Norma June Williams

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Bartonville – Norma June Williams, 84, of 5912 S. Madison Bartonville, IL passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 9:40 pm at Havana Health Care, Havana, IL.
She was born May 25, 1927, in Bartonville, the daughter of James and Edith M. (Traeger) Haubensak. She married George Ray Williams in 1946 in Bartonville.
He preceded her in death. Also preceding in death were her parents and two brothers, James F. and Neal R. Haubensak.
Surviving are two sons, J.I. (Debra) Williams of Havana and Steve R. (Sandy) Williams of Smithfield; three grandchildren; and twelve great grandchildren.
Norma enjoyed playing games with friends and gardening. She had volunteered at Wildlife Prairie State Park.
Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services.
Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville is in charge of arrangements.

James A. Paul

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James A. PaulCanton – James A. Paul, 90, of Canton, IL passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 12:15 am at Heartland Health Care Center, Canton.
He was born July 22, 1921, in Canton, the son of James W. and Zella P. (Paull) Paul. He married D. Bernice Liffick August 9, 1947 in Canton. She passed away July 1, 2000.
Also preceding him in death were his parents, four brothers, and one sister.
He is survived by his caregiver, Shirley (John) McDowell of Canton and several nieces and nephews.
James was a truck driver for Sturm Transfer, retiring in 1981.
He was a member of the First Christian Church of Canton, AF & AM Morning Star Lodge # 734, Peoria Consistory, and Teamsters Union #627.
He was a WWII Army veteran.
Visitation will be Friday, January 27th from 9:45 to 10:45 am with Masonic Rites at 10:45 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. A Graveside Service, with Military Honors, will follow at 11:15 am at White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton. Rev. Glen Nestlerode will officiate.

Merwin E. Pickens

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Merwin E. PickensPeoria – Merwin E. Pickens, 85, of 1610 S. Stanley Peoria, IL passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 6:10 am at Heartland Health Care Center, Peoria.
He was born October 3, 1926, in Louisville, IL the son of Raymond and Cora (Anderson) Pickens. He married Betty Sloniker December 21, 1947 in Louisville and she passed away September 25, 1995.
Also preceding him in death were his parents; one daughter, Jeanne R. Pickens; one brother, Keith Pickens; and one sister, Merle Foreman.
Surviving are eight children, Tommy Pickens of Peoria, Diana (Curtis) Burdette of Edwards, Danny (Jan) Pickens of Morton, Lisa Mackey of Peoria, Teresa (Steven) Randle of Peoria, Curt (Denise) Pickens of Cedar Rapids, IA, Shannon Pickens-Mitchell of Peoria, and Coral “Danette” (Charles) Hawkins of Peoria; 20 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; two brothers, James Pickens of Sailor Springs and Leon Pickens of Wathena, KS; and one sister, Shirley Atchison of Louisville.
He was an electrician at Bemis Bag Company & Ivex for approximately 45 years. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, boating, skiing, golfing, and yearly trips to Canada. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and friend. Merwin committed his life fully to the Lord at the age of 83.
He was a WWII Army veteran.
Services will be Saturday, January 28th at 11:00 am at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville with an hour prior visitation. Rev. Jim Powell will officiate. Burial, with Military Honors, will follow at Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria.

Marion C. Johnson

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Marion C JohnsonCanton – Marion C. Johnson, 96, of 616 East Spruce St. died at 6:30 am on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at Graham Hospital, Canton.
He was born December 29, 1915, in Canton, the son of Frank and Lera (Murphy) Johnson. He married Virginia Whitmore August 17, 1938 in Hannibal, MO and they were married for 61 ½ years until her death in 2000.
He is survived by three children, Steve (Sandra) Johnson of Huffman, TX, Linda (Rob) Pollard of Canton, and Jeff (Jayne) Johnson of Canton; four grandchildren, Stephanie Johnson of Humble, TX, Cassandra Pollard of Springfield, Jared Johnson of Canton, and Matt (Cassie) Johnson of Dunlap; one great grandchild, Parker Johnson of Dunlap; and one sister-in-law, Phyllis Ferro of St. David.
Also preceding him in death were his parents, one brother, and one sister.
Marion worked for Jewel Tea Company, retiring after 40 years. In his retirement years he passionately pursued his hobby of genealogical research and became a knowledgeable local historian.
Visitation will be Saturday, January 28th from 1 to 2 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Private burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Parlin-Ingersoll Library or Donor’s Choice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Freda M. White

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Freda M. WhitePeoria – Freda M. White, 88, of Peoria, IL passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm at Bel-Wood Nursing Home, Peoria.
She was born December 20, 1923, in Peoria, the daughter of Henry Emil and Pearl Marie (Cook) Schoch. She first married Henry Martinez in 1943 in Peoria and he died in 1953. She then married Glen R. White in 1955 in Peoria and he died in 1979. She was then married to Manuel Gutierrez from 1980 to 1988.
Surviving are one son, Richard (Becky) White of Peoria; one daughter, Patricia (Donald Bloomfield) Martinez of Greeley, CO; one son-in-law, Ted Gudat of Brimfield; five grandchildren, Tammy, David, Greg, Leslie, and Lester; ten great grandchildren; and one sister, Mary Elizabeth.
Also preceding her in death were one daughter, Jo Anne Gudat; three brothers; and two sisters.
Freda worked at FP Mail System for twenty-one years.
She was of the Catholic faith.
Freda will be remembered for her feverish passion for playing bingo and the music of Dean Martin. She was a loving mother and grandmother, but her greatest love was her great grandchildren.
Services will be Saturday, January 21st at 2:00 pm at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville with visitation one hour prior. Rev. David Utt will officiate. Burial will follow in Swan Lake Cemetery, Peoria.
Memorials may be made to Passages Hospice or Bel-Wood Nursing Home.

 

Irene D Stone

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Irene D StonePeoria – Irene Della West Stone, 91, of Peoria, IL passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 8:15 pm at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria.
She was born September 30, 1920, in Springdale, TN, the daughter of Andrew “Andy” and Nancy (Johnson) West. She married William Stone on September 26, 1940 in Middlesboro, KY. He preceded her in death in 2003.
Surviving are one son, Mark Stone of Peoria; one daughter, Rebecca (Bob) Brashers of Washington; ten grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; and two sisters, Athene Law and Ella Mae McGinnis both of Knoxville, TN.
Also preceding her in death were her parents, one son, Billy Stone; four brothers; and six sisters.
Irene owned and operated Irene’s Beauty Shop in Peoria from 1960 to 1980.
She was a member of Laramie St Baptist Church.
She was a loving mother and grandmother and enjoyed sewing and quilting. She also loved her cat, Missy.
Services will be Tuesday, January 24th at 11:00 am at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville with an hour prior visitation. Rev. Craig Hislope will officiate. Burial will follow in Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria.
Memorials may be made to Neighborhood House-Meals on Wheels Program, or South Side Mission.

Neva E. Moore

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Havana – Neva E. Moore, 92, of Havana, IL, previously lived on Stone School Rd Trivoli, IL, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 2:13 PM at Havana Health Care Center.
She was born August 23, 1919, in St. David, IL the daughter of Albert and Violet (Windsor) Zaborac. She married Robert Moore on June 11, 1955 in Cuba, IL and he preceded her in death on January 1976.
Surviving are one daughter, Linda (Phil) Lee of Sun Lakes, AZ; one step-daughter, Susan (Bill) Entwistle of Easton; one step-son, William (Pam) Moore of Las Vegas, NV; six grandchildren; several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; one brother, Eldon “Sonny” (Charlotte) Zaborac of Canton; and one sister, Ila Marie Zaborac of St. David.
Also preceding her in death were one step-daughter, Sherron Ault and two sisters, Mary Marks and Alberta Mae Gamble.
Neva was a past member of the Cuba American Legion Auxiliary Post #533.
Services will be Monday, January 23rd at 10:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow in White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton.
Memorials may be made to the Havana Health Care Resident Activity Fund, Logan/Mason Rehabilitation Center Activity Fund, or Donor’s Choice.

Lillian M Koehl

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Lillian M KoehlEureka – Lillian M Koehl, 100, of the Apostolic Christian Home, Eureka, Illinois, passed away at 7:30 pm on Sunday, January 15.
She was born on October 29, 1911, in Hancock, Minnesota, the daughter of Henry and Lydia (Witzig) Nohl. She married Adolph W. Koehl on April 3, 1938, in Peoria, Illinois.
Lillian is survived by two daughters, Sondra Kay (Bill) McGrew-Bean of Oklahoma and Virginia Lee (Ed) Gunnar of Peoria; and 6 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband (1979), an infant son, Richard Curtis, and 7 siblings.
A life-long resident of the Peoria area, she spent 20+ years wintering in Zapata, TX. She truly cherished her time in fellowship there with all the new and old friends that would come every year.
Lillian worked for two decades as a cook at Pleasant Hill Grade School, Dist. 79, in East Peoria. Her entire life was spent in the service and love of others. She never knew a stranger; no matter her age, she always wanted to make new friends. Her deep commitment to her faith was apparent to everyone whose heart she touched. Even in her 100th year, the halls of the Eureka home were filed with the sounds of hymns on her harmonica.
She was a member of the Peoria Apostolic Christian Church, 3420 Sheridan Rd., where services will be held at 10 am on Saturday, January 21, 2012. The Church ministers will officiate. Visitation will be held at the church at 8:30 am, an hour and a half before the service. Burial will be at Parkview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Apostolic Christian Home in Eureka.
Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville is in charge of arrangements.

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.