Helen Andeway

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Helen AndewayLewistown Headline:
Helen Andeway, 84, of Lewistown, IL passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 6:35 pm at the Renaissance Care Center, Canton, IL. She was born April 1, 1926, in Canton, the daughter of Paravon and Bayzar (Der Krekorian) Norsigian. They precede her in death along with an infant daughter and four brothers. She is survived by a sister, Loni (Fred) Benson of Canton and two nephews, Eric Benson of Atlanta, GA and Chris (Carol) Benson of Palatine, IL. She was a clerk for the Illinois Department of Human Services in Lewistown and was of the Methodist faith. Helen loved fishing, hunting, and dogs. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a Memorial Service on Monday, March 7th at 2:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate. Burial of ashes will be at a later date in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton. Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Humane Society.

Marilyn M. McCracken

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Marilyn M. McCrackenFairview Headline:
Marilyn M. McCracken, 76, of 790 W. Main St. Fairview, IL passed away Monday, February 28, 2011 at 5:16 am at her residence. She was born February 17, 1935, in Kilbourne, IL, the daughter of Marshall and Lola (Clark) Clark. She married Billie R. McCracken on June 6, 1954 in Kilbourne. He preceded her in death on June 4, 2010. She is survived by three daughters, Brenda Kling, Debbie (Fred) Franzoni, and Jill (Dave) Freeman all of Fairview; ten grandchildren, Bryan and Nikki Franzoni, Jordan, Whitney, Dylan, and Carrie Freeman, Travis and Taylor Kling, Jimmy Greathouse, and Heather Miller; nine great grandchildren, Lindsay, Brayden, Seth, and Isaiah Franzoni, Faith and Emma Greathouse, Rayne Kling, Caden Freeman, and Sebastian Miller; and the family pet Boomer. She was also preceded in death by her parents and son-in-law, Ricky Kling. She was a member of the Union Church of Rapatee. Services will be Friday, March 4, 2011 at 10:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton where visitation will be on Thursday, March 3rd from 5 to 7 pm. Rev. David Swain will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Fairview Rescue Squad

 

Mary B. Nickerson

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Mary B. Nickerson, 94, formerly of Canton, fell asleep in the loving arms of our Lord, February 28, 2011 at 9:15 pm at the Lodge at the Harbours Assisted Living, Noblesville, Indiana. She was born July 9, 1916 to John and Esther (Bell) Trudgen and was married to Norman A. Nickerson who preceded her in death. Surviving are two daughters, Karen J. (Gene) Weimer, Sylvania, Ohio and Kathryn A. (Rod) Dorich, Noblesville, Indiana; one stepdaughter, Lynn (Ron) Berg, Rice Lake, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Mark R. Weimer (Lisa), Sylvania, Ohio; Aaron D. Weimer (Kristi), Toledo, Ohio, Ann E. Daniel, (Jim), Lafayette, Indiana, and Kristin M. Dorich, New York, N.Y.; three great-grandsons, Jacob Richard and Samuel Joseph Weimer, Sylvania, Ohio, Jameson Paul Daniel, Lafayette, IN and two great-granddaughters, Emma Madelyn Daniel, Lafayette, IN and Lauren Brynn Weimer, Toledo, Ohio; one sister, Betty J. Ross, St. Joseph, MI, three nieces and one nephew. She was a lifetime member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Canton and a former member of the church choir and the Sarah Circle. She previously served as Secretary of the Church Council for 9 years. She was a former member of Sigma Phi Gamma Sorority, Beta Psi Chapter and a former member of Graham Hospital Service League for 23 years volunteering as a surgery hostess and also in the registration department serving as a patient escort. Visitation will be Friday, March 4 from 1-2 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton followed by graveside service at Greenwood Cemetery. Rev. Maureen Stein will officiate. Memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.

Dale H. Farr

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Dale H. FarrCanton Headline
Dale H. Farr of 25 Winegar Drive of Canton passed away on February 27, 2011 after a brief illness. Dale was born July 1, 1918 at Bardolph, IL the second child of John C. and Nellie A. (Ruthe) Farr. He grew up in Bryant, IL graduating in 1938 from Lewistown High School. He was a member of the Bryant Methodist Church. He joined the CCC camps from April 1939 to March 31 of 1941. He served at Starved Rock camp. He was a World War II Veteran. He joined the Air Force on December 21, 1941 serving until November 27, 1945. On December 10, 1945 he was hired at IHC in Canton, retiring June 30, 1982 with 37 years of service. On February 14, 1988, he married Dorothy Adams. She died January 3, 2004. His brother Verla Farr of Canton and sister Annabelle (Farr) Hensley of Hagerstown, MD preceded him in death as well as his parents. He is survived by one brother Dalmer Eugene Farr of Canton and 4 sisters; Mable Ellis of Lewistown, Eleanor Vanderwall and Vernadean Cook of Canton, and Burnadean Ranberger of Muscatine, IA and 17 nieces and nephews. Dale enjoyed his years of retirement with his wife Dorothy and for many years traveled with friends from IHC to hunt pheasants in South Dakota. Services will be at 2:00 pm Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow in White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton.

Rollin Mahnesmith

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Rollin MahnesmithRollin R. Mahnesmith, 87, of Canton, IL, died at 6:30 am, Saturday, February 26, 2011 at Knox County Nursing Home in Knoxville, IL.
He was born November 5, 1923 in Altona, IL to John V. and Ethel M. (Miller) Mahnesmith. He married Ada O. Barlow March 12, 1941 Kahoka, MO. She predeceased September 30, 2009 in Canton.
Rollin was also predeceased by his parents, 5 brothers and 1 sister.
Surviving are; 3 brothers, John of Wataga, IL, Ken (Dixie) of Galesburg and Norman of Knoxville; 2 sisters, Myrna (Jim) Moats of Yates City, IL and Jeanette (Sonny) Lucas of Wataga and many nieces and nephews.
Rollin retired in 1985 from the farm department of Freeman United Coal Mining Co. after 20 years of service.
He was a member of South Park United Methodist Church in Canton.
Rollin and Ada traveled across the US by motorcycle visiting places like the Dakotas, Smokys and Yellowstone Park. He enjoyed golf, fishing, and family. He was an avid Cubs fan.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton. The Rev. Rick Atchley will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will be at White Chapel Memory Gardens,Canton.
Memorials maybe made to his church.

Regina Henseler

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Regina HenselerRegina Therese Henseler, 83, a lifelong resident of Canton died at 7:40 p.m. Saturday, February 26, 2011 at Graham Hospital in Canton.
She was born February 16, 1928 in Canton to Charles and Eleanor (Scanlan) Conklin. She married Alex J. Henseler July 24, 1948 in Canton. He survives.
Also surviving are; 11 children, Rosanne (Ken) Tuckey of Canton, Therese (Gary) Black of New Lenox, IL, Elizabeth (Jesus) Medina of Edmond, OK, Alexander (Kathy) Henseler of Jacksonville, FL, Barbara Fulton of Guthrie, OK, Bernadette Henseler of Cuba, IL, Mary (Glenn) Szopa of Galveston, TX, Charles Henseler of Guthrie, OK, Ellyn (Mark) Hauber of Plainfield, IL, George (Laurie) Henseler of Plainfield, IL and Gregory (Sue) Henseler of Canton; 30 grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by 2 grandsons, 1 brother and 2 sisters.
She was a life time member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Canton where she was a life time member and Past President of the Altar and Rosary Society. She was a founding member of the original St. Mary’s Steeple Fund.
She was a member of Church Women United and Peoria Women’s Cursillo Team #17.
She was the original driver for Meals on Wheels of Canton.
A funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 5, 2011 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Canton. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton with recitation of the rosary at 4:45 p.m. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Canton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Original St. Mary’s Steeple Fund.

Tara F. Pollitt

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Tara F. PollittCanton Headline:
Tara F. Pollitt, 20, of 271 Fulton Place Canton, IL passed away Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 9:21 pm at Sunset Manor Care, Canton. She was born June 8, 1990, in Canton, IL, the daughter of Gordon Pollitt and Gaylynn (Goodin) Pollitt. Surviving are her mother and step father, Gaylynn Pollitt and Terry Davidson of Canton; her father and step mother, Gordon (Nicky) Pollitt of Canton; maternal grandparents, Larry and Mary Wilcoxen of St. David and Glynn and Connie Goodin of North Pekin; brother, Trent Pollitt of Canton; step brother, Dennis Ledbetter of Canton; sister, Tiffany Pollitt of Canton; and two step sisters, Ashley Johnson and April Davidson both of Canton. Preceding her in death were her paternal grandparents, Maurice and Bonnie Vancil and Gordon Pollitt; and one cousin, Stephanie Heffren. Tara was a vendor at Spoon River Speedway. Services will be Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 10:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton where visitation will be on Wednesday, March 2nd from 5 to 7 pm. Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, rural Canton. Memorials may be made to the family % THE National Bank of Canton.

 

Steven Spenny

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Steven SpennySteven R. Spenny, 32, of Peoria, IL died at 6:42 p.m. Friday, February 25, 2011 at his residence.
He was born January 6, 1979 in Canton, IL to Steven B. Spenny and Kathy Tonner.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Surviving are his mother, Kathy (Tom) Burch of St. David; his paternal grandfather, Ralph E Spenny of Glasford; a sister, Jennifer (Jack) Shissler of Canton; nephew, Ian Pollitt and niece, Brynn Shissler.
Steven was a 1997 graduate of Canton High School and an avid Cubs and Bears Fan.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton. The Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate. Visitation will be two hours prior to the funeral on Tuesday. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

 

Charlotte “Charlie” Wilkinson

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Charlotte “Charlie” Wilkinson, 66, of Canton, passed away Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 9:01 am at the Farmington Country Manor. Charlie was born March 14, 1944 in Peoria. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister. She is survived by four brothers, five children, Lisa Ann (John) Goodwin of Mapleton, Joe (Ginny) Wilkinson of Lewistown, Dawn (Michael) Giacabazi of London Mills, Sharrie Lyn Wilkinson of Rushville, and J.R. Wilkinson of Canton; eight grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters. Charlie raised 2 grandchildren, Sam and Brandon for the last nine years. She was the Client Services Manager for Spoon River Home Health Services for 18 years. Charlie was passionate about her work caring for the sick. Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home of Farmington is in charge of arrangements. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Farmington Moose Lodge #1571 on March 12, 2011 from noon to 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to an education fund for Sam and Brandon at the Bank of Farmington or Spoon River Home Health Services

Suzanne R. Rowan

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Suzanne R. RowanCanton Headline:
Suzanne R. Rowan, 55, of 528 N. 8th Ave, Canton, IL passed away Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL. She was born May 27, 1955, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, the daughter of Lajos and Josephine (Rainey) VonMicsky. She married Bruce Rowan on June 21, 1975 in Rochelle, New York. He survives. Preceding her in death were her parents. She worked in retail. There was never an animal that went past her house that left hungry. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no visitation or service. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements