Shirley A. Picco

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Shirley A. PiccoNorris Headline:
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

 

Leota N. Clark

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Leota N. ClarkRock 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.

Gianna Marie Hedges

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Gianna Marie Hedges, stillborn infant daughter of Joshua and Gena (Beoletto) Hedges of Canton, passed away Friday April 9, 2010 at the Graham Hospital, Canton. She is also survived by her maternal grandparents, John and Debbie Beoletto of Canton, maternal great-grandparents, Karroll and Barb Combs of Fairview and maternal uncles, Jake and Luke Beoletto of Canton, her paternal grandparents, Harvey and Marilyn Hedges of Canton and paternal uncles and aunts; Jeff and Tracy Hedges, Joanna and Delmas Foreman, Jon and Michelle Hedges and Joseph and Crindy Hedges, all of Canton and several cousins. Funeral service will be Wednesday April 14 at 2:00pm at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton, where visitation will be one hour prior. Rev. Greg White will be officiating. Burial will be in White Chapel Memory Garden, Canton.

Orlistus Robert Grady

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Orlistus Robert GradyTrivoli Headline:
Orlistus Robert “Bob” Grady, 95, of the Grady Christmas Tree Farm, passed away at his residence on April 6, 2010. Born in Cuba, IL March 8, 1915, Bob was the only child of Orlistus R. Grady (died in 1926) and Nellie Elizabeth (Smith-Waughtel) Grady (died in 1970). He married his childhood playmate and sweetheart, Anna Louise (Moore) Grady on August 9, 1936 in Fayette, MO. Louise preceded him in death on October 21, 1987. He was also preceded in death by two daughters; Janet Sue Garcia (died 1983) and Mary Lee Grady (died in 1956). Bob leaves behind a longtime friend and companion, Ruth Ann Ault of Cuba, who shared many happy times reminiscing their high school years, friends, and of Cuba. His survivors include three sons; Robert (Emily) Grady of Trivoli, Richard Grady of rural Trivoli, and Alan Grady of Peoria; three daughters; Ella Lou (Larry) Little of Vancouver, WA, Patricia (Richard) Bosley of Aurora, CO, and Sara (Luke) Starcevich of Littleton, CO; four grandsons; Patrick and Richard Grady, Matthew Starcevich, and Jason Becker; seven granddaughters; Alice Grady, Jo Louise Schulton, Katherine Grady, Patricia and Elizabeth Starcevich, Jessica Becker, and Marcy Miller; and six great-grandchildren; Kevin and Erin Grady, Jordan Bertanzetti, Joey Phillips, Ellasyn Becker, and Penelope Miller. A 1933 graduate of Cuba High School, Bob and Louise lived in Cuba for a few years after their marriage. They moved west of Farmington while he worked for the Midland Electric Coal Co. from 1941 to 1958. In early 1944, they purchased a home in Cuba near Louise’s mothers home until they purchased the farm SW of Trivoli in 1946. They began to plant pine trees as part of a soil erosion conservation program from the state, that Robert and Richard had learned of in their Ag class in 1952 at Farmington School. During this period Bob quit the mine and worked part-time at the American Pest Control from 1958 to 1977. During these years he constructed barns, did carpentry on the house and farmed on weekends and nights until the tree business became a full time industry. Bob was a member of the Illinois Christmas Tree Association and the Peoria County Farm Bureau. A tireless, hard and constant worker, he always had a hammer or tool in his hand and was still working until shortly before his death. He enjoyed reading, traveling and history, particularly tracing his family genealogy. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held in his honor on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 2:00 pm at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington, with an hour prior visitation. Pastor Rick Atchley will officiate. Bob will be interred at the Brunswick Cemetery, just north of the farm, where his wife and two daughters are buried. Memorial contributions may be made to the Trivoli Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 110 Hanna City, Il 61536. To submit online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com Bob wanted to “Wish a Merry Christmas to everyone”.

 

Lucille Bowton

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Lucille BowtonLucille Bowton, 93, of Canton, IL passed away Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 11:27 am at Graham Hospital, Canton after a brief illness. She was born October 13, 1916 in Banner Township, IL the daughter of Frederick and Caroline (Orendorff) Hollandsworth. She first married F. Elmo Eager in June 1937. He died on November 21, 1970. She then married Russell W. Bowton Sr. in December 1971 and he died in May 1983. Survives include one daughter, Elaine Eager (Don) Costales of St. Louis, MO; four grandchildren, Douglas (Grace) Miller of Des Moines, IA, Amanda (Gregg Lent) Costales of Columbia, MD, Andrew (Lisa Schweitzer) Miller of Los Angeles, CA, and Kathryn (Ellis Berry) Costales of St. Louis, MO; and a great-granddaughter, Sarah Miller of Des Moines, IA; Also preceding her in death were her parents; one daughter, Patricia Ann (Eager) Miller; two brothers, Albert and Roy Hollandsworth and three sisters, Daisy (Hollandsworth) Nagle, Grace (Hollandsworth) Schoon and Anna Hollandsworth. Lucille worked for Montgomery Ward retiring in 1972. She was a member of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ where she attended the CCC Club, was a Deaconess, was a member of Christian Women’s Fellowship and a Prayer and Share Group. She was also a volunteer for the Graham Hospital Service League, working in the gift shop. Her family and friends were very important to her and she was never happier than when they were with her or gathered around her table. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a Memorial Service Friday, April 9, 2010 at 1:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with burial of ashes following the service at White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the ALS foundation or Donor’s Choice.

Betty J. Murphy

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Betty J. MurphyCanton Headline:
Betty J. Murphy, 86, of 20 Douglas Court Canton, IL passed away Saturday March 27, 2010 at 4:04am at the Methodist Medical Center, Peoria. She was born March 24, 1924 in Canton to Emery C. and Ada P. (Hickman) Peterson. She married Thomas W. Murphy February 12, 1949 in Canton. He preceded her in death October 31, 1993. She is survived by one daughter, Susan J. Phillips of Canton, one son, Thomas M. Murphy of St. Petersburg, FL, one sister, Fonda A. Johnson of Polo, IL, seven grandchildren; Tara, Eric, Mindy, Jennifer, Kendra, Brittany, and Madison, three great-grandchildren and Austin, Bradley and Parker. She was also preceded in death by her parents, four brothers; Gilbert, Gerald, Lyle and Charles, one sister, Mildred and one grandson, Jason M. Phillips. She attended high school in Canton, graduating in 1942. She was then employed by the International Harvester Company in Canton for 40 years, retiring in June 1984. She was of the Methodist faith. Funeral service will be Thursday April 1 at 11:00am at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 5-7:00pm. Pastor Rick Atchley will be officiating. Burial will be in Orendorff-Breeds Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the Parlin-Ingersoll Library, Canton.

Albert J. Yurkovich

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Albert J. Yurkovich, 91, of 93 Western, St. David, IL went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 11:40 AM at Graham Hospital, Canton. He was born March 20, 1919 in Painesdale, MI the son of Paul and Philipinia (Klobchar) Yurkovich. He married Ann Frances Kaner November 20, 1948 in Canton. She died September 5, 1988. Also preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, one sister, two step brothers, and one step sister. Those Albert leaves behind to cherish his memory include; one son, James A. Yurkovich of Kewaskum, WI; two grandchildren; Michael Yurkovich of Gurnee and Heather (Arnett) McGrath of Peoria; one niece, Stephanie Wright; and two nephews, Melvin Yurkovich and David Yurkovich. Albert was in the Civilian Conservation Corps for 2 years prior to his working for Truax Traer Coal Company, where he worked for 40 years, retiring in 1980. He was a lifetime member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in St. David and also a member of the UMWA; the Knights of Columbus of Canton; and the Canton Moose Lodge #784. Services will be Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 10:00 AM at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in St. David with Monsignor Robert O’Connor officiating. Recitation of the Rosary will be Tuesday, March 30th at 5:30 PM at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton followed by a visitation from 6 to 8 pm. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Canton. Memorials may be made to the St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Rolland M. “Rollie” Stairwalt

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Rolland M. "Rollie" StairwaltCanton Headline:
Rolland Marnel “Rollie” Stairwalt, 83, of Canton, IL passed away Monday, March 22, 2010 at 3:05 am at Sunset Manor, Canton, IL. He was born September 13, 1926 in London Mills, IL the son of Russell B. and Anna (Voorhees) Stairwalt. He married Patricia Carson on July 20, 1947. She survives along with two sons; Rod (Alice) Stairwalt of Canton and Billy (Marcy) Stairwalt of Placitas, New Mexico; one daughter; Sue (Jerry) Lefler of Canton; ten grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and one brother Bill (Helen) Stairwalt of Godfrey, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, one granddaughter, one brother, and two sisters. Rolland built many homes in the area, and added additions to the Mount Carmel Church and the Free Methodist Church. He installed the elevators at the First Baptist Church and the London Mills Church. He was a carpenter for over 50 years and enjoyed woodworking. He was also a cabinetmaker and a diehard Cub fan. He put on a new roof on the Morning Star Lodge. He was a member of the First Baptist Church for over 50 years, lifetime member of Morning Star Lodge Consistory #734, and the 32nd Ancient Scottish Rite. He enjoyed his many friends. Services will be 2:00 pm Thursday, March 25, 2010 at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton with Rev. Michael Barr and Rev. John Anderson officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 24th from 5 to 7 pm with Masonic rites at 7:00 PM. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Diabetes Association.

 

Elizabeth Louise Neff

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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

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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.