Hanna City Headline:
Mary Ann “Punk” Guidotti, 77, of 700 N. Runkle St. Hanna City, IL passed away Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 5:50 am at her residence. She was born in Dunlap, IL on December 29, 1932 the daughter of George Lawrence and Faye (Hartley) West. She married Vernon Guidotti on September 12, 1954 at Prospect Presbyterian Church, Dunlap. He preceded her in death. Surviving are one daughter, Cindy (Todd) Curtis of Morton; one son, Michael Guidotti of Chicago; two grandchildren, Kelly and Kari; two step grandchildren, Jason and Joe; and one sister, Virginia Crouch of East Peoria. Also preceding her in death were her parents. She attended ISU and then worked at Caterpillar in Peoria. She was also a homemaker. She was a member of the Hanna City United Methodist Church and the Farmington Moose. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and playing cards with them. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 11:00 am at the Hanna City United Methodist Church with Rev. Joy Schlesselman officiating. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the Hanna City United Methodist Church or the Juvenile Diabetes Association. Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements.
Hanna City Headline:
Melinda K. “Pinky” Thompson, 68, of 13710 W. Sommerfield Rd. Hanna City, IL passed away Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 7:40 am at her residence. She was born December 28, 1941 in Peoria, IL the daughter of Gilbert and Margaret (Spence) Morgan. She married G. Steve Thompson on March 1, 1963 in Farmington, IL. He survives. Also surviving are one brother, Michael Morgan of Peoria; and four sisters, Joan (Gene) Carter of Peoria, Carolyn (Don) Dean of Elmwood, Maridell Cline of Farmington, and Pat (Gary) Weber of Havana. Preceding her in death were her parents and four brothers. She worked at the Bellwood Nursing Home for over 30 years. Services will be Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 11:00 am at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with Rev. Phillip Merritt officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 5, 2010 from 5 to 7 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Oak Hill, IL. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.
Rita H. McKeever, 89, of Springfield, IL, formerly of Farmington and Canton, passed away Saturday May 1, 2010 at 12:10pm at the Lewis Memorial Christian Village, Springfield. She was born March 20, 1921 in Lancaster, Ontario, Canada to Edward and Helen (Jodoin) Dufresne. She first married Edward Ivan O’Brian. She later married Paul W. McKeever June 23, 1979 in Farmington. They both preceded her in death. She is survived by one son, Bob O’Brian of Lincoln, two sisters, Edna Smith of Florida and Shirley Bottino of Syracuse, NY, four grandchildren; Patrick (Maria), Colin, Tarynn and Delaynee O’Brian, four great grandchildren; Stephanie, Ramon, Patrick Jr. and Edward O’Brian. She was also preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, and four sisters. She worked in the Farmington High School as a cook for ten years and also at the American Legion as a bartender and cook. She loved to crochet and collect dolls and bells. She was of the Catholic faith. There will be a memorial visitation Saturday May 8 at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton from 4-6:00pm. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial of ashes will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Carolyn J. Sutton, 72, of 18972 E. Co. 24 Hwy. Farmington, IL. passed away at 10:05 pm, Friday, April 23 at the Farmington Country Manor. She was born on August 2, 1937 in East Peoria to David and Esther Collins Whited. Carolyn married Harold Sutton in Farmington on January 29, 1962. He survives along with 2 children; Janet Bitner of Farmington and Coburn Sutton of Orlando, FL., and 2 grandsons; Zach Bitner and Nick Bitner. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 sister.
Carolyn worked as a Medical Technician at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria before she had children. She was a member of Providence Chapel Church in rural Farmington, Pythian Sisters, Jr. Women’s Club, H.E.A. of Fulton County, and loved to quilt, do ceramic’s, genealogy, and was a participant in the Race for the Cure. Carolyn was a great supporter of her family and never missed one of her kids or grandkids events.
Services will be 11:00 am, Wednesday, April 28 at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington, where visitation will be Tuesday from 5-7 pm. Rev. Sarah Parker will officiate. Burial will be in Providence Chapel Cemetery in rural Farmington. Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Rickie Lynn “Rick” Rilea, 55, of Liverpool, IL passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 10:45 pm at Graham Hospital, Canton, IL. He was born in Liverpool, IL on April 25, 1954 the son of Arnold and Sylvia A. (Riley) Rilea. He is survived by a son, Shawn of Fairfield; one grandchild of Fairfield; two brothers, Larry (Sharon) Rilea of Liverpool and Fred Rilea of Canton; and two sisters, Beverly (Russell) David of Liverpool and Lowane (Gordon) Coppenbarger of Canton. Rick served in the US Army and attended the former Methodist Church in Liverpool. He loved to hunt, fish, and play cards. He was an avid sports and Elvis Presley fan. Visitation will be Saturday, April 24, 2010 from 6 to 8 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton where the service will be on Sunday, April 25th at 11:00 am. Rev. Sheldon Westerfield will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow at Liverpool Cemetery. Memorials may be made to His River of Life Church.
Raymond M. “Sam” Weller, 91, of 301 S. Main St. Farminton, IL. Passed away 1:40 pm Friday, April 16, at the Graham Hospital in Canton. He was born February 8, 1919 in Rushville to J.F. and Maude Quinn Weller. He married Ann Tusek on February 19, 1955 in Farmington. She survives along with 2 brothers; Franklin Weller of Moline and Don Weller of Wee-Ma-Tuk, and a sister; Genie Jones of Oklahoma.
Sam went to school in Rushville and Farmington. He was a WW2 Air Force Veteran and was a machinist at Caterpillar retiring in 1982. He also liked to farm and watch NASCAR.
Services will 2:00 pm Tuesday, April 20, at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington where visitation will be 1 hour prior to services. Father Bruce King will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the St. Matthew’s Catholic Church.
Irma Lee Watson Foster Utsinger, 71, of 273 N. West St. Farmington, IL passed away Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 12:39 pm her residence. She was born May 9, 1938 in St. Genevieve, MO the daughter of Leslie and Joyce (Brawley) Watson. She married Gerald Utsinger June 3, 2000 in Pekin and he died March 16, 2008. Surviving are six children; Paula Lewis, Christine (Jeff) Carlyle, and Leslie (Beth) White all of Farmington, Lyle White of Pekin, and Teresa Foster and Michelle (Eric) Simon both of Farmington; sixteen grandchildren; twenty five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and three brothers, Terry Watson of Farmington and Wayne (Pat) Watson and Larry (Sue) Watson both of Pekin. She was also preceded in death by one son, Johnny Curtis, one brother, and one sister. She was a nurse’s aid and activity director at Hallmark in Pekin and Farmington Country Manor. She attended the Faith Tabernacle and New Hope Fellowship in Farmington. Irma received her associates’ degree in computer science at the age of 64. Visitation will be Saturday, April 17, 2010 from 9:45 to 10:45 am at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with a Graveside service following at 11:00 am at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington. Rev. Connie Rigler will officiate. Memorials may be made to the family.
Lois J. McAlister, 91, of 392 Charter Oak Place Dahinda, IL passed away Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 4:15 pm at her daughter’s residence in Clinton, IL. She was born in Farmington, IL on October 17, 1918 the daughter of Anthony and Christina (Morton) McElwee. She married Ralph D. McAlister on June 15, 1940 at St. Charles, MO. He died August 9, 2006. Surviving are one son, Fred (Carol) McAlister of Galesburg; one daughter, Karen L. (Robert) Hill of Clinton; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; and four sisters. Lois was a homemaker and a member of the Maxey Chapel Church, rural Knoxville, and the Eastern Star Lodge, Farmington. Services will be Friday, April 16, 2010 at 11:00 am at the Hanna City United Methodist Church, Hanna City. Rev’s Joy Schlesselman and Scott Marsh will be officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, rural Eden. Visitation will be Thursday, April 15th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington. Memorials may be made to the Maxey Chapel Church, the Hanna City United Methodist Church, or the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Shirley A. Picco, 69, of 121 W Oak St. Norris, IL passed away Friday April 9, 2010 at 9:10pm at Graham Hospital, Canton where she was surrounded by her family. She was born August 15, 1940 in Canton to Leslie and Elizabeth (Shores) Reed. She married Jerry Picco April 8, 1961. He survives, along with one son, Steven (Jessica) Picco of Norris, two daughters, Gina Picco of Brereton and Angie Picco of Norris, two brothers, Rev. Billy Reed of Texas and Robert Reed of N Pekin, one sister, Luella Learned of Trivoli and four grandchildren; Tyler Smith, Erika, Demitri, and Emma Picco. She graduated in Canton in the class of 1958. She then graduated from the Graham Hospital School of Nursing in 1961 and continued working there in various departments for 36 years, retiring in 1997. She and her husband also owned and operated Picco’s Pit Bar-B-Q and Steak House in Norris for 27 years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Norris. She was also a member of the Graham Hospital Nurses Alumni Association. She loved to write songs and short stories, flower gardening, and reading various nursing journals and spending time with her grandchildren. She was also a good artist. There will be a funeral service Wednesday April 14 at 10:00am at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 5-7:00pm. Rev. Rick Atchley will be officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society
Rock Island Headline:
Leota N. Clark, 85, of Rock Island, IL, formerly of Canton, passed away Friday April 9, 2010 at 7:30pm at the Rock Island Nursing and Rehab. She was born January 28, 1925 in Canton to W.M. Royal and Stella (Ellsworth) Clark. They preceded her in death. She has been with the Illinois Individual Advocacy Group in East Moline since 1999. She enjoyed listening to music, reading books and getting her hair and nails done. She was a member of the South Park United Methodist Church, Canton and of the UME Women’s Society. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a graveside service Friday April 16 at 2:30pm at Greenwood Cemetery, Canton. Pastor Rick Atchley will be officiating.