was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers. He enjoyed listening and dancing to country music, and playing his guitar. He was a founding leader for the SMASH 4-H club and volunteered many years for the Heart of Illinois Fair as beef superintendent. He was a member of the St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Farmington. He belonged to the VFW Post 1984 in Canton and the Farmington Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #1571. Services will be Friday March 5, 2010 at 11:00 am at the Anderson Funeral Home with a one hour visitation prior to the service. Burial will follow at the Trivoli cemetery with Military rites preformed by the Farmington American Legion. Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati-Ohio 45250-0301, Methodist Hospice or his church.